Clint Eastwood was the ultimate cowboy. As the no-name drifter, he spoke mostly in grunts and scowls. He represented the Hollywood West better than any of those wannabes with lots of dialogue. But Josey Wales wasn't real, and to really talk about the American West, visit the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo) for an exhibit of Western artwork by Western artists. The Representing the West Art Exhibit & Sale kicks off in tandem with the annual Chile & Frijoles Festival. A free opening reception is scheduled from 5 to 7 tonight. Call 719/295-7200 or check out sdc-arts.org for information. EA
Time to get pumped for two things that are kind of metal-ish. First, check out March Fourth's performance at 12:30 today at CC's Armstrong Quad (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.). Basically, March Fourth is like a carney-marching band-gone-awesome; there's 34 members, and a good chunk don't even play an instrument they're too busy walking on stilts and blowing fire and whatnot. Once they've blown your mind, head across Cascade to the Money Museum (818 N. Cascade Ave.) for the opening celebration of The Medal is the Message: Global Ideas in Handheld Sculpture. This art exhibit, which features different interpretations of the concept of medals, opens at 4. For more, call 482-9857. Both events are free, with a suggested donation at the museum. PF
Tonight illustrates just how unfair life is. You have two overlapping rock-star events to choose between. From 6 to 9, there's Flaunt: Fashion Under the Bridge (that'd be the bridge near 218 W. Colorado Ave.). The chic event features models, music, food and more to benefit FutureSelf. Tickets are $30 ($60 VIP) at Idor, Toni & Guy and flauntfashionunderthebridge.com. Second, there's Gregory Walker's Nightmare in Rio at 7:30 at UCCS's Gallery of Contemporary Art (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.). The multimedia show features Latin fusion music, spoken word, photos and video projection. Visit galleryuccs.org. MS
I've always wondered about Oktoberfest. You drink a lot, dance a lot, eat a lot and dress to impress in your best lederhosen. It feels like a wedding reception on HGH. But why? Turns out, the first Oktoberfest actually was a celebration of the wedding of German Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese on Oct. 12, 1810. In Munich, the party begins in September and runs 'til October. However, the Rocky Mountain Oktoberfest in Woodland Park will run only through the weekend. If you missed it yesterday, join revelers from noon to 5 today at Kavanaugh Field (Highway 24 and West Street). Admission is $6 for adults. Kids are free. MS
I remember sitting in my first women's studies class junior year and thinking about how much it reminded me of girls' night, sans chocolate and chick flicks. Two lone figures huddled in the back of the room constituted the class roster's male demographic. They became friends in a hurry. Anyway, Rita Felski, feminist literary and culture critic and author of Beyond Feminist Aesthetics, is delivering a free lecture at 7 tonight called "The Uses of Literature: An Un-Manifesto" at CC's Gates Common Room (1025 N. Cascade Ave.). Call 389-6607 or visit coloradocollege.edu for more info. AG
Yale-educated David McCullough has won Pulitzer Prizes for his biographies of Harry Truman and John Adams. He's also in his 70s, paints landscapes and lives in small-town Massachusetts. But the man's not so quintessentially New England that he won't venture west; why, this week alone, he's speaking at two Front Range colleges. At 8 tonight, he kicks off CSU-Pueblo's "Voices of America Distinguished Lecture Series" with a free talk at Hoag Recital Hall (2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo). If you can't make that, how about seeing him at 6 p.m. on the 28th for UCCS' Reach Your Peak Scholarship fundraising dinner, at the new Campus Recreation Center? Those tickets are $35 (less for campus faculty and all students), and available at 262-3176 or firstname.lastname@example.org. KW
Even though you've long since denied that you ever went through an electronic phase (I saw you in your big pants liar), you can chalk up to nostalgia your 7:30 p.m. visit to the Fillmore Auditorium (1510 Clarkson St., Denver) to see The Chemical Brothers. So what if I think their latest release, We Are the Night, is largely crap? I could be wrong, and that doesn't mean they won't play some goodies from back in the Exit Planet Dust days. Plus, they're playing with The Faint. General admission tickets are $32; visit livenation.com for more. MS
This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Pete Freedman, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.