So, Chaos Studios Artspace (802 N. Weber St.) is unveiling its "live art" season opener, Hotel Usher. Tom and Lisa McElroy's modern interpretation of various Edgar Allan Poe stories and poems will include video, audio, installation and, yes, live art (a term implying something between art and theater), all set in the lobby of an abandoned hotel. For you yahoos: Yelling "Raven!" at Poe events is akin to yelling "Freebird!" at a concert just don't do it. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the 8 o'clock performance, and tickets cost $10, available only at the door. The show runs today through Saturday, Oct. 28. Visit chaosartspace.blogspot.com or call 634-5429 for more. MS
Be the life of the party at tonight's Zombie Prom. It's seemingly just a concert with an incredible name it's also being billed as the "Horror Hop," by the way but that's enough for us suckers of all things zombie. Headlined by The Mansfields, and with performances by The Rightaways, Reno Divorce, The Swanks and The Summerlife, it all goes down at 6 tonight at the Palace Ballroom (117 E. Las Vegas St.). Tickets are $10 and available at Independent Records, King Soopers and ticketswest.com. Expect the party to keep going until someone takes a shotgun to its brain. Call 385-6581 for more. PF
When I think of Spanish art, I think of Antonio Banderas. After I've had a cold shower, I then think of bulto carvings (sacred icons), retablo paintings, carved monk statues and the other Spanish classics. To purchase these and more regional handicrafts, head to Pikes Peak Community College's Downtown Studio Campus (100 W. Pikes Peak Ave.) from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the Spanish Art Market. More than 30 Colorado and New Mexico artists will sell their works, accompanied by traditional music, dance and food. The market also runs from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday. Call 502-3164 for more information. MS
What does one call a "chick flick" on stage? Seriously, there's no joke here. We don't know. But we do know, that, if ever there was such a production, it's I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, the longest-running off-Broadway show out there right now. Halfway through its run at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.), The REP's show will have a matinee performance at 2 this afternoon. Tickets run $26 to $30 and can be purchased by phone at 634-5583. If you loved The Devil Wears Prada, you'll probably enjoy this, too. PF
Won't your friends think you're so erudite and fashionable if you tell them you're joining The French Cin-Club? Heck, they might even stop calling you an uncultured dummy and let you in their houses again without hosing you down first. Three Mondays a month at 6:30 p.m., through early December, CC's Max Kade Theater in Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.) is showing a tribute to French actress Catherine Deneuve. Today's film is the 1970 classic, Peau d'ne, which translates roughly to Porky's 3 (kidding!). The events are free. Call 389-6732 for more information. MS
Rippin' their band name from the ever-popular children's tale of chubby kids chowin' some lady's house, Hanzel nd Gretyl sure put the fun in metal. Lead man Kaiser Von Loopy gets the rock out la Ministry, Marilyn Manson or Clutch, with heavy tracks like "Fukken Uber Death Party." Freaky mama Vas Kallas supports the Kaiser on guitars, vocals and fan intimidation yikes. Catch 'em touring behind their new album, Oktotenfest 2006, at 8 tonight at Cervantes (2637 Welton St., Denver). Tickets are $15 for the all-ages show and available at ticketweb.com. MS
With religion's role in international strife, civil liberties disputes and gobs of other hot topics these days, perhaps it's time we all examine the question, "Religion and Public Life: Why Be Afraid?" Colorado College is hosting a four-day symposium on this topic, which includes lectures by noted guests such as former presidential candidate Gary Hart, New Life Church's Ted Haggard and author Jim Wallis. See if the policy of "separation of church and state" really comes out in the wash. View a full calendar of lecture and panel times at coloradocollege.edu/news_events/religion.asp or call 389-6607 for more. MS
This week's 7 Days contributors: Pete Freedman and Matthew Schniper.