If your tastes run toward the old, rare and collectible, you won't want to miss the World Wide Antique Spring Show at the Denver Merchandise Mart, 451 East 58th Avenue, this weekend. A forty-year tradition, the huge event brings together inventory offered by nearly 200 dealers and collectors from around the world. Every show is different, but you can always count on finding beautiful, one-of-a-kind furniture, household items, European cut glass, Indian baskets, jewelry and more. On Friday only, complimentary appraisals will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from noon to 3; a very Victorian Antique Clothing Fashion Show follows at 3:30. The show runs from 11 to 8 today through Saturday and noon to 5 Sunday; admission is $7. Call 303-368-0040 or 303-292-6278.
Friday, March 21
They'll be pounding up a storm this weekend at the Denver Coliseum, 4600 Humboldt Street, when the Denver March Pow Wow returns to town for its 29th year. Featuring three full days of inter-tribal and competitive dancing, drumming, arts and crafts, storytelling and more, the Pow Wow is the place to be in the Native American cosmos, and it's easy to see and hear why: There are few spectacles more incredible than a grand entry featuring over 1,500 dancers jingling and chanting in full tribal gear. Daylong events start early and end late today through Sunday; must-see grand entries are scheduled at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. today and tomorrow and at noon Sunday. Admission is $6 ($12 for a three-day pass; children under six and elders over sixty admitted free). Call 303-934-8045 or log on to www.denvermarchpowwow.org.
Another earthy Colorado tradition rolls out today in Golden, as Colorado Clay, a time-honored annual juried exhibit of ceramic works by Colorado artists, opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at Foothills Art Center, 809 15th Street. This year's exhibit showcases an array of functional and/or sculptural works by twenty artists; as always, it runs the full gamut of possibilities inherent in the medium. Also on display will be Eric Abraham's returning FAC anniversary present from 1993: "The Fabulous Golden Cake," a detailed, multi-tiered ceramic birthday cake that celebrates Colorado's rich mining and railroading histories. Colorado Clay will stay up through May 4; for details, call 303-279-3922 or log on to www.foothillsartcenter.org.
Saturday, March 22
Celebrate the equinox by hoofing it with man-about-town Phil Goodstein, who leads his first historical walking tour of the season -- an old Goodstein favorite, the classic Capitol Hill Ghost Walk -- tonight from 7 to 9. Meet at the Indian statue on the State Capitol's east lawn, on Grant Street between 14th and Colfax avenues. A full slate of tours -- which cover nearly every nook and cranny with a past in the city -- takes place following tonight's opener, mostly on weekends through Halloween. Tours are usually $10 (or four for $30), but today's trek is $15 (as is Goodstein's signature Seamy Side of Denver tour, offered later in March). For information and reservations, call 303-333-1095.
You can take your stomach on tour, as well, at A Boulder Revel, a unique tasting event focusing on locally crafted food and drink from Boulder County. It includes over twenty wines from Augustina's Winery and BookCliff Vineyards, mead brewed at the Redstone Meadery, delectable award-winning cheeses from the Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy and chocolates handmade by Concertos in Chocolate. It's to die for, but try not to: Instead, eat, drink and be merry from 2 to 6 this afternoon at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder; tickets are $5 in advance at Redstone (720-406-1215), Haystack (303-581-9948) or Augustina's (303-545-2047), or $9 at the door.
Sunday, March 23
The Paramount Dances series continues its 2003 season tonight with the Bay Area's Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company, a colorful, inventive, brilliantly costumed troupe that blends traditional Chinese dance with contemporary choreography. Follow their fusion through time and space -- a journey accentuated by vivid, swirling ribbons and original music -- tonight at 8 at the historic Paramount Theatre, 1631 Glenarm Place. For tickets, $29.50 to $45, call 303-830-TIXS or log on to www.historicparamounttheatre.com.
And, of course, there are always the Oscars, the movie-industry fete some can't live without -- whether it be for the drama, the oft-tawdry acceptance speeches or the fashion triumphs and disasters. While most of us will be watching at home in our unfashionable sweats, with pizzas in our laps, at least a few of the local glitterati -- you know who you are, dahlings -- will be out in force to get together and watch the real stars in Hollywood. The biggest and the best bash? Probably Party With Oscar, the Denver Film Society's annual benefit get-together. It's also an Academy-sanctioned Oscar Night America 2003 event that takes place along with similar parties across the nation. A light dinner, silent auction and Predict the Winners contest are all included at this glamorous affair, from 5 to 10:30 at Invesco Field at Mile High (United Club Level, East Lounge); tickets are $45 to $125, and contest ballots, should you choose to take part, are $5 each and due for entry no later than 6:30 p.m. For reservations, call 303-595-3456 or log on to www.denverfilm.org.
Another dazzling benefit gala, The Best Party in a Supporting Role, will have folks in cocktail attire (black tie optional) lounging around at the sexy Sambuca Jazz Cafe, 1320 15th Street, with host Greg Moody calling the shots for a live broadcast; tickets, $50, benefit the Diana Price Fish Foundation. Call 303-639-9110.
Monday, March 24
Author, fisherman and world traveler James Prosek is a true man of adventure, but with a one-track mind. In preparation for writing his book Fly-Fishing the 41st: Around the World on the 41st Parallel, he did just what you think he'd do: Prosek circumnavigated the planet along the incredibly diverse, aforementioned 41st parallel, passing through Spain, Greece, Turkey, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, China and Japan before returning home to Connecticut. And yes, he cast his lines everywhere, making friends along the way (and, hopefully, frying up a few fish, as well). The man dubbed "the Audubon of the fishing world" by the New York Times will discuss and sign his memoir tonight at 7:30 at the Tattered Cover Book Store, 2955 East First Avenue; for details, call 303-322-7727.
Tuesday, March 25
Depending on who you are, the notion of spring break can be misleading: It's not a break at all for parents, who suddenly have to maneuver activities for kids normally cooped up at school during the week. But there are lots of alternatives (see Kid Stuff, on page 44), including this intriguing offering at the Eco-Cycle/Broomfield Recycling Center, 225 Commerce Street, Broomfield: The Artful ReCreations Spring Break Art Camp for kids ages seven through twelve is three days of junk-art paradise designed to encourage creativity while stressing the importance of recycling. Kids are invited to put together their own junk masterpieces from 9 to noon daily, today through March 27; tuition is $15 per session or $30 for all three. To register, call 303-404-2839.
Wednesday, March 26
Kids will be more than entertained when cartoondom's powder-puff Great Dane Scooby and his pals Shaggy, Velma, Daphne and Fred come to life in Scooby-Doo in Stagefright: Live on Stage!, a touring show in which the legendary ghost-hunting Hanna-Barbera pooch uncovers scary ectoplasms in an old movie studio. And don't be shy: Grown-up Scooby fanatics will get a kick out of it, too. Stagefright runs daily, today through Sunday at the Auditorium Theatre, 14th and Curtis streets; for showtimes and tickets, $16 to $28, call 303-893-4100 or log on to www.denvercenter.org.