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April 2008

Poetry and the West

Despite her New York roots, childhood in Italy, and professional years in Boston, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham receives the Evil Companions Literary Award this month for her ties to the West. For much of the 1980s and 1990s, Graham spent her summers on a ranch in Wyoming. Winning the Evil Companions Award aligns Graham with Western writers T. Coraghessan Boyle and Pam Houston, previous award honorees. Graham will accept the award, which pays homage to a group of martini-toting Denver writers from the 1950s and 1960s, with a cocktail reception and speech. Evil Companions Literary Award: April 10, Oxford Hotel

Batter Up

With one World Series under its belt, Denver's beloved ball team returns to its home field for the Colorado Rockies Home Opener. This year's roster brings back many of the young players who energized the 2007 team. Take the afternoon off work, grab a hot dog and beer, and root the Rockies into a win against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Special Home Opener packages include tickets to both the opening day and successive games of the multiday series. Colorado Rockies Home Opener: April 4, Coors Field

Let's Go Fly A Kite

You may curse the whirling wind that blows off the Front Range and sends your hat soaring, but there's no denying that, coupled with Colorado's bluebird skies, it makes great conditions for kite flying. Appreciate Colorado's windy weather at Arvada's family-friendly Sixth Annual Kite Festival. Competitions, divided by age group (10 years and under or 11 years and over), will award trophies for highest, smallest, largest, and prettiest kite. Enthusiasts from the Foothills Kite Club will be on hand to demonstrate their flying expertise. Arvada's Sixth Annual Kite Festival: April 5, Robby Ferrufino Park

Designer Denim

For six generations the African-American women of Gee's Bend, Alabama, have picked up their needles to create a rare brand of quilts. Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt explores these women's unusual use of material and design. Shaping used denim work clothes and corduroy scraps, the Gee's Bend women patterned quilts after the old magazines and newspapers that insulated their walls. The geometric simplicity of the quilts, which the New York Times, O magazine, and Newsweek hailed, recalls the austereness of Amish quilts and modern art. Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt: April 13-July 6, Denver Art Museum