Get a hip-hop education tonight at Blackberries Ice Cream & Coffee Lounge, 710 East 26th Avenue. Tupac's acting debut, Juice, will screen as part of the of the Colorado Hip-Hop Coalition's every-other-Saturday Hip-Hop Flix Film Series. The show goes on at 7:15 p.m., and admission is free, although donations will be accepted.
"It's been a popular little thing for us," says Jeff Campbell, executive director of the coalition. "It's been way beyond our expectations."
On September 3, the coalition will feature Beef II, ending the series' first four-week run. After that, Campbell hopes to collaborate with the Pan African Arts Society to expand the effort and offer movies that concentrate on the elements of hip-hop and look at hip-hop from an international perspective.
"We hope to create a forum for discussion around the culture itself and create a space for people to just come and hang out," Campbell says.
Walk On SUN, 8/21 Impresarios such as Mayor Hick, Channel 4 anchors Molly Hughes and Jim Benemann, the Broncos cheerleaders and Kyan Douglas, zhooshmaster of Bravo's Queer Eye For the Straight Guy, are rallying the troops today for the 18th Annual AIDS Walk Colorado, starting at 9 a.m. in Cheesman Park.
"HIV touches everyone's life," says Michelle Puplava, administrative assistant at Denver Public Health and team leader of its ID/AIDS Clinic team for the past eight years. "It's touched mine. It's still an epidemic, and the government doesn't seem to care, so I do what I can," she says.
In addition to raising money for the Colorado AIDS Project, AIDS Walk Colorado provides HIV/AIDS beneficiary organizations such as Denver Public Health with funds for their own programs. DPH channels the income into vital client medications and outreach as well as less commonplace needs: dentures, a vehicle for client transportation, and upgrades to the clinic's grungy, uncomfortable waiting-room chairs.
"I remember the first walk I was in. We didn't have police; we didn't have street closures," Puplava says. "We walked on the sidewalk. A women's motorcycle club, the Sisterhood of Steel, did crowd control for us."
Word Kids have their say, standing on their heads. THURS, 8/18
Speech may be an instinct, but putting pen to paper doesn't come as naturally to many kids. To help develop writing skills -- as well as the sheer love of sharing words -- local poets Lily Harris and Jack Collom have organized Where People Stand on their Heads, a writing workshop starting today at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut Street in Boulder. The three-day event, which is part of the Boulder International Fringe Festival, will bring third-, fourth- and fifth-graders together to collaborate on poetry and prose through exercises designed to foster fantasy and creativity. "It's extremely important to open up the imagination to the possibilities of art and language," Collom says. "Kids need to learn how to use their voices powerfully and positively." The workshop will culminate in a live reading at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 20, at the Boulder Bookstore, 1107 Pearl Street. The fee is $75, but scholarships and reduced prices are available according to need. Call Harris at 303-960-6574 for registration and info. -- Jason Heller