Spend your Friday night feeling swanky as you sip white wine and mingle with artists at the opening of Misappropriations: Minds at Play, Hands at Work. The Commonwheel Artists Co-Op Gallery will host the work of two UCCS studio art teachers Sean O'Meallie and Louis Cicotello. All work will be smallish and reasonably priced, so you may even get a new conversation piece. The reception is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and the gallery is located at 102 Cañon Ave. in Manitiou. Call 685-1008 for more.
Who needs safaris? The Internationally themed El Paso County Fair kicks off today in Calhan. Visit polar bears from Antarctica, dance like an Australian (you know, with a Foster's in your hand) and stop by an oriental marketplace. For more traditional county fair fun, join the hog-calling contest or the demolition derby, or just stuff your face with cotton candy until you go into a diabetic coma. Concert tickets are $10 and fair admission is $6 per adult and $3 for children under 12. To get to Calhan, go 30 minutes east of Colorado Springs down Highway 24. For more info call 520-7880.
Awww, aren't those wolf pups cuuuuuute? But will they eat babies after they're full-grown? Experts from Wolf Rescue will be there to answer the age-old question: Do wolves make good pets? You can meet the people who operate the Wolf-Dog Shelter, and their wolf "Chinook" who started it all. Part of the young-adult summer reading program, the event is free to the public and will be at Penrose Library (20 N. Cascade) from 2 to 3 p.m. Call the Pikes Peak Library District for more: 531-6333.
Need a little glamour in your life? Don't mind the dubious history of objets from pawnshops? Then get yourself to the Pawn and Estate Jewelry Sale. The Fine Arts Center Museum Shop will have a variety of older hard-to-find pieces available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (and on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.). Traders Jay Evetts and Bob Vandenberg will have everything from rings to squash blossom necklaces. If you have any questions, give Museum Shop manager Chris Jones a call at 634-5581, ext. 321.
Get a taste of living history today at the Chinook Book Shop, 210 N. Tejon St. Author Anh Vu Sawyer will read from her book Song of Saigon: One Woman's Journey to Freedom. Hear about how her family struggled to survive in war-torn Saigon in 1975, the chaos she grew up in and her eventual escape to freedom. The reading starts at 1 p.m. and copies will be available for sale and signing. Call 635-1195 for details.
Here's an event that is definitely worth the trip: The University of Denver's Lamont School of Music will host an evening of Palestinian dance. DU's Arab Student Association will present a performance by the Ibdaa Dance Troupe, a group of performers from the West Bank, as they tell the story of the Palestinian people. Tickets are $10 and the school is located at 2344 E. Iliff Ave. For details, call 303/871-6400.
Revive the big-hair glory days of the eighties when rock group Heart takes a stop in the Springs and bang your head to "Barracuda"! Tonight, high-tail it down to the Pikes Peak Center at 190 S. Cascade Ave. and relive the days when girl power was about more than spandex and platform shoes. Belt out classics like "If Looks Could Kill" and "Nothin' at All" with other nostalgic 30-somethings. Tickets are on sale at the Pikes Peak Center and range from $36 to $46 a pop. For more information call 520-7462 or visit www.pikespeakcenter.org.
If Heart isn't enough to satisfy your hair-band needs, rockers Great White will be making a tour stop tonight at The Gardens, 2945 Galley Road. The band's tour is a benefit for the victims and survivors of the Rhode Island Station Nightclub that caught fire during one of Great White's shows earlier this year and killed more than 100 people. One hundred percent of profits will be going to the Station and Family Fund so you can rock out and feel good about it. For ticket prices and details call 597-2900.
-- Lola Garcia