Full disclosure: David Mason was my adviser in college and he made me memorize 100 lines of poetry as part of the requirements for my degree. I still remember 37 of them. Six years later. The fact that I've opted to plug his reading at 6 tonight at Poor Richard's Bookstore (320 N. Tejon St.) has nothing to do with our prior relationship. Were I handing out back scratches, I'd have mentioned his two recent town readings of Ludlow and used words like "brilliant" and "masterful." Truth is, I'm only a quarter of the way through the prose I've been busy. But sincerely, it's fantastic so far. Go hear for yourself. Call 578-5549 for more. MS
In the rest of the English-speaking world, street performers are referred to as buskers. Why treat you to such a seemingly random fact? Well, here's why: Tonight marks the return of the always zany summer street performances in Manitou Springs! Yippee! Hooray! Starting at 5, you can catch two street performances in front of The Mat Factor (966 Manitou Ave.). Yeah, Jerry Roskin will be there, offering up his best acoustic and vocal performance, but the one we're really stoked about is the juggling, balloon-making and stilt-walking Mr. Green Jelly Bean. (No offense, Mr. Roskin.) Both performances are free. Call 685-5089 for more info. PF
May is National Mental Health Month, and the Colorado Springs chapter of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance is hosting Faces of Recovery, a day of sharing struggles and successes. Led by people in our community with mood disorders, attendees can learn strategies for maintaining wellness, hear personal stories of recovery and find local support groups. This outreach event is in Colorado College's Gaylord Hall (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. The cost is $15 (which includes a catered lunch buffet) and some scholarships are available. Space is limited, so reserve your spot by calling 447-1515 or go online at dbsacoloradosprings.org. AL
The epitome of Sunday driving would have to be a trip to the ninth annual Westside Fun Run Car Show, which is open to all activities involving things on wheels: competitions, shows, family activities. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Living Springs Worship Centre (640 Manitou Blvd., Colorado Springs) and is free to spectators ($30 for entrants). One thing you should know: Proceeds from vehicle entries go toward the Colorado Springs Pregnancy Center, the subject of this week's cover story. Call 473-9436 or visit lswc-colorado.org for more information. EA
Today marks not only Memorial Day, but also the final day of Territory Days in Old Colorado City. So go ride the mechanical bull, get in line for a funnel cake, listen to some native rock or just drink in the beer garden on Colburnn Court. More than 180 craft and commercial booths make a pretty strong argument for finding parking somewhere off Colorado Avenue. (Smile and wave obsequiously at driveway defenders who glare at you from their porches.) Vending starts at 10 a.m. daily, closing at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 6 p.m. today. Call 475-0955 or visit shopoldcoloradocity.com for more. MS
Giant Bear's the kind of band your subconscious might rock on a good night of dreaming. One male vocalist sounds a little like Tom Waits, and the female singer sounds like Kay Hanley. The five members splice guitars, bass and drums with mandolin, banjo and cello. And then there's that name. Yes, Giant Bear labeled "a Southern-fried New Pornographers" is a veritable feast for the ears. Tonight, you can catch the Memphis-based act while feasting at the west-side Front Range Barbeque (2330 W. Colorado Ave.). The music starts at 7:30, so think about staking out your table a bit earlier. Call 632-2596 for more. KW
It seems the folks over at The Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.) have decided to add their two cents to our local comedy scene. Tonight, they'll offer a mix of comedy and music by bringing in three stalwarts of the Denver comedy circuit. The show will feature Greg Baumhauer, Ben Kronberg and Adam Clayton-Holland, the comedy columnist for Denver's Westword. Abracastabya and Loverly will provide the tunes between sets. Tickets are $5 for those over 21 and $7 for those under. They're available at ticketweb.com or by phone at 866/468-7621. PF
This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Pete Freedman, Amanda Lundgren, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.