Head to Plantera Group (731 N. Weber St.) tonight for a charity gala and art opening reception to benefit TESSA, formerly the Center for Prevention of Domestic Violence. The show, running through July 29, features the work of local artists Laura Ben-Amots, Stephen Morath and Cris Rules. Here's your chance to peek at the works before the rest of the public views them as well as nosh on authentic tapas and slurp on classic cocktails. A $15 minimum donation is required for tonight's activities, taking place from 5 to 8 p.m. RSVP by calling 886-0456.
Dust off those Pointe shoes and your "I Dig Dance" windbreaker tonight and motor on over to Rampart High School (8250 Lexington Drive) for a presentation of Coppelia by the Ballet Society of Colorado Springs. A comedic ballet with music by 19th-century French composer Lo Delibes, Coppelia is a story chock-full of mechanical dolls, deception and true love, from which the 1997 Chris Farley vehicle Beverly Hills Ninja cribbed extensively. Or not. This performance brings together 64 local dancers, some as young as 8 years old. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students, available in advance by calling the Ballet Society at 272-7078.
Spend this Sunday evening worshiping at the altar of alternative by paying some due homage to the Pixies. Red Rocks Amphitheater is your destination for a truly wonderful night with the quirky, Black Francis- and Kim Deal-fronted indie icons, coming off their whirlwind reunion tour of last year. Joining them are the similarly influential, similarly awesome Violent Femmes and the soul-blastin' BellRays. Tickets for this 7:30 p.m. show are $38.50, and you better jump on those suckers; the Pixies sold out Magness Arena last fall. For more info, check out hob.com.
It's a great day to visit the Smokebrush Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave., Suite 102 in the Depot Arts District) to see its Banned Art exhibit. The show features 12 works by recent Palmer High School graduate Courtney Eichengreen, including paintings banned from the Palmer student show because of their controversial content. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are from noon to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Attend a reception for the artist on Friday, June 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. For more info, check out smokebrush.org or call 444-1012.
Give it up for Johannes tonight at the Louisa Performing Arts Center of the Colorado Springs School (21 Broadmoor Ave.), where the Thursday Night Recital Series presents "A Celebration of Brahms." This concert is the last of the 2004-2005 season and features a slew of world-class local musicians, all chippin' in to benefit the Fine Arts Department at CSS. The program for the evening includes chamber music, solo piano music, vocal quartets and more. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students, available before the 7 p.m. curtain or by calling 475-9747 ext. 110.
Kick off your weekend with a bit of mind-bending, and truck up to Denver to catch SonicVision in the Gates Planetarium at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (2001 Colorado Blvd.). The brainchild of techno-music guru Moby, MTV2 and the American Museum of Natural History, SonicVision takes laser shows to a new level of freakout. The show fuses songs by Moby, the Flaming Lips, David Bowie, U2, Coldplay, Stereolab, Brian Eno and Radiohead with digital imagery so trippy you'll spit out your pacifier. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Admission is $7 for museum members and $10 for non-members. For more information and a trailer, steer on over to dmns.org.
Good lord! Get up to Denver's Paramount Theater (1621 Glenarm Place) tonight to see the supreme Reverend Al Green. The Almighty Emperor of Soul is touring on his new album, Everything's OK, another collection of genius soul, gospel and cathartic falsetto yelps. He's paired with longtime collaborator and producer Willie Mitchell. It's the soundtrack to either salvation or sex (or both), and you really need to shell out the $49-$79 to see the Rev tonight. The show starts at 8 p.m. Visit hob.com for tickets or more info.
-- Aaron Retka