- Even little fake astronauts are going to the COSine Science Fiction Convention.
When Archimedes figured out how to calculate the volume of an irregular object, he hooted, "Eureka!" which, in Greek, means, "I have found it!" Today, let the kids discover their inner scientists at the Buell Children's Museum (in the Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo). Its hands-on exhibit, Eureka! Dreams, Design, Dimension and Invention, offers chances to experiment with gravity, energy, astronomy and magic, through May 27. Adults pay $4 and kids $3 for entry into all the center's galleries. Call 719/295-7200 for more. -- Kara Luger
Can't get enough of Dr. Who's Tardis, or Seven of Nine's ample bosom? If they tickle your Piers Anthony-addled fancy, the COSine Science Fiction Convention, which runs today through Sunday at the Clarion Hotel (314 W. Bijou St.), is the place to be. Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, co-authors of the award-winning Liaden Universe series, are the guests of honor. Author Connie Willis also is here, and I know for a fact she's hella cool. The three-day ticket is $35 at the door. Find out more at firstfridayfandom.org/cosine/index.html or by calling 522-0484. -- KL
Every good progressive knows Noam Chomsky and Amy Goodman, but a surprising few are acquainted with their friend/co-author/co-host David Barsamian. If you're one of them -- or want to be -- get to Colorado College's Kresge Lecture Hall (1112 N. Nevada Ave., in the Tutt Science Center) today. Barsamian is the founder/director of the weekly radio news program Alternative Radio, based out of Boulder's lefty-heralded radio powerhouse 88.5 FM KGNU, which last year extended its grassroots into Denver at 1390 AM. The $10 fee for tonight's 7:30 lecture, which will be followed by a reception, benefits the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission's capital campaign. Call 632-6189 for more. -- Vanessa Martinez
Get to the Bridge Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.) today for its first exhibit of 2006, Recent Works. There'll be a sundry of prints, photography, paintings, drawings and mixed media with no particular theme. If you can't make it tonight, the bell tolls on Sunday, Jan. 29. Visit the free exhibit between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and between noon and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Or schedule an appointment for another time at 232-9368. -- Matthew Schniper
Although the actual competition and finals take place later this week, today is a good day to sit in on practice sessions for the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd.). This is the last major figure skating event before the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, and more than 100 athletes from Asia, Africa, Australia and North America are contending for international recognition. Grab a day-pass for $6 at the arena box office; it opens at 10 a.m., and today's practice runs until 9 p.m. For a full event schedule, visit worldarena.com. -- MS
The Business of Art Center's Hagnauer Gallery (513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs) consistently has held some of the most interesting and creative art shows in the region. The most recent is Embellished, a collection of antique, vintage and contemporary beadwork from around the world. Of special interest are beaded garments, jewelry and dcor from private collections, as well as 35 pieces on loan from The Bead Museum in Glendale, Ariz. Embellished runs through March 4, with the BAC open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 685-1861 ext. 13 for more. -- Sara Gallagher
Pennywise suckled many a punk rocker through adolescence. We proudly wore their T-shirts and watched their videos. Now they're back with a new album, The Fuse, attacking the Fox Network, cell-phone addicts and urban blight. Colorado fans are digging those dingy T-shirts from boxes in Mom's attic for their 7:30 show tonight at the Gothic Theatre (3263 S. Broadway, Englewood). The billing also includes No Use For A Name, Suicide Machines and Love Equals Death. Tickets are $17.50 and available at ticketweb.com or by calling 866/468-7621. -- SG