Thrills for the week
Sip away: Swilling's not your style? The Winer's Club, a unique society at the Hotel Boulderado's Teddy Roosevelt American Grille, caters to the sophisticated palate by offering points for every glass of vino you imbibe (accumulated points are good for restaurant gift certificates and the like). How to get started? Sign up for a free membership at the International Wine and Food Tasting at the hotel, 2115 13th St. in Boulder, tonight from 5 to 7. Admission to the event, which features ten fine wines and nifty hors d'oeuvres to match, is $10; call 442-4560 for reservations.
Draw the shades: A group of artists who believe in coloring between, around and outside the lines will be featured in Pencil Pushers, a show of colored-pencil drawings opening tonight at Core New Art Space, 1412 Wazee St. Contemporary takes by Linda Pickrell-Takata, Bill Amundson, Jerry Baker, Michael Burrows and Adam are complemented by an exhibit of works in the downstairs gallery by members of the Denver Chapter of the Colored Pencil Society; artwork by Andrew Dodge occupies Core's East Gallery. Attend a reception from 7 to 10; all shows remain at the gallery through June 16. Call 571-4831.
Ladies first: Front Range musicians Joanne DelCarpine, Maggie Simpson, Beth Quist and Julie Hoest all have something in common: They accompany themselves stylishly, and they all sing and write songs. Though each participates in different, far-ranging musical projects on her own, together they call themselves Gals With Guitars, and when they do, it's an occasion worth the wait. The gals will appear tonight at the Swallow Hill Music Hall, 1905 S. Pearl St., where they'll trade the spotlight beginning at 8. Then they go their separate ways again--until the next time. Tickets are $10 ($8 members); for information call 777-1003.
Out there: Out music outdoors is the delightfully unorthodox credo of the first annual Creative Music Works Festival, an eclectic daylong event that combines contemporary jazz, impro-visational music, blues and fusion and features an array of artists, including the Denver Public Schools City-Wide Jazz Combo, African percussionists of the Moyo Arts Ensemble and a nonstop sampling of fine area experimental musicians. The festival takes place downtown in Skyline Park, 16th Street Mall and Arapahoe St., today from 11 to 7; admission is as free as the music. For details call 477-3081.
Fair thee well: A pair of outdoor fairs will afford art lovers their pick of handmade items and art bargains this weekend while providing artists with a much-needed venue for their work. The Rocky Mountain Arts Festival, a family affair being held from 10 to 4 today and tomorrow at Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St., features over 35 artisans selling jewelry, pottery, photography and more, as well as demonstrations, children's craft workshops, live music, storytelling, stagecoach rides and museum tours. Park admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.50; call 399-3087 or 399-1859. Meanwhile, fine artists in a number of disciplines--from painting to sculpture to printmaking--will hawk works at the Art Students League Summer Art Market, a function showcasing pieces by league faculty and students and invited artists. Attend the market from 10 to 5 today and tomorrow; the league is located at 200 Grant St. Call 778-6990.
Great hooks: New England singer-songwriter Bill Morrissey goes far beyond the call when it comes to being just that--he's renowned for the literary, place-oriented bent of his folksy musical storytelling. It's not much of a stretch to imagine Morrissey as a fiction writer, which he now is, as evidenced by the recent release of his first novel, Edson, by Knopf. Morrissey will celebrate another release--that of his seventh album, You'll Never Get to Heaven--tonight at 8 at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax. Tickets to the concert, sponsored by the Swallow Hill Music Association, range from $11 to $13; call 1-800-444-SEAT.
Older smoothie: You all know Junior--charming and rakish, Southern good looks, plays piano and sings like a much older guy? But what about Harry Connick Sr.? When Harry the First isn't hard at work as the New Orleans DA, he's happily wrapping his well-polished vocal chords around Cole Porter and Gershwin standards at the Crescent City's Maxwell's Toulouse Cabaret. Runs in the family, it seems. Now the elder Connick is taking his chops on the road, which brings him to Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road in Boulder, tonight at 8. Admission ranges from $16 to $20; call 440-7666 or 830-TIXS.
All the muse that fits: Celebrating its twentieth anniversary, the Foothills Poets Festival gets under way today with an afternoon of workshops, a potluck dinner and an evening reading. Between 2:30 and 5 p.m., Richard Shelton of the University of Arizona will lead a creativity workshop, and Colorado Springs poet Lois Hayna will critique student poetry ($5 per workshop). The potluck, with birthday cake provided, follows at 5:30, and Linda Hogan joins Shelton and Hayna for a reading at 7 ($5 admission). The center is located in Golden, at 809 15th St.; call 465-0883 for reservations. Poetic language of another sort will be celebrated during Bloomsday '96, a somewhat annual marathon reading of James Joyce's Ulysses at the Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th St. Drop in for some bloomin' fun anytime between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. as organized groups work their way through, chapter by chapter. Call 297-2700 for more information.
Mobile village: Anyone who can go--on two legs, a set of wheels or even hands and knees--is welcome at SafeHouse Denver Heels and Wheels. The annual fundraiser expands this year from a women-only 5K run/walk to an event that not only includes the former but also incorporates a coed competitive run for families; a relaxed roller event for people with strollers, trikes, wagons and wheelchairs; and an unprecedented diaper dash for cooing creepy crawlers. Heels and Wheels takes place between 8:30 and noon this morning in City Park; for information and fees, call 892-8400, ext. 236.
Brave new world, again: Back in the '70s (if you're moldy enough to remember them firsthand), cookbook author Anna Thomas led the way for fledgling hippie vegetarians looking for elegant alternatives to the usual meatless mushes of rice, broccoli, beans and tofu: Her Vegetarian Epicure books refined a potentially boring cuisine with international and gourmet cooking references. Now Thomas is back with The New Vegetarian Epicure, an update geared to fat-conscious families of the '90s and cooks who don't have time to watch their bread rise. She'll be on hand today from 12:30 to 2 for a book signing and recipe tasting at the Peppercorn, 1235 Pearl St., in downtown Boulder; for additional information call 449-5847.
The joint is jumpin': The Broadway musical Ain't Misbehavin', boisterously based on the inimitable compositions of Fats Waller, is enjoying a stunning revival on tour, with the talented Pointer Sisters--Anita, June and Ruth--taking the helm and belting out the songs. The award-winning show--a romp through the golden age of the Cotton Club and Savoy Ballroom, sporting glamorous period costumes designed by sequin-meister Bob Mackie--opens tonight at 8 for a two-week stand at the Auditorium Theatre, 14th and Curtis in the Plex. Admission ranges from $15 to $50; performances continue nightly except Mondays, with matinees offered on Saturdays and Sundays, through June 23. For showtimes and reservations call 893-4100 or 830-TIXS.
Hear no evil: The annual Chautauqua Silent Film Series, which quietly commenced last week, continues tonight with Lon Chaney in the 1925 flick The Phantom of the Opera, considered by most to be the best film version of this classic tale. A live quintet, the Mont Alto Theater Ensemble, will accompany the vengeful Phantom as he carries out his tortured doings, which include the hideous two-strip Technicolor "Mask of the Red Death" sequence not seen in later cuts of the film. The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. at Chautauqua Audito-rium, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder; admission is $5 ($3.50 children). Call 440-7666 for more information or a schedule of future films.
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