Wednesday April 20 Riddim method: Reggae queen Judy Mowatt has all the right roots--when Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston left Bob Marley's Wailers, she stepped in alongside Rita Marley and Marcia Griffiths as one of the I-Threes. Since then, this talented Rasta gal has gone solo, making waves wherever she goes. Her appearances tonight and tomorrow at the Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., should produce some mighty breakers on the shores of Boulder. The world beat bill also includes Connecticut reggae band Anthem and West African diva Angelique Kidjo. Tickets for either 9 p.m. show are $14; call 290-TIXS.
Talk of the town: Denverites with a gift for gab will have a unique chance to achieve fame and fortune when the America's Talking Talk Search comes to the Tabor Center, 1201 16th St., for three days of talk show host-hunting, beginning today and ending Friday. Anyone brave enough to want a berth in the new 24-hour cable television talk network (the national grand-prize winner gets a $75,000 one-year contract) is welcome to enter--just bring a VHS half-inch tape with you between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and be prepared for a videotaped audition. Or if you're too chicken to do it in public, send your own home-produced tape in a 9ý x 12ý padded envelope to: America's Talking Talk Search Contest, P.O. Box 1613, Bensenville, IL 60106-8613.
Thursday April 21 Aces wild: Take this with a grain of salt--the Advanta Tennis Tour, coming to McNichols Arena tonight at 6:30, is a "senior" tournament, although the eldest racket-wielder participating is only 41 and the youngest not even 30. But there will be no huffing and puffing: four of the world's best--John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg and Mats Wilander--will meet at the net this evening. Call 290-TIXS to reserve seats; admission ranges from $15 to a hefty $50.
Faculty meeting: CU-Boulder's theater and dance department fittingly tops off its season with Dance Progressions, a concert of works choreographed by five dance faculty members. The diverse slate closes with a rousing finale of Haitian dances performed by the Harambee Dancers. Curtain time is 8 p.m. today through Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Tickets, which are $8 to $10 ($6-$8 students), can be purchased by phoning 492-8181.
Wye and wherefore: The internationally acclaimed British flutist Trevor Wye will give a free concert tonight at 8 in the Grusin Music Hall at CU-Boulder. The delightful gent--who dusts his recitals with humor and wit and is so into his instrument that he even likes to construct experimental flutes--will highlight the performance with an awesome rendition of The Carnival of Venice, a work employing 40 flutes of all sizes and types. Wye will conduct a master class at CU on Saturday, also free; for information call 492-8008.
Friday April 22 Texas Cadillac: A long line of Texas blues guitarists--including Albert Collins, Freddie King and Stevie Ray Vaughan--remains unbroken, thanks to Dallas cowboy Smokin' Joe Kubek, a fiery keeper of the tradition. Kubek brings his band, made positively incendiary by featured vocalist B'nois King--a smooth shouter in the Otis Rush mold--to Billy Blues, 695 Kipling, for an 8 p.m. date. The Bluesmatics open; there's a $6 cover at the door. Call 274-2534.
Earthly delights: The Denver Museum of Natural History offers Earth Day enrichment to all comers free of charge--the usual museum admission fees will be waived today, just in time for the opening of Wilderness Set, a collection of classic works by the great American photographer Ansel Adams, on loan from the Wilderness Society. The exhibit, primarily composed of the artful landscapes that put Adams on the map, also includes a rare self-portrait--all of which will remain in the museum's Johnson Gallery through next year. The DMNH is located at 2001 Colorado Blvd.; for additional information call 322-7009.
Saturday April 23 It's in the mallet: Vibraphonist Jay Hoggard is a jazz gold mine. Not only is he talented enough as an instrumentalist to have performed on stage with vibe masters Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson and Bobby Hutcherson, but he's also a superb composer whose prolific portfolio contains work on over forty albums--including some dandies of his own. He's also recorded film scores and jingles. Hoggard, who is working on a collaboration with our own Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, presents his inventive repertoire this evening at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., beginning at 7:30. Reserve your $16 tickets by calling 431-3939.
Roots for the home team: Colorado's well-entrenched Chicano community goes back a long, long way--it can be traced to the cultural lode of the San Luis Valley and later to the Auraria settlement, an early neighbor of Denver. You can learn all about it during ÁViva, Colorado!, a special day-long event presented by the Colorado History Group. The day kicks off at 8:30 a.m. on the Auraria campus, with Mexican muffins and pastries, followed at 9 a.m. with a word from local historian Tom Noel. Then settle in for a morning of discussions and panels, studded with performances by musical group Los Conquistadores and members of the theater troupe Su Teatro--all exploring the Hispanic roots and culture of Colorado. Afternoon events include tours of Santa Fe Drive, a main artery through Denver's barrio, and a leisurely lunch at El Noa Noa, all ending around 4. Pre-register by calling 556-4830; the fee is $6 ($4 students).
Sunday April 24 Pedals to the medal: We all know about local hero Christopher Taylor, who won the bronze medal in last year's Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, but what about Italian virtuoso Simone Pedroni? He's the dude who took the gold, and he'll perform in a recital tonight at 8 in Macky Auditorium on the CU-Boulder campus. Tickets range from $6 to $28; call 492-8008 for further information.
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Art varmints: Yahoo! It's time for them big-time Western artistes to strut their stuff again at The Fort Restaurant's annual Western Art Rendezvous. A reception for the exhibit, juried by Clare Evans and featuring fine traditional and contemporary works by artists statewide, takes place from 3 to 5 this afternoon. The Fort--part eatery and part living history museum--is located at 19192 Hwy. 8 in Morrison, just off Hwy. 285. If you don't make it today, the show hangs through June 3 and will be the focus of several Sunday artist demonstrations in May. Call 697-4771.
Monday April 25 The write stuff: It's a literary tour de force in the Denver-Boulder area tonight, with two classy 7:30 readings at the Tattered Cover and Boulder Book Stores. The TC presents New Mexico's celebrated husband-and-wife fiction-writing duo Antonya Nelson and Robert Boswell--both of whom not only write but also share a teaching berth at New Mexico State. Nelson will give a taste of her recent collection of short works, Family Terrorists, while Boswell reads a bit of his own short story tome, Living to Be a Hundred. Call 322-7727 for details. In Boulder, you'll have a chance to hear outrageous novelist Will Self when he reads from My Idea of Fun, an inventive and modern work already tagged a cult favorite. Call 447-2074.
Tuesday April 26 A little piece of her heart: A musical based on the life of Janis Joplin is sure to be a roller coaster of drugs and decadence, but the surprise is this: Love, Janis really points out that behind the lionized blues/rock singer's in-your-face onstage persona was a gentle, sensitive and abused soul. The play, amply and lovingly peppered with Joplin's songs, debuts tonight at 6:30 in the Stage Theatre, located in the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex at 13th and Curtis. Performances continue at 6:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday until May 28; there will be three 1:30 p.m. matinees on May 14, 21 and 28. For ticket information and details call 893-4100.