The Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.) has been killing it lately with all the hip-hop shows it's been booking. Last week, the venue hosted Dead Prez, and in a few more weeks, it'll welcome the legendary Slick Rick (with a full band?!?!). At 8 tonight, we'll be checking out Clipse, the Virginia Beach, Va., duo whose 2006 album, Hell Hath No Fury, found itself near the top of nearly every year-end critics' poll, thanks to slick tracks like "Wamp Wamp (What It Do)" and "Mr. Me Too." Tickets are $25 at ticketweb.com or at the door. PF
Nocturnal Mockery 5 is upon us, and you'd be severely artistically negligent to miss it. Cedars Jazz Club (3125 Sinton Road) hosts the work of dozens of area artists, including Ikon, Adept and Jason Herzog, and backs them up with body painters, musical guests and Springs b-boy crew Soul Mechanics. Stop in between 5 and midnight tonight; noon and midnight tomorrow; or noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. E-mail email@example.com for more.
Also of note, at 8 p.m.: Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, which the Star Bar Players are putting on at the Lon Chaney Theatre (221 E. Kiowa St.). It involves Southern bridesmaids, sarcasm and a touch of wackiness, but all you really need to know is that it's a product of Alan Ball, "Six Feet Under" creator and American Beauty writer and co-producer. Tickets are $15, with senior and military discounts available; call 573-7411 or visit starbarplayers.org for details and a full schedule. KW
Dinner, dancing, a Texas Hold 'Em tournament. No, it's not another night in Vegas. It's all part of the 2007 S-CAP Red Ribbon Ball at the Antlers Hilton (4 S. Cascade Ave.). The best part? The proceeds will benefit S-CAP (Southern Colorado AIDS Project) and its mission to support Southern Coloradans affected by AIDS. Tickets start at $100 and reservations are required for the event, which starts at 5:30 tonight. Guest Speaker Dr. Neal Baer (executive producer of "Law & Order: SVU") will talk about his experiences with AIDS and TV. Visit s-cap.org or call 578-9092 for reservations and information. CS
Some say a writer becomes a writer when he or she resolves to write even when not feeling like it. So, if the Pulitzer Prize she won for 2001's Topdog/Underdog left any doubts, Suzan-Lori Parks established herself as a writer when she wrote a play a day through all of 2003. At 2 this afternoon, and again at 3:30, the First Strike Theatre will put on a week's worth of those shorts at the Penrose Public Library (20 N. Cascade Ave.). Parents, be warned: There are some adult situations and language. But don't hold it against Parks; you'd be a bit loose-lipped, too, if you had to be on your game 365 days in a row. Both performances, co-sponsored by the Pikes Peak Arts Council are free; call 531-6333 for more. KW
I used to have a teddy bear named Rain. And also one named Teddy. They never came to life, and they certainly weren't suspected terrorists. They sucked. Memoirist Clifford Chase's teddy-bear experiences must've been similar to mine, because he had to turn to fiction to write his debut novel, Winkie, about a family's teddy bear that comes to life and gets nabbed by the fuzz (and charged with 9,678 crimes). Hear Chase read his over-the-top satire, discuss it and sign copies of it at 6:30 tonight at Colorado College's Gaylord Hall (902 N. Cascade Ave.), and do it all for free. Call 389-6607 for information. PF
How's this for magic: David Copperfield will perform two shows in one night! (Cue "The Final Countdown," by Europe.) No wait (cut the music) that's just capitalism at work. Never mind. But seriously, who wouldn't want to see the man who foiled would-be robbers last year with a sleight-of-hand trick (endangering his and his entourage's lives for a wad of cash), live at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.)? He'll be doing his "How'd he do that?" bits at 5:30 and 8:30. Tickets cost between $28.75 and $46.75 and are available through ticketswest.com. MS
Most big-time blues artists have sweet nicknames like "Fats," "Big Eyes" and "Cubicle Worker." But guitarist Bob Margolin gets by with "Steady Rollin'." And no one's going to mess with him he won the 2005 Blues Music Award for "Guitarist of the Year" and toured with Muddy Waters for seven years in the '70s. He's stopping by Merlinos' Belvedere (1330 Elm Ave., Cañon City) at 7:30 tonight for a three-hour set. Tickets are $15 to $20. Call 719/275-5558 for info. And if you can't make it tonight, catch him at Jimbo's Take 2 (2427 N. Union Blvd.) at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, for $20 to $25. Call 244-1601 for more. PF
This week's 7 Days contributors: Pete Freedman, Matthew Schniper, Colin Stroud and Kirk Woundy.