If you can't hear the whistling of their theme song yet, then you're just not listening closely enough. The Harlem Globetrotters, in their 81st season of touring the country to the tune of "Sweet Georgia Brown," are coming to town! Boo-yah! Expect to see a lot of dunking, stealing, no-look passing, between-the-legs and behind-the-back dribbling, and way-downtown three-point shooting. The basketball extravaganza is going down at 7 tonight at the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd.). Tickets range from $22 to $67 a seat, with an enticing family four-pack option (four tickets, four sodas and four popcorns for $44). It's gonna be faaaaaaaantastic. Visit ticketswest.com. PF
What's better than young people and art? Young people who do art! (Profound ... I know.) And there are two events kicking off today related to said group of paint-slingers. The first: the 45th annual Young People's Art Exhibition at Celebration Place (upper level at The Citadel Mall) that runs through May 12 and features works by grades K-12. Call 387-9015 for more on it. The second: UCCS' 2007 Student Art Exhibit at the Gallery of Contemporary Art (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.), which runs through April 25 and features a juried show by college-aged kiddies. Call 262-3567 or visit galleryuccs.org for more on this one. MS
Activity for my high school English class on Wednesday, March 7, 2001: Watch The Wizard of Oz ... while listening to The Dark Side of the Moon. Tonight's activity: Check out LaserSpectacular's 3D Pink Floyd laser-light show. I will not argue for the intellectual merits of either event. For decades, rock fans and mind-expanders alike have "dug" Floyd's sound. For the past 20 years, LaserSpectacular has perfected the light show. The combination can't miss. Head to the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) at 8 and see for yourself. Tickets range from $24.50 to $30.50. Call 520-SHOW (7469) for more information. CS
- Once Lotus starts their set at The Black Sheep on Wednesday, youll be dancing like a fool! And youll feel like a fool on Sunday at the MAT when the statues of the Myths, Mops and Mischief production shock you by coming to life.
It's taken a few centuries, but entertainment types have figured out how to make museums interesting, even for those with short attention spans. All you have to do is set a murder in there (The Da Vinci Code), have dinosaur skeletons chase Ben Stiller around (Night at the Museum), or have a Greek statue come to life and act out classic fables with the museum janitor (Myths, Mops and Mischief). What's that last one, you ask? Why, that's this month's First Saturday (and Sunday) event at the Manitou Art Theater (515 Manitou Ave.). See the Theatre Ala Carte production at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. today, or at 2 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets are just $8, available at 685-4729 or at themat.org. KW
Fact: The Rocky Mountains will remain forever bountiful and young in the songs of John Denver. Another fact: The environmental threats of the 21st century might not be so kind. Thus we have The State of the Rockies Conference. It runs through Wednesday at Colorado College (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.). The event gets underway at 3 p.m. today with the introduction of the 2007 report card. There will be daily panel discussions as well as speakers. Call 227-8145 or visit coloradocollege.edu/stateoftherockiesindex.htm for more. CS
Well, it's good to know that despite recent events, the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission and friends are still living up to their title. At 7 tonight, Phyllis Bennis of the Washington Institute for Policy Studies visits the group to present "Challenging Empire: U.S. Policy in the Middle East How People, Governments and the U.N. Defy U.S. Power" at First Congregational Church (20 E. St. Vrain St.). The activist and author possesses a strong rsum of Mideast peace work and undoubtedly has much to share on the topic. Call 632-6189 for more on this free event. MS
If you like jam bands and '80s synth pop, prepare to have your mind blown. The five-piece Philadelphia-based jam band Lotus doesn't really jam so much as it "vibes" with its drums, bass, guitars, electronic percussions and sampling units. The end result mostly instrumental, but with snippets of vocals strewn throughout can be summed up in one word: dance-tastic. Prepare to cut a cement floor at 8 tonight at The Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.), when Lotus hits with experimental indie rockers The Frequency. Tickets are $10 in advance at the venue or at ticketweb.com, or $12 at the door. PF
This week's 7 Days contributors: Pete Freedman, Matthew Schniper, Colin Stroud and Kirk Woundy.