Ever since not reading or watching Left Behind, I keep thinkin' about all that I'd leave behind if I vanished in the rapture tomorrow: unpaid bills, reality TV, Texas ... the more I ponder it, the more I say, "Get me the hell out of here." Anyway, if you want to meet the authors of Left Behind, Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, head to Barnes & Noble Booksellers (1565 Briargate Blvd.) at 7 tonight, when they'll be discussing and signing their new book, John's Story: The Last Eyewitness. The book's tagline is: "Before there was a legacy that could be left behind, there was Jesus." Need I say more? Call 266-9960 for more information. MS
Today's the first of December, the start of a joyous month for many. But all of us would benefit from taking some time today to think about those at the other end of the spectrum, who have lost their lives, or someone they love, to HIV/AIDS. To recognize Worlds AIDS Day, the Southern Colorado AIDS Project is hosting the public at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (730 N. Tejon St.), starting at 6 p.m. There will be a reading of survivors' and victims' names, as well as a candlelight vigil in conjunction with similar vigils around the world. For information, visit s-cap.org. KW
Have you ever noticed that the movies with the best John Williams soundtracks revolve around really polite aliens? The Colorado Springs Philharmonic will present the music of John Williams at the Pikes Peak Center (190 Cascade Ave.) at 8 tonight. Sit back, close your eyes and listen to the soundtracks to Star Wars, E.T. , Superman, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and a few others. The Children's Chorale will be there to sing songs from Home Alone, because that would be incredibly cute. Tickets start at $12. Call 520-SHOW (7469) or visit pikespeakcenter.org for more information. SK
Ever been roaming bleak-eyed around Home Depot, trying to figure out how to give your house that cottage look your wife keeps talking about? Why not take notes at the 12th annual Holiday Bed & Breakfast Tour across town today from 2 to 6 p.m.? There'll be wagonloads of Victorian charm you can pilfer from. Think lace, flower boxes and creepy black and white photographs. Tickets, which cost $10 in advance and $15 at the door, benefit and are available at the Old Colorado City Historical Society (1 S. 24th St.) and participating B&Bs. Visithistorytour.info or call 473-8684 for more information. MS
I ran away just once as a kid. From what I remember, that death-defying trip took me to the neighborhood variety store for some Now and Laters. So when I hear about Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, I give the kid credit: After a gum accident and bad reviews in art class, our hero targets Australia as his destination. That's bold. The Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration and New York City's Theaterworks USA bring you his story at 7 tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.). Call 520-SHOW (7469) or visit pikespeakcenter.org for $8 to $15 tickets, or try 597-3344 for more information. KW
Spend your Tuesday night feeling smug about living in Colorado with John Fielder, who will be doing a slide show of his latest book, Do You See What I See? The nature photographer will be at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (730 N. Tejon St.) from 7 to 9, showing off pretty pictures and selling some of his books. Some of the book proceeds go straight to the Pikes Peak Chapter of the Sierra Club, which will use the money to make sure moustache-twirling polluters do not blow up the Rocky Mountains for fun and profit. Admission is free. For more information call 481-0085. SK
Big fan of the wild, wild West? (No, not the Will Smith movie.) Well mosey on down to the Pioneers Museum (215 S. Tejon St.) and check out the exhibit on Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West. Should be a good time especially if you're into lithography. (Who isn't?) See the authentic posters used to advertise Cody's traveling shows, which featured era favorites like Annie Oakley and her sharp-shooting ways. The exhibit's been on display since October and will stay up through Jan. 27. The museum's hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. For information, call 385-5990 or visit cspm.org. PF
This week's 7 Days contributors: Pete Freedman, Steve Kline, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.