Man, has UCCS TheatreWorks got something for you. Tonight at 7:30, join them at 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway for the opening performance of The Dispute. The show runs through March 2, with shows Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 and Sundays at 4:00. Tickets are $16 to $18. Call the TheatreWorks box office at 262-3232 to reserve seats.
Phototroph Gallery (218 W. Colorado, under the bridge) hosts another of its stunning shows, this time of student work, featuring the winners of a juried high school photography competition. Starting tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. Call 442-6995.
The Black Rose Acoustic Society is pretty weird. Apparently, their idea of a Valentine's Day concert involves a band called, um, Steppin' In It. Okay. That's cool. The band plays roots music of that indeterminate bluegrass-blues-calypso-Western swing variety. So, put on something nice, grab your honey by the waist, look deep into his/her eye, and whisper softly ... "Baby, do you like Steppin' In It?" It's a surer thing than roses. The Black Rose Community Center is located at Black Forest and Shoup roads, in Black Forest. Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 7:30, 278-8108 for details. A $4 donation is requested at the door, $2 for members, kids 11 and under get in free.
Vroom vroom..... vroom, SQUEEE! Pardon. Today and tomorrow, the Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame, located at 5867 N. Nevada will have its annual fund-raising auction at the Colorado Springs Expo, 1801 N. Union. The Motorcycle Museum has been an entirely public-supported, educational establishment for 11 years. The auction today goes from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come on over and get the right stuff for your hog, all while making sure that the Motorcycle Museum will wheelie ever into the future. 487-8005 for details.
There's another symphony orchestra in southern Colorado, you know. The Pueblo Symphony will feature violinist Peter Winograd tonight at 7:30, when they perform Sibelius' Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Opus 43, and the Violin Concerto in D Minor, Opus 47. (No relation to Wednesday's "Goodnight, Opus.") Regardless: the show takes place at the Hoag Recital Hall on the USC campus, 2200 Bonforte Road, Pueblo. Tickets are $15 and $20, and are available at the Pueblo Symphony box office and the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center box office. Call 719/549-2174 for details.
Today at 2, come to the Pioneers Museum, at 215 S. Tejon St., and join Dr. Andrew Gulliford for his program American Indian Sacred Places and Objects. The good doctor's work is the product of 10 years of travel, and is sure to be ridiculously interesting. Reservations encouraged; call 385-5990.
Lassie: take either the high road or low to 32 Bleu (32 S. Tejon) tonight to see the perpetually touring Celtic bar-ternative band Seven Nations in action. Making their home at the really weird label Razor and Tie (home to such late-night Budweiser favorites as the Monster Ballads compilations), these guys average 250 shows a year. Doors open at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m., tickets $10 in advance or $15 the day of the show. Call 955-5664.
Stephen Mishol's new show, Drawings and Paintings, opens down at Coburn Gallery today. The show runs till April 15, but benevolent souls we are, it seemed nice to give a heads-up. Thank us later. The gallery's open from 12:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday, at CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade. The opening reception takes place Feb. 26, starting with a talk at 3 p.m. with Mishol himself. Call 389-6797 for details.
Tonight, celebrate imagination with the Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration, as it presents Goodnight Opus, the third in its five-part Family Theater Season. You might remember the titular Opus from Berkeley Breathed's brilliant comic strips Bloom County and Outland. Remember? The dandelion-addicted penguin-that-was-more-likely-a-puffin? Yeah. Well, tonight at 6, at the Pikes Peak Center, located at 190 S. Cascade, the KCIC hosts an hour of hands-on art activities for kids, culminating with a blacklight puppet performance of Goodnight Opus by Nova Scotia's Mermaid Theater at 7 p.m. Kids are invited to wear pajamas and join the KCIC after the show for milk and cookies. Tickets are only $9; call 520-SHOW to reserve or 597-3344 for details.
The Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society presents world-famous cornetist Ed Polcer and his band The Magic of Swing Street in action down at the Red Lion Hotel, 314 W. Bijou, tonight. Polcer's band plays classic jazz of the West 52nd Street ("Swing Street") variety. In other words, nothing at all like that Connick Jr. fellow. Good thing. Tickets are 20 bucks for adults, $15 for PPJASS members, and $10 for kids 18 and under. They're available at KCME studios/PPJASS events, 1921 N. Weber. Call 632-8719 for details.