If you found The Omen tame and think you still have demons to exorcise, try killwhitneydead. According to the band's Web site, they "create the most intense music that human ears can tolerate" and express an "over-abundant amount of disgust for humankind" through music. These guys are serious; no James Taylor covers. With samples, loops and Slayer-inspired solos, KWD is a maniacal cacophony of dance-floor hardcore. They make Marilyn Manson look like a Muppet, and are certainly one of the most hated bands in music. But that's what they want. Find out why at 7:30 tonight at the Marquis Theatre (2009 Larimer St., Denver). Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 the day of show, available at sodajerkpresents.com. JJ
Come see alchemy in action but don't expect any gold. The Alchemy of Fire and Ash: a Wood Fire Invitational Exhibit, which runs through July 17 at the Commonwheel Artists Gallery (102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs), features pottery by people who fire the old-fashioned way. Instead of the common gas-and-electricity method, these ceramic artists use fire and wood to do their cooking. The exhibit will highlight the works of 17 artists and one toy maker, who specializes in wooden toys and mobiles. An opening reception runs from 5 to 8 tonight, and the gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Call 685-1008 for more. TW
Spend the first half of your day at the NAACP's Juneteenth Celebration 2006 on CC's Armstrong Quad (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.). Enjoy Denver storyteller Opalanga Pugh at 2, saxophonist Tony Exum Jr. & Encompass at 3, and children's activities and more from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 475-7255 for more information.
Then, after a good nap, take part in the 12th annual Starlight Spectacular, a bike ride starting at 11:59 p.m. at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center (1805 N. 30th St.). Ride either 14 or 20 miles to benefit the Trails and Open Space Coalition as part of Bike Week 2006 events. Music, food and event-day registration begin at 10 p.m., and a free breakfast for registered participants follows the ride. Call 633-6884 or visit starlightspectacular.org for pre-registration information and more. MS
If you haven't yet been treated to Dr. Razzamataz the Stupendous and His Mystical Medicine Show which recently entertained artists at Art Wars 3 and WAM's Battle of the Bands with performances by sock-monkey metal band Iron Banana you must head to CC's Cossitt Amphitheater (906 N. Cascade Ave.). At 2 today, master entertainer Ryan Ballard will present The Sad Tale of Marlboro Karl, an action-packed saga of an "all-star wide-receiver sock monkey who is lured into smoking cigarettes by the Devil." Expect magic, suspense and, as always, pyrotechnics. Call 389-6098 for more information on this free show, and visit razzamatazproductions.com for more on the artist. MS
The mountain bike wasn't invented in Crested Butte that would be California but the two-wheeled ATB is as closely connected to the area as Elvis is to Las Vegas. For 26 years, since about the time Gary Fisher introduced the first purpose-built mountain bike, bikers have flocked to the Butte for what is now Fat Tire Bike Week. Today through the 25th, enthusiasts and spectators will cruise sage trails, limbo bikes, drink, eat, attend maintenance and repair clinics, and even bomb down from the top of Kebler Pass into the Butte without a chain. All things bikes, all the time. Visit ftbw.com for the events schedule and lodging suggestions, or call 800/545-4505. JJ
"Who's ready for a knuckle walk?" Get the kids fired up today to attend the new, interactive Chimpanzee Challenge exhibit at The Wildlife Experience (10035 S. Peoria St., Parker). Immersed in a 2,000-square-foot maze, children will take on chimp-esque tests of strength, agility and communication, and also answer chimp-related questions, to learn how their fellow primates survive. Inspiring messages by Dr. Jane Goodall will follow the challenge. The Wildlife Experience is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, and admission prices range from $4.95 to $7.95, with tikes under 2 getting in free. Visit thewildlifeexperience.org or call 720/488-3300. KW
This one basically writes itself: first day of summer, live music, fresh vegetables, local art, coupons for free drinks at downtown restaurants, all under a setting sun at America the Beautiful Park (126 Cimino Drive). From 4 to 8 tonight, like every Wednesday night for the foreseeable future, the Colorado Farm and Art Market will be up and running. From 6 to 8, the Gettin' Down Downtown Summer Concert Series will feature The Stringdusters' Nashville bluegrass. And you'll be able to pick up coupons to MacKenzie's Chop House and El Tesoro, among other restaurants. Visit gettindowndowntown.com for more. If tonight doesn't work, don't forget about the other weekly summer markets all over the area; check out the Independent's Listings pages. KW
The animal antagonists behind this week's 7 Days: Josh Johnson, Matthew Schniper, Taylor Wiles and Kirk Woundy.