film & nature
Forget gold. Stay green, Ponyboy. Now that you've put in those twirly bulbs and low-flow gadgets, keep your Earth Day fervor going tonight at the Sierra Club Pikes Peak Group Annual Film and Silent Auction fundraiser at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (730 N. Tejon St.). The group will screen A Land Out of Time, named best environmental film recently at the Taos Mountain Film Festival. It documents gas-drilling encroachment on several Rocky Mountain wild places. A silent auction begins at 6, followed by the film at 7; a $5 donation is requested. Call 685-3019 or visit rmc.sierraclub.org/ppg for more. MS
It's springtime in Colorado Springs. And, starting tonight, it'll also be springtime for Hitler. Don't get it? Well, you will if you see the first of five performances of the critically acclaimed Mel Brooks musical The Producers, happening at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) tonight. Just don't expect to see Matthew Broderick or Nathan Lane in this weekend's production. (That's probably a good thing, considering how big of a flop the movie adaptation was.) Tickets for tonight's show, which starts at 8, cost $37 to $57. Visit ticketswest.com or call 520-SHOW (7469) for more information. PF
It's not officially springtime until the hummingbirds fly in from Mexico. And after a long winter, there's nothing better than hearing that distinct whistle of a little male hummer looking for your feeder. If you don't have a feeder, consider buying one amid all the festivities at the 14th annual Hummingbird Festival at Starsmore Discovery Center (2121 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road). Along with hummingbird programs for adults and children, there'll be food, live music, an open climbing wall, hikes, a native plant sale and more. The event is free and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 385-6086 or visit cheyennecanon.org for more details. EA
They're huge, they're into pyrotechnics, they dig experimental music and they're out late. They're puppets. If this new reality threatens to blow your Muppet-addled mind, do yourself a favor and allow Ryan Ballard to expand your consciousness. Starting at 8:08 tonight like the previous two nights the Razzamataz artistic director is putting on "feats of unexplainable puppetry magic" and downtown street marches for the adults and kiddies. The events kick off at the Smokebrush Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.) and cost $10. For more, call 504/301-8201 or visit razzamatazproductions.com. KW
In November 1806, Zebulon Pike failed to reach the summit of the mountain that now bears his name. Tonight's screening of Higher Ground will highlight some of the world's best climbers. Mr. Pike's climb, sadly, will not be featured. The film follows premier climbers as they tackle the climbing world's toughest challenges and partake of the alpinist lifestyle. To avoid a Zebulon-like experience, head to CC's Armstrong Theater (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.) at 7, and for $10, let the pros show you how it's done. For more on the film, visit hg-productions.com or call 389-6607. CS
Remember when you used to try to win friends on your MySpace and Friendster profiles by citing Trainspotting as your favorite movie? You hack. Everyone knows I liked it before you. Well, anyway, if you care to meet the brain behind the book, Irvine Welsh, he'll be at the LoDo Tattered Cover (1628 16th St., Denver) to present his newest work, The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs (about the obsessions of food, sex and celebrity) at 7:30 tonight. Tickets are free and will be handed out at 6:30 to those in line. Call 303/436-1070 or visit tatteredcover.com for more. MS
If you love the great outdoors but don't really want to deal with those pesky thunderstorms, high pollen counts or lengthy drives to the trailhead, don't worry. Tonight you can satisfy your tree-hugging needs in comfort at the Colorado Division of Wildlife (4255 Sinton Road). The Aiken Audubon Society will host "An Evening with Colorado Nature Authors," featuring four Colorado-based nature authors and photographers who will talk about their guidebooks to wildflower hikes, Colorado birds and Rocky Mountain National Park. The free event will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Call 531-7076 or visit aikenaudubonsociety.org for more. JT
This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Pete Freedman, Matthew Schniper, Colin Stroud, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.
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