If you're wondering what goes on inside the head of an abstract painter, here's your chance to find out. Barbara Roeming, featured in this year's Artist Walkthrough at Pankratz Gallery (366 Second St., Monument), will hold an informal Q&A with guests from 5 to 6 p.m. today. She'll reveal in-depth interpretations the abstract oil paintings in her current exhibit at the gallery, Swept Away by an Unusual Artist in the Blue Abstracts of August. The event is free; call 481-3108 for more information. CR
You've probably heard G.T.'s "Vintage Voltage" show on KRCC 91.5 FM. The day has finally arrived to "be-in" the era at The Vintage Voltage Fundraisin' Freakout at the 515 that's Venue 515 at the Business of Art Center (515 Manitou Ave.), for all you un-hip cats. The sock-hop will be groovin' tonight and Saturday from 8 to 11, with a mini-trivia bowl, go-goers Faster Pussycats and psychedelic rock, soul and pop tunes spun by G.T. and Vicky. The cost is $12 for KRCC or BAC members and $15 for non-members and for day-of-show sales. Early tickets are available at the station and the center, and you can reach them, respectively, at 473-4801 or 685-1861. MS
If you're out walking the dog in Bear Creek Park tonight, prepare to hear more than just the usual chirping birds and muffled sounds of local traffic. Colorado supercross fans will be packing the Norris Penrose-Event Center (1045 W. Rio Grande St.), to watch more than 500 men and women at the 2006 SRAC Supercross Colorado State Championship. Competitors ranging in age from 5 to 60-plus will rev their bikes and vie for titles in 35 classes. Qualifying races begin at 5, and pro racing starts at 7. Tickets are $17 for adults, $11 for kids ages 6 to 11, and free for those 5 and under. Visit ticketswest.com or the event center box office. KW
Today is day three of the 24th annual Mountain Music Festival in beautiful Manitou Springs. At the foot of the mountains in Soda Springs Park (1016 Manitou Ave.), professional musicians will perform acoustic American music. The festivities don't stop there, though. Music workshops, arts and crafts and food are among other featured attractions. Folk fans will be proud to witness a solo performance by Bobby Haworth, a former Kingston Trio and Brothers Four member who claims to have mastered more than 70 instruments. The free festival lasts until 9 p.m. each day. Call 685-9655 or visit manitousprings.org for more. CR
Tonight, CityLights Pavilion (1000 Chopper Circle, Denver) is likely to be the place for open-air PDA. At 7:30, icey-eyed trumpet king Chris Botti will take the stage, almost certain to play some tracks from his most recent album of pop jazz standards, To Love Again. And then, when the sun goes down, it'll be Earth, Wind & Fire, fronted by the legendary Philip Bailey. More than 35 years after their first appearance on the U.S. R&B charts, the artists behind "Shining Star" and "Sunday Morning" still pride themselves on making "the ladies" swoon. Take your loved one (and/or plenty of patience) with you if you've got tickets which range from $45.50 to $254 at ticketmaster.com. KW
Nine-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Bonnie Raitt will be performing at Red Rocks Amphitheatre (10035 Alameda Pkwy., Morrison) tonight. Now's your chance to "give 'em somethin' to talk about" while witnessing her newest album, Souls Alike, performed live in an ideal outdoor venue in the heat of summer. To heed the exceptional lyrics and musical talent of this virtuoso is reason in and of itself to go but special guest Keb' Mo' will be there, too, opening at 7:30. Tickets are $49.50 to $69.50 and may be purchased at ticketmaster.com. CR
What's the difference between a scream and a shout? Basically, it's the same as the difference between post-hardcore music and screamo. If you want to fine-tune your ears and get a solid feel for post-hardcore, which can actually be quite melodious between dissonant shouts, check out mewithoutYou at 8 tonight at The Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.) The guys all have really pretty hair cuts on their Web site, which is reason enough for me to check 'em out oh, and their music sounds good, too. Get advanced tickets for the $10, all-ages show at ticketweb.com. MS
This week's 7 Days contributors: Chrissy Roller, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.