Sample the works of more than a dozen contemporary composers tonight and for the next two evenings at 7:30 in CC's Packard Hall (5 W. Cache la Poudre St.). The 2006 New Music Symposium features a trio of chamber concerts and is followed at 3 p.m. Sunday by the Pikes Peak Young Composers Summer Festival Concert, which highlights the accomplishments of young Colorado composers. Every concert is free, and more info can be had by calling 389-6098 or by visiting artsfestival.coloradocollege.edu. Rest assured that there are more composers' names than I could possibly list to tempt you so shall we just agree that they'll all be amazing and worthwhile? I thought so. MS
Strap on some chaps and a cowboy hat, saddle up your horse and gallop over to the Victor Gold Rush Days Family Festival. If you don't own the above items, don't worry; the event itself should make you feel like you're back in the 1890s, when gold was discovered in Victor. It begins at 5 p.m. with a chili feed at Victor Elks Lodge (3rd Street and Diamond Avenue) and continues through Sunday with carriage and pony rides, saloon piano music, and mining games with $2,500 in prize money. Visit victorcolorado.com/goldrushdays.htm for more. JS
Sometimes I wonder why Pikes Peak did not acquire its namesake's first, and much better, name: Zebulon. Sure, Pike does the job, but Zebulon sounds like it is straight out of a Klingon phrasebook. Join the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum today in commemorating Zebulon Pike's 1806 journey west. See the opening of a century-old time capsule and contribute a postcard to the next one, which will be opened long after iPods become retro and Wal-Mart holds its first Sunday service. The event will be from 10 a.m. to noon in Antlers Park (31 W. Pikes Peak Ave.). Call 385-5990 for more. TW
Today marks the third day of the 8th annual Greek Festival at the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church (2215 Paseo Road). That means it's time to look smart by rattling off everything you learned about Greek culture from that My Big Fat Greek Wedding movie that was all the rage back in '02 ... ah, sweet memories. In the process, feast on traditional pastries and wine and enjoy dancing, music and imported crafts-shopping. The festival runs Friday from 4 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and today from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free; call 634-5678 for more information. MS
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young provided the soundtrack to one of my favorite college memories: walking into my sophomore-year dorm room and discovering a tent, fully assembled on the cheap carpet, containing two giggling roommates and two friends from down the hall, heavily leaking pot smoke. CSNY's shows at 8 tonight, tomorrow and Thursday at Red Rocks Amphitheatre (18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison) are bound to feature better audio and (somewhat) better air. Visit ticketmaster.com to see what tickets running $54 and up remain available.
While I don't enjoy similar artist-association with LL Cool J, it's tough to argue with a decision to check him out tonight at the Ogden Theatre (935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver). He's a big-time survivor: 22 years after he recorded "I Need a Beat" the first single ever released by Def Jam he's still making gold records and touring. (He's also publishing a fitness book next year, which you knew was going to happen sometime.) The 8:30 show will run you $37; visit ticketweb.com. KW
There are so many summertime concerts, performances and festivals in Telluride that they had to schedule a day to do nothing. When a local resident submitted a joke proposal for a non-festival in 1991, the town embraced the idea. The Telluride Nothing Festival has no charge, no staff and no terror alerts. But let's be serious here could Telluride actually have a festival without music? No. The event features The Cutthroats, a local punk band. There will also be a duct-tape seminar, sunrises, sunsets and a sense-of-humor search. Bring yours today through Sunday. Visit telluridenothingfestival.com for more information. JS
It's pretty obvious that Jesus would have made a stunning rock star. With long hair and at least a dozen groupies, he could have made it big. Tonight, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's summer theater program, Youth REP, will perform Godspell, a rock opera based on the Gospel according to Matthew. The show features clowning, pantomime, acrobatics and vaudeville theatrics, and its musical score draws from pop, rock and gospel styles, with lyrics from the Episcopal hymnal. The Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.) will host the show at 7:30 Wednesday through Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday. Tickets are $14 for members and $16 for all others; call 634-5583 or visit csfineartscenter.org. TW
This week's 7 Days contributors: Matthew Schniper, Jeanine Stewart, Taylor Wiles and Kirk Woundy.