Wednesday April 27 A walk on the cyber side: Journalist Douglas Rushkoff took a leap off the technological cutting edge and the result was his book Cyberia: Life in the Trenches of Hyperspace, a look into the virtual reality world with insightful interviews of William Gibson, Timothy Leary, Terence McKenna and other seminal personalities of the movement. Hackers, the curious and the avant garde all will want to be at the Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., for a 7:30 p.m. talk and book signing with Rushkoff, who will also introduce his book about popular culture GenX Reader. For details call 447-2074.
Thursday April 28 Not too wordy: The Central City Opera has many friends, but perhaps the most stalwart would be members of OperaPros--a group of young professionals who support, enjoy and promote the opera. They're celebrating their first anniversary with a rare screening of a silent opera--King Vidor's La Boheme, starring early film heroine Lillian Gish, who incidentally graced the Central City stage with a performance of Camille back in 1932. OperaPros invites you to shmooze at 6 p.m. and attend the screening at 7; afterward, coffee and dessert will be served. It all takes place at the Westin Hotel Tabor Center, 16th and Lawrence; to purchase your $15 tickets call 292-6500.
Blowing in the wind: Greeley's University of Northern Colorado has the bug for jazz, big-time--and to prove it it's throwing a three-day UNC-Greeley Jazz Festival that kicks off tonight with a concert of contemporary arrangements and daring scat singing by the New York Voices. The festival really gets down tomorrow evening, when the sublime Grammy-winning saxophonist Joe Henderson hits the stage, fresh off the enormous recognition he's received for recent albums Lush Life and So Near, So Far, tributes to Duke Ellington and Miles Davis, respectively. The slate is topped off on Sunday under the fine direction of master composer, arranger and trombonist Slide Hampton. In addition, various UNC combos will open each 7:30 p.m. program, all taking place in the Monfort Concert Hall of Greeley's Union Colony Civic Center. Tickets to individual performances range between $12 and $16; a festival package is also available for $33 to $43. Call 290-TIXS.
Earthly delights: Italian painter and director Franco Piavoli's first major independent film Blue Planet was made in the spirit of the screen-poem Koyaanisqatsi--devoid of dialogue or narration, the work unfolds with beautiful visual images from nature. The critically acclaimed film will be shown in Colorado for the first time in seven years, tonight at 8 Chem 140 on the CU-Boulder campus; for information call 440-6304.
Friday April 29 All you need is love: Canadian singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn has had a change of heart--he's turned from leftist politics to the perennial subject of love on his latest recording Dart to the Heart. But even at his most romantic, Cockburn could never be confused with mushy crooners. The new material is just another intellectual step forward for Cockburn, who explores the territories of human relationships with a keen and visceral eye and searing guitar work, both electric and acoustic. Native American activist John Trudell opens for Cockburn tonight at 8 in a grassroots kind of evening at the Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Pl. Tickets are $18; call 290-TIXS.
Schluger and spice: If you've missed Denver gallery entrepreneur Brigitte Schluger since she closed the doors of her Broadway venue, you're in luck. Schluger will present A Little Madness in Spring, a kaleidoscopic three-day exhibit she curated of paintings, sculpture, constructions, shrines and collages by nearly twenty artists, today through Sunday at the Inkfish Gallery, her old neighbor at 949 Broadway. The show, which will also feature Eskimo carvings, tribal and folk art, and jewelry new and old, opens tonight with a reception from 5 to 8. For further information call 722-7263 or 825-6727.
Saturday April 30 Buying into a dream: Those do-gooders at the Alternative Arts Alliance are at it again--their latest project involves mentoring and apprenticeship programs for students at the Denver School of the Arts. To garner support, they're throwing a Board of Directors Art Auction, featuring works by AAA members and background music from young School of the Arts musicians. The auction takes place this evening at CSK Gallery/ Open Press, 1637 Wazee, from 7 to 9:30. Call 433-9359.
Sunday May 1 Talking up a storm: The Arvada Center, located at 6901 Wadsworth, will celebrate the feminine spirit with Women's Voices: Telling Our Stories, a day-long cultural event filled to the brim with women narrating their tales from around the globe. The program opens at 11 a.m. with a multimedia slide presentation, A Kaleidoscope of Women's Voices, an introduction to the faces, music and poetry of women of color. Then you'll sit down to a wholesome soup lunch provided by the Women's Bean Project, followed by an afternoon of stories and dance drawn from Jewish, Asian-American and African-American female experience, all concluding at 5 p.m. Admission for the full day of activities is $29 ($20 additional family members); call 431-3939 for reservations.
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Jah breakers: What better way is there to loosen up for the summer? You'll get in the sway easily at Reggae Spring Splash--back tonight in Boulder and featuring Black Uhuru, one of the genre's most militant, yet tunefully mesmerizing, exponents. The group, which went through many personnel changes over the years, is back to square one with original members Duckie Simpson, Don Carlos and Garth Dennis holding down the beat--a joyful reunion that produced their consciousness-raising album Anthem, the first-ever reggae release to be awarded a Grammy. The Splash begins at 7:30 p.m. in CU-Boulder's Glenn Miller Ballroom. For tickets, $15, call 290-TIXS.
Monday May 2 Taking it to the streets: The Young Lawyers Division of the Denver Bar Association will give it all away this week during Law on the Mall, a downtown event featuring free legal information sessions. The volunteer attorneys will dole out advice free of charge at Writer Square, 16th and Lawrence, between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily, today through Friday. Along with the lawyers, there'll be law enforcers giving Police Department demonstrations, including mounted and motorcycle patrols, bomb squad and Swat units and those ever-popular K-nine Corps doggies. Such a deal--free entertainment too! For additional information, call the Denver Bar Association at 861-1115.
Tuesday May 3 Off to see the wizard: A touring production of the Royal Shakepeare Company's version of the The Wizard of Oz, featuring the MGM film score's beloved music and lyrics, opens today at the Buell Theatre, 13th and Curtis. Performed by members of Rhode Island's Theatre-By-The-Sea, the musical is faithful to the film in more ways than one--the curtain rises to a black-and-white set until Munchkinland and the Emerald City explode in Technicolor splendor, just as they did in the movie. Oz creatures designed by Big Nazo Puppets of Providence, including dancing apple trees, flying monkeys and an awesome 15-foot wizard head, make this rendition memorable for kids and adults alike. Shows are at 7 p.m. today through Thursday, 1 p.m. Saturday or 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday; to reserve seats, ranging from $10 to $30, or for further information, call 893-4100.
Starcarbon copy: The literary universe of novelist Ellen Gilchrist focuses on the foibles and tribulations of her fictional Hand family--a saga continued in her latest work Starcarbon: A Meditation on Love. Gilchrist, whose previous books include In the Land of Dreamy Dreams, The Anna Papers and I Cannot Get You Close Enough, will read from and autograph copies of Starcarbon at the Tattered Cover Book Store, 2955 E. 1st Ave. For details regarding the 7:30 p.m. event call 322-7727