If you told Greta Wesley and Caron O'Neil that their artwork is garbage, they'd probably agree with you. Their exhibit at Commonwheel Artists Co-op (102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs), One Man's Trash is Another Woman's Art runs through Aug. 16, and the works comprise mostly salvaged objects or trash. Wesley's jewelry and sculptures use trash or mimic its design. O'Neil's display includes wall sculptures of reclaimed items and jewelry made from exotic beads. The Co-op is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 685-1008 for more.
Sometimes I go to the library just to smell the books. But this weekend, there'll be rare and older books to sniff at the 20th annual Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Book Fair. At the Denver Merchandise Mart today and tomorrow, there are more than 100,000 rare and collectible books, maps, photographs and paper collectibles of all genres, and plenty of people walking around, soaking in the old book fragrance. Saturday features a panel on Book Collecting 101 with speakers Nicholas Basbanes and novelist/collector John Dunning. A one-day pass is $6, two days are $10 and the proceeds are donated to children's literacy programs. Friday's events run from 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday's are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 303/480-0220 for more info.
You could do worse than a leisurely drive over Hard Scrabble Pass and the divinely scenic entrance to tiny Westcliffe, Colo., where the Center for the Performing Arts at the Jones Theater on Main Street presents, tonight and tomorrow night at 7 p.m., Diva: A Musical Delight, featuring soprano Susan Asbjornson accompanied by Bill Protzman. Susan and Bill's show features famous arias of the past 100 years, performed in costume and sung in English. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students. Call the box office at 719/783-3004 or visit www.westcliffecenter.org for more.
<>When you hear the words "mountain arts," you probably think of basketry, quilts, woodworking and handmade clothing, and you would be right on target. But you should also think of sculpture, pottery, painting, drawing, photography, jewelry and the 19th annual Mountain Arts Festival at the Ute Pass Cultural Center (corner of Highway 24 and Fairview, Woodland Park). Nearly 60 vendors will display, sell or demonstrate their art; local musical performers will jam; and a variety of food will be available. The event runs today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call Sharon at 719/687-8298 for more.
While you are up Ute Pass, head to Green Mountain Falls (west on Highway 24 from the Springs until you see the signs) and Bronc Day where you can shoot a spud in the potato gun gallery, race a critter as long as it weighs less than 1 pound, ride a pony, compete in the chicken squat, throw someone in the makeshift jail, and enjoy bluegrass and country music in the gazebo. The day kicks off with a firemen's pancake breakfast at 7 a.m., followed by a parade and a day of fun until 4 p.m.
<>Squeeze into your wingtips and shimmy on over to The Original Castaways (107 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs) for the August Second Sunday Jazz Affair. The Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society celebrates with its annual picnic buffet from 2 to 5 p.m. with music by the Carlos Crull Quartet. Food at The Original Castaways is always good, and maybe you'll win one of the quartet's CDs in the raffle and be the envy of all your friends. Call 685-9451 for reservations.
If you're feeling nostalgic but would rather be a spectator than a swingin' hipster, hit the Broadway Canteen (Packard Hall at Cache La Poudre and Cascade, Colorado College). CC Vocal Arts Symposium faculty and students perform WWII and 1940s-era music at the final event of the symposium. Tickets are $15 for the general public, and the performance starts at 2:30 p.m. Call 389-6607 for more.
Blake Shelton is the pretty country music mega-star with long dark curls and a white cowboy hat, the sensitive New Age creator of recent mega-hit "The Baby." He's bringing his act to the Gold Rush Palladium (132 N. 2nd St., Cripple Creek) this afternoon at 5. Tickets will cost you from $26 to $35 for a look at some serious tight-fittin' jeans and a sneak preview of Shelton's new CD, Some Beach. Call 719/689-2646 for more.
It may not be possible for one to live in Colorado Springs and fail to see Joe Uveges perform. And if it were possible, I wouldn't recommend it. The singer/songwriter is accompanied tonight by Phil Volan, Jim Sokol and Steve Hoke at the park between Plaza of the Rockies and the Pioneers Museum (200 S. Tejon St.) When you go, be sure to get on Joe's e-mail list; his e-mails make you feel like you've known him your whole life. The free show is from 6 to 8 p.m.
The third annual Celebration of the Amateur Pianist, a four-day event including master classes, seminars, professional recitals and the fourth Rocky Mountain Amateur Piano Competition, starts today at Packard Hall on the Colorado College campus and concludes Sunday, Aug. 15. A brochure including a complete schedule and ticket information is available at CC's Worner Center Desk (northwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre), 389-6607 or by calling or e-mailing Chuck Cabell, 592-0472, firstname.lastname@example.org, or at the door. The competition's preliminary round begins today at 9 a.m. and there's a recital at 7 tonight by Gregory Adams, co-winner of the Concours International des Grand Amateurs de Piano competition in Paris. Both events are in Packard Hall.
-- Sara Gallagher