- Dawn Forbes Empty, in spongexsponge, critiques idealized Western physique and material appetite.
Sure, you know about the war on drugs. But you probably haven't seen it like this. American Drug War: The Last White Hope, follows the money and talks to people who've seen the battle up-close: former Drug Enforcement Agency officials, Los Angeles cops, gang members, governors, Supreme Court judges. The documentary will screen at 4:30 today in the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs' University Center Theater (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.). A lecture and question-and-answer session with director Kevin Booth will follow. The event is free to attend. For more information, contact the UCCS Office of Campus Activities at 262-3128. PF
Some fear that sprawl has completely eclipsed the Springs' natural landscape. The Palmer Land Trust wants to make sure that future Colorado artists have choices for untouched natural subjects. Tonight, trust representatives are showing the works of 35 local artists in the benefit show Heritage Art for Land's Sake. Forty percent of sales go toward land conservation at the free benefit, from 6 to 8 today and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow at the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado building (315 E. Costilla St.). Call 632-3236 or visit palmerfoundation.org for information. EA
- Repeat Performance offers instruments a second incarnation.
Maybe I'm hard-hearted, but I've always thought Charlie Brown and his friends were kinda pathetic. Take Linus, for instance, wasting long nights waiting for "The Great Pumpkin," only to be disappointed again and again. Rather sitting around whining, I say go find that Great Pumpkin. Heck, take up knitting. Just do something with your life. Don't let me catch you wasting your weekend, either. Go to the Great Venetucci Pumpkin Festival from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Venetucci Farm (5210 S. U.S. Hwy. 85/87, Fountain). Enjoy a 5K run, breakfast, games, horse-drawn hayrides, music and a farm-and-art mart. The 5K is $28; festival is $5 to $6. Call 389-1251 for more. JT
In recent years, the Z has been hijacked by some questionable entities. Consider: Zoolander, Zima and the zedonk, a zebra-donkey hybrid lazily promoted and paraded by the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Never have we needed Zorro so badly. Thankfully, the Pikes Peak Library District has delivered, making Zorro and The Mark of Zorro this year's All Pikes Peak Reads selections. Today's 1 p.m. kickoff party at Acacia Park (115 E. Platte Ave.) begins a month of theater productions, book discussions, art exhibits and more. The party itself features free food, games and prizes. For further info, call 531-6333 or visit ppld.org. KW
- Saturdays Great Venetucci Pumpkin Festival: where gourd-hugging is highly encouraged.
Please tell me at least one piece uses a washboard or kazoo at the Repeat Performance exhibit, with local art constructed from musical instruments. Stop by FrameWorks Gallery (2236 N. Wahsatch Ave.) before Oct. 5 for a preview of some unique art pieces, more often involving brass and string instruments, before they're auctioned off on Oct. 6 during a Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra fundraiser at the Smokebrush Gallery. Works will also be on display at Novis Frame & Art (206 N. Tejon St.) and Greater Southwest Gallery (76 S. Sierra Madre St.). Visit csphilharmonic.org/ppmv.html for more. MS
You could call George Jones a relic, a legend, a country-music machine. Correct on all counts. At 76, Jones chugs along, 52 years after hitting the charts and 38 years after becoming a Grand Ole Opry staple. His latest tour comes at 7:30 tonight to the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.); seats are $44.50 or $49.50 from ticketswest.com. You'll hear many of his hits, topped by "He Stopped Loving Her Today," which just made the Grammy Hall of Fame, perhaps along with "Why Baby Why." And guaranteed, though he's gone from blond to white, not one strand of hair will be out of place. RR
Students are often compared to sponges, soaking up knowledge. They are also compared to stir-crazy monkeys. Neither is very flattering. In any case, at Colorado State University-Pueblo (2200 Bonforte Blvd.), the Fine Art Gallery presents spongexsponge, a collection of five artists' works on the theme of absorbing information. A lecture happens from noon to 1 today, and the opening reception will be from 5 to 8 on Friday, Oct. 5, both free. Call 719/549-2835 for more. EA
This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Pete Freedman, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.