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May 30
New dimensions: What constitutes a finished work of art?
The Completed Image: An Exhibition of Drawings, opening today at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, makes a case for the drawing, a medium often relegated to the stature of a preliminary sketch or study. For the show, which runs through July 14, six artists explore drawing as its own means to an end. Also opening at the center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., is Insight on Site: Six Installations, an unconfined, spatial exhibition providing counterpoint to the drawing show. The sculptural works, on display through July 28, employ architectural forms, natural and found objects, mirrors, light and other unconventional media to create three-dimensional environments. A joint opening reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on June 6; in addition, a gallery walk-through and talk on "The Completed Image" will be given from 10:30 a.m. to noon June 11. For details call 431-3939.

May 31
On Broadway: The Broadway Corridor Arts Alliance is the latest group to organize a monthly gallery stroll--the Last Fridays Gallery Walk, tonight between 5 and 9, in an area bounded by Colfax Ave., Pearl St., I-25 and Santa Fe Dr. Special events in conjunction with the walk include a show of Andy Warhol-influenced works by John Haesseler at Rule Modern & Contemporary Gallery, 111 Broadway, that will hang during a run of the film I Shot Andy Warhol (across Broadway at the Mayan Theatre) and a benefit silent auction of works by internationally renowned paper-marbler Polly Fox, who lost her home and studio in the recent northern New Mexico forest fire, at Dancing Horse Studio, 244 S. Broadway. Maps will be available at these or any of the fourteen participating galleries; for information about the Alliance call 778-6990.

Trash bash: Boulder media's hidden treasure, public-radio station KGNU, and Eco-Cycle, a community-based recycling organization, get together tonight to jointly celebrate their eighteenth and twentieth anniversaries with a Recycling Radio Birthday Bash, a worldly gala taking place at 8 at the Boulder Theater, 2030 14th St., Boulder. The fun includes birthday cake, giveaways, dance lessons and a bicycle raffle, along with dancing to the Zukes of Zydeco, the Dalhart Imperials and the Colorado Cajun Dance Band; admission is $10. For information call 786-7030 or 449-4885.

June 1
Just folking around: Twenty-three years have gone by since the Mother Folkers first sat down to play music together, and though the players' names aren't always the same, the showcase for Colorado women musicians is still going strong in 1996. Their series of annual concerts, celebratory--and celebrated--affairs that draw a loyal core of supporters from year to year, wraps up this year at Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, where they'll share the stage in changing acoustic configurations tonight at 8. General-admission tickets are $17.50; call 440-7666.

Tall order: LaPhonso Ellis may have longer legs than you, but that's no reason to avoid the Race With the Stars, today's 5K benefit run/walk and half-mile stride for the Rocky Mountain Stroke Association. Ellis and other Nuggets buddies will join nimble kickers from the Colorado Rapids soccer team, television news personalities Kevin Corke and Stephanie Riggs, other local celebrities and you for the event, which takes place in Washington Park. Entry fees for adults are $16 in advance ($20 race day; $12 for seniors sixty and over and children twelve and under). Call 782-5831 for registration and information.

The reel thing: Traditional Irish music never runs out of up-and-coming champions. As if to prove the point, Nomos, a young quintet formed in County Cork in 1990, carries the Celtic torch with stunning, instrumentally adept aplomb as it sprints effortlessly through jigs and reels. The group, featuring a virtuosic melding of concertina, whistle, fiddle, mandocello, bodhran and bass, performs tonight at 8 at Cameron Church, 1600 S. Pearl St., in a concert to benefit the dedicated Rocky Mountain Celtic Musicians Association; for tickets, $15, call 830-TIXS, or call 777-0502 for information.

A Capitol day: Nothing announces summer in Denver more enthusiastically--or regularly--than the Capitol Hill People's Fair, the annual street fete that will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year in Civic Center Park, at Broadway and Colfax. Touted to be Colorado's largest arts and crafts festival, the ever-expanding People's Fair features over 500 exhibitor booths, as well as food vendors, a children's area and six stages of nonstop music and live entertainment. In addition, the fest caters to the city's outdoor-sports minions with a National Trails Day expo. Fair hours are 10 to 7 today and 10 to 6 tomorrow; an information hotline is available at 570-FAIR.

June 2
There's a fly in my zoo: While they put the finishing touches on Primate Panorama, the world-class monkey house slated to debut in July, there's something else at the Denver Zoo to keep visitors occupied: Free Flight, a fascinating, up-close introduction to kestrels, buzzards, owls, hawks, vultures, macaws and other feathered friends, has returned for the season. The bird show, free to zoo patrons (though seating is limited), is held in the zoo's Event Meadow daily at 11:30, 1 and 3, through Labor Day. The zoo is open every day from 9 to 6; gate admission is $6 ($3 children and seniors, kids under three free). Call 331-4100.

June 3
Ain't life Trillin? "You might as well be a mensch." That advice, offered simply by his Jewish immigrant father in Kansas City, typifies the spirit of Calvin Trillin, a literary Renaissance man equally at home with humor, fiction, poetry, criticism, journalism and now memoir, the genre of his latest work, Messages From My Father, scheduled for publication this month. The Denver Public Library Friends Foundation presents Trillin tonight at 7 at Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman St., as the final guest of its Authors on Stage series. Tickets for the talk range from $10 to $17; an author reception, costing an additional $40, will precede the program at 5:30 p.m. at the Brown Palace Club, 321 17th St. For reservations or further information, call 640-6192.

June 4
Dissident fire: Airing on the anniversary of the infamous 1989 Beijing Massacre at Tiananmen Square, where Chinese troops fired on thousands of students and other political dissenters, The Gate of Heavenly Peace--a critically acclaimed Frontline offering--is an in-depth examination of events leading up to and culminating in the tragic clash. The two-and-a-half-hour documentary, which interweaves narration, historical footage and personal accounts, so outraged the Chinese government that it attempted to ban its screening last year at the New York Film Festival. Created by Carma Hinton and Richard Gordon, the same team that produced the PBS documentary One Village in China, the program will broadcast tonight at 9 on KRMA-TV/Channel 6.

June 5
Speaking in tongues: One of those writers who seem comfortable in any historical period, A.S. Byatt not only leapt effortlessly from one to another in her hit novel Possessed but is also methodically addressing one after the other in a fictional quartet-in-progress that already includes The Virgin in the Garden. Babel Tower, third in the literary series, is an epic, detailed story set in England during the chaotic Sixties. Byatt will read from and sign Babel Tower tonight at 7:30 at the Tattered Cover Book Store, 2955 E. 1st Ave.; numbers for limited seating and a place in line will be available at 7. Call 322-7727 for additional information.


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