Imagine how full you feel after a big dinner at your favorite restaurant. Now picture the waiter telling you that a huge portion of the bill is going to charity. Now that's satisfaction! Feel better than ever about eating out today by supporting Dining Out for Life. Just choose from more than 25 area restaurants and enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner. Each participating restaurant will donate 25 percent of your bill to help Project Angel Heart deliver nutritious meals to thousands of men, women and children living with life-threatening illnesses. For a list of participating establishments, visit projectangelheart.org or call 800/381-5612. CS
Who could unite opera, Hollywood film, disco and spiritual soul music into a fun-filled family evening? A men's choir, of course! But the real question is, how could they do it? Out Loud, the Colorado Springs gay (and gay-supportive) men's chorus, is singing a seemingly incongruous medley of hits titled, Opera, ABBA & Oz, Oh My! at the First Congregational Church-United Church of Christ (20 E. St. Vrain St.). Shows start at 8 today and Saturday. Children under 12 are free; everyone else needs $15. Purchase tickets at ticketswest.com. For more information, call 471-0468, or visit outloudcsmc.org. EA
C'mon, don't say City Council doesn't do anything. Look at that news story on page 11. And consider: For the second straight year, it's declared April to be Lon Chaney Month! Friends of the Colorado Springs City Auditorium have responded by putting together a Lon Chaney Film Festival, happening from 3 to 7 p.m. today and again from 3:30 to 7 tomorrow. For $5 to $8 each day, you can get into the City Aud (221 E. Kiowa St.) for two of the legendary local actor's silent films, with either Tom O'Boyle or Bob Lillie playing the building's organ as accompaniment. All proceeds will go to the Friends and the Pikes Peak Area Theater Organ Society. Visit historiconline.org for more. KW
Catch four big blues acts tonight at the Bigg City Events Center at Mr. Biggs (5825 Mark Dabling Blvd.). It's really a ... um ... big deal. The Tommy Castro Band, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Magic Dick and Deanna Bogart will do their things sing, pluck, wail as part of the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue at 7. VIP tickets, which include a meet-and-greet and priority seating, and benefit America's Family (a poverty-assistance nonprofit), cost $40; standard tickets are $20 to $25. All are available at amusiccompanyinc.com and select local music stores. Call 237-9953 for more. MS
Crocs wearers might be sent into shock tonight when the works of some serious fashionistas come to town. The brainchild of Eunice W. Johnson, the Ebony Fashion Fair has grown to tour 180 cities a year. At 8 p.m., its 49th annual installment visits the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.), boasting works from Vivienne Westwood, Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass and Jean-Louis Scherrer. Tickets run $27 to $32, available at ticketswest.com, and include subscriptions to either Ebony or Jet magazine. For more info, visit ebonyfashionfair.com. PF
If you're itching to indulge in a little retail therapy but just can't justify another trip to the mall, check out the Partners in Housing Jacket and Purse Exchange. It works like this: Donate three of your own gently used jackets or purses, and take home one new-to-you item donated by another shopper. Then, shop guilt-free at the event's resale boutique. The exchange happens at the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado (315 E. Costilla St.) from 6 to 8 p.m., and tickets are $25. Proceeds go to programs that help homeless families achieve self-sufficiency. Call 473-8890 ext. 110 for details. JT
Tonight offers a rare chance to hear internationally recognized, National Book Award-winning author and Zen master (there's a wicked rsum combo) Peter Matthiessen. The co-founder of the Paris Review and writer of such titles as The Snow Leopard and Far Tortuga is revered for the way he blends prose and straight science while documenting threatened cultures, wild destinations and the people and animals within. He'll read at 7 in Colorado College's Packard Hall (5 W. Cache la Poudre St.). The event is free; call 389-6607 for more. MS
This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Pete Freedman, Matthew Schniper, Colin Stroud, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.