30 Seconds to Mars have been compared to Pink Floyd, and that should be all you need to know to see them tonight at the Fox Theatre (1135 13th St., Boulder). Sure, the massive synth-iverse the Southern California band crafts also has invited comparisons to Brian Eno and the Cure, but think about it, man! Floyd! With them tonight are Copper and Drug Under, about whom I know next to nothing. Tickets for the 7:30 show are $10. For more, get to foxtheatre.com.
If you're one of the loudmouthed suckas who thinks Colorado is ugly, Michael Pach will make you eat your words. Pach, an award-winning illustrative photographer, is presenting an exhibition titled Colorado Inspirations at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (730 N. Tejon St.) this evening. The opening reception is bound to be killer, with music, a slideshow and poetry that all give it up for beautiful Colorado. The reception is taking place from 6 to 8, although Pach's work will be on display until Dec. 31. This event is free and open to the public. Call 633-7717 for weekly viewing hours and more information.
It's time for the honey harvest! (If you know what I mean. Tee hee.) No, sicko -- Bear Creek Nature Center (245 Bear Creek Road) is hosting a morning of apiarist fun today. Participants can investigate the intricate inner workings of a beehive, look for a queen in the indoor observation hive, watch a demonstration on honey extraction and, most excitingly, interact with real live beekeepers, who will aim to not terrify in their mesh helmets and gloves. It's going on from 10 a.m. to noon, and there's a $2 cost. For reservations, call 520-6387.
Today is the last day to catch wood-carving hermanos Hugo and Sergio Santiago Ibauez in a special weekend appearance at Velez Gallery (220 N. Tejon St.). The Zapotec Indians are visiting all the way from Arrazola, Oaxaca, Mexico to display and exchange their unique folk art. Joining them are Zuni silversmith Phyllis Coonsis of New Mexico and Hopi silversmith Danielle Wadsworth of Arizona. The brothers will be on hand for a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday; from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday; and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. For more info, call 630-3710 or visit velezgalleries.com.
Also today, check out world-renowned thumb-picker Tommy Emmanuel at the Lon Chaney Theater (221 E. Pikes Peak Ave.). Emmanuel has been lauded and re-lauded until he's become little more than a frame on which to hang each of his medals, but rest assured he won't let the clanging interfere with his massive instrumental repertoire and godlike skills. The 7:30 p.m. show is presented by Swallow Hill, and tickets are $28 in advance or $31 day of show. To get yours, check out swallowhill.com or call 877/214-7013.
Good golly, it's Trapt! Remember that song that Top 40 radio played every 15 seconds, "Headstrong"? That was Trapt! They've got a new album! It's called Someone in Control! Sounds awesome! They'll be at the Ogden Theater in Denver tonight! It's at 935 E. Colfax Ave.! We should go! Tickets are $18-$20! That's cheap, especially for a band as wicked as Trapt! Go to nipp.com to find out more!
With a name like Li'l Bit and the Customatics, the group's clearly got some kind of angle. My guess was either hardcore Quebecois gangsta rap or Caribbean ethno-jazz, but I was wrong, wrong, wrong. They're apparently old-school rockabilly. Will wonders never cease? Anyway, see them tonight at Tony's (311 N. Tejon St.), where they'll be delivering massive amounts of toe-tappable roots music with some true Texas style. This is the first of a few Springs dates that also bring them to Jose Muldoon's, Oscar's and Benny's. For more Li'l Bit goodness, steer over to thecustomatics.com.
-- Aaron Retka