Chip off the old Monk: Following in the footsteps of the great pianist and jazz innovator Thelonius Monk isn't an easy task, but it's one that his son, T.S. Monk, an accomplished musician in his own right, handles with plenty of poise and style. It was when the elder Monk brought his then-seven-year-old son to a recording session that Junior, intrigued by Max Roach's gleaming traps, first took to the drums, his chosen instrument; a gift of drumsticks from Roach sent him on his way. Now he's ready to look Dad's genius in the eye. T.S. Monk's most recent work, the acclaimed CD Monk on Monk, revisits and puts a unique, commanding spin on his father's one-of-a-kind classics. Monk and a talented lineup of musicians perform the tribute works live tonight at 8 at the Boulder Theater, 2030 14th St., Boulder. Tickets are $15 to $22; call 786-7030 or 830-TIXS.
Only skin-deep: Or is it? The art of etching images into the skin is nearly as old as mankind and fraught with layer upon layer of cultural and spiritual significance. Tattoo, a new student-developed exhibit opening today at the CU Museum, at 15th and Broadway in Boulder, explores that global tradition through the ages and up to its reincarnation as a youth-culture status symbol in modern times. The show kicks off this evening from 7 to 9 with a tattoo extravaganza that includes a temporary henna tattoo parlor where you can try one on without having to keep it forever; tattoo safety tips; and live Latin jazz fusion music by Gordito. Admission is free; call 492-3396.
Rock and roll will never die: When a Carl Perkins leaves the planet, we can only be reminded again of how early rock's ceaseless reserve of high energy first kicked the world's butt and sent frenzied teenagers out onto the dance floor. Lucky for us older but wiser fogies, who've since run the gauntlet of folk rock, acid rock, prog rock, sludge rock, grunge rock and you-name-it rock, there are still guys like Paul Burlison out there keeping it pure and simple. Burlison, whose grinding guitar work helped define a sound for rockabilly's famed Burnette brothers, Johnny and Dorsey, is still heating up joints across the nation. Tonight he sets Seven South, 7 S. Broadway, aflame with new tunes and ageless classics. For details call 455-8408 or 744-0513.
Something in the Eire: A hooley ain't hooey--to the Irish and the rest of us Celtophiles, it's the epitome of a good time, filled with nonstop music and dance. The Mile High Hooley II, today from noon to 10:30 p.m. and tomorrow from noon to 8:30 p.m. at the Temple Events Center, promises all this and more, revolving around a core group of exemplary Celtic performers, including the all-woman band Cherish the Ladies, Scottish superstar Dick Gaughan and Missouri-born songstress Connie Dover, with her unparalleled accompanist, Roger Landes, on bouzouki, mandolin and guitar. Refreshments, dance lessons and general horsing around will fill the entire weekend, but the hottest dancing takes place at tonight's full-blown Ceili dance, beginning at 8:30. Daily admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children twelve and under ($15 for adults and $9 for children at the door); headliners will perform both days. The Temple Events Center is at 1595 Pearl St.; call 830-TIXS.
Hop on the bus: Today's your last chance to load up the mini-van and haul the kids downtown to Currigan Exhibition Hall, 1324 Champa St., for the All About Kids Expo, a hands-on indoor extravaganza that's geared toward the youngsters but also has plenty of family-oriented exhibits and information booths to interest parents. While kids get their kicks at a soccer demo cage, get their faces painted, play laser tag, climb the walls (the climbing wall, that is) or make art, the 'rents can catch up on the latest kid-friendly services. Highlighting the expo are live performances at 11:30, 2 and 4 by Scholastic's Magic School Bus, with magical science teacher Ms. Frizzle at the wheel. Attend the expo today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; admission is $6 for adults, free for kids twelve and under (two per paying adult, $3 each for additional kids). Proceeds benefit Children's Hospital.
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Swing into spring: What's that delectable sound? Could it be the crack of the bat? Yessiree, it could--but it's not telegraphing all the way here from spring training in Arizona. Depending on where you live, it could be coming from the South Suburban Batting Cages, located at Cornerstone Park, Windemere and Belleview in Littleton. South Suburban's regular spring hours begin today--take your swings from 3 to 9 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekends. Call 797-3796. Or it could be coming from across town at the North Jeffco Batting Cages, in Arvada's Harold Lutz Sports Complex, 10664 W. 58th Ave. Test your chops there weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting. Call 425-0274. Then again, if you've got a hankering to dirty yourself up sliding into first, give the Denver Sport and Social Club a buzz at 639-8466 or send e-mail to denver@SSCUS.COM FOR THE SKINNY ON ITS SPRING SOFTBALL PROGRAMS. TWO LEVELS OF COED LEAGUES START APRIL 8; THE SPORTS-HAPPY CLUB ALSO SPONSORS LEAGUES FOR FLOOR HOCKEY, VOLLEYBALL, BASKETBALL AND OTHER ATHLETIC AMUSEMENTS. AND IF YOU'RE OVER FORTY, MALE, TRYING LIKE THE DICKENS TO STAY IN GREAT SHAPE AND HAVE HARD-BALL EXPERIENCE, THE DENVER DIAMONDBACKS TEAM IS HOLDING TRYOUTS AT 7 P.M. WEDNESDAY AT GRAND SLAM USA, 8230 W. 80TH AVE., ARVADA. PASSING RECRUITS MUST ANTE UP A $95 LEAGUE FEE AND ANOTHER $95 FOR A UNIFORM. CALL 233-2189.
Baby Blocks No fooling--good things do come in small packages. Small Treasures: Doll Quilts and More, opening today at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, 111 Washington Ave., Golden, offers finely stitched and detailed proof with a wonderful collection of miniatures that range from grandma-made classics to a display of wee, hankie-sized pieces made for dollhouses. You won't find a better blanket statement anywhere. Visit the museum, one of only six of its kind in the country, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily except Sundays; the exhibit continues through May 2. Admission is $2; call 277-0377.
No business like show business: What's an American classic made of? Just spin any song written by tunesmith Irving Berlin and you'll know in an instant. Puttin' On the Ritz--The Irving Berlin Songbook puts all of the Tin Pan Alley elements that provided a basis for his work into play, doing up such favorites as "Steppin' Out With My Baby," "Blue Skies," "Easter Parade" and "God Bless America" with Broadway-caliber panache. Bringing it together center stage will be Carol Lawrence, the songbird who debuted on the Great White Way in the original production of West Side Story. Lawrence heads up a warbling cast of five other performers; they'll bring the snappy show of Berlin standards to the Buell Theatre, 14th and Curtis in the Plex, for one night only. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show range from $15 to $35. Call 893-4100 or 830-TIXS.
High times: If two weeks of blizzards and Olympic whiz kids at Nagano only served to whet your appetite for pristine alpine beauty and breathtaking outdoor adventures, you won't want to miss the best of the Banff Festival of Mountain Films, playing at the American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St., Golden, tonight at 6:30. Covering the gamut of outdoor sports, from mountain climbing to kayaking, the condensed best-of offering distills three days' worth of outdoor flicks shown at the Canadian festival into a nonstop, one-night recreational roller coaster. Tickets, $10, are available in advance at metro-area REI stores; proceeds benefit the mountaineering center. Call 429-1800, 756-3100, 932-0600 or log on to http://www.rei.com