The Colorado College Visiting Writers Series continues at 7 tonight in the Gates Common Room (1025 N. Cascade Ave.) with a reading by bestselling fiction novelist Jeffrey Lent. The author is best-known for his 2001 Civil War-era In the Fall; the visceral detail in this one spawned comparisons to works of William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy. He's since followed up with Lost Nation in 2004 and A Peculiar Grace this past August, from which he'll be sure to read. Attendance will cost you nothing; call 389-6606 for more or visit coloradocollege.edu/news_events. MS
This week, you can get your Zorro aged (via the 1920 silent-film version), fresh (1998's The Mask of Zorro) or fricasseed. For option No. 3, it's the Manitou Art Theater's production of Oh Zorro! Oh! Oh! Oh! Proudly promoted as "ridiculous," this live-action take on the Zorro legend puts two ice-cream vendors in the sights of local bullies and thugs. Expect puppetry, live music and unforgettable sword-fighting. The first showing starts at 7 tonight at the MAT (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs). Tickets are $8, free for children 2 and under, available at 685-4729 or at themat.org. For a full schedule of Zorro-related All Pikes Peak Reads events, visit ppld.org/AboutYourLibrary/Events/APPR2007. KW
Business types use the term "powwow" as a softer version of "meeting," especially when said meeting involves a whupping. But if a modern powwow with Native American dancing is what you're looking for, at 7:30 p.m. tonight visit Cossitt Gym at Colorado College (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.) for Tekcno Powwow II: The Return of the Funk. Artist Bently Spang will head the powwow that includes modern rap, hip-hop and techno music. Spang's own exhibit, Cyberskins, starts Oct. 11 at CC's Coburn Gallery. Both events are free and open to the public. Visit coloradocollege.edu/coburn or call 227-8263 for more. EA
So, one might ask, why would Bill Cosby take the Pikes Peak Center stage for shows at 2 and 5 p.m. today? The day before, he did another doubleheader in Chicago. At 70, a global star for nearly a half-century, he's far beyond cultivating his image or his grandchildren's trust accounts. Well, the Coz simply refuses to fade away, continuing to spin his classic humor and philosophies even in cities much smaller than this. Tickets are $41.50 to $51.50 ($22 balcony seats for students) at ticketswest.com or the Pikes Peak Center and World Arena ticket offices. Call 520-7469 for other options. Put it this way: If you haven't seen Cosby live, you might not have many more chances. RR
Fifteen years ago, when artist Frederick Hubicki was living in Vermont, he attended a country auction in an older couple's home and watched as the auctioneer sold the couple's belongings to the highest bidders. The scene touched Hubicki so much that he decided to render it on canvas. Since then, the now-67-year-old has branched out to include county fairs and farmers' markets in his oil depictions of life around the United States. His exhibit A Little Americana will be on display at L.I.W. Cargo (713 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs) until Oct. 31. If you decide against the Coz on Oct. 7, check out the artist's reception from 6 to 8 p.m. that day. Call 685-0452 for more. AL
Two art shows to check out this month on the west and north ends of town. First, there's Intriguing Web at the Commonwheel Artists Co-op (102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs), featuring felting, basketry, spinning, kumihimo, woven jewelry and more through Nov. 11. Then there's From the Earth: A Fine Art Harvest of Still Lifes and Clay Works at the Tri- Lakes Center for the Arts (304 U.S. Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake) through Nov. 10, featuring um, you figure it out. Call 685-1008 or visit commonwheel.com for more on the handwoven items and visit trilakesarts.org or call 481-0475 for more on clay and still-lifes. MS
Don't let this event come to you as a shock / But tonight at 5:30 and 7:30 o'clock Down in the lovely Lon Chaney Theatre (221 E. Kiowa St.) / Comes a thing-a-ma-bob that couldn't be sweeter And, better yet, it comes as a deuce / Two family shows from our friend Dr. Seuss!
AlleyCat Theatrics proudly presents us this feat / Which only costs a mere 10 bucks per seat
It's the wonderful world of Seussical Junior! / It'd only be neater if it were here sooner! So head on down, ye of Whoville Nation /
And call 209-1484 for more information. PF
This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Pete Freedman, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.