This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Thursday, September 11Local photographer Nanette Martin made five trips to Ground Zero between September 2001 and May 2002 to chronicle the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks. The result is a new photo memoir, The Thousand-Mile Stare: Images From Ground Zero, and a subsequent photography exhibit. Thirty-three black-and-white images from the book and two color-collage lithographs will be on display today only, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., at the Denver Police Protective Association, 2105 Decatur Street; meet Martin during a reception starting at 6 p.m. Sales from the show will fund a nationwide school-exhibit tour to begin this fall. For more about the artist, log on to www.nanettemartin.com.

Friday, September 12Seeking the impetus to act? Global and local issues will be on the plate tonight at 7 p.m., when the We the Planet Nationwide Tour of Activism, presented by the environmental group Circle of Life, brings its Politically Incorrect-style discussion format to CU-Boulder's Glenn Miller Ballroom. The tour travels on a bus fueled by vegetable oil and bio-diesel. High-profile panelists include Julia Butterfly Hill, Woody Harrelson and Johnette Napolitano; they will be joined by local voices Charris Ford and Quianna Ray (aka Lady Speech) for an evening of talk. As an added treat, Napolitano will perform in a short solo acoustic set. Admission is $10 (CU students free); for information, call 303-492-5449 or log on to www.spitfireagency.com.

Saturday, September 13Leftist cultural critic and author Barbara Ehrenreich put her lack of money where her mouth is to work undercover as a minimum-wage-earning waitress, maid, nursing-home assistant and Wal-Mart clerk while researching her enlightening book, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America. Playwright Joan Holden then adapted Ehrenreich's written experiences as a lowly pawn in the sea of American capitalism into a play -- a work now chosen to kick off Denver's Curious Theatre Company season. Holden is in town for the opening-night performance, tonight at 8 p.m. at the Acoma Center, 1080 Acoma Street. Meet her at a pre-show VIP reception, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Rox, 17th and Wynkoop streets in Union Station. Admission, $42 in advance or $45 at the door ($18 to $20 for Curious subscription holders) includes food, drinks and the show; $24 of the price will be applicable to a season ticket. Nickel and Dimed continues Thursdays through Sundays, through October 25; regular tickets are $20 to $24 (or two-for-one on Thursdays). Call 303-623-0524 or log on to www.curiousatacoma.com for reservations.

The last remaining grand old man of bluegrass, traditionalist Ralph Stanley, is a true keeper of the high, lonesome sound. The rest of the world has tuned in, too, since his musical involvement in the Coen brothers film O Brother, Where Art Thou?and subsequent Down From the Mountain live tour with fellow O Brother artists. While the recognition is more than due him, he'll be doing what he's always done for over fifty years -- strumming the banjo and keening in that signature tenor -- when he performs tonight at 7 p.m. at Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder. Catch him while you can. For tickets, $33 to $38, call 303-440-7666 or log on to www.chautauqua.com.

Sunday, September 14The new Second Sunday Supershowopens with a three-pronged punch of collectibles; it will feature over seventy dealers of vintage and new toys, dolls and trains once monthly, today though December 14 -- just in time for holiday shopping. Open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second Sunday of each month at Embassy Suites Denver Southeast, 7525 East Hampden Avenue, the show also offers a free consignment area for folks looking to sell just a few items. Floor admission is $2 (children under twelve are admitted free); for details, call 303-347-8252.

Monday, September 15A wonderfully talented cornerstone of the Denver Center Theatre Company will step up to his plate for the Park Hill Historic District at tonight's Evening With Jamie Horton, a fundraising gourmet dinner with dramatic performance that begins at 6:30 p.m. at Solera, 5410 East Colfax Avenue. The opportunity to see Horton at work in an intimate setting is a steal at $55 per person (or $100 per couple); for reservations and information, call 303-388-5204.

Tuesday, September 16Denver Art Museum Film Series revs up for the fall with yet another tie-in to an upcoming DAM show: The seven-week series, European Masters, coincides with the museum's prestigious October 4 opening of El Greco to Picasso From the Phillips Collection. Series curator Tom Delapa presents a film corollary that begins tonight with Carl Theodore Dreyer's silent classic The Passion of Joan of Arc and wraps up October 28 with Antonioni's Blow-Up; shows in between, which include The Rules of the Game, The Seventh Seal, Nights of Cabiria, Viridiana and Jules and Jim, will screen at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Acoma Center, 1080 Acoma Street. Admission is $7 to $8 for individual tickets or $40 to $45 for the series; to request a brochure or purchase tickets, call 720-913-0105 .

There will be plenty of noshing, quaffing and pigging out on desserts at the sixteenth annual Uptown Sampler, a yearly neighborhood fete for which Uptown-area businesses and restaurants swing open their doors to the public from 5 to 10:30 p.m. The progressive event showcases all that the urban neighborhood has to offer and ends with a Dessert Sampler at 8 p.m. at the Temple Event Center, 1595 Pearl Street. Proceeds from the event, which also includes entertainment, benefit the Ronald McDonald House and Wyman School; lazy folks can hop aboard a shuttle bus to get from place to place. Tickets, $20 in advance or $25 at the door of any participating restaurant, are available at metro-area King Soopers stores or online at www.uptownonthehill.org. Call 720-205-6506.

Wednesday, September 17Croft-cultural: Think you've got the stuff it takes to create the next Lara Croft? Find out if you can cut it in the exploding video-game world at a free event featuring Marc Mencher, a gaming expert and software-animation-and-development recruiter. The industry maven will share insights from his new book, Get in the Game! Careers in the Game Industry, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. tonight at Dave & Buster's, I-25 and Colorado Boulevard; for information, call 303-426-9797.

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