Your mind could mos def use a blowing. The Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) presents Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular tonight. Gather with friends, listen to Floyd, see lasers, and prepare to have the doors of perception opened. Things get started at 8 p.m. and tickets will run you from $18.50 to $24.50, available through Ticketmaster or the PPC box office. Hit up 520-SHOW or www.pikespeakcenter.org for more. Floyd and lasers go together like, um, milk and cookies.
If you're feeling more historic than euphoric tonight, check out Legend and Legacy, a lighthearted musical romp through local history, at the Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.). One can always hope for a clumsy Gen. Palmer cum Zebulon Pike duet set to "Almost Paradise." Things take place in the sculpture garden. A barbecue supper will be served at 6 p.m. and the show is at 7 p.m. (The FAC will host a second showing on Oct. 25 that will be at 1 and 2 p.m. for supper and show, respectively.) Tickets are $20 for FAC members and $23 for nonmembers and are available through the FAC box office or by calling 634-5583.
This is the weirdest thing I've ever heard: The Coffee Warehouse (526 S. Tejon St.) hosts Xpresso Speed Dating tonight from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This is apparently where folks under 40 sit down for four-minute mini-dates with no commitment. The espresso-fueled fun will run you $20. Call 720/771-3283 or type up www.XpressoDate.com for more.
Tonight, as an alternative to creepily regimented social coterie, check out Duke Davis and Buckshot at the Ute Pass Cultural Center (210 E. Midland Ave. in Woodland Park). Davis, a cowboy poet, musician, horseman and interestingly mustachioed Western polymath, is a staunch supporter of the cowboy lifestyle and will wax melodic about ranges, nameless trails and desert winds that make a man dang lonely. The program starts at 7 p.m. and will run you cowpokes $4. Kids and teens under 18 get in free. Call 687-6823 for more.
If you think science is lame, you've got another think coming. UCCS presents Cool Science today in the UCCS Science Auditorium (room 221, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway). Kids can witness cool physics tricks, see glowing liquids and learn that science is, in fact, only for the ber-cool among us. Shows are at 2 and 6 p.m. with hands-on activities from 1:30 to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m. Reservations are required, and donations are much appreciated. Call 339-6516 for more.
If urban blight is your thing, head over to the Pioneers Museum (215 S. Tejon St.) at 2 p.m. John Harner, professor of urban geography, will present "Relict Landscapes of the Colorado Springs Automobile Strips," a look at the quirky and often seamy architecture along automobile entry points into our city: sombrero-shaped restaurants, concrete tipis and the other detritus of the auto age. Prague we ain't. This is a free program, but reservations are encouraged. Call 385-5990.
My wish is this: You chuck out the television, pack the kids into the minivan, and cruise on down to Pueblo and see Aladdin, playing at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave. in Pueblo) as part of their Children's Playhouse Series. It'll be a hoot, and everyone loves curly shoed genies, especially the kids. Call 719/295-7222 for ticket prices and more.
High culture comes to Pueblo tonight. Best-selling African-American author Maya Angelou appears this evening at the Massari Arena at CSU-Pueblo (2200 Bonforte Blvd. in Pueblo). The event is free, but seating is on a first-come basis. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the program begins at 6 p.m. Call 719/549-2576.
Rock! Grammy-winnin', ass-kickin' deities of awesome Godsmack will grunt, howl and riff the roof off the City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa Ave.) tonight with special guests Adema. Presented by Clear Channel Entertainment! Tickets at all Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com! Yowza! Tickets are $28.50 for general admission (plus those "applicable service charges" we've grown to love). Call 520-9090 to get yours today!
Grease up those listenin' ears, kids. Tonight, head on down to the Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.) to catch some jazz, jazz, jazz with the Springs Contemporary Jazz Big Band featuring guest trumpeter Greg Gisbert. Gisbert has jammed with the likes of Buddy Rich, Mel Torme, Tony Bennett and Joe Williams. Things start at 7 p.m. and tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, available through KCME (1921 N. Weber St.) or at the FAC box office. Call 578-5263 for more.
The Da Vinci Quartet returns to Colorado College tonight to perform "Pastoral Places" featuring music of Haydn, Colson and Dvorak. This roof-raising classical event will take place at Packard Hall on the Colorado College Campus (southwest corner of Cascade Avenue and Cache La Poudre Street). Those with CC IDs get in free while the rest of the lumpen masses have to pay $15. Call 389-6606.