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26 Thursday

solid gold

Whether good-humored gold diggers 120 years ago actually quipped to one another, "Mine Your Own Business," we'll never know. But the rich pun (zing!) happens to be the title of a new gold exhibit opening from 5:30 to 7:30 tonight at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry (225 North Gate Blvd.). On display will be original letters and documents from the Gould Mining & Milling Co., as part of an exploration into the business of mining during the 1890s gold rush. Beer, wine, appetizers and music will accompany a timely lecture on gold investing as well. Admission is free, and the show will stay up through May; call 488-0880 or visit wmmi.org for more. MS

27 Friday

art

When I wasn't staring at the clock, chin dug into my palm, I was really learning a lot from my professors at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. I'll surely be reminded of their genius in the university's new faculty exhibition, Teach Me Show Me, at the Gallery of Contemporary Art (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.) Media ranges from sculpture and painting to video and digital works. The show opens tonight from 5:30 to 8:30 with a public reception. (And don't worry, parking in lots 1 and 3 is free.) For more information, visit galleryuccs.org or call 255-3567. EA

comedy

Few can forget the demented routines and dulcet tones of Bobcat Goldthwait, the comedian whose multitimbral voice can emulate Mariah Carey, Tuvan throat singing, shrieking and vomiting all at the same time. (It can also break down doors, as Police Academy fans will no doubt recall.) Goldthwait's additional talents include writing and directing such epic films as Shakes the Clown and World's Greatest Dad, a Robin Williams vehicle that premiered at Sundance last month. Catch him tonight at 8 and 10 or tomorrow night at 8:30 and 10:30 at Comedy Works (1226 15th St., Denver) or risk the terrible retribution of finding a naked clown on your bathroom floor. Tickets are $28; visit comedyworks.com for more. BF

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28 Saturday

film

If you've lived here long enough, you might remember the UA Cinema 150 theater when it was built east of downtown in the 1970s, one of a small group of identical, domed-roof, circular theaters built across the country. It included a 120-degree curved screen with great sound, which took movie-watching to a new level (think Star Wars, Apocalypse Now, The Poseidon Adventure or, the last one I recall seeing there, The Empire Strikes Back). The building is now open as Stargazers Theatre (12 S. Parkside Drive), and it's the perfect site for the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour from 7 to 11 tonight. You'll see the top high-adrenaline or mountain culture films from the annual festival at Banff, Alberta. Tickets are $12, all going to the Rocky Mountain Field Institute. For more, visit mtnchalet.com or call 633-0732. RR

1 Sunday

music

Mark Arnest is fearless, and not just because he spent 15 years writing arts stories for a newspaper whose idea of beauty is a nicely concealed .45. The former Gazette reporter is also a composer who accepted the challenge of writing a new piece to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Garden of the Gods. As if that wasn't intimidating enough, he's playing his composition between Schubert and Haydn selections in the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs' Local Flair, International Fare event. To secure a $10 to $15 ticket for Saturday's 7 p.m. show at Broadmoor Community Church, or today's 3 p.m. show at First Christian Church (16 E. Platte Ave.) both of which will also feature a concerto from Amateur Pianists International winner Kensuke Ota call 633-3649 or bring money to the door. KW

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2 Monday

art

If you've stopped by the I.D.E.A. Space in CC's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave.) in the past few weeks, then you've seen the Body Art exhibition that features 55 photographs from six contemporary Chinese artists. Arguably most striking among those images are those taken by artist Li Wei, who (with a little help from Photoshop) captures people in remarkable poses and situations. Return to the building's film screening room at 4:30 today to hear a free lecture by Wei and to see video clips from his recent "performances." Visit theideaspace.com for more. MS

3 Tuesday

music

Jason Ricci is a greaser who plays harmonica and says "suds" instead of "beer." Listening to the "electro groove" recordings he's done with New Blood, I feel like I'm at a bayou party with a cartoon possum drawn in the style of John Kricfalusi. You can entertain your own fantasy for free at 8 tonight when you see Ricci and New Blood play their high-energy, bluesy, jazzy and rock-infused show at McCabe's Tavern (520 S. Tejon St.). Have some suds you'll see the possum. For more, visit amusiccompanyinc.com. RC

film

With American Idol into its eighth season, I've come to believe that its allure is not the music (see: Sanjaya Malakar), but the opportunity to watch someone fulfill a dream. If you're a sucker, too, for make-it-or-break-it tales, you'll definitely want to catch tonight's screening of Everyone But You. The film, which debuted at last year's Indie Spirit Film Festival, gives a raw-but-real look at the struggles of Colorado musician Eric Shiveley to make it in the competitive field. The show, sponsored by the Independent Film Society of Colorado, begins at 7 at Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs). Tickets are $5 to $6. Visit ifsoc.org to view the trailer and more. JT

4 Wednesday

literature

The band Art Brut has a song on its next album called "DC Comics and Chocolate Milkshakes," in which singer Eddie Argos declares "some things will always be great / even though I'm 28." Jonathan Lethem would no doubt empathize, even though he's 45, after writing essays like "Top Five Depressed Superheroes," "Who's Afraid of Doctor Strange" and a coming-of-age novel (The Fortress of Solitude) named after Superman's Arctic getaway. But like Michael Chabon and Nick Hornby, Lethem couches his pop culture obsessions in prose sophisticated enough to win over the literary set. At 7 tonight, the novelist will give a free lecture plus Q&A at CC's Armstrong Theatre (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.). Call 389-6607 for additional info. BF

This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Rhiannon Conley, Bill Forman, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.

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