Starting tonight, the Manitou Art Theater presents Stealing Sugar, a suburban tale featuring Birgitta De Pree, the self-anointed Queen of Foldable Laundry. You can expect fact and fiction to blur together along with the washing, drying, folding and sorting of laundry. Huh? The show runs tonight, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at Venue 515 at the Business of Art Center (515 Manitou Ave., in Manitou Springs). Tickets are $12.50 and are available by calling 685-1861.
If you like to commemorate solar phenomena by, you know, walking, this is just the thing for you: the Mountain Park Environmental Center (9161 Mountain Park Road in Beulah) presents a Spring Equinox Hike this morning. You can ring in the season by getting together with fellow hikers for a fun-filled guided hike. The spring-themed merriment is free for MPEC members and $3 for nonmembers. Registration is required, and the moderately strenuous hike is appropriate for adults and kids over 12. For more information or to register, call 719/485-4444.
Tonight, local oldies-rock icons Flash Cadillac join the Colorado Springs Philharmonic for March's Pick of the Pops concert, a guitar-and-oboe stroll through '50s and '60s hits. This rock-'n'-roll-meets-classical concert is a Pikes Peak area tradition and will feature ditties like "Penny Lane," "Jailhouse Rock," and (of course) "Roll Over Beethoven." Twist, shout and so on at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) at 8 p.m. Tickets will run you $20-48 and are available through the Pikes Peak Center Box Office or by calling 520-SHOW.
Haul that pasty-white complexion of yours up to Denver today for the Denver Record Collectors Spring Expo 2004. This annual fte d'audiophilia features over a hundred display tables by collectors and dealers from all around the country. You can haggle, trade and chat at length about how I have a copy of Jawbreaker's Dear You on the original blue marble vinyl and you don't. Sadly, not offered this year: a workshop on talking to girls. Things are taking place at the Holiday Inn -- Northglenn (at I-25 and 120th) from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and admission will run you $2. Hit up www.bigk.com for more information.
Today and tomorrow, it's the Champion de Cuisine chefs' competition, Colorado Springs' own version of the Iron Chef, pitting two-time defending champion Paul Jensen, chef of the El Paso Club, against a string of challengers in search of cook-off championship. Staged in the Colorado Hall of the Broadmoor Hotel, preliminaries go from 1 to 3 p.m. today and the finals commence on Monday from noon to 5 p.m. It's all part of the seventh annual Hospitality Expo featuring vendor booths and food and beverage samples, taking place all day Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tonight, renowned political activist and former vice presidential candidate Winona LaDuke comes to Colorado College. LaDuke, an enrolled member of the Mississippi Band of Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe), is the author of Last Standing Woman, All Our Relations, In the Sugarbush and The Winona LaDuke Reader. Expect a pretty enlightening lecture on environmental politics, energy policy, biocolonialism, motherhood and democracy. The lecture starts at 7:30 p.m. at Shove Memorial Chapel on the CC campus (1010 N. Nevada), and the event is free. Head over to
www.coloradocollege.edu/ news_events for more.
If youve got a pressing need to get the stuffing rocked out of you tonight, by all means head over to Southside Johnnys (528 S. Tejon St.) for some splodin, burnin, firin-on-all-cylinders blues-rock with Scott Holt. A former Buddy Guy band member, Holt is touring his new album, Chipped Front Tooth. Comparisons to Stevie Ray have been made, naturally, but the University of Alabama Kaleidoscope did in fact say that Holt simply exploded on stage like a time bomb, which is a testament to both undergraduate journalist skills and Holts guitar godlike-ery.
Also tonight, Albuquerque native and budding spoken-word artist Kenn Rodriguez comes to The Underground (110 N. Nevada Ave.) for an evening of verbal pyrotechnics. Rodriguez has been a featured performer at the Seattle Poetry Festival, the Taos Poetry Circus, South by Southwest, the SlamAmerica bus tour and the National Poetry Slam. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and admission is $5 at the door.
The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., in Pueblo) presents Black Broadway: A Musical Journey Through Black Theatre History tonight. This "greatest-hits" show will feature songs from shows like The Wiz, Porgy and Bess, Ain't Misbehavin', Sophisticated Ladies, and Jelly's Last Jam. Featuring Broadway alumni Monica Patton and C. E. Smith, the fairly Spartan show (a few backdrops, one grand piano and three performers) gets going for one show only at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 719/295-7222 or through the Center's box office.
Rootin', tootin', ridin', ropin', singin' cowboy Buck Howdy, star of NPR's Cow Pie Radio, comes to the Pikes Peak area today to sing tunes from his new CD, Skidaddle! Buck'll tell tales and serenade l'il pardners and their parents alike, at 10:30 a.m. at the East Library (5550 N. Union Blvd.) and at 2 p.m. at the Ruth Holley Branch Library (923 N. Murray Blvd.).
-- Aaron Retka