Now that football season is well underway, fans may be familiar with the various injuries players tend to suffer from, many that can end a season. Yes, football hurts, and Jim Jackson will reveal the institutionalized violence and intensity of the sport in his production of Hut! at the Manitou Art Theatre (1367 Pecan St.). To start off the theater company's Encores series, the one-man play, which also touches on coping with mental illness, will begin at 7 tonight and run through Nov. 23. Flex 10-ticket passes and season subscriptions are still available; otherwise, all tickets are $18. Call 685-4729 or visit themat.org for show times and more. EAA
Listen to Alfredo Muro's latest solo album, Alma Brasileira, Volume 2, and it becomes clear that he has both the technical skill to show off and the sensitivity not to. (OK, his version of the bossa nova classic, "Manh de Carnaval," does include some bent harmonics, but still ...) The Peruvian-born guitarist instead emphasizes the beauty of his repertoire and arrangements. And an eclectic repertoire it is, from renditions of Astor Piazzolla tangos to Bach, Beatles and Baden Powell (plus the obligatory "Girl From Ipanema" along the way). The Portland, Ore.-based virtuoso will be accompanied by local guitarists Jim Bosse, Rudy Melena and Mike Zimmerman at 7:30 this evening at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (730 N. Tejon St.). Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for seniors and Colorado Springs Guitar Society members, and $15 for everyone else. Call 275-3840. BF
Winter is creeping up on us, and for sports enthusiasts who love snow, it's time to bust out the boards and skis. That means it's also time for the 59th annual Warren Miller ski-film tour. This year's film, Children of Winter, will play at 6:30 and 9:30 tonight, and 6 and 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.), as well as 4 and 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at Pueblo's Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave.). Celebrity guests in the film include Stefan Lessard of the Dave Matthews Band and Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies, while footage captured in Japan, British Columbia, Alaska, Austria and Iceland will join that shot on several Colorado mountains. Tickets are $17.50 at ticketswest.com. EAA
Start the day off with gratitude at 10 a.m. at the 2008 Veterans Day Parade downtown (csvetsparade.org). Next, shift to art appreciation at the One-Day Fine Art Auction sometime between noon and 6 p.m. (doors open at 9 a.m.) at the Norris-Penrose Event Center (1045 W. Rio Grande St.), which features more than 400 lots for all types of collectors (bestofthewestauctions.com). Lastly, shift to gastronomic appreciation from either noon to 4:30 or 5:30 to 10 p.m. at the All Colorado Beer Festival (allcoloradobeerfestival.org) inside Mr. Biggs Event Center (5825 Mark Dabling Blvd.). The event also runs 5:30 to 10 Friday, featuring more than 70 beers. Tickets are $25 to $30. MS
To do our part in promoting gender equality, today we're recommending two options: the Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival and 12 Angry Men, a performance by the Air Force Academy Bluebards. The film festival runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., topping off the three-day celebration of women and film that began Friday night. Passes are $25 to $35 for the day's events at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.) and Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave.). Call 634-5583 or visit rmwfilmfest.org for more. Alternatively, at 2 p.m., see 12 Angry Men, a courtroom drama about 12 jurors struggling to decide the fate of a boy accused of murder. The Bluebards will present the play at Arnold Hall (2302 Cadet Drive). Tickets are $5-$10, or free to cadets. The play also runs at 7 p.m., Nov. 7, 8, 14 and 15. JT
Most every day is a postcard-perfect day around Colorado, and that's something you forget about living here. Ever wonder what someone from India or Finland thinks about when they get a postcard of the Kissing Camels or Alferd Packer? Aren't we a sensitive bunch o' cannibals! Make that framed gunslingers, that's better. Get reacquainted with our state history tonight at 6 through "A Postcard Tour of Colorado," at the Colorado Springs Masonic Hall (1150 Panorama Drive). The presentation is free with the purchase of a $13 dinner. Reserve a seat by Nov. 7. For more, call 473-0330. EA
Anybody who has explored the local art scene would have to know about Laura Reilly, a longtime local who's become more prominent since embracingart full-time in the late 1990s. Her impressionist work is easily identifiable, depicting landscapes and life scenes, many of which are familiar to those who live here and visit her Old Colorado City gallery. In recent years, Reilly has become especially attracted to Red Rock Canyon, and she will talk about those feelings and their influence on her work at "Painting Red Rock Canyon," from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Old Colorado City History Center (1 S. 24th St.), sponsored by Friends of Red Rock Canyon. For more, call 636-1225. RR
Don't have a cow, man ... but you should know that at 7 tonight, Nancy Cartwright, the voice behind Bart Simpson, will be at CC's Armstrong Theatre (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.). A tour of nancycartwright.com shows just how much more there is to Cartwright's career than My Life as a 10-Year-Old Boy (the name of her book and performance this evening). One page shows nearly 30 characters she plays, including Ralph Wiggum and Nelson Muntz from The Simpsons, Chuckie from Rugrats and Daffney from The Snorks. Cartwright will share what life as a voice-actor is all about, and address "how to fulfill one's aspirations and dreams." Let's hope that includes tips on making good prank-calls to local taverns. Tickets are $10; call 389-6607. MS
This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Elizabeth Anderson (EAA), Bill Forman, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper and Jill Thomas.
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