The folks at PILLAR: Institute for Lifelong Learning (30 E. Rio Grande) want people to know that though their courses are especially designed for retirees, they are open to all ages. Today offers a fine example of a class anyone should find interest in: "Unsolved Mysteries of American History: An Eye-Opening Journey through 500 Years of Discoveries, Disappearances and Baffling Events." Instructor Phil McDonald will expound on this lengthy title from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., for a cost of $22 ($16 for members). Call 633-4991 for reservations and go to visitpillar.org to see PILLAR's upcoming calendar. MS
Love! Sex! Revenge! Men dressed as women! And it's all local, yessir! At 8 tonight and tomorrow night, JAKES Theatre unveils The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: A Musical Review, at the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado (315 E. Costilla St.). JAKES writer Jessica Gisin will be among 14 performers tying women's songs of Broadway (often adapted by musical director River Saddler) into a treatise on falling in and out of love. Your $15 ticket also gets you one drink and hors d'oeuvres. Call 433-9200 for tickets or more info on JAKES. Oh, we should mention: 20 percent of the proceeds will go to the Colorado Festival of World Theatre. KW
When she's not in Colorado Springs, part-time resident Amy Gillespie is working to create hope for children orphaned by AIDS in Mozambique. At the AIDS Orphans' Skills Center she founded there, children receive life-skills training for brighter futures. Tonight meet Gillespie and reach out to children orphaned by AIDS through the Concert of Hope at Unity Church in the Rockies (1945 Mesa Road). Gillespie will speak about the center and present a show and sale of the children's artwork from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by the music of Fairlight Moriah & Joe King with Canaan Vallejos. A $20 donation is suggested. Call 471-4556 for more. JT
Valentine's Day isn't so far off that you couldn't earn a little early cred by taking your significant bother to Songs of Love and Destiny at 3 today at the First Christian Church (16 E. Platte Ave.) The concert, which also played at 7 last night at the Broadmoor Community Church (315 Lake Ave.), features works by Paul Hindemith, Franz Schubert and Manuel de Falla, with soloists Linda Weise and Matthew Scheffelman. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, available at the door or in advance at 633-3649. For more on the orchestra, visit chamberorchestraofthesprings.org. MS
I'm sure somewhere around town you've seen a bumper sticker urging, "Give Blood: Play Hockey." Well, today, you don't need to give up precious plasma just come out and cheer on your favorite local high school players as Palmer High School hosts the High School Hockey Breast Cancer Fundraiser. A $4 to $6 ticket will get you four games, and a chance to enter fundraising drawings and a silent auction to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Fund. They'll do it again with two games on Wednesday. Contact 963-7619 for more. SH
As veterans, they support everyone still serving in the military. But they have a separate cause, opposing the war in Iraq and encouraging others to join them in turning their feelings into writings and sharing them at public readings. "Words of Resistance" takes place from 7 to 10 tonight at WeUsOur Artist's Market (10 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs). It will be an avenue for readings from vets, active-duty military and area activists (for info, call 685-9702), but it's also open to anyone wanting to listen, with WeUsOur's art as the backdrop. RR
In a project called "Over the River," Christo and Jeanne-Claude hope to hang 5.9 miles of sheer, white fabric as a suspended covering to the Arkansas River. Sure, it sounds pretty interesting and the mock-ups of the project do, indeed, dazzle, but the townspeople of Salida have some legitimate economic and environmental concerns about the project. At 3:30 this afternoon, in Colorado College's Packard Hall (5 W. Cache la Poudre St.), the artists will discuss these concerns and no doubt counter them with their own opinions of artistic merit. This event's free to attend; call 389-6607 for more information. PF
This week's 7 Days contributors: Pete Freedman, Sydney Hamilton, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.