It makes sense that a band with a hodgepodge name like Euforquestra would assemble a random collage of music styles, like reggae, bluegrass, samba, Afro-Cuban and more. The only thing that doesn't make sense about such a band is that they're from Iowa I guess that's what comprises the "barnyard funk" part of their press release. Oh, well, I'm over it, and now I've made enemies with Iowans. Super. Go partake in the jam fusion at 7 tonight at the Business of Art Center (515 Manitou Ave.). Tickets cost between $12 (for KRCC and BAC members) and $16 and are available at KRCC (912 N. Weber St.) or online at ticketweb.com. Call 473-4801 for more. MS
By now, you've almost certainly seen OKGO's "Here It Goes Again" music video if not on television, then on YouTube, where it's been watched more than 11.5 million times. But have you seen fingerstyle guitarist Andy McKee's clip of his song "Drifting"? Almost 2.5 million YouTubers have, checking out McKee's lightning-quick plucking and fretting. And while those aren't not exactly OKGO numbers, they're impressive nonetheless. See him live at 7 tonight when he appears at Jack Quinn's Pub (21 S. Tejon St.) for his second consecutive performance in the Springs. (Last night, he played Southside Johnny's.) For more information, call 385-0766. PF
Let's face it: It's exhausting, being a nature-saving, extreme-sporting, world-traveling person. Not to mention dangerous, expensive and time-consuming. The alternative? An evening enjoying films that document the achievements of some truly hardcore outdoor enthusiasts. Mountain Chalet again hosts the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour at 7 tonight. The screening features some of the most unique and inspiring films submitted to the Canadian festival this year. Ditch the SUV and head to the Benet Hill Auditorium (2577 N. Chelton Road). Tickets are $10 and all proceeds go to the Rocky Mountain Field Institute. Call 633-0732 for ticket information. CS
Join Thomas Wilson and the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale and The Chamber Orchestra of the Springs at 2:30 today at the First Christian Church (16 E. Platte Ave.) for John Rutter's Mass of the Children and Felix Mendelssohn's Sinfonia No. 8 in D Major. Or, head to the Broadmoor Community Church (315 Lake Ave.) instead at 8 p.m. Saturday for the same performance. (Well, not exactly the same ... I suppose someone could sneeze or something.) Tickets for each show are $8 to $15 and are available at 633-3649 or at the door. Call 332-5462 for more. MS
It's almost shocking, after reading her bio, to learn that Magdalen Hsu-Li has never appeared on an MTV reality show: She's a bisexual Asian-American feminist, motivational speaker and musician, who performs everything from jazz to punk. Basically, she's the everywoman. And you can see her perform her songs and motivational speeches from 7 to 8:30 tonight in the Student Commons of Pikes Peak Community College's Downtown Studio Campus (100 W. Pikes Peak Ave.). The event is free to attend; for more information call Megan Boyle at 502-2091 or visit magdalenhsuli.com. PF
So many people came to the last one of these, organizers had to turn some away. With that in mind, get there early if you're interested in having your say at tonight's Forests Plan Revision collaboration workshop. Representatives of the Pike and San Isabel national forests will bring enough maps, displays and small-group facilitators to help everyone discuss what's great about our national forests, and what should be changed. The workshop begins at 5:30 and runs to 9, and it all takes place in the Grand Ballroom of the Doubletree Hotel World Arena (1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.). Call 553-1400 or visit fs.fed.us for more. KW
The Jim Henson Foundation exists exclusively to support the art of puppetry in the United States. Hmmm, you say. Impressive focus. Well, the same could be said for Joe Cashore, whose career spans 30 years of puppet-making and manipulation. Thirty years! Tonight, see the Henson Foundation grant recipient and real-life master of puppets at Manitou Art Theater (515 Manitou Ave.). His puppet show, Marionettes and Chocolate, is recommended for ages 8 and up; the "mouthwatering selection of outlandish desserts," to which your $25 ticket will grant you access, is recommended for anyone who's not allergic. Visit themat.org or call 685-4729 for tickets or more info. KW
This week's 7 Days contributors: Pete Freedman, Matthew Schniper, Colin Stroud and Kirk Woundy.