Hear that faint tinkling of bells off in the distance? Yep, it's the holiday shopping season rearing its ugly head. But since it's still early in the game, you have time to plot a clever course to avoid the ordinary choices, and Kaleidoscope, a bazaar gathering merchandise from more than twenty museum and other nonprofit gift shops under the roof of the Greek Community Center, at 4610 E. Alameda Ave., is one of the best places to begin. The weekend event kicks off tonight from 6 to 8 with a catered patron shopping party, then opens to the public Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Party admission, $25, includes free entry to the sale throughout the weekend; regular admission is $3.50 at the door (children under twelve get in free). Proceeds benefit the 4 Parents Helpline; call 303-534-3789.
Perhaps the most obvious question audiences have when viewing the Whirling Dervishes of Turkey is: How do they do that without loosing their balance? But inner balance is what the whirling--an ancient meditative Sufi ritual--is all about, and the resulting show is stupefyingly incredible to watch. The troupe of spinning dancers will be accompanied by traditional Turkish musicians tonight at 8 at the Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Pl.; to reserve tickets, $18 to $27, call 303-623-0106.
Granted, Hildegard of Bingen isn't a household name--unless you happened to live in twelfth-century Germany. Still, the multi-talented medieval composer, a Benedictine abbess who lived and worked along the Rhine River, was practically a millennium ahead of her time simply by being a woman who excelled in a man's world. Boulder's acclaimed Ars Nova Singers celebrate the abbess's 900th anniversary while ushering in their fall concert season with a program of Hildegardian works tonight at 8 at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1419 Pine St., Boulder. The program will be repeated in Denver tomorrow at 8 at St. Elizabeth's Church, 1060 St. Francis Way on the Auraria campus, before returning to St. John's Sunday at 7:30. Admission is $8 to $10; call 303-499-3165.
Bold black-and-white graphics were the signature of caricaturist Jose Guadalupe Posada, the DYrer of Mexico whose work inspired illiterate Mexico City masses at the turn of the century. Visions of political satire and trademark skeleton images grace many of the visual works, printed on inexpensive broadsheets, that are included in Jose Guadalupe Posada: Mexican Printmaker, an exhibit opening today at the Museo de las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Dr. The stunning collection remains on view at the Museo through November 28; call 303-571-4401 for details.
Those intellectual and virtuosic King Crimson bandmembers have come up with a unique game of musical chairs--for the K.C. offshoot ProjeKct Four, four members of the basic double trio perform as what they call a "fractal" of the main unit. It's an unusual way to avoid a major band breakup, but with bassist Tony Levin, drummer Pat Mastelotto and guitarists Robert Fripp and Trey Gunn handling the reins, it should be anything but boring. They perform tonight and tomorrow at 8 at the Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder; for tickets, $21, call 303-443-3399 or 303-830-TIXS.
Kids who are just wild about the Broncos now have a way to express it collectively. The Bronco Bunch Kids Club will be recruiting new members ages six to fourteen from 1 to 2:30 today at the GART Sports SuperStore, 9000 E. Peakview Blvd., Greenwood Village. But there'll be more going on than that big chance to sign on the dotted line: Kids will also get to interview players at a pint-sized press conference and learn some moves from the horses' mouths. Membership fees are $15 for newcomers ($7 for renewals); for information call 1-888-BRONCOS or log on to www.denverbroncos.com.
There's no better time to see stars than on Colorado Astronomy Day, an annual collaboration between the Denver Astronomical Society, the Chamberlin Observatory and the Denver Museum of Natural History that invites the public to learn more about the heavens and peep at the planets through various high-powered lenses. The fun begins from noon to 4 today at the museum, 2001 Colorado Blvd., with a variety of activities, including demonstrations, children's projects and an ask-the-experts session on the November Leonid meteor showers. Then, after dark, the action moves to the observatory, 2930 E. Warren Ave., where a variety of telescopes, including the Chamberlin's huge 105-year-old model, will be available for sky-viewing from 6 to 11. Binocular workshops, planetarium shows and free star maps fill out the evening; call the DMNH, 303-322-7009, or the Chamberlin Observatory, 303-871-5172, for information.
Already a contemporary-fiction favorite, author Barbara Kingsolver leaves the southwestern United States behind to set her sights on the Congo in The Poisonwood Bible, a new novel examining political strife and familial relationships. The popular Kingsolver reads tonight at 7:30 at the Tattered Cover Book Store, 2955 E. 1st Ave.; since a crowd is expected, pick up your free ticket for a seat and a place in line beginning at 6:30. Call 303-322-7727 for details.
Rituals and traditions from Hispanic, Asian, African-American, American Indian and Muslim cultures appear alongside the Jewish ones you'd expect to be featured in an exhibition at the Mizel Museum of Judaica in Bridges of Understanding: Ceremonies and Festivals, a new show opening today with a family-oriented reception from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Compiled and fabricated by artists Scott Lyon and Carrie Vadas, the permanent participatory exhibit explores the common threads between disparate groups. The museum is located at 560 S. Monaco Pkwy.; call 303-333-4156 for information.
Many women struggling with breast cancer face much more than the possible physical loss of their breasts. In addition to facing their own mortality, relationships sometimes fall victim to the disease as well. But the makers of Breast Cancer Journey, which examines the lives of seventeen women (including Westword writer Juliet Wittman, whose chronicle of her breast-cancer experiences was up for a National Book Award until contest organizers discovered she's from Great Britain), learned that the path is also an inspiring one of personal transcendence. The ninety-minute documentary premieres tonight at 8 on KBDI-TV/Channel 12.
Jerry may be gone, but Deadheads never go away, and neither does consummate Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, the psychedelic poet who helped pen such instant classics as "St. Stephen," "Uncle John's Band" and "Truckin'." These days, Hunter's been concentrating on spoken-word performance, but it'll be a bit of everything when the cult hero appears at 9 tonight and tomorrow at the Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder. Admission is $25; call 303-443-3399 or 303-830-TIXS.
Here's a slick offering: Grease is back, at least for the week, with early-'60s pretty-boy pop star Frankie Avalon headlining the rockin' Broadway musical in the role of Teen Angel. Shows begin tonight at 8 at the Buell Theatre, 14th and Curtis in the Plex, and continue daily through November 1. Admission ranges from $15 to $42; call 303-893-4100 or 303-830-TIXS for reservations.
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When Colorado Symphony Orchestra members suit up for work tonight, it won't be the usual black-and-white attire they'll be putting on. The Haunted Symphony, after all, calls for a different sort of apparel: Featuring such spook-allusive works as the Lucifer Polka, Infernal Dance, A Night on Bald Mountain and Danse Macabre, it's a concert that could only be performed--and attended--in full seasonal costume. Admission to the family show, which starts at 7:30 p.m. in Boettcher Concert Hall, 14th and Curtis in the Plex, is free; early arrival is recommended if you hope to find a seat. Call 303-986-8742.
If you think everything British is always veddy, veddy proper, think again: Portraits in British Film, a series presented in conjunction with the Denver Art Museum's current blockbuster British art show, screens the zany Alec Guinness tour de force Kind Hearts and Coronets, in which the beloved actor hilariously takes on eight different roles. Film critic Tom Delapa of the Boulder Weekly introduces the classic comedy, a true cinematic zenith of delightful absurdity, tonight at 7 at the Acoma Center, 1080 Acoma St.; tickets are $4 to $6. Call 303-623-0524.
It's an idea whose time has come: The Afraid of the Dark Halloween House Tour combines spooky stories with a flashlight tour of five Highland neighborhood homes purported to be haunted. A battalion of costumed guides and magicians will usher participants through each house with terrifying tales that just may or may not be true. Tour the homes from 6 to 9 p.m. nightly, today through October 30; advance tickets are available for $5 at the Lumber Baron Inn, 2555 W. 37th Ave., and proceeds benefit programs at North High School. Space is limited, and reservations are recommended. For details call 303-477-8205.