Boston singer-songwriter Martin Sexton is no relation to Charlie or Will, but he is the brother of folk singer Colleen, as well as the author of a song called "Women and Wine," which is also the name of a Martin Sexton tribute band that played Boulder's b.side lounge last December. OK, now that that's out of the way, why should you go see him? Well, for one thing, he does a pretty soulful solo rendition of Prince's "Purple Rain," which survives the transition to an acoustic setting better than "When Doves Cry" or "1999" would. Also, his songwriting and expressive baritone vocals are way better than John Mayer's, though not quite as good as the late John Martyn's. Catch him at 8 tonight up at the Boulder Theater (2032 14th St. in, um, Boulder) with Chris Trapper opening. Tickets for the 18-plus show are $29.50; call 303/786-7030 for more. BF
Unless you're a regular follower of the Colorado Springs Chorale, you probably don't know much about the 130-member, all-volunteer local group, which has been around since 1956 making it Colorado's oldest continuously performing community chorus. The Chorale's range is impressive, and that will show at 8 tonight in its "A Breath of Spring" concert at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.), with familiar classical selections as well as jazz and Broadway renditions by Lila Mori of The Broadmoor. Tickets are $16 to $49 at ticketswest.com or 520-7469, with all proceeds going to Partners in Housing, which provides services to help families transition from homelessness. RR
When these write-ups you're reading were being assigned, I misheard and thought I volunteered to write about "Tentacle Research on Pikes Peak." Turns out I actually volunteered to write about "Botanical Research on Pikes Peak," this month's second installment in the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce's series of historic speakers. No tentacles, but if you're looking for some free botanical enlightenment, compliments of Ed and Nancy Bathke at 3 today, head to the Community Congregational Church (103 Pawnee Ave., Manitou Springs) and get your Alpine plant on. Call 685-5089 for more. RC
The Academy Is ... surely wants to nail its Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.) show tonight. Not just out of pride, or respect for its fans, or continued enthusiasm for playing songs from acclaimed '08 release Fast Times at Barrington High. No, you'd have to think the biggest motivator is that in just four days, The Academy Is ... will share concert billing with Rick Astley. Before they represent the pop-punk persuasion at Pepsi Fest 2009 in Santiago, Chile which will also feature KISS, Sonic Youth and Chris Cornell (!) see the fashion-forward young men pick up momentum with an acoustic set in the Springs. Doors open at 7:30; for a $10 all-ages ticket ($12 at the door), call 800/965-4827 or visit sodajerkpresents.com. KW
Call me nave, but I thought I could pique your interest in this week's Pinocchio film with a little joke. Wow, was I wrong. After a quick Googling (Pornocchio anyone?), it's evident all such humor is unfit for print. So just insert your own joke here, then head to Le Avventure di Pinocchio at 6:30 tonight in CC's Elbert House (1138 N. Cascade Ave.). This live-action Italian film for children and adults first aired as a six-part miniseries in Europe, and will be shown here in two subtitled 150-minute parts, with the first today and the second on March 26. For more on this free event, call 389-6607 or visit coloradocollege.edu. JT
Anyone who has had the pleasure of making multiple trips up to DIA weathering isolated Donner Party-style blizzards, no less knows it's about as fun as any long, boring car ride. A visit to the Denver Art Museum may be the same for the art-fearful. Start said visitors with a music poster collection from the turn-on-tune-in-drop-out era: The Psychedelic Experience: Rock Posters from the San Francisco Bay Area, 1965-71 at the Denver Art Museum (100 W. 14th Avenue Pkwy., Denver). Psychedelic opened on Saturday, closes July 19 and costs $7 to $15. For more, call 720/865-5000 or visit denverartmuseum.org; you'll see it's worth the ride. EA
This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Rhiannon Conley, Bill Forman, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.