Thursday, February 27
In this corner, wearing red-white-and-blue trunks, Mr. Thomas Jefferson! And over here, in black stripes, his opponent, Alexander Hamilton! Now gents, a clean fight! Expect words -- but not fists -- to fly when the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities American Spirit Series hosts a live Chautauqua presentation of A Jefferson/Hamilton Debate. The re-enactment, by Jeffersonian scholar Dr. Clay S. Jenkinson, as T.J., and Hamiltonian expert Lieutenant Colonel Hal Bidlack of the U.S. Air Force Academy, will showcase the famous political foes facing off on revolutionary issues. The benefit for the CEH happens from 7:30 to 9:30 tonight at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1820 Broadway; for tickets, $25 to $40, call 303-894-7951, ext. 18.
Denver hops onto the reality bandwagon with lascivious abandon tonight at Pandora's Perfect Profile Party, which features the final round of judging in a contest to determine the city's sexiest man, woman and couple. It's hosted by Pandora's Lingerie and Westword, tonight at 8 at the Alley Cat Night Club, 1222 Glenarm Place. Those who have what it takes could win a cash prize, but for the rest of us, it's simply an opportunity to rub elbows (and...?) with some pretty people. Tickets are $20 to $30; for information, log on to www. kevinlarsonpresents.com.
Friday, February 28
Once an art band, always an art band: Cleveland's landmark post-everything experimental '70s rock group, Pere Ubu, thrives in a cult-driven bubble. Fueled by the wayward lyrics of warbling frontman David Thomas and the oddball musical guidance of guitarist Tom Herman, these renegades still electrify: When this band is on, it's weird, but it's on. PU performs tonight at the furry Lion's Lair, 2022 East Colfax Avenue; doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $20; purchase tickets in advance by calling 1-866-468-7621, or log on to www.ticketweb.com.
Saturday, March 1
Denver hungers for blockbuster art shows. To feed this appetite, the Denver Art Museum serves up Bonnard, an exclusive touring journey into the early-twentieth-century French master's colorful works. Borrowing from several movements, including impressionism and symbolism, Pierre Bonnard forged his own unique style. The results will be on display beginning today and continuing through May 25 at the DAM, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway. Admission ranges from $6 to $12 (free for children five and under); an audio tour is available for an additional $3. The museum is open daily except Mondays, with extended hours on Wednesday evenings; call 720-865-5000 or log on to www.denverartmuseum.org.
In anticipation of the April opening of Denver's new African American Research Library in the historic Five Points neighborhood, the community's Hue-man Experience Book Store will host a benefit Legacy Luncheon today at 11:30 a.m. at the Denver Marriott City Center, 1701 California Street. The high-profile guest list includes Mayor Wellington Webb and Denver City Councilwoman Elbra Wedgeworth, who will both speak; the keynote, by local author Laura Mauck, focuses on her book, The Five Points Neighborhood of Denver, one of Hue-Man's top three bestsellers, according to store owner Joi Afzal. Tickets are $75 (available in advance at the book store, 911 Park Avenue West) and include a signed copy of Mauck's book; for details, call 303-293-2665 or log on to www.thehuemanexperience.com.
Chicago's all the rage at Artopia 2003, a sensual grab bag of cultural performances, culinary creations, fashion, live music and fine art returning for another spin at the Temple Events Center, 1595 Pearl Street, tonight from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. This year, the whirl is inspired by the red-hot musical film that has virtually swept the Academy Award nominations. Artopia features a heated Steel Chef competition, as well as music by Matthew Moon and consummate party band Yo, Flaco! It's a high-fashion event (leave those jeans at home) to raise funds for Metro Denver Partners; for tickets, $45, call 303-777-6887 or log on to www.artopia2003.com.
Sunday, March 2
Simpson United Methodist Church, 6001 Wolff Street, Arvada, invites one and all to celebrate Hina Matsuri, the annual Japanese Doll Festival. The traditional holiday honors Japanese girls, and in keeping with custom, the predominantly Japanese-American families of Simpson will assemble a gorgeous collection of finely crafted Japanese porcelain dolls for one of the largest such displays in the nation. Participants can also enjoy calligraphy, martial-arts and origami demonstrations, explosive Taiko drumming and wonderful Japanese box lunches that are available for a small fee. Attend the festival from 11:30 to 4 today; admission is free. Call 303-428-7963.
With St. Patty's Day just around the corner,we're all about due for an Irish experience. One of the most authentic, Dublin's Traditional Irish Cabaret, is hosted by Irish comedian Noel Ginnity and features Irish-American singer Andy Cooney on the "Danny Boy" detail. They sail into the Boulder Theater, 2030 14th Street, Boulder, tonight at 7:30, with an evening's worth of humor, tradition and lively step dancing by some of the world's best. Tickets are $20 to $25; call 303-786-7030 or log on to www.bouldertheater.com.
Monday, March 3
Bid on tickets to local concerts (as well as an already sold-out Noam Chomsky lecture), memberships, books, classes and more -- including an Epiphone guitar autographed by Willie Nelson -- at tonight's KGNU Silent Auction, an annual benefit for KGNU Community Radio, the little independent station that could. Begin perusing the goods at 6:30 at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder, while quaffing artisan beers and munching on handcrafted tidbits from the Twisted Pine Brewery. For information, call 303-449-4885 or log on to www.kgnu.org.
Coloradan Ellen Miller's been to the top of the world...twice in one year, an accomplishment few can boast. The first woman to climb both routes up Mt. Everest in a single year, Miller, a tough outdoorswoman and two-time Eco-Challenge competitor, undoubtedly saw plenty from her lofty vantage point. She'll share her observations on Everest and the culture of Tibet tonight at 7 at the REI Denver Flagship Store, 1416 Platte Street, with a slide presentation aptly titled Both Sides Now. It's also a benefit for Food Bank of the Rockies; admission is a $5 donation. Call 303-756-3100.
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Tuesday, March 4
Square deal: You just want to make a little statement, but you don't know exactly how? Earth in the Works Studio, 717 12th Street, Golden, is inviting the public to a Tiles for Peace Open Studio, ongoing daily through March 12. Every peace-promoting tile painted for free will be featured in an exhibit at the studio; afterward, they'll be donated to a local PBS station for auction. Call 303-216-2145.
Wednesday, March 5
Jack-of-all-trades and media personality Ben Stein is the actor, quiz-show host, economist, writer, lawyer and journalist folks love to hate. But Stein always has something to say, whether you like it or not. Make your Stein-way choice tonight at 7 at the Auditorium Theatre, 14th and Curtis streets, when he appears as part of the KeyBank Denver Distinguished Lecture Series. For tickets, priced between $15 and $55, call 303-628-7369 or log on to www.denverlectureseries.com.