- Discover the Healing Power of Plants this weekend via a colorful photography exhibit at The Wildlife Experience.
Point the wagon south this evening and head to Pueblo's Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave.) for the Ballet Folklorico de Veracruz at 7:30. More than 45 brightly clothed dancers and 10 stringed-instrument musicians will bring their culture and folklore to the stage and present regional dances from old Mexico, the state of Veracruz in particular. The internationally touring company has been performing since 1985, and operates a youth training program in Xalapa. It also officially represents Veracruz's Secretary of Tourism and Economic Development. Tickets cost $20 and may be purchased at 719/295-7200. MS 12
I'd guess that the daydreams of many a mid-life-crisis-suffering guy look a lot like Ron White's Web site, tatersalad.com. You've got your scotch, cigars, Chee-tos, golf, dogs and affectionate, tanned, adoring female fans. But you can't really begrudge White: He's earned what he's got by telling bawdy jokes better than just about anyone else. (OK, maybe you can begrudge him.) Anyway, as part of his "Can't Fix Stupid" tour, the "blue-collar comic" performs shows at 8 and 10:30 p.m. tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.). Tickets are $39.75, not recommended for children under 16, and available at 520-7469 (SHOW), ticketswest.com or any local King Soopers store. KW 13
Catch The Flying W Wranglers and The Swinging Duezers today at The Grace Roots Free Community Concert and Food Drive in Acacia Park (115 E. Platte Ave.) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy swing, Dixieland and world-renowned cowboy music from noon to 1 p.m. and 2 to 3, with an open mic in between. House Broken and Blue Northern, featuring G.T. from KRCC's "Vintage Voltage," also will perform before the day's through. Grace Roots, a community entity that feeds the homeless on Sundays in Acacia Park, will also be collecting food for Care and Share at the event. Drop by with a picnic lunch and blanket or lawn chair, and leave a few canned goods behind. Contact Gary at 391-2881 for more information. MS 14
Nothing says "Happy Mother's Day!" like Ginkgo biloba. Trust me. Your mom doesn't want to go to some fancy brunch to open a crappy Hallmark card. She really wants to peruse the Healing Power of Plants exhibit at The Wildlife Experience (10035 S. Peoria St., Parker). Through the medium of photography, she wants to learn about herbs for common ailments, drugs derived from plants, local medicinal plants, healing traditions and conservation. Hah she'll go bonkers when she learns that over 80 percent of the world's population depends on local plant remedies. What a fun time you'll have together. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Admission for adults is $7.95; for children, $4.95. Call 720/488-3300 or visit
- In Flames puts the tuff in Scandinavian death metal this Tuesday at The Black Sheep.
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With the spring unleashing sunshine and life all around the city, it can be easy to forget that many people are in the shadows, enduring tough times. Consider giving a few hours as a volunteer today, and in the weeks to come. You can help feed breakfast to homeless youth with Colorado Springs Urban Peak (630-3223 ext. 22); fill a number of needs for the Salvation Army (636-5266); or, if you're a survivor of depression, get training to help others battling the disorder through Another Life Foundation (573-7846). Visit our Listings section, starting on page 35, for additional volunteer opportunities. KW 16
Sons of Norway chapters, look out! There may be nothing more insane in the music world than Scandinavian death metal, what with decapitated sheep heads, murders and church burnings and all in the name of rawk! Hopefully the touring Swedes of In Flames take it a bit easier on C. Springs. After all, we don't take well to such shenanigans here. Headed by guitarist Jesper Strmblad (ex-Ceremonial Oath), In Flames is touring on their latest CD, Come Clarity, and will be at The Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.) at 7 tonight. Tickets are a surprisingly hefty $20, but hey, those international plane fares don't come cheap. Get yours by calling 866/468-7621 or visit ticketweb.com. KL
Dysfunction! Get'cher dysfunction here! That's right, bestselling author Augusten Burroughs is coming to the LoDo Tattered Cover (16th Street at Wynkoop Avenue, Denver) to sign and read from his latest collection of true and kinda-true stories, Possible Side Effects. Burroughs snagged attention with his first memoir, Running with Scissors. It details his early years, when his mother gave him to her wack-a-doo psychiatrist to be raised, and all of the horrible, funny and horribly funny things that happened thereafter. Seriously, it'll make you want to call your parents and say, "Listen, I totally forgive you for throwing away all of my Barbies. I don't even know what trauma is." The shebang starts at 7:30, and doesn't cost a damn thing. Call 303/436-1070 for more. KL
This week's Ginkgo biloba lovers and 7 Days contributors: Kara Luger, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.