Instead of reading me stories as a kid, my dad made up his own. My favorites were the ones about Picadelladoola, a thrill-seeking, pink and purple polka-dotted elephant that traveled the world, his sidekick (me) in tow. Peter and the Wolf may not have multi-colored jungle animals, but it was written by a dad as a bedtime story for his son. Colorado College's spinoff, Sneaky Pete and the Wolf, includes Sergei Prokofiev's original music plus narration with a "twist" by Peter Schikele. The show starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave.) and is free, though tickets are required. Call 389-6607 for more. AL
If you didn't catch the openings of Meadowfound Revisted and As Above, So Below in Manitou Springs earlier this month, stop into the Green Horse Gallery (729 Manitou Ave.; through June 30) and Commonwheel Artists Co-Op (102 Cañon Ave.; through July 14) respectively, to check them out. Meadowfound features a group of Manitou artists who started a gallery by the same name 30 years ago in Green Horse's current space, while the latter show highlights mixed media, ceramics and paintings themed around the universe and its energy by Kathy Wallace, Barbara Blake and Marie Baehr. Call Green Horse at 685-0636 or the Co-Op at 685-1008 for more. MS
Options abound today, so listen up. If ladies of the night are your speed, head to Cripple Creek to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Colorado's only brothel museum, the Old Homestead Parlor House. The fun starts at 10 a.m. and includes tours and shootouts (719/689-2634). Arts & Crafts in Bancroft Park (2408 W. Colorado Ave.) runs from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., featuring crafts, music, a farmers market and plant sale (shopoldcoloradocity.com). But if you prefer to see the town by night, consider taking part in the Starlight Spectacular midnight ride through the Garden of the Gods and OCC (starlightspectacular.org). Event-day registration is open until 11:30 p.m. for you procrastinating pedalists. MS
David Sedaris has made us laugh time and time again with tales of his dysfunctional North Carolina upbringing, crazy relationships and his general refusal to function normally in everyday situations. At noon today, Sedaris will read from his new book, When You are Engulfed in Flames, at the Tattered Cover Historic LoDo Bookstore (1628 16th St., Denver). The new collection features essays on flesh-eating worms, awkward airplane encounters and, of course, the author's familiar childhood reminiscences. If you care, arrive early. Event hall tickets are sold out, but free overflow-area tix (you'll be able to hear him, but not see him) will be available at 11 a.m., and Sedaris will be signing books following the reading. For more information, visit tatteredcover.com or call 303/436-1070. MA
Anyone who has lived within earshot of Manitou Springs' Soda Springs Park (Park and Manitou avenues) in the past 12 years (including our family) knows one of the extra benefits: summer evening concerts by the Little London Winds and the Fountain Creek Brass Band. Starting tonight and running through the next nine Mondays, the Little London Winds will set up on the covered bandstand stage with their excellent array of musicians, many with symphony-level experience. The 7 p.m. concerts, free to all, include a variety of pieces, including Sousa marches. For more, including a full summer schedule, go to littlelondonwinds.org. RR
Like Noah and his animals, God decided that Led Zeppelin tribute bands named No Quarter should come in pairs. Frank Musso of the Chicago-based No Quarter sounds a lot more like Robert Plant than Perry Farrell ever will. (Of course, then again, so does your dog.) Lonny Rice of the Seattle-based No Quarter looks more the part but can't cut it vocally. No contest, right? The musically superior Windy City version plays 8 p.m. at the Thirsty Parrot (32 S. Tejon St., tickets $9 in advance, $14 day of show, 884-1094). And hey, after a few beers, they might even start looking good. BF
Rumor has it that in Europe, only soccer is a more popular televised sport than show jumping. If that makes you want to mail the BBC the John Elway: Greatest Comebacks video, please exit the '90s and bang a right at the Norris-Penrose Event Center (1045 W. Rio Grande St.). See why the Euros simply love airborne horses today through June 29 at the 26th annual Colorado Summer Classic Horse Shows. Each day starts at 8 a.m. and features jumping throughout the day. It's all free to attend, even Saturday's big Grand Prix event; visit osmhorseshows.com for more. KW
This week's 7 Days contributors: Mike Alberti, Bill Forman, Amanda Lundgren, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.