Sparlha Swa lends her voice at the ArgusFest Benefit, 
    Sunday at the Walnut Room.
Sparlha Swa lends her voice at the ArgusFest Benefit, Sunday at the Walnut Room.

This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Thursday, August 25

Self-published poet Lara Catone and musician Tim Pourbaix of Killfix, who produces his own recordings, discovered that their respective struggles to make themselves heard aren't really all that different. And so the Scattered Arts Collective, a loose circle of artists from many disciplines, was born. Envisioned as a crossover support system, the collective makes its public debut tonight when Catone, reading from her new book, Urge, is joined by local bands American Relay and Conrad Tookerstein and the Band of Hyenas, and fine artists Virginia Kaufman and Jeff Klapterich, for a multi-arts evening beginning at 9:30 p.m. at 1515 Market Street. Catone hopes it's just the beginning of something beautiful, with a revolving set of participants gathering regularly at different venues. For details, visit

Friday, August 26

One of the city's best-loved yard sales is back this weekend. The Denver Public Library Used Book Sale is an annual feast of slightly soiled (and maybe worse-for-wear) books, music and movies that were culled from library shelves to make room for new stuff. More than 120,000 items will be offered up at bargain prices during the three-day sale; load up on literature and more from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow or from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, downstairs in the B2 Conference Center and concourse area at the Denver Central Library, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway. Nonprofits can pick through remaining stock during a sale-ending Great Book Giveaway on Sunday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 720-865-1111 or go to

Life without humor is like taking a long bath without any water: It'll leave you flat, not even offering the option of sinking or swimming. So laugh it up this weekend at El Centro Su Teatro's annual Chicano Comedy Under the Stars event. This year's soirée features Denver native and L.A. comedy club veteran Donelle Prado, who will join locals Gary Washington and Sherry "La Loca" Coca-Candelaria and emcee Tim Marquez for two hilarious performances, served al fresco tonight and tomorrow night at El Centro, 4725 High Street. The show starts at 8:05 p.m., and tickets are $15; call 303-296-0219 for reservations.

Yeah, yeah, yeah: The little girls who screamed their heads off 41 years ago when the Beatles played Red Rocks are now middle-aged and battling gray hair and cellulite. But just imagine how their hearts will flutter when 1964 The Tribute re-creates that special night in stunning detail. {No, no, not that kind of flutter. You can leave the defibrillator at home.) The reprise performance, an annual benefit for KBDI-TV/Channel 12, will bring back memories tonight beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison; for tickets, $17, call 303-830-TIXS or visit

Saturday, August 27

Hizzoner Hickenloope continues to uphold his reputation as a people's politician today by hosting Achieving Our Vision, a community meeting during which he'll discuss priorities for the city's 2006 budget, which is currently in development. Review the plans with the mayor and other municipal officials, then voice your own opinion, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Denver School of the Arts cafeteria, 7111 Montview Boulevard; call 720-865-9000 for details.

Sunday, August 28

Westword gave the ongoing ArgusFest human-rights film series a hearty Best of Denver award last spring, with good reason: Founder Jason Bosch's unwavering support for the creative underworld that is progressive filmmaking is an example to us all, as is his message, vigilance in the face of global injustice. It's a large load for one little guy, and he needs your help -- hence today's ArgusFest Benefit, a fundraiser hosted by community radio station KGNU at the happening Walnut Room, 3131 Walnut Street. The event, a silent auction and concert with Jamaican songstress Sparlha Swa, Katmandu, Full Belly and others, begins at 5 p.m.; admission is a $7 donation. Log on to for information about the event, as well as for ArgusFest screenings.

Monday, August 29

Just think of it as Denver's little playground in the sky: Winter Park Resort, located on the B-side of Berthoud Pass, is easily accessible, loaded with fun things to do all year 'round and just a hop, skip and jump away from Grand Lake and other summer mountain attractions. (Though once you get there, you may never get beyond its boundaries or even decide what to do first.) Some ideas? Bring your mountain bike and explore the resort's endless maze of trails, bounce on a bungee, speed down the mountain on the Alpine Slide or putt your way through the mini-links. Head for the hills, daily through September 5; a $44 day pass or $38 half-day pass is good for unlimited use of all base activities, or pay as you go. Call 1-800-979-0332 or visit

Tuesday, August 30

The new season of the acclaimed PBS series P.O.V. , presented in conjunction with the Independent Television Service, hits its stride tonight with Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust, a documentary by Menachem Daum and Oren Rudavsky that focuses on the positive approach one orthodox Jew has taken in dealing with the Holocaust. In the film, Daum travels with his adult sons to Poland -- long perceived as an anti-Semitic stronghold -- to find the Polish family that hid his own father during World War II. (Daum has since begun a project to restore a Jewish cemetery in that country.) The second in a trilogy about Jewish themes planned by the filmmakers, Hiding and Seeking airs tonight at 10 p.m. on KRMA-TV/Channel Six; log on to for details.

Wednesday, August 31

Food and language are soul mates, and there's nothing more universal than a conversation over dinner. With that in mind, the language faculty of DU's University College for continuing education puts one and one together for tonight's Taste of Language, an event bent on enticing students into the fold for fall language courses. From 6 to 8 p.m., participants can sample a thirty-minute language lesson in any of a dozen or so languages offered by the school -- including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian and Japanese -- before digging into a tasting table of dishes from many cultures. Taste the world: The free event takes place in the Cyber Cafe, Ben Cherrington Hall, 2201 South Gaylord Street on the DU campus; reservations are recommended by August 26. Call 303-871-2291 or go to


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