Sesame Street's Elmo and Zoe may come off as affable and fun-loving monsters, but the operative word there is monster. Best not to anger or annoy them lest they use their vast network of Muppet resources to hunt you down. So for safety's sake, make nice when they teach you and your children sing-alongs, secret handshakes, and lessons on teamwork tonight in Sesame Street Live's Let's Be Friends. The show opens at 7 p.m., and runs through this Sunday at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Tickets are $12 to $18. Call 520-SHOW for show times.
Walk through The Blue Door, and your life will never be the same ... at least for tonight. The Blue Door is an interactive multi-arts event in the Community Gallery at the Business of Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave., where visitors get to interact with painters and potters at work, join a drum circle, and produce live music. It's free, family friendly, and piggybacks on the opening of the latest art exhibit in the main building, Revelations. The art opening runs from 5 to 8 p.m., and The Blue Door swings open at 8 and closes at 11 p.m. Call 685-1861 for more.
Along the visual art line, the Pikes Peak Community College Annual Faculty Art Exhibit opens tonight in the Downtown Studio Campus Gallery (100 W. Pikes Peak Ave.) with a reception from 5 to 8. The exhibit features a wide array of media, including beading, drawing and photography. (Do refreshments count as media? They'll have those, too.) The show is free and the public is welcome. Call 527-6000 for more.
Five years isn't long, but it was long enough for Artus Van Briggle to make his mark on Colorado Springs. Today, you can see for yourself when the Colorado College Woman's Educational Society hosts a guided tour of the Van Briggle Pottery Plant, on the corner of Glen Avenue and Uintah Street, where Artus' distinctive vases and decorative tiles were produced for 60 years. Built in 1908 by Van Briggle's widow, Anne Gregory, the plant now serves as Colorado College's physical plant, but most of the building's exquisite details remain intact. Tours run roughly every half hour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and homemade cookies and a mini-lecture await you at the end. Admission is $5 at the door and proceeds will fund scholarships for women at Colorado College. Call 481-3907.
Prepare yourself for the PatriotJAMM, an all-star concert at Sky Sox Stadium honoring policemen, firemen, and members of our armed services just in time for Patriot's Day. WAR, Peaches and Herb, Evelyn Champagne King, and the Mary Jane Girls, among others, are scheduled to perform at this rain-or-shine event. Tickets are $35 to $85, a portion of which will be donated to police, fire and military funds throughout El Paso County, and the concert runs from 2 to 10 p.m. (Gates open at noon.) Call 866/464-2626.
The Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown, makes it funky at the Air Force Academy's Arnold Hall Theater. Need we say more? Tickets run from $25 to $45 and the curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. Call Ticketmaster at 520-9090 for more.
Today, the Broadmoor Garden Club presents Reflections, a flower, horticulture and photography show
at the historic Penrose House, 1661 Mesa Ave. The club's first flower show in a decade will also include a floral arrangement competition (the goal: to interpret some of the home's outstanding works of art) and a horticultural competition (the goal: to show perfection in a particular garden specimen). The cross-pollinating fun runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and it's free. For more, call 471-2148.
Join the DaVinci Quartet for an afternoon of Mozart, Britten and Brahms as they kick off their 22nd season of expectation-defying chamber music. The quartet performs at 3 p.m. at Colorado College's Packard Hall, and you pay nothing to witness it. Call 389-6607 for more.
Travel abroad without leaving your chair as the Fine Arts Center (30 West Dale St.) begins its World Horizons Travel Film Series. Kicking off the series is Great Parks of the West, and Trains, narrated by filmmaker Clint Denn. Upcoming films will focus on Malaysia, Australia, and Cuba among other exotic locales. Season tickets are $28 to $30, and individual tickets are $6 for FAC members, $7 for everyone else. The film begins at 2 p.m. Call 634-5583 for more.
Here's savvy theater thinking for you: The Star Bar Players claimed it for a couple weeks, but tonight's performance of Mass Appeal (see facing page) officially marks the opening of the seventh annual Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival. Diane Son's Stop Kiss, opening Sept. 25, and William Hoffman's As Is, opening Oct. 2, round out the festival. Call 636-5089 for details on tickets and festival pass information.
-- Brandon Laney