Having quickly made a name for themselves on the jam-band circuit by playing festivals with all the usual suspects (Leftover Salmon, Phil Lesh, etc.), Colorado's own McCloskey Brothers Band will bring their bearded brand of bluegrass to the Utopia Caf tonight, 117 E. Bijou. Show starts at 9:30 p.m., tickets are only $4, and everyone 18 and over is welcome. Call 633-1080 for more.
The Thursday Night Recital Series kicks off its 20022003 series with a performance by acclaimed local pianist Greg Adams tickling out Spanish tunes from the lies of Mompou and Albeniz, as well as eine kleine Ravel, Schumann and Liszt. The Louisa Performing Arts Center at the Colorado Springs School (21 Broadmoor Ave.) is the place, and the performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students. Call 475-9747 Ext. 110.
The Encore! Dinner Theatre is back from the dead and has moved its operation from Manitou to the Red Lion Inn at I-25 and Bijou. Things get bestial with their latest production Sylvia, by A.R. Gurney, about a love triangle involving a man, a wife and a poodle/labrador mix. It opens tonight, but you can catch it every Friday and Saturday through Dec. 21. Call 471-PLAY for reservations. Tickets, including dinner, are $36; $20 for the show only.
Fetish is the theme of The Bridge Gallery's latest group show opening tonight under the Colorado Avenue Bridge. Artists' interpretations and creations of such objects of sexual and religious obsession will be on display for you to, uh, obsess over! The opening reception runs tonight from 5 to 8 and the gallery is open Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 3 p.m., or by appointment. Call 329-1574.
Will there be a Krispy Kreme doughnut shop in my subdivision? Will I still be able to play golf when Patty Jewett turns into the Sahara? Will there ever be an SUV-only lane on I-25!? Make your voice heard about these issues and more at Colorado Springs 2020: Our Town, Our Future, a forum organized by sociologist Katie Donnelly. Come down to City Hall today to hear acclaimed futurist Gus Jaccaci (dressed up as Thomas Jefferson) and fill out an "opinionairre" about Colorado Springs' future. The day's findings will be ceremoniously presented to City Councilman James Null at the end of the day. This daylong civic event starts at 9 a.m. Call 599-5750 to reserve your spot or visit www.peakfutures.com.
If you've finally decided to get rid of that mullet, today's the day to do it, and do it for a good cause. The Southern Colorado AIDS Project is sponsoring the Fifth Annual Cut-A-Thon, a benefit to raise money for individuals living with AIDS, and their families. Participating salons will be donating portions of their proceeds and tips from their weekend revenues, and will be educating you while you get your haircut. For a list of participating salons, call 578-9092, or go to www.s-cap.org.
The Colorado Springs Guitar Society presents internationally fabulous guitarist Masa Ito at the Fine Arts Center tonight. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., Ito will take you through a program of classical Spanish music that includes pieces for Platero y Yo and Aires de la Mancha. Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors and students. Call the FAC box office at 634-5583.
Today's your chance to meet Lew Tilley, one of the Colorado Springs' all-time great painters. A prominent figure in the generation of artists that studied at the Broadmoor Academy when our town was actually an arts mecca, Tilley will chat over coffee about his current show at the Fine Arts Center. The free gallery talk begins at 2 p.m. Call 634-5581.
Ab-fab mime Dan Kamin (he trained Robert Downey Jr. for his roll in Charlie Chaplin) returns to the Pikes Peak Center tonight for the Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration's presentation of The Haunted Orchestra. Kamin plays the foil from N.I.C.E., an organization that doesn't believe in Halloween music for kids, and he doesn't believe in magic. Well, you can just see his comeuppance coming all the way from Kansas! Take the kids for this 2 p.m. matinee extravaganza. It's $9 per person at the box office, or call 597-3344.
Whether you just couldn't get enough of that over-abdominized Lord of the Dance sod who brought frantic tap dancing in rhinestone-bedazzled spandex to the stage, or you thought it was lame and wanted to see the real deal, head down to the Sangre de Cristo Art Center in Pueblo tonight to see the Trinity Irish Dance Company, the group credited with spawning the tap n' slap revival. The Center's at 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., in Pueblo. Call 719/295-7222 to reserve your $20 seats. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m.
Legendary jazz and blues vocalist Ernie Andrews will bring his sultry stylings to the Fine Arts Center tonight. The evening's a presentation of KCME-FM 88.7 and features the Springs Contemporary Jazz Big Band on backup. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and children, and are available at KCME (578-5263) or the FAC box office (634-5583).
-- Noel Black