Just to be clear: Apogaea is not Burning Man. But it's a festival being put on in the spirit of Burning Man, so, quick: Strip down to nothing, break out your hallucinogenic drugs and head for the hills! This year's event is happening at the Happy Ass Ranch (202 County Road 368, Lake George) and is slated to host artists and musicians like Razzamatazz/Ryan Ballard and other endearing, if semi-obscure, local talents. The four-day festival starts this afternoon. Tickets are $40 and available at Zeezo's (3 E. Bijou St.). You can get more info by visiting apogaea.com. PF
I always loved boxing. Heck, at one point I even thought I could be a boxer. That was until I realized I couldn't take a punch without cowering into the fetal position. So, I figure watching guys duke it out for a shot to make the 2008 Olympic Trials will be the closest I get to a boxing ring. At 7 tonight, catch the 2007 U.S. Boxing Championships, featuring 11 men's title bouts, at the Antlers Hilton (4 S. Cascade Ave.). General admission tickets are $20 at ticketswest.com . Call 634-7333 for ringside table options and more information. KL
Think you're rare because of that video you posted on YouTube? You're not I lip-synched to Menudo just like that, way back. But you know what is rare? A female mariachi. Yup. And a handful of them, ranging from 13 to 34 years of age, will appear on CC's Armstrong Quad (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.) at 7 tonight, for your enjoyment, for free. Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles will be stringin' as part of the World Music Series, sponsored by the Pikes Peak Library District. Dare ya to yell, "La Bamba!" (a "Freebird" equivalent). Call 531-6333 for more or visit ppld.org. MS
Either Friday or Saturday night, you probably went to the 80-artist Pikes Peak Arts Fest at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.). Right? Well, bring the kids back today for Free Family Festival Day, running from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and put on by Imagination Celebration. Art activities start at 1:30, and the female mariachis are swinging by at 2:30. Beyond that, you can buy that one painting you had your eye on. Call 597-3344 for more on the entertainment and 290-1981 for more on the fest. MS
When I was 7, I went wading in the Arkansas River and slipped on a rock, which sent me down the river screaming for my life. Consequently, I avoided Elitch Gardens' lazy river for many summers. Why share such childhood trauma? Because the mere mention of water, even watercolor art, causes flashbacks. Pity, I know. Anyway, watercolors just happen to be a part of the High Country Artists Summer Show at the Dale Street Bistro Caf (115 E. Dale St.). The show, which runs tonight through July 8, includes 50 new paintings in watercolor, as well as oils and pastels. Call 200-0127 for more info. AG
The Dri-Fit-wearing, flush-faced monster that is Jack Quinn's Running Club celebrates its first birthday this week. Keep your head up around 6 tonight, when at least a hundred runners will leave Quinn's (21 S. Tejon St.) to start their 5K and unintentionally startle downtown pedestrians. Or, better yet, go with them the club is free to join, and rewards all runners each Tuesday night with free food and discounted beer. Tonight's post-run celebration will corral everyone at the City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St.) for the usual good times, plus music and giveaways. All profits from beer sales will go to the Trails and Open Space Coalition. For more, visit jackquinnsrunners.com. KW
Remember when "phat" was the new "it" phrase? Even though it's no longer the '90s, "phat" is still, well, phat, especially tonight, when you can see funky R&B soul band Phat Daddy & The Phat Horn Doctors as part of the Gettin' Down Downtown Summer Concert Series. Hear free live music from 6 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday through Aug. 29 at America the Beautiful Park (126 Cimino Drive). Get there early and check out art exhibits and a farmers' market. Go to gettindowndowntown.com for the concert schedule, or call 785-3235. AL
This week's 7 Days contributors: Pete Freedman, Angela Grosshans, Kurtis Lee, Amanda Lundgren, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.