Tuesday, July 27
The pitter-patter of little feet will take on a multicultural aspect at tonight's Folkdancing on the Plaza Children's Program, the kid-friendly offshoot of weekly adult dance events that take place under the stars each summer at the Boulder Municipal Plaza. The soirees, located off 13th Street between Canyon Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, feature instruction in fancy footwork from every corner of the globe. Presented annually by the Postoley Dance Ensemble, the series offers free lessons for dancers of all skill levels, including those with a surplus of left feet, but in the long run, it's just plain fun. Family dancing is from 6:15 to 7 p.m., followed by the adult program at 8 p.m.; either way, it's absolutely free. For information, call 303-499-6363.
Wednesday, July 28
In the aftermath of 9/11, non-Muslim Americans garnered an increased awareness of Muslim culture, though it doesn't mean they've learned to truly understand it. But it might help to crack open Why I Am a Muslim: An American Odyssey, a fascinating and unexpected look at Muslim identity by Asma Gull Hasan, an American-born daughter of Pakistani immigrants, who grew up in Colorado. Controversial because she fiercely declares herself a spiritual Muslim without necessarily embracing all of the culture's traditions, Hasan will discuss the book tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover Book Store, 2955 East First Avenue. For details, call 303-322-7727.