Professor Martha Sandweiss, professor at Amherst College and author of Print the Legend: Photography and the American West and Laura Gilpin: An Enduring Grace, will deliver the Andrew Norman Endowed Lecture in the Gates Common Room on the third floor of Palmer Hall, on the Colorado College campus. The slide presentation will focus the parallel histories of photography and the American West in the 19th century. Call 389-6649 for more.
The Bridge Gallery, under the bridge at 218 W. Colorado Ave., opens its doors tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. for a new solo show by local artist Kim Sayers-Newlin. Titled Objects, Images and Ideas, the show includes "assemblages, relief prints, drawings, and hanging screens made from plastic six-pack rings which are modeled after Dale Chihuly's glass." (And don't forget about the veritable cornucopia of mini-Oreos in the back.) Call 329-1574 for more.
Just across the tracks and up the street at Pikes Peak Community College's Downtown Studio Campus Art Gallery, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., you can check out Recent Visions, watercolor and foil relief by Jet Wilson, sculpture by Don Orr, and digital photography by Jim Doengess. The opening reception is tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. and the exhibit runs through Dec. 12. Call 527-6001 for more.
Why only be one times wise when you could be two times wise!? And who's to say you won't be more wiser if you go see Two Times Wise, a jam-o-rific band from Boulder at The Pub Upstairs at Beau Jo's Pizza. You also might be able to get four times as smarter because they're playing both Friday and Saturday night, and it's free! Can I get a witness? Shows start at 9 p.m. at 2415 W. Colorado Ave. Call 442-0270.
I don't care what people say about model train dorks; I think they're cool. Besides, if more people were into trains, maybe we'd have more of them and wouldn't have so many stupid SUVs and 9-mile-per-gallon H2s, dude. Think of the ageless appeal of Thomas the Tank Engine, for example. I mean, who would you rather be: Thomas, or Bertie the Bus? Duh! Thomas. Well, today and tomorrow at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa Ave., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. you can check out the "largest model train layout in Colorado Springs" at the Pikemasters Model Railroad Club Open House. It's only a buck for adults and $2 for the whole family. Call 380-9728 for more.
I don't care what people say about those UFO crackpots; I totally believe in aliens and know at least several guys who've been probed by "something." So if your preferred mode of transport is unidentified and flying, you'll want to gather up you Zero-Point Energy Device and head to Pueblo Community College and the Carl Fortino Ballroom on the College Center's second floor for the UFO Conference of Pueblo. You'll never again be stumped when people ask you questions like: "Are Extra Terrestrials the fallen angels or a form of nonhuman intelligence interacting with humans?" This paranormal pow-wow will only cost you $20 and it's from 9:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 719/547-4883 for more info and directions.
Remember how mad you were when you discovered that Tajine Almani Moroccan Restaurant had long been closed down and why in the name of our sweet lord haven't they taken down that sign on Manitou Avenue already!? They must've been thinking ahead 'cause they reopened a couple months ago and, tonight, you can feast on a delicious traditional six-course Moroccan meal while belly dancers tickle your fancy, and then digest to the world-famous tunes of Hassan Hakmoun and the Gnawan Brotherhood Band. Tickets are $40 for dinner and the show; $20 for the show only. Dinner's served at 6 p.m., the concert at 8 p.m. Call 685-1119 for reservations.
Tonight at Colorado College you can catch a slide show and talk by New York sculptor Chakaia Booker. Working with old tires, metal and wood, Booker makes brooding black monuments to the wasteland of rubber culture spawned by the automobile. Featured in the 2000 Whitney Biennial, Booker's titles -- like "Repugnant Rapunzel" -- say it all. The talk begins at Packard Hall (on the southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre) at 7:30 p.m. Call 389-6607 for more.
Help the newly formed Urban Peak Project provide homeless youth with the tools to get off the streets and document their stories through the arts at tonight's fund-raising event "Building Futures, Building Lives" at the Senior Center at 1514 N. Hancock Ave. All proceeds from the benefit will go toward procuring a shelter for homeless youth under the age of 18. The event runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Call 630-3223 for more.