- Dont tell the blue fish, but I spy Nemo below ...
To effectively present a classic Disney/Pixar story, sometimes beautiful and elegant figure skating doesn't quite cut it. That's where vivid and elaborate costumes come in, to dazzle the eyes and win children's smiles. See the culmination of both efforts in Finding Nemo at 7:30 tonight at the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd.). If you happen to get lost in other activities tonight, you can be sure to find Nemo on Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 11:30, 3:30 and 7:30, and Sunday at 1 and 5 as well. Just note: Tickets are a special $11 tonight, but range from $17 to $53 for all other performances. Call 866/464-2626 or visit disneyonice.com for more information. DO
Proven fact: Art is therapeutic. So as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, CHANGE (Creating Community Healing, Action & Education) is sponsoring Finding Our Voices, an art show honoring victims of sexual assault. The show features a collection of works in a variety of media, including paintings, poetry and photography. As part of the healing process, the art tells the stories of those affected by sexual assault and domestic violence. The free exhibition will be on display at The Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado (315 E. Costilla St.) from 4 to 8 tonight. Call 785-6809 for more. AL
- Finding Amy Goodman this Sunday is as easy as Finding Nemo all weekend.
This weekend's about seein' famous people, whatever the cost. First, Cheech Marin keynotes the La Gente Sports 2008 Star Gala at the Pueblo Convention Center (320 Central Main St.) this evening. That'll set you back $75, but the event starts at 6 with a dinner and ends with live music after the famous movie stoner's speech. Call 719/242-4189 for more on that. Your other option for catching camera-friendly richies: Starfest, happening Friday through Sunday at Denver's Marriott Tech Center (4900 S. Syracuse St.). Tickets run $15 to $49, and guests include actors from Heroes, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica and Stargate. Call 303/777-6800 or visit starland.com for more. MS
For those who feel that alternative media is essential to a successful democracy, I encourage you to journey to KRCC (912 N. Weber St.) at 3 this afternoon. Amy Goodman, award-winning journalist and host of the Democracy Now! radio show, is making a stop on her national tour supporting the release of her new book, Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times. It's co-authored by David Goodman, and sister and brother will be signing copies and speaking about their work. Call 473-4801 or visit krcc.org for more information. Side note: Amy Goodman is my hero seriously. DO
Have a kid, they say, and you become obsessed with the little creatures. Kari Grady Grossman and her husband adopted their first one, from Cambodia, in 2001. Sure enough, they couldn't stop themselves from building a school in Chrauk Tiek to teach 500 more. From 6 to 8 tonight, you can listen to the Grossmans' inspiring tale at Poor Richard's Bookstore (320 N. Tejon St.). Kari will read from Bones that Float: A Story of Adopting Cambodia, and show a documentary about the Grady Grossman School. Hey, if you miss her this time, look for her later: The Fort Collins resident is now working on a book about India, the homeland of her second adopted child. KW
Those of us who know about steel pennies, "V" nickels and Morgan dollars can be kids again: National Coin Week runs through Saturday. Locally, the American Numismatic Association and two collector groups are sponsoring a "national treasure hunt." Go to the ANA Money Museum (818 N. Cascade Ave.) and pick up a bookmark listing five coins to complete the hunt: one with an animal, the oldest coin you can find, a coin from a different country or state, one from the year you were born, and one that's actually not a coin but a token or medal. Return them to the museum by Saturday, win a prize and have a chance to win a full set of 2008 state quarters. For more, call 632-2646. RR
Temple Grandin is perhaps the most recognized adult with autism in the world, and is also renowned for her work in designing livestock-handling facilities that improve animal welfare and productivity. A professor of animal science at Colorado State University, Grandin speaks today at the 2008 Autism Awareness Conference, which runs from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at The Lodge at UCCS (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.). Jeff Newman, a university senior who is autistic, will also speak about living with Asperger's syndrome. Ticket prices vary, but proceeds benefit autism education in the Pikes Peak region. For more information and reservations, call 630-7072. AA
This week's 7 Days contributors: Alexa Acord, Amanda Lundgren, David Owens, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.