Tonight, the Southern Colorado AIDS Project (S-CAP) holds a richly deserved 20th anniversary celebration. Starting at 5, enjoy the heavy hors d'oeuvres buffet and cash bar as you listen to live music and bid on artwork. At 7, the program recognizing S-CAP's prevention, education and healthcare services begins, along with a raffle drawing. You must reserve a $50 ticket for this Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) event by visiting s-cap.org or calling 578-9092. JS
Is it the Caribbean blue eyes or the sapphire blue sweater that sets the hook so deep in my cheek? No fair, John Tesh, you're just too darn dapper for my own good. I'm coming to see you tonight at 8 at New Life Church (11025 Voyager Pkwy.), for $19.95. If my friends (who want to stay my friends) wish to join me, they can call 877/801-4995, visit tesh.com or head to Elite Fitness (5566 N. Academy Blvd.) to purchase tickets. I mean, hey it's not every day you can get lost in the eyes of a six-time Emmy winner and two-time Grammy nominee. MS
Juggling may be kooky, but can you do it? If not, head to Acacia Park (115 E. Platte Ave.) to learn how, or to just appreciate those who can, at World Juggling Day. At 2 p.m., the Pikes Peak Jugglers will toss rings, clubs, torches and rubber chickens. Open competitions begin at 2:30, and at 3, the Pikes Peak Jugglers will give free lessons. Call 477-9978 for more.
As inspired as you may be by the professional jugglers, wait until tomorrow to begin your hardcore training. There's some serious music playing at 7:30 at CC's Armstrong Quad (14 E. Cache La Poudre St.), and it's free. Les Yeux Noirs, a Paris-based sextet led by two violins, will entertain with a sound described as "part gypsy, part klezmer and part rock 'n roll." Try 389-6098 if you want to learn more. JS
How does NASCAR woo the kids, what with age requirements for drivers' licenses, tobacco and beer? Hello, Soap Box Derby. One of 170 participating cities, Colorado Springs gets its NASCAR-supported event today on Costilla Street, between El Paso and Wahsatch. Starting at 8:30 a.m., kids ages 10 to 17 will race homemade 230- or 255-pound cars, vying for the chance to head to sunny Akron, Ohio for the championships. If you're interested in watching, visit ppsbd.com.
Also today, help the music community take karma by the horns. In a blues career that's led him to no fewer than a dozen local bands, bassist Walter "Bonedaddy" Chase has organized benefits for everyone from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo to hurricane victims. Now that he's battling cancer, without health insurance, his fellow musicians are holding a Walter Chase benefit concert. Live music, food, drink, auction and raffle items will fill Laura Belle's (734 N. 19th St.), starting at 2 p.m. For information or to donate, visit walterchase.com. KW
If Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou stole your heart when The Da Vinci Code hit the big screen, just wait to see how many cryptexes author Elizabeth Cunningham can crack. Cunningham will perform a dramatic reading from her new novel, The Passion of Mary Magdalen, at the Celebration Conscious Living Store (2209 W. Colorado Ave.) at 7 p.m. Come have your book signed and your sins purged for taking history lessons from Hollywood. Find out what they forgot to mention about the most mysterious and controversial woman in the Bible. Call 634-1855 for more. TW
Sonic Youth will tear through Colorado tonight, showing that even after spearheading a punkish wave of '80s art rock and thrashing around onstage in leather pants for 22 years, they're ready for more. Expect to see a cross-generational crowd and to hear a selection of songs from their brand new, softer album, Rather Ripped. The 16-plus concert will be at the Gothic Theatre (3263 S. Broadway, Englewood), Doors open at 8; purchase your tickets ($22.50 to $25) at ticketweb.com. TW
After shows on Thursday the 22nd and Friday the 23rd, tonight marks yet another chance to catch the CC Festival Artists Concert Series in Packard Hall (5 W. Cache La Poudre St.). Expect highly accomplished chamber musicianship and works by Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and more. The music begins at 7:30 and tickets, available at the Worner Campus Center (902 N. Cascade Ave.) cost between $5 and $25. Visit artsfestival.coloradocollege.edu for more or call 389-6098. MS This week's Tesh-infatuated contributors: Matthew Schniper, Jeanine Stewart, Taylor Wiles and Kirk Woundy.