Join distinguished poet, novelist and journalist Terese Svoboda for a reading in Colorado College's new McHugh Commons in the Western Ridge Housing Complex, 1090 N. Cascade Ave. Svoboda, a world-travelling Nebraska native, is the author of Cannibal, A Drink Called Paradise and Trailer Girl, among other works. Her free talk begins at 8 p.m. and will be followed by a book signing. No tickets required. Call 389-6607 for more.
The always-cheery Wingfield family is coming to lighten gloomy spirits at the Air Force Academy. Watch pathetic lives systematically become more pathetic in Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, showing at 7 p.m. in Arnold Hall tonight through Saturday. The play costs $8 for the general public and less for military personnel. Call 333-4499 for tickets and directions.
Local artist duo Ken and Tina Riesterer will hold an exhibition of recent works in their trademark colorful style today and tomorrow at The Craftwood Inn, at 404 El Paso Blvd. in Manitou Springs. Even if you're not a painting and pottery fan, come between 5:30 and 7 p.m. to enjoy the free hors d'oeuvres, cash bar. For details on the event, contact the restaurant at 685-9000.
Can you believe a decade has passed since Amendment 2 clouded the sunny Colorado Springs sky? Tonight, at 10 Years After 2 May We Never Forget, the successful opponents of Amendment 2 will gather at The Warehouse (25 W. Cimarron) in honor of all those who fought to defeat it. Awards will be presented in the name of Jocelyn Sandberg, a longtime activist, followed by music and dancing. The celebration begins at 7 p.m. Call Carolyn Cathey at 321-0306 or Regina DiPadova at 510-0584 for details.
Tonight the Pikes Peak Community College Masquers presents NUTS, a courtroom drama about a high-profile call girl accused of manslaughter and suspected of being insane. Although the original version of NUTS starred Barbra Streisand, theater organizers assured the Independent that Streisand will not be present at any of the performances, and that the leading actress in their production bears no resemblance to Streisand in any way.
Several performances at the Pikes Peak Community College Mainstage Theatre on the Centennial Campus will be held through November. Call the box office at 540-7418 for tickets and show times.
Starting today The Warehouse, that sublime combination of brewery and gallery at 25 W. Cimarron, presents Reflections, a collection of the work of Hugh Daly and Larysa Martyniuk. The opening reception tonight is free, open to the public, and will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Stop by for an Apollo/Dionysus cocktail. Call 475-8880 for more.
In 1890s Russia, an idyllic town has been cursed with stupidity for 200 years. People sweep dust back into their houses and milk cows upside down to get more cream. Leon, the main character of Neil Simon's play Fools, stumbles upon this impossible situation and is charged with lifting the curse. Pulpit Rock Church will perform the comedy tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m., and on Sunday at 3 p.m. The church is located at 301 Austin Bluffs Parkway, and tickets are $6 (dessert included). Call 598-6767 Ext. 349 for ticket information.
Ever wanted to become a vegetarian? Here's your chance to experience firsthand the vulgarity of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle at Everything but the Oink!, held at the Rock Ledge Ranch on 30th Street, near Garden of the Gods. Observe the wonders of pork processing and soap making, and rethink your criticism of those pesky animal rights activists. Those neat plastic packages of meat from the supermarket may never look the same again. Showtime is 10:00 a.m. and tickets are $1-$5. Call 719-578-6777 for more info.
Reserve your seat next to Ernest Hemingway at his honorary Literary Dinner at Sencha in downtown Colorado Springs. Dine on a five-course dinner and five wines inspired by the author for $65 a plate. The event begins at 6 p.m. tonight and tomorrow night. Reservations are required. Call 632-8287.
The Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado has given out over $7.5 million in community-enhancing grants since 1996. Here's your chance for a piece of the action. Attend the free grant-writing workshop to learn the Fund's mission, eligibility rules for their grants, and which types of grant proposals are successful. The workshop will be held at 8 S. Nevada Ave., Room 302, and will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon today. The next grant proposal deadline is Jan. 15.