- Heres hoping for warm temps (and no nipple action) at this weekends gaming comp.
There really is a Black Oak, Ark., about an hour northwest of Memphis, as this Arkie can confirm. Black Oak Arkansas also still lives in the music world, and has since 1971 when the group birthed Southern rock ("Jim Dandy to the Rescue" and other hits), inspiring such legends as Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers and Molly Hatchet. Black Oak will be here for an 8 p.m. show today at The Thirsty Parrot (32 S. Tejon St.), still led by original singer Jim Dandy Mangrum and guitarist Rickie Lee Reynolds. Tickets are $14 in advance, $19 day-of-show, or $50 for dinner, best seats and beverage, available at the Parrot, by calling 884-1094 or 576-5945, or at amusiccompanyinc.com. RR
Perhaps you caught notable folk singer and human rights activist Odetta in last night's free concert at CC's Shove Chapel (1010 N. Nevada Ave.), part of the college's Black History Celebration. If you missed out, the celebration continues again at 7:30 tonight, in CC's Armstrong Theatre (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.) with Chicago-based Deeply Rooted Dance Theater. The troupe portrays "expressions of contemporary life" through African-American dance and music. Tickets (free with CC ID) range from $10 to $22 and are available at the Worner Center (902 N. Cascade Ave.). Call 389-6607 for more information or visit coloradocollege.edu. AA
So the writers' strike is over finally, just in time for the Oscars tomorrow night. The Colorado Springs Philharmonic is surely relieved, considering tonight's 8 o'clock performance of Off to the Oscars, which features popular songs from past Oscar winners such as Lord of the Rings, Titanic, The Sound of Music and many more. Local favorite Amy Sue Hardy joins Thomas Wilson and crew at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) for the performance. Attend, and the award goes to you. Tickets range from $12 to $52, available at ticketswest.com and 520-SHOW (7469). Visit csphilharmonic.org for more on the show and the philharmonic's upcoming calendar. MS
Ready to prove Mom wrong and earn money by playing video games? Here's your chance for glory: the King of the Springs video game tournament taking place both today and yesterday starting at 9 a.m. in Entertainmart's game room (651 N. Academy Blvd.). Over $6,000 in cash and prizes is up for grabs. If you're playing Halo 3, "free-agent" entry costs $25 at the door, and team entry is $65; it's cheaper for Guitar Hero III, Super Smash Bros.: Melee, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core and Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection. Some proceeds benefit the Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region. Visit coloradocutthroat.com for more or call 634-1525. MS
Everyone knows Colorado is famous for having gold in "them thar hills," but did you know we also have a history of mining uranium? In fact, the now-defunct Atomic Research Corporation of Colorado Springs built some of the first "household" Geiger counters, so you could find your own radioactive motherlode. That's hot! Learn all about our glowing history at Uranium: Back to the Future, a new exhibit on display through April 26 at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry (225 North Gate Blvd.). Admission is $4 to $8. Kids 3 and under and members get in free. Call 488-0880 or visit wmmi.org for more. JT
Ever wonder what kind of wage and benefits Wal-Mart offers to its little yellow smiley face, so it can keep that grin and continue rolling back prices? I'm sure Ray Bracy, senior vice president of government relations and international corporate affairs for Wal-Mart stores, could tell you. He'll present "Saving People Money So They Can Live Better: A Global Perspective" at 7:30 tonight at CC's Packard Hall (5 W. Cache la Poudre St.) The event is free and open to the public. If all the seats are taken by the time you arrive, you could be outsourced. Call 389-6607 for more. DO
A couple months ago, the Indy noted that the FAC's Impressionist and Modern Masters show was opening two months before a planned Denver Art Museum show on impressionists and the "Old Masters." In that story, a Denver Post art critic implied his hometown show would be more "scholarly." Think them are fightin' words? Jump into the fray today by attending Inspiring Impressionism at the DAM (100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy.). Works of Monet, Cassatt and Czanne, among dozens of others, are on display; find more details at denverartmuseum.org. Oh, and if you haven't seen the FAC show yet, it'll be up through March 9. KW
This week's 7 Days contributors: Alexa Acord, David Owens, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.