275 teams, 3025 players, 5 days ... that's a lot of sweaty soccer socks. I'd hate to be doing the laundry at the 25th annual Pikes Peak Invitational Soccer Tournament this week. The top teams from the United States, Canada and Europe fight tooth and nail for the winning slot at the U.S. Air Force Academy Soccer Complex, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day until July 2. Admission is free. Call 590-9977 for more information.
What can be said about Terry Allen? He's bizarre, irreverent, artistic and blunt. He's a sculptor, a painter, a video technician, a musician. He points out hypocrisy and enlightens through humor. His Texas rock makes you think. The Sugar Hill recording artist performs with the Texas Panhandle Mystery Band tonight at 8 at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Tickets are $18 to $20. Call 634-5583 for details.
Fine wines, frock coats, muskets, snuff, the Declaration of Independence ... 1776 was a good year. Which is precisely why Springs Community Theater chose the play 1776 as their performance piece at this evening's fundraiser for the Rocky Mountain Performing Arts Center. The play begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Wasson High auditorium, 2115 Afton Way, and runs Fridays and Saturdays through July 8. Tickets are $20, half of which is tax-deductible. Call 596-8443 or 533-1571.
The sexy lips, the waving scarves and tight lycra leggings, the banshee-like vocals and pounding rhythms, the groupies dressed like Catholic schoolgirls -- ah, Aerosmith. We love you so. Apparently so do others, like Aerosmith tribute band Rocks, who will appear at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., tonight. The group will prove their love at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10, subject to service charge. Call 447-9797.
What could be a more peaceful way to spend a Sunday afternoon than strolling through a serene mountain meadow, stopping here and there to admire the color and delicacy of highland wildflowers, plucking the blooms and eating them ... yeah, eating them, a tasty and worthwhile option, according to Shawn Frizzell of the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. The park ranger will lead a casual walk through the meadows of the monument, enlightening those who tag along about the medicinal and edible plants of the Rocky Mountains, and the ways in which the Native Americans and pioneers used them. Eating the Meadow begins at 1 p.m. and is free with the $2 park entrance fee. Call 719/748-3253 for reservations and directions.
Soda Springs Park on the west end of Manitou Springs has been a social center of the town for more than a hundred years. The Little London Winds continue the tradition of live music in the park this evening with a free concert beginning at 7 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner and wind down to their renditions of marches, light classics, overtures and popular pieces from stage and screen. The creek and playground will give your kids a nice break from the TV, as well. Call 685-5089 to find out about this and future summer concerts in Manitou.
You can break your back hoeing rows, building fences, strangling weeds and bending over to push little seeds into the soil; you can plead with skies that seem to rain everywhere except over your land; you can give pep talks to stunted corn and pathetic peas ... or you can just forget about all that and go to the Farmers Markets. People who know what they're doing bring their Colorado-grown and organic produce, herbs, flowers, plants, chiles, cheeses and crafts to the city every week, creating a veritable cornucopia of goodies for those of us who love fresh fruits and veggies yet can't seem to keep a green thumb green. The downtown Acacia Park Farmers Market opens today from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and happens every Monday until Oct. 2. For a complete schedule of Farmers Markets across the city, check the listings on page 39.
This week must be the week of the tribute band, because yet another respectfully done performance is scheduled today in Cripple Creek, CO. The Jimmy Van Zant Band will be giving a musical send-up to the boys of Lynyrd Skynyrd at Crystal Canyon, 401 E. Bennett Ave. They'll be playing with Rikki Dee Hall and the VooDoo Hawks at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 to $15. Call 689-9633.
It's the 4th of July, and there are a million things going on from concerts to races to craft fairs to fireworks. However, because we live in a tinderbox, fire bans are in effect throughout the state, so don't light off your own fireworks. Your neighbors would be a might bit perturbed if you burnt down the neighborhood for the sake of a silver fountain and a Black Cat, and it's illegal, anyway. Memorial Park will still host the Fabulous Fourth and set off fireworks over the lake, and other celebrations are still being planned. Check the listings on page 40 for more info. One more thing: You hear it every year but people still don't do it -- make sure your animals are safe inside. If they can hear you open a can of dog food from an acre away, imagine what a cannon sounds like to them?
Poor Nikola Tesla ... so misunderstood, so overlooked. Not so any longer, as a rash of interest in the electrical genius seems to have swept the city. I personally have heard Tesla's name dropped in random conversations at least five times in the past week, from the mouths of everyone from bikers to barristas. The scientist and former resident will finally get his due as the Smokebrush Foundation and the Museum of Misinformation present Tesla: Lost in Thought. The original stage production will be followed by the premiere of Tripping the Light Electric, an independent film starring local actors Tom Studer and Ziggy Wagrowski. The Tesla fest begins at 8 p.m. and runs until July 22 at the Smokebrush Theater, 253 S. Nevada Ave. Tickets are $12 to $15, call 444-0884.
There are those who are funny and those are not, and yet somehow both seem to end up on comedy club stages. Luckily Doug Stanhope belongs to the former group, winning the San Francisco International Comedy Competition, performing at the most famous comedy clubs in the nation, and appearing on your television screen on a fairly regular basis. The comedian performs at 8 p.m. at Loonies Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd. Admission is $5. Get more info at 591-0707.