When H.G. Bissinger wrote Friday Night Lights almost 20 years ago, his snapshot of West Texas high-school football ascended to the top of the New York Times bestseller list. A TV series and full-length feature film followed. While Jim Jackson surely wouldn't mind some such spoils to come of HUT!, his main goal remains as unchanging as the West Texas landscape: to make you laugh. Find out what small-town Colorado football, circa 1971, looks like "through the eyes of a reluctant defensive end" at 8 tonight, tomorrow or Saturday, or at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for the Manitou Art Theater performances at Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave.) are $15, available at themat.org or by calling 685-4729. KW
So, Bob and Tom are the morning radio jocks for the local classic rock station, 98.1 KKFM. But it's not exactly an exclusive deal the guys air their show in well more than a hundred cities and in more than 40 states. Now that this bubble's been burst, we could probably use some cheering up, right? Enter Bob and Tom, again, presenting ... The Bob and Tom All-Stars Comedy Tour with Sean Morey, Tim Wilson, Tim Bedore, Auggie Smith and Donnie Baker & The Pork Pistols. It's all going down at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) at 7:30 tonight. Tickets are $28.50; visit ticketswest.com. PF
Rejoice! It's St. Patrick's Day. Pinch me for not wearing green, and I'll put the smackdown on ya. But aside from school games, there's lots to check out around town today: the 5K downtown run at 10 a.m., the Leprechaun Fun Run at 11 at Acacia Park, the 24th annual St. Pat's Parade at noon on Tejon Street (635-8803), the Catholic Charities Gala at the DoubleTree Hotel at 6 p.m. ($75, 866-6422), and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic's St. Paddy's Day Salute at 8 at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.). Tickets to hear soprano Judeth Shay Burns, tenor Brian Stinar and bagpiper Sam Swancutt performing traditional Irish and Scottish favorites cost between $12 and $50; visit ticketswest.com or call 520-7469. MS
Nothing says "tough guy" like a Chef de Cuisine trophy. Really, you can only win one by competing in an "Iron Chef"-style cook off. That's pure fire, sweat and brains (as in smarts, not ingredients). Catch the skillet skills while sampling treats from 40 restaurants, as well as wine and beer, from noon to 3 today at the 11th annual Restaurant Expo and Culinary Arts Show at the Broadmoor Hotel's Colorado Hall (1 Lake Ave.). Tickets, which benefit the Memorial Health System Foundation and the Colorado Pro- Start program, cost $37.50 at the door or online at coloradoeats.com. Visit ppcra.org for more. MS
Forget King Arthur and Excalibur. Let's talk about some guy with a fishing pole named Chuck. Together he and some fishery biologists and fellow "fisherpeople" will form The Angler Roundtable, and they're looking for more knights. Join them at the Division of Wildlife Office (4255 Sinton Rd.) at 7 tonight for a discussion with state scientists and other anglers about everything relating to the upcoming fishing season. Experts will highlight this year's best fishing spots and discuss stocking plans, regulation issues and other topics of interest for anglers. Call Michael at 227-5211 for additional information. CS
A couple of ambient-yet-heavy stoner rock bands will be playing The Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.) at 9 tonight: The Sword and Priestbird (plus openers Year Long Disaster ). The Sword's the headlining act, but we're going to be looking forward to Priestbird's set. The members recently changed their name from Tarantula A.D. because, they say, their name should change as their sound does. Whatever. Here's what you do need to know: This three-piece act manages to balance lush ambience and heavy riffs just right. The lyrics aren't so mind-blowing but does it matter when your mind's already blown? Tickets are $10 at the door or at ticketweb.com. PF
Stevie Wonder changed music with his Innervisions album. Wonder lived up to his name by changing the world he couldn't see into music he could hear. But if you prefer visual art to music, like me, then maybe Inner Visions will be your best bet to view those mysterious images lurking in all of us. Attend the free, local multimedia exhibit featuring Tim Davis, Nick Ordahl and Pat Dagnon, which runs through April 18, at Pikes Peak Community College's Downtown Campus (100 W. Pikes Peak Ave.) The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday. For more information, call 502-4040. EA
This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Pete Freedman, Matthew Schniper, Colin Stroud and Kirk Woundy.