- Your fears are a lot cuter when they prance around acrobatically on ice.Catch Monsters Inc. Thursday through Sunday at the World Arena.
After too many nightmares when I was little, Dad armed me with a can of hairspray and assured me it was monster repellant. I didn't sleep much better, but the cat looked great when I finished with her. Now parents have a better tool for defusing dark corners. Disney on Ice has strapped skates onto Monsters, Inc. for its latest show. Picture hairy monsters doing triple toe loops in short skirts and sequins. Well, maybe. The show recreates scenes from the animated feature and promises to be "screamingly" funny. Catch it at 7:30 tonight through Sunday at the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd.). Tickets are $17 to $52.50; visit worldarena.com for more. JT
They don't practice Santeria, and they ain't got no crystal ball, but Long Beach Short Bus is the closest thing to Sublime that music fans have left. Hell, they're only two band-degrees away! Short Bus is an offshoot of the now-defunct Long Beach Dub Allstars, which was formed by the two remaining members of Sublime after the death of lead singer Bradley Nowell. Eric Wilson, the one-time Sublime bassist, will be performing with this newest incarnation at Union Station (2419 N. Union Blvd.) at 9 tonight. Tickets are $15 at the door. Call 227-7168 for more info. PF
- Get off your pedestal and head to Commonwheel Artists Co-ops Hard and Soft exhibit, ASAP.
So if you didn't get hip to sacred harp singing like everybody else did when Cold Mountain's movie soundtrack popularized it a couple years back, now's your chance. Check out the folk-friendly, shape-note singing art that equates to one gorgeous chorus. The second annual Pikes Peak Sacred Harp Singing is taking place today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church (1128 E. Boulder St.). A home social, conversation and Sunday morning service singing will follow this main event. Call Pete at 648-2274 for details, directions and times. MS
Nothing against our local jazz musicians, but even they themselves acknowledge they could use a little more edge in their sound. That said, it'd probably do them some good to hear Michael Vlatkovich play. The St. Louis-born jazz artist is nationally renowned for his improvisational, free-form sound. Stop by the Smokebrush Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.) at 7:30 tonight to watch this trombonist-composer perform alongside the rest of his quartet. At least one local jazz musician will be there Bob Tudor is opening for Vlatkovich. It'll cost you $7 at the door to get in (although certain discounts do apply). For more info, call 444-1012. PF
- Mini trombone: hillarious! Thatll never get old. See St. Louis-based jazz trombonist Michael Vlatkovich on Sunday at the Smokebrush Gallery.
Get this: Insects outnumber us a million to one. Just thinking about it gives me the willies. But for every 10 million creepy bugs crawling in the backyard, there are 10 gigantic bug sculptures kickin' it at the Denver Botanic Gardens (1005 York St.). The
Big Bugs sculptures are crafted from carved tree stumps and branches by David Rogers and will be on display through June 24. The gardens are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until May 1, when their extended summer hours begin. Admission prices range from $4 to $8.50. For more information, call 720/865-3500. EA
I don't know Roxanne Rossi, but I can say that her artwork makes me wish my grade-school art teachers were as cool as she is. At her Web site, paperclouds.com, Rossi reveals works that you'd never guess are made of paper except that they are paper, and paper she made, at that. With their Color: Hard and Soft show, the folks at Commonwheel Artists Co-op Gallery (102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs) have given the Denver artist and longtime Harrison School District 2 teacher the green light to show not only paper works, but also those of clay, metal and enamel. Check it out today, or anytime before April 23, if you missed Friday's opening. The gallery is open between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Visit commonwheel.com for more, or call 685-1008. KW
Mel Gibson entertains people, but when he opens his mouth in public, he tends to offend. Andrea Gibson also entertains people, but when she opens her mouth in public, she tends to impress. Point: Andrea. Now, who is she and why should you care? Well ... she's only the No. 3-ranked slam poet in the U.S., and considered by many to be in the Top 30 of slam poets worldwide and she currently hails from Denver. She'll be performing a free show from 7 to 9 tonight at The Java Buddha Coffeehouse (2631 W. Colorado Ave.). Call Rob at 720/404-1950 for more or visit thinairpoetryslam.com. MS This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Pete Freedman, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.