Listen to live jazz, check out some art and get freakin' sloshed. Sounds like a good time to us. See for yourself at 6 tonight, when the RedNote Jazz and Wine Fest kicks off its three-day fiesta. Taking place at the Smokebrush Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.), the festival promises 18 local jazz groups for audiences, including Brad Bietry, Brad Eastin, Eddie Jones, Alan Joseph, Kevin Patterson, Ricky Sweum, John Flores and Brenda Miles. Tickets are $15 at the door (discount coupons were available in previous issues of the Indy); for more information, call 302-4241 or visit smokemuse.com. PF
Look at some of the past performers in Sam Shepard's True West: Tommy Lee Jones, Peter Boyle, Gary Sinise, John Malkovich, Jim Belushi, Gary Cole, Erik Estrada, Randy Quaid, Dennis Quaid, Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly. Now, we're not saying the actors in tonight's performance (the first of 10 dates being played through Feb. 11) will be of that caliber, but who knows? Head over to the Lon Chaney Theatre at the Colorado Springs City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St.) at 8, and maybe you'll catch the next great Quaid. Tickets are $12 to $15; call 573-7411 or visit starbarplayers.org for information. PF
Bib alert: The Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area, the local chapter of an international service organization devoted to improving the status of women worldwide, is bringing together 20 top area chefs and more than 500 well-dressed people for its first-ever Glass Slipper Ball. The $75 ticket to the Colorado Springs Sheraton (2886 S. Circle Drive) will get you high-end hors d'oeuvres and desserts, a dancing exhibition by Dance Colorado and the music of Gentle Rain. There'll be a silent auction, too, generating even more proceeds for Zonta, TESSA and other local organizations. For a ticket, call 264-9087; for info about the event, visit glassslipperball.com. KW
Enjoy the letter "D," Sesame Street-style, today at Dessert, Dance and Dreams at the Ballet Society of Colorado Springs (4005 Lee Vance View, Suite 100). The 2:30 ballet event, paired with dessert afterwards, follows up on last night's 7:30 show of the same format. Both performances by the Colorado Springs Dance Theatre feature excerpts from Swan Lake's Act II and Cinderella's Act I by local award-winning dancers Angela Wood and Hillary MacPhee and dancers from the Ballet Society and the Colorado Classical Youth Ballet. Tickets cost between $10 and $25; call 272-7078 or visit csdance.org for more. MS
Have you resolved this year to get yourself some culture? Or to finally corral that overwhelmingly fast-growing wealth of yours? In one stop just north of downtown, you can do either, or both. Plantera Group (731 N. Weber St.), an independent financial consulting organization, just opened another one of its art shows. A Man's Perspective features the colorful and diverse work of Chris Fiedler, Michael Pointer and Ray Shaw. Stop in today, or anytime through April 28, during business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 8 to 2 Friday), for free. Attending Friday night's tasty food-and-drink-accented opening will cost you $20 though it goes to a nonprofit, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, for yet another resolution-made-good. Call 886-0456 for more. KW
Listen up, wearers of "We Are Not Alone" T-shirts and perusers of David Duchovny fan sites: The UFO Institute, Colorado Springs Chapter (which previously scanned the skies from 1993 to '99), is reuniting to find the truth at 7 tonight at Penrose Library (20 N. Cascade Ave.). This kickoff meeting will feature a slide show, photographs and discussions ranging from Roswell to recent space shuttle film footage. Regular meetings will continue at 7 on the third Tuesday of each month at the Police Operations Center (705 S. Nevada Ave.) ... not because the cops are helping look for ALF, but because they offer a community space. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more. MS
If I remember correctly, the first time I heard the phrase, "My way or the highway," there were knuckles nearly touching my nose, and they weren't mine. Clich bully. Anyhoo, CC President Dick Celeste will present "The U.S. View of Human Rights: My Way or the Highway" at 7 tonight as part of the American Civil Liberties Union forum in CC's Gaylord Hall (902 N. Cascade Ave.). Celeste, the one-time U.S. ambassador to India and Peace Corps director, is not expected to wave any fists during his speech or the following discussion. Call 389-6607 for more on the free event. MS
This week's 7 Days contributors: Pete Freedman, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.