- Frank Hannons photo has not been altered by our art department in any way. See the electric time traveler yourself at Union Station on Friday.
Two words: Naked Poetry. That's one of the published works from Robert Mezey, the poet who'll be speaking tonight at Colorado College. This Visiting Writers Series installment takes place at 7 in the McHugh Student Commons (1090 N. Cascade Ave., above the Herb "n' Farm Caf) and it's free to attend like you need more motivation to go see a guy talk about Naked Poetry. Seriously, you can't get it out of your head. Hey, get your mind out of the gutter, sicko! Call 389-6606 or visit coloradocollege.edu/news_events for information. PF
According to his MySpace site, Frank Hannon's played with The Deftones, Lynyrd Skynyrd and moe., among dozens of artists across the musical spectrum. But don't let the cross-genre thing fool you the same Web site screams, "Rock N Roll Guitar ... Forever!" If that sets your arm in a totally involuntary windmill motion, get yourself to Union Station (2419 N. Union Blvd.) tonight. Hannon, lead guitarist of Tesla best known for its cover of "Signs," but also noteworthy for naming a 1994 album Bust a Nut will take the stage at 8. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door; call 227-7168. KW
The Colorado Springs Philharmonic is working on yet another orchestral hat trick at 8 this evening and 2:30 tomorrow at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.). Conductor and composer Glen Cortese premieres his original composition, "The Garden of the Gods," followed by Lawrence Leighton Smith and Michael Hanson's leading of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, then Sibelius' Symphony No. 5. A pre-concert conversation precedes the show by an hour, and a talk-back follows immediately afterward; both take place in the PPC's Studio Bee. Tickets for the classical series are available for $12 to $50 by calling 520-SHOW (7469). Call 884-2110 or visit csphilharmonic.org for more. MS
All it takes is two wheels (a bicycle), a brain bucket (helmet) and a Jackson ($20) and you can make tracks in the 10th annual American Bicycle Association Race for Life to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It's taking place at 9 this morning at the Norris-Penrose Event Center (1045 W. Rio Grande St.). Aside from your participation, the event features motocross riders who'll collect donations for local and national events. Admission is free for spectators, so wake up a few friends to cheer you on (or ridicule you) in the stands. Visit pikespeakbmx.com or call 235-3670. MS
So what if you missed the opening exhibition from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday? Mondays are for making up for the weekend's follies. Head to the Commonwheel Artists Co-op (102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs) anytime from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Feb. 19 to check out their Nicaraguan Pottery exhibit, which benefits both the potters and Potters for Peace organization, which provides pure water in Third-World countries. The pots are gorgeous, and if you purchase one, it's sure to make houseguests believe you're not an art dolt. Call 685-1008 or visit commonwheel.com for more. MS
Nothing says the Fourth of July like a concert from one of our military branch's finest bands! And nothing says patriotism like celebrating our country's independence 365 days a year. Or twice a year, for that matter. So muster up some nationalism and head over to Packard Hall (5 W. Cache la Poudre St.) on the Colorado College campus at 7:30 tonight to catch the latest Air Force Academy Band performance in its Chamber Recital Series. The concert is free to attend. Call 554-BAND (2263) or visit usafacademyband.com for information. PF
If you've never been to La Foret Conference Center (6145 Shoup Road), tonight provides the perfect opportunity. The U.S. Forest Service leads a discussion on how the Pike-San Isabel National Forest should be managed in upcoming years. If you're passionate about wilderness, wildlife and quiet recreation, for instance, this is the place to have your voice heard. It runs from 5:30 to 9, and you can find out more at wildconnections.org. Oh, and why would you want to go to some conference center? Because La Foret is absolutely beautiful, 400-plus acres of wooded seclusion just 15 miles north of Colorado Springs. Get there early and walk around before it gets too dark. KW
This week's 7 Days contributors:
Pete Freedman, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.