Aspiring lecturers can learn something from Shane L. Larson. Tonight, he presents "Listening for Monsters in the Cosmic Sea: Black Holes and Einstein's Astrophysical Legacy." You catch that? Monsters! Cosmic sea! Although the lecture itself might inspire me to do nothing but scratch my head, macaque-style, in puzzlement at the crazy mathematics, I'm nearly soiling myself over the title. For the record, Larson is a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for Gravitational Wave Physics at Pennsylvania State University, which is why he's more qualified to give this World Year of Physics lecture than, say, me. It's free, open to the public and taking place at Colorado College's Packard Hall (5 W. Cache La Poudre St.). Call 389-6607 or visit coloradocollege.edu for more.
Catch the Star Bar Players this weekend in their rendition of Bell, Book and Candle at the Lon Chaney Theatre (221 E. Kiowa St.). This comedy by John Van Druten is the story of a "love match" between a witch and a mortal, which is a premise that has gone sadly unexplored in modern theater. Believe you me, there'll be magic and laughs, in addition to the mutterings of all the Manitoid Wiccans who feel the witch is not presented believably. The show is going on tonight, tomorrow, Oct. 28 and 29 and Nov. 4, 11, 12 and 13. All shows are at 8 p.m., with the exception of the 2 p.m. show on Nov. 13. Tickets are $15 or $12 for seniors, students and military. For reservations or more information, call 573-7411 or head to starbarplayers.org.
Just two weeks from today, the gems that comprise The Bishop Tafoya Collection in the Hoag Gallery at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo) no longer will be on display -- at least not in the same public incarnation. The Pueblo bishop's collection of santos and retablos, devotional wooden statues and paintings, respectively, has been combined with analogous work from the Arts Center's Ruth Gast Collection for the exhibit. For more info, call 719/295-7200 or visit sdc-arts.org.
Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events, will be at the Temple Events Center (1595 Pearl St., Denver) for a discussion and signing of The Penultimate Peril. Rest assured that Book the Twelfth reveals Count Olaf still being a creepy bastard and the Baudelaire kids still plucky, if a bit older. Tickets for the 6 p.m. event are on sale beginning Oct. 18 at all Tattered Cover locations for $13, which entitles the buyer to a copy of the book, admission to the event and a reserved place in the booksigning line. Companion tickets for the discussion only are available for $5. For more information on the series and the missing title, log on to thenamelessnovel.com; for more on this event, call 800/833-9327 or visit tatteredcover.com.
Enjoy an evening chock-full o' pot smoke, tight pants and possible brotherly battles. Yes, challenging the Oasis fellows for the "Mom Always Loved You Best" Award are The Black Crowes' Chris and Rich Robinson. Bickering aside, they're still working the hard-edged southern rock they unleashed with 1990's Shake Your Money Maker. Catch them at the Fillmore Auditorium (1510 Clarkson St., Denver). Tickets are $32.75 a pop for general admission, and you can snag yours by calling 520-9090 or visiting fillmoreauditorium.com.
This evening, get in on a screening of the Silverdocs and Frames of Mind Film Festival selection Out of the Shadow at First United Methodist Church (420 N. Nevada Ave.). Presented by Pikes Peak Mental Health, the Colorado Springs Psych Society and Janssen Pharmaceutica, the documentary follows the filmmaker's mother through her bouts with schizophrenia and subsequent trials in the public health system. A panel discussion will follow the 6 p.m. screening, which guarantees to be educational and harrowing, if not the kind of thing that'll make you want to break into joyous song. For a reservation, call 884-3500 or shoot an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coffee tables everywhere, rejoice. This evening, nature photographer John Fielder will be presenting the follow-up to his vastly popular 1999 book, Colorado 1870-2000, at the Colorado Springs Senior Center (1514 N. Hancock Ave.). The new book's title? John Fielder's Guide to North America's Drippin'-est Brothels. Just kidding. It's called Colorado 1870-2000 II, and it once again puts Fielder in the same spot as his 19th-century photographic forebear, W.H. Jackson, to document changes in Colorado's landscapes. The event is going on from 7 to 9 and is free and open to the public. For more information, please do check out johnfielder.com.
-- Aaron Retka, Kara Luger
and Vanessa Martinez