Tonight, Colorado College presents Les Belles Soeurs, by Quebec playwright Michel Tremblay at Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache La Poudre) on the CC campus. The all-woman play, written in French but performed in English, takes place in Montreal during the mid-1960s and details the experiences of Germaine Lauzon, who gets a new lease on life when she wins a million trading stamps that can be exchanged for any number of household items, but only after being pasted into special books. Inviting friends over to help brings a flood of emotions and mistrust as Germaine discovers her friends are quietly robbing her of her precious stamps. The show runs from tonight until Saturday and starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $2 for CC students and $5 for everyone else. For more information, call 389-6798.
The Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region, in conjunction with whitacreWorks, will sponsor an evening of cool with Grammy Award-winning jazz musician Dave Valentin at his concert at the Fine Arts Center Theater (30 W. Dale St.). The performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased through the Urban League at 634-1525 or the Fine Arts Center at 634-5583. (See full story on page 49. )
Tonight, the Christmas story It's A Wonderful Life hits the stage at the Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.). The musical version of the timeless Frank Capra film celebrates the innate goodness in all people through the story of George Bailey and his tiny community of Bedford Falls -- a timeless tale of dreams, disillusionment and love. The show runs until Dec. 21 and starts at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Come get uplifted. For more information, call 634-5583.
Get a dose of history this afternoon at a Holiday Benefit at the Pioneers Museum (215 S. Tejon St.). Join Mary Lou Makepeace, the Sun Chime Players and state Rep. Michael Merrifield for music, dessert and a fireside chat with America's 32nd president, Harry S. Truman. The festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 380-7064.
Also this afternoon, treat your taste buds to some gourmet beverages at a Gourmet Coffee and Tea Tasting at the Mountain Living Studio (741 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs). Warm your belly with free flavored coffees, mulled cider and exotic teas while browsing through gifts such as photography by Lynn Russell, painted silk by Lynda Schwemmer, metal art by Roy McMurtry and works from over 50 other Colorado crafters and artists. The event is sponsored by the Spice of Life and takes place from noon to 5 p.m. Call 685-0225 for more information.
Attitudes Ballet Theatre presents "Rejoice!" featuring two different performances of a Christmas classic taking place all day at the City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa). At 2 p.m., Peter Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker will surely have visions of sugarplums dancing in your head. At 7 p.m., get ready to put some swing in your season with a version of Duke Ellington's Harlem Nutcracker. Both performances will be followed by dances to contemporary music of the season. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. All proceeds will be donated to the Suicide Prevention Partnership of Colorado Springs. For more information, call 473-1770.
Also this afternoon, the Taylor Choir and the Da Vinci Quartet will present a special candlelight "Prelude to Christmas" concert at Grace Church (601 N. Tejon St.). The free concert starts a 4 p.m. and will include all your favorite Christmas carols, the "Christmas Concerto" by Arcangelo Corelli and works by Luigi Boccherini and Franz Schubert, all in the candlelit beauty of Grace Church. For more information, call 633-5529.
Explore the true meaning of Christmas at the Gifts art exhibition at the Bridge Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.). While the idea of giving people material things as presents dominates Christmas, this show will feature paintings, sculpture and mixed media that explore some of the more meaningful gifts people give over the holidays. The show runs until Sunday, Dec. 21. Call 329-1574 for more information.
Check out images captured from around the world at the Gazette Photographers exhibit at the Phototroph Art Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., Suite 111. (The show opened on Dec. 5, so you don't have to wait till Wednesday; it'll be on display all week.) View museum-quality prints of images taken by photographers from the Colorado Springs Gazette such as Peter Lockley, Kevin Kreck, Christian Murdock and Bob Jackson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his photo capturing the assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack Ruby. The exhibit is open until Dec. 20 and the gallery is open on Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 442-6995.
-- Grayson Mendenhall