The Plantera Group at 517 S. Cascade Ave. hosts an art opening for local artists Don Green, Stephen Morath and Dawn Wilde tonight from 4 to 9 p.m., (customary tasty hors d'oeuvres and wine included.) Admission is $5 and benefits The Humane Society. Call 886-0456 for more info. The exhibit is on display until Nov. 29.
Or rush on north to UCCS's University Center for Get Rowdy, a photography exhibit featuring dozens of images by Gary Goldberg and Sandy Wassenmiller, who were both granted unrestricted access to the Dallas Cowboys at their training camp in Wichita Falls, Texas. Goldberg's work leans toward straightforward black-and-white player portraits taken directly after practice, while Wassenmiller's work deals with fans and the public's obsession with the game. The two give a talk tonight at 7, but the exhibit's up through November. Call 262-3567 for more.
So you've had a hankering for drag queens, impersonation, comedy and cabaret since Hedwig? Well, join the club! Or, even better, go to it. Pueblo's Chief Theater presents gender-bending diva and comedienne Titania LaVey & Co. "So put on your makeup..." etc., and head down 611 N. Main St. in Pueblo at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5.50 in advance (available at Independent Records), $6.50 the day of the show. For more info, call 719/545-2566.
If it's campy tunes you're looking for, but you're afraid Titania's burlesque might make you defibrillate, head down to the Pikes Peak Center this weekend to hear the Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra present "The Best of Gershwin." The concert starts at 8 p.m., tonight and tomorrow. Tickets are $10 to $48; call 633-6698 to purchase, or go to any TicketMaster outlet.
Get hard-core -- hard-core classical, that is -- when the DaVinci Quartet performs tonight along with guest artist Susan Grace. The concert, titled "Written in Youthful Exuberance," features works by Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and Dohnanyi and should make you feel like a young punk again. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. in Colorado College's Packard Hall, on the southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre avenues.
Boogie down to the Blues with a capital "B" at Jr.'s Bar and Grill, 3535 N. Carefree Circle. There Gary Primich, a critically acclaimed harmonica player from Austin, Texas, and the Springs' own legend, Magic Dave, plan to have a "meeting of the harmonica minds." Smokin' Joe and the Mighty Burners start the show at 8:30 p.m. Cover is $5. For more info, go to www.bluesgeek.com or call 597-9400.
"Celluloid Improvisations: Another Afternoon of Jazz on Film" showcases rare clips of performances by the greats: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Billie Holiday and many more. The 2 p.m. screening is presented by jazz archivist Mark Cantor at the Lon Chaney Theater in the City Auditorium. Get advance tickets at KCME, 1921 N. Weber St., or at the door (though keep in mind last year's screening was a sellout). Tickets range from $5 for students to $10 for adults. Call 632-8719 for more.
As a part of the World Horizon Travel Film Series lineup, the Fine Arts Center presents Magic of Malaysia, a travel film by Hal McClure today and tomorrow at 2 p.m. Tickets are $6 for FAC members and $7 for nonmembers. To reserve your round-the-world-journey-in-a-movie-seat, call 634-5583.
Former Leftover Salmon frontman and mandolin player Drew Emmitt serves up root vegetables and wheat grass with champion banjo man Matt Flinner at 32 Bleu, 32 S. Tejon St. The show starts at 9 p.m., and tickets to the 18-and-over show are $14. Visit www.32bleu.com. or call 955-5664 for more.
The Fine Arts Center hosts a reading and book signing at 4 p.m. by author Jen Sincero for her new book Don't Sleep with Your Drummer -- good advice and a catchy title. The event is free and open to the public. Call 634-5581 for more.
Mariachi Tigre, Colorado College's folk orchestra, presents "Dia de los Muertos/Noche de los Vivos" (Day of the Dead/Night of the Living) commemorating, naturally, the Mexican Day of the Dead. The concert, also featuring Grupo Folklorico de Colorado College starts at 7:30 p.m. in CC's Packard Hall on the southwest corner of Cache la Poudre and Cascade. It's free! Call 389-6607 for more.
Or if your Halloween costumes tend more toward feisty individuals like Rosie the Riveter or Rachel Carson, this is for you: Sheila Tobias, a founding member of the National Organization for Women, will lecture on feminism in America and science education at a two-day event at UCCS's Science Building auditorium, Room 221. Today's lecture at 4:30 p.m. offers a feminist perspective of women in the U.S. workforce. Tomorrow she addresses science education at 10:50 a.m. and "The Future of Feminism in America" at 7:30 p.m. Call 262-3479 for more.
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