Fight the power! Smoke indoors! Light a stogie at the RedNote Jazz and Wine Fest and recreate the idealistic image of the smoky jazz clubs of a bygone era. And then maybe get kicked out for being a jerk, because this is a classy event. No, we recommend you be civil. At 6 tonight (or tomorrow, or the next day) at Cedars Jazz Club (3125 Sinton Road), there's plenty to keep your attention, like high-end wines and local jazz musicians Brad Bietry, Brad Eastin and John Flores. Tickets are $15 at the door, unless you're a KRCC member or savvy Indy coupon-clipper (in that case, you'll get in for $10). Call 578-5744 for more info. PF
If you're a fan of art and rock music, then you're in luck. Maybe you're not a fan of either, and just want to be in the presence of greatness. Well, you too are in luck. Because tonight, renowned modern-rock poster artist Jermaine Rogers is showing his work at the Smokebrush Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.). As one of the leaders in the field, he's created posters for bands including Tool, Weezer and The Deftones. Tonight's opening celebration of Jermaine's work (which hangs through June 23) goes from 5 to 8 and is accompanied by food and music. For more information, call 444-1012. KL
A bit of useless trivia: In the 1880s, El Paso County had the largest population of sheep in the state. Today, go back in time and bring the kids to Rock Ledge Ranch (30th Street and Gateway Road) to watch the annual Sheep Shearing, complete with weaving, wool-dyeing and more. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and costs between $2 and $6; kids younger than 6 get in free. Call 578-6777 for more.
After the sheep, drop off the kids and head to Soda Springs Park (1016 Manitou Ave.) for a Tasting of Fine Colorado Wines and Foods. Twenty-two Colorado vintners will pour their samples, and the live music should help dull the bleating in your ears. Cost is $25 and the fest runs from noon to 6 p.m. For more, call 685-5089. AL
Today, pulling the old dine-'n-dash is encouraged that is, if you want to try and taste everything and sample all the music at the third annual Sunday on the Town. A button ($25 in advance, $30 day-of; kid discounts apply) gets you into 27 downtown restaurants and 16 shops and galleries, with food samples, music and access to special discounts and prize drawings. Proceeds benefit the Downtown Partnership and Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Visit csphilharmonic.org or call 886-0088 for maps, tickets and more information. MS
DU (depleted uranium) munitions are a serious matter, in case you haven't heard. They've been ID'd as the culprit for illnesses in veterans and civilians in war zones from Yugoslavia to Afghanistan to Iraq. Bill and Genie Durland, local activists and members of the international Christian Peacemaker Teams, joined a "Stop DU" campaign earlier this month on a trip to a production facility and conference in Tennessee. At 7 tonight, hear what they have to say about their experiences at the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission (214 E. Vermijo St.). Call 201-8597 for more. MS
Someday, I'll take a visitor on a Focus on the Family tour, and pretend that I agree with everything our guide is saying. Just to create a "What has Colorado Springs done to you?" moment. I could probably achieve something similar in my own home, were I to hang a painting of a bucking horse on the living-room wall. But if that painting came from the Contemporary Art of Sophy Brown exhibit at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame
(101 ProRodeo Drive), I'd probably hear "Ooh" and "Aah" more often than "Whaa?". See Brown's colorful, lively work yourself at today's 6 p.m. opening. Or stop by another time before July 31. Call 528-4714 for more. KW
Since it's Bike-to-Work Day and you'll be on two wheels, strap on your helmet and head down the path to Tinseltown (1545 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.) for the one-night showing of Naruto The Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow at 7. Once there, you'll want to swap your helmet for your Naruto headband (with real stainless-steel headplate!) to watch the anim flick in style. If you're not familiar with the Cartoon Network series, Naruto Uzumaki, the show's namesake, is described as "a loud, hyperactive, adolescent ninja." No wonder my tweens love him. Tickets are $10 at the box office. Visit fathom events.com for details. JT
This week's 7 Days contributors: Pete Freedman, Kurtis Lee, Amanda Lundgren, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.
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