Who says it has to be Valentine's Day or Halloween to appreciate the color red? Neither the participating artists nor the spectators at the Seeing Red exhibit, which opens from 4 to 8 p.m. today at The Squash Blossom (2531 W. Colorado Ave.). A handful of local and regional artists across various media and styles have collaborated in the key of rojo to bring out the fire in their works. To fall in step with the display's theme, red refreshments will be served, and Red Delicious apples will be thrown indiscriminately at people from shiny fire trucks. OK, I actually made that last part up. The show continues through June; call 632-1899 for more information. MS
It's been weeks since you first broke out the grill, and you've been firing it up ever since. Take a break this weekend to enjoy the grilling greatness of others at the sixth annual Boats, Blues and BBQ along the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk in downtown Pueblo. Things get going at 5 p.m. Friday with the launching of the boats and the opening of booths and kids' rides. The Blues Bullies take the outdoor stage starting at 7. Activities continue at 9 a.m. Saturday, with the music plugging in at 11 and the Q competition kicking off at noon. Everything winds down that night around 10. Admission is $1, and free for kids 12-and-under. For more information, call 719/595-0242 or visit puebloharp.com. VM
- Outhouse or barn? You decide at The Squash Blossoms Seeing Red exhibit.
You never know just where JC is going to pop up in the Springs. Hook up with Sportreach's semi-professional skaters, in collaboration with First Presbyterian Church's Youth Department and Woodmen Valley Chapel, starting at 1 p.m. today for the Lay It Down Tour's Mobile Skateboard Park and Competition. Better, meet up with the crew from 6 to 8 the night before, for a practice session. Both take place at the Weber Street Center (21 N. Weber St.), and entry to the competition costs $10. Call 884-6220 for more. VM
Your options are nearly limitless, but the best thing to do with the phrase 39 Pounds of Love is probably to make it the title of your award-winning documentary. That's one of the six independent films touching on faith, morality and contemporary culture at the Windrider Film Forum, Friday and today at CC's Armstrong Theatre (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.). All filmmakers will be on hand. Call 385-0085 for a full schedule, more information or a $25 all-forum pass. Tickets for single films are available at the door. KW
Many perceive art events as inaccessible, snooty affairs for only the elitists among us. The Pikes Peak Arts Fest blows these perceptions away. More than 80 artists present their work in a festival setting with food, wine, music, jugglers and a clown. And when you ask the artists questions about their work, expect their noses pointed toward you. Located on the grounds of the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.), this three-day event kicks off with a happy hour from 4 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Saturday and today, it runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Best yet, it's free! Visit peak951.com for more. JJ
There's much to consider when purchasing a home. How much does it cost? Is it in a safe neighborhood? What kind of soul does it have? That's right houses have souls. From 7 to 9 tonight at the Celebration Conscious Living Store (2209 W. Colorado Ave.), meet Faith Ranoli, author of The Mystical Guide to Home Inspection. Ranoli, an earth acupuncturist and geobiology-educated holistic home inspector, assists homeowners in discovering "the soul of their home" by blending "science with the sacred." Ranoli will also conduct a workshop on Saturday, June 17; call 634-1855 or visit faithranoli.com for more information. MS
"I'm Aceyalone / How can I be of service? / What else do you need, besides superb wordage?" So the man born Eddie Haynes, but better known as Aceyalone, rhymes over Ricky Ricardo horn hits and bouncing beats on "All for U," the first track on Magnificent City. And Acey has long been associated with intelligent, literate rap that doesn't sacrifice the flow. For the Storm Tour, which blows through The Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.) tonight, he's gathered like-minded hip-hop acts Ugly Duckling, The Procussions, Diverse, Mayday and Wrekonize. It'll blow your MTV brain at 8. All ages are welcome, and $12 tickets are available at ticketweb.com. JJ
How much better would this world be if every financial adviser had a Ph.D. in ethics and social philosophy? Chew on that while you listen to Johann A. Klaassen at tonight's Sustainable Investing Workshop, from 6 to 7:30 at the Gill Foundation (315 E. Costilla Ave.). Dr. Klaassen is vice president of managed account programs for First Affirmative Financial Network, and a former professor of environmental and bio-medical ethics. He'll tell you how to invest your savings in places that, quite simply, care about humanity. The Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission and First Affirmative are asking for a $20 donation; call 632-6189 for more. KW
This week's 7 Days contributors: Josh Johnson, Vanessa Martinez, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.