- Nocturnal Mockery 6 is one annual Springs art event that is anything but for the birds. Support local artists this weekend at Cedars Jazz Club.
There's an inherent irony to receiving a postcard from the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.) addressed to "The Museum of Misinformation." (Apparently, they were misinformed.) I first thought the FAC was offering backhanded commentary on our editorial content, but soon discovered that Smokebrush's Bob and Kat Tudor (occupants of our building years ago) used to use said moniker. So when you attend tonight's First Thursday Tasting of wines from Chile and Argentina from 5 to 8 p.m. for $12 ($17 non-members), could you please tell the FAC to update their mailing list for me? That'd be swell. Call 634-5583 or visit csfineartscenter.org for more. MS
I hate singing. I'm pretty sure it's because I was kicked out of choir in the fifth grade. I don't even karaoke if I can avoid it. It's been years since my last stint, but I distinctly remember belting out a horrible version of "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)." At 7:30 tonight at the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd.), you can hear the Grammy award-winning James Taylor croon this song and others of his that make great karaoke songs at least when someone other than me performs. Tickets range from $36.50 to $76.50 and can be bought at the box office, through ticketswest.com or by calling 520-7469. KA
If you want to know where all the cool kids will be this weekend, I'll tell you. (Because I'm a really nice guy.) They're going to be at Cedars Jazz Club (3125 Sinton Road) for Nocturnal Mockery 6. For the uninitiated, this event has nothing to do with poking fun at one another in the dark. Rather, it's a showcase of more than 50 local graffiti, tattoo and graphic artists, alongside live entertainment, breakdance, magic performances and more. Daily admission to hang out and shop is $5, and you can come from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday; noon to midnight today or noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more. MS
- How bout that hair? James Taylor, ladies and gentlemen ... Friday at the World Arena.
"This is like that story about the fox who drops cheese in the goat's water jar and learns self-respect!" Few things make you feel more disconnected from childhood than forgetting your fables. Thankfully, the Manitou Art Theater (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs) is hosting Fontaine's Fables, the Creede Repertory Theater's touring puppet play featuring "turtles outrunning rabbits, lions conversing with gnats, a cheese-stealing fox" and other animals. Attend today's 2 p.m. show (or yesterday's 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. shows) and feel like a wizened kid again. Tickets cost $8; call 685-4729, go to themat.org or buy at the door just before the show. KW
In 2005, Coco Fusco took a course led by former U.S. military interrogators, all the while filming her experience. Sure, it sounds a bit like a scene out of Team America: World Police, but in all actuality, Operation Atropos sheds light on the ways and means of military interrogation tactics and packs a serious punch. This course is a far cry from your typical classroom lecture, unless "Being Ambushed 101" is on the schedule. The film will be shown at 6:30 tonight in CC's Max Kade Theater (Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St.) and costs $5. Contact 389-6607 for more. SH
Head north tonight, music fans. You'll find something you'll like. Are you a fan of Tolkien-inspired Rush songs? Catch Coheed and Cambria at 6 p.m. at Fillmore Auditorium (1510 Clarkson St., Denver) tickets are $25 at ticketmaster.com. Like classic rock? For $64 to $104 at ticketmaster.com, you can see Neil Young at 7:30 at the Wells Fargo Theatre (700 14th St., Denver). Want more of an American badass? Dropping $47.50 at tickethorse.com will get you into the 8 p.m. Kid Rock show at the Paramount Theatre (1621 Glenarm Place, Denver). Or you can go with our favorite of the night: Canadian indie poppers Stars at 9 at the Gothic Theatre (3623 S. Broadway, Englewood); tickets are $18 at ticketmaster.com. PF
It's not often you get to rhyme with "Thelonious Monk," but we're going to go for it: conspicuous funk. There, we said it. And Manitou Springs has got it. The Smokebrush Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.) celebrates this with Extraordinary Manitou, which opened last Friday but will run till Dec. 12. Artists such as the seminal Charles H. Rockey, new favorite Jermaine Rogers and many others will show. It's free to visit from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Call 444-1012 or visit smokebrush.org for more. EA
This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Kirsten Akens, Pete Freedman, Sydney Hamilton, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.