Hey, Elmer Fudd! It's time to don your plaid shirt, hunting cap and twusty wifle and find out what's up, Doc, at the Gart Sports International Sportsmen's Exposition, the be-all and end-all of fishing, hunting, camping, adventure travel and outdoor-sports expos. New to this year's extravaganza -- which, by the way, will feature close to 500 exhibitors under one roof -- are separate fishing and hunting theaters, a paintball gallery and airgun range, a high-tech bull-riding competition and more. In addition, the Colorado Division of Wildlife will man a booth well-stocked with experts and tons of free information, and live rainbow trout and largemouth bass will be on display in two 180-gallon tanks -- just so you know what they look like. The convention center is at 700 14th Street; admission to the expo, which runs today through Sunday, is $10 for adults (children ages twelve and under admitted free). For details, log on to www.sportsexpos.com.
A chilling true story provides the moral dilemma behind Hugh Whitmore's Pack of Lies, a Cold War-era drama that truly hits home. The new Industrial Arts Theatre presentation, about a London family pressured by the government to aid in the investigation of close friends suspected of being Russian spies, lets its audiences sink their teeth into a predicament that could -- in the right time and place -- befall anyone. What would you do? Pack of Lies opens at 8 p.m. tonight and continues Thursday through Saturday nights through February 28 at the Federal Theatre, 3830 Federal Boulevard (additional Sunday matinees are scheduled for February 15 and 22). For tickets, $13 to $15 (two-for-one admission offered on Thursdays), call 303-399-4662.
Friday, January 23
Mesa State College theater student Colorado Jonson Kuhn so impressed Mesa instructor (and professional actor/director/voice coach) Richard Cowden with his comedy, Cowgirls Blame It on Monday, that the duo agreed to collaborate on a production for Cowden's Denver-based Roundfish Theatre Company. The fruit of their mutual labor hits the stage tonight at 8 p.m. at the Clockwork Theatre, 2119 East 17th Avenue; admission to the play, about a couple living in a Colfax Avenue motel room, is $10 to $12. For reservations, call 720-837-6863.
Saturday, January 24
All's Welsh: If you've never seen the head of Mari Lwyd (aka the Grey Mare) dancing through a room nipping folks and demanding food in exchange for ensured fertility and prosperity, it's time to go a-wassailing at tonight's St. Dwynwen's Day Welsh Festival, hosted by the Colorado Welsh Society and billed as a mini-festival of music, poetry, folk dance and Welsh folk traditions. Mari Lwyd -- actually a horse's head built from bone, wood or papier-mâché covered by a sheet, decorated with ribbons, held aloft on a pole and accompanied by singers or mummers -- will be the star attraction at the event, which takes place at 5:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 2015 Glenarm Place. Admission is free, but bring a dish for the potluck supper; tea will be served (you can BYO mead). Call 303-786-8201 for information.
Sunday, January 25
Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi, whose previous film A Time for Drunken Horses broke many a hear with its depictions of hardships endured by a group of Kurdish orphans, continues to explore themes of Kurdish life with a road movie, Marooned in Iraq, about a musician on a goose chase with his grown sons in tow. Boulder's Present Tense Film Soirée Series will screen the film, with a facilitated post-film discussion, tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Nomad Theatre, 1410 Quince Avenue, Boulder; a $6 donation is requested at the door. Call 303-938-1132 or log on to www.presenttensefilms.com.
Ever wonder how a replica of Bent's Old Fort got itself plunked down right up against the foothills in Morrison? "Dr. Colorado," aka Tom Noel, will give up the goods in a most unusual way tonight at the initial offering in this year's Tesoro Foundation Historic Lecture Series. Noel will conduct an old-fashioned Victorian magic lantern show -- actually an early version of today's plebeian slide show -- during the first of six bimonthly dinner presentations at the Fort Restaurant, 19192 Route 8, Morrison, where the aforementioned replica stands. The good doctor holds forth on "History on the Rocks: Restoration and Preservation of the Fort and Its Neighbors" beginning tonight at 6 p.m.; the lecture fee, $25 to $50, includes dinner. Reservations are required in advance; call 303-697-2282 to make yours. For information, log on to www.tesorofoundation.org.
Monday, January 26
Wanna see your name in lights? If you're a Colorado musician with a yen to be heard, here's the scoop: Radio station KBCO/97.3-FM, famous for its in-house-produced Studio C recordings featuring national artists, is launching a new KBCO Studio C Local Edition, to be released this spring. To that end, the station is conducting a search for folks who are interested in adding a track to the fundraising disc. Send CD or cassette submissions to: 97.3 KBCO Studio C Local Edition, 2500 Pearl Street, Suite 315, Boulder, CO 80302. Proceeds from subsequent CD sales will benefit the KBCO Music Education Fund, which is raising money to purchase instruments and music materials for the Denver Public Schools. Log on to www.kbco.com for details.