Sunday, June 6
The parrot-pushing Gabriel Foundation is anything but birdbrained. The Denver-based parrot-welfare organization is dedicated to protecting the brightly colored and rapidly disappearing avians, whether they live in captivity or in the wild. To raise awareness, the national nonprofit will host its first annual Gabriel Foundation Parrot Promenade, with a lunch buffet (catering to both parrots and people), a silent auction, a parrot/owner look-alike contest, an Ask the Vet information table, parrot photo sessions and more, today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hudson Gardens, 6115 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. This is something to squawk about! The all-inclusive admission fee is a $45 donation ($5 for children twelve and under; those under six admitted free). Call 303-629-5900 or log on to www.thegabrielfoundation.org.
Monday, June 7
The talk should be lively at the Colorado Theatre Guild Critics Forum, an annual discussion with a panel of local critics on the state of regional theater. Avenue Theater poobah and Denver theater veteran John Ashton moderates, and Lisa Bornstein (Rocky Mountain News), Mark Collins (Boulder Daily Camera), David Marlow (Out Front), John Moore (Denver Post) and Juliet Wittman (Westword) will all have their say on who's who and what's what tonight at 7 p.m. at the Acoma Center, 1080 Acoma Street. Tickets are $5 (free for guild members); call 720-936-8761 or go to www.coloradotheatreguild.org.
Tuesday, June 8
Author Chip Ward, whose previous book, Canaries on the Rim: Living Downwind in the West, recounted the grim repercussions of unchecked toxic-waste dumping in Utah's Great Basin, returns to similar subject matter in Hope's Horizon: Three Visions for Healing the American Land -- but from a more positive angle. Ward will introduce his book, a look at grassroots environmental campaigns, as part of the Tattered Cover's ongoing Rocky Mountain Land Series, tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street. Call 303-436-1070 for details.
Wednesday, June 9
A classy actor who's stretched himself in more than a few suspenseful roles, Gene Hackman has taken to writing novels in the same vein. His second book, Justice for None, co-authored by journalist Daniel Lenihan, is set in the Depression-era Midwest and ends with a bang. Both authors will read from the novel and sign copies at 5:30 p.m. today at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street. Free tickets for a place in the autograph line will be handed out starting at 4:30 p.m.; call 303-436-1070.