Tonight, Saturday and Sunday, forget the yard work, postpone your shopping and haul ass over to the fourth annual Pikes Peak Lavender Film Festival at the Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.). This year promises a slew of films, including 9 Dead Gay Guys (which features a horny and irate dwarf, among other things), the Dutch musical Yes Nurse! No Nurse! and the The Event, starring Parker Posey and Olympia Dukakis. Full festival tickets are $70, half-passes are $45, the bargain-basement-four-feature pass is $30 and individual tix are $10. Call 634-5583, 38-MOVIE or head on over to www.pplff.org for more information.
Pikes Peak Community College hosts an opening for its Annual Art Faculty Exhibit in the Downtown Studio Gallery at the downtown campus, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave. from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Painting, pastels, drawing, sculpture, jewelry, stained glass, weaving and photography by the likes of Jim Doenges and Sandra Craddock should make this more eclectic than a Bancroft Park craft fair! Come down and see if your teachers are preachin' what they practice. Call 527-6001.
The Pioneers Museum (215 S. Tejon St.), presents City Planner Tim Scanlon, he who knows all about old buildings in the Springs, in a slide-illustrated discussion of the historic buildings of the city. Friends of the Pioneers Museum will host a reception following the presentation. The whole shebang is free, but reservations are recommended. Call 385-5990 for more.
This afternoon, the Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society presents Tom O' Boyle's "Americana II," a retrospective of American compositions played jazzily, all cool-like. Tickets are $10 for PPJASS members, $5 for students and $12 for the public. Things snap into sasstasticy at 2 p.m. at the Louisa Performing Arts Center at the Colorado Springs School (21 Broadmoor Ave.). Call 578-5263.
Is that Aaron Neville? No, silly, it's the bugling of the bull elk! You, too, can be part of the action tonight (and on Sept. 28) at the Florissant Fossil Beds (south of Florissant on Teller Country Highway 1), where ungulate aficionados will gather to learn about, listen for and look for wild elk. The number of participants for this activity is limited, and advance registration is required, so call 748-3253 to secure a spot. Breedin' season won't last forever.
If you really feel that bugling is really, truly, what you're all about, and one jazz and swing show plus the mating calls of elk just aren't enough, then polish off your day with the Denver Brass, who will bring their jazz and swing to First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. today from 5 to 7 p.m. Reserved seats are $20, general admission is $15, and seniors and students get in for $10. For more, call 471-8522.
Tonight, road-trip it down to Pueblo for The Guys, a two-character retelling of the tragedy of Sept. 11, which, says the L.A. Times, "provides somewhat of a corrective to the inevitable clichs churned out in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy." A New York journalism professor, looking for a way to channel her own grief, helps a fire captain write eulogies for eight of his men, lost in the collapse of the World Trade Centers. The play's at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave. in Pueblo) at 7:30 p.m. Call 719/295-7200 for more.
My hilarious impression notwithstanding, the real deal will be appearing tonight at the Pikes Peak Center. Oh, yes: Bill Cosby will spit-take and mug your pants off this evening for two shows at 6 and 9 p.m. [Please insert sweater joke here.] Tickets to witness the beloved Dr. Huxtable are $45 and $50 and are available through the PPC box office, www.ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling 520-9090.
If you're as sick and tired of this newfangled "rock" music as I am, blaze a trail up to Black Forest tonight to catch some of the best folk music on the continent. That's right, kids: Bill and Bonnie Hearne will be burnin' up the stage tonight at the Black Rose Acoustic Society (intersection of Shoup and Black Forest roads in Black Forest). This piano-and-guitar-and-vocals husband-and-wife duo -- for whom, you may remember, Lyle Lovett once opened -- have been storming the folk world for 30 years. Things get started at 7:30 p.m., and admission will run you $4 for nonmembers and $2 for members. Call 278-8108.
If you're into animals and classical music (but not like that, you sicko!), head on over to the Benet Hill Center (2577 Chelton Road) for the Pikes Peak Philharmonic's A Day at the Zoo. The philharmonic will be thumpin' the more bestial pieces by Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Saint-Sens starting at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 for the whole family, $6 for adults, and $4 for seniors and children. Meow!
-- Aaron Retka