Holy cowpie! Not all cowboys are white, Christian heterosexuals Madeleine Albright or multicultural cowboys? Pick one, but you can't have both. You see, former Secretary of State Albright will be signing The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God and World Affairs and presenting a free lecture at 7:30 tonight at the LoDo Tattered Cover (16th Street at Wynkoop Avenue, Denver). Call 303/436-1070 for more information.
Meanwhile, the Anti-Defamation League will premiere Reel Cowboys: A Multicultural Cinema Roundup at the Starz Film Center (900 Auraria Pkwy., Denver) from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. A mere $10 gets you Song of a Jewish Cowboy; Beers, Steers and Queers; and The Federation of Black Cowboys. Who can possibly resist those titles? Oh, but then there's Albright ... decisions, decisions. For more, call the ADL at 303/830-7177. MS
Miracles murdered! Local band to blame! Local band They Murdered Miracles will be having a big ol' CD-releasin' soiree at The Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.) at 8 tonight. This is a good thing, especially if you happen to like their brand of hardcore-meets-melody. Tickets are $7 for 21-plus or $5 for young 'uns, and they'll get you performances by Burial Year, In Death We Rise and Harrison Bergeron, as well as the headliners. Visit ticketweb.com or call 866/468-7621.
In other, completely opposite-genre news, folk singer extraordinaire Judy Collins is gracing the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) at 7:30 tonight. She's bringing along opening act Amy Speace, whose music calls to mind Jill Sobule and Suzanne Vega. Tickets for this one are $30 to $42.50; just try ticketswest.com or 866/464-2526. I wouldn't recommend trying to catch both shows. KL
Alligator mountaineer conquers Pikes Peak! From a historic race car to a gypsy jazz band to a live alligator named Zebulon (who allegedly has summitted Pikes Peak twice), it's all at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum (215 S. Tejon St.) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. As part of the opening celebration for Marketing the Mountain: Pikes Peak in the Popular Imagination, the folks at the museum have tossed together a rare salad of entertainment. Other festivities include Dr. Michael Olsen's lecture, "Has Pike Peaked?" and a Ute tipi-building demonstration. All events are free, but reservations are required for Olsen's 2 p.m. lecture. Call 385-5990 for details. MS
Small children run without being chased I want to be a part of any activity that's billed as follows: "Each participant must receive a bib at the event." Enter the sixth annual Feats of Fire for Kids' Health and Safety Day from noon to 4 p.m. at Memorial Park (1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave.). Kids ages 12 and under can participate in a foot or bike race, tour the city fire department's smoke trailer (no, not that kind of smoke trailer) and enjoy a clown and puppet show. Pre-registration is encouraged for the racing events at pprrun.org or at a variety of sponsor locations. Call 598-2953 for more information. MS
Sexy vegetarian to perform at the Sheep. OK, it's getting to the point where power-pop bands are a dime a dozen. But how many can say they may feature the land's hottest herbivore? That's right, kids, Minneapolis quartet Dropping Daylight which includes bass player Rob Burke, recent nominee for PETA2's Sexiest Vegetarian Award is a-coming to The Black Sheep. I can't tell from their Web site, droppingdaylight.com, whether he's really that cute, but I'm going to trust PETA2 on this one. The all-ages show starts at 7:30, and tickets are $13-$15. Again, you'll find 'em at ticketweb.com or 866/468-7621. KL
Bicycle found in Bodhi Tree! Bicycles are the great disarmers. Traveling through foreign lands on one will inspire curious questions from locals and sometimes steer you clear of altercations in areas of civil unrest. It's likely that Jenny Skorcz, who just returned from her second bike tour of the Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan, experienced more of the former. From 6:30 to 8 p.m. tonight at the Renaissance Academy (2760 Fieldstone Road), Skorcz will present a slide show on the history and culture of this Asian Shangri-la. Bhutan has a deep resolve to remain culturally intact, protect its virgin forests, and act socially and environmentally responsible. Riding a bicycle contributes to all these things. Call 475-2510 for more. JJ
Gandhi a real wiseguy. Mahatma Gandhi once said, "If I had no sense of humor, I would have long ago committed suicide." Comedian Robert Duchaine once said, "If I had no sense of humor, I would've long ago committed homicide." I'm not sure Gandhi would've fully appreciated Duchaine's sarcastic, irreverent humor and social commentary. This is the guy who said that if he were pregnant, he would smoke a carton a day to have a smaller baby and make labor easier. "When you have the information, use it. I'm smoking for two." Duchaine opens a four-day series tonight at 8 p.m. for $6 at Loonee's (1305 N. Academy Blvd.). For more, visit loonees.com or call 591-0707. JJ