When the subject of the Civil War is broached, people usually envision the bloody battle scenes captured in historic photography before they think of, say, the "Greenback" (a Union dollar). But as the new Money Museum (818 N. Cascade Ave.) exhibit, A House Divided: Money of the Civil War, points out, the ugly conflict changed America's monetary and economic systems. A central system of bank notes backed by the federal government replaced privately issued money and bullion coinage. There's no more appropriate time to discuss money than at the free gala opening for this show from 5 to 7 tonight; that said, it'll be up until fall 2009. Visit money.org. or more. MS
There are times when we all long to be a fly on the wall. (Who wouldn't want to have been in the room with Sarah Palin and Henry Kissinger recently?) Chances are, though, you wouldn't take that desire as far as the members of Project Bandaloop. These human flies-on-the wall will be performing on the exterior of Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave.) with the help of ropes and harnesses at 7 tonight and 2 p.m. on Sunday, exploring "the relationship between movement and gravity." (Let's hope there won't be too much of the latter.) Another free show takes place inside the building at 9 p.m. on Saturday; all of this is in conjunction with CC's Homecoming weekend and as a dedication to the $33 million building. Visit coloradocollege.edu for more. JT
"Past is prologue," said Joe Biden in last week's vice presidential debate, quoting Shakespeare. It's an often unsettling truth, especially when you consider the documentaries on voter disenfranchising being screened by the League of Women Voters beginning at 10:45 a.m. today in the Cheyenne Mountain Library Community Room (1785 S. Eighth St.). The program, which will be repeated the following two Saturdays in other locations, consists of three films called Unprecedented, Uncounted and Is This Any Way to Elect a President? Sobering stuff, to be sure, but likely to explain a lot about the current state of politics. More info at 447-9400 and lwvppr.org. BF
Catch Doric Wilson's A Perfect Relationship at 2 today, at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (730 N. Tejon St.), as part of the ninth annual Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival. A Perfect Relationship is one of three plays included in the festival, this one a domestic comedy about a self-described "butch" homosexual pair of roommates that must rethink their relationship after a one-night stand. Spare Parts and Falsettos will also be parts of the festival, which will run through Oct. 26 at other local venues. For additional dates, times and ticket info, call 636-5089. KK
We had really wanted an interview with Naomi Klein, and didn't get one. But it's impossible to be all self-righteous with a woman (or the publicist of a woman) whose last book has made a perhaps unparalleled contribution to recent political history. In The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, Klein identifies and fully explains how free-market power brokers with unfettered access to the U.S. government have used natural and man-made disasters to promote corporate power worldwide. Sound heavy? Until you read about how all this has impoverished and killed people, you don't even know the half of it. See Klein for free at 7:30 tonight at Colorado College's Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.), where she's giving the 2008 O'Connor Lecture. Visit coloradocollege.edu or call 389-6607 for more. KW
No city in America has more figure skating history than Colorado Springs, with six decades of Olympians and champions. It has to start somewhere, and the regional competition each year is the first step toward the U.S. Championships. At least 250 skaters from eight states will be here from Oct. 10 to today for the 2009 Southwestern Regional Championships, using all the World Arena and Ice Hall (3185 Venetucci Blvd.) sheets, with free admission. You'll find events day and night Saturday and Sunday, when the top divisions will wrap up, and today's events run from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more, go to broadmoorsc.com or call 477-2150. RR
In Local Flavors: Cooking and Eating from America's Farmers' Markets, James Beard Award-winning author Deborah Madison offers 350 recipes constructed around the seasonal availability of select produce nationwide. She also echoes the sentiments of many foodies who advocate for sustainable farming methods and the positive impacts of buying local. Madison will speak on "Victory Gardens and Coupe de Villes: Growing Sustainability in Our Gardens, Schools and Markets" at 10 a.m. today in the Broadmoor Community Church (315 Lake Ave.). Entry is free, with reservations mandatory by Oct. 10. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 635-7756 to reserve a spot. MS
This week's 7 Days contributors: Bill Forman, Kevin Kehl, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.