I like putting things in other things: coffee in mugs, cereal in bowls, my cat in the microwave, and so on. Will an artist ever explore that? Hey, wait! My dreams have come true! This evening marks the opening reception for Invesselments, an exhibit by Mark Wong exploring the vessel as an art form using techniques centered on the Raku firing process. The reception will run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Stagecoach Inn (702 Manitou Ave. in Manitou Springs). The public is welcome. Call 685-9400 for more.
If you're in the mood for some bare-knuckled, four-on-the-floor fusion tonight, you can catch Newcomers Home at 32 Bleu (32 S. Tejon St.). NCH, described variously as "Riverdance meets Dave Matthews," "tight, acoustic New Folk," and "a cool mix of bluegrass, Celtic, and world-music influences," hails from Boulder (quelle surprise!) and will be holding the way-gala release show for their new album, Live at the Boulder Theater. Sweet nugs and tasty licks, dude. Tix are $10, the show starts at 8 p.m., and it's all-ages. Hit up www.32bleu.com for more.
Hold on to those vinyl pants, kids. Fluff up that hair. It's time to rock! Those progenitors of casual misspelling, RATT, will be windmilling and hammering-on all over The Gardens (2945 Galley Road) tonight. Who says glam is dead when there're still people willing to pay for this show? You can expect to have your spleen rocked right out of you beginning at 9 p.m. Call 597-2900 for ticket prices.
Today, lob the kids into the car and head over to Celebration Place (located in the upper level of the Mervyn's wing at the Citadel Mall) to get collage-makin'! That's right! As part of the Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration, educator Avis Cook holds the Blues Collage Workshop, during which the enlightenment of different values and hues of blues will contribute to awesome collages. There will be a fee of $1 per person. Register for this event at 597-3344.
It's a heapin' helpin' of Americana tonight at 32 Bleu: roots/pop-rock dynamos Over the Rhine will treat you to songs about trucks, rural relationships and guitars -- or so their press release leads me to believe. Commonly compared to 10,000 Maniacs, Shawn Colvin and the like, Over the Rhine is touring on their newish double album, Ohio. Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 at the door, and the sweet roots goodness starts at 9 p.m. Steer that CPU on over to www.32bleu.com for more.
This afternoon from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., take your trick-or-treaters on over to the newly renovated Venue 515 at the Business of Art Center (515 Manitou Ave. in Manitou Springs). There, veteran photojournalist Anne Lennox will be snapping pictures of interestingly attired trick-or-treaters for a personal black-and-white series. There's no charge, and the first 50 young folks or young-at-heart folks with outstandingly creative costumes will get a free 4-by-6-inch color shot of themselves. I can't think of a better way to commemorate the spookiest of the pagan holidays. Call 685-1861.
It's Halloween. See the long feature (left) for all your boos to do.
This weekend, bear witness to the awesome power of the Ormao Dance Company in their 13th season. This weekend's performance, an unusual modern dance collaboration between choreographer Erica Wilson-Perkins and composer Corbett Lunsford (unusual, by the way, in that the choreography was done first, and the composer had never seen the dance), will take place tonight and Saturday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. All performances will take place at the Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.), and tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door. Call the FAC box office at 634-5583 to get tickets or for more information.
Today, head on up the hill to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road) for "Wild Wolves Weekend Workshop." This "w"-packed youth-oriented program will explore the natural history, ecology and reintroduction of gray wolves. Should be a hoot, er, howl. Things get started at 10 a.m., and the workshop will run you $12 for zoo members and $15 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. Call 633-9925 ext. 122.
-- Aaron Retka