Sadly, no eggshell-filled mountain of compost challenges Pikes Peak's dominance of our western skyline. But all is not lost: The Sustainable Living Working Group is hosting a citywide discussion on making the Springs a green city. At 6:30 tonight, come to Penrose Library's Carnegie Reading Room (20 N. Cascade Ave.) to learn about what's already going on, and to get some ideas from the likes of Richard Skorman and Megan Day (Manitou Springs' climate-action guru). The ultimate goal: to "build a broad-based alliance around a climate action plan that the City Council could actually adopt." Godspeed! For more info or to RSVP, contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org or 632-6189. KW
Here's a well-timed First Friday art opening: Where the Wealth Is, or What's Wrong with this Picture? You know ... what with the economy possibly skidding toward a recession right now and all. Artists Dina Wood, Sarah Milteer and Ani Rose Whaleswan take on the topic of wealth disparity in the Commons Gallery of the Depot Arts Building (218 W. Colorado Ave.) from 5 to 9 tonight and through February. Make sure to stop in and ponder your own financial situation (it's free admission, by the way) while remembering that something like one in five people worldwide survive on less than a dollar a day. Call 634-0478 for more. MS
Last year, after living elsewhere since 2001, I was pumped about once again enjoying Carnivale, Manitou Springs' version of Mardi Gras. We couldn't wait for the parade, the annual Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-Off, the full day and night of craziness. Suddenly, the flu knocked me on my back, and that meant no Carnivale. Total bummer. Couldn't drink water, much less a Hurricane. I'll try again today, with the gumbo cook-off (public tastings, two for $1) at 11 a.m. and the big parade at 1 p.m. If you want to walk in the parade no alcohol allowed be there at 12:30. Free shuttles also will run between downtown Manitou and various motels, with lodging specials available. For info, call 685-5089. RR
Pinky Pie, Minty and Rarity the Unicorn will be holding the "world's biggest tea party" this weekend. If you plan to take the kiddos to see these pastel ponies with rainbow manes and tattooed behinds, you'd better get your tickets now. All my 20-something girlfriends overcome with misty-eyed nostalgia have pushed their way to the front of the line. If you missed the Friday and Saturday shows, today's your last chance to catch My Little Pony Live! at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) at 1 or 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 to $25 at 520-SHOW (7469) or tickets
If you haven't heard of Potters for Peace before, check this out: The U.S.-based nonprofit works worldwide (with an emphasis in Central America) to, among other things, teach people how to craft their own low-cost ceramic water filters. Pretty rad, right? Well, you can support Potters for Peace and Nicaraguan potters by picking up a beautiful handcrafted piece at Nicaraguan Pottery, the new show at Commonwheel Artists Co-op (102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs). It actually opens on Feb. 1, but it's up until March 3. Stop by today Commonwheel's open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or call 685-1008 for more. KW
The concept of an overbearing show business mom isn't a new phenomenon, according to 1959 musical Gypsy. Loosely based on the memoirs of striptease Gypsy Rose Lee, the Broadway show written by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim focuses on Lee's domineering mother, Mama Rose, and her efforts to get at least one of her daughters to perform onstage. Don't judge too quickly show biz moms today aren't much better. Gypsy will be at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) today and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $30 to $50. Call 520-SHOW (7469) or go online to pikespeakcenter.com for more. ALL
According to The Heart Sutra, one of Buddhism's central texts, compassion comes from trusting one's heart rather than one's mind, eyes, gut or best friend Leroy. Ken McLeod, Buddhist teacher and author of An Arrow to the Heart: A Commentary on the Heart Sutra, will explain this and more at 7 tonight at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (730 N. Tejon St.). McLeod is regarded for his ability to "take esoteric concepts and relate them directly to peoples' daily lives," according to one event organizer. Admission is by donation. Call 290-9125 for more or visit unfetteredmind.org for more on McLeod. MS
This week's 7 Days contributors: Amanda Lundgren, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.