Stories barrage our thoughts by way of media, conversations and personal experiences, and we usually forget them, or at least their vitality, in the cracks of daily life. Short fiction writer Merrill Feitell will do her best to make some good stories stick at 7:30 tonight with a reading at CC's Gates Common Room (1025 N. Cascade Ave.). Feitell won the 2004 Iowa Award for Short Fiction for her book, Here Beneath Low-Flying Planes, and her writing has appeared in the Best New American Voices series. The event is free and open to the public; call 389-6607 for more. TW
There's little doubt that the blues were born in America. One could even say the music is indigenous. So, is the blues band Indigenous, fronted by Mato Nanji of the Nakota Tribe in South Dakota, named after the native peoples or music? Or both? Whatever the case, Nanji owns the blues. He channels Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Freddie King. Recently, Nanji has focused on his singing, which shows on the brand-new Chasing the Sun. Find out if it's mere studio magic or truly legit tonight at The Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.), when Indigenous performs with Tyler Hollinsworth. The all-ages show starts at 8 and tickets are $10, available at ticketweb.com. JJ
Come to Acacia Park (115 E. Platte Ave.) between 7 and 11 a.m. today for a free pancake breakfast by the Pikes Peak Kiwanis Club, then stay awhile. The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Parade, which starts at 10 a.m., will end at the park around 11:30. And immediately following, the Western Heritage Festival will pack the block with family festivities and musical acts, all benefiting the Scholarship Fund for Children of Local Fallen Soldiers. Call 262-7160 for more.
Tonight, the Colorado College Summer Festival of the Arts jumps into its two-night Extraordinary Dance event, in which professional dancers lead workshops and perform everything from belly dancing to acrobatics. Purchase tickets for between $5 and $20 at the Worner Campus Center (902 N. Cascade Ave.), and swing by Armstrong Theatre (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.) at 7:30 on either night to participate or watch. For details, visit coloradocollege.edu. TW
Laugh until your sides hurt as you learn hidden stories about Ronald Reagan, Lewis and Clark, and the Revolutionary War at the well-known play The Complete History of America (Abridged) at Damon Runyon Repertory Theater (611 N. Main St., Pueblo). Be careful: The front row is a splash zone, and the fast-paced parodies and word-association games don't wait for snoozers. Abridged runs from July 7 through 16, with tickets from $8 to $20; Sunday shows, like today's, start at 2 p.m., while Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30. (If you want to include dinner at the theater, for a total $30 price, come at 6:30.) Call 719/564-0579 for more. JS
Though the deadline has already passed to compete in Manitou's 5th annual Pie-Baking Contest, head to the 11th annual Good Old Summertime Ice Cream Social anyway from 5:30 to 8 p.m. to gorge on the goods of other pastry masters. The much-anticipated, highly sticky event takes place in Soda Springs Park (1016 Manitou Ave.) and features slices of fruit or cream pie for $1 each, with "generous" scoops of ice cream available for $1 more. The Little London Winds will provide musical accompaniment and may fall lethargically out of tune if they sample the fare too heavily, so catch them early. Call 685-5089 or visit manitousprings.org. MS
Tonight, allow Katherine Scott Sturdevant, author of two books on the scholarly approach to researching family history, to enlighten you about her own fascinating family history. "John Harper, Deported Miner: The Cripple Creek Strike of 1904 as Family and Social History" shows Sturdevant's great-grandfather's involvement in last century's dramatic Cripple Creek strike. If you like this, attend two more events in this series: "History of Cowboy Songs in the West" on July 18 and "The Secret Treasure Inside Gold Hill" on July 25. All of these events begin at 7 at the Old Colorado City History Center (corner of West Pikes Peak Avenue and 24th Street). For more information, call 636-1225. JS
Jazz is an umbrella genre. It covers so many styles that calling something "jazz" says very little, unless you're talking about Soulive. The brothers from Woodstock, N.Y., incorporate so many jazz variations into their sound that they, too, are an umbrella of sorts. From funk to hip-hop to bebop, their upbeat sound captures the booty-shakers and the jazz purists alike, which is why they are on the jazz label, Blue Note. Catch the funky fever at 9 tonight at the Fox Theatre (1135 13th St., Boulder). Tickets for this all-ages show are $18 to $20, available at foxtheatre.com or 303/443-3399. JJ
This week's pie-loving 7 Days contributors: Josh Johnson, Matthew Schniper, Jeanine Stewart and Taylor Wiles.