Thursday, January 29
Performances by the Takács Quartet, resident string quartet at the University of Colorado for a good twenty years, are still among the toughest tickets to come by in Boulder, where their annual series sells out season after season. It's because the ensemble is no well-kept secret: Acclaimed around the world, Tak´cs knocks 'em dead wherever it goes. But this concert just might, well, maybe, qualify as a secret, or at least an opportunity. The Grammy winners perform tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 South Allison Parkway, Lakewood. Tickets range from $24 to $26; call 303-987-7875 or www.lakewood.org to reserve yours.
Friday, January 30
The best of the best: The non-profit Colorado Photographic Arts Center, 1513 Boulder Street, continues to promote regional photographers by honoring three of them with its annual CPAC Member Awards 2003, a juried showcase awarded to artists when their entire bodies of work are submitted. Last year's winners -- Julie Larsen, who combines photographic processes with mixed-media enhancements; Mary Nehls, whose nudes incorporate Polaroid emulsion transfers and digital manipulation; and Sally Stockhold, who works with Xerox prints on vellum -- get their due, beginning with a reception tonight from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and continuing through March 13. Call 303-455-8999.
A.C.E. comedy group members Linda Klein, Barbara Gehring and Matthew Taylor have this thing about food. They think it's hilarious, and in the past have even resorted to frying bacon in the wings in order to create the desired ambience for their comic productions. The trio, recently named Official Comedy Group of the soon-to-reopen Historic Elitch Gardens Theatre, finds humor in sustenance for their latest creation, Grub: A Comedy of Good Taste. Fill up on funny tonight or tomorrow at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder; to reserve tickets, $15, call 303-322-6750 or log on to www.acecomedy.com.
Denver's revolutionary Cafe Nuba has outgrown its old digs at the Gemini Tea Emporium. But the free-speaking event -- a visceral combination of spoken-word presentations, performance art and film featuring local talent and invited artists, hosted by emcee/poet Lady Speech -- hasn't left the Five Points neighborhood. It's merely moved on to a roomier venue, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton Street, where the show will continue to go on, beginning at 9:30 p.m. every last Friday of the month. (Open-mike sessions begin warming up the crowds at 8 p.m.) Tonight's main event features Bronx poet and Nuyorican Poets Cafe star muMs the Schemer (best known for his role as "Poet" on the HBO series Oz) and a film screening, Breath Control: The History of the Human Beat Box. Admission is $10 to $15; for details, call 303-832-3190 or log on to www.panafricanarts.org.
Saturday, January 31
The Imagine Peace Foundation, a local nonprofit that does just what it says, will promote togetherness tonight at Wings of Unity, the organization's annual fundraising dinner, beginning with a silent auction at 6 p.m. at the Marriott City Center, 1701 California Street. And when this group promotes peacefulness, it goes directly to the fount: Tonight's guest speaker is Dr. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. Entertainment, also in a peaceful vein, will be provided by Grammy-nominated Tibetan flutist Nawang Khechog. Tickets are $125 to $150; for reservations, log on to www.blacktie-colorado.com/ticketbooth. For information about Imagine Peace, log on to www.imaginepeacefoundation.org.
Sunday, February 1
No need to be glum: A Super Bowl's a Super Bowl, regardless of who's in it, so why not make the most of it and have some fun? You could choose to go all out, come out of your cozy den, and join a whole horde of football fans at Denver's Ultimate Super Bowl Party, hosted by the ESPN Zone, 1187 16th Street, in the Tabor Center. More than 150 TV screens, including a massive sixteen-foot HDTV screen, will be focused on the action. Carolina or New England? Who cares? You'll be right there with Broncos cheerleaders and a like-minded mob; in addition, guests can take part in an interactive pre-show with ESPN personalities prior to the 4:25 p.m. kickoff. Call 303-595-3776.
Is there a ghost in the house? It's a frequently asked question in the peanut gallery wherever Hank Williams III performs. Unlike his good-ol'-boy daddy, Hank Jr., this boy channels his grandpappy like nobody's business. The seance begins at 8 p.m. tonight, when Hank III performs at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 East Colfax Avenue; for tickets, $15, call 303-322-2308 or log on to www.ticketweb.com.
Monday, February 2
Fire's not fun: That's the message at Sparky's Hazard House, a kid-friendly, hands-on lesson on how to avoid common fire and safety hazards encountered in everyday life. The wvwnt will be hosted today and tomorrow by the Denver Firefighters Museum, 1326 Tremont Place, in conjunction with Burn Awareness Week. Youngsters in attendance will focus on four safety concepts -- crawl low under smoke; safe for play or stay away; get out and stay out; and 911 -- with help from a hazard-labeled, dollhouse-sized model of a typical home. Sessions will be offered at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day. For information, call 303-892-1436 or go to www.denverfirefightersmuseum.org.
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Tuesday, February 3
For the birds: To what lengths will ordinary bird-watchers go to notch their bird-watching belts? Denver Post environmental reporter (and rabid birder) Mark Obmascik has packaged the goods in his book, The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature and Fowl Obsession. It's an account of the extreme event of birding: the Big Year, an obsessive 365-day North American marathon that begins each year on January 1. Obmascik followed three contestants vying for the Big Year title; he'll sign his account tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover Book Store, 2955 East First Avenue. For details, call 303-322-7727.
Wednesday, February 4
Avant-garde dancer and experimental filmmaker Maya Deren, a Soviet emigré born in the year of the Russian Revolution, was also a social contemporary of Andre Breton, Marcel Duchamp, Oscar Fischinger and Anäis Nin. The University of Colorado at Boulder's International Film Series gives a nod to Deren tonight with two showings of Viennese director Martina Kudl´cek's fascinating award-winning biopic, In the Mirror of Maya Deren. The film screens at 7 and 9:15 p.m. in Muenzinger Auditorium, CU-Boulder campus, Boulder; admission is $4 to $5, or $30 for a ten-admission punch card. Call 303-492-1531 or log on to www.internationalfilmseries.com.