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click to enlarge Get crazy with Gallagher Sunday night at the Pikes Peak Center.
  • Get crazy with Gallagher Sunday night at the Pikes Peak Center.

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Friday

Jump right off that trendy bacon-mongering bandwagon tonight at All Souls Unitarian Church (730 N. Tejon St.), where George Eisman, one of the nation's leading vegetarian nutritionists, will discuss the plethora of disinformation surrounding the Atkins epidemic. The Atkins diet, along with other low-carb fads, can help you lose a whole lot more than weight, and Eisman'll be tellin' you why. The fun runs from 7 to 9 p.m., and the shebang is free of charge. For more, call 209-2108.

Man, you gotta love any press release that lists "meet, greet, get drunk" as one of its events. That said, check out the Runnin' Rich Scooter Rally, taking place all weekend at various places around town. The weekend's packed with tons of semi-scooter-related events, like a scavenger hunt, a talent show complete with karaoke, a scenic ride, a raffle and the aforementioned meet-greet-drink party to kick things off at Shuga's, 702 S. Cascade Ave., 7 p.m. tonight. Plus, you get to look at other people's scooters and let them look at yours. Give a jingle over to Sportique Scooter (442-0048) for more information.

Also this evening, catch the debut of How the Other Half Loves at the Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.). This play by Alan Ayckbourn ("the Neil Simon of Britain") chronicles the madcap miscommunication foibles of a three married couples whose lives are intertwined. Extramarital flings take place, fabrications are dealt out, and dinner parties are scheduled in a steadily increasing tornado of misunderstanding. Sound fun? Like a Frasier episode in a world gone mad? Check it out tonight and tomorrow night at 8 and every subsequent weekend through June 13. Admission for the show is $16 for FAC members in advance, $18 for public in advance, and $21 at the door. Call the box office, 634-5583, or hit up www.csfineartscenter.org.

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click to enlarge How the Other Half Loves, by Alan Aykbourne, is playing at the Fine Arts Center.
  • How the Other Half Loves, by Alan Aykbourne, is playing at the Fine Arts Center.

Saturday

It's a sheep-shavin'! Join the gang at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site (by the entrance to Garden of the Gods at 30th Street) for their annual shearing events. Visit the historical buildings, see wool-spinning demonstrations by the Pikes Peak Guild of Weavers and Spinners and witness some sheep get new summer do's. The park will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, kids $1 and the under-six set for free, or chip in for a $25 family pass for all-year-round fun. Give the Ranch a call at 578-6777 for more.

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Sunday

Adore trains but terrified by their size? Hey, you fraidy-cat, you, check out the National Model Railroading Association train show! Meet with other model train enthusiasts to talk weensy trees and cows, purchase some weensy trees or cows from vendors, or perhaps win a door prize of weensy trees and cows. Choo-choo your way on over to the City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St.) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today to get in on the action.

Unless you are crushingly, hopelessly lame, you will attend the following event. Gallagher! At the Pikes Peak Center! Pontificating! Hitting vegetable matter with hammers! How often does a recent gubernatorial (and apparently presidential) candidate come to town with wacky props and jokes in order to bash open cantaloupes and fling cottage cheese at people who pay him to do so? Just this once! So bring your plastic ponchos, your umbrellas and your goggles, and witness history. Tickets are available at a fruit-whackin' variety of prices by calling 520-9090 or at

www.ticketmaster.com . Gallagher's Web site is (what else?)

click to enlarge Head on over to the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site and check out the sheep strip show on Saturday.
  • Head on over to the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site and check out the sheep strip show on Saturday.

www.gallaghersmash.com .

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Thursday

Loveland native Dave Beegle is reportedly one of the best guitarists in the whole world. That's why he is lauded by publications such as Guitar Magazine, Guitar World Acoustic, and 20th Century Guitar. His newest release, Beyond the Desert, is jam-packed with world-music, blues, "ethno-alternative fusion," R & B and rock favorites. Go and see Beegle tonight at 32 Bleu (32 S. Tejon St.), where he will play guitar with uncommon skill. Hit up

www.32bleu.com for ticket information, and go to

www.davebeegle.com to find out more about Dave and his guitar.

For one night only, local performer Jim Jackson brings his famed Firehouse Circus to the Manitou Art Theater at the Business of Art Center (515 Manitou Ave.) in Manitou. Jackson's show will benefit the Michael and Denise Hardy family, owners of the Kaleidoscope Kite Store in Manitou Springs, who have recently suffered a setback due to Michael's sudden, catastrophic illness. All proceeds from the show will go to defray Michael's medical expenses. Jackson's physical comedy has earned him an international reputation as a master clown -- hey, the guy can juggle ping pong balls with his mouth. The wearing of red noses by the audience is encouraged. The show starts at 7 p.m.; tickets are $8 each or $24 for the entire family. Call 685-4729 for reservations.

--Aaron Retka

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