The Air Force Academy BlueBards will present the great Arthur Miller classic All My Sons this evening at 7:30. The 1947 Drama Critics' Circle Award-winning play will be performed in Arnold Hall at the USAF Academy. Tickets are $8, or $6 for students, seniors and military. Call 333-4497 for more information.
If Arthur Miller isn't your bag, yet you still seek theatrical enlightenment, the Colorado College drama and dance department will present Stand-up Tragedy by Bill Cain, for three days only. The play, about an idealistic teacher and an artistic student in a Hispanic Catholic school on the Lower East Side, will begin tonight at 8 in the Armstrong Theater on the northwest corner of Cascade Avenue and Cache La Poudre Street. Admission is $5, or $2 with a CC ID. Call 389-6606.
What draws young men and women from all over America to colleges in our grand state? Is it the diversity of classes, the collection of esteemed professors, the prestigious learning environments? Perhaps the easy access to year-round extreme sports? The Freeriders Union of Colorado College can testify to the joys of risking your life and limbs for the sake of fun. The campus ski, snowboard and telemark club will screen The Realm, Teton Gravity Research's new film featuring more than 15 athletes sporting adventurous tonight and tomorrow night in the Gates Common Room of Palmer Hall, north of Armstrong Quad. The film begins at 8 p.m.; admission is $6, or $7 at the door. Call 389-6607 for more.
Get the skinny on an Emmy Award-winning film on the Siberian grizzly bears of Kamchatka, Russia, at the Beidleman Environmental Center, 740 W. Caramillo St. Colorado Springs film company Super Flow Corporation will discuss wildlife filming techniques and behind-the-scenes experiences. Admission to The Great Siberian Grizzly is free and recommended for adults and kids over 8. The discussion begins at 7 p.m. Call 578-7088 to register.
Red. The theme is red, it's a simple as that. The fiery color in all of its glorious interpretations will be expressed at the 11th annual Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, Studio Artist Show. Local band Mango fan Django will perform, and local beers will flow at the opening reception, tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is free, and the show runs until Nov. 28. Call 685-1861 for details.
Tell the missus to put on her best gimp, mask and make sure the kids have polished up their Sunday leather chaps, because, boys and girls, it's Leatherfest Colorado 2000!!! OK, it's actually not for the kiddies, but Leatherfest is for any adult who holds in high reverence the wearing of beef hide for pleasure. Contests, workshops and more will be held today through Sunday, beginning at 9 p.m., at the Hide & Seek Complex, 512 W. Colorado Ave. Admission is $4-$8. Must be at least 21. Call 347-2749 to find out more.
Singer, songwriter, musician and amateur storyteller Carolyn Cruso will perform tonight on the hallowed stage of the Black Rose Acoustic Society. Her compositions have been described as sounding like "they emerge from ancient forests." Cruso plays not only original pieces but traditional music from Ireland, France, Scotland and other European countries on the hammered dulcimer, guitar, flute and whistle. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Forest Community Center, in log building on the northwest corner of Shoup and Black Forest roads. Admission is $1-$2. Call 590-8395.
If you'd rather your music emerge from a smoky roadhouse, check out Kim Lenz and the Jaguars at Tres Hombres, 116 Midland Ave. in Woodland Park tonight. The ducktailed duo with their red-lipped singing queen will play rockabilly riffs with "randy sass" beginning at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5; call 687-0625.
Sometimes it's not bad to dwell on the past. The Society for Creative Anachronism has, in fact, honed past-dwelling skills to a fine point and will now present the fruits of their labor on Colorado College's Worner Quad, on the 900 block of Cascade Avenue. A medieval feast, including dancing, people in velvet tights sporting off-kilter Olde English accents and games including fencing and fighting, will begin at 10 a.m., continuing until 11 p.m. Admission to the faire is $10, or $7 with a CC ID. For details, methinks you should call 596-8654.
Not only does Los Robles Nursery, 918 W. Costilla St. offer dining, frequent dancing, wine, tapas and fine foliage, they now offer conveniently located shrines and altars for all your impromptu worshipping needs. At least while Shrine, Whine, Divine is on display, that is. The shrine and altar exhibit will run until December, but the opening reception begins today at 3 p.m., and is free and open to all. Call 636-3258 to find out more.
The 25th is silver. 50th is gold. What sort of present do you give for the 450th? Apparently, the gift of music, as the Taylor Memorial Choir presents Totally Tallis, an evening of song celebrating the 450th anniversary of Thomas Cramner's Booke of Common Prayer. The concert, consisting of works by English composer Thomas Tallis, will begin at 4 p.m., at Grace Episcopal Church, 631 N. Tejon St. Admission is free. Call 633-5529 for more.
Best-selling author Lorna Landvik (Patty Jane's House of Curl) will sign and read from her new book, The Tall Pine Polka, at 1 p.m. today at The Chinook Bookshop, 210 N. Tejon St. Landvik, who spent a number of years in L.A. as an actress and stand-up comic, populates her books with casts of close-knit, small-town eccentrics and sets them in the north woods of Minnesota. In The Tall Pine Polka, the action is set at the Cup O'Delight diner, where the coffee's so good it knocks a guy right off his stool at first sip. Think of Landvik as the Midwestern Fannie Flagg, and get on down to hear her read.
Oh my God. What if there was a day and there was nothing for you to do but put your feet up, read a magazine, sip a glass of wine, play Scrabble with the kids and go to bed early? This is the one. Seize the day.
One of our resources is being lost every day and cannot be renewed. Our grandparents and great-grandparents, our parents and others now in their 80s, 90s and 100s are the keepers of knowledge and memories that will soon be lost to younger generations. They can speak of great wars, of times before television and the Internet, before drive-by shootings and AIDS. Their wisdom and experience are invaluable, and some of it has been captured in The Twentieth Century: Profilers of American Life. The film will be shown in the University Center at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, at 12:15 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 262-3450.
The sounds of modern-rock radio darlings Creed, with Our Lady Peace and Oleander, will waft from the doors of the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St. The edgy show begins at 8 p.m.; tickets are $27.50. Call 800/965-4827 to find out more.
The Colorado Springs Contemporary Jazz Big Band will play for their suppers at the Fine Art Center, 30 W. Dale St. The fall concert is a fund-raiser for the band, and begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $10 for those under 18. Call KCME at 578-5263 to purchase.