If there's any such thing as a hot commodity in the literary world these days, ZZ Packer is definitely sizzling. The award-winning young writer, a Yale grad and veteran of the Iowa Writer's Workshop, broke into the business of fiction writing at the top, with stories published in the New Yorker, Harper's and other famed magazines and anthologies. Packer will read from her first book, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere: Stories, a collection steeped in the lore of contemporary African-American life, with subjects ranging from the Girl Scouts to the Million Man March, tonight at 7:30 at the Tattered Cover Book Store, 2955 East First Avenue. For details, call 303-322-7727 or log on to www.tatteredcover.com.
Wednesday, April 23
It officially opened over the weekend, but one of the nicest features at the annual Junior Symphony Guild Showhouse is its Meet the Designers event, which takes place on Wednesday evenings from 4 to 7. It's a perfect time for busy folks to gawk at the house's impeccable styling while taking advantage of the opportunity to learn from the people who put it all together. This year's site, the luxurious Buell Mansion, 1 Buell Mansion Parkway, Cherry Hills Village (which stood vacant and littered with pigeon droppings for thirty years, before the late Temple Buell decided to return in 1988), has been spiffed up by an army of Denver designers; it'll be open to the public from 10 to 3 Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 3 p.m. Sundays, through May 11. Admission, which benefits Colorado Symphony Orchestra music-education programs, is $13 to $15 ($5 for children ages five through twelve; ages four and under are admitted free). Call 303-355-7855 or log on to www.jrsg.org.