As kids, we're always told to talk out our differences. Looks like Christo and Jeanne-Claude took that advice; for the second time in a little over a month, the world-renowned installation art duo will be speaking to the masses in Salida, explaining why their proposed art project, "Over the River," which will cover portions of the Arkansas River in a sheer fabric, isn't necessarily a bad thing. The talk, which will also include a silent auction for the duo's sketches, will start at 7 tonight at the Salida Steam Plant Theater (220 W. Sackett Ave.). Tickets are $20 and available by calling 719/530-0933. No word on whether there'll be a protest. PF
When I heard the Family Polo Classic was coming to town, I wondered why. Polo is "the sport of kings," and this is the Wild West. It just ain't right. Then I learned that Will Rogers, the great American humorist and cowboy, was a big polo player. Apparently, he and Spencer Penrose helped develop a polo scene in Colorado Springs a half a century ago. Who knew? Anyway, tonight catch the "Great Gatsby Gala and Silent Auction" and tomorrow, enjoy the match, a barbecue, music and kids' activities beginning at noon, all at The Colorado Springs School (21 Broadmoor Ave.). Call 475-9747 for ticket prices and more. JT
Imagine attending the first Olympic games held in 776 B.C. Back in the day, only Greek-speaking, free men were allowed to participate in the events. Fast forward a couple thousand years and check out the Olympic Day Celebration, where you can meet not only Greek competators, but athletes from around the globe. Watch sports demonstrations, see live bands and more. Thank Zeus for social progress. The event will be held at the U.S. Olympic Complex (1750 E. Boulder St.) and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info, call 866-4529. AG
Nothing describes summer better than sunshine, grilling, swimming pools and a good ol' soapbox derby. Yea, I said it, a soapbox derby. You know, those little homemade go-karts that lack an engine and only produce speed by going downhill? It's truly a derby to see, so at 8:30 a.m. today attend the annual Pikes Peak Acura Soap Box Derby located on Costilla Street between El Paso and Wahsatch streets. Watch more than 50 youth competitors pit their finely tuned cars against each other in a double elimination race known as "The Gravity Grand-Prix." For more info, call 488-8808 or visit ppsbd.com. KL
Attention: Spoiler alert! Remember when Leonardo DiCaprio got iced in The Departed? Come to think of it, he met the same chilling fate in Titanic. The poor guy can't seem to catch a break, not unlike the real passengers of the ill-fated ocean liner. Head up to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver) to check out Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, a collection of stories and artifacts, including a 4,000-pound section of the ship's hull. The show runs through January 2008. Go to dmns.org or call 303/322-7009 for hours, prices and more. AL
Superb music in a spectacular setting. That's what you'd get tonight if you'd attend the Chamber Orchestra Garden Party "A Little Night Music," at Hillside Gardens (1006 S. Institute St.) from 6 to 8:30. The event was originally going to be called "A Little Sumpthin' Sumpthin'," but the title was changed because that term means a lot of different things to people. (That whole last sentence is untrue.) But what is true is soloist Judeth Shay Burns will join the orchestra and small ensembles as they play while you stroll the gardens, view local artists' works and enjoy appetizers and drinks. Tickets cost $30. Visit chamberorchestra- ofthesprings.org or call 332-5462. MS
Although this art show opened last Friday, why not take it in on a Wednesday, right? Why not spend a few minutes viewing the works of local artists Rebecca Myers, Lorraine Danzo and Juergen, whose works make up the show Art of the Real Eye Exhibit at Pikes Peak Community College's Downtown Studio Campus (100 W. Pikes Peak Ave.). Works range from paintings to sculpture to woodworking. The show runs through Aug. 2 and can be seen Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for free. For more questions, call 502-4040 or visit ppcc.edu. EA
This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Pete Freedman, Angela Grosshans, Kurtis Lee, Amanda Lundgren, Matthew Schniper and Jill Thomas.