At 7:30 tonight in CC's Shove Memorial Chapel (1010 N. Nevada Ave.), listen to the man who wrote Everything I Want to Do is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front, in addition to many other books. His name is Joel Salatin, but he's often called the "High Priest of the Pasture." The feisty farmer speaks on behalf of sustainable, local, organic and economically sustainable agriculture and was recently made famous via Michael Pollan's widely read book The Omnivore's Dilemma. I'd recommend eating before his free lecture, because afterward, you may need some time to dramatically alter your pantry. Call 389-6607 for more. MS
Remember those New Year's resolutions? If you're like me, this is about the time you've given up on giving up those pesky bad habits. So, why not just embrace the failure? Tonight you can celebrate with the band Bad Habitz at "Festival Fridays" in the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center's Jackson Conference Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo). They'll play a mix of Tejano, cumbia, old school and R&B starting at 6:30. Better yet, come an hour early to warm up with happy hour specials and break the rest of your resolutions. Tickets are $4 or $5. Call 719/295-7200 or visit sdc-arts.org for more. JT
To say that Dave Valentin has made himself familiar to Colorado Springs jazz aficionados is a massive understatement. Valentin, who lives in California but is known nationwide, has been making periodic local appearances for two decades since his buddy Fred Whitacre moved here as the Sky Sox' first general manager. His concert at 8 tonight at the Antlers Hilton (4 S. Cascade Ave.) benefits the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, and the Grammy Award-winner (Latin Jazz) is bringing his original New York band. Tickets range from $25 (general admission, doors open at 7:30) to $75, tables from $250 to $750. Call 389-1253 ext. 100. RR
The buildup to the Opera Theatre of the Rockies' March 1 and 2 performances of the gypsy love epic Carmen continues at 5 tonight with the Opera Theatre of the Rockies 10th Anniversary Gala: La Fiesta Carmen at the BAC Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs). Your $125 goes to raise funds for the opera company and purchases dinner, drinks and live entertainment, all in step with a Spanish theme. Reserve a spot at 633-9373 or visit operatheatreoftherockies.org for more on the gala and upcoming film showings and other events geared at welcoming the big show with proper enthusiasm. MS
The Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.) hosts a pretty interesting local showcase at 7:30 tonight. Wakely combines emotive vocals with metal-inspired rhythms, Littleton's Thanks to You brings some serious screamo heat to the bill (along with its impressive MySpace numbers), Take it to 88 offers listeners its best Taking Back Sunday impression, and Our Funeral Forgotten performs some of the most impressive alt-rock you'll hear around town. Better yet, Thanks to You and Our Funeral Forgotten are currently offering some free song downloads on their MySpace pages. Download what you can ASAP and then check these acts out live. Tickets are $7; get them at the door, at ticketweb.com or over the phone by calling 866/468-7621. PF
- Catch Im Not There Tuesday in Boulder and pick your favorite Bob Dylan portrayal.
What do Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, the late Heath Ledger and Ben Whishaw have in common? Each of them plays Bob Dylan "the founding father of counterculture" in the new film I'm Not There. And, believe it or not, Blanchett recently earned a Golden Globe for her portrayal of the singer. Whether or not you remember the '60s, that's heavy, man. Catch a special showing of the flick tonight at the Boulder Theater (2032 14th St., Boulder). Doors open at 7:30, and the all-ages show will light the screen at 8. Tickets are $7 from 303/786-7030 or bouldertheater.com. JT
Spend five minutes on the Team Pain Web site (teampain.com), and you'll see why people are psyched about the new skate park coming to Memorial Park. The city lined up the Florida-based Team Pain to design a wonderland for skateboarders, bicyclists and inline skaters, and the stuff these guys do across the world looks awesome. Reps will be at the City Aud (221 E. Kiowa St.) tonight to present renderings of the park and listen to everyone's feedback. It's the last of three public meetings, so come down at 6:30 and say your piece. For more info, call Jeff Haley at 385-6523. KW
This week's 7 Days contributors: Pete Freedman, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.