15 Thursday Come see the time-honored musical Les Misrables tonight at the Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.), powerful show tunes set to Victor Hugo's epic tale of the suffering of the masses in the aftermath of the French Revolution. If Les Mis doesn't bring a tear to your eye, then give it up -- your heart is made of stone. This revival of last year's Colorado Springs Repertory Theater production starts at 7 p.m. and features over 40 local actors. Tickets are $13 in advance for FAC members, $15 in advance for the public and $17 at the door. For more information, call 634-5583 or log on to www.csfineartscenter.org.
Tonight, fiber artist and fabric designer Rebecca Yaffe will display her designs and talk about making a living as an artist in the Art Gallery of the Louisa Performing Arts Center of the Colorado Springs School (21 Broadmoor Ave.). A graduate of CSS, Yaffe completed a BFA at the University of Washington in Seattle and started her own textile design company. Her work has been displayed in galleries across the country. The gallery opens in connection with CSS's Thursday Night Recital series featuring jazz performed by the Broadmoor's Ken Miller Trio. The free gallery opening runs from 5 to 7 p.m. followed by the concert at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $10 for students and $15 for the general public. Call 475-9747 for more information.
16 Friday Get ready for some scorching rhythms from across the border. Tonight, Daniel Cordova Y Esperanza perform their brand of hot New Mexican music at the Bob Jackson Conference Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave.) in Pueblo. Formed in 1994 by Cordova and with five albums under their belts, Esperanza has built quite a following throughout southern Colorado. The concert starts at 5:30 p.m. and will be part of the Festival Fridays series sponsored by the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center. Tickets are just four bucks in advance and $5 at the gate. Call 295-7200 or go to www.sdc-arts.org for more information.
Also tonight, the Gallery of Contemporary Art on the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus presents Also Known As (aka AKA), an art exhibition featuring over 90 pieces of contemporary art submitted by 81 anonymous artists. Working under pseudonyms, the featured artists were allowed the freedom to experiment outside of their usual mediums. All works in the show will be for sale and the artists have been asked to donate at least 25 percent of the proceeds to the gallery in order to offset cuts in funding for art at the state and federal levels. The opening reception starts at 5 p.m. and the exhibition runs until March 19. For more information, call 262-3567.
17 Saturday Tonight and tomorrow, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic presents associate conductor Thomas Wilson's Classical Masterworks concert, featuring pianist Gregory Adams pounding the ivories on Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini." Wilson will also conduct the most beloved piece by American composer Aaron Copland, Appalachian Spring and the immortal "Fanfare for the Common Man." Tonight's concert commences at 8 p.m. and Sunday's begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Tickets run $12-$48 at the Pikes Peak Center Box Office. Call 520-SHOW or purchase tickets online at www. Ticketmaster.com.
18 Sunday Join fellow community members this afternoon to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Springs' annual candlelight march starts with the lighting of the candles at the downtown YMCA/USO (207 N. Nevada Ave.). Participants will then move to Acacia Park to begin a march to honor the memory of Dr. King and his vision for a community built on peace. The march proceeds to Shove Chapel (1010 N. Nevada Ave.) for a celebratory church service. Candle lighting starts at 5 p.m. and the march begins at 5:30 p.m. Call 389-6606 for more information.
21 Wednesday William T. Breer of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington will lecture on the current relationship between Japan and the United States in the Rocky Mountain Ballroom of The Broadmoor West (1 Lake Ave.). Breer spent 18 years in the Foreign Service in Japan and served as a political officer in the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. The lecture is sponsored by the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council and will deal with topics such as Japanese involvement in the current Iraqi conflict and the future of Japanese political parties that may affect Japan-U.S relations. The lecture starts at noon; tickets are $10 for students, $19 for World Affairs Council members and $25 for the public. For more information, call 579-8443.
22 Thursday Concerned about unsustainable growth and development in the Denver/Colorado Springs region? Learn about the key issue -- water, and how there's not enough in our bedrock aquifers --from Bob Reynolds of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Tonight's lecture begins at 7 p.m., at the Tutt Science Center lecture hall, 1112 North Nevada Ave., on the Colorado College campus. Admission is free. Call 748-5010 for more information.