According to the three-part series that just wrapped up on PBS, Franklin Delano Roosevelt made "moral compromises that were often far from right" to help win World War II. Smart money says when Richard Marold takes the stage at 7 tonight for An Evening with F.D.R., Our 32nd President at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.), he'll stick with the progressive-hero-who-pulled-us-out-of-the-Depression angle. Which works, too. Seating is limited to the first 150 people who RSVP at 232-3373. Tickets are $10, but you can get in for $5 if you agree to write notes supporting the Employee Free Choice Act to Colorado's two senators. Net proceeds will go to Care and Share Food Bank. See, that FDR's got morals ... — KW
Bibliophiles, prepare to leave your stuffy studies. The Business of Art Center (513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, thebac.org) will unveil The Book: Wide Open from 5 to 8 tonight in its Hagnauer Gallery. Sixteen national and regional artists are presenting works built around books as an art theme. Some use mediums beyond fiber and paper, playing on imagery of open pages and large text. The show runs through June 27, but also keep a couple other dates in mind: Gallery curator Lin Fife will present a free talk on the collective on June 4, and she'll offer a workshop ($100, including supply fee) on creating artists' books June 12 and 13. — MS
good wet fun
Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of the Uncle Wilber Fountain (Acacia Park, corner of Bijou and Tejon streets, unclewilber.org). Still, has anyone else noticed the name seems a little, ummm, unfortunate? I ask because last summer, when a sweaty old man pulled a melted chocolate bar out of his pocket and asked which swimsuit-clad child was mine, I wondered. Then there's this online description: "Uncle Wilber pops out every hour to have some fun." You know, just sayin'. Names aside, kick off your summer at today's Opening Day Ceremony from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. With free grilled food, ice cream and performances by the Incredible Circus MAT, it promises lots of family fun. Just keep an eye on Uncle Wilber. — JT
While day one of the MeadowGrass Music Festival was devoted to indie rock acts like Magnolia Electric Co. (see feature, p. 63) and Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles, today's lineup is a decidedly rootsier affair. Nestling among 400 acres of pines at the La Foret Conference and Retreat Center (6145 Shoup Road) will be venerable headliner Peter Rowan and his Free Mexican Airforce, along with Sons and Brothers, Jimmy Ibbotson, Head for the Hills and Rissman, Uveges and Braithwaite. Gates open at 11, with single-day tickets going for $30 advance, $40 day of show. Visit meadowgrass.org for more info and to learn about the environmentally friendly carload rate, which could severely cut into profits if there's a big clown turnout. — BF
Most years my family vehemently avoided Territory Days in Old Colorado City (shopoldcoloradocity.com) because of the crowds. One year though, the four of us braved the masses when we learned the Stanley Cup would be there. As some of the first people in line, one of us would keep our spot while the rest of us toured the craft vendors, dancers, live music and food booths. Our 2001 Christmas card photo will always be our best, the four of us grinning and hugging the sparkling trophy. While the Avs tanked this season, Territory Days continues to flourish every Memorial Day weekend, which means today is the last chance to join in. — EA
After spending more time than I care to admit on wwe.com, I'm ashamed to report that I still have no better grasp of what the big rivalries of the day are and exactly what the difference is between ECW and Smackdown wrestling. Though I am glad to see that clobbering your opponent with a folding chair is still totally on-on. The good news for those of you more enlightened than me: World Wrestling Entertainment will bring both divisions of those ginormous men in their tiny trunks to the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd., worldarena.com) at 7 tonight. $15 to $50 tickets will get you close to tag-team cage matches and much more muscle-armed action. — MS
All-ages venue theLoft (2502 W. Colorado Ave., myspace.com/theloft719) scores something of a booking coup this week with One for the Team, the well-reviewed Twin Cities quintet described by National Public Radio as "jangly power pop, with glimmering unisex harmonies." We're not entirely sure how that "unisex" part fits in, given that vocalists Ian Anderson and Grace Fiddler appear to hail from different genders, but the group does have a twee-pop sensibility guaranteed to worm its way into awkward adolescent hearts. Five bucks gets you in the door for this 7 p.m. gig, which also features Single Triple Double, Granola and A Beautiful Awakening. — BF
This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Bill Forman, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.
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