If you're like me, you're wearing down on the same "expert observers" commenting or spewing, as the case may be about the presidential soap opera. It's to the point of needing to hear different voices, and not just on TV. That's where Jerry Gray comes in, bringing his 30-plus years as a reporter and editor with the New York Times and Associated Press to Colorado College, discussing "Diversity as it relates to the presidential race" at 7 p.m. in the Gates Common Room at Palmer Hall (1025 N. Cascade Ave.), east of Tutt Library. It's free and great timing, just after Super Tuesday. For more info, call 389-6607. RR
When I was younger I always wanted to visit Neverland, but I lost my white glove. If you also missed out, this is your chance to experience the magic like you've never seen before. The Broadway musical performance of Peter Pan will be showing at 7:30 tonight. All of the fantasy will come to life as presented by Academy Concerts inside the doors of Arnold Hall Theater (2302 Cadet Drive) on the Air Force Academy campus. Tickets range from $27-$42 for adults and $15 for children. For more info and directions, call 333-4497 white glove not necessary. DO
Rock That Uke! I have not only just told you the name of a film that will premiere at the first-ever Colorado Ukulele Festival at the Swallow Hill Music Association (71 E. Yale Ave., Denver), but also something constructive to yell if you're having a good time. What you should also know is the event runs from 9 a.m. onward and features headliners Del Rey at the Uke Shack and much more. Tickets cost $80 in advance and $90 day-of for a full pass, with single workshop and concert tickets running only $20. Call 303/777-1003 for more or visit
My first and most memorable association with Jerry Garcia is as the namesake for a flavor of Ben & Jerry's ice cream. Outside the formidable frozen-food industry, Jerry's legacy as guitarist and vocalist for the Grateful Dead is still kicking around Colorado Springs with Melvin Seals and the Jerry Garcia Band, a pop and blues group bringing the music of the Dead and others at 8 tonight to Silver Moon (117 E. Las Vegas St.). Tickets are $20 at the door and only $15 in advance. Arrive early for The John Cary Band. Call 633-LIVE (5483) for more. MD
Either you toured around town last week during First Friday like we recommended and saw a lot of great art, or you didn't and had to hear about it secondhand from coworkers or your mom. If you're in the latter group, today offers yet another chance to check out what's hanging in one of First Friday's central hubs, the Smokebrush Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.). A juried show, State of the Union, offers a quite eclectic mix of social commentaries, while Domestic Expansion highlights some local fiber-based sculptures and Peterson AFB Celebrates Black History Month achieves just that. Call 444-1012 or visit smokebrush.org for more. MS
If you need to apply for a loan to ensure your petroleum-drinking machine is equipped with the essential oil it needs, I can't help you. However, to learn about oils that can improve your health and beauty, Carol Garner, practitioner, will be presenting the "History and Modern Use of Essential Oils" tonight at the East Library (5550 N. Union Blvd). The free lecture runs from 6:30 to 8. Come ready to learn about the history of essential oils, their use in the Bible, their chemistry and their everyday use for healing and well-being. For more info, contact Addie at 598-7287. DO
A few years ago, a friend of mine went to a Marilyn Manson concert. The crowd in the front row kept cheering delightedly at random intervals, so my friend went to investigate. Turns out Manson was spitting on them. Before my friend could escape, he got a shot of saliva, right in the face. So he did what any good fan would: He spit back. Experience your own body-fluids adventure at the Marilyn Manson concert at 8 p.m. at the Fillmore Auditorium (1510 Clarkson St., Denver). Tickets start at $39.50, $44 day-of-show; buy them at ticketmaster.com or by calling 303/837-0360. AL
This week's 7 Days contributors: Michelle Dotter, Amanda Lundgren, David Owens, Ralph Routon and Matthew Schniper.