Incidents of eyes catching fire have greatly decreased, thanks to ongoing advances in Lasik surgery. But that in no way diminishes the relevance of Eyes Caught Fire, who have been Colorado Springs' answer to Bjrk, the Cocteau Twins and Radiohead since 2001. The visually arresting quintet will join Me and Julio (the local Latin pop duo as opposed to, you know, me and some other guy named Julio) in a free 6 p.m. performance at Studio Bee, which is located behind the door marked "Studio Bee" at the north end of the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.). Learn more at pikespeakcenter.com/showcaseatstudiobee. BF
This has to be painful for the countless fans of the Denver Broncos, especially those smart enough to know that one deficiency in 2008 was caused by the departure, after 15 seasons, of dependable Denver placekicker Jason Elam to the Atlanta Falcons. Yet Elam remains a huge, revered figure to Bronco Nation, so it makes sense that he returns to promote his second novel, Blown Coverage, which brings the subject of terrorism into the world of pro football. Elam and co-author Steve Yohn will sign copies of the book at 12:30 p.m. today at Focus on the Family Bookstore (8685 Explorer Drive). For more, go to rileycovington.com. RR
Do you believe in magic? Fountain-raised illusionist Garry Carson and his wife and partner, Kelsey Kara, have created believers worldwide. At 7 tonight, they'll enchant audience members at Colorado College's Armstrong Theatre (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.). The duo is known for giving classic illusions modern and surprising twists. Saw a woman in half? That's old hat. Now, stand her up, slice her in two, and put her back together in full view? Yes, you will believe. Tickets are $10 and available at the Worner Campus Center (902 N. Cascade Ave.), or online at ticketswest.com. RC
It's a theater day today. First up, Midsummer in Midwinter at 2:30 in the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.). This show pairs the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and Ballet Society of Colorado Springs, as well as Mendelssohn's score and the Bard's play, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Tickets, $7 to $13, are available at 520-SHOW (7469); visit csphilharmonic.org for more. Next, Forbidden Broadway: 25th Anniversary Tour at 5 at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo). This show, put on by a touring unit of New York's longest-running musical comedy revue, aims at everything from Avenue Q to Wicked and Mamma Mia!. Tickets, $25, are available at 719/295-7222; visit sdc-arts.org for more. MS
As the Bush administration sped toward the Iraq war, Army Col. Ann Wright was one of the intelligence, military and diplomatic personnel who resigned in protest. Her book, Dissent: Voices of Conscience, tells her story and the stories of others who dared to speak out, leak information, or risk careers to stop the action. She'll discuss and sign the book at 6:30 tonight, free, at Poor Richard's Bookstore (320 N. Tejon St.). If you can't see her tonight, try the Party for Peace dinner from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 24 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (2021 W. Pikes Peak Ave.), where she'll be the featured speaker, or the "Up Close and Personal Luncheon" at 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 25 at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (730 N. Tejon St.). Dinner tickets are $20 to $25, and tickets for the luncheon fundraiser are $50. To learn more, call 632-6189 or visit ppjpc.org. JT
Probably the most extraordinary way to spend your lunch break today: hearing one of your neighbors speak about his memories of the Holocaust. Local resident Herman A. White was just a kid when the Nazis started rounding up Jews in Germany. He escaped to Budapest, but lost six members of his family. The Colorado Springs Senior Center (1514 N. Hancock Ave.) gives the community a chance to hear his story (and to see a video) from 10:30 to noon. The event is free, save for your investment of emotion, and you can find out more by calling 576-1814. KW
Nine trillion cubic feet of natural gas reportedly lie under the surface of the Roan Plateau, off of Interstate 70 in the northwestern part of the state. Above ground, the Roan qualifies as one of the state's many beautiful and ecologically unique destinations. Intense argument ensues. For an in-depth look at the drilling-vs.-protection debate, CC is hosting "Colorado's Roan Plateau: Can We Balance Energy and Wildlife?" at 7 tonight at the Gates Common Room (1025 N. Cascade Ave.). Representatives from the state's Bureau of Land Management and Department of Natural Resources will share their proposals and perspectives on the future of the plateau. Call 389-6607 or visit coloradocollege.edu for more on this free event. EA
This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Rhiannon Conley, Bill Forman, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.