Been feeling like you just don't know enough about the US Bank's Art on the Streets Program to impress your date as you stroll down the street on your way to Rum Bay to get unthinkably blitzed on Friday evenings? You're not alone, and the Historic Preservation Alliance can help. Tonight, Chinook Bookshop owner and former City Councilwoman Judy Noyes will be leading a walking and talking tour of the most recent batch of objets d'art. It's only $5 and you'll be ready to field all those tricky questions about postmodernism that have kept you from forming lasting, meaningful relationships. Meet at the southeast corner of Pikes Peak Avenue and Cascade Avenue at 6:30 p.m. and be ready to discuss art!
Yo dog, Tab Benoit (pronounced "ben wa"), he gonna be shakin' his blues stick up in thar, and by thar I mean at the Annex Ballroom at 509 Main St. in Cañon City. He has released a new album, Sea Saint Sessions, and will perform songs from it as well as your old favorites. It's only $15 and a 45-minute drive for you and the blues to make news. You know what I mean, right? Call 719/276-3088 if you have no idea what I'm talking about, but think you might like to see this show.
To this day, underwater basket weaving continues to be one of the most popular undergraduate majors at universities and colleges across our great nation. Though we were unable to verify whether Linda Lugenbill and Junko Kawada Brackin satisfied the "underwater" part of their basket weaving degrees, they've most definitely been weaving some baskets, and some pretty cool ones at that. But don't take my word for it; head to Commonwheel Artists Co-op Gallery at 102 Cañon Ave. in Manitou from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and see for yourself what the Japanese have known for years.
Don't fear the Keeper. The Keeper of the Forest, that is. It's just the person to whom they give the keys of the forest at the Black Forest Festival, today at the Black Forest Community Center (intersection of Black Forest and Shoup roads). From 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. there'll be a pancake breakfast before the parade kicks off at 10 a.m. with the naming of the new Keeper. Then, throughout the day, you can visit the flea market, play family games and listen to live music. It's $5 for adults, $3 for youth 12 and up, and free for everyone under that. Call 495-8675.
If you're one of those people who still listens to "record albums," then Pikes Peak Community College has got something cooking for you! Today, the PPCC Library is having an LP Record Album Sale with "an outstanding collection of more than 400 used vinyls. Everything from classical to punk will be on sale and prices will be ranging from $1.50 to $30. Dude, Patrick Swayze's More Dirty Dancing is mine! It's at 5675 S. Academy Blvd. in the library, room A-201. Stop fiddling around and call 538-5506.
Just c'mon down to the railway yard and hear the whistle blow. The Rock Island Railroad Festival will be rockin' and chuggin' today at the Colorado Springs Rock Island Roadhouse at 2333 Steel Drive (near Fillmore Street and Interstate 25). It's $3 and you can check out all the cool old trolleys that maybe, possibly, someday, just might be back out on the streets of Colorado Springs. Call 634-2733, m'kay?
Today is Home Movie Day 2003! Not those kind of home movies, psycho! It's the "first annual, worldwide event organized by amateur film lovers to celebrate the celluloid home movies of your community." Not those kind of amateur lovers, psycho! It's gotta be on 8, Super 8 or 16 millimeter film, but if you've got 'em then head on down to Fusion Pointe Studios (on the corner of West Pikes Peak Avenue and 23rd Street) for the 7 p.m. sign-up, 8 p.m. celluloid preservation, and 9 p.m. screenings. Priority given to local films. Go to www.experimentalcinema.com or www.homemovieday.com for more.
At 7 p.m., 30 singing Japanese youth from the Miyoshi Youth Chorus in Miyoshi, Japan, will give a concert with the local Children's Chorale. The event is free and will take place at First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave. Please note that "the universal language of music" will be celebrated. Call 633-3562 for more.
-- Noel Black