Barely a few months old, the fledgling Colorado Springs Philharmonic led by guest conductor Tom Jensen, will make a run for a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records with a marathon 24-hour concert. You can stop by the produce section of King Soopers (that's right, it's all going down at the supermarket) at 1750 West Uintah any time between 4 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday to shop along with the music, have your kids sit in and among the musicians and see if classical music really helps rutabagas grow. Better than a nightclub, and far more brightly lit! Call 540-6456 or you can send a donation to the Colorado Springs Philharmonic/PPCD c/o Pikes Peak Community Foundation, PO Box 1443, 80901.
Least appetizing sales pitch ever: "Come for Dinner, Stay for Death (and Breakfast too!)." Well, if you guys are giving out breakfast ... er, all right. Tonight, The Hearthstone Inn (506 N. Cascade Ave.) presents what I sincerely hope is dinner theater, Curse of the Pharoah, at 8 p.m. They're offering gourmet dinner, accompanied by a murder mystery. Nothing like digging into foie gras when the butler pops out of the closet with a gardening implement sticking out of his neck. Oh, but I'm speculating. Tickets are $39 for dinner and the show, $45 for that and a glass of wine, and $73 for all that plus a night at the lovely old inn itself. Call 473-4413.
If you never thought you'd see a Crop Circle Expert, a Channeling Galactic Spider Woman and an Archangel Michael Excalibur together at once, you're in luck tonight. The Star Knowledge Conference is going down at the Red Lion Hotel, 314 W. Bijou. Tickets cost $150 at this point. Frankly, this three-day event is worth it. You can learn about crop circles and UFOs, and, you know, channeling the Archangel. That, and they have a (triple bonus) pet psychic (see Personal Space, page 3). Call 473-8911.
Just when you thought it was safe to walk through Old Colorado City without having a Herculean turkey leg aggressively brandished at you, Territory Days comes along. Join the gargantuan crowds that roam between 24th and 27th streets on West Colorado Avenue. As can always be expected from this event, there will be lots of street vendors, bands, live broadcasts from local radio stations, etc. Oh, and the organizers request that you leave your animals at home -- Marmadukian mishaps, that sort of thing. It's starting at 10 a.m. all three days, and ends at 7 p.m. on the weekends, 6 p.m. on Monday. Call 475-0955 for more.
As if there weren't already enough West Side action going on today, the Annual Celebration of the Arts is going to try to compete. There's a lot of art and over a half dozen bands ready to bring the artsy folks of Manitou some serious rock. It's all free and taking place at Manitou's City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave. Call 685-9655 for a good time.
Master puppeteer David Simpich gives another of his one-man performances of The Secret Garden at Mount St. Francis (7665 Assisi Heights) tonight. All proceeds will benefit Franciscan Community Counseling, "a mental health counseling agency that provides services to everyone regardless ability of pay." The cover is $10. Call 955-7008.
Staring today and going through June 1, the Palmer Lake Art Group (over 50 artists) will be presenting its 38th annual Fine Arts Show at the showroom of Palmer Lake Motors, located at 780 Highway 105, Unit G. The reception is going on today from 5 to 7 p.m. You're invited, public. The show will be up for one week only from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Free. Call 488-9685.
Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care invites you to its Commemorative Celebration and Live Butterfly Release in Gazette Park at the corner of Prospect and Colorado Avenue, from 10 to 11 a.m. Call 633-3400 for more.