Colorado College's Dance Workshop will perform a student-produced and choreographed performance at 8 p.m. tonight through Saturday. Expect a variety of styles including modern and jazz, and as usual, a small army of leotard-clad college kids who have six-pack stomachs and can sleep while doing the splits. Tickets are $2 for non-CC students, and are available at the Worner Center desk, 389-6607.
As Master Yoda says, "size matters not" -- except perhaps when we're talking about an IMAX movie screen. Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones -- The IMAX Experience brings the cast of lightsaber-twirling swashbucklers to a theater of galactic proportions. And if you haven't seen Attack of the Clones yet, you're in for a real surprise: Episode II is significantly less cheesy that Episode I (and, thank jeebus, Jar Jar Binks was banished to cameoland).
Only five theaters around the country will be showing the Star Wars film, including the Colorado Springs IMAX at 3305 Cinema Point. The film premiers tonight, and will play through the holidays. Call 596-3212. And may The Force be with you in the parking lot.
It's strictly ballroom in The Broadmoor hotel's Colorado Hall this weekend, when the Rocky Mountain Challenge gets underway. The highlights of this national invitational ballroom-dancing competition include world-class dancers in action today through Sunday, with a show dance at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $5 to $35. Call 528-5592.
Blend two parts Slavic fiddling with three parts edgy electric guitar: DeVotchKa! The band borrowed their name from Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange, if that gives you any indication of their personal philosophy. No ultraviolence, just a wild and crazy show. The Denver-based quartet comes to 32 Bleu at 32 S. Tejon this Saturday night, showtime TBA, and it's just 4 bucks to get in. Call 955-5664 or visit www.32bleu.com for more info.
If you've ever fantasized about break-dancing ballerinas, drop everything and sprint down Cascade Avenue to the Pikes Peak Center box office. Even if you're in your bathrobe and Big Bird slippers, it'll be worth the questioning stares. For $21 to $39, Australian Dance Theater will fulfill all of your hopes and dreams tonight when they present Birdbrain, a new-and-improved version of the old standard Swan Lake. Injecting this classical ballet with a hefty dose of acrobatic hip-hop dancing, spins and dives, the ADT will re-energize what many relegate to the Old and Boring bin. The curtain rises at 8 p.m. Call 520-SHOW for more.
Broadway in Colorado Springs launches its 2002-2003 season tonight when they present Rogers & Hammerstein's Cinderella at the Pikes Peak Center today at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. This new adaptation of the old musical is guaranteed to be both as wicked as a stepsister and as charming and romantic as a handsome prince. Hitch up your leftover Halloween pumpkin and bind those feet for a fittin'! Tickets are $25 and available at the Pikes Peak Center box office (520-SHOW) or through Ticketmaster (520-9090).
Does that ever-elusive "nothingness" just seem too hard to attain in a material world? Try joining Buddhist Monks from the Garden Shartse monastery in India when they visit Colorado College this week. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Wednesday, the monks will build a sacred sand mandala in the Worner Center. On Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. in Shove Chapel, Geshe Ngawang Lungtok will discuss "Death, Bardo, and Rebirth." On Friday at noon the monks sweep up the mandala so that it can be poured into a local stream -- a gesture of impermanence and goodwill. And, on Friday at 7 p.m. in Shove Chapel, witness the ancient tantric healing ceremony and experience a demonstration of Tibetan tonal chanting. (And no, the "tantric healing ceremony" isn't a sex thing.) All events are free. Call 389-6607 for details.
Get your resolutions on with the Global Funk Council, when it convenes tonight at Utopia Caf, 117 E. Bijou St. The California-based band brings its unique brand of jazzed-up urban dance music to our little paradise tonight at 9:30. A 5-spot will get you in the door. Call 633-1080.
Artist Jim Campbell comes to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to share his fascinations and delusions about technology in a lecture titled "Engineering the Image." Jim's work has been described as a "complex interweaving of art and engineering realized in multimedia installations." His talk at UCCS will be held in the University Center Theater 302 at 7:30 p.m. For more info, call 262-4306.
-- Adam Krefting