Chris Matthews was autistic and significantly developmentally delayed, and living in Pueblo when he died suddenly last year at the age of 25. CAMP, the Christopher A. Matthews Project, was started by Chris' parents to create sustainable housing options for those with developmental disabilities in Colorado Springs. At 6 tonight in CC's Packard Hall (5 W. Cache la Poudre St.), CAMP will celebrate the life of its namesake with a benefit concert. It's enlisted the aid of soulful folk singer Bernice Lewis, a professor of songwriting who's performed with the likes of Rosanne Cash, Dar Williams and the Dixie Chicks. Tickets are $20 ($10 for students or people with developmental disabilities). Call 634-8237 for more. AA
In San Francisco, bicyclists have spent years taking to the street to face down less ecologically correct vehicles. I remember driving there behind hundreds of downright confrontational Critical Mass riders, who then turned off en masse at an intersection, leaving one lone cyclist nervously looking at the legion of impatient drivers left behind him. In nearby Sacramento, I've seen maybe a half-dozen bicyclists and a police escort eager to write them tickets. Local turnout will likely fall somewhere between, as students and townsfolk gather at 5:30 tonight and the last Friday of each month at Wooglin's Deli (823 N. Tejon St.) to have fun and fight the power. Call 459-4883 for info. BF
Instead of kickin' it with Doug Bruce (get it?) at this afternoon's free public forum on TABOR on PPCC's Rampart Range Campus (11195 Hwy. 83), I recommend you kick for CASA. The all-community kickball tournament will be held to raise awareness and support for Court Appointed Special Advocates for children. The tournament will begin at 10 a.m., and all the kicking is scheduled to happen at CC's Donald E. Autry field (between Nevada Avenue and Weber Street, on the Yampa Street field). Teams are limited to 10 players, and the team registration fee is $40. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more or call 447-9898. DO
One of the most stressful things about planning my wedding was deciding on the music. I spent entirely too much time searching the Internet, trying to gauge the quality of various bands from their Web pages. In the end, I decided on a DJ who, at the reception, hit on my little brother's girlfriend and my married sister. If only the Woodland Park Music Market had been around two years ago. Perfect for anyone shopping for live music, this $5 to $10 event features local musicians who will perform in 10-minute blocks and provide demos and booking information. It all happens from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the Ute Pass Cultural Center (210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park). Call 686-5250 for more. AL
It's a tie as to the best a cappella song I've ever heard: either Peter Gabriel's "Red Rain" or Toad the Wet Sprocket's "Windmills." What I do know quite well though, is that you'll not hear either of these songs at 8 tonight from the Velvet Hills Chorus, our local women's a cappella group, some 90 members strong. The vocal ladies, who a year and a half ago placed 10th out of more than 700 choruses worldwide in competition, are putting on a free Family and Friends Show at Liberty High School (8720 Scarborough Drive). Call 630-2525 for more, or visit velvethills.org. MS
During high school, I spent too many Friday nights at home with Barbara Walters and 20/20. Worse than that, I liked John Stossel. Even with a moustache, the guy seemed irreverent, and damn smart. Imagine my surprise, then, when I caught up with Stossel in the Gazette and found his right-wing columns, such as "The Free Market Does it Better" and "Socialized Medicine is Broken and Can't Be Fixed." If you're feeling low, spike your blood pressure by paying $100 (!) to see Stossel keynote the Limited Government Week Forum at Cheyenne Mountain Conference Resort (3225 Broadmoor Valley Road). Stossel's event starts with a 5:30 book signing; for more, visit uccs.edu/~csgi/index.shtml. KW
If the Velvet Hills Chorus doesn't end up covering "Comfortably Numb" on Monday, you can always hope poe-face Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters will do the honors as an encore to his current touring version of the mega-platinum Dark Side of the Moon. More likely, he'll conclude his 8 p.m. gig at the Pepsi Center (1000 Chopper Circle, Denver) with a few choice solo tracks which, sad to say, nobody cares as much about. Sync The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking up to the Wizard of Oz, though, and there's no telling what'll happen. BF
This week's 7 Days contributors: Alexa Acord, Bill Forman, Amanda Lundgren, David Owens, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.