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17 Thursday

The FAC is hosting a "Slide Slam" at 6 p.m., featuring artists Steve Wood and Carol Dass projecting slides of their artworks and taking audience questions. So slam a Dew and slam on your brakes in front of the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. The cost is $4 for members and $7 for les misrables.

18 Friday

Student Art Show time: head to PPCC's Downtown Studio Campus Gallery, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., for the school's annual student art exhibition. While the gallery is open till May 9, the opening is today. The reception and gallery are free to the public. Call 527-6001 for more.

On that note, The Gallery of Contemporary Art at UCCS (1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, at the northwest corner of the Science Building) is also having a student art exhibition. In hot competition, the two schools are hosting their opening receptions at the same time: 5-7:30 p.m. As an added incentive, UCCS is also hosting a student Salon Des Refuses, i.e., the artists who didn't make the main show's cut. Call 262-3567 for more.

19 Saturday

Strap the thermal-vision goggles on your fourth-grader, and head to Old Colorado City's Bancroft Park at 12:30 p.m. for the annual West Side Easter Egg Hunt. Kids 12 and under are welcome. Call 499-1046.

The Professional Bull Riders, Inc. presents this season's final matchup at 1:30 p.m., at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. The final ride pits rider Chris Shivers against behemoth Little Yellow Jacket, a 1,600-pound bull with a 2003 buck-off rate of 100 percent, for a purse of $1 million -- the richest 8 seconds in sports history. The massive bull in question is owned in part by Bernie Taupin. Yes, the Bernie Taupin who wrote lyrics for all of Elton John's good songs! "Crocodile Rock," "Rocket Man" and the inestimably perfect "Tiny Dancer," among others. Bull arena, you should have seen her. Tickets range from $10 to $100; call 576-2626. The event will be broadcast at 4 p.m. local time on NBC, as well.

Come to 32 Bleu, 32 S. Tejon, and see Luther Wright and the Wrongs. They're promoting their new album Rebuild the Wall. It's actually the entirety of Pink Floyd's The Wall. Played country style. Admittedly, it's executed about 1,000 times better than you'd imagine, but ... Jeez. Who'd have thought that turning "Is There Anybody Out There?" from an existentialist plea to a back-porch who-'dat could possibly be a good idea? In any case: 9:30 p.m., $8, and the show is 21+.

21 Monday

A test: Who remembers an article by local freelancer Rebekah Shardy, published in the Independent in December of 1999, a list of funky, whimsical, serious and not-so-serious things a woman should do in her lifetime? You're in luck -- that article has morphed into an adorable, teeny-tiny gift book, 98 Things a Woman Should do in Her Lifetime ($5.99), published by Andrews McNeel Publishing of Kansas City, and it'll be signed by the author at the Chinook Bookshop tonight, 5:30-7 p.m., 210 N. Tejon St.

22 Tuesday

Woohoo! Another slam! Poetry slam! It's National Poetry Month. So come on down and slam some poets. It's going on downtown from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Utopia Caf, 117 E Bijou. If you've never been to a slam, it's kind of like a freestyle rap battle, but also kind of like open mike night down at the local goth haunt, and perhaps even a bit like a student union meeting at a small liberal arts college ... but with more cussing. There's a $2 charge at the door. The slams go on every second Wednesday and fourth Tuesday of each month. Call 633-1080 for the details.

23 Wednesday

From 9 a.m. to noon there's a viewing of Promises, a much-lauded movie about the Middle Eastern Arab-Israeli conflict as seen through the eyes of Israeli and Palestinian children. Immediately following the two-hour movie, there will be a discussion about the conflict. It's in the PPCC Student Life Building, room C101, on the Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd. No charge!

Colorado College's senior art majors will present their annual art exhibit tonight. The opening reception runs from 4 to 6 p.m. Come to the Coburn Gallery, located on the main floor of the Worner Center, at the northwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. The reception is free and open to the masses.

--Brian Arnot

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