This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Tuesday, February 3For the birds: To what lengths will ordinary bird-watchers go to notch their bird-watching belts? Denver Post environmental reporter (and rabid birder) Mark Obmascik has packaged the goods in his book, The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature and Fowl Obsession. It's an account of the extreme event of birding: the Big Year, an obsessive 365-day North American marathon that begins each year on January 1. Obmascik followed three contestants vying for the Big Year title; he'll sign his account tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover Book Store, 2955 East First Avenue. For details, call 303-322-7727.

Wednesday, February 4Avant-garde dancer and experimental filmmaker Maya Deren, a Soviet emigré born in the year of the Russian Revolution, was also a social contemporary of Andre Breton, Marcel Duchamp, Oscar Fischinger and Anäis Nin. The University of Colorado at Boulder's International Film Series gives a nod to Deren tonight with two showings of Viennese director Martina Kudl´cek's fascinating award-winning biopic, In the Mirror of Maya Deren. The film screens at 7 and 9:15 p.m. in Muenzinger Auditorium, CU-Boulder campus, Boulder; admission is $4 to $5, or $30 for a ten-admission punch card. Call 303-492-1531 or log on to

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