Get to the Business of Art Center (513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs) tonight for the opening of Impressions, the 17th annual BAC studio artists' exhibition. You can expect work in pretty much every medium, from sculpture to fiber, glass, printmaking and photography -- enough art to make you want to sob with joy. The exhibition will be on display until Nov. 12, but this evening's reception features special performances, refreshments and hands-on events. The reception is taking place at 8 and is free and open to the public. For more, visit thebac.org.
You've got to respect any press release that begins with the phrase, "For more than twenty-seven centuries ..." With that in mind, you might consider checking out the apparently ancient Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats this evening at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.). This world-famous troupe has performed in over 65 countries, and tonight at 7, it'll be twirlin' and whirlin' for your pleasure. The performance is taking place as part of the Imagination Celebration, and tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for kids. For tickets, call 520-SHOW; for more information, check out imaginationcelebration.org.
Tonight, catch bona fide guitar virtuoso Alex de Grassi at North Star Studios (3617 Betty Drive, Suite E). De Grassi is a veteran of the git-fiddle, and his acoustic fingerstyle talents net him Grammy nominations willy-nilly. His albums -- including The Water Garden, Beyond the Night Sky and, most recently, Now and Then -- and distinctive style have been widely and loudly lauded. Hope that some virtuoso-ism rubs off on you. A "Meet the Artist" party kicks things off at 7, followed by the concert at 8. Tickets are $30. To get yours, call the North Star box office at 392-6182.
It might be worth a trip to Cañon City this afternoon to see the key-ticklin', heart-breakin' daddy who is pianist Francisco Aybar. A former professor of music at the University of Denver, Aybar is more renowned than you or me in a lot of ways. He gave his third recital in three years at Carnegie Hall in June, while you drank margaritas and mowed your lawn. He'll be playing at the Fremont Center for the Arts (505 Macon St. in Cañon City), and tickets for the show are $10 for Fremont Center members and $15 for non-members. Call 719/275-2790 for more information.
Saddle up for some sap tonight at the Cherry Creek Tattered Cover (1st Avenue and Milwaukee Street), where sentiment peddler and best-selling author Nicholas Evans will be reading from and signing his new book, The Divide. It's a story of daunting grandeur and stuff. Evans is, as you know, author of The Horse Whisperer, and as such, has cemented himself in the hearts of housewives everywhere. The signing is taking place at 7:30 and is free of charge. Call 303/322-7727 or visit tatteredcover.com to find out more.
Failing to attend Nocturnal Mockery 3 will result in kidney punches, just to let you know. It's your call: See work by about 600,000 local artists, catch awesome drink and food specials and rejoice in live music, or have a bruised kidney. Don't think you can pull a fast one, either. I'll find you. The festivities are taking place tonight through Sunday at the OpticalReverb Gallery (3125 Sinton Road), and admission is $5 per day. For more, consider logging on to opticalreverb.com.
-- Aaron Retka