Since this issue hits the streets a day early, we give you a special bonus day. Any fan of live music who lived here 30 years ago likely spent time at the old Hungry Farmer on Garden of the Gods Road, listening to the likes of Fall River Road, Radford & Lewis and the Phantom Hooters. Every Thanksgiving eve, those musicians and their followers reconvene for what is called Barky Lew's Birthday Bash. This one starts at about 8 at McCabe's Tavern (520 S. Tejon St.), with music ranging from Pure Prairie League and John Prine to Byrds and Beatles. You never know who might show up, or what they'll play. No cover charge. Call 633-3300 for more. RR
Today, find out what "hungry like a wolf" really means. Join the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Toss from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center (4729 Twin Rocks Road, Divide). Your ticket will buy you the rare opportunity to throw raw turkeys or cornish hens to the nonprofit center's wolves and coyotes. You'll also meet Timber the wolf and Wiley the coyote. Reservations are $20 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. RSVP to 719/687-9742 or visit wolfeducation.org to learn more. JT
Fresh from their regular gig at Santa Fe's La Fiesta Lounge & Bell Tower Bar, Frogville recording artists the Bill Hearne Trio will make Colorado Springs safe for high and lonesome country and swing tonight, courtesy of the Black Rose Acoustic Society (12530 Black Forest Road). Hearne and his cohorts' showmanship is definitely steeped in the real thing, and we're not talking Coke here. Showtime is 7 p.m.; tickets are $5, $3 for members. Info's at blackroseacoustic.org. BF
- Calling all Barbs to the Money Museum Dec. 3.
If you haven't taken in your fair share of watercolor, woodworks, leather crafts or photography this season, the Mountain Artists Holiday Art Show and Sale will offer a free opportunity from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Ute Pass Cultural Center (210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park). Local artists will also be peddling raku and stoneware pottery, oil and acrylic works (I spy Pikes Peak!), Christmas ornaments and fiber weavings. And don't forget the mandatory refreshment and door prizes. For additional information, call 640-0909. EAA
Even if you hit up local art studios in last week's Pikes Peak Studio Tour, don't forget about our little sister down the road. Pueblo's finishing its own creative-space sightsee with the Pueblo Visual Artists Studio & Gallery Tour, running today (and Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This time, 25 artists at 15 locations will let you rove through their artistic nurseries. This event is free and all the details, including a map, are on the Web site, visualartistspueblo.com. EA
Through September of this year, according to the Southern Colorado AIDS Project, our state saw 295 new reports of residents with HIV. That's more than the 280 reported all of last year, and a lot more than decreasing media coverage would lead you to believe. Spend time today thinking of those afflicted and attend a 6 p.m. interfaith service in observance of World AIDS Day. All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (730 N. Tejon St.) is holding the service in partnership with Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Metropolitan Community Church and Temple Beit Torah. It is, of course, free, as are HIV tests at S-CAP (1301 S. Eighth St.) from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Call 578-9092 for details. KW
People often give to charitable causes, not expecting anything in return. But when you can receive, say, a nice snifter of fine single malt scotch, port or cognac, or glass of Champagne in return for your money, why not go for it? You certainly can from 6 to 8:30 tonight at the Cheers Liquor Mart holiday tasting at the Warehouse (25 W. Cimarron St.). Tickets ($60, or $50 before Nov. 27) will benefit Disability Services of Colorado, which assists children, adults and those with special needs within our community. Call 574-9002 or 574-2244. MS
"It's odd, yet very reassuring, to be in a room filled with Barbaras," notes Barbara J. Gregory, who says the typical Barbara is "friendly and spirited." There are, of course, exceptions: Barbara Bush, who's known to dismiss lesser beings with a curt "I'm through with you"; "Bloody Barbara" Graham, who from the gas chamber proclaimed that "Good people are always so sure they are right"; and Barbra Streisand, who crooned that wretched "You Don't Bring Me Flowers." Happily, none of these women will be present at the third (!) annual celebration of St. Barbara's Day, a Barbaras-, Barbras-, Barbies- and Babses-only event beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Money Museum (818 N. Cascade Ave.), benefiting TESSA's programs for domestic violence and sexual assault victims. Admission is $5, plus optional food item for Care and Share. Info at 633-5145 or firstname.lastname@example.org. BF
This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Elizabeth Anderson (EAA), Bill Forman, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.