- Pastels on display at the Warehouse Monday.
In teenage days, a friend and I ran our own car and boat detailing outfit. Once, we helped a retired heart surgeon prepare his 26-foot sailboat for an around-the-world voyage. I daydreamed that he'd ask us to come along ... and then we scratched his pristine, 25-year-old Saab with our $50 buffing machine. So seeing Helen and Elmer Olson tonight at Poor Richard's Bookstore (320 N. Tejon St.) will remain the closest I get to sailing the globe. The Olsons, of Guffey, will talk about their 10-year, 30,000-mile journey and Helen's documentation of it a book called Sailing Elysium from 5 to 6:30. It's free; call 578-0012 for details. KW
Slam mistress Karen Sucharski, reigning Pikes Peak Arts Council Performance Poet of the Year, has at least temporarily worked out a venue for her Thin Air Poetry Slam group. The Gill Foundation (315 E. Costilla St.) has offered its space for three spring slams, the second of which runs from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight. Show up to either help judge or just listen; prizes will be awarded to winning participants. Remember, poetry slams were concocted to enliven the staid atmosphere of open mics, so expect four-letter prose and/or wild rants. Call 232-5461 for more. MS
Some people are born with a natural talent for music. I am not one of them. Growing up, I took 10 years of piano lessons and the only piece I still remember is "Heart and Soul." Luckily, this is not the story for Bones' Solo Ensemble. This one-man show features "Bones" on a variety of instruments including steel drums, the didgeridoo, congas and guitars. He also sings in four different languages. A world traveler, Bones will blend reggae, jazz and salsa into his 7 p.m. performance at Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs). Tickets run $12 to $14; call 685-1861 for more. AL
If you haven't actually seen a Sunday on the Town, you might have trouble grasping it. Just imagine throngs of people, large groups and small, swarming 21 restaurants, 17 galleries and shops, with musical performers inside and out as well as artists at work, all from 2 to 6 p.m. Throw in food and drink at every stop, and you get the idea of this benefit for the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and Downtown Partnership. Buttons for admission are $30 for adults ($25 in advance) or $15 ($10 in advance) for kids 7 to 12, and they're available along with more info at csphilharmonic.org/sundayonthetown or 886-0088. RR
Today marks the opening of the Pikes Peak Pastel Society Members Exhibit at the Warehouse Restaurant and Gallery (25 W. Cimarron St.). To be clear, works created by the Pastel Society members are on display, rather than the members themselves. An official opening reception is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 12, if you'd like to meet participating artists and gander at the fine works around more hubbub. The gallery keeps regular restaurant hours daily except for Sundays, and admission costs nothing. Call 594-0764 for more info on the show or the venue. MS
- Harp attack: Al Chesis shows off proper cupping technique.
They've dropped the exclamation point from their name, ditched the onstage contortionists, and won't be covering Radiohead's "Karma Police" anymore, like they did in Denver last time. Maybe they're still trying to live down that two-year-old "Emo is bullshit, we want to be the new Radiohead" comment. These days, Panic at the Disco appear to want to be the next Beatles, given the marching band uniforms, fuzzy animal heads and string arrangements that dominate their "Nine in the Afternoon" video. For $35, all ages can catch Vegas' most evolved emo outfit at 7 tonight at the Fillmore Auditorium (1510 Clarkson St., Denver). BF
Rumor has it that at Territory Days last weekend, it cost $10 for a mechanical bull ride. That's 10 bucks for a couple minutes of trying to get a taste of nature's wildness. Well, today, for just $3 per person, you and your 3- to 6-year-old get an hour and a half on a "Fountain Creek Nature Adventure." From either 9 to 10:30 a.m., or 1:30 to 3 p.m., you can hear stories, work on crafts or other hands-on activities and, best of all, wander around on trails. It's happening at the Fountain Creek Nature Center (320 Peppergrass Lane, Fountain), and if you call 520-6745, you can make reservations. KW
This week's 7 Days contributors: Bill Forman, Amanda Lundgren, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.