In 1999, a rape conviction against a 45-year-old Italian man was overturned by the country's Supreme Court. The 18-year-old woman (his driving student) he'd assaulted was wearing jeans, which, according to the Head Judge, were too tight for him to have removed from her body without her help. Therefore, the act was one of consensual sex, not rape. Following this, women in the Italian Parliament decided to wear jeans to work as a sign of protest. The movement has spread globally now, with today formally set aside to show support for sexual assault survivors. In the Pikes Peak region, that means helping domestic violence safe house and advocacy organization TESSA. Don your jeans and post "selfies" with the hashtag #TESSADenimDay, and/or donate to TESSA's cause. Find more at on.fb.me/1b7iY0P and denimdayinfo.org. — Edie Adelstein
In theory, a moderated discussion on philosophy, critical theory, nihilism, social media and German will be dull, dull, dull. In practice, it depends on the presenter. When that presenter is a self-branded #failedintellectual, the event starts to look more like an evening of bone-dry humor. So is the presenter in question, a former assistant professor of German and recent New Yorker subject Eric Jarosinski, now known for @neinquarterly on Twitter. (For instance, April 21st's: "Spring. Love is in the air. Reminding us. Ever so gently. That it has a kill list.") He'll be at CC's McHugh Student Commons (1090 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu) at 5:30 p.m. as part of his #failedintellectual Goodwill Tour. Spoiler: The answer is nein. — Griffin Swartzell
Editor's Note: The shuttle has been canceled.
The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org) will officially join First Friday downtown this month with the unveiling of its new Deco Lounge gallery program, whose inaugural show will feature photography from local women who have shown in the FAC galleries: Carol Dass, Kay Williams Johnson and Heather Oelklaus (pictured). Among other activities (find them at bit.ly/1EsFqPV), the FAC will also offer a free shuttle taking patrons from the premises to other downtown stops and back. You can see works from another recent FAC artist, Floyd Tunson, at two residential lofts downtown — 108 N. Tejon St., Unit F and 101 N. Tejon St., #260 — between the hours of 5 and 8. Mind you, Tunson doesn't show often. Find more information at bit.ly/1Hy2gpW. — Edie Adelstein
Let's be clear, since we are living in a legal-weed state: Herb Fest has nothing to do with marijuana. Now in its 13th year, the home-and-garden-style event features free classes on topics from culinary to cosmetic applications of botanicals. Shop for such items as soaps, health supplements and herb starters that are ready to plant in your garden, from 50-plus vendors. Entry is $3 (under 12, free/$1 students, seniors), and the Fest runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at AspenPointe Café (1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road, peakherbfest.com) inside the El Paso County Citizens Service Center. Remember: chia, not cheeba. — Matthew Schniper
Professional Bull Riders – Rumble in the Rockies started Friday, and continues today at The Broadmoor World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd., bit.ly/1JDi0VT, worldarena.com). Related events — most of them in the arena parking lot — are free and include a kickoff party, live music, a 5K fundraiser run, autograph sessions, and a cowboy church service on Sunday. During the main events at 7 p.m. Saturday and 1:50 p.m. Sunday, each of the 35 contenders, considered among the best in the world, will have a chance on a bull, including last year's top seed Renato Nunes, a Brazilian who has won both the PBR World Championship and the World Finals. — Jess Agius
Before Andrea Gibson came to the Ivywild School around this time last year, she described her craft this way to Independent writer Kirsten Akens: "Maybe more than a poet I'm kind of a public feeler. I just get up there and feel everything all over the place. And I don't think that our culture is super-welcoming of that." While that is probably true, Ivywild (1604 S. Cascade Ave., ivywildschool.com) clearly is — it's invited the Boulder-based artist and activist back for a 7:30 p.m. show tonight. Tickets run $12 to $15, which may be more than you're used to paying to see a spoken-word performance. But Gibson — BBC and Air America feature subject, and the first winner of the Women's World Poetry Slam — is about as good as it gets. — Kirk Woundy
If you have an abiding love for candy-coated pop and all things twee, then you probably bought your Matt & Kim tickets back in January. The Brooklyn synth-pop duo, whose 2008 "Daylight" video has logged more than 15 million YouTube views, released its fifth studio album, New Glow, earlier this month. Meanwhile, critics continue to describe its sound as either "infectious" (Entertainment Weekly, Consequence of Sound, Village Voice) or "bubbly" (Time Out, Paper Magazine, Pop Matters). Feel the effervescence tonight at the Ogden Theatre (935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, ogdentheatre.com). Tickets are $25, and showtime is 9 p.m. — Bill Forman