This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Tuesday, June 1Beginning readers everywhere are tuned in to Junie B. Jones: The star of author Barbara Park's best-selling chapter-book series for children ages five and up, Junie is one of those fictional kids who make life's lessons a little less painful. She'll come alive for metro-area youngsters when the Junie B. Jones Stupid Smelly School Bus Tourrolls into town today and tomorrow, bringing with it a theatrical performance, free souvenirs and, of course, Junie B. and her Big Hot Trunk of Junk. The hot-pink bus stops at the Tattered Cover Book Store, 2955 East First Avenue, at 11 a.m. today, then moves on to the Wal-Mart at 3600 Youngfield Street in Wheat Ridge at 6 p.m.; tomorrow, the irrepressible Miss J. descends on the Bookies, 4315 East Mississippi Avenue, at 6 p.m. Events are free and include photo opportunities and a "book stamping"; for details, log on to www.randomhouse.com/junieb.

Grown-up readers, meanwhile, can relive a literary classic of their own -- the late Terry Southern's '60s romp Candy -- with "The Candy Men: The Rollicking Life and Times of the Notorious Novel Candy," an account of the book's history and sociopolitical milieu by the author's son, Nile, who's made a career out of remembering his brilliantly witty dad (the younger Southern also edited a definitive retrospective of his father's writings). Southern reads from the book tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl Street in Boulder; for details, call 303-447-2074.

Wednesday, June 2All eyes on the sky: Astrophysicist Robert J. Nemiroff knew what he was doing when he founded his wildly popular Astronomy Picture of the Day website with fellow space scientist Jerry Bonnell. The site averages more than two million hits weekly, which gives some indication of how many people out there are walking around with space between their ears. Now the duo has collected APOD's most stunning images from the past eight years in a book titled The Universe: 365 Days. Meet Nemiroff and join him for a look at the Best Astronomy Images of 2004, tonight at 7 p.m. at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Boulevard, where the scientist will speak in the Phipps IMAX Theater. Admission is $8 to $13; call 303-322-7009 or go to www.dmns.org for reservations.

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