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Thursday

music

When I think of the sounds of the '70s, the Anchorman soundtrack immediately invades my senses. I mean, come on who doesn't think of "Grazing in the Grass" and Will Ferrell in a polyester suit? You don't? Well, don't fret: You, can revisit the '70s by checking out FireFall at 8 tonight at The Thirsty Parrot (32 S. Tejon St.). With such hits as 1976's "You Are the Woman," FireFall is sure to get you groovin'. Tickets run $14 to $50 (VIP) and are available online at amusiccompanyinc.com. Contact 576-5945 for more. SH

16

Friday

music/comedy

Does the name Rodney Carrington ring a bell? I bet you've heard the musician-comedian's work. He's a regular on "The Bob & Tom Show," a national morning talk-radio show that airs here in the Springs on KKFM-FM 98.1, Mondays through Saturdays. He's probably best-known, though, for penning "Titties and Beer." A funny song, I guess, because it's oh-so-classy. Naturally, then, the place to catch Carrington at 8 tonight is the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) Tickets for this 18-plus show are $36.75; visit pikespeakcenter.org or call 520-7469. PF

17

Saturday

literature/music

I asked a buddy who grew up with Will Dailey to tell me one thing I'd have to mention about the singer-songwriter, since he's coming to town today. In return, I got 501 words. And one of those actually was a link to a 415-word online review of Dailey's 2006 release, Back Flipping Forward. Suffice to say my friend's ebullient over Dailey's "energy," nearly "perfect" musicality, and the way he blends "gutsy rock and complicated composition with just enough pure pop candy to make it work." See the 2007 Boston Music Awards Best Local Male Vocalist nominee for free at 2 p.m. at Borders Books (2120 Southgate Road). Or, if you'd prefer more of a rock vibe, spend $7 for a ticket on his 8 p.m. show at theElement (1626 S. Tejon St.). KW

18

Sunday

music

You're one of those occasional visitors to the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra. You pick your spots, maybe once or twice a season. Nobody's judging ... but you need a nudge to find your way to the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.). This would be one of those times, as CSPO presents its "biggest orchestral extravaganza" of the season, including Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, Respighi's Fountains of Rome and Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine. The finale is at 2:30 p.m. today, after an 8 p.m. Saturday performance, with pre-concert lectures an hour before showtime in Studio Bee. Tickets ($13 to $50) are available at the Pikes Peak Center, TicketsWest outlets, 520-7469 or at ticketswest.com. RR

19

Monday

lecture

If you've been waiting to bust out a tasteless midget joke, this may be your crowd. Tonight, Robert B. Eckhardt, Penn State professor of developmental genetics and evolutionary morphology, gives a lecture titled "Tall Tales About Little People: Doing Science in the Age of Media." Eckhardt was on the scientific team that discovered "hobbit" skeletons in Indonesia in 2004, which sparked a bogus media frenzy about a previously unknown species of humans. The free lecture takes place at 7 in CC's McHugh Student Commons (1090 N. Cascade Ave.). Call 389-6607 for more, you Frodo lover. MS

20

Tuesday

art

What did it take to make Mona Lisa smile? Surely it couldn't have been posing for a portrait for hours on end. (Beauty is pain, people.) However, for those of you who desire to own a piece of unique art, here is your reason to smile: The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo) is hosting Own Your Own, a show and sale featuring fine art from more than 100 artists which you can buy "off the wall." The opening reception started Nov. 14, but the exhibit runs through Dec. 29, so why not go tonight? Call 719/295-7200 for more. SH

21

Wednesday

art

So how do you, as an artist who paints lots of watercolors, earn distinction as a Top 15 artist in the country? Artisan water, of course! Ouch, that's lame ... Something better: 20 Years of Herman Raymond at Lasko Fine Art (113 N. Tejon St.). Raymond won the 2007 Pikes Peak Arts Council Artist of the Year award and is the aforementioned top artist. His show opened on Nov. 16, but continues through Dec. 31. The gallery is free to visit Tuesdays through Satur-days, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more, call 577-4750. EA

This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Pete Freedman, Sydney Hamilton, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.

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