The Incubator Series gets erudite gums flapping at 7 tonight at UCCS' Gallery of Contemporary Art (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.). In this installment of what promises to be a quarterly panel discussion about the Pikes Peak art community's overall vision, the directors and curators offer their points of view. Representatives from Smokebrush, Colorado College, the FAC, the BAC and Studio 802 are slated for the hot seats. UCCS Gallery director Christopher Lynn will moderate for the event, which "will attempt to make the Pikes Peak region art scene more transparent for the public [and] encourage dialogue, participation and camaraderie," in his words. Call 262-3567 or visit galleryuccs.org for more. MS
Well, it's Friday the 13th, and chances are, nothing bad is going to happen to you. However, if you are feeling especially unlucky today, or vulnerable to any kind of evil forces, visit the Celebration Metaphysical Fair at the Colorado Springs Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St.). Load up on crystals, dragon paraphernalia and jewelry to focus your third eye, balance your chi or promote any kind of success. The fair kicks off Friday from 1 to 9 p.m., then continues Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $5. Call 634-1810 for more information. EA
Call it a dress rehearsal for Earth Day. Today is the National Day of Climate Action, with 1,300-plus events spanning 50 states, as of my last visit to stepitup2007.org the rally point aiming to cut carbon 80 percent by 2050. Here in town, between noon and 2 p.m., demonstrators will meet at the Pioneers Museum (215 S. Tejon St.) and at Colorado College's Worner Quad (902 N. Cascade Ave.) to mobilize against global warming. CC's event features music, food and the ability to purchase carbon offsets; call Charles at 781/775-1228 for more on this, or visit the Web site, through which the organizers may also be contacted. MS
Our country needs dynamic politicians. Take Bill Clinton: president, adulterer and currently his wife's fulltime fundraiser. Now it's the Kerrys: John and Teresa Heinz Kerry, that is. Yeah, he lost to G.W., and she's best-known for being a ketchup heiress, but today they seem pretty dynamic: They're coming to Denver to promote This Moment on Earth. The couple will speak and sign copies of their book a passionate account of some inspiring American environmentalists at Tattered Cover LoDo (1628 16th St., Denver). Free tickets will be available at 10 a.m. for the talk and signing at 11. Call 303/436-1070 or visit tatteredcover.com for more. CS
If you've never been an audience of one, here's your opportunity. Starting at 6 tonight, CC professor Lian Amaris Sifuentes invites the community to be a part of her interactive, technologically amplified performance, Corpus Projecti, at Colorado College's Coburn Gallery (902 N. Cascade Ave.). Attendees will enter the gallery one by one, and touch illuminated spots on Sifuentes' body. Each contact starts her "body-part-inspired" storytelling. Listen to one story or 10. It's up to you. Just don't start singing "Touch me, touch me now." This is serious art. KA
You may remember comedian Jim Wiggins, who fancies himself "The Last Hippie in America" (apparently, he's never been to Manitou ...) from NBC's comedy reality show Last Comic Standing, or maybe from his appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. No? Well, you'll have plenty of time to play catch-up with him this week, as he'll be performing on Saturday and Sunday at the Celebration Metaphysical Fair, and then again tonight and tomorrow night at Jack Quinn's (21 S. Tejon St.). Both Quinn's shows start at 9 and cost $5. For more info, call 385-0766. PF
Well, the weather's starting to get nicer, and that can only mean one thing here in southern Colorado: Participatory murder mysteries are back! Tonight, you can head on over to Giuseppe's Old Depot Restaurant (10 S. Sierra Madre St.) and join in one of the first of this season, Murder at Macabre Manor. Sounds creepy, right? It's even more so once you realize it's set in 1930s England; really, the thought of the British teeth of that era are scary enough. The event costs $35 for members of the Apartment Association of Colorado Springs and $50 for nonmembers. Registration ends on Friday get this the 13th! For more, call the AACS at 264-9195. PF
This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Kirsten Akens, Pete Freedman, Matthew Schniper and Colin Stroud.