This time last year, local writer/actor/teacher Jesse Wilson and musician Eric Long, aka Mad Francis, premiered Face the City, a dynamic show centered around fame's seduction, at the Lon Chaney Theater. Then, in early summer, they performed an updated version at Colorado College. Now, says Wilson, the latest incarnation of the show, with added songs and re-conceptualized scenes, "is as solid an entity as it can be." He and Long have designs on touring nationally; in the meantime, they'll perform at 7 tonight at Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, facethecity.com). Can't make it? Catch one of three more shows through Sunday. Tickets are $20. — MS
Glamorous artist rumor: Renoir, when afflicted with arthritis, tied paintbrushes to his hands. The truth? He did not, but instead stuffed his palms with fabric to steady a brush he could hardly clutch. Unglamorous artist hypothesis: Some scientists believe Rembrandt had a lazy eye, and depicted its wandering gaze in some early self-portraits. For more on art and health, enjoy the five-woman show Touches: Healing Art at Pikes Peak Community College's Downtown Studio Art Gallery (100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 502-4040), opening with a reception from 5 to 7:30 tonight featuring music by Mango fan Django. The show, up until Nov. 27, is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 to 4. — EA
So many charity fundraisers feel like charity fundraisers. A few, though, qualify as special, and the annual Alternative Gift Fair and Bake Sale at Broadmoor Community Church (315 Lake Ave.) is among them. Long before the holidays, this event gives you countless opportunities to shop for gifts literally from around the world. Admission is free, and between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., you'll find 30 nonprofits selling everything from Peruvian alpaca sweaters and silk scarves from Southeast Asia to coffee and jewelry from Africa, Tibetan art and Nepalese shawls, not to mention Colorado-made crafts. Each nonprofit gets to raise awareness of how it's helping fight poverty, disease and other problems, while keeping 100 percent of its sales. (The bake sale offsets the day's expenses.) For more, call Carol Wilkinson at 576-4530. — RR
Late last month, an urgent press release arrived: Tarzan, one of the wild donkeys that wanders the streets of Cripple Creek, had gone missing. Though concerned citizens admitted that Tarzan "tends to wander away from the herd" and "prefers to spend time with horses," the unsolved shooting of another area donkey, Sweetpea, stoked fears about foul play. Then they found Tarzan. With some horses. Whew. The incident was so dramatic, it cried out to be adapted for the stage. So when we heard The Lost Soul of Cripple Creek was playing at the Butte Theater (139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, butteoperahouse.com), we assumed ... dancing donkeys. Nope. But it's a fun little melodrama about a miner who journeys to Denver to reclaim his woman and battle a villain. Close enough. The show — with a Halloween olio to follow — runs Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 31. Tickets cost $9.75 to $15.75. — JT
Most anything said in David Sedaris' nasally voice could be snort-worthy, but imagine this: "Follow seven beers with a couple of Scotches and a thimble of good marijuana, and it's funny how sleep just sort of comes on its own ..." Bafflingly enough, not everyone at the Indy appreciates the genius of Sedaris' hilarity; I can only imagine it's because not everyone's seen him perform live. If that describes you, too, help yourself by catching Sedaris at 7:30 tonight at the Denver Performing Arts Complex's Buell Theatre (1101 13th St., Denver). Tickets are $30 to $65 at ticketmaster.com. — BC
Most of the time, mainstream hip-hop has coarsely limited subject matter: money, violence, drugs, women. Ever wonder why? Tonight, Byron Hurt will screen his award-winning documentary Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, which attempts to answer this question. Via hip-hop, Hurt's film examines problems of masculinity, sexism and homophobia in mainstream American culture and what role the music industry plays in perpetuating them. The free show starts at 7 in CC's Armstrong Theatre (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., bhurt.com) and will be followed by an open discussion with the filmmaker. — JK
If zombies are indeed the new vampires (and we'll know for sure when we answer our doorbells next week), it stands to reason that Nazi zombies are, in fact, the new Nazi vampires. None of which helped Dead Snow, arguably the best Norwegian Nazi zombie flick ever made. An official Sundance entry (honest), Dead Snow cost a hundred times more to make than Paranormal Activity, yet raked in less than .05 percent of its still-climbing box-office receipts — even though the latter film features not one single Nazi zombie. You can help right this wrong when Dead Snow screens at the Lon Chaney Theater (221 E. Kiowa St., ifsoc.org) this evening as part one of the Two Nights of Horror fest. Tickets range from $7 to $20. — BF
Contributors: Edie Adelstein, Bryce Crawford, Bill Forman, John Knight, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper and Jill Thomas.
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