Head to the Silent Film Screening at 7:30 tonight at the Jones Theatre (119 Main St., Westcliffe), where the halcyon days of silent film are back to rescue us from those annoying, won't-they-ever-shut-up "talkies." Historical anachronisms abound in the 1927 film The General , where Buster Keaton's Confederate train (fitted with airbrakes in the 1860s? Flimshaw!) is hijacked by Union spies. Stitch your split sides together for the 1921 film Never Weaken and see Harold Lloyd diabolically drum up business for an osteopath. A mini-orchestra accompanies both films, and tickets cost $5 to $25. Call the theatre at 719/783-3004 or Candy's Coffee Shop at 719/783-9516 to reserve your spot, or try 719/783-9709 for more information. TD
What could be better than going to see Tech N9ne at 9 tonight at The Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.)? Going to see him at 4 at Independent Records (3030 E. Platte Ave.) to get your schwag signed. Maybe you'll even get to touch one of his magic hair spikes (that is, if he's still sporting them I'm seeing cornrows in his 2006 tour promotion pic on his Web site). The notorious hip-hop gangster rapper, who's recorded with the likes of 2Pac and Eminem, will be promoting his goods before he unleashes his vocal talents on the Springs. The promotion stunt is gratis, while tickets for the all-ages show are $17 to $20 and available at ticketweb.com. MS
If you're interested in some radical regalia, or if you need some tips on the hippest vintage, retro and punk clothing, music and accessories, The Leechpit (708 N. Weber St.) is holding its Third Anniversary Barbeque from noon to 7 p.m. The Leechpit buys, sells and trades memorabilia dating back to the 1950s, and continues to illuminate the Springs about the latest fads in American pop culture. Take advantage of giveaways, bargains and original inventory while enjoying music, food and drink. Visit leechpit.com for more information. CR
The eighth annual Stars of Magic Show takes place this weekend. Stage magicians and illusionists perform their wizardry today, and a hypnotist demonstrates the power of the mind on Saturday. I'd bet these talented conjurers have a few tricks up their sleeves that are well worth the $5 admission. Plus, a portion of all proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross. Shows are at 3 p.m. today and 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday at Mr. Biggs Family Fun Center (5825 Mark Dabling Blvd.). For more information, visit mrbiggsffc.com or call 955-7220. CR
Sheryl Crow and John Mayer are playing Red Rocks Amphitheatre (18300 W. Alameda Pkwy.) together tonight and tomorrow, and I wondered, is it because they have similar musical styles, or because they're both so damn pretty? Will this concert cut the musical mustard? After all, man cannot climb the stairway to heaven through good looks alone. Then I saw a recent Washington Post article titled, "Mayer gets by on his looks, but Crow transcends hers" and that cinched it for me. As long as somebody's going to transcend their flawless face ... Crow and Mayer are trading the headliner spot each night, but expect each to play for well over an hour. Tickets range from $49.50 to $69.50 and are available at ticketmaster.com. TD
What hasn't Roald Dahl done for us? The guy's probably a close second to Shakespeare with TV, movie and stage adaptations that have brightened the lives of millions of children and adults. Revisit one of Dahl's greats: James and the Giant Peach at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities (6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada). Join young Mr. Trotter on his adventure with Old Grasshopper, Ladybug, Centipede Spider and Earthworm. The play opens today at noon and runs through Nov. 10. Tickets cost $8. Call 720/898-7200 or visit arvadacenter.org for showtimes and more. MS
Can a mustachioed man make it big while wearing grandma's ballroom dancing clothes? Somehow, while donning polka-dotted, shoulder-padded jackets, Swami Beyondananda has written four books and recorded a couple DVDs, including the new Swami for Precedent. Catch the author, humorist and workshop leader internationally known for his uplifting messages at 7 at All Souls Unitarian Church (730 N. Tejon St.). Tickets are $12-$15, with discounts available; call 636-3637.
Or, if you're feeling more, shall we say, cynical, travel south about nine blocks to the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) for George Carlin. See if the walls shake or carpet peels upon Carlin spouting some of the vitriol that's made him the No. 2 rated stand-up comic ever, according to Comedy Central. Tickets are $41.75, available at ticketswest.com. KW
This week's 7 Days contributors: Travis Duncan, Chrissy Roller, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.