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click to enlarge John Lee Hooker, one of many photographed musicians - on display at Pianos New & Used.
  • John Lee Hooker, one of many photographed musicians on display at Pianos New & Used.

16 Thursday

They say laughter is the best medicine, and given how difficult it is to come across a flu shot nowadays, we'll happily settle for a few hearty guffaws. Anything for a stronger immune system, right? Venue 515 at the Business of Art Center (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs) is hosting Tangled Up in You, three nights of comedy with Hannah Rockey and Jeff Harms, tonight through Saturday. Rockey's a local improv comedienne and Harms has been touring the national circuit for 20 years. Each show starts at 8 and costs $15 to attend. Call 685-4729 for reservations and information. It's in your best interest. PF

17 Friday

Whenever I hear "What's Love Got to Do with It?" I am 7 years old again, in the back seat of my parents' Reliant K. Needless to say, then, it's rare that I gaze at photos of Tina Turner. But this week, I was guilty of just that, when I saw one that Lilian Kaiser took awhile back. Kaiser is a music photographer of the highest order; her black-and-white images have appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone and Q, among other publications. Tonight, they'll be at the next logical place: Pianos New & Used (413 N. Tejon St.). The 5 p.m. opening will feature music by Bryant Jones, an appearance from the photographer (a Manitou Springs resident), and no carsickness. Call 389-1430 for more. KW

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18 Saturday

Like a prognosticator in election season, I'm just going to go ahead and call this one early: Bad Chihuly Noon (yes, it starts at noon) is going to be the art event of the year maybe the decade. When the goal is to make "terrible, horrible, no good, very bad art," according to the flier, and the Gallery of Contemporary at UCCS (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.) is handing out melted LP records, cheap acrylic paint and eye patches (don't tsk-tsk; it's tastelessly brilliant) for $2 to $3, how can supreme fun not be attained? Besides, if you succeed, you can try to sell your project to the FAC for a cool mil. Call 262-3567 or visit galleryuccs.org for more. MS

19 Sunday

Tonight's the last of three nights to catch what could be the seminal moment in Colorado Springs puppetry (if such a moment could exist). It's The Jabberwocky featuring Dr. Razzamataz the Stupendous and His Mystical Medicine Show. Sounds heavy, right? Expect it to be; local puppeteer extraordinaire Razzamataz (aka Ryan Ballard of Manitou Springs) will be performing, essentially, his greatest hits. All the familiar characters will be there. Catch it at the Smokebrush Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.) on Friday, Saturday or tonight. Each show starts at 8, and tickets cost $10. Call 504/301-8201 for more info. PF

20 Monday

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A chiropractor recently told me that were it not for nasty external factors, the human body could live for hundreds of years. Now, you can take this information and curse fast food, bad shoes and coal-processing plants, or you can suck it up and play the hand you're dealt. If you choose the latter, spendsome time tonight with Dr. David T. Dolwig at the Ruth Holley Branch Library (685 N. Murray Blvd.). The Sand Creek Chiropractic professional will talk about how to avoid carcinogens, and other ways you can help your body heal itself. (Hmmm ... might he suggest seeing a chiropractor?) The free lecture runs from 6:30 to 8, and you can find out more at 597-7553. KW


If you think Primus' Les Claypool is the best bass player in the world, you're wrong. He's definitely hot action, but Bla Fleck's Victor Wooten could slap him under a table any day. That bias established, I'm still recommending you head to Denver tonight to see Claypool twice. At 6:30, he'll be at the Historic LoDo Tattered Cover (1628 16th St., Denver), where he'll read from and sign South of the Pumphouse, his debut novel (who knew?). Then, at 8, he'll be at the Fillmore Auditorium (1510 Clarkson St., Denver) for a concert. The reading is free; and tickets to the 16-and-up show are $39.75. Call 303/436-1070 for more on the book, or visit ticketmaster.com for more on the show. MS

22 Wednesday

After years of lazily staring at the TV, I've decided that watching a sitcom from its beginning is far more rewarding than trying to surmise who's who and why I should be laughing or crying midway through Season Four. That said, tonight offers your only chance to get in on the ground level of Starship Troy, a live sitcom set on a trash-collection vessel in space, at the Buntport Theater (717 Lipan St., Denver). The odd theatric event, based on building audience suggestions, will hence run four times per month through May, always at 8. Tickets range from $5 to $7. Visit buntport.com or call 720/946-1388 for more. MS

This week's 7 Days contributors: Pete Freedman, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.


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