I used to hate poetry. As an English major, this made a lot of classes hard to sit through. One day, an especially eloquent professor read aloud a sonnet, and I loved what I was hearing. This baffling art form finally made sense to me: Poems are better when read out loud. At 7 tonight, haters and lovers alike will have the chance to see or hear what poetry is really about. Celebrated poet Jim Moore, who guest-teaches at Colorado College and regularly spends time in Minnesota and Spoleto, Italy, will be reading selections from his latest book, Lightning at Dinner, at CC's McHugh Student Commons (1090 N. Cascade Ave.). The event is free; call 389-6607 for more. RC
There are no mysteries. There's only God's will. But don't let that stop you from visiting the Bear Creek Nature Center (245 Bear Creek Road) as it plays host to cue thunder "Mysteries of the Sky." The exciting following-up to Thursday's "Wacky Weasels" event, this 90-minute adventure will include engaging activities and a PowerPoint presentation (!) on stars and constellations and such. Following the 7 p.m. event, there will be an "optional" 30-minute outdoor viewing session, God and weather permitting. If you look really hard, you may see tiny angels. With trumpets. Recommended for ages 12 and above. Admission is $4 and reservations are required. Learn more at 520-6387. BF
So there was supposed to be this show, Moscow Cats, featuring a dog, five clowns and 35 house cats (no joke) at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo) today. But, according to Sangre marketing specialist Nicki Hart, "there was a lawsuit between two clowns," so the show's off. (You know how long it can take to push a case through clown court ... ) In its place, we now have Top Hogs, Dogs and Parrots, hailing from Franktown. This animal troupe will perform a routine called The Cast-a-ways at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $6; call 719/295-7200 or visit sdc-arts.org and tophogs.com for more. MS
What's a Circo Di Burlesque, one might ask? And a fair question it'd be. The answer is a theatrical event featuring, among other things, fire-spinning, eating and juggling, breakdancing, sketch comedy, stilt-walking and "the titillating girls of Peaks & Pasties." The full event title is actually Sol & Lola Spitfire's Circo Di Burlesque. The reveal happens sometime between 9 and midnight at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.). Tickets are $10; call 661-4483 or visit myspace.com/sodajerkcospgs for more. MS
Hard to believe 10 years have passed since the Denver Broncos pounded Atlanta 34-19 in Super Bowl XXXIII for their second consecutive NFL title. That was John Elway's final game, but he returns to the spotlight today for Super Bowl XLIII, with the sideshows (Elway doing the coin flip, Bruce Springsteen handling the halftime) and TV commercials more appealing than Pittsburgh vs. Arizona. For those going to the nearest bar, NBC might say it starts at 4 p.m. MST, but the actual kickoff won't be until 4:25. If we're lucky, it'll end by 8 but it might be over much sooner. So, if nothing else, enjoy the flip, the Boss and the TV timeouts. (It's also a great time to go shopping or catch a movie.) RR
Unlike monkeys, penguins are not inherently funny. Those waddling martyrs in March of the Penguins. A disgusting Danny DeVito in Batman Returns. That smirking Sparky in This Modern World. Not a hearty guffaw in the bunch. Unless, of course, the flightless bird in question happens to be ... Tacky the Penguin! If you're between 4 and 8 years old, you'll experience spasms of delight as author Helen Lester recounts Tacky's madcap antics, along with her own personal reflections on childhood dyslexia. If you're older than 8 (well, actually 16 and up), you may prefer to catch on-again-off-again junkie Scott Weiland up in Englewood. Tacky or Smacky: The choice is yours. Lester reads for free at 7 p.m. at the East Branch of the Pikes Peak Library (5550 N. Union Blvd., 531-6333). Weiland sings for drugs and/or $30 at 8 at the Gothic Theatre (3263 S. Broadway, Englewood, 303/788-0984). BF
I figured if anyone knows whether there's a cure for cancer, it'd be Cleverbot, the artificial intelligence chat toy at cleverbot.com. Cleverbot knows everything. Our conversation follows. Me: "Is there a cure for cancer?" Cleverbot: "Yes, indeed there is." Me: "What is it?" Cleverbot: "Whatever you want it to be." Me: "Really?" Cleverbot: "No, bananas." Hmmm ... Now a new film called The Beautiful Truth purports to know the cure to cancer as well. And maybe it does. But be warned, Cleverbot also once said, "If it sounds too good to be true ..." Decide for yourself at 7 tonight at Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs), where the Independent Film Society of Colorado is showing the film. Tickets are $5 to $6. Call 502-7057 or visit ifsoc.org for more. JT
It is now believed that the red skies in Edvard Munch's The Scream were actually real. Norway experienced strangely tinted skies in Munch's time due to the volcanic eruption of Krakatoa 7,000 miles away. That's just one example of art reflecting catastrophe, albeit on a spectator's level. For a contemporary take, visit this free lecture: "9/11 and After as (Transgressive) Art: The Next Phase of the Avant-garde." Richard Schechner, a performance-art authority, will share his thoughts on how art and viewership have changed since (and because of) 9/11 at 7 tonight at CC's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave.). Call 389-6607 or visit coloradocollege.edu/news_events for more. EA
This week's contributors: Edie Adelstein, Rhiannon Conley, Bill Forman, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper and Jill Thomas.
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