Denverite Terry Rosen grew up in a unique and definitive twentieth-century time and place: Los Alamos, New Mexico, ground zero for the Manhattan Project, where his scientist father Louis helped build the A-bomb in the mid-Forties. A war baby who spent his first twenty years in Los Alamos, Rosen has now collected his memories in The Atomic City: A Firsthand Account by a Son of Los Alamos, a book that's ultimately as much his father's story as his own. Rosen will discuss and sign the memoir tonight at 7:30 at the Tattered Cover Book Store, 2955 East First Avenue; for details, call 303-322-7727.
Yet another autobiographical point of view -- this one stitched together with evocative Everyman quirks -- can be observed up close and personal when Theatreworks presents monologue virtuoso Spalding Gray at the Dwire Theatre, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, UCCS campus, Colorado Springs. Gray will whoosh downhill with a reprise of his It's a Slippery Slope, a skiing-as-life metaphor, tonight and Saturday at 8; on Friday and Sunday evenings, he'll take audiences into the more recent landscape of parenthood and family life in a newer piece titled Morning, Noon and Night. Admission is $30; for reservations and information, call 1-719-262-3232 or log on to www.uccstheatreworks.com.
Friday, March 7
With spring just around the corner and pastel crocuses pushing their sweet little heads out of the ground, what gardener wouldn't let his or her thoughts turn to growing concerns? Just in the nick of time for folks longing to dig in the earth again, Echter's Greenhouse and Gardens presents Echter's Garden Echxpo 2003, a season-greeting long weekend of seminars, demonstrations and exhibits designed to cultivate those pent-up agrarian passions held in check through the long, cold winter. Sigh. In keeping with this year's focus on gardening in drought conditions, the expo kicks off this afternoon at 12:30 with a slide show by guest speaker and xeriscape expert David Salman of High Country Gardens in Santa Fe; exhibits and activities, including special projects for kids, will be open from 2 to 5:30 today, 10 to 5:30 tomorrow, and 10 to 4 Sunday. Echter's is at 5150 Garrison Street, Arvada; call 303-424-7979 or log on to www.echters.com.
On the other hand, it's love that could flower tonight at the Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson Street, during Single in the City 2003, 5280 magazine's annual carouse spotlighting the city's newly chosen crop of top-ranking singles. The beautiful people will be out en masse from 7 to 11 for nibbles, sips, dancing and mingling, and here's the good news for people-watchers everywhere: You don't have to be single to attend. Admission is $35 in advance or $40 at the door (space-limited VIP tickets, which include a 6 p.m. preview party, are $100); proceeds benefit the Denver Zoo's Red Apple Fund. Call 303-376-4865/4939 or log on to www.denverzoo.org/wildthings.
Saturday, March 8
Hey, Picasso! All you have to do is doll up a piece of paper the size of a baseball card with original art, and you can participate in an Art Trading Card Trading Session. The periodic art exchanges, an offshoot of the mail-art movement with an international following, take place locally once a month at Denver's own Art Trading Card Center, at 622 West Sixth Avenue. But this month the ATC goes on the road, setting up camp today from 10 to 2 at CORE New Art Space, 2045 Larimer Street in lower downtown, perhaps in search of new participants. The more the merrier: Call 303-297-8428 or e-mail veregina_ [email protected] for information.
Sunday, March 9
A play is born: Audiences are invited to help the Curious Theatre Company in the early stages of its creative process by participating in the New Play Development Program, a series of three staged readings featuring scripts submitted through the National New Play Network for possible production by Curious in future seasons. Today at 2, hear up-and-coming playwright Eric Coble's Bright Ideas at the Acoma Center, 1080 Acoma Street; admission is free. Call 303-623-0524 or log on to www.curiousatacoma.com for details. Readings continues this evening at the Acoma with The Trench: A Paragon Reading Series, the Paragon Theatre Company's own stab at play development, focusing on works specifically by Colorado playwrights. They'll put Ellen K. Graham's The Night Season to the test tonight at 7:30; a reception and a discussion with Graham and Paragon actors follow the performance. Call 303-300-2210 for details.
Tonight's E-Town public radio taping covers a good swatch of musical ground with guests Patty Larkin, the Milwaukee-born singer-songwriter, and rootsy slide guitarist Sonny Landreth, who's infused his Bayou-bred licks into recordings made by everyone from Junior Wells to John Hiatt, as well as his own string of finely crafted solo releases. With entertainment of this caliber, the audience won't have any problem applauding on cue. Join E-Town for music and talk tonight at 7 at the Boulder Theater, 2030 14th Street, Boulder. Admission is $13; call 303-786-7030 to reserve tickets in advance.
Monday, March 10
The Metropolitan State College music faculty struts its stuff this afternoon at 2 when Music at Metro presents an adventurous concert of mostly jazz. The concert will feature artists-in-residence Walter Barr on trumpet, Fred Hess on tenor sax, Ron Bland on bass, Mark Harris on saxophone, Mark Foster on drums and Dave Devine on guitar; they'll be performing works by Hess, Gabriel Fauré, Thad Jones, Randy Johnston, Juan Tizol and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. The all-star ensemble will perform in the King Center Recital Hall, 855 Lawrence Way, on the Auraria campus; admission is free.
Tuesday, March 11
Denver dance aficionados have their choice of great performances tonight. First up is Moses Pendleton's MOMIX dance company, known worldwide for out-of-this-world gymnastic choreography that pushes the human body to its limit. The evening-length work Opus Cactus continues that tradition against a stunning backdrop of desert imagery, with Pendleton's skilled six-person troupe stiltwalking, leaping, body surfing, rolling, tumbling, swinging and -- what the heck -- flying through. MOMIX performs tonight at 7:30 at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada; for tickets, $36, call 720-898-7200 or log on to www.arvadacenter.org. In addition, the Paramount Dances 2003 series presents a fiery evening with Buenos Aires-based Tangokinesis, beginning at 8 at the Paramount Theatre, 1631 Glenarm Place. Admission ranges from $24 to $30; call 303-623-0106 or log on to www.historicparamounttheatre.com.
Wednesday, March 12
The world is its bone-shaking, ear-rattling oyster: The cast of Stomp takes everything from plungers to trash-can lids and turns them into percussion instruments, and the result is a joyful clatter that never fails to get an audience on its feet. Get ready to clap your hands and pound your feet when Denver Center Attractions presents the percussion extravaganza in a limited engagement at the Buell Theatre, 14th and Curtis streets; shows are at 8 p.m. through Friday, 5 and 9 p.m. Saturday, and 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, when it's time to pack up and go. For tickets, $20 to $45, call 303-893-4100 or log on to www.denvercenter.org.