At 7:30 tonight, you can see renowned Indian sitar player Sanjoy Bandopadhyay play various ragas over tabla player Abhijit Banerjee's talas. If you know what that means, you can skip the next 10 lines. For anyone with my understanding of Indian instrumental music, here are a few cursory definitions. Sitar: an Indian stringed instrument. Tabla: a small drum or pair of drums tuned to different pitches and played with the hands. Raga: a series of musical notes at the heart of a melody. Tala: a rhythmic pattern generally set by the tabla. OK. All this comes together at the UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.) and is free. Visit galleryuccs.org for more. KW
I love the movie Knocked Up even the score, which you may not realize was written by Loudon Wainwright III. Does that last name sound familiar? It should: Singer-songwriter Loudon is singer-songwriter Rufus' dad. At 7 tonight, the elder Wainwright will participate in a local live taping for the "etown" radio show, which is heard on NPR stations across the country. At tonight's taping, which was organized by KRCC-FM, Wainwright will be joined by highly regarded soul singer Bettye LaVette. The show takes place at CC's Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.). Tickets cost $15 to $20, and are available at ticketweb.com. SH
For those of you working on the Next Great American Novel (or Short Story, or Creative Nonfiction Whathaveyou), the Friends of the Manitou Springs Public Library are here to help. AuthorHouse Author Fest of the Rockies is back with more lunches, presentations, workshops and literary camaraderie to expedite that last paragraph. More than thirty Colorado authors join in the fest, which started Friday. Hosted at The Cliff House (306 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs), tickets range from $5 to $25. Funds benefit the Manitou Springs Carnegie Library. For more, call 578-3005 or visit authorfestoftherockies.org. EA
If you've never before seen author Salman Rushdie, there may be good reason. In 1989, the Ayatollah Khomeini, spiritual leader of Iran, issued a "fatwa" calling for Rushdie's death after the publication of his book The Satanic Verses. Rushdie shunned publicity and went into hiding for years amid bomb threats and demonstrations accusing him of blaspheming Islam. He's continued writing, however (including a children's book about the dangers of storytelling), and despite the risks, recently decided to end his isolation. Catch him at 7 tonight as part of The Colorado College Visiting Writers Series. His free talk will happen in CC's Armstrong Theatre (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.). Call 389-6607 for details. JT
So we already wrote about Rooney back in July, when the sunny California pop act rolled through the Springs to play The Black Sheep. The fact that they're now coming back to play Denver really isn't that exciting. But this is: They'll be playing alongside everyone's favorite nutty musical cult, The Polyphonic Spree. And that's pretty rock-star, especially considering how well our CD reviewers received that group's latest disc, The Fragile Army, when it came out in June. Check out these oddly paired acts at 8 tonight at the Gothic Theatre (3263 S. Broadway, Denver). Tickets are $20; visit ticketmaster.com. PF
Ever had that prickly feeling when you know you're lost? One minute you're all Jeremiah Johnson, and the next you're all tenderfoot shaking in your city sneakers. At 7 tonight, the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts (304 U.S. Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake) presents a lecture and slide show about a troop that trekked through the rarely experienced Arctic National Wilderness Refuge and paddled the inhospitable waters of the Arctic Sea. Across the Atlas costs only $5 and proceeds benefit the Colorado Cancer Foundation. Call 481-0475 or visit trilakesarts.org for information. EA
Get in on episode one of Starship Troy: Season Two: Off Duty at 8 tonight at the Buntport Theater Company (717 Lipan St., Denver). The live sitcom, influenced by audience participation, tracks a futuristic space garbage truck and its crew, promising each episode to kill Ensign McCoy (their version of South Park's Kenny) in a new, fun way. The series, which premiered last night and will continue every other Tuesday and Wednesday at the same time, runs in conjunction with Buntport's live comic book and regular full-length productions. Tickets cost $5 to $7; call 720/946-1388 or visit buntport.com for more. MS
This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Pete Freedman, Sydney Hamilton, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.