Tonight, strap on your pretending hat and witness Clay Jenkinson portray Capt. Meriwether Lewis at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Jenkinson -- author, faux-Jefferson and all-around scholar -- will lead the discussion and stay to sign books at the reception. The program commemorates the Pikes Peak Library District's 100th birthday. Tickets are $30 and are available through the FAC box office, 634-5583, bookstores at the East Library (5550 N. Union Blvd.), Penrose Public Library (20 N. Cascade Ave.) or through KRCC call 473-4801.
Wouldn't it be great if art gave more recognition to light? What's that? There's a local show doing just that? Swell! Starting tonight, Fastframe (5154 Centennial Blvd.) presents The Light Is the Thing, a juried show dealing with light and its ability to illuminate, inspire and communicate. An opening night reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m.; the reception is free and open to the public. Call 277-0161 for more.
Need a really excellent excuse to get drunk, sunburned and inundated with funnel-cake grease? It's that time of year again, time for Springspree! Things start downtown today, with all the junk food, crafts and midday revelry you've come to know and love. Included in this year's festivities is TangoSprings, a group of local Argentine tango enthusiasts who'll be bolero-ing their butts off at the Acacia Park bandshell from 4:30 to 5 p.m. 'Til then, I suggest you grab a corn dog and hit the dreamcatcher booths.
Tonight, the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., presents Lone Star, a play about beer, rednecks and a 1959 Thunderbird convertible. Finally! This is drama I can understand! The Childs brothers, local actors-dun-well, appear together in the performances, scheduled for June 21, 22, 27 and 28. Tickets are $15 in advance for FAC members, $18 in advance for nonmembers and $20 at the door. Call the FAC box office at 634-5583.
Mama, lace up those bikin' shoes: The Starlight Spectacular is tonight. This nighttime recreational bike ride through town kicks off Colorado Springs Bike Week. The cycling starts at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center at 10 p.m. and will end there for a pancake breakfast. Mmmm! Entry fees are $30 for individuals or $65 for families in advance, which goes to benefit the Trails and Open Space Coalition. Register by calling 633-6884 or pick up a registration form at a local bike shop.
This afternoon, the Colorado College Summer Music Festival presents the Beethoven Concerto Concert. Pianist William Wolfram and the Ludwig van-tastic festival chamber orchestra will perform Beethoven's third and fourth concertos. The concert will take place at 3 p.m. at Packard Hall on the CC campus (corner of Cascade Avenue and Cache la Poudre Street). All seats are $35, which will benefit the Summer Music Festival Scholarship Fund. Call 389-6098.
Starting today, you can truly rock on with your walk on. Rambling the Rockies presents volksmarches, non-competitive group walk events. Meet this morning in Cripple Creek at the Womack Event Center for a walk through the town's more historic locales. You may start the walk anytime from 7 to 11 a.m., and if you don't get your fill, walks will occur throughout Colorado Springs, Fort Carson and Castle Rock areas through Thursday. Check www.2003avaconvention.org for more information.
Tonight, veritable hand-grenade-o'-blues Coco Montoya will spew flaming guitar shrapnel all over the Navajo Hogan Roadhouse (2817 N. Nevada Ave.). Montoya, the axe-man du jour for pasty white guys with way too many records, averages over 200 tour dates a year and is acclaimed as one of the most incendiary and dynamic blues performers alive. Tickets are $20. Hit up www.cocomontoya.com or call 632-5490 for more.
Today, chow down, listen up and find out what's going on. Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera presents a State of the City luncheon and address at Antlers Adam's Mark downtown. It's all happening from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 575-4388 for reservations or information.
It's a culinary emergency! Today, some of the city's hunkiest heroes will compete in the Colorado Springs Firefighter Chili Cookoff, taking place at the corner of Pikes Peak Avenue and Tejon Street from 4 to 10 p.m. Hang out with the firefighters and enjoy music, a beer garden and gobs of the spicy stuff. All proceeds from vendors and chili tastings will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and it's free and open to the public. Call 260-8777.