Shakespeare, an obscure poet and playwright from England, will be in town this weekend on a promotional tour. Twelfth Night, his new old play, will be performed by the Colorado College drama and dance department at 8 tonight, Friday, and Saturday in Armstrong Theatre, on the northeast corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Shakespeare guru Don Carrier directed this version of the play, which is set in the 1930s French Riviera. Tickets are $5, or $2 with a CC ID, available at the Worner Center desk at 902 N. Cascade. Call 389-6607 for more.
It can be difficult to feel festive through the entire annual holiday cycle. If it's time to recharge the spirit meter, try Deck the Hall, because after all, it's a "Family Christmas Pops Tradition." What a ball! The 7:30 p.m. show, at the Pikes Peak Center, features piano, organ, lots of people with bells, and a guy named Donald (the conductor). Call 634-3737 or 520-7469 for tickets ($12-$25). You're guaranteed to have more spirit than a drunken teen-ager at the homecoming football game.
It's a bit of a drive to Caon City, but there sure will be a whole lotta shakin' goin' on up in the Annex Ballroom. If you like to sing the blues, and you groove to a saucy slide guitar, Big Bill Morganfield is your man. And Bill's no phony -- he does both, and even at the same time. Heck, he's got to be cool: he recorded songs on his latest album Ramblin' Mind with blues legend Taj Mahal. Tickets are $10. Call 719/276-3088.
Come see a few punks fight the good fight -- i.e., head-banging for charity. No, there won't be any "We Are the World," but maybe a "Cumbaya"? Just a little sumpin' sumpin' for the kiddies, courtesy of local bands Section 16, Gripped, and Positively Negative. They play tonight at Paradise City, 2454 Montebello Sq. Dr., to benefit Christmas Unlimited. Call 532-0560 for more.
What is absolutely, positively, without a doubt, the most degrading and demeaning part about the holiday season? Is it gorging yourself on those little double-fudge fat cubes right after a giant bacon-and-ice-cream dinner? Or is it the family gathering, when you are reminded of the ultimate inferiority of your family's genetic makeup, and realize your unborn children are doomed to attend gatherings just like this?
No! It's the gift-wrapping! Assyrian warlords actually use this as a form of torture in some provinces. Surely no other activity can make you feel like such a bumbling klutz. Luckily, the Fine Arts Center on 30 W. Dale Street has the cure for your holiday blues. You'll be wrap-wrap-wrapping like one of Santa's elves after you attend The Art of Gift Wrapping this afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. The seminar includes entertainment, holiday snacks and admission to the gallery, in case all the folding, snipping, and Scotch-taping drive you mad. $4 for FAC members and $7 for everyone else.
Colorado College President Richard Celeste promises shorts-and-sunglasses weather for tonight's Summer Music Festival benefit concert. Violinist Scott Yoo, cellist Bion Tsang, and pianists William Wolfram and Susan Grace will perform "a diverse repertoire" of hoppin' chamber tunes at 6 p.m. in CC's Packard Hall. For those who want to break bread with the musicians, all the bounties of benefit culture, including dinner and drinks, will be served in the Stewart House, the president's home at 1228 Wood Ave., after the concert. $50 for the concert, $50 for the dinner. Proceeds go to the real music festival coming this summer. Call 389-6098 for more.
Accumen, Davinci's Cradle, and Summerdown will be rocking the proverbial hinouse as they play their respective genres of hip-hop and rock 'n' roll at 32 Bleu in downtown C. Springs tonight for Independent Records' Christmas party. It's an all-ages show, and tickets are $3 for the drinking crowd, $5 if you're under 21. Call 955-5664.
-- Adam Krefting