The Taming of the Busker

A one-man play combines drama and juggling

FRI, 9/17

Strolling the Pearl Street Mall in the early 1980s, it wasn't uncommon to come across groups of jugglers performing mind-boggling feats. Those were the golden years of busking, before outside influences intruded, when it was juggling for juggling's sake, pure and true. But diamonds in the rough can only stay there for so long, and the outstanding talents of Kezia Tenenbaum, Peter Davison and Jon Held could not stay secret forever. The trio formed Airjazz in 1982, and the electro-mystery ride began. They traveled the world, made appearances on The Tonight Showwith Johnny Carson and The Smothers Brothers, and they even competed on a game show in Holland. Then, in 1992, they called it quits. Since then, they have been performing solo, and tonight at 8 p.m. in the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut Street in Boulder, Jon Held puts his juggling skills on display in the one-man show Coeur de Lune. Billed as a "wild arrangement of graceful and technically astonishing juggling routines," it's also a comic tale of a man's journey to recovery from profound loss. A second show takes place tomorrow, also at 8 p.m. Tickets to each are $14 to $16. For reservations, call 303-938-9824. -- Adam Cayton-Holland

Are You Scuff Enough?
Cletusfest 3 KEEPS on twangin'
SAT, 9/18

Jon Held juggles his past in Coeur de Lune.
Jon Held juggles his past in Coeur de Lune.
Mira Sorvino gets curious in The Dutch Master.
Mira Sorvino gets curious in The Dutch Master.

The name alone should get the locals to scoot their boots over to the Breckenridge Brewery today. After all, anything called Cletusfest 3promises some sort of earthy good times.

And the originators of the event (hey, there ain't no actual Cletus; it's the bar's owners) say that's what the afternoon delivers, beginning at 1 p.m. with a passel of bluegrass groups, including Halden Wofford and the Hi-Beams, Coal Creek, and the host band, the Lazy String Gang. There's also beer and barbecue to keep things rolling until the 10 p.m. closing. Admission to this outdoor party at 471 Kalamath Street is $10 at the door. Hay is optional, of course. Call 303-573-0431. -- Ernie Tucker

Exploring the Erotic
FRI, 9/17

Erotic Autumn sounds like the new fall lineup on the Playboy channel. However, this Erotic Autumn is a series of thirty "erotic tales" by directors such as Hollywood's Melvin Van Peebles and Bob Rafelson. The series, which runs at the Starz FilmCenter this week, is divided into ten volumes, each containing three thirty-minute examinations of desire. "It's a little more classy than pornography -- more imaginative and cerebral," says Starz spokesman Eric Beteille, who notes that the unrated films probably merit "R" designations.

Erotic Autumn begins tonight at 7 p.m. with Volume 1, a collection that includes The Dutch Master, which stars Mira Sorvino as a dental hygienist captivated by a sensuous classic painting. No cheap skin flick, the 1993 work received an Academy Award nomination in the short-film category.

The fest, which also offers such works as Wet, Touch Meand Van Peebles's Vroom, Vroom, Vroom, continues through next Friday; all films will be shown twice.

Starz is in the Tivoli building on the Auraria campus; admission to each screening is $5.50 to $8.50. For more information, call 303-820-FILM or visit www.starzfilmcenter.com. -- Richard Kellerhals

 
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