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click to enlarge Yeah, baby! Gary Hart's got your republic right here!
  • Yeah, baby! Gary Hart's got your republic right here!

Thursday 19

Renowned poet and critic Dana Gioia will read selections from his newest collection, Interrogations at Noon (winner of the American Book Award) tonight at 8. Gioia is best known for his work Can Poetry Matter?, a book of essays on the place of literature in today's culture. This event is free and open to the public, and will be held on the second floor of Colorado College's McHugh Commons (Western Ridge Housing Complex on 1090 N. Cascade). Call 389-6853 for more.

Former Colorado Sen. Gary Hart pays the Springs a visit to sign and discuss Restoration of the Republic: The Jeffersonian Ideal in 21st-Century America. Hart uses the book to pose the question: Is America still an authentic republic? Join the debate tonight at 7 at Barnes & Noble, 1565 Briargate Blvd. For more on this event, please call 266-9960.

Friday 20

UCCS and TheatreWorks are calling you in for jury duty as they present the stage rendition of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, chosen as the first book in the All Pikes Peak Reads program (see the Literary Events section of Listings for more). This is the kind of courtroom drama Grisham wishes he were able to duplicate and you can find out why he's so envious tonight at UCCS's Dwire Theater (1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway.) The show begins at 7:30 p.m., runs through Oct. 13, and tickets are $16 to $18. Call 262-3232 for more.

Follow the Joad family through another quintessentially American story of longing, family and social injustice as All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church brings you the Grapes of Wrath -- the first in their "Journey to Community: Things that Bring Us Together" film series. The 1940 production, directed by John Ford, faithfully translates Steinbeck's classic to celluloid. There's no admission fee for the 7 p.m. showing and the film is followed by a group discussion. Call All Souls at 633-7717 for more.

In the mood for a little "tet tet"? The lineup for this year's Fourth Annual Pikes Peak Jazz Festival in Woodland Park includes a bevy of "tets" -- you got the Bobby Montoya Quartet, the Melvin Sparks Quintet and even the Ken Walker Sextet. It all kicks off tonight with The Changing Times at the Shining Mountain Golf Club. For the full lineup and ticket prices, see the Jazz section of Listings, page 49 call 687-5489 or visit www.pikespeakjazzfest.org.

click to enlarge CoCo Montoya turns the Annex Ballroom upside down this friday
  • CoCo Montoya turns the Annex Ballroom upside down this friday

Coco Montoya has a funny name, but there is nothing funny about his music. He plays the blues -- unrelenting, incendiary, merciless blues. He brings his "icy-hot" guitar skills to the Annex Ballroom (509 Main St., Canon City) tonight at 8:30, and tickets are $10. Need more? Call 719/276-3088.

Saturday 21

It's generally been a quiet presence in our community in recent years. But today "Somewhere -- Everyday," the 17-foot bronze sculpture on the southeast corner of Pikes Peak and Hancock, will be a gathering place for mourning friends and family from all over the country, who will observe as the fallen firefighters of 9-11 are memorialized. The annual Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Observance Ceremony, presented by the International Association of Fire Fighters, will take place today starting at 1 p.m. KOAA Channels 5/30 will be broadcasting the event live. Visit www.iaff-ffm.com or call 442-2014 for more.

Join the soon-to-leave-us Fine Arts Center curator Scott Snyder for his lecture on collecting art. His presentation will touch on such factors as collectibility, assembling a collection that will appreciate in value, and collecting works by Colorado artists. This event is being held at Fastframe (1670 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., between Chili's and Target) from 1 to 2 p.m. and you need to R.S.V.P. by Sept. 20. Call 576-8008.

Sunday 22

Get in the fastlane with The Eagles tonight in the "intimate" setting of the World Arena. Tickets are $55 to $120 for the 8 p.m. show (doors open at 7 p.m.). For more, call 576-2626.

Wednesday 25

Kelly Joe Phelps slide-guitars his way into your heart this evening -- and then he puts the blues in it. What a dirty trick. Join Phelps at the Steam Plant Theater (located at Sackett and G Street in Salida) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12. Call 877/772-5432.

-- Brandon Laney

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