- Talented noise technicians the Mars Volta hit up Denvers Fillmore Auditorium Sunday.
Thad Handrick is "drawn to the toroid form, attracted to its strength and aesthetic beauty." Hey, with a name like that, it's either toroids (ring-shaped objects) or roller girls. Congratulate Handrick on his choice and consider buying one of his ceramics at the Second Street Art Market during Monument's first Art Hop of 2008. The free, monthly event runs from 5 to 8 tonight and includes more than a dozen downtown Monument galleries, bookstores and the like. Also featured: Kathy Loidolt and Alan Roettinger signing their healthy-living-oriented books and sharing recipes at Covered Treasures Bookstore. Visit monumentarthop.org. KW
If you like teasers, go at 4:30 today to the new Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center's I.D.E.A. Space (825 N. Cascade Ave.) for a free preview of the center's first exhibition, Phylum. This video installation, created by CC alumni Lane Hall and Lisa Moline, combines art and science, exploring the boundaries between the natural and the technological. The exhibition will open for regular hours from June 10 to July 18. Call 389-6607 for more. AL
Today, TV is a staple of American life, but back in the '50s and '60s, it was still a novelty. Travel back in time with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and Five By Design as they present Stay Tuned at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.). It's a family-friendly musical journey through the early days of television and the shows that were popular 50 years ago. Presented in the format of a variety show, it includes skits, comedy sketches, songs and more. It all starts at 8 p.m., and tickets run from $13 to $50; you can get them at 520-SHOW (7469) or at pikespeakcenter.com. AL
You can't judge a band by the tags on its Amazon page, but it's still worth noting that the Mars Volta's include "progressive rock," "post-hardcore" and, um, "bugger me with a pitchfork." Given the band's delight in regaling the press with its recent history of haunted Ouija boards, studio engineer meltdowns and disappearing drummers, that's not entirely surprising. Even so, if any member of the group shows up at Denver's show (8 tonight at the Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson St.) with a bank of synthesizers and a cape, it's time for an exorcism. BF
Nobody knows exactly, when, where or how science first became cool (some scientists are still working on that), but the general public has indeed become pretty aware that it's a fact. Bunsen burners are hip to the max. And the folks at the Cool Science nonprofit are here to tell your kids that. They teach hands-on physics, chemistry, biology and environmental science. From 3:30 to 4:30 today, they happen to be at the Manitou Springs Public Library (701 Manitou Ave.) for a free program for ages 5 to 11. Call 685-5206 or visit coolscience.org for more on how to make your kids rock stars. MS
Today is one of those days with no particular big event happening in town. Your time is likely best spent catching something you missed earlier in the month, perhaps one of the local art shows you heard friends mention after First Friday. One show not to miss before it departs on May 31 is Lew Tilley: The Broadmoor Academy Collection, on display at Lasko Fine Art (113 N. Tejon St.). Tilley, who passed away in 2005, taught everything from painting to film animation and graphic design at local art institutions, and his work remains a good study of the Broadmoor period. Call 577-4750 or visit laskofineart.com for more. MS
If you remember 1984, you know then-U.S. Sen. Gary Hart of Colorado made a serious run for the Democratic presidential nomination before losing to Walter Mondale. Now 71, Hart qualifies among his party's elder statesmen (he served in the Senate from 1975-87), and he'll deliver a 5:30 p.m. speech today at El Pomar Foundation's Garden Pavilion (1661 Mesa Ave.). In "What Both Parties Need to Know About Denver 2008," Hart will talk about what it means to have the national convention in Denver and this election's significance for the country. It's free, but you're encouraged to RSVP to 577-7088 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. RR
This week's 7 Days contributors: Bill Forman, Amanda Lundgren, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.