- Show solidarity at the Warehouse on Friday.
More than a million people have watched local artist Jason Baalman paint. That's because the creative wielder of barbecue sauce, Cheetos, ketchup and other odd media displays much-loved time-lapse videos of himself on YouTube. His latest project, a portrait of Abraham Lincoln in honor of his 200th birthday, will be on display at Hunter-Wolff Gallery (2510 W. Colorado Ave.) through Sunday then it's off to the highest eBay bidder. (Watch it being made at youtube.com/watch?v=OENCFdwrKOU.) To construct "Five Score Years of the Lincoln Penny," Baalman used 1,025 pennies dated from 1909 to 2008. View the work between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday, or between 11 and 6 on Friday or Saturday. Call 520-9494 for more, or visit youtube.com/eclecticasylumart. MS
As an American cultural specialist appointed by the U.S. State Department, Toni Blackman globe-trots to fight negative perceptions of hip-hop. Tonight, she joins the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs' ninth annual Harlem Renaissance event from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Warehouse Restaurant and Gallery (25 W. Cimarron St.). Blackman, who's appeared with Erykah Badu, the Roots and Wu-Tang Clan, among others, will read her award-winning poetry in celebration of the genesis and progression of African-American music. Also on tap: impressive student art, as well as food and jazz. Tickets are just $5 for UCCS students, $15 for the public, and can be had on campus at University Center (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.). Call 255-3185 or e-mail email@example.com for more. KW
She was probably 40-something, in both age and a certain body measurement. I had some X-rated Mardi Gras beads, and she wanted them. How badly? She quickly pulled up her top, exposing her admirable assets for way too long. She got the beads, and I got a memory from Manitou Springs' annual Carnivale celebration. That was last year, and the 2009 version comes today, with the usual agenda: gumbo cookoff starting at 8 a.m. in Soda Springs Park (1016 Manitou Ave.), public tasting at 10:45 ($1 for each two samples), then the parade up Manitou Avenue. You can buy beads almost anywhere, and then it's up to you. No admission charge. For more, call 685-9127 or go to manitousprings.org. RR
girls on wheels
- Talk tatonka with Amy McNamara on Monday at Gates Common Room.
If you're in a sporting mood today, maybe you'd like to watch a bunch of tough babes on roller skates beat the ever-living crap out of each other. In a continuation of Saturday's matches, six roller derby teams from Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado will participate in the biggest legal beat-down Colorado Springs has ever seen as the Pikes Peak Derby Dames host the Four Corner Feud, their first tournament on home turf. Matches run from 2 to 10 p.m. today and from 3 to 9 Saturday at the City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St.). If you're a high roller (pun intended), purchase a two-day, four-person box for $150. Otherwise, one-day passes are $15-$20 and two-day passes are $25-$35; both can be obtained at Play It Again Sports (5338 Montebello Lane) or online at brownpapertickets.com. Visit pikespeakderbydames.com for more. RC
Evidently, the adage "One man's trash is another man's treasure" rings true not only for my Aunt Hilda's stirrup pant collection, but for buffalo as well. While some feel the creatures pose a threat (and should be eliminated) when they stray from national parks, others think they deserve a better break than they got the first time around. Air your views at 7 tonight, when Amy McNamara, the National Parks program director for the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, takes the stage to discuss "Bison in Yellowstone: Pests or National Icons?" The free event will be held in CC's Gates Common Room (1025 N. Cascade Ave.). Call 389-6607 or visit coloradocollege.edu for more. JT
According to We the Kings drummer Danny Duncan's recent Twitter message, the Blink-182 reunion is "HUGE NEWS!" But even if the Florida quartet does have a hard-on for the band that dragged pop-punk down the toilet for more than a decade, WTK's own music isn't nearly so lame. Songs like "Skyway Avenue" and "Check Yes Juliet" are catchy as hell, and just think: When prom time comes around and that cover band is stumbling through "Secret Valentine," you'll be able to say you saw the real thing. Showtime tonight is at 7 with four bands opening at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.). Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door, and kids with braces get in free. Sorry, just making up that last part. Visit sodajerkpresents.com for more. BF
- The feudin gets fierce at the City Auditorium Saturday and Sunday.
There's no more revered art hub out west than Taos, N.M., a town of clear light and Technicolor landscape. For a look at its evolution, visit The Taos Society of Artists: Paintings from the Olson Family Collection today or any Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through April 19 at the Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.). Paintings by society members such as Ernest Blumenschein and Joseph Henry Sharp introduced the world to the possibilities of the area, years before Georgia O'Keeffe. Admission for non-members costs between $8.50 and $10. For more, visit csfineartscenter.org. EA
This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Rhiannon Conley, Bill Forman, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.