"If we shadows have offended, think but this, and all is mended: that you have but slumbered here, whilst these visions did appear." ... I can't help but quote Shakespeare when two of his plays — Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night — are being performed for Shakespeare in the Sangres in Westcliffe. The stage is the outdoor amphitheater behind the WCPA/Jones Theater (119 Main St., 719/783-3004) and plays alternate weekly, with two performances each week at 6 p.m. through July 5; rain moves them inside. Tickets range from $5 to $15. — AM
Tonight's lecture, "Jesus and Family Values: What the Gospels Really Say" is no reason to panic. Be cool: The presenter, Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, is a professor at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, a renowned religion scholar and the author or editor of many books, including the 14 — 14! — volumes of Feminist Companions to the New Testament and Early Christian Writings. Levine also describes herself as a "Yankee Jewish feminist who teaches in a predominantly Protestant divinity school in the buckle of the Bible Belt." That's impressive, no matter where you lean. The free event starts at 7:30 at Colorado College's Shove Memorial Chapel (1010 N. Nevada Ave., fcucc.org). — EA
Dancing, to me, is difficult enough on its own. Covered in more than 25 feet of sari cloth, it would be impossible, I think. But the graceful dancers of the World Dance Festival at the Louisa Performing Arts Center (21 Broadmoor Ave., shaktidancetroupe.com) make it look easy. At 6 tonight, go experience some exotic performance (plus food) from across the globe: classical Odissi and Bollywood dance from India, belly dancing from the Middle East, sleeve dancing from China, samba from Brazil and hula from Hawaii. Tickets range from $12 to $15. — AM
If you couldn't make it to the Design for Hope gala Friday night at the Promenade Shops at Briargate (read: If HGTV's Matt Locke wasn't enough to lure that $25 out of your pocket), don't fret. You can still catch the innovative room designs from 10 teams of Pikes Peak Community College interior design students this weekend. Focused on sustainability, energy efficiency and environmentally friendly products, these green designs are sure to appeal to the enviro-geek within us all, or at least those of us looking to save a buck. The display is also open for tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 today at the Promenade Shops at Briargate (1885 Briargate Pkwy. #207, 447-9898). Admission on these days is only $5; all proceeds benefit CASA of the Pikes Peak Region. — KV
Nothing says sophistication like an active interest in classical music. The Little London Winds Orchestra summer concert series premieres at 7 tonight at Soda Springs Park (1016 Manitou Ave., littlelondonwinds.org) and is a great way to earn some culture points while enjoying a mellow evening outdoors. The orchestra, comprised of local musicians, will perform every Monday evening until Aug. 17. Jack Yonce, the new director, promises orchestral favorites as well as a selection of show tunes. Admission is free. — VL
Back in the '80s, Tracii Guns and Axl Rose started a short-lived version of Guns N' Roses (N' was never officially in the band), but the guitarist was long gone by the time GN'R got famous. His more punkish L.A. Guns subsequently managed to go through a couple thousand lineup changes, one hit — "The Ballad of Jayne" — and decades of slogging it out in clubs instead of arenas. This may or may not have been better than becoming a recluse, spending 15 years on a commercially and critically disappointing album, and then having a really goofy feud with Dr Pepper. In any event, it's Guns' band that's playing SoDo (527 S. Tejon St., sodonightlife.com) at 8 tonight for 15 bucks. — BF
Sometimes, quality live country music can seem as scarce as the ivory-billed woodpecker. However, relief comes in the form of singer-songwriter Pat Green at 9 tonight at Cowboys (25 N. Tejon St., worldfamouscowboys.com). If the rise of Hannah Montana and Taylor Swift had you forsaking the genre forever, Green just might make you reconsider. His approach to country is more pensive than pop, and his latest full-length, What I'm For, made an impressive debut at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. Opening for Green is Candy Coburn, a new voice on the country music scene. Tickets are $19, or $16.50 in advance. — VL
This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Bill Forman, Virginia Leise, Avalon Manly and Ken Voeller.