One of the best ways to get up close and personal with touring musicians in Colorado Springs is though Friends House Concerts. And your next opportunity to do so is at 7 tonight for a show with contemporary folk singer Eliza Gilkyson. For just $25 (all of which always goes to the artists) you can sit within feet of the award-winning Austin, Texas singer as she strums her guitar and looks you directly in the eyes. Gilkyson will be joined by guitarist Nina Gerber, who was accompanist and musical companion to the late Kate Wolf. Call 385-0031 to reserve your seat and get directions for this west side show. And if you can't make it tonight, visit house-concerts.org to learn about all the talent this group brings to the Springs. — KA
Introspection is arguably inherent to all art, given the personal depths most artist plumb when producing their work. But the theme is especially relevant for two artists on display this month at the Modbo (17C E. Bijou St., 633-4240), whose opening reception runs this evening from 5:30 until midnight. Lorenzo White has quickly become FutureSelf's poster child with engaging, Cubism-inspired works already reaching the FAC Modern; tonight the 21-year-old unveils new, narrative, figurative-style pieces. Douglas Rouse, widely recognized for his community murals and trompe l'oeil achievements, will present a new collection titled Time to Reflect, hinting at a very active period of "self-expansion" he's recently undergone. Entry is free; alt country/goth Americana band Munster Boogie will play at 9. — MS
Saturday is a day for art ... at least this Saturday is. From 10 to 5, you can head to one of 10 locations to join the Pikes Peak Studio Tour (map and more at pikespeakstudiotour.com), a free event in which the public is invited into the homes of local artists to view and purchase their work. At 1, Blake Milteer, curator at the Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org), will deliver a free lecture on the new exhibit Curator + 10: Broadmoor to Bemis. The talk ($5 for FAC members and $7 for non-members) will detail the summer project of 10 Bemis students who selected modern works from the museum's permanent collection to be displayed together. — JK
The Broncos play at Washington at 11 today, meaning that by 2 the game should be well in hand, and many of you will have watched approximately 66 Taco Bell commercials. So get up off the couch, venture into the world and ... find another place to sit down and be entertained. At Flamenco Vivo, a dance and music demonstration at CC's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu), Maria Vázquez, a Seville-trained, Denver-based flamenco dancer, will share the stage with her troupe, Vicente Griego, a celebrated New Mexican singer, and guitarist Kevin Romero. Absorbing the passion will cost you just $10 (cash-only), with tickets available at the door. — KW
Growing up, reading wasn't precisely a required activity, but the mounds of books you had to scale to reach the bookshelf spoke to its prevalence in my house. If you survived to reach the shelf, next to Johnny Tremain you saw Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series. If for some reason you missed the story yourself, take heart that Imagination Celebration is presenting Laura Ingalls Wilder: Over the Moon Family Theater, a musical based on Wilder's life, from 7 to 9 tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com). Tickets ranging from $6 to $13 will get you activities before the show at 6, cookies, milk and theater. — BC
You have to assume there's more than just irony in the fact that Robin Givens' speaking appearance at 7 tonight in CSU-Pueblo's Occhiato University Center Ballroom is titled Break the Silence: Face the Monster of Abuse. Many heavyweight boxers thought of Mike Tyson as a true monster after he annihilated them in the ring from the mid-1980s to the mid-'90s. But Givens knew the champion as a different kind of monster, and now the TV and film actress is sharing her story of how Tyson physically battered and otherwise abused her during their 1988-89 marriage. Givens' talk is free (719/549-2586 or colostate-pueblo.edu/studentactivities/pages/default.aspx), and the ballroom is at the center of the campus, just off Colorado Highway 47 and Bonforte Boulevard in northeast Pueblo. — RR
Years ago, my kindergarten class went to see The Little Mermaid at the Simpich theater (now Simpich Showcase, 2413 W. Colorado Ave., simpich.com). I was startled to see the mermaid with black hair, sans a fish sidekick, and a dreadfully unhappy ending: She lost her guy and became an angel. Sparkly and iridescent as she was, she watched him walk into the sunset with another woman! What the hell? Yeah, Simpich shows aren't garden-variety puppet parties. Maybe they've lightened up since then, but regardless, I'd check out The Puppet Maker: A Story of Christmas, which starts today and runs through Dec. 30. Tickets run $8 to $12. — EA
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