How many experimental musicians does it take to screw in a light bulb? I don't get it!!! Tonight at Colorado College at 7:30 p.m. in Packard Hall (southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre), Kiwi sound artist and composer Philip Dadson of the famous Scratch Orchestra will give a free performance of music for invented instruments -- instruments he invented. Also an avid image maker, Dadson will likely shower the audience with his "intermedia" as he treats you to sounds from the longstring zitherum, the nundrum and song/stones. Call 389-6557 with questions.
Nutcracker? Doh! The Sangre de Cristo Ballet Theater is goin' "nuts" in their highly traditional rendition of this "nutty" holiday classic of mice and women set to the rockin' tunes of Tchaikovsky, bro. The performance opens tonight as part of the Town and Gown Series and continues through Saturday. Tickets are $6 to $8 for the performances on Friday (at 7:30 p.m.) and Saturday (at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) and $20 for the opening show. For more, call 719/295-7222 or go to www.sdc-arts.org.
OK. Did you hear about the shy guy named Art? He wouldn't let down his avant-garde!!! The Fine Art of Toys, a juried show of art toys by regional artists judged by master woodsmith Sean O'Meallie and princess of puppets Patti Smithsonian opens tonight at the Business of Art Center from 5 to 8 p.m. at 513 & 515 Manitou Ave. Call 685-1861.
OK. What's the first thing you do to your mattress when you move to town? Put in some Colorado springs!!! Once Upon a Mattress, the comic musical that made Carol Burnett a star, opens tonight at the Fine Arts Center at 30 W. Dale. Come and see for yourself if Winnifred the Woebegone can figure out what to do with a pea and 20 mattresses. The show runs through Dec. 22 and tickets are $20 to $25. Call 634-5583 or visit
What would the holiday season be without a swelling orchestral performance of Handel's Messiah? Well, you'll just have to find out if you don't go to the Chorale and Colorado Springs Symphony's performance tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Center. Tickets range from $12 to $25. Call 634-3737 or go to
OK. Did you hear about the guy on Pikes Peak who passed out? He got too high!!! When it comes to landscape, Pikes Peak tends to get all the attention around here. But if you're looking for a something natural but a little more understated to go with your fall wardrobe, why not take a hiking tour of the Paint Mines in eastern El Paso County and check out the "hoodoo formations [that] lie hidden in the shortgrass prairie." For reservations and directions, call the El Paso County Parks at 520-6387.
OK. Why aren't tubas allowed in countr y& western bands? Because they're heavy metal!!!!! So getchyer tuba toothpaste and get ready for a rootin' tootin' Tuba Christmas 2002 at the Acacia Park Band Shell downtown today at 4 p.m. just before the always-illuminating Festival of Lights Parade, which begins at 5:50. 219-1820.
OK. Why did the tea get in trouble? Because it was naughtea!!! Be careful with that joke at the McAllister House Museum's annual Victorian Christmas Tour and Tea party today at noon and 2 p.m. at 423 N. Cascade Ave. or folks might get haughtea!!! Tea and a tour are $15. Seatea-ing is limited, so call 635-7925 to reserve a spot. (If today sells out, plan on going the following Saturday, Dec. 14, when a second round of tours and teas will take place.)
OK. Did your hear about the coconut cookies that fell into the pasta? It turned into a huge pot of macarooni and cheese!!!! Award-winning children's performer Michael Stanwood will be far more amusing than that joke today when he performs "Macaroni & Cheese," a veritable vaudevillian melange of instruments with plenty of antics for the kids in a Manitou Art Theater production. Two performances are slated -- for 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. -- at the Business of Art Center's Community Theater at 515 Manitou Ave. Tickets are $8 and available by calling 685-1861 or stopping by the BAC.
OK. How do you keep from becoming egg fu yung? Learn Kung Fu young!!! Probably the coolest thing since the Wu Tang Clan released Enter the Wu Tang, the real deal Shaolin Monks will be demonstrating their martial arts madness at the Air Force Academy's Arnold Hall. The show, titled "Wheel of Life," promises to open plenty of cans of whoop-ass at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $24 to $39. Call Ticketmaster at 520-9090.
No joke. Today's performance of Balinese dance and gamelan music titled Tunjung Sari and directed by Bali native I Made Lasmawan is incredible. I saw it last year and highly recommend this free 3 p.m. performance at Colorado College's Packard Hall (southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre). Call 389-6607 for more.