Jake Norton and six other climbers spent three months, three months, this spring on Mount Everest this year trying to find the evidence needed to solve a freezing-cold, 75-year-old mystery: Did Mallory and Irving summit on their 1924 Everest expedition. Near the north ridge at 27,000 feet, they found more than just evidence; they found Mallory's body. Norton will be presenting a slide show and lecture about his 1999 Mallory/Irvine Research Expedition this evening at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. The show begins at 8 p.m., and a requested donation of $3 goes to the Rongbuk Monastery. Call Mountain Chalet at 633-0732 to find out more.
All the way from Weimar, Germany, PianOvo will be performing their greatest concert hits live in Packard Hall on the Colorado College campus, southwest corner of Cascade Avenue and Cache La Poudre Street Pianist-composer Reinhard Wolschina, oboist Axel Schmidt and cellist Maria-Luise Ewald will preview their evening concert with a lecture and demonstration at 11 a.m. today in Packard Hall. Tickets to the concert are $10 or free with a CC ID. Call 385-6606 for more information.
The Star Bar Players begin their 29th season with Aaron Sorkin's A Few Good Men tonight at the Lon Chaney Theater, 221 E. Kiowa St. While the production won't include Tom Cruise in his dress whites (damn), it will feature the intrigue and suspense created when a lawyer tries to defend his two young Marine clients involved in another Marine's death, and ends up putting the entire U.S. military on trial. The play begins at 8 p.m. and runs through Oct. 10. Tickets are $10-$12. Call 573-7411 for information.
There are simply not enough good washboard performances in Colorado Springs. Los Robles Nursery, 918 W. Costilla St., is attempting to remedy this absence by inviting Zydeco Whydego to play their Cajun washboard and accordion rhythms tonight in the big greenhouse. Tapas, a wooden dance floor and a complete bar will accompany the band, and the caf will also be open. The music begins at 6:30 p.m., and it will only cost you a scant two bucks to get in. Call 636-3258 for details.
Oy! Want to hear good music for free? Cruise over to Acacia Park, corner of Bijou and Tejon streets, this afternoon. Local ska and punk bands Ghetto Cherubs, Secret Sauce, the Lab Rats, King Slender and Lights Out will be making beautiful noise from noon to 9 p.m., free of charge. Call 638-0655 with questions or expressions of gratitude.
Protect something beautiful by buying something beautiful. Art for the Sangres is an annual art sale featuring works by world-known artists and sculptors such as Lorenzo Chavez, Jim Gilmore, Bill Anton and many, many more. Proceeds benefit the San Isabel Foundation, a non-profit land trust devoted to preserving and protecting the Wet Mountain Valley in southern Colorado's Sangre de Cristo mountains. This year's event in Westcliffe begins with an art preview at 2 p.m. and a reception at 4 p.m.; the sale is at 6 p.m. Admission is $20 per person or $30 per couple. Call 719/783-3018 or visit http://www.sanisabel.org.
Tired of trying to keep up with your artistic friends' conversations? Sick of feeling left out because they seem to know more than you do? Amaze your friends and stun your family with your gen-u-ine creative knowledge after an afternoon with John Hull, professor of painting and drawing at the University of Colorado, Denver. Mr. Hull will discuss the "unheralded medium" of multidimensional drawing at 10 a.m. at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Admission is free. Call 634-5581 to find out more.
Once you've boned up on your art knowledge, you can return to the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., to view Master Drawings: 700 Years of Inspiration. The Worchester Art Museum of Massachusetts has provided 100 drawings from such masters as Degas, Van Gogh, Boucher, Millet, Kokoschka and many more in various mediums, dated from about 1275 to 1975. Due to their fragile nature, some of the works have not been displayed for 40 years. The exhibit will be on display until Nov. 21. Fine Arts Center admission is $2-$4. Call 634-5581.
More free music can be had today in Bancroft Park, 24th Street and Colorado Avenue. The Colorado Rock & Blues Festival features Rikki Dee Hall & the Voodoo Hawks, Michelle & the Book of Runes, the Jesse Cotton Stone Blues Band, the Benders, The Heat and the Mike Nelson Group. The festival begins at Noon.
There is nothing more exciting than a shirtless Irish guy with a painted chest wearing tight leggings, a headband and tap shoes, dancing what looks like accelerated Soul Train moves. Nothing, I tell you. Which is precisely why Lord of the Dance, the child of Riverdance, has become so popular in the United States. You can get your Celtic step-dancing fix at the Colorado Springs World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $39.50-$49.50. Call 576-2626.
Poet and activist Adrienne Rich will read from her newest book of poetry, Midnight Salvage, this evening in Colorado College's Shove Chapel, on the corner of Cache La Poudre Street and Nevada Avenue. Rich is the author of over 15 volumes of poetry and a recipient of the National Book Award, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, a MacArthur fellowship and the Tanning Award in Poetry, among many others. The reading begins at 7:30 p.m., and admission is free. Call 386-6606 for details.
She's barefoot, she's sultry, she's luxurious, she's velvet, she's magnolias, she's New Orleans at midnight; she smokes on stage and sings in Portuguese; she hails from the Cape Verde Islands. Cesaria Evora, a woman with a passionate voice that has been compared to Billie Holiday, will bring her 10-piece band and Afro-Portuguese blues along with her to her first-ever Denver appearance at the Paramount Theater, downtown. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $19-$29; call 520-9090.
Artists Steve Wood, Dennis Dalton and Conrad Nelson will discuss their own creations at today's Noon Gallery Discussion at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. The talk is free with a FAC membership, or with the price of admission for non-members. Call 634-5581 to learn more.
The Return of the Three Tenors! Think of the Three Tenors, and you probably think of names like Pavarotti, Domingo and Carreras -- ya know, the three opera guys who fill soccer stadiums and PBS specials with their sonorous bellowing each year.
Ray DeWitt, Keith Oxman and Mark Rose don't fill soccer stadiums, and their names aren't nearly as romantic as Luciano, Placido and Jos. But two years ago, Ray, Keith and Mark blew away the crowd at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center with their first billing as the local area's "three tenors."
Through their tenor saxophones, this local trio sings soul-stirring melodies and harmonic improvisations. "Expect everything from Dixieland to bebop," said one local jazz musician of this most versatile of trios. Catch the three tenors Wednesday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for students. For info, call 634-5583.