Nickelback? You're gone for 65 million years, come back to tour the world, and people shell out more money to see Nickelback? That's what happened to the stars of Walking With Dinosaurs, whose tour finished No. 12 in the world in total sales. Maybe it's because the tour actually began in 2007, making dinos old news again. Regardless, you can help right this wrong for 2010 — and see a live theatrical show featuring man-made and -operated dinosaurs topping out at 56 feet long — by visiting the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd., worldarena.com) this weekend. Four days of shows start at 7 tonight, and tickets run $26.50 to $46.50, with some discounts available. — KW
Tonight presents two art openings, one of which qualifies as the first-ever installation for the Modbo (17C E. Bijou St., 633-4240). Wendy Mike, former director of the local youth/arts nonprofit FutureSelf, will have the honor as she presents A Paper Doll That I Can Call My Own, starting at 5:30. Be advised: The show, which promises a strong interactive component, is up only through tomorrow. Meanwhile, Gender Issues, a collaborative display on exactly that topic, opens at 5 tonight at the Business of Art Center (513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, thebac.org) with live music, plus a burlesque performance by Peaks and Pasties at 8. (That should get a dialogue going ...) This show runs until April 4, and entrance to both galleries is free. — MS
If you grew up in the 1960s, chances are you might have been mesmerized by seeing ventriloquists on TV. Whether it was Shari Lewis (with her puppets Lamb Chop and Hush Puppy) or different acts on the old Smothers Brothers variety shows, I remember being amazed at the talent of someone "throwing" his or her voice, even changing inflections, with little, if any, movement of the lips. You don't see ventriloquists much anymore, but these days one of the best is Michael Harrison, a former finalist on America's Got Talent who has performed in Las Vegas. Now he's touring, and today he comes to Pueblo's Sangre de Cristo Arts Center Theater (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., sdc-arts.org) for shows at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. as part of the Children's Playhouse Series, with tickets only $6. And if the rave reviews are right, you don't have to be a kid to be blown away. — RR
It's been hard to miss the Colorado Springs Philharmonic's ads for Mad for Clara, showing at 2:30 this afternoon at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org). Nothing like a possessed pair of eyes beneath bushy brows to drum up interest in a Masterworks concert highlighting Robert Schumann's Violin Concerto and featuring Denver violinist Linda Wang. Schumann, due either to syphilis or mercury poisoning, was losing his mind when he wrote this concerto; whether or not it's truly meant for his beloved wife and fellow musical genius, Clara, is hard to say. Regardless, it does make for a snappy title. Tickets for today's show (as well as last night's 8 p.m. offering) are $14 to $54. — EA
Remember those crazy, hazy days when you'd sit in class all day, do homework, maybe go to a job and still party all night? Once you reach a certain age, you wonder if that kind of wildness is sustainable. Now, here to answer that question is award-winning environmental writer Richard Manning, who'll deliver a speech at 7 tonight titled "In Wildness Is the Preservation of Sustainability." OK, so maybe that's not exactly the same kind of wildness, but the talk — part of Colorado College's State of the Rockies Speakers Series — should still enlighten. Manning will be at Colorado College, in the Gates Common Room at Palmer Hall (1025 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu). Admission is free. — JT
Local indie-folk and alt-country fans will want to stop drinking and moping long enough to cough up $25 and catch tonight's 8 o'clock performance by Jay Farrar and Benjamin Gibbard at the Boulder Theater (2032 14th St., Boulder, bouldertheater.com). Farrar is the founder of Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt, Gibbard fronts Death Cab for Cutie, and their collaborative album, One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur, was one of last year's best musical surprises. The duo will front a full band that includes Son Volt keyboard/steel guitar player Mark Spencer, Death Cab bassist Nick Harmer and Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster. — BF
At 7 tonight, controversial author Dinesh D'Souza will give a free talk on "America as it really is" at the Hoag Recital Hall (2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, colostate-pueblo.edu/studentactivities) on the CSU-Pueblo campus. Where it might (and usually does) get interesting is when D'Souza builds some momentum and really gets rolling. For instance, his 2007 book The Enemy at Home saddles the blame for 9/11 with "the cultural left ... the media ... and the universities ..." To which the Washington Post replied, "For a Stanford fellow, D'Souza shows a surprising ignorance." Hopefully Colorado State appreciates the irony. — BC
Contributors: Edie Adelstein, Bryce Crawford, Bill Forman, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.