8 Thursday In honor of the millions of people worldwide who have died of AIDS, the Denver Art Museum is exhibiting Altar Piece, a sculpture by New York artist Keith Haring given to the museum by Yoko Ono. Haring's work was vastly influential in the post-modern art movement and his simple yet poignant style adorned not only canvases but billboards, subway tunnels and many other surfaces in New York and worldwide. He made it a point to always use his artistic talents as a means to help people and try to solve problems in the world. This piece combines Haring's signature graffiti style with the form of an old Christian triptych altar painting. The freehand sculpture was cast into bronze and was the last work Haring completed before his death. Altar Piece is on display until Jan. 11. For more information, call 720/865-5170 or go to www.denverartmuseum.org.
9 Friday Tonight, master guitarist Brooks Williams performs at the Black Forest Community Center (corner of Shoup and Black Forest roads). Williams is renowned for dazzling audiences with his sharp flat-picking and soulful leads. His performance will feature classic tunes as well as songs from his newest recording Nectar. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $4 general admission and only $2 for Black Rose Acoustic Society members. Come out and see one of America's greatest musical treasures. Call 278-8108 for more information.
10 Saturday Are you a fan of William Shakespeare? Do you find his works long-winded, dry and sometimes very confusing? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then tonight is your night. The Southern Colorado Theatre Company presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) at the Hoag Recital Hall (2200 Bonforte Blvd.) on the CSU-Pueblo campus. Imagine 36 of Shakespeare's plays performed in 90 minutes by only three actors. Then, throw in a truckload of improvisation, audience participation, singing and cross-dressing and you'll be using words like forsooth and methinks in no time. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. and is $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. For more information, call 719/566-3985.
11 Sunday This afternoon, the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs will perform at the First Christian Church (corner of Cascade and Platte avenues). The orchestra will play a quintet for winds, strings and harpsichord by J.C. Bach, a violin concerto by G.P. Telemann, "Silent Woods" by Antonin Dvorak and the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Kreutzer" sonata, among other ensembles. The performance begins at 3 p.m. and is free to the public. Donations are welcome to help benefit the orchestra and the concert series. For more information, call 633-8888.
12 Monday For all you aspiring singers out there, Soli Deo Gloria, Colorado Springs adult community choir, is having its first rehearsal tonight at the Bethel Lutheran Church (4925 Farmingdale Drive). Auditions are not required to become a member of the choir and anyone out there who can carry a tune and read music is encouraged to show up early and register for membership. Rehearsals are every Monday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and will run in preparation for the choir's May 15 performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Requiem" and Franz Schubert's "Mass" in G. Call 574-6417 for information on how to register.
14 Wednesday With winter upon us, it is important for everyone to know about outdoor safety in the event of inclement weather. Tonight, Skee Hipszky of El Paso County Search and Rescue will present a winter safety program at the East Library (5550 N. Union). Come learn about training that has helped make El Paso County Search and Rescue one of the best-trained and equipped rescue teams in the country. Children are invited to learn how to make their own survival kit for the winter months. The event is free to the public, but the rescue team is made up of volunteers who use their own equipment, so donations are appreciated. The program starts at 7 p.m. and could help save your life someday. For more information, call 635-9400.
15 Thursday Plan now to attend next week's "Creative Callout" at the historic and critically endangered Colorado Springs City Auditorium, a celebration of our creative community. Master clown Jim Jackson will serve as master of ceremonies, with music by Idiolectic, DJ XXX, and Bob Lillie and Tom O'Boyle on the auditorium's Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. Expect brief presentations on plans for the Downtown Arts District, Confluence Park and Urban Renewal Authority Areas with a special focus on the Springs' architectural treasure, the City Aud. All ages, cash bar and hors d'oeuvres, 5:30-9 p.m. with a 45-minute program beginning at 6:15. Come learn about the issues and let everyone know that you care about the local cultural scene. For more info, call Springs Community Action Network at 329-1640.