Dance lovers should take in "Contemporary Selections" tonight at the Louisa Performing Arts Center, The Colorado Springs School, 21 Broadmoor Ave. If you can't make it tonight, the show repeats tomorrow, both nights at 7:30 p.m. This is the inaugural performance of the Pikes Peak Regional Youth Ballet, whose members will join professional dancers in this presentation. Support the Springs' rising young movement artists. Tickets are $12; call 632-7511 for more.
It's a choco-liciously classical kind of night at Colorado College. The Da Vinci Quartet, in conjunction with their regularly scheduled concert tonight at CC's Packard Hall (5 W. Cache La Poudre St.) will be holding a Divine Death by Chocolate fund-raiser to benefit the Quartet's ongoing performance and arts education initiatives. A slew of local merchants will donate chocolate concoctions, as well as wine, cheese and hors d'oeuvres, and a silent auction will offer gift certificates to local dining establishments as well as Valentine's gift baskets. Tickets for both the fund-raiser and concert are $40; tickets for the fund-raiser alone are $25. You can get yours by calling 303/871-6964, or by visiting the Colorado College Worner desk at 902 N. Cascade Ave.
Ah, Valentine's day, that vehicle for the all-powerful rose lobby.
Start the day with an easy 5-mile hike on the Intemann Trail and visit several springs along the way. Meet at Iron Springs on Ruxton Avenue in Manitou. The hike, sponsored by the Trails and Open Space Coalition is free and no reservations are necessary. Call 633-6884 with questions.
If you like your romance to rock, check out WC Clark at 32 Bleu (32 S. Tejon St.). Clark is considered the godfather of the Austin, Texas, blues scene and will be bringing his brand of sweetness to all the sweethearts. Awww. The show alone will cost you $10, and dinner and show package options are available call the Bleu at 955-5664 for more details.
Whisk your beloved off to Pops in Love: A Musical Valentine, going on tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.). This concert, a musical mishmash of selections by Richard Rodgers, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George Gershwin and others, features the Colorado Spring Philharmonic at their most romantic along with vocalists Teri Hansen and Kip Wilborn -- renowned performers with resumes that boast appearances on Bravo on Broadway, at the Kennedy Center and at opera houses the world over. This should be "Some Enchanted Evening." Tickets will run you $12-$48, and are available at the Pikes Peak Center box office at 520-SHOW or on the cyber-Web at
Tonight, a legendary movie-cum-television series-cum-reality show-cum-stage adaptation hits the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.), complete with dancing, singing and, one would hope, leg warmers, leg warmers, leg warmers. That's right, folks: the touring production of Fame -- The Musical, a chronicle of the triumphs and defeats of talented students during their time at New York City's High School of the Performing Arts, plays tonight and tomorrow. Tickets run from $25 to $45, and you can get in on the action by calling 520-SHOW or by hitting up
www.tick etmaster.com. Leg warmers!
Motivational speaker Jason Evert challenges young people to embrace chastity. Author of Pure Love and If You Really Loved Me, Evert, along with wife Crystalina, has witnessed to hundreds of thousands of teens internationally on Romance Without Regret, embracing the virtues of holding off till marriage. This morning, hes addressing the student body of St. Marys High School, then tonight hell speak at Sacred Heart Church, 2026 W. Colorado Ave., 633-8711, at 6 p.m.
National Public Radio's national political correspondent Mara Liasson will give us the scoop on "Electoral Politics in 21st Century America." Maybe she can explain why General Wesley Clark's eyes don't blink or the secret of John Edwards' hair. The lecture is free and starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Gates Common Room, third floor of Palmer Hall at Colorado College.
Starting tonight, the Manitou Art Theater presents 10 Minutes Max, a consummate acme of variety. This performance, which features 10 10-minute acts, includes original theater, comedy, dance, music and sweet, sweet contortionism by a bevy of talented Pikes Peak performers. The multilateral multifarious action will take place tonight, tomorrow and Sunday at 8 p.m. at Venue 515 at the Business of Art Center (515 Manitou Ave. in Manitou Springs). Tickets are $12.50 and are available one hour before each show.
Attention kids and adults: Mega-multi-Grammy nominee, NPR Morning Edition contributor, and all-around musical polymath Tom Chapin comes to the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave. in Pueblo) as part of their Children's Playhouse Series. Chapin's music has delighted children and adults alike and stems, says Chapin, from a Pete Seeger-Woody Guthrie-esque tradition of "real songs for real people; for everyone young, old, and in between." Plus, he has an album called Billy the Squid. Show times are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. today. Tickets are $6 and are available by calling 719/295-7222.
-- Aaron Retka