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A little vino goes a long way…
Get your palate and your wallet ready for this weekend, because the Denver Art Museum is throwing its annual fundraiser, DAM Uncorked, for your tasting and bidding pleasure. Sample wines from Lois Latour, Penfolds, and Villa Antinori on Friday evening. Return Saturday for dinner and both silent and live auctions. Take a chance on dinner with Mayor Hickenlooper, fly-fishing at the Coors’ private ranch, or a private chartered jet to Napa, among others. Tasting: Fri 6-9 p.m., $65-$85. Auction: Sat 6-10 p.m., $200, reservations required. 1170 Sherman Street Event Complex. For more information or tickets, call 720-913-0098 or visit

The real thing…
CU welcomes to its campus Paul Rusesabagina, the man who lived the true Hotel Rwanda story. Rusesabagina will speak about his experience in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, which earned him the Presidential Medal of Freedom and inspired the Oscar-nominated film. Wed Apr. 5, 7 p.m. University of Colorado-Boulder, Macky Auditorium. Tickets $10. For more information, call 303-492-3227 or visit For tickets, visit


Woman on a mission…
KGNU (Boulder/Denver independent community radio) hosts Medea Benjamin to speak on her diverse and challenging career as a social justice activist. She is the founding director of Global Exchange, an international human rights organization, and the cofounder of CODEPINK: Women for Peace, a group that organizes creative actions against the war in Iraq. She also helped establish the Occupation Watch International Center in Baghdad, which maintains a website to inform the global community about the occupation forces’ activities. The talk is a fundraiser for KGNU. Mon 8 p.m. First Divine Science Church, 1400 Williams St. Tickets $10-$13.90. For more information or tickets, call 303-449-4885 or visit

Current Affairs
On top of the world…
The New York Times calls it “a week-long extravaganza of discussion and debate” and Roger Ebert (a 35-year attendee) calls it the “Conference on Everything Conceivable”: The 58th Annual Conference of World Affairs once again takes Boulder by storm with 220 panels, sessions, events, and performances to keep the new generation on its toes. This year’s notable speakers include Shamako Noble (co-founder and president of the Hip Hop Congress), Patch Adams (professional clown and physician activist) and Yoshi Funaki (junior professional associate at the World Bank). Swing by for at least a session of Ebert’s Cinema Interruptus Series daily at 4 p.m. in Macky Auditorium to join the audience-run, free-for-all commentary on the screening of The Long Goodbye (anyone in the audience can yell “Stop!” to have the projectionist freeze the frame for questions or comments). Apr. 10-14. University of Colorado-Boulder, specific times and locations vary. Free. Full schedule available at

Culinary (and Literary)
A tasty read…
Bring your bifocals and your bibs to Boulder, folks, because the International Edible Book Festival returns this weekend. As in, eat your words, Colorado, we’re talking paper and ink you can consume and digest. The Book Arts League, a nonprofit dedicated to literary endeavors like bookbinding, papermaking, and letterpress printing, hosts this culinary showcase for artists to create, display, and ultimately chow down on “books” made of entirely edible materials. Intrigued? Wait till you see the “Jell-O journalism.” Sun, 4-9 p.m. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder. Admission $3-$6. For more information, visit

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