Make haste to the Smokebrush Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave. in the Depot Arts District) this evening for a special preview of Kathryn: Story of a Teller. This documentary by Anne Wheeler, a selection for the Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival, deals with Kathryn Tucker, a pioneering female journalist, and the tales of people she's met throughout her life. Wheeler will be present for a discussion after the screening, with a reception following. The event is free and open to the public, and starts at 7. For more information, call 444-1012 or steer yourself over to smokebrush.org.
Ditch the newfangled tonight and beat a path to Swallow Hill (71 E. Yale Ave., Denver) for an Old-Fashioned Hootenanny. Hosted by folk godfather Harry Tuft in his eponymous theater, tonight's event is a come-one-come-all get together chock-full of folksy good times, mass sing-alongs, storytellin', song-swappin' and enough ribald, down-home good company to make you soil your overalls. Attendees are encouraged to bring instruments to the $3 pay-or-play event. It's going on at 7:30, with sign-up beginning at 7. For more, scoot to swallowhill.com.
There's no better way to spend an afternoon than at the Manitou Art Theater's Venue 515 (Business of Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave.), experiencing the splendiferous tale of heritage that is Los Colores Des Mexico. A vibrant, bilingual performance of Amada's Diary is included, written and performed by the Creede Repertory Touring Company. Bring the kiddies, because with milk and cookies after the show, the event only gets better. Loco! Performances are today at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and tickets are only $8, available at the door 30 minutes before showtime. For reservations, call 685-4729.
This week, consider heading to RetroMoto Toys of Manitou Springs (738 Manitou Ave.) for Toy Stories: The Art of Playing. This, the first annual toy-art show at RetroMoto, features handmade toys, art about toys, art from toys and pretty much every other intersection of the vast toy-art matrix. Work by Front Range artists will be joined by toys made by students at District 11's Bijou School. The show will be on display until Nov. 23. For more information on RetroMoto, head to retromototoys.com.
At Colorado College's Packard Hall (5 W. Cache La Poudre St.), noted author Kumea Shorter-Gooden will be giving a talk titled "Double Jeopardy: The Impact of Racial and Gender Bias on African-American Women." Nothing if not illuminating, Shorter-Gooden is a professor at the California School of Professional Psychology and the author or co-author of several books on the lives and psychological experiences of African-American women, including Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America. This 7 p.m. talk is free and open to the public. For more, call 389-6607.
Today marks the opening of the Pikes Peak Community College Masquers' production of Museum at PPCC's Centennial Campus Theatre (5675 S. Academy Blvd.). This play by Tina Howe is a sassy li'l satire of the contemporary art world, in which the final day of a group show becomes a parable for human foible. (It's deep, you see. You can tell, because some of it's in French. Quelle chance!) In any case, the play is taking place today and Nov. 16 at 7 p.m., Nov. 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 8 p.m., and Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. For more information on showtimes and the like, check out ppcc.edu.
Tonight, jack up your week's surrealist quotient by catching Australian Pink Floyd at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.). With original Pink Floyd inflatables, a number of original Floyd light and sound crew members, and slightly different accents than the original Floyd, Aussie Floyd might just be the best facsimile of a good time you'll ever have. There also will be lasers. Duh. Tickets for this one are $25.25 to $35.25. Get yours -- before dosing, natch -- by calling 520-SHOW (7469), visiting the Pikes Peak Center box office, or checking out ticketswest.com. Investigate further at aussiefloyd.com.
-- Aaron Retka