If real life mimicked opera, there's no telling where we'd all be right now. I probably would have already run away with some European lover. Only to meet an ultra-tragic fate, naturally. But wouldn't it all have been worth it? At 7:30 tonight in Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave.), live the vicarious agony and ecstasy in The Dybbuk Project: Between Two Worlds, a story of transcendent yet ill-fated love composed by Ofer Ben-Amots and directed by Tom Lindblade, both CC professors. For information, call 389-6607 or visit coloradocollege.edu. By the end of the free, multimedia performance, you might find yourself at the airport, with me. EA
So it's Halloween and you've either perfected your Sarah Palin costume sweet rims, Thriller jacket and all or you're going with old standby: sexy nurse. Or maybe you're one of those guys who goes to tons of trouble to be all creative and punny, dressing in a tux and mumbling through your gag ball, "Look at me, I'm James Bondage." Either way, you need a place to show off, and the abundance of bar and club parties around town are the likeliest spots. Some even have themes, like Halloween at the Bronze (a Buffy the Vampire Slayer homage) at the Rocket Room (230 Pueblo Ave.). Beyond scary and clever, you're resourceful. Find a party tonight. MS
Much like H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulu, Halloween is a multi-tentacled creature: There's All Hallow's Eve, of course, but there's also All Souls' Day (the Anglo version of Day of the Dead) on Nov. 2, Mischief Night (in which Republicans traditionally reap the benefit of rigged voting machines) on the 4th and Bonfire Night (that pyromaniac favorite) on the 5th. And then there's All Saints Day, which is comparatively less creepy, even at the KRCC/Vintage Voltage Psychedelic PSock-Hop. The Rocket Room (230 Pueblo Ave.) shindig kicks off at 7 p.m. and will feature DJ Vicky Gregor, plus the Psychedelegates and Psychedollicats providing live music and go-go dancing. Tickets are $10 for KRCC members, $12 for non-members and night-of-show slackers. Call 473-4801 for info. BF
Fairy tales are the best part of bedtime, whether you're a kid drifting off to sleep or a parent reading out loud. So if you and/or your young 'uns would enjoy silly and unfamiliar fairy tales, come to the Creede Repertory Theatre's production of Grimm Pajamas this weekend and watch those stories come to life. Following Saturday's performances at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., the Manitou Art Theatre (1367 Pecan St.) will offer the show today at 1 and 3 with free milk and cookies afterward. Tickets are $9 apiece; call 685-4729 or visit themat.org for more. EAA
Today marks the third and final day to catch the Travelling Film South Asia Festival 2008 tour, taking place at Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave.). Motherland Afghanistan, celebrating the courage of women inside a country where one in seven dies giving birth, plays at 7 p.m. At 8:30, Rabba Hun Kee Kariye (Thus Departed Our Neighbors) tells of a 1947 Indian genocide that afflicted the Punjab culture. Previous days' movies include 11 other documentaries from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, hitting on topics such as the environment, globalization, labor relations, history and more. Visit coloradocollege.edu for a complete list of free screenings. MS
Unless you'll enjoy seven uninterrupted hours of Wolf Blitzer, try procuring more intelligent, locally relevant commentary (plus free snacks and a cash bar) at the "Election Viewing Party of the Decade" at yet again Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave.). Political science professors Bob Loevy and Tom Cronin, psychology and feminist and gender studies professor Tomi-Ann Roberts and CC President Richard F. Celeste (former governor of Ohio!) will jump in with commentary and analysis between 5 and 10 p.m. If you want to keep the evening even lighter, try games, a costume contest and food and drink specials a "Political Olympics" between 5 and 9 at The Blue Star (1645 S. Tejon St.). For more info on CC's party, try 389-6607; for The Blue Star's, call 632-1086. KW
The election's finally over (at least, we hope it is). Time to get back to adding some depth to our lives. The Business of Art Center and Independent Film Society of Colorado continue their Fall Film Series, which showcases a different film each month on history, culture or foreign issues including human rights. Starting at 7 p.m., this "first Wednesday" film at Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs) will be Heart of Fire, about a young African girl from a Catholic orphanage who is forced into the military and refuses to go along with the idea of killing enemies. Admission is $5; for more, contact thebac.org or call 685-1861. RR
This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Elizabeth Anderson (EAA), Bill Forman, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.