He's skinny. He's floral-patterned. He's a white boy with a red Afro. He's comedian Carrot Top, and he'll be slinging the jokes like a man possessed this evening at 7 at the Colorado State Fairgrounds, 1001 Beulah Ave., in Pueblo. Tickets to see the nutso propman are $6. Call 719/566-0350.
Abstract art isn't just paint splatters and misshapen visages; it's the artist's personal interpretation of information and inspiration, taken from reality. The Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Highway 105, in Palmer Lake has gathered together the work of six local artists whose expressions of abstract art are varied and dreamlike. The exhibit, 6 Degrees of Abstraction, will hang in the newly renovated center through September. The opening reception begins tonight at 5; admission is free. Call 481-0475 for details.
One of the largest Christian alternative-music festivals to meander on through these parts begins today at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock. Over 30 bands will play the two-day festival, including Big Tent Revival, Rebecca St. James, Trump Mother Jones, 180 and Silage. Vision '99 begins at 1 p.m.; tickets are $30-$40. Call 303/727-8009 or visit http://vision.usw.net to find out more.
Why, I ask you, when we are given a three-day weekend, must we as Americans pack it full of excitement and nonsense? This Labor Day, I plan on lying in a hammock in the sun and reading Steinbeck. However, if you're unlike me and feel the need to party your holiday weekend away, here are a few good suggestions.
One of the longest-running and creative Manitou Springs festivals celebrates its 25th anniversary this weekend in Memorial Park, on the 500 block of Manitou Avenue, next to the police station. The Commonwheel Arts and Crafts Fair features artisans working in all mediums from all over Colorado. Food, live music of all styles and dance will pepper the colorful day. Admission is free, and the fair runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. All are welcome, but PLEASE leave the pooch at home. Call 685-1008 for more information.
For the spectators among you, get your butt warmers out of storage, because this Saturday marks the season opener of the Air Force Falcons football season. Our boys in blue match up against Villanova at the Falcon Stadium at the Academy. Tickets are $20-$56; call 472-1895.
Oh, would you like to ride in my beautiful balloooooon ... Or someone else's, because there will be over 100 hot-air balloons lifting off every day this weekend from Memorial Park. The Colorado Springs Balloon Classic '99 will also feature skydiving demonstrations, food and entertainment. Balloon rides are available for a fee. Admission to all other events is free. For more information or a schedule of events, call 630-1111 Ext. GLOW or visit http://www.balloonclassic.com.
Yeehaw! Country boy Michael Martin Murphy has roped a few of his famous friends into performing at WestFest, a three-day celebration of Western life. Not only will country greats like Pam Tillis, Suzy Bogguss, Lone Star, Tracy Lawrence and a whole bunch more entertain, there will be a real live rodeo, a fine-art fair, an Indian village, and a mountain-man camp and marketplace. All of this good, ol'-style fun happens in Vail, and begins Saturday, Sept. 4. Tickets are $27-$32 per day or $75 for all three days in advance. Kids' tickets are half-off, and tykes under 6 are free. Call 877/WESTFEST for details.
Of over 1,100 films made in Germany between 1933 and 1945, 200 were banned by the Allies after the war for their "political nature." Colorado College presents Tarnished Divas: The Image of Women in Films of the Third Reich, a series featuring the actresses of the remainder of these films of the silent era. La Habaera, a 1937 film, is the first in the series. Astre, a young Swedish woman visiting Puerto Rico, marries the bullfighter Don Pedro. Things aren't as wunderbar as Astre thought, and Don Pedro holds her prisoner. When Dr. Nagel, a childhood friend, appears to rid the island of a terrible fever, Pedro will do anything to destroy the vaccine. The film series is free and will be shown in the Max Kade Theater in Armstrong Hall, on the northeast corner of Cascade Avenue and Cache La Poudre Street. Call 385-6607 to find out more.
Join other connoisseurs this evening at the ever hip Blue Star, 1645 S. Tejon St., for the last Tastin' Round the Town, a series of wine tastings sponsored by Vintage's. Tonight sample chardonnays and merlots from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20; please call 488-9432 at least 24 hours in advance.
WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?)
The Lord spends His days listening to and answering prayers, creating beauty, showing people the light, running the world, loving, giving and understanding. Didn't he once say: "Come ye who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest"? We say, let's give the guy a break. No shootings, OK? No squabbling, especially all you folks out there arguing over which of you are true Christians and which are not. You know who you are. Rejoicing is OK. Helping to create beauty is OK too. Peace out, J-Funk.