Colorado College's Packard Hall, on the southwest corner of Cascade Avenue and Cache La Poudre Street, will be filled with the music and color of the Incan culture tonight at 7:30. Andean music and dance group Inca Sun will perform traditional music from Latin America and original compositions that have made them downright famous in Peru. Earlier in the day, at 11 a.m., the group will present a free lecture and demonstration. Tickets to the evening performance are $10 or free with a CC ID. Call 385-6606 to find out more.
The Phantom is more than just a mask, more than just a lover of opera, more than just a weirdo with an obsessive crush. He's got feelings, too, and Arther Kopit's theatrical rendition of Gaston Leroux's novel The Phantom of the Opera explores the character of the basement dweller. Not to be confused with the Andrew Lloyd Webber production, Phantom will be presented at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., by the center's Repertory Theater Company. The performance opens tonight at 8. Tickets are $22. Call 634-5583 for more.
Can you ride a horse in a kilt? Do cattle respond to bagpipes? These questions and more will (we hope) be resolved this evening at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. David Wilkie and Cowboy Celtic will be presenting their Western adaptations of traditional Irish and Scottish songs brought to America by young immigrants. Tickets to the Gaelic hoedown are $18. Mention you read about it in the Independent and get two-for-one tickets. The show begins at 7 p.m.; call 447-9797 for more.
After a long, dark and frightening absence, the Da Vinci Quartet is back. The string musicians begin their 1999/2000 season in the Fine Arts Center Music Room, 30 W. Dale St. This first concert of the season will feature guest violinist Cora Cooper helping out with works by Shostakovich, Loeffler and Beethoven. The concert begins at 8 p.m.; admission is $20 or $16 for students and seniors. For more information, call 634-5581 Ext. 350.
The Da Vinci Quartet aren't the only ones beginning a season -- Colorado College hockey is back in full swing. The Tigers will glide across the ice to give Michigan State University the what-for tonight at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. The whupping, er, game begins at 7:35 p.m. Tickets are $4-$12. Call 477-2121 for details.
Smooth, cool, damn near minty-fresh jazz artist Richard Elliott will be making an appearance at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. The chart-topping saxophonist will perform pieces from his new R&B-soul-jazz release, Chill Factor. Tickets are $31.50 subject to service charges. The show begins at 8 p.m. Call 447-9797 for more.
While suburbiana has enabled regular joes to own a piece of the American Dream, it has also alienated people from their neighbors. Those big, fenced-in back yards and set-back houses are great for privacy, but they don't really encourage interaction between neighbors. The Colorado Springs Co-housing group has decided to bring community back, by building a neighborhood downtown that will emphasize neighborliness, ecological responsibility and consensus decision-making. A public meeting tonight at 6 will explain the idea and answer questions at the Boy Scouts building, 525 E. Uintah St. Admission is free. Call 473-9466 for details or to find out how to be part of the new community.
Check out the Olympic Training Center, corner of Union Boulevard and Boulder Street, and meet some of the athletes calling the place home for a while at A Festival of Champions, a fund-raiser to benefit the Pikes Peak Parent Center. The family event will include tours, a silent auction and a light supper. The festival begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Call 531-9400.
Yanni hasn't been jumping for the spotlight lately, and Michael Bolton has cut his hair off. Thank goodness for John Tesh. The twinkle in his sky-blue eyes, the silky shine of his golden mane, the manly strength of his fingers as they play the instrumental "Theme From Titanic." Oh, John, you fill our hearts with delight with just a smile and one song from your gentle, New Age repertoire. Thank you, John, for appearing at 7:30 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. And John, we are grateful that you only make us pay $45-$60 for tickets for your magically uplifting shows. Call 520-7469 to find out more, and don't forget to tell them how much you appreciate the chance to be with John Tesh, if only for a little while.
Get on the bus. A saying with so many meanings, so much history. Today, it simply means get on the damn bus and ride it over to the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave. That way, you'll know what you're talking about when you join the League of Women Voters' public forum regarding the regional bus transit ballot issue, an intergovernmental funding mechanism for the provision of bus transit services. Panelists will include Indy columnist John Hazlehurst; County Commissioner Duncan Bremer; Tyler Stevens, director of the Clean Air Campaign; Robert Wonnett of UCCS; Dan Njegomir of the Gazette; Joe Henjum of the Colorado Commission on Aging; and Joe Vaccaro, Goodwill Industries. A donation of $5 is suggested, and the forum begins at 5 p.m. Call 597-6386.
The 1999 Gay and Lesbian Theater Festival continues this evening with the opening of The Eye of the Gull. The show begins at 8 p.m. at the Smokebrush Cabaret, 235 S. Nevada Ave. Tickets are $12. Call 444-0884 for more information.