- Works by Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center curator Jina Pierce are on display at V Bar.
"I crave dark humor like I crave sugar and salt -- in literature, music and art." That's a quip from the brief artist's statement of Jina Pierce, curator of Pueblo's Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center. Pierce maintains that sense of humor in her show, Cold Comfort, currently on display at V Bar (19 E. Kiowa St.). "Condoleezza" is a sculpture constructed from rice and teeth, and "Party favors," a mixed-media creation, features porcelain heads on golf tees. Cold Comfort is up through Feb. 4. For more information, call OpticalReverb at 210-9799. -- Vanessa Martinez
Check out up-and-coming artists at the opening reception of the FutureSelf Celebration Art Show. Hosted by the Smokebrush Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.), the fifth annual event will feature art, poetry and performances by students who participated in this year's FutureSelf workshops. While you're at it, peruse the accompanying artwork by students in ArtWorx!, a program at alternative schools in town. Who knows -- you might stumble upon a budding Matisse! Tonight's the opening reception from 5 to 8, but the exhibit will be up through Jan. 28. Call 444-1012 for more info. -- Kara Luger
- Does Every Time I Die perform amazing feats of hair gel, or is it really that windy?
Bounce up to Boulder tonight to catch air with The Trampolines at the Fox Theatre (1135 13th St., Boulder). Hot off a new CD release, these Denver-based Pop Rockers lay down cheery, go-lucky vibes on emotional par with Hootie and the Blowfish or Dave Matthews. With our sprung-loaded friends tonight are Redline Defiance and Saving Verona. Tickets for the 8:30 show will set you back $8. Call 303/443-3399 or visit foxtheatre.com to grab a handful. -- Matthew Schniper
Celebrate 30 years of spreading subversive messages via 100 percent cotton at Alterni-T's birthday bash today. The exhibit-slash-reason to gather with fellow liberals and chow down will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at Rico's, the new caf and wine bar at Poor Richard's (320 N. Tejon St.). Started by cohorts Donna Johnson and Mary Lynn Sheetz, Alterni-T has grown in creativity and sheer outspokenness. Check out the various shirts and posters from throughout the years, touting "It's Oil About Us" and Thoreau's classic "Simplify, Simplify." Call 630-7723 for more. -- KL
Catch the premiere of Open Cloisters: Public Arts as Collaboration at Colorado College's Coburn Gallery on the main floor of the Worner Campus Center (902 N. Cascade Ave.) this afternoon. The free exhibit, which runs through Feb. 11, serves as a unique visual record of the making of a public arts project outside CC's Packard Hall. In a demonstration of recycling finesse, the sculptural installation at Open Cloisters is comprised of leftover materials from the project itself. The gallery is open from 12:30 to 7:30, Tuesday through Saturday; call 389-6607 for more. -- MS
Nobody seems to be able to agree: Are they hardcore, noisecore, or metalcore? Are they truly that indefinable, and does it really matter in the end? The only civil consensus throughout the critical blogosphere is that Every Time I Die lends a lot more than mindless noise to the screamo scene. They actually bring sophistication, melodic structure, unique vocals and, yes, a cowbell. Check them out at The Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.) at 7:30 p.m. In Death We Rise and Harrison Bergeron will open, followed by He Is Legend. Tickets are $10 at sodajerkpresents.com and $12 at the door. -- MS
So you asked Santa, but still you didn't get any ceramicware for Christmas. Skip the ho-ho middleman and take matters into your own hands at the muy popular and muy annual Pots by the Pound sale at Commonwheel Artists Gallery (102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs). There, delight in the scads of pots, dishes, cups, vases and other manners of artworks, all handmade by Commonwheel members and guest artists. The sale runs from Jan. 6 to Jan. 17, and gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Call Commonwheel at 685-1008 or visit commonwheel.com for more. -- KL