Tonight begins MAT Premieres, an exciting new series of four original productions at the Manitou Arts Theater at the Business of Art Center's Garage Theater, 515 Manitou Ave. Don't miss this chance to support original, yes original theater here in the Pikes Peak region as the lovely Edith Tankus plays all the parts in Not Yet, At All, a play about joining the circus that involves a ukulele and a trapeze, and was a huge hit at the 2002 Canadian Fringe Festival. The show starts at 8 tonight, tomorrow and Saturday, and tickets are $12. Call 685-1861.
Free flowers! The city's givin' away the flowerbed leftovers from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at the Monument Valley Park greenhouse, 1003 Glen Ave. Bring your own box or plastic bag. Call 578-6654 for more.
And you thought the '90s were gay! You can't throw a nosegay these days without hitting a same-sex couple getting their marriage announced in the New York Times, or flip the channel without finding a new prime-time sitcom with a lesbian love interest or a wisecracking queen. So what's to keep you from coming out on National Coming Out Day today with the Pikes Peak Gay and Lesbian Community Center as they host an informal picnic and gathering at the Uncle Wilber Fountain in Acacia Park from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.? After the picnic there will be a Guerilla Queer Bar in which the whole entourage patronizes all the bars along Tejon Street "with the safety, camaraderie and visibility of large numbers." Call 471-4GAY or 477-0515 or visit www.ppglcc.org for more.
Locals only! Come out and support a couple of Colorado Springs' best bands as Against Tomorrow's Sky and Laymen Terms sweat upon the new stage at 32 Bleu, 32 S. Tejon St. The 9 p.m. show is all-age; tickets are $4 to $6. Visit www.32bleu.com or call 955-5664.
If flowers, coming out and some fringe theater just aren't naughty enough for you, the fourth annual Leather Fest begins today at the Red Lion Inn, 314 W. Bijou St. Find out the difference between a whip and a flogger and why some people crave other people spanking them starting tonight at 6. Workshops and lots o' leather and toys available throughout the weekend until 4 p.m. on Monday. Visit www.LeatherFestColorado.com or call 719/ 347-2749.
You can dance if you want to, but take your friends with you and get bootylicious to Cirrus' electro-groove-acid-hop while the lovely Chanteuse Laura Derby undresses you with her lilting lyrics. No breakbeat suckers, they're the real ... 32 Bleu is the place, and bring $14 to get in. This all-ages show starts at 9 p.m. Visit www.32bleu.com or call 955-5664.
Poetry West will host nationally known poet Alicia Ostriker for a workshop on writing midrashim (the Judaic tradition of retelling biblical stories, for which Ostriker is apparently quite famous) at UCCS in University Center room 116A at 10 a.m. It's free! Call 573-9479.
The Pikes Peak Philharmonic presents a classical Masterworks Concert this afternoon featuring works by a few of the really great greats: Satie, Sibelius, Dvorak, Prokofiev and Brahms. Show up at the Benet Hill Center, 2577 N. Chelton Road, by 3 p.m. Call 442-6853 for ticket information.
Bernard Allison has managed to make a legendary name for himself by playing with the likes of Koko Taylor and his father, Luther Allison. Catch him tonight at the Navajo Hogan, 2817 N. Nevada. It's $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Call 632-5490.
If you thought coming out was hard living in Colorado Springs, imagine being gay in professional sports! In a discussion titled "Who's Really On First?" Dave Pallone, a former pro baseball umpire, will talk about life in the major leagues through the eyes of a gay man. His free talk begins at 7 p.m. in Colorado College's Armstrong Theatre, on the northeast corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Call 389-6607.
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