- Youre getting sleepy but finish reading our paper before you get too entranced.
What's today? World Hypnotism Day! (No, seriously, it is.) Here's your chance to pay homage to the technique that supposedly helps people lose weight, stop smoking, sleep better and conquer a slew of other ailments. Celebrate with HypnoCoach Baerbel Froehlin at Smooth Changes Therapies (4935 N. 30th St. #180) tonight from 6:15 to 7:30. Find out how hypnosis (outside of comedy clubs) might enrich your life. The sky's the limit: You might be able to stop wetting the bed by the time you're allowed to vote, after all. Reserve a spot at 271-6089; a $5 donation is suggested for the informational event. MS
A new year is supposed to bring the excitement of a fresh start, but all too often, people limp out of the gate. Cold, snow, holiday debt, extra poundage ... few are immune to all such afflictions. That's why Pueblo's Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave.) deserves a tip of the hat for its Festival Fridays. Every Friday night through January, the museum will open at 5:30 for a party, complete with food, spirits and music, kind of just for the hell of it. Tonight's 2007 season opener features Phat Daddy and the Phat Horn Doctors. Admission is just $4 in advance or $5 at the door, and you can get tickets at the Sangre box office or by calling 719/295-7222. KW
Don your best "Kiss the Cook" apron and bake yourself a cake, Betty Crocker; today's the 12th annual Great Fruitcake Toss in Manitou Springs. Bring your own cake or buy one for a buck (supplies are limited) at 9:30 a.m. at the Manitou Springs High School track (401 El Monte Place, Manitou Springs). Then toss, launch or shoot your cake to previously unimaginable distances. It's free to attend, although the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce will be collecting non-perishables for a local food bank from those of you entering the toss. For info, call 685-5089 or visit manitousprings.org. PF
- See if the Beatnuts hands are also blurry live, at the Fox on Wednesday.
Really, when you boil it down, most everything could be sold by some unit of weight. Take gerbils for grams, for instance. Or koalas for kilos. Well, today it's the Pots by the Pound Sale at Commonwheel Artists Co-op (102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs). That's where local artists unload their excess wares for cheaper than usual today, the scale is your friend. Besides, it's past time to replace that campy "World's Best Dad" coffee mug. The sale, which began Friday, runs through Jan. 22. Call 685-1008 or visit commonwheel.com for more. MS
If you want to read something trippy, go to Dr. Eric Pearl's Web site
(thereconnection.com) and learn about what he calls "Reconnective Healing." A snippet: "Patients soon reported seeing angels and receiving miraculous healings from cancers, AIDS-related diseases, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, birth disfigurements, cerebral palsy and other serious afflictions. All this occurred when Eric simply held his hands near them." Skeptical? Inspired? Either way, you can learn more from local Dr. Rick Walford's PowerPoint presentation tonight. He'll be at Celebration Conscious Living Store (2209 W. Colorado Ave.) from 7 to 9. For more, call 634-1855. KW
Silent, odorless, deadly gases sure don't play fair creepin' up all around you and givin' you lung cancer. Radon, you coward! But don't despair. Instead, learn to fight back through testing and mitigation, which can reduce the amounts of radon you may be huffing daily in your home. Attend Doug Kladder's "Radon: An Environmental Concern with a Simple Solution" from 7 to 8:30 tonight at the Manitou Springs Public Library (701 Manitou Ave.) to arm yourself. Kladder is director of the Center for Environmental Research and Technology; he knows the score. Call 685-5206 to reserve a seat at the free lecture, as space is limited. MS
I honestly don't know much about The Beatnuts other than the fact that I'm a big fan of their 1999 song "Watch Out Now," and that they're at least partially considered a part of the Native Tongues Posse, the loosely affiliated hip-hop clan that includes De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Black Star and Common. That sort of company is enough to sell me on heading to the Fox Theatre (1135 13th St., Boulder), where they'll perform some more of their catalogue at 9 tonight. Tickets are $15; visit foxtheatre.com for more info. PF
This week's 7 Days contributors: Pete Freedman, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.