- The BAC highlights local rock photography by Pamela Martinez and Rod Tanaka through Jan. 13.
There's a new rock photography exhibit opening today in Manitou Springs, but thankfully, it's not another one of those Garden of the Gods tributes. This one features rock gods with guitars and microphones. The exhibit from photojournalists Pamela Martinez and Rod Tanaka will feature famous and not-so-famous faces of rock, blues, funk, folk, jazz, country and world music. Grab a cup of joe and check it out in the espresso bar in the Business of Art Center's Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs) through Jan. 13. Better yet, see it and meet the photographers at John-Alex Mason's CD release party at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11. Call 685-1861 for details. JT
Go score some pots today, dude. By the pound! And for crazy cheap! Yeah, brah, "Pots by the Pound" is back! It's gonna be epic: Just head to Commonwheel Artists Gallery (102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs) between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. today or any day, really, until Jan. 28, when the sale ends. Pick out your favorite pots, get 'em weighed, and hand your money over to the dealer I mean, cashier at the checkout. It's simple, but be warned: It's not a flat rate; different pots cost different amounts (anywhere from $2 to $100 per pound). As we understand it, though, that's still a sweet deal. Call 685-1008 for more info. PF
- Get a whiff of Hairspray at the Pikes Peak Center, Saturday and Sunday.
Now in its 13th year, The Great Fruitcake Toss returns to Manitou Springs today and so should you (for the third day in a row, no less!). The diehards at Memorial Park (500 block of Manitou Avenue) will set off custom catapults, pneumatic spud guns and canons, but there's also a kids' toss for various age brackets, target shooting, a "catch the fruitcake" game and much, much more. If you want into the competition, register at 9:30 a.m. with fruitcake in hand. (A very limited amount of "rental" cakes will be available for $1, if you don't have your own.) Entry costs a canned-good donation; other rules are posted at manitousprings.org. MS
Sometime last summer, I'm sure you witnessed ads featuring John Travolta in drag promoting a movie with a lot of singing and dancing. Well, that movie happened to be Hairspray, a remake of the Tony Award-winning musical comedy. If you didn't catch it in theaters, you can at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) sans Travolta where the story gets back to its stage roots. Today's your last chance to catch it here in town (it also played last night), so break out the Aqua Net. Tickets run $30 to $50 for the 2 p.m. show. Call 520-SHOW or visit pikespeakcenter.org for more. SH
Let's face reality: Nothing extraordinary is happening on the local scene tonight, and it's easy to figure why college football. Millions, either at home or at their favorite watering hole, will watch the Bowl Championship Series championship game (6 p.m. on FOX, with actual kickoff closer to 6:30). That's despite the fact almost any educated fan would argue that Ohio State and LSU, both of which lost in November, didn't really deserve a free pass into this game. But it's the closest thing to a college Super Bowl, so what the heck? Just hope it's not a blowout. RR
If you have a 2- or 3-year-old, you probably employ the letter "F" quite a bit. (You know, in words like "fun" and "fortunate.") So heads up: According to our friends at Bear Creek Nature Center, between 2 and 3 p.m. today, "F" is reserved for just one thing. At "Little Wonders: F is for Fox," Bear Creek (245 Bear Creek Road) will show your toddler(s) an hour of hiking, interactivity and education. It's just $2 per person, big or small. One catch: reservations are required. Call 520-6387 to make yours. KW
Today marks a 13th anniversary for another event not involving fruitcakes: the Ouray Ice Festival held at the Ouray Ice Park in you guessed it Ouray. The event, which runs through Jan. 13, features world-class ice climbers in action, but also climbing clinics, gear exhibitions, an ax-throwing contest, film showings, a kids' climbing wall, a tightrope walk across a gorge and more. It raises more than half the capital needed to keep the ice park open so feel good about making the drive. Call 970/325-4288 for more or visit ourayicefestival.com. MS
This week's 7 Days contributors: Pete Freedman, Sydney Hamilton, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.