- Rock the Vote with Govt Mule Sunday afternoon at Red Rocks Amphitheater.
Saturday Dig those spurs in and giddy-up to Pueblo for Horse Sense: Art & the Pony at the Buell Children's Museum at Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 Santa Fe Ave.). There'll be scads of equine- and Old West-related activities for young 'uns, including an interactive chuckwagon, square dancing, storytelling and costumes, leatherworking and gold panning. The fun will run through Nov. 6, and admission to the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center is $4 for adults and $3 for kids. Hit up www.sdc-arts.org for more.
Tonight marks the opening for JAZZ at the Commonwheel Artists Co-op Gallery (102 Cañon Ave. in Manitou Springs), a multimedia show highlighting movement, melody and intensity in four media: weaving, pottery, quilt art and fused glass by artists Karen Groener Bring, Marybeth Coulter, Ginger Quinn Muoz and Janine Sheehy. The show runs through Oct. 18, and the opening evening runs tonight from 5 to 8. Call 685-1008 for more information.
- Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! will be at Shove Chapel on Monday night.
Sunday Nothing quite like a "rock the vote" concert promoted by a worldwide monopoly. That said, Clear Channel Entertainment presents Red Rocks the Vote this afternoon at Red Rocks Amphitheater, featuring space-jamsters Gov't Mule with special guests Hunter S. Thompson and his Pageant of Fear, Gregg Allman, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Stockholm Syndrome, Ray Lamontagne and Gomez. Gov't Mule is best known for its blues- and jazz-based jam-rock attack (which, incidentally, garnered the band a Song of the Year award at the 2002 Jammys), and Thompson will be acting as master of ceremonies for the event, which should be, like, surreal. Tickets start at $40 plus the ubiquitous service charge. You can get yours at www.cc.com.
Monday You could head to places far! You could drive there in a car! You could ... eh, never mind. Today through Sept. 27, the Walnut Street Gallery (217 Linden St. in Fort Collins) is hosting The Art of Dr. Seuss, where you and yours can celebrate the good Dr. Geisel's 100th birthday by viewing some of his rare and original artwork. The collection includes early drawings from Life magazine and editorial, advertising and military works in addition to his book illustrations and something they're calling his "Secret Collection." Hmm. Admission to the gallery is free, and you can check out gallery hours and more exhibition information at www.walnutst.com.
- "Blackbird Jazz," a quilt by Ginger Muoz, is part of the Commonwheel Art Show opening on Saturday.
Also tonight, Amy Goodman, host of the non-corporate, progressive daily news show Democracy Now!, comes to the Springs. She'll be speaking at Colorado College's Shove Chapel (1010 N. Nevada Ave.) on "Independent Media in a Time of War and Election," a topic that sort of deserves a bit of attention, don't you think? The talk is free as can be, and things will get started at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday If you're as sick as I am of cooking, I'll see you at the Boulder Book Store tonight (1107 Pearl St. in Boulder). There, we will be regaled by author Brigette Mars as she talks about her new and gloriously-titled book, Rawsome! She'll be sharing insights into the raw-foods diet as a method for strengthening the immune system, slowing the process of aging, increasing energy, ending war and man's inhumanity to man and so on. The fiesta of raw begins at 7:30 p.m., and more information can be found at www.boulderbookstore.com.
Also tonight, I urge you to join hands with your brother-man and sway in time to the funked-out stylings of Robert Walter's 20th Congress, who'll be kicking out some jams tonight at 32 Bleu (32 S. Tejon St.). Walters, a keyboardist and funk organist billed as a "smashing in-your-face funk/jazz ... player with a remarkable talent for writing great hooks." They also say he updates on the soulful and melodic essence of Booker T., Jimmy Smith and Art Neville, which is a strong selling point for me when it comes to funky organ rock. Get your tickets for a mere $12 at www.32bleu.com and head there, say, 8-ish? Cool.
- I do not like green eggs and ham unless they are serving them at the Walnut Street Gallery in Ft. Collins, Sept. 20 -27.
This weekend, attend Liar's Night, eat and polka at a medieval feast and watch the burning of a grump during the annual Vinotok on the Western Slope. Huh? It's an annual Eastern European fall festival based on ancient traditions. It starts tonight with a tall-tale storytelling contest and continues with the feast and dance on Friday. The grump events happen on Saturday -- if you were wondering, a grump is a bundle of people's complaints from the past year. Interested? Give them a jingle at 970/349-1168 or visit www.gunnisoncrestedbutte.com. And say hi to the Green Man when you see him.
Friday Catch improv comedians and Whose Line Is It Anyway? alumni Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood for a fun-filled evening of making stuff up as you go along. They'll be doing scenes and improvising their butts off tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.). Their interactive comedy has been playing to sold-old crowds and rave reviews across this great nation of ours, and come on, dude -- you owe yourself a good guffaw. Tickets are $36.50 to $49.50 and are available through 520-SHOW or by hitting up www.ticketmaster.com.
-- Aaron Retka