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27 Thursday
One of my dreams (after I publish my Pulitzer Prize-winning novel) is to move to Spain. In my mind, it's nothing but wine and siestas. Of course, Adam del Monte will tell you there's more to Spain than drinking and napping like studying flamenco music with gypsies. The guitarist spent time in Grenada and Madrid perfecting his technique, which combines various international musical styles. The good news: At 7:30 tonight, he'll be at Colorado College's Packard Hall (5 W. Cache la Poudre St.). Tickets are $10; call 389-6607 or go to for more. AL

28 Friday
College hockey has existed at Colorado College for 70 years, and the old Broadmoor World Arena hosted the first 10 NCAA championships (1948-57). The tradition continues today at Colorado Springs World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd.) with the NCAA West Regional. New Hampshire plays Notre Dame at 4:30 p.m., followed by host CC against Michigan State at 8. By now it's surely a sellout, but Tiger fans could buy tickets from the first-game loser's fans as they leave the arena. (The only advance option was an all-games ticket for $70 or $85, depending on seat location.) If CC makes the regional final at 8 p.m. Saturday, more tickets could be available. RR

29 Saturday
Paul Simon is coming! OK, how much did your blood pressure rise when you read that? Now try this one: Art Garfunkel is coming! Hmmm ... interesting. Well, the truth is, only one of the aforementioned men is going to be at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) at 7:30 tonight, and it's the one with the wicked Jew-fro. Let's see if he can stand up to his counterpart and other popular severed-duo icons who've recently graced the region, like John Oates. Tickets to see the hair, and the man beneath it, are $37 to $52 via 520-SHOW (7469) or MS

30 Sunday
Before Kanye and Jay-Z, Eminem and Diddy, there was a different king of hip-hop, emphasis on the hop: The Velveteen Rabbit. And now this classic children's tale has a new life as a musical, thanks to the Enchantment Theatre Company, which performs the show and encourages audiences to bring their favorite stuffed animal to enjoy the show with them. The show has two matinees, at 2 and 4 this afternoon at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.). Tickets are $6 to $13. For more information or tickets, call that number again 520-SHOW (7469) or go to tickets AA

31 Monday
If you're at all part of the movement toward a more sustainable way of living, then you'll probably be interested in attending tonight's free "Introduction to Permaculture" from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado (318 E. Costilla St.). New to the "permaculture" term? In brief, it implies a set of ethics and techniques for designing living systems that model structures found in natural ecologies. Simplified: We're talking about things like alternative building and organic gardening and landscaping. The whole point of tonight's event is to go find out from local experts so do. Visit for more, or call 685-0290. MS

1 Tuesday
Type "David Broder" into Google, and the first results you get don't mention that he's covered every presidential campaign since 1960, or that he won a Pulitzer in 1973. Instead, you get snippets like, "a supporter of George W. Bush political adviser Karl Rove," "the so-called dean of American journalism" and "seems to sum up everything that's wrong with the [Washington punditry]." That in mind, the Washington Post columnist will likely attract admirers and detractors to Packard Hall (5 W. Cache la Poudre St.) at 7:30 this evening. His goal: "Making Sense of the 2008 Elections. " It's a free, CC-organized appearance, and you can find out more at or by calling 389-6607. KW

2 Wednesday
Who doesn't love a piano? I know I do, and it should be noted that my mother can play the Pink Panther theme like you've never heard it before. If you, too, love a piano, then check out the music of Irving Berlin at 7:30 tonight in the performance of I Love a Piano at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center Theater (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo). Considering that the artist made music for over five decades and wrote more than 1,000 songs, you're nearly guaranteed to hear something that makes you smile, like the classic tune "There's No Business Like Show Business." And speaking of business, tickets cost $20; call 719/295-7222 for more. DO

This week's 7 Days contributors: Alexa Acord, Amanda Lundgren, David Owens, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.

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