The last time I wrote about Denver's A.C.E. comedy troupe, it had sent me bacon. Most companies will submit CDs or press photos or even candy, but A.C.E. went with pork in a baggie. This, perhaps, gives you an idea of what A.C.E. (that's "American, Canadian and Englishman") comedy is like: wacky, weird and a bit stinky. The "improve" trio performs "Blur" tonight through Saturday at the Business of Art Center's Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs). The show starts at 8, and costs $14. Get your tickets at 685-4729 or at themat.org. KL
You'll have all of Earth Day to be "grounded," so to speak. Why not go a little "astro" from 1 to 9 p.m. today at the Metaphysical Celebration Fair at the Colorado Springs City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St.)? Enjoy channelings, aura photography, conscious living products and more. A mere $5 covers admission, and $15 to $20 buys a 15- or 20-minute intuitive healing or reading. If you miss it today, the fair runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Call 634-1810 or visit celebrationfair.com for a complete list of seminars and lectures. MS
Before Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania becomes a major motion picture starring Tobey Maguire, check out the real Electroboy. For years victimized by a mental illness that pushed him into danger, debt and, finally, prison, Andy Behrman turned his life around with the help of electroshock therapy. Today, the memoirist will present "Battling the Stigma of Mental Illness in America," in a program put on by the wonderful Depression and Bipolar Alliance of Colorado Springs. Suggested donation is $5 per person, or $10 per family, and each contributor will be entered into a door-prize drawing. The welcome session starts at 1 p.m.; call 477-1515 or visit dbsacoloradosprings.org for more. KW
- All aboard! The Bullet Train to Vegas leaves on Monday!
Rejoice! It's Dyngus Day, the Polish celebration of Lent's end. And that signals one thing: heavy, debaucherous drinkin'. Join the festivities at the fifth annual Tejon Street Bar Crawl, which kicks off from Southside Johnny's (528 S. Tejon St.) at 5 p.m. Slog your way north in jovial spirits with merrymaking, tomfoolery and "getting girls wet." Apparently, in Poland, boys drench girls with buckets of water, and the girls extract revenge the next day. Here, local bar upholstery and etiquette are respected, but wetness prevails in its own sneaky way, and girls get even by night's end. Don't be a dyngus: Go have some fun. Visit tejonstcrawl.whereseddie.com for more information. MS
Weep no more, kiddies it's time to dance. There's a magical place where post-punk, hardcore and shaggy-haired pouting boys collide, and it's a band called Bullet Train to Vegas. The California-based quartet's first album, We Put Scissors Where Our Mouths Are, is chock-full of choppy guitars and biting, Blood Brothers-esque vocals. Check out their MySpace page to hear mp3s, if you don't believe me. Or, you can quit being a big pansy and just go to their show tonight at The Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.), where they'll be playing with So They Say. The show starts at 8, tickets are $7, and you can get yours at 866/468-7621 or ticketweb.com. KL
Ancient lore has it that if you floss a piano's innards, it will make cool sounds and people will cheer really. That's kind of the idea behind CC's internationally renowned Bowed Piano Ensemble, which will play a free concert in Packard Hall (5 W. Cache la Poudre St.) with soprano Victoria Hansen at 7:30 this evening. The surgically tight group will perform Stephen Scott's "The Deep Spaces" with their soft and rigid bows and piano hammers (not to be used on home-improvement projects). Apparently, the melodic culmination of the 10-person ensemble's collective tinkering sounds similar to organ music. Don't be surprised if you have strange dreams about a pleasant visit to the dentist after this show. Call 389-6607 for more. MS
Hearing Alkaline Trio's "Radio" for the first time was a revelation: "I wish you / Would take my radio to bathe with you / Plugged in and ready to fall." Now that's a breakup song. And it's a good introduction to Alkaline Trio, whose frontman, Matt Skiba, has been on a quest for "lyrical hell and pop heaven" since starting the band in working-class Chicago in 1997. Touring behind their fifth album, Crimson, they'll be at the Fillmore Auditorium at 8. Against Me! will open. Tickets are $17.50 in advance or $20 at the door; visit fillmoreauditorium.com or call 520-9090. KW
This week's 7 Days dynguses (dyngi?): Kara Luger, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.