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So there's no Wisteria Lane in Colorado Springs (we don't think ...), and we're almost positive that Eva Longoria, Teri Hatcher and Nicolette Sheridan aren't here, either. But we do have the Desperate Musical Housewives, a group of local female musicians that performs Gershwin and Dvorak, and that's got to count for something. Catch them at 7:30 tonight at the Louisa Performing Arts Center at the Colorado Springs School (21 Broadmoor Ave.) as they perform and support an art showing from Daisy McConnell, the curator at Colorado College. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Call 475-9747 ext. 110 for information. PF
Today marks the second of four days for the 18th annual Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities (6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada). This is where, according to the press release, "Western balladeers and yodelers bring to life the joys and hardships of the Western lifestyle." Expect such sentiments as "Hoofs and Palm Pilots just don't jive," and "Baby, you remind me of a cattle drive, because you're so hard to handle when I chase you." Music, verse and performance events run through the day, and admission costs $14 to $38; call 720/898-7200 or visit arvadacenter.org/cowboy for schedule information and more. MS
Head to Horton's Sports Page (965 Summer Games Drive) tonight at 5 for something other than the NFL playoffs. Instead, rally support for local Gulf Coast hurricane evacuees by enjoying Southern foods and music by local band N-Tha-Mixx. The celebration will be free to evacuees, and open to the public by donation. Proceeds from the evening's festivities will go toward the Colorado Springs Unmet Needs Committee Fund, which provides continued support to local Katrina evacuees as they transition to a new community. Call the Katrina Response Team at 572-6316 for more information. MS
After years unjustly imprisoned in spreadsheets, numbers are set free this month, at least at the Bridge Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.). Digits, the latest group show at this Depot Arts District space, sends numbers of all fonts and sizes into full-fledged artwork, where they're encouraged to show more dynamic sides of themselves. And, my, how they blossom. See them and shed a tear from noon to 3 p.m. on any Sunday (like today) or on any Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Jan. 28. As always, admission is free. Call 232-9368 for more. KW
There's a disturbing trend in book jacket art that Indy contributing editor Kathryn Eastburn recently pointed out: For some reason, book art has been featuring a whole lot of headless forms lately. And not just on reprints of the legendary Sleepy Hollow. Seriously, check it out bodies without faces are everywhere. Pretty weird stuff. Maybe InCahoots Press book artist Mary Chadwick will discuss this fad when she speaks at the WES Room at Colorado College's Worner Campus Center (902 N. Cascade Ave.) at 7:30 tonight. Call 389-6606 or visit coloradocollege.edu/news_events for more information. PF
Give yourself an extra five minutes this morning to stretch and roll your neck; you could pull a muscle, what with the nonstop nodding you'll be doing today at "Radical Careering." The Pikes Peak Advertising Foundation welcomes Sally Hogshead, "names-will-never-hurt-me" success story and advertising industry consultant featured in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Registration begins at 11 a.m., and the program runs from noon to 1:30 at the Antlers Hilton (4 S. Cascade Ave.). Reserve a spot $30 for PPAF members, $40 for others by going to ppaf.org or e-mailing info@PPAF.org by Friday, Jan. 12. KW
OK Sister Act II fans, it's time to emerge from your Whoopi Goldberg chat rooms and support the 80-voiced, Orange, Calif.-based Chapman University Choir (as seen in the movie) and Singers in concert. Tonight at 7 they'll be at First United Methodist Church (420 N. Nevada Ave.), following up on their Thursday, Jan. 11, appearance at First Christian Church (16 E. Platte Ave.). Both shows suggest a free-will offering for the enjoyment of the secular and spiritual music from the present back to the Renaissance. Call 633-8888 for more on Thursday's show and 471-8522 for more on tonight's. MS This week's 7 Days contributors: Pete Freedman, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.