One of my old buddies is a big paddlehead. Now I'm not being mean I'm just saying he kayaks. A lot. He even moved to Buena Vista to be near the Arkansas full-time. And no matter what the season, he's always reverently gushing over FIBArk (that's the Blue Paddle FIBArk Whitewater Festival, now in its 59th year). Well, it's finally here, pal, running today through Sunday in and around Salida. And it's not just for dudes in wetsuits: There'll be running, biking, skateboarding, music and many more draws, including the notorious "Wild and Crazy Hooligan Race." Everything you need to know is at fibark.com. MS
Catch the work of local writer, producer and director Carolyn Moore at 8 tonight with Women Shoptalk While Real Men Wait at Colorado College's Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache La Poudre St.). The theater production, inspired by urban stage icon Tyler Perry, tells the story of four sisters burdened by gossip and four men who wait for them to "let go and let God." It stars Crissy Collins, Anthony Price, Aisha Williams and Tony Exum Jr., among other prominent performers. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door, and a portion of the proceeds benefit TESSA. Call 761-6143 for more information. MS
Straight up: We couldn't pick which of the following events to feature today, so we're covering them all. Pay attention. First, Springs Spree runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. downtown with food, entertainment, races and more. Visit springspree.com for event details. Second, the Colorado Springs Branch NAACP's Juneteenth Economic Empowerment Expo is going on at Hillside Community Center (901 S. Institute St.) from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It features entertainment, health demonstrations and community speakers. Call 475-7255 for more there. Third, the Starlight Spectacular bike ride begins at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center (1805 N. 30th St.) tonight at 11:59. Visit starlightspectacular.org for registration info and more. MS
So, it's Father's Day and you've taken Dad to brunch and reminisced about the good ol' days. Now you're just waiting for the well-meaning lecture about where you went wrong. Here's an idea take Dad to judge someone else instead, at the art show and sale at Penrose Library (20 N. Cascade Ave.). Gardens: Nature's Palette displays the winners of a juried art competition of local artists. The free show is from 2 to 5 p.m., and sales benefit Carnegie Garden, a new public garden downtown. Call 531-6333 or go to ppld.org for more info. AL
So, to see Mike Jones read from I Had to Say Something: The Art of Ted Haggard's Fall, you've got to go to Denver. We urge you, though, to keep some perspective: No matter how frustrating the traffic, your trip to see Jones probably will be easier to live with than one of Haggard's own drives up I-25. When Jones speaks at the LoDo Tattered Cover (1628 16th St.), be ready to hear Jones offer some lurid details about the former New Life Church leader's sexuality, as well as reflections on life as an escort, massage therapist and bodybuilder. The reading begins at 7:30, and is free; visit tatteredcover.com for more. KW
When blues grand master Buddy Guy last came to town, my then-7-year-old begged to go. Lest you doubt me, you should know that she also begs for Brussels sprouts. Though the concert began at bedtime, we bought tickets, and Guy didn't disappoint. At the show's climax, he left the stage to walk through the aisles and balcony, guitar wailing. Amazingly, he stopped next to us for an especially intense riff, and reveling in our brush with greatness, I turned to look at my daughter only to find her fast asleep. Nice. Don't sleep through your chance to see him tonight at Red Rocks Amphitheatre (18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison) with George Thorogood and Koko Taylor. Visit ticketmaster.com for tickets. JT
Harry Potter fans, listen up: It's still another month (31 days to be exact) until you can get your hands on the seventh and final book of the series. But don't despair. Tonight, get your magic fix courtesy of AlleyCat Theatrics. The youth theater group, comprised of actors between the ages of 8 and 18, presents Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum, a musical take on Jack and the Beanstalk, at the Lon Chaney Theatre (221 E. Kiowa St.). The evening's two shows start at 5:30 and 7:30, and tickets range from $10 to $12. Call 209-1484 for more information. AL
This week's 7 Days contributors: Pete Freedman, Amanda Lundgren, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.
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