Today, pile them young 'uns into the minivan and head on over to the Packard Stage at CC for a midday of kid-friendly classical music. Members of the Summer Music Festival Chamber Orchestra will perform selections from Rossini's "Barber of Seville," the Beethoven "Egmont Overture" and the highly delightful "Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saens. Everyone knows that classical music education is beneficial for developing minds, and after this event you can expect a brood of itinerant Bobby Fischers. Things get started at 11 a.m. Tickets are free through the Worner Center (902 N. Cascade Ave.). Call 389-6098.
The U.S. Olympic Complex does the improbable as they host a show that combines art, athletes and the military all into one event. From 5 to 7:30 p.m., come to the U.S. Olympic Complex Visitor Center (One Olympic Plaza) to see Athlete/Warrior, a series of 150 photographs by Jonathan Anderson and Edwin Low that take a close-up look at world-class athletes who are also serving in the United States armed forces. Call 866-4888 for more.
Tonight, delve into a little local history -- toe-tappin' history, that is! Lewis Palmer High School presents Bobby Womack and the City of Gold, an original musical based on Womack's discovery of gold in Cripple Creek in 1891. The production combines adult and student actors with original compositions by local father-son team George Douthit III and George Douthit IV. The curtain goes up tonight in the LPHS auditorium (1300 Higby Road, Monument), tomorrow, and Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at Covered Treasures in Monument (105 Second St.) or by calling 495-7238.
Not a pub-crawl, but an art walk. Tonight from 4 to 8 pm. in Old Colorado City (24th through 27th streets) take part in The Gallery Walk, a self-guided walking tour of art and art galleries in OCC. Participating galleries will display red and yellow banners and will offer refreshments, discounts and artist demonstrations. Call 633-6767.
Comedienne and provocateur Sandra Bernhard works that gap-toothed jaw tonight and tomorrow at Comedy Works in Denver (1226 15th St.). Witty and candid enough to make Camille Paglia blush, Bernhard has been gadfly to and mouthpiece of a generation of comics. Call 303/595-3637 or hit up www.comedyworks.com for more information, show times and ticket prices.
Today, the Fine Arts Center (30 West Dale St.) presents Dart for Art, an annual benefit for educational programs at the FAC. Events include a 5k run/walk, a kids fun run, fun family activities and art-making opportunities throughout the day. You can register by calling 634-5581 or through local fitness and running stores. Entry fees are $15 for FAC members, $18 for the public before the event, and $23 on race day. Kids can register for $5 for members, $8 for the public, and $10 on race day.
Gems! They're truly outrageous! Today and tomorrow, get all freakin' "stoned" at the Pikes Peak Gem and Mineral Show, taking place at the Masonic Hall at 1150 Panorama Drive. Speakers from the Smithsonian, the New Mexico Institute of Mines and Technology, and the Denver Museum will be giving lectures and demonstrations on this year's theme, "Working with stone and crystal." And if that isn't enough to 'splode the old pacemaker, the featured mineral this year is rhodochrosite, "Colorado's new state mineral." Things are taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Call 632-9686.
Mimes, step aside. It's World Juggling Day. The Pikes Peak Jugglers present an exhibition and competition downtown today at -- where else? -- Acacia Park between 2 and 5 p.m. Watch pros toss balls, rings, clubs, torches and rubber chickens, get a free lesson for beginners, and bear witness to a undoubtedly grueling endurance competition: "Must ... keep ... juggling ..." Call 477-9978.
The Colorado College Summer Dance Festival begins today with all the contortion and leotards you've come to love. Local dancers have the opportunity to study with instructors including Brazilian choreographer Rosangela Silvestre, hip-hop guru Clyde Evans Jr., African dance/ballet fusion pioneer Nena Gilreath Lucas and Ashtanga yoga and acrobatics authority Richard Dunford. The college will offer a variety of workshops and classes for students and observers. Find course schedules at www.ColoradoCollege.edu/SummerSession or give the festival office a jingle at 389-6353 for specific locations, or to register or reserve space in a class.
Did you know that Colorado Springs has a sister city in Mexico? It's Nuevo Casas Grandes in the state of Chihuahua. Beginning today through July 7, artists from NCG will be at Centennial Hall (200 S. Cascade Ave.) mounting mural tiles for the Colorado Springs/Nuevo Casas Grandes Sister City Mural project. On July 9 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. there will be a public dedication ceremony that will include Mayor Lionel Rivera and Jess Maria Au Dominguez, the mayor of NCG. Call Joe Barrera at 328-9620 for more info.
-- Aaron Retka