James Salter has been lauded by a whole catalog of critics, including Robert Burke of the Bloomsburg Review, who once wrote that "James Salter is, simply, one of the best writers in this country." Unfortunately, the 81-year-old fiction writer and screenwriter doesn't agree apparently Salter hates all of his published efforts, except for his 1967 novel, A Sport and a Pastime. See how humble he is at 7 tonight in Colorado College's Gates Common Room on the third floor of Palmer Hall (1025 N. Cascade Ave.). This event, part of CC's Visiting Writers series, is free to attend. Call 389-6606 for more info. PF
What do Mike Myers and CSU-Pueblo have in common? Not much, but tonight the comedy troupe that helped launch Myers' career will be performing at the university's Hoag Hall (2200 Bonforte Blvd.). The legendary group Second City will present "Truth, Justice or the American Way," an insightful and hilarious look at contemporary American culture. Second City is known for its wide array of sketches, songs and poignant improv skills. Doors will open at 7 p.m., with the show starting at 7:30. Tickets are free but seating is limited, so get there early. Call 719/549-2151 for more information. CS
Did you know that every pint of blood can save three lives? It's true, and Memorial Health System and Omega Psi Phi are putting the call out for volunteers. Today, at the fifth annual African-American Family Health Fair, you can give blood, and/or get some good stuff: free health screenings, blood pressure and cholesterol checks, and even children's bike helmets. The fair runs from noon to 3 p.m. today at the Hillside Community Center (925 S. Institute St.).
The day's goodwill rolls into the evening, with the Pikes Peak Gay & Lesbian Community Center's annual awards dinner and theme party at Briarhurst Manor (404 Manitou Ave.). For a $45 donation to the center, you can dine, dance and dally with intelligent and beautiful people from all over the community. Black tie's optional, and more flamboyant dress is encouraged. RSVP or request more info at 471-4429. KW
If you haven't yet caught the acoustic rock and soul singer Martin Sexton in concert, let me sum up the experience for you: He sings, girls turn to mush and somewhere in your chest a heart-string goes "ping," then "pop" when he reaches one of his notorious, window-rattling bellows. I've been afflicted. Catch him tonight with the Irish traditional band, Solas, at the Boulder Theater (2032 14th St., Boulder) for an etown live radio taping, featuring a preview of his upcoming album, Seeds. Tickets for the 7 p.m. performance run $15; call 303/786-7030 for more. MS
The first dream I ever remember having and it remains vivid culminated with a giant, cartoonish whale (from a book called Whale Tale), chasing me down my street. I've always assumed it had something to do with a neighbor's huge Siberian Husky that daily scared the hell out of 5-year-old me. But could it have been something more? Maybe I'll see you at "Your Dreams Are a Living Essence" from 7 to 9 tonight at Celebration Conscious Living Store (2209 W. Colorado Ave.). Kathryn Neher will talk Jung, and her experience as a dream researcher. The store, available for more information at 634-1855, requests a $5 donation a small price to pay for a golden nugget of understanding. KW
OMG! You, like, totally only have one day left to find a Valentine! What's a dateless sap like you to do? Well, you could wallow by yourself in your Tiger Beat poster-filled bedroom. Or you could wallow with others. You'll find company at the Anti-Valentine's Street Art Show at the Colorado College-owned Whitney Electric (825 N. Tejon St.) behind Wooglin's Deli. Starting at 1 p.m. and going on until midnight, there's plenty happening here to keep your mind off how unlovable you are: live music, live painting, giveaways from artists. It's $3 to attend; for more information, call Marcus at 232-8834. PF
Valentine's, shmalentines. Forget red today. Think white! Um white privilege that is. Consider societal disparities instead of tease-filled candy-heart slogans at "Examining Privilege in Research" on the third floor of UCCS's Kraemer Family Library (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.) from noon to 1:30. As part of the free intensive UCCS White Privilege Series, professors of physics, Marek Grabowski; history, Christina Jimenez; special education, Larry Bryant; and sociology, Lynda Dickson will discuss how they tackle issues of research privilege, how to negotiate those inequalities and more. For more information, call 262-4139. MS
This week's 7 Days contributors: Pete Freedman, Matthew Schniper, Colin Stroud and Kirk Woundy.