Some folks would just put their tails between their legs and hide in the nearest closet after being dissed for radical politics by the President of the United States, but onetime assistant attorney general nominee Lani Guinier has not backed up an inch. The Harvard law professor strikes back with Lift Every Voice: Turning a Civil Rights Setback Into a New Vision of Social Justice, a new book that discusses her experiences in the gladiator's arena of American politics and defends her points of view. The Denver Public Library Friends Foundation presents Guinier tonight at 7:30 at Shorter A.M.E. Church, 3100 Richard Allen Court, where she'll read from and sign copies of the memoir. Admission is $16 to $18 ($45 includes a 6:30 p.m. reception with Guinier); for reservations call 640-6375.
You can hear another voice in the dark tonight--and what a voice it is. An Evening With Harvey Fierstein, featuring the famously gay actor/playwright/comic's wonderfully gnarly intonations, begins at 8 p.m. at the Audi-torium Theatre, 14th and Curtis in the Plex. He'll charm the audience with comedy, dramatic monologues and songs culled from a new CD, This Is Not Going to Be Pretty; for tickets, $20 to $30, call 830-TIXS. Fierstein will also attend a limited-attendance VIP reception before the performance to raise funds for local gay organizations; for the show/reception ticket package, $50 to $75, call 455-2682.
We just have to ask: What's up, doc? The Bugs Bunny Film Festival--North American Tour hops into the Mann Cherry Creek 8 theater today for a week-long run. The fest, a compendium of Warner Bros. cartoon classics that features favorite glimpses of that wascally wabbit along with all his friends, from Tweety to Taz, continues at the theater only through April 30--so don't procrastinate. Act now and you'll be treated to the skillfully hysterical work of such legendary animators as Tex Avery, Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng and Bob Clampett. Give in to the juvenile within: For ticket prices and showtimes, call 377-1519.
Do-it-yourself crafters will want to draw a bead on the Rocky Mountain Bead Society's annual Bead Bazaar, taking place this weekend at the Holiday Inn Holidome, I-25 and 120th Ave. A veritable treasure chest of jewelry-makers' goodies, the bazaar features vendors from across the nation, along with workshops and demonstrations to give you ideas of what to do once you get your bead booty home. Attend the show from 10 to 6 today and 11 to 5 tomorrow; admission is just $1. Call 388-3188 for more information.
You've been to art auctions before, but here's one that's different. Art for Heart's Sake, a benefit for Project Angel Heart and Arts on Vine, offers up something a bit sweeter and rougher than the usual fundraising art sale: preliminary sketches, doodles and little bits of inspiration donated by artists. Don't miss an opportunity to go home with something really unique for once; the event, which also includes food and live entertainment, takes place from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 1280 Vine St. For details call 388-6469.
You never know what you'll find in your own backyard. Boulder composer Bill Douglas, for instance, has been working more or less unrecognized in these parts for at least twenty years. Part of the problem may be that his performances here are rare--perhaps he's just too busy writing, teaching and accompanying renowned clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, who's just released a CD of Douglas's compositions. Well, here's your chance to make an important discovery: Douglas, who has an ear for Third World rhythms in a classical framework, performs tonight at 8 at the Boulder Public Library Auditorium, 1000 Canyon Blvd., with Mark Miller on woodwinds, Ty Burhoe on tablas, and vocals by the Ars Nova Singers. For tickets, $10, call the Boulder Theater, 786-7030.
Kids need books--trust us on this one. And one of the best places to escape Power Rangers and Teletubbies is the Rocky Mountain Children's Book Festival, taking place today and tomorrow at Currigan Exhibition Hall, 1324 Champa St. There'll be plenty of diversions there for minds demanding gratification of the richest kind--authors, performers, costumed book characters (the Stinky Cheese Man, Wild Thing and Peter Rabbit are scheduled to make appearances), magnetic poetry, a BrainQuest Challenge for schoolkids, a muralist at work and--you got it--lots of books to keep kids of all ages busy, happy and intellectually stimulated. Attend the festival from 9 to 5 daily; admission is free, although donations of $3 per person or $10 per family will be accepted. For information call 839-8320.
Avant-garde musicians may not sell a whole bunch of records, but the chances they take can be stunning. Drummer Gerry Hemingway, a former sideman with Anthony Braxton and Reggie Workman, is one of the few willing to live up to that rigorous challenge. Hemingway will make thought-provoking sounds tonight at 7:30 at Maximilian's, 2151 Lawrence St., with help from trombonist Ray Anderson, saxophonist Ellery Eskelin and bassist Michael Formanek; tickets are $7 to $10 at the door.
For classical guitarist Jonathan Leathwood, the challenge is played out through his staggering technique. The young Englishman, who's not quite thirty, performs Spanish, modern and self-transcribed Bach works on six- and ten-string guitars today at 4 at Foote Hall, Houston Fine Arts Center, 7111 Montview Blvd.; for tickets, $10, call 321-5690 or 693-6267.
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Did she or didn't she? At least one cog in the Monica Lewinsky scandal machine keeps getting caught on author Nicholson Baker's phone-sex novel Vox, which may or may not have ended up on the ex-intern's bookshelf. So who cares? Not Baker--he's over it completely, off and running with a new book, The Everlasting Story of Nory, which provides an adult look into a child's psyche. Baker reads tonight at 7:30 at the Tattered Cover Book Store, 2955 E. 1st Ave.; call 322-7727.
No way can you miss the Dance of the Seven Veils. You won't find that spectacle at the Diamond Cabaret, but it will be performed nearby at Boettcher Hall when Opera Colorado presents Richard Strauss's Salome, a scandalous one-act based on the story of John the Baptist. How that works is a secret we can't divulge; the torrid opera premieres tonight at 7:30 and continues with performances on April 28 and May 1 and 3. Boettcher Hall is at 14th and Curtis in the Plex; for tickets, ranging generously from $15 to $119, call 830-TIXS or visit Opera Colorado's Web site, www.operacolo.org.
There's something about touring a breathtaking mansion that's just been dressed up for company. It's all part of the charm in perusing the Junior Symphony Guild Designer Showhouse each year--that je ne sais quois that makes you feel like, well, like someone you're not. At least for the afternoon. Put on an air and rub elbows in the well-heeled former French Consulate, 738 Pearl St., daily except Mondays through May 17; you can also meet the designers from 4 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday. Admission is $10 in advance ($12 at the door; $5 for children ages two to twelve). Proceeds benefit Colorado Symphony Orchestra children's programs. Call 355-7855 for more information.