- Wet dogs and high art: What more do you want?
If you're sick of watching those cold-hearted snakes crown America's next idol, the time has come to check out Manitou's idol sort of. Manitou Art Theater's Ten Minutes Max will feature the best new theater, dance, music, poetry and comedy in the area. The "sixth annual Vaudeville Extravaganza" begins at 8 tonight in the BAC's Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave.) Tickets are $16 and can be reserved by calling 685-4729 or visiting themat.org. Performances run tonight through Saturday at 8 p.m. and the same Feb. 21-23, as well as Feb. 17 and 24 at 2 p.m. DO
Notice we didn't mention anything about Valentine's Day yesterday? That's because all the cool kids know that celebrating a day late is much more hip and less clich. By taking your sweetie to hear the honky-tonk, rockabilly stylings of Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams tonight at The Rocket Room (230 Pueblo Ave.), you're sure to impress. And few sounds contribute to the shmoopy pitter-patter of happy hearts better than the harmony of steel guitar, stand-up bass, snare drum and electric guitar. Wofford takes the stage at 9 and tickets are an extremely fair $2. Call 477-4990 for more. MS
As wintry as it's been, most likely your dog Phideaux hasn't had enough exercise. That's the case in our house my wife has been on a guilt trip for weeks as Sophie, our old Lab, becomes more and more lethargic. But not today, because from 10:30 a.m. to noon Sophie's going to the Pooch Pool Party at the Manitou swimming pool (202 Manitou Ave.). Before the pool is drained for cleaning and maintenance (it'll be closed until early March), your dog can join in the fun, swimming in the indoor pool at 83 or 84 degrees. It'll cost you $10 a dog as a fundraiser for the pool's health and fitness programs. Call 685-9735 for more. RR
- Cripple Creek Ice Festival
Plenty of men make a living carving bear sculptures out of enormous dead stumps. Those are more permanent than anything the Cripple Creek Ice Festival is going to produce, but there's definitely a similar theme going on here. If a larger-than-life icescape with 30,000-pound wildlife sculptures sounds like something worth seeing, make the drive to Cripple Creek's Bennett Avenue any day between Feb. 8 and 18. This event is free and open to the public, and if you go tonight between 6 and 10, you'll get to see the ice with a little live music on the side. MD
Back in 1978, folks associated with local youth hockey hosted the first Presidents Day Tournament. It quickly caught on, attracting teams at various levels and ages from near and far. This is the event's 31st year, and the field is coming from Los Angeles, Texas, San Diego, Idaho, Arizona, Utah and five teams from Canada, plus local entrants. Games run day and night from Feb. 14-17 at Colorado Springs World Arena and Ice Hall, Sertich Ice Center, Air Force Academy, Honnen Ice Arena (Colorado College) and Monument's Colorado Sports Center, with always-entertaining finals today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 for a one-day pass. For more, go to csaha.com. RR
- If the Hi Beams dont blind you Friday, Haldens sexy-geek charm will.
Maybe you've seen his sign on the outskirts of Woodland Park. Even if you haven't, you should know: There is an astronaut in our midst. Retired Brig. Gen. Robert Stewart logged 289 hours in space as a NASA astronaut, and he'll share his "Out-of-this-World-Experiences" at the MS/Lupus Wellness Group meeting from 10 to 11:30 this morning in the Rockrimmon Community Center at Woodmen Valley Chapel (290 E. Woodmen Road). Free admission and childcare is available with registration at least two days prior. For more information, contact Linda at 638-1700 or Bernadette at 531-0263. AA
On Jan. 31, no fewer than 125 people showed up at the inaugural Green City Summit to discuss the future of sustainability in Colorado Springs, representing at least 63 groups within our community. The Sustainable Living Working Group will keep the momentum going at its next meeting, set for 12:30 today at the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission offices (214 E. Vermijo Ave.). The forum is free and open to the public. If you go, bring a sweater, because heating is kept to a minimum inside the building. Every kilowatt helps. Call 632-6189 for more. MD
This week's 7 Days contributors: Alexa Acord, Michelle Dotter, David Owens, Ralph Routon and Matthew Schniper.