Partaaay? There are birthday parties, Halloween parties and your occasional bachelor party. If I hear about a party, I'm there. Unless it's a tea party or something. So clean up nicely and step out for the night to attend the free City Parks ... Live the Legacy 100th Anniversary Celebration. The celebration of city parks will take place at the Monument Valley Park Pavilion (south of Cache la Poudre Street) today starting at 5:30 p.m. Return on Saturday for the "after-party," which will be a day-long celebration capped off by a movie at dusk. For more info, call 385-5256 or visit springsgov.com. KL
There's nothing like a good Barbaresco at the end of the day. And maybe a glass of Barolo if it's been a week in need of forgetting. And if you're the Colorado Springs School, it's been a long century, so why not celebrate with some great wine and dance? To commemorate 100 years, the school is partnering with the Colorado Springs Dance Theatre in launching the Original Colorado Springs Wine Festival at the historic Trianon (21 Broadmoor Ave.) from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today. Tickets are $50 per person, with proceeds benefiting the Dance Theatre. For information call 630-7434 or visit csdance.org. EA
Death is a touchy subject, one that people often try to avoid. That's something the El Pueblo History Museum (301 N. Union Ave., Pueblo) wants to change. Beginning today, the museum is featuring a new exhibit, Descansos and Traditions in Remembering the Dead. The exhibit will explore the origins of grieving traditions, the various forms mourning has taken over the years and even a comic approach to death. The free opening is from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today and includes refreshments such as "dead cake." Don't ask, just go. Call 719/583-0453 or go to coloradohistory.org for more. AL
- See if Daft Punks helmets come off Tuesday at Red Rocks.
This one goes out to any guy who's ever worn a cape, called himself a wizard or warrior, battled an imaginary goblin-like creature, or wished he'd had a girlfriend: Gentlemen, I present the Get-Your-Geek-On-A-Thon Mini-Con taking place through tonight at Complete Games and Hobbies (326 N. Tejon St.), completing 50 hours of gaming since Friday. It'll all be there, even a Warhammer Fantasy Battle Mega-Team Game. (Sweet.) The point of this fantasy-rich shindig, according to compleatgamer.com, is to get gamer-strangers together to "cross-pollinate the gaming gene pool." Have fun, but be safe, boys. Call 473-1116 for more. MS
Confession: I often go to the Barnes & Noble near my house, grab a cup of coffee from Starbucks and read the newly released books in the store so I don't have to buy them. I didn't know that this same Barnes & Noble Booksellers (795 Citadel Drive) serves as a meeting place for the Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group. I guess the cheapskate in me was too busy trying to speed-read though He's Just Not That Into You to notice. Anyway, the CSFWG invites aspiring and established writers to their Monday critique meeting, from 6 to 9 p.m. Call 574-5571 for more info. AG
By now, you've likely heard Kanye West's latest single, "Stronger." Of course, Mr. West only deserves half the credit for this recent success; self-respecting music fans will recognize the backbeat sampled for this track as "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" by Parisian house music icons Daft Punk. The duo, known perhaps as much for its penchant for dressing up in futuristic robot costumes as for its thumping electro-beats, will be playing Red Rocks Amphitheatre (18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison) at 8 tonight. Be sure to get there early, too, as dance rockers The Rapture will be opening. Tickets are $49.75; visit ticketmaster.com. PF
When I was in high school, I took voice lessons for a few years. Despite my teacher's disturbing obsession with Mariah Carey (I guess being able to span eight octaves makes her a good singer), I learned a lot. Alas, having my tonsils removed changed my clear alto so drastically that I am now frequently asked not to share my vocal talents. Fortunately for you, I'm not part of the CC Vocal Arts Symposium performing Scenic View tonight at Colorado College in Packard Hall (5 W. Cache la Poudre St.). Hear scenes from Susannah, Semele and Gypsy at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $5 to $15. Call 389-6606 for more. AL
This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Pete Freedman, Angela Grosshans, Kurtis Lee, Amanda Lundgren and Matthew Schniper.