Halloween's only a few nights away, so we know you're just dying to hear your favorite songs from the classic film It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. You'll hear those tunes tonight in the Louisa Performing Arts Center at the Colorado Springs School (21 Broadmoor Ave.). It's the first concert of the school's 2006-2007 Thursday Night Recital Series, and performers Brad Bietry and Steve Draper have promised to rock out some Peanuts tunes. Plus, there's a free gallery showing running concurrently, featuring the works of local artist Brian Clifford. Tickets for the show cost $10 to $15. Call 475-9747 for information. PF
You can only hope that after a month full of raising community awareness about domestic violence, the folks at TESSA will get to relax a bit and enjoy tonight's fundraiser. Folk and country artist Christine Lavin, founding member of Four Bitchin' Babes and dynamo behind 17 solo CDs, takes the stage for TESSA at 8 in the Louisa Performing Arts Center at the Colorado Springs School (21 Broadmoor Ave.) See the concert for $25, or grab one of the limited dinner-and-the-show tickets for $100. For more info on Lavin (to say nothing of a blueberry pancake recipe and 101 holiday shopping ideas), visit christinelavin.com. For more on the show, call 329-1644. KW
So you're a big Jay-Z fan and you still can't get enough of his remix of Panjabi MC's "Beware of the Boys" from 2003? And ever since then you've been dying for more Indian fare? Well, you fan of all things worldly, here's your chance: Tonight at 7, the Indian Community of Colorado Springs presents Visions of India. Check out fine folk dances and live music as you indulge in some Indian snacks. Tickets to the show at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) cost $15 to $50, and proceeds will benefit the Pikes Peak Region Peace Officers' Memorial. Visit ticketswest.com for information. PF
For a little background on the next country we're going to regret attacking, visit the Salida Senior Center (Third and F streets, Salida) today at 2 p.m. Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince will be presenting on topics such as the history of Iran, its relationship with the United States and its place in the Middle East. Kazerooni was tortured in Abu Ghraib under Hussein's rule and is currently the imam to Denver's Muslim community. Prince is the spokesperson for Colorado Jews for a Just Peace. The Central Colorado Coalition on the Iraq War is sponsoring this free discussion. Call 719/539-2783 for more information. SK
Ziggy Marley is back out perpetuating the family dynasty on his current Love is My Religion tour. So douse your clothes in smoke from Nag Champa incense and trek up to the Boulder Theater (2032 14th St., Boulder) tonight at 8:30. Try to dodge the dreadlocks of Rastafarians and Trustafarians alike as you learn all about said religion of love. San Francisco's Samantha Stollenwerck will open for all of your acoustic jam bandin' needs. Snag tickets for $30 at bouldertheater.com. SK
Don't tell us you are really looking to the Indy to tell you what to do today. If you aren't hitting a bar or party dressed in some embarrassing form of spandex, latex or vinyl, or staying home to fatten up the trick-or-treaters and watching classic wanna-be-scary B-movies, then you're clearly missing the joy of the most awesome annual holiday. I recollect one year in elementary school when I won the scariest-costume award: Jeez, take the bag off my head for one day and ... children can be so cruel. MS
My junior high school library had a clever poster that read: "Books check 'em out!" I only mention this punny word play because I find myself wanting to tell you to check out BOOK as OBJECT: An International Survey of Sculptural Bookworks at Colorado College's Coburn Gallery (902 N. Cascade Ave.) yesterday through Dec. 19. Essentially, a group of artists have collaborated on the theme "book" by creating visual representations or suggestions of book structure and image. It should be a good read, I hear. Attend an opening talk and performance on Thursday, Nov. 2, at 4:30 p.m. Call 389-6797 for regular gallery hours and more information. MS
This week's 7 Days contributors: Pete Freedman, Steve Kline, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.