Granted, radio's Clay Jenkinson can do a mean Thomas Jefferson impersonation. But can he hit John Wesley Powell accurately? (And would you really notice any discrepancies?) See John-Jefferson-Jenkinson play the part of the one-armed Civil War veteran and explorer tonight at 5 at CC's Armstrong Theatre (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.). As the grand finale of the 2006 State of the Rockies Conference, the free lecture will include commentary from Powell's perspective on challenges facing today's Rocky Mountain region. Call 389-6607 for more information. MS
In the beginning, there were groups like REM, Sonic Youth and The Pixies. They brandished mighty fuzzed-out guitars, angry lyrics and pasty-pale band members. The genre of "alternative rock" was born, and lo, it was good. Dinosaur Jr. was also part of this motley crew, and head honcho J Mascis proved to be the awkward, stringy-haired guitar god for the masses. For the first time in ages, Dinosaur Jr. is on tour, and you can catch 'em live at 8:30 tonight and tomorrow night at the Fox Theatre (1135 13th St., Boulder). Tickets are $22.50 pre-sale, and $25 day o' show. Call 303/443-3399 or visit foxtheatre.com for more. KL
If spring hasn't lifted the winter funk, try the Rocky Mountain Women's Feel Good Film Festival at the Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.). After 9 a.m. coffee at Cravings, move into the theater for a round of shorts and a feature. A highlight of the daylong festival is likely to be Good Night, We Love You, about the last stand-up performance by comedy legend Phyllis Diller. A day pass, available at the box office or at 634-5583, runs $35. For more info, call 226-0450 or visit rmwfilmfest.org. VM
Today celebrates the day of Jesus' resurrection, according to Christian belief, and you're in Colorado Springs. We've done a little investigating, and incredibly, no pub crawls or wet T-shirt contests are to be found. So, head to church or hide some eggs for the young 'uns, if you're into that sort of thing. If not, it's a good day to do some spring cleaning, or take a walk in the greening woods. KW
I tend to believe anything that comes out of a nuclear engineer's mouth, because, hey, "that guy must be freakin' smart." Prove me wrong at the PPCC Centennial Campus (5675 S. Academy Blvd.) at 7 p.m., when Dr. Robert Zubrin, president of Pioneer Astronautics and founder of The Mars Society, presents a free lecture on "The Case for Mars: How We Shall Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must." Moon-landing, scoot over: There's a new human achievement coming to town. Call 540-7106 for more information. MS
Who can say exactly what to expect from a man whose stage name is "Pierre Jean-Pierre St. Pierre"? Considering that he emcees Retro Vaudeville Variety Night every Tuesday at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret (1601 Arapahoe St., Denver), one should perhaps be prepared for the bizarre. Pierre apparently showcases everything from burlesque dancers, puppet shows and contortionists to yo-yo masters, magicians and stand-up comedians. Shy patrons be warned: Audience participation abounds as Pierre hops through various eras of entertainment style. The Vaudevillian fun starts at 7:30 and will set you back $10; call 303/293-0075 or visit lannies.com for tickets or more information. MS
As evidenced by cinema classics such as Sister Act 1 and 2, there is nothing with more "fun" potential than hijinks in the Catholic church. The PPCC Masquers are hip to this, and plan on exploiting it for all it's worth in Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? at the PPCC Centennial Campus Theater (5675 S. Academy Blvd.). While you're pondering that query, I'll let you know that the show is a light musical romp about the trials and tribulations of growing up in Catholic school, circa 1950. Expect growing pains and nuns. Ho-ho! Delightful! The musical runs at various times on Wednesdays, and Fridays through Sundays, until April 30. It's a mere $10 for general admission, with discounts available. Call 540-7418 for more. KL
This week's literary contortionists: Kara Luger, Vanessa Martinez, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.