This event's got mystique to spare. Let's see if I can conjure some of it: Dusk, early October in Old Colorado City. Golden leaves scatter across cracked sidewalks and down narrow alleyways. In a decades-old building tucked deep into the neighborhood, some of the city's most creative minds gather ... ah, I can feel this tanking already. So here's what you need to know about "6 Women, 60 Minutes": local poets Lara Gaydos, Jane Hilberry, Jessy Randall, Lucy Simpson, Karen Sucharski and Jane Wampler will present an evening of poetry and art, from 7 to 9 at Gaylon Wampler Fine Art Photography and Gallery (1810 W. Colorado Ave.). It's free, and sure to be pretty awesome; for more info, write to firstname.lastname@example.org. KW
So, all of Pikes Peak reads, "All Pikes Peak Reads." We get it. Clever name. Apparently, though, All Pikes Peak Succumbs to Peer Pressure, too. You've been touting Alice in Wonderland for a while now, like a sixth-grade bully, "suggesting" everyone put out Alice-themed events. No one's standing up to you! And neither will we ... which is why we wholeheartedly recommend checking out Alice in Wonderland at 7 tonight at the Manitou Art Theater (513 Manitou Ave.). Tickets for the show, which runs through Sunday, cost $8 and can be purchased at the Business of Art Center in Manitou or by phone at 685-4729. PF
Broken flux capacitor? Beat-up DeLorean that hasn't smelled 88 mph in years? Well, if you're still hankering to head back to the Victorian era, the Evergreen Cemetery Benevolent Society could be the Doc Brown to your Marty McFly. People will be dying to get into their latest fundraiser, an authentic Grand Victorian Ball from 5:30 to 11:30 tonight at the Shrine Club (6 S. 33rd St.). Tickets cost $19 to $38 and advance reservations are required, as is authentic Victorian garb. So plan ahead if you want to go back in time. Call 592-1648 for information. PF
Want to see what $110 million buys these days? Then head to Denver for day two of the "Hot DAM: Art at All Hours" 35-hour grand opening of the newly renovated Denver Art Museum (100 W. 14th Avenue Pkwy.) There'll be round-the-clock entertainment, including a midnight-to-5 a.m. poetry slam on Saturday and tours and art activities today. All events are free. Visit denverartmuseum.org for complete details.
Also in its second celebration day, check out the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs' season premiere production. Today's show, which includes Mozart and Beethoven works conducted by Thomas Wilson, begins at 2:30 p.m. at First Christian Church (16 E. Platte Ave.). Saturday's show is at 8 p.m. at The Broadmoor Community Church (315 Lake Ave.). Call 633-3649 for tickets and 332-5462 for more information. MS
Do I really need to persuade you to see a man whose nicknames are "The Squeeze-Box Swami" and "The Lingerie Monk"? Come on his monikers sell the show already. You need not hear about his ashram and monastery days, nor his inheritance of the world's largest lingerie store, to get interested in his book, Many Ways, Middle Way, No Way, which he'll be promoting at Celebration Conscious Living Store (2209 W. Colorado Ave.) at 7 tonight. Admission is free to watch the guru, real name Michael Attie, play and speak. Call 634-1855 for more information. MS
It's right around this time in election season when frustration comes on like an angry mosquito colony. If you're among the soon-to-be-completely-disillusioned, and you're a woman, tonight brings a chance to rediscover why it's worth tolerating the name-calling, flag-waving and question-evading. Head to "Women and the Political Process" at the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado (315 E. Costilla St.) for a forum and discussion that'll touch on political issues affecting all women and families. Presented by the Women's Foundation of Colorado, it's free. Registration starts at 4:30 p.m., and the program runs from 5 to 6:30; RSVP by Oct. 6, or find out more, at 800/847-6036. KW
It's not exactly Tombstone in tap, or Young Guns on ice, but Alleycat Theatrics' new show, Westward Whoa!, does promise music and comedy set in the Old West. The dusty hijinks follow a broken-down wagon train outside the town of Vinegar Bottle, as well as character Chuck Wagon, who's wrongly accused of a robbery. Find out who really done it at the City Auditorium's Lon Chaney Theatre (221 W. Kiowa St.) at 7 tonight. Tickets are $9 to $10. The show also runs at the same time on Tuesday. Tickets are available at the door or in advance. Call 209-1484 for more information. MS
This week's 7 Days contributors: Pete Freedman, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.