If you haven't yet seen the Something New show at the Fine Arts Center, tonight's First Thursdays Happy After Hours is the perfect opportunity. All three artists represented in the exhibition -- William Cummins, Dan Raffin and Rita Zimmerman -- will be there to swill martinis, rub elbows and, who knows, maybe even divulge all their creative secrets. And while you're there, don't forget to go check out the newly acquired Alex Harris photos ... they're splendid! 30 W. Dale St. from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Hey, it's only $4. Call 634-5583 for more data.
Have you always longed to be in the circus but always felt more like a clown, carny or freak than an acrobat? Well now's your chance to acrodance! Richard Durnford, who used to train those no-animal-abusin' Cirque du Soleil vagabonds will be teaching handstands, headstands, partner lifts and pretty much everything but American Bandstands at Cossitt Hall, 906 N. Cascade Ave. on the Colorado College campus, Monday - Friday, through July 18 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. for only $12. Call 389-6353 for details.
If you just can't get enough of the circus, the Manitou Art Theater is up to its wacky shenanigans again. This time it's Summer Cirkoo, with Jim Jackson and Birgitta DePree clownin' up and down and all around town, among other places. The action starts at 7 p.m. at the Business of Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave. Tickets are $8. Show runs through July 19. Call 685-1861 or go to www.manitouarttheater.com for a full list of show times and more info.
If you just can't get enough of Manitou, The Manitou Center for Photography presents Fences, and Beyond, a series of photographs by Quang Pham with an opening reception tonight from 5 to 9 p.m. at 103 Ruxton Ave. It's free, and you can call 963-8501 for more.
If you've had enough of Manitou, or Colorado Springs for that matter, head to Pueblo for Festival Fridays and the saucy Tejano rhythms of Nuestra Familia (that's "our family," gringos). It's all goin' down in the Jackson Sculpture Garden at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave. (in Pueblo, duh!). Call 719/295-7200. It's free, yo!
Let's face it: Colorado Springs is exactly the epicenter of contemporary dance. Except for this weekend, sort of, as Colorado College presents Dancers on the Edge -- a modern dance performance by CC alumni who went on to make it big in the national and international dance world. The performances will be tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. in Armstrong Theatre at the northeast corner of Cascade Avenue and Cache La Poudre Street. It's only $5 and you can call 389-6471 or 389-6606 for more.
Wanna get a load of how beautiful your yard and garden can actually look when you use plants that don't drink more water than you and me? The Horticulture Art Society of Colorado Springs the Xeriscape Home Garden Tour that will take you to five homes, a stop at Miramont Castle and will include lectures by Valerie Clubb of the Colorado Springs Utilities Xeriscape Demonstration Garden. The tour is self-guided and you can pick up your map at the Utilities Demonstration Garden at 2855 Mesa Road, or at Miramont Castle, 9 Capitol Hill Ave. Free! Call 668-4590 for more.
Hey, country boy! The Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame is holding a sectional competition for "Country Band of the Year" (among other sundry awards) tonight at USA Night Club (on the corner of South Academy Boulevard and Astrozon Parkway) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 574-2148 for all the details.
"When the Saints Go Marching In" is, of course, a classic! Something about that New Orleans jazz sound really gets the toes a tappin'. Tonight in Mountain Shadows Park (on Flying W Ranch Road in Mountain Shadows) from 6 to 8 p.m., The New Orleans Jazz Gathering with Vern Baumer will be playing just such Southern-fried classics as you recline on the grass and stuff your face with catfish and gumbo. Free!