Tonight at the Craftwood Inn, you're invited to come view Barbara Resch's newest show, A Moveable Feast, a series of paintings about food and travel, with a focus on paintings of food Resch encountered in Nepal and China. A ... visual treat, if you will, in Resch's color-drenched abstract style. The reception goes from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Craftwood Inn, 404 El Paso Blvd., Manitou Springs. Call 548-0612.
Good old Meadow Muffins. After a truly tough last year (noise complaints, the whole place almost burning down), they're having a Grand Re-opening tonight. There's word of new carpet, and the place is apparently cleaner than it's ever been. Arch Hooks will play at 7 p.m., and there's guaranteed to be some kind of drink specials, if only for the firefighters and policemen who prevented myriad old-school nudie paintings from going entirely up in flames. Meadow Muffins, 2432 W. Colorado Ave. Call 633-0583.
Blind to everything but unfair labor practices, it remains to be seen whether Ray Charles will be playing with the Colorado Springs Symphony tonight. Despite the pretty much continuous series of scandals, upsets and disputes, the concert is tentatively still on. But hey, it's Ray Charles. I mean, really. If only the CS Symphony had a Pepsi endorsement deal. Tonight at 8 and tomorrow at 10, if it happens, pending a tentative agreement between musicians and management. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S Cascade Ave. Call 520-7469 for tix, or 633-4611 to find out if it's on.
Continuing its First Saturdays at the MAT, the Manitou Art Theater is stacking up the mattresses this Saturday, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in preparation for their production of The Princess and the Peanut. Reasons that you and your family should go: The Princess is played by a man named Leroy; the play is guaranteed clean and funny for the whole family; and the show is followed by free milk and cookies with the performers. The show will be staged at the Garage Theater at the BAC, 515 Manitou Ave. in Manitou Springs. Tickets are $8. Call 685-1861.
Do you like slow? Do you like food? Excellent, my friend. So does the Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.), at least tonight. Join the FAC and local Slow Food Convivium (don't worry, it means local chapter; dry your eyes, baby) members from 5 to 7 tonight for a bit of slow food and Latin American culture. The evening includes tapas (this day is shaping up, huh?), Argentine wines and tours of two new FAC exhibits: Transcendent Spirit: Works by Louis Gonzalez Palma and Flowering Mountain Earth: Continuity and Change Among the Highland Maya. Only $25 to $30. Call Melinda Murphy at 634-5581 Ext. 318 to make reservations.
Starting tonight at 6 and continuing tomorrow at 2 p.m. the Colorado Springs chapter (it means convivium) of Hadassah is having its 2nd Annual Film Fest at the U.S. Olympic Training Center Visitor's Center at 1 Olympic Plaza. The two-day event will begin with a wine and, yes, hors d'oeuvres buffet. Take that, hunger! After wining and nibbling, you're welcome to view Amos Gitai's acclaimed film, Kadosh, a 1999 Cannes competitor. Saturday night concludes with dessert and coffee. This is getting absurd. Sunday's afternoon segment will consist of a viewing of A Woman Called Golda, starring Ingrid Bergman. Dessert, coffee, yada yada. Proceeds go toward purchasing a respirator for the new Hadassah Center for Emergency Medicine in Jerusalem. Tickets are $75 for Saturday night, $15 for Sunday afternoon, or $85 for both. For info and R.S.V.P., call Leona Dumont at 593-5977.
Acoustic guitar and flat-picking maestro Stephen Bennett will play his amazingly weird and cool-looking harp guitar, which belonged to his great-grandfather, tonight at the Business of Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave., for $15, or $10 if you're a member of the Black Rose Acoustic Society. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Call 495-9654 or go to
Local sculpted-paper junkie Carl Bandy has a showing at the Stagecoach Inn starting tonight, and continuing through March 27. The exhibit? Over 50 limited edition cast paper sculptures, some of Anasazi cliff dwellings. You are not simply invited, but cordially invited, in fact, to an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cash bar, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, so head on over, slug a few Beefeater-and-sodas, grab some spanakopita, and put on your "staring-thoughtfully-at-paper" cap. Like the one you put on when you read this humble publication. Stagecoach Inn, 702 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. Call 685-9400.