Thursday, March 11
You know something's up -- maybe a little too up -- when anti-depressant residues are found floating around in the water supply. And nobody knows more about that than author Elizabeth Wurtzel, whose 1994 memoir, Prozac Nation, made a controversial case against that drug's unbridled use in American society. Wurtzel will discuss her own experiences with depression and drugs this afternoon at a free lecture, "Prozac Nation: Sex, Drugs and Depression," hosted by CU-Denver and Metropolitan State College of Denver at 1 p.m. in the Tivoli Turnhalle, 900 Auraria Parkway on the Auraria campus. Live-stream broadcasts will also be available online; go to http://thunder1.cudenver.edu/studentlife or http://studentactivities.mscd.edu/live.
And you thought they were just those annoying millers that fly in your face when disturbed in dark shadows and flap crazily around your porch light until it zaps them. But there's more: Moth Matters, a unique exhibit on display at the University of Colorado's Museum of Natural History, 15th Street and Broadway, puts a fresh spin on mothdom, highlighted by the inclusion of printmaker and electronic-media pioneer Joseph Scheer's large-scale digital images of the dusty-winged Lepidoptera family. But CU's natural historians have retained a sense of humor about their exhibit's fluttery subject matter: In conjunction with the show, which runs through August 1, the museum will host a screening of the 1962 horror film Mothra tonight on campus in room W100 of the Bruce Curtis Building. The gigantic Godzilla foe lands at 6:30 p.m.; for information, call 303-492-1666 or log on to http://cumuseum.colorado.edu.
Friday, March 12
To some folks, it seems as if Columbine just won't go away. But others realize that its ramifications are just coming into their own. The evidence? A growing flurry of creative responses has followed in the tragedy's wake, both on the local and national levels. In Denver, the LIDA Project theater ensemble now offers its own contribution. Bingo Boyz: Columbine, billed as a work of historical fiction, was developed by LIDA members, who pieced it together after conducting exhaustive interviews and research within the diverse Columbine community of families, teachers, victims, police and media figures. The show opens tonight at 8 p.m. and continues Fridays and Saturdays through May 1 at the LIDA Project Theater, 2180 Stout Street. Admission is $17; for reservations, call 303-282-0466 or log on to www.lida.org.
It's that time of year when people just naturally gravitate toward a touch o' anything Irish. Here's an extra-big helping: The pure, primordial pipes of Moya Brennan, best known as the lead vocalist of popular Celtic band Clannad (not to mention sister of new-age superstar Enya), will fill the Boulder Theater tonight with a modern take on traditional Irish music. Brennan and her top-notch band will dance through old and new material beginning at 8 p.m. at the theater, 2032 14th Street in Boulder. For tickets, $18 to $23, call 303-786-7030 or log on to www.bouldertheater.com.
Saturday, March 13
Denver's time-honored St. Patrick's Day Parade, one of the largest in the country, will roll through lower downtown this morning. Now celebrating its 42nd year, the parade will include wacky floats, marching bands, leapin' step-dancers, pipers and clowns. And don't forget the one and only Queen Colleen Caitlin Hamilton. Grand Marshal Mayor O'Hickenlooper and his honorary sidekick, retiring Denver Bronco Eddie Mac McCaffrey, will preside over the pageant, which sports a no-nonsense "Blarney on Blake Street" theme this year. The fun begins at 10 a.m. at the intersection of 27th and Blake streets, then wends its way south to 17th Street, west to Union Station and up Wynkoop Street to Coors Field. For information, call 303-368-9861 or log on to www.denverstpatricksdayparade.org. For more St. Patrick's Day events, turn to page 95.
Sunday, March 14
The St. Paddy's celebratin' carries on this morning with another downtown Denver tradition. The first waves of the sixteenth annual Runnin' of the Green, featuring the main-event Lucky 7K run/walk and the two-mile Irish Punt, take off from McCormick's Fish House and Bar, 17th and Wazee streets, at 10:15 a.m. Upon their return from the LoDo loop, runners will be treated to a full-blown Irish block party featuring bagpipers, dancers and a hearty corned-beef-and-cabbage repast. Entry fees, which benefit Volunteers of America, are $20 to $25; to register, call 303-694-2030 or log on to www.bkbltd.com.
Meanwhile, Boulder's big yearly nod to all things Irish, the two-block World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade, gets under way at noon at Conor O'Neill's Traditional Irish Pub, 1922 13th Street. After a truncated run up and down the street, O'Neill's will serve Irish fare and host a street festival for the whole family until 6 p.m., with children's games, Irish Olympics competitions and live music by Mumbouli and Wendy Woo, topping it off with a late-afternoon traditional Irish music session. Sl´inte! Additional celebrations continue at the bar through Wednesday; call 303-449-1922 or log on to www.conoroneills.com.
Monday, March 15
Journalist Neely Tucker exposes the human side of global turmoil, racism and the South African AIDS crisis in Love in the Driest Season: A Family Memoir. The personal history details how Tucker and his wife, Vita, found and adopted baby Chipo, a tiny girl left to die in AIDS-ravaged Zimbabwe and placed in an orphanage in which every child faced the odds of being HIV-positive. Tucker will discuss the book today at noon at a Book Beat Luncheon at the Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place. Admission is $15 to $18, and reservations are required; call 303-571-5260. The author will speak again tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover Book Store, 2955 East First Avenue; call 303-322-7727 for details.
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Tuesday, March 11
The Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, gives parents a break -- twice -- by offering its annual spring-break pastime, Great Games Week, which features children's activities, Family Backpacks and gallery games daily during two one-week periods this spring: today through Sunday, March 21, and again April 3 through 11. The activities, usually available only on weekends, give play a learning edge, which is a nice plus for kids cut loose from school for a week. For additional information, call 720-865-5000 or log on to www.denverartmuseum.org.
Wednesday, March 11
The Denver Center Theatre Company greets the season airily and in perfect springtime form with Noel Coward's otherworldly Blithe Spirit, the playwright's séance-centered romantic farce. The show opens for previews tomorrow in the Space Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, but tonight only, resourceful theater-goers can conjure the impossible -- free admission -- at a 6:30 p.m. "Free for All" performance. For tickets, available on a first-come, first-served basis, drop by the Bonfils box office at 4:30 p.m.; if the spirits let you down, you can still buy tickets, $16 to $43, for performances continuing through April 24. Call 303-893-4100 or log on to www.denvercenter.org.