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23 Thursday

music

Sure, you could fly to Salt Lake and pay $175 for the Eagles' last show before they flap off to Europe, or you could just hoist your Tequila Sunrise high while warbling along to the Long Run. It's unlikely that anyone in this Denver tribute band has snorted quite so much cocaine with Stevie Nicks, but you'll still hear much the same music (although less from the recent Wal-Mart album) and you'll only pay 10 bucks at a venue more intimate than the Sunset Strip clubs where the Eagles first took flight. The show gets underway at 8 p.m. at the appropriately avian Thirsty Parrot (32 S. Tejon St., thirstyparrot.net), so start practicing those dueling air guitars now. — BF

24 Friday

choral music

Do you need more singing in your life? Out Loud, the Colorado Springs Men's Chorus, presents their spring concert, Simply-n-Love, to fill just such a void. The concert will feature songs of romantic love, the love of coffee and even pirate love (timely, what with the whole Somalia thing and all ...). Joining the 60-member men's chorus will be the 70-member Denver Women's Chorus. The show runs at 7:30 tonight, then 2 and 7:30 tomorrow, at First Congregational Church (20 E. Saint Vrain St., rmarts.org) Tickets range from $14 to $19. — RC

25 Saturday

Gaia worship

Rejoice all ye junior Al Gores and Jane Goodalls: Earth Day arrives with several events citywide today. Among them, the Running Off the Grid 5K in Monument Valley Park (170 W. Cache la Poudre St., catamountinstitute.org) will begin at 9 a.m. The $30, day-of registration fee benefits local environmental science programs. Just up the street at CC's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., pikespeakearthday.org), free festivities will roll from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors from alternative energy companies to local eco-conscious landscapers to international aid organizations will be smiling pretty. Also expect workshops, music, food and that recycled-materials fashion show we told you about last week. — MS

26 Sunday

feline adoration

I once read a story about a woman who had been suspected of being an unfit mother. When she was investigated, child services found her house overrun with cats — feces and empty cat-food tins everywhere. The cats even slept in beds while the woman and her daughter slept on the floor. When asked to explain herself, she said her actions were prompted by her religion: She worshipped cats. Who knows where she is now, but she'd likely be psyched to hear that the Rocky Mountain Cat Fanciers Cat Show will be demo-ing tail today from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St., rmcf.org). Admission is $3 to $5. — RC

27 Monday

politics, music

Even if you're a political lefty, consider checking out part of Limited Government Week events at Cheyenne Mountain Resort — at 5:45 tonight, there's an editorial cartoonists' debate. Or, if you prefer rock to rebuttal, you have to see the ageless Neil Young, the ever-cookin' Neville Brothers and Everest at 7 at Denver's Magness Arena (2201 E. Asbury Ave., on the University of Denver campus). If you haven't been to Magness, it's a compact 8,000-seat facility that should be perfect for this touring show, with Young still earning good reviews for his energy, diverse material and even his accompanying band. Tickets ($62 to $157) are available at livenation.com, through Ticketmaster outlets or via 520-9090. — RR

28 Tuesday

art

They say there are singers who can croon the phonebook, and so I venture there are painters with similar versatility and vigor. James Wolnick seems like one of those painters. From fine art landscapes to ultra-detailed sea life murals to illustrations for such publications as the Wall Street Journal (and not those ubiquitous little pointillist portraits), the Pueblo resident is a jack of all genres. A look at his Web site proves as much (celadonarts.com). For hyper-realistic style without Andrew Wyeth moodiness, head down to the Blue Star (1645 S. Tejon St., 632-1086) tonight, assuming you missed Thursday's 5 p.m. opening. Or some other time: The show is up until July. — EA

29 Wednesday

music

"Afro-Sheen and apple pie / PTA and FBI!" Yes, Spinal Tap is touring America. Actually, it's the men behind the myth: Unwigged, unplugged and sans drummer, comedians Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer will regale us with semi-acoustic renditions of "Hell Hole" and "Sex Farm," as well as songs from their more genteel alter egos, the Folksmen. True, a less thunderous take on Tap may seem to be missing the point, but it turns out the lyrics are even better when decipherable. Plus, McKean is actually a great singer and once played with "Walk Away Renee" / "Pretty Ballerina" hit purveyors the Left Banke. Showtime is 8 tonight at the Paramount Theatre (1621 Glenarm Place, Denver, paramountdenver.com). Tickets for the all-ages concert range from $39.50 to $55. Puppet show not included. — BF

This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Rhiannon Conley, Bill Forman, Ralph Routon and Matthew Schniper.

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