If you wanna wear a tutu, or just want to watch as aspiring local ballet dancers take a crack at a spot in the Moscow Ballet's production of The Great Russian Nutcracker (which will be performed on Nov. 12 at the Pikes Peak Center), then come to the Citadel Mall in the food court today where tryouts will be held beginning at 3 p.m. Children of all talent levels are eligible to try out for roles as mice, snow flakes and "party children" among other things. Go to www.nutcracker.com for more information, or call 413/499-1733.
Tonight through Saturday, Denver alternative band Love .45 will be playing the Ritz Grill beginning around 9 p.m. There's no cover. Call 635-8484.
There just aren't a whole lot of 10-piece soul, funk and R & B bands to go around these days, so don't miss your chance to see Soul Purpose, Colorado Springs' very own band that matches that exact description! Show starts at 9:30 p.m. at Classics (5943 Delmonico Drive) and the cover is $2. Call 260-7057.
The Black Rose Acoustic Society hosts finger-style guitarist Chris Proctor at the Black Forest Community Center (at the intersection of Black Forest and Shoup roads in Black Forest) tonight. Tickets are $4 for the general public, $2 for members. Call 278-8108 or go to www.blackroseacoustic.org.
If you're going to Denver tonight, be sure to check out the always amusing Buntport Theater Company's latest production, Misc.: An evening of two original one acts. The first show is Elevator, a peek into the minds of four people on a two-minute ride up to the 30th floor of an office building. The second one-act is Cinderella (i.e., less than Cinderella), a Buntport interpretation of the classic fairy tale told without words and just four actors. The plays open tonight but run Thursdays Saturdays Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. with Sunday performances on Oct. 5 and 12 at 2 p.m. Buntport Theater is at 717 Lipan St. in Denver. Call 720/946-1388 for details and directions.
The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.) hosts its annual season opening gala tonight. So if you've got an extra $150-$200, show your love for the arts and head down for Renaissance & Restoration, "A Saucy Look at Enlightenment. You'll get cocktails, dinner, dessert and cigars while local "celebs" crack jokes. Formal or Renaissance attire only (dag nabbit, if I'd only bought that bodice at the Ren Fest!). Call 634-5581 or go to www.csfineartscenter.org.
If you like animals, motorcycles and gambling, then the Hawgs for Hounds: A Poker Run to benefit TCRAS is for you. The motorcycle ride from the Crystola Inn on Highway 24 to the Ute Bar and Grill in Woodland Park will benefit the Teller County Regional Animal Shelter, a no-kill shelter. The ride starts at 9 a.m. and costs $10 per driver and $5 per rider. Call 689-0926 or 686-7707 for all the details.
The Van Briggle Memorial Building (at the corner of Uintah Street and Glen Avenue), one of Colorado Springs' greatest architectural treasures will be open for tours today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Built in 1908 as a memorial workshop and showroom to the great local potter Artus Van Briggle, the tiles that cover the building were made by his wife Anne and her assistant and remain almost entirely intact both inside and out. The Women's Educational Society of Colorado College hosts the event and it's $5 per person for a tour with all proceeds going to women's scholarships at CC. Call 633-1298 for more.
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. And today at Stag Tobacconist (3255 E. Platte), lovers of the long, thick, brown leaf can wrap their lips around some of the finest quality stogies as the Macanudo American Passion Tour Bus comes to town. Basically, it's a swank cigar bar on wheels. Plus, you can learn all kinds of cigar etiquette and get a free Macanudo cigar. Sounds totally ridiculous and awesome! Call 633-0669 for more.
The Colorado College Visiting Writer's Series kicks off its 2003-2004 season at 7 p.m. in the Armstrong Theatre (at the northeast corner of Cache La Poudre Street and Cascade Avenue) with Michael Chabon, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Wonder Boys and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Call 389-6853 for more information.
Get your tickets early for what will surely be one of the biggest theater events of the year. TheatreWorks in conjunction with The Flying Machine Theater Company from New York City is presenting an original adaptation of Frankenstein as a part of the All Pikes Peak Reads programs. It opens tonight and runs through Oct. 12, Thursdays Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. There will also be Saturday matinees at 2 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 4 p.m. Call TheatreWorks at 262-3232 for more.
-- Noel Black