13 Thursday Wocka wocka! This evening, check out the Denver-based, cable-TV comedian Louis Johnson at Loonees Comedy Corner (1305 N. Academy Blvd.), where he'll be from tonight through Saturday. Johnson was featured in his own Showtime Comic of the Month special and has appeared on "Short Attention Span Theater" and "Stand Up Stand Up," among others. For showtimes and reservations call the good -- albeit wacky -- people at Loonees at 591-0707.
Also tonight, get off your duff and go see Colorado College Theatre Workshop's version of The Hobbit. This undertaking will include original student work under black light (a medium only previously used to illuminate Hendrix posters), and will follow Bilbo through his delightful hairy-footed adventures. The show's at Taylor Theater (adjacent to Bemis Hall) at 8 p.m. tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday, and tickets are free and available at the Worner desk (902 N. Cascade Ave.) or by calling 389-6607.
14 Friday Tonight, get your ration of Haitian at Industrial Nation (2106 E. Platte Ave.), where the Voodoo Organist (aka Scott Aaron Wexton) pounds out a demonic gospel-inspired lounge/carnival/ghoul-miasma on the Wurlitzer and therein. The man and the music, described as a swampy amalgamation of Nick Cave, Screamin' Jay Hawkins and Tom Waits, will be accompanied by a voodoo-themed masquerade. Admission for this one is free for the 21-plus crowd and a wee $1 for those under 21. Call 520-0980 or hit up
www.indynation.net for more.
If you're afraid of evil, I instead encourage you to bear witness to the finger-whippin' fury of National Slide Guitar Champion Kraig Kenning at Black Forest Community Center (corner of Black Forest and Shoup roads in Black Forest). Kenning is a singer-songwriter, an apparently bitchin' guitarist and a venerable icon of the slide-git scene, with 20 years of touring under his belt. Things get started at 9 p.m., and you can go ahead and call 278-8108 for ticket prices and information.
Also this evening, check out 16 And Under at Fastframe (5154 Centennial Blvd.). Cut your slavering, Humbert -- it's an art opening. The juried show is an exhibition of both two- and three-dimensional works by local artists, and all of them are just 16 inches or less! Catch the opening reception tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. It's free and open to the public, and you can catch the show through Jan. 9. Call 277-0161 for more.
15 Saturday Today, head on over to the 28th annual Trash 'N Treasure Garage Sale where you can buy new or gently used merchandise for bargain prices. Proceeds benefit the Junior League of Colorado Springs. Things are taking place at the City Auditorium (corner of Kiowa and Weber streets) from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Call 632-3855 for more.
16 Sunday This afternoon, experience through the magic of film what it's like to ride in a motor home. That's right, kiddos: today and tomorrow, the Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.) hosts Baja RV Adventure, which sounds like a video game for the retired but is actually part of the World Horizons Travel Film Series. The film explores Baja as "a contradictory land of desert and sea with an austere and uncluttered horizon," and you can get in on said adventure by calling the FAC box office at 634-5583. Shows start at 2 p.m. and tickets are $6 for FAC members and $7 for nonmembers. Mexico, here I come, at roughly 30 miles beneath the speed limit!
Attention, students of the Colorado College, residents of Manitou Springs, and assorted Poor Richard's employees! Master Nigerian Drummer Ayo Adeyemi will be holding two djembe workshops at the Legion Hut in Salida (corner of 10th and H streets). The first workshop will focus on honing beginners' djembe chops, and the second will be a "rhythm experience" mega-jam, during which participants are encouraged to bring their dancing feet (mine are buried in the closet somewhere). The workshops are at 2 and 4 p.m., respectively, and the cost per session is $12. A limited number of rental drums will be available for a measly $5. Call 719/ 539-4782 for more information.
21 Friday The Star Spangles, yet another upstate-to-downtown New York retro act, will play with Rooney and the Sounds on Friday at our very own 32 Bleu. Guess what? They're into the Ramones and The Heartbreakers, and probably even think the New York Dolls are cool. Plus, says the press release, they're not into how trendy the rock scene in New York is right now, and that makes them even cooler than the coolest rock city in the whole wide world. Plus, the Ramones' producer, like, produced their first album, Bazooka!!!. It's 12 bucks in advance, and $14 at door, which opens at 9 p.m. Call 955-5664 or go to www.32Bleu.com
-- Aaron Retka