16 Friday Baffled by the electric guitar, that wooden core fitted with magnetic and electronic components? Just doesn't seem right to you somehow? Then by all means take in some guitar rockin' tonight at the Ute Pass Cultural Center (210 E. Midland Ave. in Woodland Park), where acoustic juggernaut Chuck Pyle will be plucking strings that are completely devoid of current. With him will be John Swayne, Luke Ellington and Charlie Hall, which add up -- advanced degree in mathematics or no -- to an evening of mouth-watering acoustic goodness. Things will get started at 7 p.m., and the shindig will run you $4. Hit up www.mountaina coustic.org for more information.
Also tonight, the Sangre de Cristo Ballet Theatre celebrates its 10th anniversary with From Romeo and Juliet to Rod Stewart, which is entirely apt: first anniversary is paper, fifth is, like, leather or something, and 10th is Rod, Rod, Rod! This mosaic of a program will feature excerpts from Swan Lake, La Sylphide, Romeo and Juliet, The Mask and more, including the aforementioned original choreography to Mons. Stewart's works. The dancin' takes places tonight at 7:30 and tomorrow at 4 p.m. at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center Theater (210 N. Santa Fe Ave. in Pueblo). Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and children and are available through the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center box office or by calling 719/295-7222.
17 Saturday It's almost Earth Day, buddy! Get out and see this freakin' planet before it's too late! Speaking of which, you should round up your friends and loved ones and participate in the Volksmarch at Garden of the Gods today. Presented by the Falcon Wanderers Volksmarch Club, this community gambol will take place either on a 5k or 10k course, your choice, and will wander through delightful rock spires and early spring flowers to remind you of the beauty of our planet. Participants should register at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The walk is free, because you can't really put a premium on planet Earth. Think about it.
Also today, haul the li'l 'uns up to the Ute Pass Cultural Center (210 E. Midland Ave. in Woodland Park) for the Kangaroo Kids' Fest. The event will feature strolling tricks courtesy of Inspector Magic, a Dr. Suess-inspired magic show, a storytelling hour and various contests, including Yuckiest Blankie, Biggest Toothless Grin and Most Obviously Loved Teddy-Bear. The best part? The revelry is free, and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., which gives you plenty of time to bask in the knowledge that you're a good parent. Call 687-5873 for more information.
18 Sunday Today and tomorrow, your old pals at The World Horizons Travel Film Series have got a treat for you: Maltese Welcome, a film exploring the history, sights and culture of the tiny four-island nation playing at the Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.). You can expect to see some 6,000-year-old temples, meet some Maltese families and take a look at the local shipping industry. Those wacky Maltese! Showtimes are 2 p.m. both today and Monday, and tickets are $6 for FAC members, $7 for nonmembers, and $8 at the door. Give the box office a jingle at 634-5583 to get yours.
Shimmy on over to 32 Bleu (32 S. Tejon St.) for some jazz with attitude this evening. The Bad Plus, a piano trio Esquire dubbed "the Foo Fighters of jazz" will be bringing their brand of loud, bad-boy jazz to town. Admission for this one is $12.50 in advance or $15 the day of the show.
21 Wednesday Tonight at Colorado College, join A Service of Remembrance: The 15th Annual Holocaust Commemoration. This interfaith service will include remarks by David Faber, a survivor of seven concentration camps, and will be followed by a candlelight procession to Shove Chapel. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in Gates Common Room (third floor of Palmer Hall, directly east of the Cascade Avenue/San Rafael Street intersection) and is free of charge.
22 Thursday Gear up for a wicked choral smackdown! Tonight at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities (two miles north of I-70 on Wadsworth in Arvada), an octet from the St. Martin's Chamber Choir presents a musical illustration of the development of Bach's Magnificat. The choir has released several acclaimed recordings and is recognized as Denver's foremost chamber choir. The voices start at 7 p.m., and admission for the concert is $10, available through the Center's box office at 720/898-7200.
23 Friday Tonight, take in some jams and do some good for your community. Folk icon Cosy Sheridan will be appearing at the Gay & Lesbian Fund garage building (315 E. Costilla Ave.) for a one-night-only concert to benefit the local domestic violence and sexual assault counseling center, T.E.S.S.A. The price of the concert (which is, by the way, tax deductible) is $20 in advance and can be mailed to P.O. Box 38943, Colorado Springs CO 80937, or $25 at the door if there is still room. For more information, head over to www.house-concerts.org.
-- Aaron Retka