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January 2006
Get Fired Up...Last week the Denver Children's Museum was forced to temporarily close its doors when a fire caused significant smoke damage to the entire facility. An emergency restoration crew has been working around the clock, but you (and your kids) can help the museum get back on its feet at a fun-for-all-ages fund-raiser, complete with food, entertainment, and an auction. Donations of any amount are encouraged. Thu 5:30-7:30 p.m. Children's Museum of Denver, 2121 Children's Museum Dr. Donate online at www.mychildsmuseum.org. Market Madness...Immerse yourself in Native American tradition at the 25th anniversary showcase of brilliant artistry, dazzling dance, hands-on craft demonstrations, and world-class stage performers. With an annual attendance of 30,000, the Colorado Indian Market is largely considered the top in the country. Fri 1-8 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Denver Merchandise Mart, 451 E 58th Ave. Adults $9, children under 13 free. For more information, visit www.indianmarket.net. Sparks Our Interest...Newbie or not, photographer Clayton Sparks is sure to impress with his travel-inspired black-and-white fine art photography. You may have seen his work in the Boulder Daily Camera or on Rocky Mountain PBS, but don't miss the chance to take in his very first solo exhibition, "Saratoga to Santa Fe." Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; through Feb. 25. Gallery II at NCAR, 1850 Table Mesa Dr., Boulder. For more information or to view Sparks' work, visit www.claytonsparks.com. Hail the Holy Men...Got the weight of the world on your shoulders? Take some pointers from the 13 million Indian Yogis who find divine bliss in a life of chastity, austerity, and self-sacrifice. Sleeping while standing up may not be your cup o' tea, but Paula Fouce's groundbreaking documentary, "Naked in Ashes," is a captivating look at what some will go through to reach spiritual enlightenment.Jan. 20 through Jan. 26, show times vary. Starz FilmCenter at the Tivoli, 900 Auraria Pkwy. Tickets $5.50-$6.50. For more information or to order tickets, visit www.denverfilm.org. Something Old, Something New...Find it at the Ninth Annual Colorado Wedding Showcase, where you can try and taste to your heart's content from 40 local wedding vendors. Sun 11 a.m. Boulder Theater, 2042 13th St., Boulder. $5. For more information, visit www.bouldertheater.com.