Historical novelist David Anthony Durham seems to be enjoying his new gig as the McLean Distinguished Visiting Writer-in-Residence at Colorado College. The name of the gig seems to be striking a chord with him, at least. This much we know for sure, thanks to a posting about it at davidanthonydurham.com/blog. "Very nice title," he writes. We concur. Durham, whose authored works include Gabriel's Story, Walk Through Darkness and Pride of Carthage, will be on hand at 7 tonight for a reading of his works and a question-and-answer session at CC's McHugh Commons (1090 N. Cascade Ave.). For more information about this free event, call 389-6607. PF
There's only one place to get fine wine, gourmet appetizers and used clothing all in one trip. Go elegant "swap-shopping" at the fourth annual Repeat Boutique. Bring your unwanted women's clothing, accessories and a $10 minimum donation, then swap till you drop from 3:30 to 6:30 tonight and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, at the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado (315 E. Costilla St.). The event is BYOSB (Bring Your Own Shopping Bags, not Bring Your Own Space Beef). All proceeds support the Catamount Institute's mission to inspire ecological stewardship. Call 471-0910 ext. 102 for more information. TD
Whether it was a marriage or a horse race that started the whole crazy mess known as Oktoberfest, it won't matter much once you step over the bierleichen to tap the Rockies. The ninth annual Rocky Mountain Oktoberfest takes place from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Woodland Park's Kavanaugh Field (West Street, off U.S. Highway 24) today, and you needn't be bashful about attending. In fact, there are multiple reasons you should: It's important you brush up on your German; a man wearing lederhosen has never held your legs for a keg stand; whatever. Invent a reason for inebriation, just like those clever Germans did so many years ago. Get your brats, kraut and three kinds of beer from Bristol Brewery. Call 687-9885 for more information or visit woodlandparkchamber.com. TD
If I got to interview the Dalai Lama, I'd start out with, "Why does your translated name mean "Ocean Guru'?" Most likely, I'll never get to ask. Maybe in the next incarnation. Lonely Planet backpacker-turned-filmmaker Rick Ray got to ask him 10 whole questions, such as, "Why do the poor often seem happier than the rich?" and "Must a society lose its traditions in order to move into the future?" You can find out the answers at the screening of his full-length documentary, 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama, at 4 p.m. today at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe. Ave., Pueblo). Tickets cost $4-$5 and are available at 719/295-7200. TD
Well, even though you're effectively three days behind the times, it wouldn't be an altogether bad idea to visit the Weber Street Works of Art exhibit at the Plantera Group (731 N. Weber St.) sometime between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. today. You see, your friends probably went to the opening reception back on Friday night, from 5 to 8; they spent $20 and enjoyed drinks and gourmet treats to benefit The Business of Art Center. But since you're a shameful procrastinator, here you are, all alone on a Monday trying to play catch-up. At least there are the fine artworks of Alison Smith, Davoth and CJ Hendrickson to console you. Call 886-0456 for more information. MS
Find out the real scoop on prison privatization tonight at a community-wide symposium, "Jails Are Full! Now What?" at the Victory Outreach Center (2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave.) from 5:30 to 9. The free event features keynote grassroots activist Si Kahn, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, state Rep. Buffie McFadyen and a handful of other state, county and local officials. Panel members will discuss startling statistics: for instance, Colorado has seen a 604 percent prison population increase since 1980, alongside a 59 percent state population increase. Find out more on the hundreds of millions of dollars aimed at creating more prison beds. Call 440-1983 for more information. MS
It's tough not to find Toby Keith at least somewhat endearing. Look at some of his song titles: "Beer for My Horses," "I Love This Bar," "Whiskey Girl" (We're stopping here, but only because of space concerns there are plenty more, trust us.) He's like that relative who happily drinks too much at family functions, only he's sponsored by the Ford Motor Company, who'll be bringing him to Red Rocks Amphitheatre (18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison) tonight with Lindsey Haun for his Hookin' Up and Hangin' Out Tour. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show range from $53.25 to $73.25 at ticketmaster.com. PF
This week's 7 Days contributors: Travis Duncan, Pete Freedman and Matthew Schniper.