Get your butt to Denver tonight to catch Peoria, Ill.-based rockers The Forecast at Rock Island (1614 15th St., Denver). Recently signed to Victory Records, the quartet is touring on their debut full-length, Late Night Conversations, which fully wails in the vein of Braid, Cursive, the Anniversary and other great bands you kind of forgot about. Plus, they mix adorable male and female vocals and sport some wonderful beards, to boot. With them tonight are Lorene Drive, My Epiphany and Like Chasing Wind. The show is $8 and starts at 7:30. For more information or tickets, hit up sodajerkpresents.com.
Do some good tonight at the Women Partnering headquarters (10 S. Institute St.), where a wine and cheese tasting is taking place to benefit the nonprofit. The admission cost of $25 includes a variety of artisan cheeses and estate wines, a silent auction and all the good karma you'll need for the weekend. All proceeds will aid Women Partnering, a network of women that responds to the unmet needs of financially vulnerable women and children. It starts at 5, and reservations are required. To make yours or to get more information, call 963-5459.
Because Halloween falls on a Monday this year, tonight's the night for all sorts of spookily themed activities, including, but not limited to, the following: a costume party at Wooglin's Deli (823 N. Tejon St.), featuring local bands Sappho and Howdy Rapscallion; a fundraiser for Dreampower Animal Rescue called Whiskers & Wine (and Frankenstein) at the Wyndham Hotel (5580 Tech Center Drive); and, most bootyliciously, the so-called Erotic Exotic Ball at ICON Nightclub (5905 N. Academy Blvd.), where you can expect to see hundreds of permutations of the "sexy so-and-so" costume. It just might be that kind of night.
This afternoon, take part in some eerie musical fun when the Young Concert Artists perform alongside the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and the Peak Ballet Theatre of Colorado in Halloween Spooktacular: An Alien Invasion. This concert at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) features talented young folks and talented not-so-young folks performing space- and alien-themed works by John Williams, Gustav Holst and Peter Schickele. The concert is at 2:30, with pre-performance educational activities and a costume contest starting at 1:30. For more, log on to yca-cs.org; for tickets, call 520-SHOW (7469) or visit csphilharmonic.org.
What better way to spend Halloween than in church, listening to creepy organ music? Colorado College's Shove Chapel (1010 N. Nevada Ave.) is hosting a screening of the 1925 silent black-and-white version of Phantom of the Opera, complete with live pipe organ accompaniment by Bob Castle. Costumes most definitely are encouraged for the 10:30 p.m. showing, and those present at midnight are eligible for wicked door prizes. Boo! It's free and open to the public. For more, check out coloradocollege.edu.
I dare you to find a reason not to rock your eyeballs out tonight at Magness Arena (2240 E. Buchtel Blvd., Denver), where saurian baddies Def Leppard and Cheap Trick will be kicking untold amounts of ass. The Lep are touring behind their greatest-hits disc, Rock of Ages -- The Definitive Collection. And Cheap Trick really never stopped touring since "Surrender" moved from Top 40 to classic-rock format. A night of windmillin', pyrotechnics and ex-groupies making out to plodding, relentless one-armed beats is certain. That, if nothing else, is worth the $45.50-$65.50 ticket prices. To get yours, head to any Ticketmaster outlet, call 520-9090 or visit ticketmaster.com.
My junior-high years were fraught with geek-itude, and with that came near hero-worship of fantasy author R.A. Salvatore, to whom I once wrote a fan letter -- and whose response subsequently was framed and displayed prominently on my bedroom wall, causing me to exult in the obvious and seething jealousy of my nerd-peers, several of whom actually owned cloaks. I just might relive those years of 20-sided die and Monster Manuals at Media Play (7720 N. Academy Blvd.), where Salvatore will be signing copies of his newest book, Promise of the Witch-King. As I've been out of the loop for more than 10 years, I can't tell you much about his newest series, but I'm betting it's chock-full of bitchin' swordplay and elves and stuff. The signing and appearance is free and open to the public, and is going on from 7 to 8 p.m. For more, call 260-6800.
-- Aaron Retka