If you're like me, you think that history is fine and well, but where are the great sweeping aerial shots? Why is the screen so small? Why, oh why is the visual intensity not nauseating? Our answer has come at last, comrades: Beginning today, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (2001 Colorado Blvd., in Denver) presents Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West, an IMAX extravaganza sure to dizzy as well as educate. The film follows the Corps of Discovery's journey through the Louisiana Purchase and chronicles events along the way, IMAX-style. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5.50 for kids and seniors. Call 303/322-7009 or type in www.dmns.org for more.
If everyday life ain't scary enough for you, lay a patch on over to Joyrides (5150 Edison Ave.). Starting today, they present the pre-Halloween attractions Planet of Terror and Misery Mile, the latter of which promises "a large man wielding a chainsaw." Dad? The attractions will run Oct. 10-12, 16-19, and 23-31, and a hefty array of price options is available. Check out www.joyridesffc.com or call 573-5500 for more.
Also tonight, truck on down to Pueblo (2200 Bonforte Blvd.) for the CSU-Pueblo HomecomingOUT Dance and Drag Show, in celebration of GLBT National Coming-Out Week. Things will get started at 8 p.m. for the drag show and 9:30 for the dance and dance contest. Dance contest! Dance contest! And the best part? All of this can be yours for a measly $1 cover charge. Give a jingle to 719/549-2151 for more information or to register for the aforementioned concours de danse. Yeah!
OK, so drag shows and booty-shakin' won't do it for you. Question: Is twang your thang? Check out David Massengill at the Black Rose Acoustic Society Open Stage (intersection of Shoup and Black Forest roads in Black Forest). Massengill, a storyteller and songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Joan Baez and the Roches, rocks the Appalachian dulcimer in ways you haven't even yet imagined -- mainly because you've never heard an Appalachian dulcimer. Do yourself a favor and investigate it at 7:30 p.m. The show will run you $4 for nonmembers and $2 for members. Call 278-8108 for more.
No, it's not a heavy-metal syllogism for cocaine; it's the real thing (kind of). Today the Slim Rail Model Railroad Club presents its 20th annual show and swap meet, during which engineer cap-festooned participants can trade model train paraphernalia, attend free clinics and eye the competitions' model get-ups. Toot-toot your way over to the Masonic Center (1150 Panorama Drive) from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to get in on the action. Admission is $3 or free for those under 12. Call 481-2896 for more.
Starting tonight, the Tibetan Photo Project hits the Pikes Peak area. This exhibition, a series of photographs taken by exiled Tibetan monks, was compiled via international mail in order to document the lives of Tibetans in India. You can catch the event at 7 p.m. in room 116 of the University Center as UCCS (1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway); tomorrow at 7 p.m. at All Souls Unitarian Church (730 N. Tejon St.); Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in Gaylord Hall in the Worner Center at Colorado College (northwest corner of Cache La Poudre Street and Cascade Avenue); Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Business of Arts Center (513 Manitou Ave. in Manitou Springs); and Oct. 18 at 1:30 p.m. in the W. E. S. Room in Worner Center at Colorado College. A suggested donation of $5 will benefit Tibetan causes and the monks.
This fine eve, head on over to the Underground (110 N. Nevada) to take in some action-packed verbal legerdemain. Blair, a nationally acclaimed poet/singer/songwriter who's opened for musicians Bitch and Animal, Mary Lou Lord, Stevie Wonder, Michael Moore, and Soul Coughing's Mike Doughty, will rock the mike in classic single-moniker form as part of the Progression Session (hey, that rhymes!) Poetry Slam. Live a little. Call 227-0086 for more.
If adorable li'l ragamuffins are your thing, be sure to check out Annie Junior, an all-kid truncated version of the "senior" Broadway musical and based on the popular comic strip of the same name. This ode to plucky orphans runs today, tomorrow (pun intended), and Oct. 22-23 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 for children and $8 for all others in advance, $7 for kids and $9 for non-kids at the door. It's happenin' at the Lon Chaney Theater inside the Colorado Springs City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa. St. For tickets, call 964-2906.
The gala season opener for the Colorado Springs Philharmonic kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. This marks the first full season of the newly formed orchestra that arose in the wake of the dissolution of the Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra earlier this year. Beethoven's "Choral Fantasy" and Symphony No. 9, "Chroal Symphony" will be performed with Susan Grace on the piano and The Colorado Springs Chorale. Tickets range from $12-$48 (and you can get a discount if you buy season tickets). Call 520-SHOW or go to www.ticketmaster.com or csphilharmonic.org.
-- Aaron Retka