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Seven Days 

click to enlarge Wrestlers just love Territory Days.
  • Wrestlers just love Territory Days.

22 Thursday

Be ready to have some fun, fun, fun, 'til you realize the beach is far, far away. The Springs may not be California, but it's all right: At 7 tonight, we can be California dreamin'. The Thirsty Parrot (32 S. Tejon St.) is playing host to the Beach Boys tribute band known as Kahuna Beach Party. The professional singers and entertainers, eight men strong, will perform classic Beach Boys tunes while incorporating comedy and audience participation. Tickets are $14 in advance and $19 at the door. For more information, call 884-1094 or visit DO

23 Friday

Ah ... springtime in the Rockies. So fresh, so unpredictable, so maddening. For a more soothing take on the season, check out the Sounds of Spring in May concert. The 6 p.m. show, at the Antlers Hilton (4 S. Cascade Ave.), features soprano Rochelle Small Clifford and violinist Desiree Cedeno-Suarez. Tickets are $55 and include a no-host cocktail hour and dinner. Ticket cost benefits the Shivers Fund at the Pikes Peak Library District, which has brought visual and performing-arts acts from around the country to this area and helped youth in the arts. For more information or tickets, call 593-8400. AA

click to enlarge The Uncle Wilber Fountain awakens to soak your children - Saturday.
  • The Uncle Wilber Fountain awakens to soak your children Saturday.

24 Saturday

When I first considered moving here, I typed "Colorado Springs" into YouTube. Two iconic sights came to the fore: the Tasering of St. Patrick's Day protesters, and that weird spinning, spraying creature at Uncle Wilber Fountain in Acacia Park. (Actually, there was also a third, inexplicably long, video of one-time mayoral candidate Tony Tyler's windshield wipers navigating Wahsatch Avenue in the rain.) Anyway, after a windy but largely Taser-free spring, it's time for Wilber and Weebee who's supposed to be a monkey, but looks suspiciously like a dalmation in the video to get their spray on. The opening celebration runs from 11 to 3 today with children's yoga, food, music and the mass arrest and Tasering of a large portion of the Colorado Springs population. (Just kidding about that last part.) BF

25 Sunday

Winston Churchill once said, "There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man." Though not the most eloquent quote in history, the sentiment at least hints at how special most people tend to find horses. If it's been a while since you've been near the saddle, today at 11 or tonight at 7, head to the Norris-Penrose Event Center (1045 W. Rio Grande St.) for the Third annual Pikes Peak Spring Horse Show. The free event, which also runs Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 11 and 7, features everything from American Saddlebred to Hackney pony, El Paso County 4H Division classes and Roadster horses. For more, call 303/901-1680. MS

26 Monday
click to enlarge Kahuna Beach Party shares more than a surfboard Thursday - at the Thirsty Parrot.
  • Kahuna Beach Party shares more than a surfboard Thursday at the Thirsty Parrot.

In the presence of ample beer, buffalo burgers, turkey legs and the like, most attendees of Old Colorado City's Territory Days probably forget that the festival was originally created to honor the early settlers of the area and acknowledge it as Colorado's first territorial capitol. Reflect on that this weekend (the festival runs Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and 10 to 6 today) at such festival events as the Colorado Cowboys for Jesus church service on Sunday or pop singer Ryan Cabrera's performance at 2:30 today. For more info, visit MS

27 Tuesday

Say what you will about professional wrestling, but in almost no time after last week's earthquake ravaged China, WWE Smackdown posted a highly visible link on its Web site, asking fans to contribute to relief efforts. Pretty cool. Of course, tonight at the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd.), the word "relief" will be reserved only for the weakest, most pansy-assed rubber-underwear-clad entertainers in the building. Smackdown stars like Undertaker, Matt Hardy and Batista will be joined by ECW celebs like Chavo Guerrero and CM Punk to put on two back-to-back TV shows starting at 7:45 p.m. Tickets run $20 to $50 and are available at KW

28 Wednesday

Did you know U.S. 24 west of Eighth Street is actually named the Midland Expressway? That's because the road up Ute Pass generally follows the old route of the Colorado Midland Railway. If you're into railroad history, you can learn much more at "Portraits of a Railroad: Era of the Colorado Midland" with multiple speakers, at 5 p.m. at the Woodland Park Public Library (218 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park). You'll also see the unveiling of a limited-edition poster. Finally, from 5 to 9 p.m. on May 31, you can attend a $25-a-head fundraiser at Crystola Bar and Grill (20918 E. U.S. Hwy. 24, Woodland Park), to help preserve the old Midland depot at Divide. For more, call 651-5339 or go to thecoalition RR

This week's 7 Days contributors: Alexa Acord, Bill Forman, David Owens, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.


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