Maybe it's been a few years since you rocked out to Jimmy Eat World. But surely you recall what a good time that was; the band's 2001 disc, Bleed American, spawned two killer singles in "The Middle" and "Sweetness." So what if you forgot that the Arizona-based emo/rock band actually released another album in 2004 (Futures) that Indy culture editor Matthew Schniper swears was "totally, like, awesome?" At 8 tonight, they'll play the Gothic Theatre (3263 S. Broadway, Denver), and you can bet they'll at least play "The Middle" and "Sweetness." And that's gotta be worth the $20 ticket price at ticketmaster.com, right? PF
During the 1890s gold rush, heaven wasn't the only place with gold-paved roads. For a brief time, Victor, also known as The City of Mines, had the same bragging rights. Although the city no longer has such a gaudy look, it is hosting a Gold Rush Days Festival, starting today and running through Sunday. The festival features an art show, baking contest and the "cowboy sprint," an event in which visitors of all ages try to walk, stumble or crawl from the Gold Bowl to the Victor Hotel without losing their cowboy hats. Call 719/689-2091 or visit victorcolorado.com for more info. AG
Plenty of women say they get along better with men than with other women. And while that may be true most of the time (let's face it women are crazy), every girl still has to have a few good chicas in her life to get her through those hard times. Who better to buddy up with than a Roller Derby Dame? Meet your new best friend (and potential bodyguard) tonight at the season opener of The Pikes Peak Derby Dames at the City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St.). The roller derby bout between the Danger Dolls and the Candy Snipers starts at 7, and tickets range from $10 to $12. Go to pikespeakderbydames.com or call 238-7212 for more. AL
There's no doubt: We're in a whole new era of presidential campaigning. One so bizarre that even a guy who has said he has no intention of running for office has inspired a grassroots movement to get him to make a play for the White House. Meet determined (and hopefully persuasive) local folks with Draft Al Gore 2008 from 2 to 4 p.m. today at Panera Bread (3110 New Center Point). Discuss all things green and more. Visit algore.org to check in on the national push for Gore, and call 380-5606 to learn more about local efforts. MS
When I think of county fairs, I think of 4-H and food. Food first, actually. Funnel cakes, corn on the cob and kettle corn. Yum. The 102nd annual El Paso County Fair (366 10th St., Calhan) is about much more than stuffing your face, however. Think carnival rides, country music, nature programs, bingo and dog shows. Oh, and sharks. (Don't ask. Just go.) If you missed the first weekend, no worries the fair runs through July 28. General gate admission is $3 to $7. Get all the downhome details at elpasocountyfair.com. KA
OK, we know we've been bluegrassing it up big-time as of late, but indulge us once more. Go to Town Mountain's Web site (townmountain.net) and listen to the band's "Dance Around Molly/Windfall" medley. Then tell us you don't want to visit Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts (304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake) for tonight's 7:30 Town Mountain show. Tickets are only $12 for members, $15 for non-members a veritable steal to see a bluegrass/roots country band that does justice to Son Volt material. Get yours at The Wine Seller or Covered Treasures Bookstore in Monument, or at the center itself. KW
In search of beautiful landscapes, stunning still-lifes and a sprinkling of portraiture by local artists? Look no further than the latest exhibit at the Gunter-Wolff Gallery (2605 W. Colorado Ave.). New Works in the Gene Pool II features works by Jeannie Breeding, Jean Houghton and Gene Sanchez. These watercolors, oil paintings and pastel works are fresh off the easel. The show opened on Saturday, but will be on display through Aug. 15. The gallery is open every day except Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 520-9494 or go to gunterwolffgallery.com for details. EA
This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Kirsten Akens, Pete Freedman, Angela Grosshans, Amanda Lundgren, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.