Sometimes it's comforting to have others tell you how you're supposed to feel about something. Seems like the band playing The Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.) at 8 tonight knows what we're talking about here. Or so the name would imply. We're not sure what reaction the guys in the Los Angeles-based industrial band Imperative Reaction have to their own sound, but their song "Judas" compels us to dance shirtless, in short cut-off jean shorts and construction boots, while sucking on a pacifier and playing with glow-sticks. Seriously, we can't feel our legs. Tickets are $10 via ticketweb.com, or $12 at the door. PF
So, there've been a lot of jazz happenings in the Springs lately, and though you've been meaning to check some of 'em out, for whatever reason, you haven't. Well, lazy pants, your opportunities are starting to dwindle; at least one local venue recently stopped booking acts. So do your part and show support for the local scene by heading to Cedars Jazz Club (3125 Sinton Road) at 7 tonight to see the Colorado Springs Conservatory's Jazz Combo present its Jazz Nite at what might be the city's best small jazz venue. It's free to attend although a $5 donation to the Conservatory will be rewarded with 2-for-1 drinks until 8:30. For more information, call 577-4556. PF
Today's gonna be a firkin great day, I promise. But to make it so, you have to attend the third annual Firkin Rendezvous from 1 to 5 at Bristol Brewing Company (1647 S. Tejon St.). There, you can try non-traditional (and traditional, for you scaredy cats) English-style cask ales, which are fermented, dry-hopped, conditioned and served in a single cask, or "firkin." Tickets, which earn you food, beer and a souvenir tasting glass, are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Visit coloradobeer.org for more about the 44 breweries that comprise the Colorado Brewers Guild, which the event benefits. For more details, visit bristolbrewing.com or call 633-2555. MS
Celebrate NAACP Founders Day the prominent civic organization turns 89 this year today at 3 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church (633 E. Dale St.). The event will feature music by Pastor Jesse Brown Jr. and Rev. Dennis Mose & Friends, performances by dramatist Angie Cole and poet Jeanne Morant (a Katrina survivor), and a lecture by Rev. Clarence W. Davis. The event, hosted by the Colorado Springs Branch NAACP and followed by a reception, is open to the community at no charge. Call 475-7255 for more information. MS
Anorexia and bulimia stats are harrowing: nearly 10 million women affected, with a peak onset among girls ages 11 to 13. Factor in that treatment is expensive for most, and inaccessible to many (see "A hard place," csindy.com/csindy/2007-02-08/news2.html), and you've got a bunch of reasons to check out Colorado College's Eating Disorders Awareness Week. At 4 p.m. today, Palmer High School graduate and author Courtney Martin will lead a discussion and movie showing on the topic at Slocum Commons (130 E. Cache la Poudre St.). At 7, she'll be in Loomis Lounge (1104 N. Cascade Ave.) to read from and answer questions about her book, Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: The Frightening New Normalcy of Hating Your Body. It's all free; visit coloradocollege.edu or call 389-6607 for more. KW
Two solid options; not bad for a Tuesday. For good music tonight, get to Jimbo's Take 2 (2427 N. Union Blvd.) at 7:30 for some edgy, heavy blues from Otis Taylor. His new album, Definition of a Circle, actually comes out today so you know the Boulder native will be on his game. Advance tickets are $22.50; $27.50 at the door.Call 244-1601 or visit jimbostake2.com for more. If you're feeling less blue and more white and blue and you're ready to shell out some green head to Clune Arena (2168 Field House Drive) for Air Force men's basketball regular-season finale against Brigham Young. Scalpers are likely to be brandishing tickets to this sold-out game, which could will the Mountain West Conference tournament's top seedings. It starts at 7, but you'd be wise to get there early. KW
It's the last day of the month. If you haven't already done so, consider visiting A Day in the Life of Fannie Mae Duncan today or sometime before May 12 at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum (215 S. Tejon St.). Just by walking around, reading and learning, you can pay homage to the Springs jazz entrepreneur and pioneer, who owned the famed Cotton Club downtown in the 1950s. The exhibit features dozens of photographs by Lew Tilley that trace Ms. Duncan through work, home and around town. Admission is free. Call 385-5990 or visit cspm.org for more. MS
This week's 7 Days contributors: Pete Freedman, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.