As if the success of her Stories on Stage series -- a delightful on-stage pairing of top-notch actors with fabulous snippets from the literary world -- weren't enough, SOS founder and executive director Norma Brown saw an untapped audience out there and decided to go after it. A younger, more radical crowd is the target of SOS's new Edge of the Envelope Series, which debuts this afternoon at the Mercury Cafe. The program comprises less-mainstream material and a cast of young actors plucked from Denver's indie-theater scene with the help of the Bug's Gary Culig. "These are people I don't see at the Stage Theatre; I see them at tango class at the Mercury," says Brown of her new stable, and they're perfect for today's installment. Under the moniker "Politically Outrageous," Brown and Culig culled oppositional writings from the likes of Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly on one side and Al Franken, Molly Ivins and Michael Moore on the other. Brown also plans to have a voter-registration table on the premises for young folks riled up by the show.
The wordplay starts at 2:30 p.m. at the Mercury, 2199 California Street; tickets are $10 at the door. Call 303-494-0523. -- Susan Froyd
Focus on the Adams family
The history lesson will be strictly hands-on tonight when the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities presents An Evening With John and Abigail Adams: America's First True Political Couple, a costumed performance by dedicated Chautauquans Bill Chrystal and Amanda Dick. Chrystal, a former Navy chaplain and actual Adams descendant, also hosts the nationally syndicated radio program The Thomas Jefferson Hour; he and Dick will speak in character and answer historical questions beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1820 Broadway. Tickets, which benefit the CEH, are $35; call 303-894-7952, ext. 18, or log on to www.ceh.org. -- Susan Froyd
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Everyone has a story to tell, but it takes a word wizard to weave yarns as an art form. That's the case with the Rocky Mountain Storytellers Guild, whose members are some of the best spinners on the Front Range. And they'll prove it this weekend at the Boulder Public Library's Winter Festival of Stories. "Storytelling is for all ages," says coordinator Carol Heepke. "This festival has something for kids, seniors -- even a jaded business executive."
Performers will employ face-painting, pictographs and a musical cabaret to enrich their word pictures. "There is always more than one way to interpret a good story," says Heepke. "The best storytellers put it out there for you to take what you want from it."
The program begins at 10 a.m. today and continues at 1 p.m. tomorrow; admission is free. For a complete schedule and story descriptions, call 303-441-3196 or go to www.boulder.lib.co.us/calendar/storytelling.html. Then make your way over to the BPL, because, as Heepke notes, "a story isn't a story without somebody there to hear it." -- Kity Ironton