Sometimes there are just no words to say, and It Goes Without Saying won't tell you otherwise. Well, maybe it will. In case you missed it last year, Bill Bowers is again bringing his highly acclaimed, endearing one-man show to the Manitou Art Theatre (1367 Pecan St.). Come see a unique performance, mixing miming and monologues to tell a true tale of Bowers' journey as an actor and mime. Tickets are $18 for today's 7 p.m. show, and the MAT offers three more performances through Sunday; visit themat.org for more. KAK
Emma Crawford has a big-time following; her Manitou celebrity grew enormously when her coffin slid down the hill after a rainstorm back in the late 1800s. And it's thanks to her that we get festivities such as the 14th annual Coffin Race & Parade (noon to 3 p.m., Saturday) and Emma Crawford's Victorian Wake, from 6 to 8 tonight. That's right, for $12.50 to $22, you too can enjoy, or rather, mourn, with a Victorian buffet and period actors at Miramont Castle (9 Capitol Hill Ave., Manitou Springs). Call 685-1011 to reserve a seat at one of the three viewings, and visit manitousprings.org for more. Are we having fun yet? EA
As long as you're intent on buying your friends and family more stuff they don't need for the holidays, you might as well put your money down where it makes a difference, like at today's Alternative Gift Fair and Bake Sale from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Broadmoor Community Church (315 Lake Ave.). On hand will be 25 nonprofits selling fair-trade jewelry, crafts and more, and they'll keep all proceeds to combat things like poverty and disease in developing countries. For more, call 576-4530. And while on the topic, mark your calendars for the Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale, Nov. 7 and 8 at Beth-El Mennonite Church; visit tenthousandvillages.com or call 596-1718 for more on that event. MS
Appropriately, on the Western Museum of Mining and Industry's Web site, you'll find 13 "Frequently Asked Questions" about the Haunted Mines haunted house. Amazingly, however, you won't find one very important question: Will Oro and Nugget be there? Turns out, the disappointing answer is no. The museum's two friendly, child-pleasing burros will not be coaxed into devil's horns and fake fangs. Still, the show will go on (and does score points for including a "Hellevator"), between 7 and 9:30 tonight and all weeknights through Halloween. The hours extend to 11 p.m. on weekend nights, through Nov. 1. Tickets run $13 to $18, sold only at the gate (225 North Gate Blvd.), with some discounts and coupons available; visit hauntedmines.com for more. KW
If The Grapes of Wrath, this year's All Pikes Peak Reads selection, is getting you down with its too-close ties to our current economic situation, try heading south. This year, Pueblo has chosen a happier title, The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan, as its city-wide recommended reading. Curl up with a copy, but not before you join in a "Tan-tastic" weekend of events with the author. A $100 ticket will buy you a spot at the Booklovers' Blacktie Ball, a gourmet dinner and library fundraiser with Tan, at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Rawlings Public Library (100 E. Abriendo Ave., Pueblo). You'll also get preferred seating at Sunday's free 1 p.m. talk with Tan (also in the library). And, today, you can join Tan and CSU-Pueblo students and staff in a ticketholders-only creativity workshop at 4 p.m. For tickets or more, call 719/562-5606 or visit pueblolibrary.org. JT
We must preserve our history or it'll slip away forever. That's one reason the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame came into being, and each induction dinner provides a fresh reminder, with people and teams that have shaped this city's sports image. The ninth annual event (silent auction at 6 p.m., dinner and program at 7) at the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd.) will welcome new Hall members such as ESPN's Chris Fowler, Pikes Peak Hill Climb great Leonard Vahsholtz, Doherty basketball legend Erin Scholz, longtime Colorado College football coach Jerry Carle and others, plus appearances by Goose Gossage and Olympic wrestling gold-medalist Henry Cejudo. Tickets are $100, or $50 for 12 and younger, but nobody has ever left feeling shortchanged. For more, go to thesportscorp.org or call 634-7333 ext. 1003. RR
"The fundamental business of the country ... is on a sound and prosperous basis," declared Herbert Hoover the morning after the 1929 stock market crash, a "can-do" delusion that John McCain channeled just last month as our economy slid down the toilet. It was up to Franklin Delano Roosevelt to extricate America from the Great Depression, and he'll tell you how he did it today. Well, actually, Colorado homeboy Richard Marold will be doing the honors, as he portrays the president who brought us the New Deal, the Social Security Act and other programs that many Republicans still consider treasonous. The free event goes from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at UCCS' Kraemer Family Library (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.). Call 262-3068 or visit uccs.edu for more. BF
This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Bill Forman, Kevin Kehl, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.