Tuesday, February 10In 1957, when Arkansas governor Orval Faubus defied a Supreme Court decision and called the National Guard in to block nine black students from entering the all-white Central High in Little Rock, Carlotta Walls LaNier was there. She was one of those nine kids, as well as one of only three who eventually graduated from the school. Grown up now, she lives in Englewood, and she has memories to last a lifetime. LaNier will share her experience as a pioneer of desegregation today with "Memoirs of the Little Rock Nine," a public talk hosted by the Auraria campus in conjunction with Black History Month. The free speech begins at 11:30 a.m. at St. Cajetan's Center, 1190 9th Street; for a live-stream broadcast, log on to http://studentactivities.mscd.edu.
Wednesday, February 11Mardi Gras mambo: No better times will roll tonight than at the Soiled Dove, 1949 Market Street, where Dikki Du and the Zydeco Crew, featuring Troy Carrier, a dynastic musical heir who follows in the footsteps of his famous dad, Roy, and brother, Chubby, as a keeper of the zydeco flame, will host a Mardi Gras party to rival none. Carrier, who paid his dues playing washboard for the Carrier clan and C.J. Chenier before learning to play the accordion and setting out on his own as a bandleader, performs at 8 p.m.; for tickets, $10, call 303-299-0100.