Tuesday, April 26
A BlackBerry in hand is worth fifty in the garage. So how many technological fossils are buried in your basement? If your secret hoard of old, outdated stuff that you can't find a home for includes war-torn laptops, tired PDAs, ancient cell phones or spent printer cartridges, the surprising news is that you could have dialed Cerebral Palsy of Colorado to come pick up the junk anytime you wanted, although the organization specifically chose to put the word out this spring in honor of Earth Day. The group helps keep the indestructible rubbish from clogging up landfills by recycling it into wheelchair-accessible playground equipment at CPC-sponsored early-education centers. Donations are tax-deductible, to boot. To schedule a pickup, call 1-800-420-0235.
Wednesday, April 27
On shaky legs, but with the usual burst of pride, the 2005 Starz Denver Pan African Film Festival will spread its wings on the silver screen with five days of screenings, panel discussions, special events and parties to celebrate diversity in filmmaking at the Starz FilmCenter, 900 Auraria Parkway. The fest begins tonight with Jordan Walker-Pearlman's Constellation -- an exploration of interracial love set and filmed in Alabama and starring Billy Dee Williams -- and closes up shop May 1 with a screening of Emmy-winner Paul Haggis's dark L.A. ensemble film, Clash. The latter will be attended by actor Don Cheadle, who co-stars in the film. Other festival events include a special installment of the monthly Cafe Nuba gathering, featuring the Last Poets and other guests. Ticket prices range from free to $35 per event; for information and schedules, call 303-298-8188 or visit www.panafricanarts.org.