Native Treasures

FRI, 1/23

Everything from bronze wildlife sculptures to intricately beaded jewelry, crafted by more than 300 artists from across the nation, will be on display this weekend at the 23rd annual Colorado Indian Market and Southwest Showcase. "It's a mixture of Native American, Southwestern, Western and wildlife art," says spokeswoman Brea Wilkerson Taylor. "It really runs the gamut."

Also featured will be comedians Williams & Ree, the Ehecatl Aztec Dancers, and music by Brulé and Bill Miller. "A lot of people are excited to hear Brulé because they're hot right now and have a very unique sound," says Wilkerson Taylor.

Visitors can also take in the Hawkquest wild bird show and arts-and-crafts demonstrations, while a fully decorated mid-1800s Lakota-style tepee and a Navajo weaving market are sure to be popular attractions.

Held at the Denver Merchandise Mart, 451 East 58th Avenue, the Indian Market will be open today from 4 to 9 p.m., tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The one-time adult admission fee of $9 is good for all three days; children under thirteen are admitted free. For information and a complete Showcase schedule, call 1-972-398-0052 or visit www.indianmarket.net. -- Julie Dunn

KBFR benefit clears the static
THURS, 1/22

KBFR/Boulder Free Radio has been busy racing around the Flatirons in an effort to grab some free air. Threatened with arrest by the FCC, the burglars of bandwidth at 95.3 FM remain defiant, broadcasting their commercial-free programming from a "mobile" radio station and spinning unauthorized tunes, from techno to bluegrass. (As they say on the KBFR Web site, "The airwaves belong to the public, but you wouldn't know it.") In appreciation, Chance's End, Analog Quartet, Porcelain, Sweet Mo' Pea and Menagerie, among others, will rally together tonight at 8 p.m. for a KBFR Benefit Show at the Fox Theatre, 1135 13th Street in Boulder. Tickets are $10; for more information, go to www.kbfr.org. -- Kity Ironton

Monkey on a Wok
SAT, 1/24

Xin Nian Kuai Le! The Year of the Monkey is here, so let the lion dancing commence! And what does a lion have to do with a monkey? Well, for one thing, no Chinese New Year celebration would be complete without one: The lion -- a two-man unit not to be confused with the dragon, which requires several more people to support its snake-like tent -- symbolizes prosperity in the coming year, particularly for businesses. That's why lion dances are de rigueur each year at Asian restaurants and malls, where comic leonine antics always lead up to the same thing: luck. The people who man these creatures are in constant demand during the New Year season. Just take one look at the Boulder-based Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu Association's annual two-week itinerary: It's as long as one of those parading dragons. To see the group's most spectacular performance, head to the Far East Center, 333 South Federal Boulevard, where this year's monkey business begins today at noon, with six lions blinking and winking and scratching themselves into a frenzy over a cabbage filled with good-luck money, followed by a deafening firecracker finale. -- Susan Froyd

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