If you've been clutching any last vestiges of "Must-See TV," let go. The writers' strike is handcuffing even the marginal shows you've convinced yourself you could eventually care about. Now's the time to dive into The Colorado Springs School's Thursday Night Recital Series. At 7:30 tonight, Margaret Miller and Friends including, among others, flutist Paul Nagem and violinist Jeri Jorgensen take to the Louisa Performing Arts Center (21 Broadmoor Ave.). It's just $10 to $15 for this heavenly slice of classical music. For your ticket, or to find out more, try 475-9747 ext. 510 or firstname.lastname@example.org. KW
Forty years ago, a well-known American climber named John Harlin II died when his rope snapped at 4,000 feet on the north face of a revered Switzerland peak, the Eiger. In 2005, 49-year-old John Harlin III decided to face the demons that had haunted him his whole life by climbing the same 6,000 feet of ice-glazed limestone that had claimed his father. And wouldn't you know, 70mm IMAX cameras captured the attempt. See the result, The Alps, which opens at 7 tonight at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver) with a guest appearance by Harlin. Visit dmns.org for showtimes, ticket prices and more. MS
Growing up, you were cool if you were in the choir; even cooler if you were a soloist. (No, I'm not kidding.) I tried my hand at it and failed miserably. Although I may have missed out on that opportunity, I can still catch soprano Judeth Shay Burns and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) with hopes to draw some inspiration. Tonight's the first of two days to catch the show, which features works from Stravinsky, Copland, Smetana and Mozart. Tickets range from $18.25 to $57.25 and can be purchased at TicketsWest outlets. Call 520-SHOW (7469) for more. SH
I find myself wanting to somehow include the phrase, "Durka durka durka," la the 2004 spoof terrorism flick, Team America: World Police, when recommending that at 2 p.m. today you go to Borders (2120 Southgate Road) to see Broncos kicker Jason Elam. Why? Because he and co-author Steve Yohn are there to sign their new release, Monday Night Jihad. That's right: Radical Islam goes head-to-head with the NFL! (Insert dramatic movie trailer voice-over ... "He thought his deadliest enemy knelt across the line of scrimmage he was wrong ...") 'Nuff said. Call 632-6611 for more, and don't bring any memorabilia to be signed books only. MS
As public meetings go, nothing lately has matched the November 2006 gathering of nearly 1,000 people to discuss Fort Carson's expansion and its impact on the area. Given that interest, and developments of the past year, another Fort Carson Town Hall Meeting is in order today at the Antlers Hilton (4 S. Cascade Ave.). The program starts at 3:30 with workshops on housing, education, social services, child care and more. A panel discussion including Maj. Gen. Mark Graham of Fort Carson goes from 5 to 7, followed by a social hour. For information, contact Jennifer Young at the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, 471-7080 ext. 127. RR
If Halloween doesn't come often enough for you, pin your tail on tonight and dress as your favorite animal for the debut of Aesop's Fables at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.). Whether or not you come in costume, this adaptation of classic tales like The Ant and the Grasshopper, The Hare and the Tortoise and The Lion and the Mouse from Imagination Celebration and Manitou Art Theater promises a wild evening. The show starts at 7, or come at 6 for kid-friendly art activities in the lobby. Tickets are $10 to $17.50 at ticketswest.com or 520-SHOW (7469). JT
If Brad Paisley really is cooler online (like he claims to be in his ninth No. 1 Billboard Country Charts single) he must be smokin' hot. Make the hour's drive to Denver and see what you think when this award-winning country performer takes the stage at 7:30 at the Pepsi Center (1000 Chopper Circle). Opening for Paisley will be another country chart-topper, Rodney Atkins, and newcomer, songwriter and Nashville hottie (seriously, check out his MySpace page) Chuck Wicks. Tickets to the Bonfires & Amplifiers Tour cost $29.75 to $45 and are available through ticketmaster.com. KA
This week's 7 Days contributors: Kirsten Akens, Sydney Hamilton, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.