- Mike Doughty will meet you at the Soiled Dove Underground on Friday after he finishes a couple more chapters.
The phrase "under the bridge" has suffered throughout history, mainly because of troll folklore and whatnot. But that'll change from 6:30 to 9:30 tonight, when the outdoor event Flaunt: Fashion Under the Bridge kicks off in the Depot Arts District (218 W. Colorado Ave.). For $25 general admission and $40 premier seating they may not be trolls, but you still have to pay a toll to pass through you can enjoy live entertainment, art, a fashion exhibition, food and drinks to benefit FutureSelf, an organization that provides free art instruction to teenagers. Tickets are available at Veda Salon, online at idoruclothing.com/flaunt, or by calling 667-0965. MS
Consider it a celebration of rebirth tonight, when Mike Doughty plays the Soiled Dove Underground (7401 E. First Ave., Denver). Doughty, the mastermind behind the 1990s outfit Soul Coughing, battled a heroin addiction for years before emerging clean and solo; his Haughty Melodic CD, released in May, is a triumph of eccentric songwriting. And the Soiled Dove, itself, closed for the first half of the year while relocating from LoDo to Lowery, and is now a couple months into its new life. The show starts at 9 and costs $20; visit ticketswest.com. KW
Ever since the "Beavis & Butthead" era, I've been reluctant to use the word "cornhole" in any context, lest I be mistaken for a sophomoric, pre-pubescent doofus. But along comes the first coloradocornhole.com Classic Charity Tournament at the Western Mining Museum (225 N. Gate Blvd.), and what can I do, but repeat the title? According to the Web site, cornhole is a beanbag-toss sport that's rapidly growing in popularity. Think skee ball meets horseshoes. The tournament, which includes prizes, food and drinks, costs $15 per single and $30 per team, and benefits KPC Kids' Place. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; call 761-7352 for more. MS
- Master your cornhole technique on Saturday at the Western Mining Museum.
To enlighten you about some exceptional contributions to our artistic community during the past year, the annual Peak Area Performances and Artists Awards take place at 6:30 tonight at the Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.). The Pikes Peak Arts Council, inspired by the Academy Awards, started the PAPAAs in 2001 to acknowledge work deemed excellent in classical music, dance choreography, popular music, poetry, theater and visual arts, among other genres. Staying true to the academy, the council also presents a lifetime achievement award. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased by calling 634-5583. Call 475-2465 for additional information. CR
If you're looking for an excuse to treat yourself to an extravagant feast of classical continental cuisine and a wide variety of wines, The Swiss Chalet in Woodland Park (19263 E. Hwy. 24) is hosting a five-course Wines for Life Dinner at 6 tonight to promote cancer research. Following this, the sixth such dinner, the restaurant's owners will make a $10,000 donation to the American Cancer Society. The elaborate dinner is $150 per person and can be enjoyed on the Chalet patio, in the cool mountain air and with great views of Pikes Peak. Call 687-2001 for more info. CR
Wondering how to get your teen into books? Can't seem to get him to pick up that Robert Louis Stevenson title you so treasured as a child? Maybe that's because you're not as cool as you think. Maybe you're old, and your reading selection is dated. It's OK, though, because teachers, even those who don't present a facade of coolness, are freaking James Dean on the inside ... at least when it comes to knowing books. Raise your hip-lit quotient tonight, when local teacher Laurie Wood speaks on "Helping Young Adult Readers Choose Fantastic Books!" at the Manitou Springs Public Library (701 Manitou Ave.). This free event runs from 7 to 8:30. (It's OK to stay out late, just this once.) You can reserve a spot by calling 685-5206. TD
If you've ever stepped foot on the Colorado College campus, we can link you, in just a few degrees of separation, to Elvis. It goes like this: You've been to CC; CC is home to Jacqueline Lundquist, wife of President Richard Celeste and chair of the college's 1874 Society; Lundquist is friends with Jerry Schilling; Schilling just wrote a book called Me and a Guy Named Elvis. Schilling is legit he met The King a week after he laid down his first record, and went on to become a member of the Memphis Mafia. He'll be reading and signing books from 6:30 to 8 tonight at the Smokebrush Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.). For more, visit smokebrush.org. KW
This week's 7 Days contributors: Travis Duncan, Christina Roller, Matthew "Has Left the Building" Schniper and Kirk "King Creole" Woundy.