16 Thursday

What would King Lear's life have been like had he lived it in, say, the posh hills above L.A., or perhaps the Bahamas, sipping on a mixed drink and reclining on the AstroTurf? Probably a lot like the life director Jeremy Wilhelm has imagined for him in Planetlear, the multimedia "apocalyptic journey" at the Smokebrush Theater, 235 S. Nevada Ave. The play's got everything: mud, live ethno-rock, cinematic dynamics and the entire planet Earth. Tickets to the performance are $15. Planetlear opens tonight at 8 and runs through Aug. 24. Call 444-0884 for details.

17 Friday

Nobody knows what they do. Nobody knows from whence they came. We only know that they're Air Force, they're in uniform, and they're entertaining. The Tops In Blue is an "internationally acclaimed touring entertainment group" that has performed with a whole bunch of famous people. However, we have no idea whether these guys sing, dance, tell jokes ... But whatever it is they do, it's free and on display at Sky Sox Stadium, 4385 Tutt Blvd. The Tops entertain at 7:30 tonight and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Call 333-3241.

18 Saturday

It all begins at 7 a.m., so you will have to exhibit a fair bit of planning ahead to drag the lawn chairs down from the RV, remembering to grab the Hostess Donuts and coffee, in time to claim your place on Ruxton Avenue in Manitou Springs and watch those freaks run up the mountain. That's right. It's Pikes Peak Ascent time again, when hundreds of absurdly fit people run directly up Pikes Peak -- all 13.32 miles of it and all 7,815 feet in elevation gain -- without passing go and without collecting $200. If you want to find out more, visit There you'll also access info on Sunday's marathon, where participants not only run up -- they also run down, perhaps in fear of the Peak's wrath.

There are not many social events you can bring your dog to, and that's a damn shame. I mean, they're your family, right? And, frankly, my dog is cleaner, better behaved and, dare I say, smarter, than a lot of human children running around. Respectable dogs should be allowed access to any place children are, for the sake of fairness. Until that glorious day, you can at least bring them to Romp in the Park, Colorado Springs' All-Breed Rescue's day of games, demonstrations, auctions, pet photography, toys, water and everything else dogs love. The benefit begins at 10 a.m. at the 4 Diamond Sports Complex. Call 260-0668 for details.

One of the proudest days of my life came at the Black Forest Festival. I was in fifth grade, and my very first boyfriend, Rusty, was marching in the parade, dressed as A.L.F. Yep, A.L.F. was the big thing back then, topping the ratings charts and striking fear in the hearts of all housecats. Rusty was one of the cutest boys at Wolford Elementary, and despite his A.L.F. fetish, we were the best of friends. When he asked if he could hold my hand at the Cinco De Mayo dance, I knew it was love. These are the kind of memories that can be made at the Festival, which consists of a cool horse-filled parade down Shoup to Black Forest Road, followed by games and a marketplace on the corner there. The whole deal starts off with a pancake breakfast and Key to the Forest ceremony at 6:30 a.m. at the Community Center. Just drive to Shoup and Black Forest and you'll see it. Admission is free; call 495-4341.

19 Sunday

Don't lie. Just about every time you see Greek dancing on TV you try it out in your living room. Yes, you do... it's impossible not to. It's like ethnic disco. Talk about an infectious groove. Perhaps you can learn enough to get that groove of yours on at the Greek Festival at Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church (Paseo Road at Monroe Street). It is a church, remember, so if you feel like bustin' out with a booty shake, please contain yourself. There'll also be food, music, imports and other things Greek from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 634-5678.

20 Monday

The minor-league season is almost over so here's a heads-up -- the next few Sky Sox games are their last at home. They play the Salt Lake City Stingers at 7:05 tonight. Call 591-SOXX or check out for details.

21 Tuesday

Oy there, ait's naught jes punk, ait's pure punk, roight? Ait's real, say? They got The Boils, Oxymoron, The Forgotten and Dead Empty on th' Pure Punk Tour at th' Colorado Music 'all, 2475 E. Pikes Peak. It's just a few quid, $8 American, not dear t'all. Ring 447-9797 for more. OY OY OY!

22 Wednesday

In today's Mountains out of Molehills column we've got Jerome Davis telling us what he thinks of KRCC's policies and practices, as well as local radio in general. This happens at the 7 p.m. Freethinkers Meeting at the Police Operations Center, on the corner of Rio Grande and Nevada. Call 535-0320 for details.

Jon Weiss will be shot out of a cannon today, with the help of Michu, the world's smallest man! That's right, he'll be wrapped in a spangly outfit, stuffed into a large gun, and an explosion will catapult him into the sky! Tickets to see this major event are $12.75 and up, and you can get them by calling 576-2626. Ohhhh, wait... you thought we were talking about our John Weiss? Publisher extraordinaire? No, no, we're talking about the opening night of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at the World Arena. That's a good idea, though. The circus is here until the 26th, so maybe we can talk him into it. We'll keep you updated on any new developments.

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