All aboard, for the bluegrass styling of Railroad Earth. They're an engine of a band that doesn't need jam noodling to stay on track. The train gets a'rollin' at 9 tonight at the Utopia Caf, 117 E. Bijou St. Tickets are $7 to $8, but my train metaphors are free. Call 633-1080.
Poison does the unskinny bop tonight at the Colorado State Fair Events Center, in Pueblo. Note to groupies: Don't make fun of their receding hairlines; they hate that. The middle-age mayhem starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $21. Call 520-9090.
Witness the Celtic-rock chaos of England's Equation tonight at Jack Quinn's, 21 S. Tejon St. Tickets are $12; the show starts at 9. Call 385-0766.
The Budweiser Clydesdales are world-famous steeds that bring with them the equally famous red beer wagon. Do you need to know more? OK, I'll tell you that they're appearing in downtown Manitou Springs today from 3 to 5 p.m., and the event is free (the beer, however, is not). Call 685-5089.
Get pouty with Morrissey at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. And, hey, if you go to the show, let me know if he's wearing the usual Band-Aids on the nipples. Tickets are $30, and the asexual depression kicks in at 8 p.m. Call 800/965-4827.
Join Rikki Dee Hall & the Voodoo Hawks for an evening of roadhouse rock and blues at the Business of Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave. (685-1861). Tickets are $2 to $4 (proceeds benefit the BAC) and the show starts at 7 p.m.
Indulge in a folksy weekend of shopping at the Commonwheel Artists 28th Annual Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival in Manitou Springs. Starting today, there will be artisans from all over the country, live music, entertainment for the kids, a food court and much more. The fun wraps up on Monday afternoon. Call 685-1008 for more.
The Balloon Classic 2002 kicks off today with a presentation by the Civil Air Patrol at 6 a.m., followed by a day of music, exhibitions, food and, of course, hot-air balloons. The day is capped off by lighting up Memorial Park with the Balloon Glo at 8 p.m. For more info, visit www.balloonclassic.com.
If an intimate affair is more your style, plan on attending the first of several "Starving Artists" dinners. It's an open housestyle event at the Mediterranean Caf downtown, 118 E. Kiowa St., featuring work by collage artist Terry Barber, clay artist Alyson Blanton, modern artist Valerie Tolman and pen-and-ink artist Eli Turner -- all members of the Creative Alliance of Women's Support, or Just C.A.W.S. For a mere $2, $3 or $4, you can purchase a plate of the caf's delectable fare and mingle with other creative sorts -- or call 633-0115 for a reserved seat. The budget-friendly schmoozing begins at 6 p.m. and lasts until 8 p.m.
Join the fine folk of Fountain for their 33rd annual Fall Festival, kicking off tonight with a Fountain Fire Department barbecue dinner and dance at the City Hall Plaza. Tomorrow the festivities get going with a pancake breakfast and silent auction at the Fountain Middle School (515 N. Santa Fe St.) from 7 to 9:30 a.m. and continue with a parade at 10 and craft and food booths in Metcalf Park starting at 11. For details, call 382-3190.
The mining town of Central City kicks up some dust with The Big Rock & Roll Show at Harvey's Wagon Wheel Hotel & Casino. Starting today at 2 p.m. and tomorrow at noon, rockabilly, garage punk and country music will all be well represented by the likes of Bill Haley's Original Comets, The Fireballs, High Noon, The Saturn V featuring Orbit, The Omens, The Orangu-Tones, The Beloved Invaders and many more. Along with the music will be a hot rod and custom car show. Free is the fee. For directions or details call 303/455-8408.
This is your last day to see what artists from all over this great land see when Victor Celebrates the Arts. More than 50 artists from all over the country descended on the quaint mountain town just over a week ago and, starting on Friday, an art show featuring their framed but still-drying masterpieces celebrating the area will be hung at the Victor Elks Lodge. Visit
www.victorarts.org or call 689-2999 to find out more.
Colorado College presents its German Film Series featuring Heimat, a 16-hour film about the fictional village of Schabbach. A word of advice -- don't down a large drink before going into this. German films (let alone 16-hour ones) are hard enough to understand without a full bladder distracting you. Luckily, it's being shown in installments, mini-series style, over the next nine Tuesday evenings in Colorado College's Max Kade Theatre, in Armstrong Hall, on the northwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Admission is free and the screenings all start at 7 p.m. Der phone number is 389-6607.
If 16 hours of German cinema isn't your thing, but you still need an indie movie fix, get to the tenth annual Denver International World Cinema International Fall Film Festival. The event features 23 films by breaking talent both new and old at the Acoma Center in Denver (303/321-7441). Tickets to the festival each evening are $7 for adults, $5 for children and students with IDs. The festival runs through Saturday, Sept. 7.
-- Brandon S. Laney