Let's say someone asks if you'd spend $15 to see and hear a blues/rock guitarist whose talent has been compared, favorably, with that of Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Not in Denver, but right here in Creek City we ain't got rivers, so we can't say River City at the Thirsty Parrot (32 S. Tejon St.). If you don't know much about Debbie Davies, start Googlin'. She's on a national tour taking her to such hotspots as the Firefly in Ann Arbor, Mich., and Black-Eyed Sally's in Hartford, Conn. But at 8 tonight she's here, and she'll be attacking her Stratocaster just like, well, Eric or Stevie Ray. Contact 884-1094 or thirstyparrot.net for more. RR
He's lettered in basketball at the University of Denver, served in the Air Force, starred on TV, and earned recognition as one of the best and worst comedians. He also makes a cameo in the Nickelodeon classic Good Burger. Kind of a big deal, people ... I'm talking about tax-evader and sometimes-funnyman Sinbad, who'll perform at 7:30 tonight at the U.S. Air Force Academy's Arnold Hall Theatre (2302 Cadet Drive). Tickets are $15 to $35 and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com. RC
For an event of this type, Darwin & Dinosaurs at the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center (201 S. Fairview St., Woodland Park) is pretty intelligently designed, having evolved from its specious origins into an obviously natural selection for our Seven Days section. In honor of Chuck Darwin's forthcoming 200th birthday, as well as the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of Species, noted Darwin scholar Dr. John van Wyhe will lecture at 7 tonight at the Ute Pass Cultural Center (220 W. South Ave., Woodland Park). Darwinian artifacts will be on display at RMDRC following the talk through July 5. Still no word on whether the Prankster God who ran around burying fossils to test our faith will make an appearance. Tickets are $25 ($15, members); visit rmdrc.com for more. BF
I've always had a soft spot in my heart for glam rock, not just the good stuff like Mott the Hoople, but also ale-swilling cretins like Slade. Even the '80s Hollywood hair-band revival had its moments. The Faded most resemble their Sunset Strip predecessors and Gene Blalock's vocals may be more W.A.S.P. than L.A. Guns but you can't argue with a wonderfully dunderhead chorus like: "And all we did was say yeah / And the crowd said yeah / And all we did was say whoa / And the crowd said whoa." Such lines will flow at 8 tonight inside Bushwacker's Saloon (1967 S. Broadway, Denver). Tickets for the 21-and-up show are $5; call 303/722-0280 for more. BF
You could spend three days on bandnamemaker.com and not top "Sweethearts in Carhartts." Liz Masterson didn't start that band, but she plays in it, and embodies its name perfectly. The Denver native sings Western songs, strums the guitar, and even has yodeled on aMythBusters episode ... but most of the time, she's happiest mugging for the kiddies. At 1 and 3 today (after shows at 11 and 2 yesterday), Masterson will present Songbird of the Sage, her "bandanas and boots encouraged" one-woman concert event at Manitou Art Theatre (1367 Pecan St.). Call 685-4729 or visit themat.org for a $9 ticket. By the way, if exposure to yodeling gives you the shakes, take Junior instead to Imagination Celebration's Junie B. Jones tomorrow at the Pikes Peak Center (pikespeakcenter.com). KW
Today marks the second of three days comprising the sixth annual State of the Rockies Symposium at Colorado College. This year's theme is "Visions of the Rockies in 50 years: Will Our Children Thank Us?" Before you respond with a snide "Hell no, tree-killin' mofo," consider how many green initiatives are underway worldwide. We might just save ourselves. Review a calendar of today's events, most of which are free, at coloradocollege.edu/stateoftherockies; also, take note that National Geographic Adventure magazine's 2007 Adventurer of the Year, Andrew Skurka, is lecturing from 4 to 5:15 on Sunday in CC's Armstrong Theater (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.). MS
If you've missed out on First Friday events, today's a good day to quietly peruse a handful of new art shows. Among the offerings: Manitou's Business of Art Center is offering four new exhibits, including the annual student art show Wunderkind (thebac.org), and Gallery Two-Ten is hosting a collection from the Pikes Peak Pastel Society (gallerytwo-ten.com). Also: Ephemeral Flicker, by Lauren Potereiko, now at Heebee JeebeeS, is a series of paintings on surfaces such as delicate handkerchiefs (myspace.com/heebeejeebeestattoos). Most works will hang through April. EA
This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Rhiannon Conley, Bill Forman, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.