The oldest annual literary award in the country is dedicated to young poets. Each year, the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition publishes one unknown poet, thus kicking his or her career into gear. Only 88 people have received this award, and Craig Arnold is one of them. At 7 tonight, Arnold, author of Shells and the upcoming anthology Made Flesh, will visit Colorado College's McHugh Commons (1090 N. Cascade Ave.) as part of the Visiting Writers Series, which is, as always, free and open to the public. Call 389-6607. MD
Nothing like using the quadrennial Leap Day to kick off a new concept. While most of the local art scene revolves around "First Friday" dates, WeUs Our Artist's Market and Wine Bar (10 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs) has decided to be different, beginning with its first "Last Friday" opening from 5 to 8 tonight. This show is called A Date with a Train and includes paintings by Tylan Troyer, black-and-white photography by Jennifer Koen, model trains with graffiti, film and music (detailed in Reverb on p. 46). RR
As we eagerly await Art Garfunkel at the Pikes Peak Center later this month, it's tempting to head to John Oates' show tonight at the Boulder Theater. Who doesn't love half a great duo? (I'm still praying for Fabrice "Vanilli" Morvan at The Black Sheep.) But instead, why not stay in town and attend the "international showcase for mountain culture films," the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour at 7 p.m. at Cheyenne Mountain High School (1200 Cresta Road)? Tickets are only $12, and all proceeds benefit the Rocky Mountain Field Institute. Call Mountain Chalet at 633-0732 for more. MS
- WeUsOurs A Date with a Train: at Last Friday.
It's like the Warped Tour, kind of. It's like Projekt Revolution, sort of. It's the Christian alternative to these popular music extravaganzas. The Winter Jam 2008 is a rock concert, BMX and skate exhibition and more. It's Christian music's largest annual tour, featuring MercyMe, BarlowGirl, Skillet, Mandisa and guest speaker Tony Nolan. Catch the tour at 6 tonight at the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd.). Admission is a $10 donation at the door; there are no advanced ticket sales. For more information, call 477-2100 or go to jamtour.com. AA
I went to Google and searched "burlesque name generator." Let's just say that if I ever get my burlesque career underway, you may begin to know me better as Chet Meadows. Until then, I recommend attending the "Create Your Own Burlesque Act" workshop. This will be hosted by the lovely, local Lola Spitfire, beginning at 8:15 tonight at The Rocket Room (230 Pueblo Ave.). Three classes will follow at the same time on March 10, 17 and 24, with a graduation performance on March 28. Registration for the entire workshop is $100 (cash only), and classes are open to the public. Call 661-4483 or visit blendyourlife.com. DO
An open letter to the program-naming person at Bear Creek Nature Center (245 Bear Creek Road): You're good. Really good. Thank you, seriously, for the names that have evoked so many chortles and guffaws through the years. (Who could forget "Eat a Bug"? Classic.) In 2008, you've already offered "Owling Around," "Chemical Magic Show with Dr. Ron Furstenau" and, now, "Nuts about Squirrels." We love it! The activities and short hike may be designed for 2- and 3-year-olds, but we foresee multiple planes of entertainment, like in Shrek. We hope lots of families make reservations (520-6387) and pony up the $2 entry fee. Sincerely, the Indy edit staff. KW
Former porn star and prostitute Annie Sprinkle promotes her talk "My Life as a Feminist Porn Activist" as an "intimate show-and-tell evening." Hmmm ... not sure what that means, but she says to anticipate a few sexually explicit film clips and slides as she covers the sex workers' rights movement, explicit art and film, sex-positive feminism and more. She may even break into a short Bosom Ballet at the end of the show. The free presentation starts at 5 at CC's Packard Hall (5 W. Cache la Poudre St.). Call 389-6607 or visit coloradocollege.edu. JT
This week's 7 Days contributors: Alexa Acord, Michelle Dotter, David Owens, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.