The Thursday Night Recital Series at the Colorado Springs School, 21 Broadmoor Ave., continues tonight with the pedigreed sounds of Chopin, Bartok, Frescobaldi, Haydn and others as performed by cellist Nancy Snustad and pianist Sara McDaniel. Tickets to the recital, the second of four schedule concerts, are $10, $8 for students and seniors. Tonight's show begins at 7:30 in the Louisa Performing Arts Center. Call 475-9747 Ext. 110.
Just a reminder: Elton John's big ballroom blowout is at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) through Saturday. Tickets to Burn the Floor run from $24 to $45. Call 520-SHOW.
Join Dr. James J. Heckman, CC alumni and recipient of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Economics, as he speaks on "Understanding the Roles of Social Activism and Private Action in Accounting for the Economic Status of African Americans Over the Last 100 Years" at Colorado College. The party starts at 7:30 p.m., in the Gates Common Room. The lecture is free to the public. For more info, contact Kris Jimenez at 389-6265.
Second City, the comedy troupe that brought you John Belushi and Bill Murray, hits Leadville tonight. Yes, Leadville. Where else but Leadville? Tonight's show will be held at 7 at the National Mining Hall of Fame. Tickets are $12 to $15. Call 719/486-4206.
Even more hilarious than the Second City whahoos will be the characters belting it out this evening at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts up in Palmer Lake (304 Hwy. 105). That's right, it's karaoke night, and It Ain't Over 'Til the Artist Sings. The event is a benefit for the Center, and it begins at 7 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the best torch singers, rock stars and gospelettes -- it's nothing but laughter for those who can't carry a tune in a bucket (but carry that bucket that pride). Call 481-0475 to find out more.
The Walking Shield American Indian Society has put the fun back in fundraising with their benefit concert tonight at the Benet Hill Center, 2577 N. Chelton Road. Traditional musicians Michael Cortez and Creed de Avanzar perform with dancers and drummers from the Rosebud Reservation. Tickets to The Journey, Oic Imani are $15 and all proceeds go to Walking Shield, which provides necessities and services to Native Americans in need, particularly on area reservations. The concert begins at 7 p.m. For details, call Lori at 528-8509.
The Brian Flynn Band has spent the last few years as the house band at a little place called the Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas. The same Cabo Wabo Cantina owned by everyone's favorite Van Halen lead, Sammy Hagar, you ask? Yes sir, they were handpicked by the "Red Rocker" himself. See what Mr. I-Can't-Drive-55 saw in them tonight at Tres Hombres, 116 Midland Ave., Woodland Park. The show starts at 9 p.m. Call 687-0625 for ticket information.
This is cool, go to it: African Kitchen: A Cooking Demonstration and Feast, with Barbara Jo Davis at Sierra High School, 2250 Jet Wing Drive. Make a feast and eat it, from 4 to 7 p.m. Twenty bucks covers food costs. Pre-register by calling 597-7070.
Gregory Adams, winner of the "Concours des Grand Amateur de Piano" piano wrangling competition in Paris last year, plays Beethoven for the likes of you this afternoon at First Christian Church, on the corner of Platte and Cascade avenues. Tickets are $12, $6 for students and seniors, and can be had by calling 633-3649. The notes lift to the heavens at 2:30 p.m.
If you still can't get enough of that classic rock, then you won't want to miss Larry Hulst's black-and-white rock 'n' roll photos of AC/DC, Pete Townsend, Frank Zappa, The Grateful Dead, Phish and more, which are now hanging in the Billiards Hall on the second floor of Phantom Canyon Brewing Company. All of Hulst's photos were taken, amazingly, from the crowd. An opening reception will be held tonight at 7.
Big Noise from Concordia: The award-winning Concordia College Choir -- which has played every major hall in the country -- performs with the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale, Summit Ensemble and Pikes Peak Singers tonight in the Palmer High School Auditorium, 301 N. Nevada Ave. Tickets are $12, with student rush tickets available. Call 633-3562 for more. The show starts at 7 p.m.
Next in Colorado College's Design on America: Breaking Old Habits series is Iraq-born Pheonix resident Marwan Al-Sayed who recently created the House of Earth adn Light. Al-Sayed will discuss his project and the formation of his architecture firm at a lecture tonight at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. The lecture will be held in Gaylord Hall, on the northwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Call 389-6607.
There'll be no shortage of local mountain people to fill the seats at the Banff Mountain Film Festival screening tonight, so get your tickets early. It always sells out. The traveling collection highlights the winning films from the yearly festival held in Banff, Alberta. That's in Canada. Anyway, the screening begins at 7 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Call 634-5583 for details.
Bread and Roses
What ever happened to the socio-political activism that aroused an entire generation decades ago? Are there still strong, fervent individuals and groups who devote their vital life energies and talents into social peace and justice? Nonviolence Works!, a play by First Strike Theatre, may have some answers to these questions.
The Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission is a group of people who are dedicated to bringing public awareness to current, local, historical and global socio-political events. First Strike Theatre is a troupe of singers, writers and actors who infuse voice and character to bring to life important stories and songs about activists and groups who had the courage to choose peace over violence.
Nonviolence Works! is a kaleidoscope of theatrical skits and musical montages that will introduce you to political activists who have been a guiding light toward social change. You'll meet Jeannette Rankin, the first woman in Congress, an anti-war organizer and a revolutionary woman of her time. You'll hear from modern activist Julia Butterfly Hill, who tree-sat in the giant redwood named Luna for 738 days to protest against a logging company. And you'll discover the Raging Grannies, a group of women in British Columbia who are enraged by war and "mad as hell, and not gonna take it any more."
The production may be on a bread-and-water budget, but what it lacks in production value, it more than makes up for in heart -- and makes themessage more palpable and real.
If you've been waiting for a group of people to rise up, speak of truth and demand justice, Nonviolence Works! is the production you've been waiting for.
Presented by First Strike Theatre
Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission,
29 S. Institute St.
Friday-Saturday, Feb. 22-23, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 24, 4 p.m.
Reservations recommended; call 632-6189.
If Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser is right, and Colorado is becoming the next California (as opposed to already being the next California), then it seems fair to presume that Colorado Springs may have a choice in which part of California we become. As it stands, it looks like we're already the next San Diego: lots o' military, a world-famous zoo, a world- famous hotel (they've got the Dell, and we've got the Broadmoor), a haven for the sporty types, and an otherwise vast cultural vacuum.
Then again, if any of Colorado Springs' art institutions start taking the kinds of risks, and making the kinds of investments, that local music entrepreneurs Jason and Jamie Spears are making, then there may still be hope. Spears, the founder and owner of the Acoustic Coffee Lounge, has just reluctantly announced his plans to rent and renovate the old Art Hardware building on the corner of Colorado Avenue and Tejon Street and turn it into a restaurant and live music club with a 600- to 700-person capacity. Along with investor Lon Frohling, the Spears are looking to turn the 16,000-square-foot-space into a restaurant on the first floor, a stage/club on the mezzanine and second floor, and a prep kitchen and private club in the basement. The fact that the Acoustic Coffee Lounge has been one of the few venues to consistently book interesting and talented musical acts bodes well for downtown's cover-band gulch. The announcement couldn't have come at a better time as the city entertains ideas for the rejuvenation of downtown and UCCS announces its interest in a Nevada Ave expansion and big increases in on-campus student housing. Colorado Springs will undoubtedly see a huge surge in its 18 to 35 crowd in the next 10 years, and a sprouting original and sustainable live-music scene here can only help reduce our plague of creative flight.
You won't hear any gearheads complaining about the local art scene. And why would they when they got the 12th Annual Hot Rods & Cool Bikes Super Show and 10th Annual Colorado Tattoo Competition this past weekend at the old Youth Outreach Center on Union? This warehouse full of the finest motor-vehicular designs, creations, modifications, and beautifications was a dream of functional pop eye candy. A retractable hard-top convertible Ford Galaxie Skyliner, a tricked-out baby-blue Falcon station wagon, vintage Indian and Norton motorcycles, the new Thunderbird in black, innumerable custom hogs with ape hanger handlebars, Chevy lo-lo's, and more flames than hell itself. FAC curator Scott Snyder was on hand as a judge for the tattoo competition. Though I didn't stay for the winners, my favorites were: the randy Jedi girl having a hard time staying in her bustir, a young Johnny Cash on the inside of a bicep, Marilyn Manson taking the vast majority of a young vamp's thigh, an all-calf Yoda, The Tin Man done on an older gent's hairy nipple, and a rather alarming upper-thigh lesbian scene that's going to require a lot of explaining before spongebaths at the nursing home some day.
Between the hot rods, bikes, tattoos, and all the Stevie-Nicks-knock-off-Euro-trash Ice Dancing outfits at the Olympics, it's been a dazzlingly satisfying week of popular culture. If you don't mind taking a drive this Friday night, you won't want to miss either the opening for the Sangre de Cristo Art Center's Word, Text and Story (see page 27) or The Breeders at The Bluebird in Denver.
-- Noel Black