Shucks. Put some cowpoke in your kids' spring break with the star of NPR's Cow Pie Radio, Buck Howdy, who'll be doing the rounds of the Pikes Peak Library District. Howdy, a real-life singin' cowboy, is the whirling nexus of all things Rogers: Roy Rogers, Will Rogers and Mister Rogers are at last combined with homespun humor, songs and wit to delight the kids and bring a sense of wistful reminiscence to parents. His appearances include 10:30 a.m. today at the East Library (5550 Union Blvd.) and 2 p.m. at the Ruth Holley Branch Library (923 N. Murray Blvd.).
"But hey," you say. "I'm a serious achiever and have no time for silly cowboy songs. I must make the most of myself! Aspire! Accomplish! Get what's mine!" Well, there's an event for you today too, my pretty. Author, team dynamics expert and professional leadership guru Rick Griggs comes to the Antlers Adam's Mark Hotel (4 S. Cascade Ave.) today to unveil his new book Triumph in Teams, an examination of the leadership lessons of Napoleon Bonaparte. This free event, which includes very serious goal-minded dessert and door prizes, will also feature Mr. Griggs donning the costume and personality of Napoleon to impart the emperor's ageless lessons. Stomp determinedly over to
www.griggsachieve.com for more information.
Item! The Reverend Billy C. Wirtz is bringing his baffling piano and onstage antics to the Fine Arts Center tonight (30 W. Dale St.). Wirtz, whose "left-of-center, Southeastern, post-psychedelic, Red Sovine, Porter Waggoner, Muddy Waters views of the world" has amused and confused audiences all over the country, will also be dishin' up some hot root and big-beat piano. Tickets for the jam are $15 for FAC and KRCC members in advance, $17 for nonmembers in advance, and $19 for everyone at the door. Call the FAC box office at 634-5583 or swing by KRCC (912 N. Weber St.) to get yours.
First Christian Church (corner of Cascade and Platte) presents its annual Bach Celebration concert at 3 p.m. The program will feature Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 1; vocal arias and duets from the "Magnificat"; solo works for harpsichord, organ and violin; and chorales sung by the audience with the instrumental ensemble. Performers include string players from the CS Philharmonic, woodwind and brass players from the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, recorder players from the Pine Creek Recorder Ensemble, organists from local churches, and singers from the Colorado Springs Chorale, Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble and the Opera Theatre of the Rockies.
Also this afternoon, amid the gothic splendor of Grace Church (601 N. Tejon St.), listen to chants -- Gregorian and otherwise. The Schola Cantorum Chant Choir presents an afternoon of chants and motets that span the centuries, including works by French Baroque composer Andre Raison, Italian Baroque composer Giovanni Casali and contemporary Colorado composer Janet Hall. The concert begins at 4 p.m. and is part of the free Taylor Memorial Concert series. Call 633-5529 for more.
Today through Sunday, give in to those historically nautical urges and truck on over to the Pioneers Museum (215 S. Tejon St.) for the "Old Ironsides" exhibit and educational program. This touring exhibit of the legendarily hulled USS Constitution will feature illustrated lectures by crew members, demonstrations of gun-deck activities, interaction with craftsmen who have restored the vessel, knot tying and much more. All weekend activities are free, so get the li'l sailors over there while the gettin's good. For more information, check out
www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org. 2 Friday Like your dance troupes to be named like a turtlenecked German techno band from 1986? Then, by all means check out Capacitor tonight and tomorrow night at Armstrong Hall on the Colorado College campus (northeast corner of Tejon St. and Cascade Avenue). These cutting-edge dance performances promise loads of fire-handling, aerial work and dangerous gymnastics as well the tackling of issues like space and technology. Plus, they wear tight-fitting colorful bodysuits like the ones your mom wouldn't let you wear in high school. Rebel! Call 520-SHOW for ticket pricing, and head over to
www.csdance.org for more information.
Tonight, celebrate the spirit of DIY with a house concert featuring the triumphant return of Peter Mayer to Colorado Springs. Mayer, a latter-day acoustic troubadour, will be rockin' the so-called Mt. St. Francis, whose location is sort of undisclosed per the dubious legality of house shows. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling 227-8648 or by mailing a check to P.O. Box 38943, Colorado Springs CO 80937. Admission at the door is $12. For more info, hit up
If a house acoustic concerts a bit too now for you, check out the Da Vinci Quartets Ragtime to Riches fund-raiser at the Manitou Business of Art Annex (515 Manitou Ave., in Manitou Springs). This event, featuring Uncle Henrys Ragtime Band, will celebrate the magic and wackiness of ragtime along with demonstrations of dances and ragtime-era costumes. Things are taking place from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and tickets will run you $25, which goes to support continuing Da Vinci Quartet contributions to Colorado communities. Call 303/871-6964 to get yours.
-- Aaron Retka