Author Frank McCourt's best-selling childhood memoir Angela's Ashes was a critically acclaimed portrait of a young man's life in Ireland. McCourt's new book, 'Tis, follows the author's journey to a new life in America, where he taught in New York City schools for many years. McCourt will read from 'Tis at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., at 7 p.m. Complimentary tickets are available with purchase of 'Tis at the Chinook Bookshop, 635-1195.
Paintings and pottery by local artists Ken and Tina Riesterer will be on display at the Craftwood Inn, 404 El Paso Blvd., in Manitou Springs. Free hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and 20 percent off the art will be available during the opening reception at 5 p.m. Admission is free. Call the artists at 685-1282 for details.
The students of Colorado College's Dance Workshop have been allowed to do as they please, and instead of mischief and mayhem, they came up with Risque en La Rond, a student-choreographed, -produced and -performed collaboration of dance and performance art. The evening of dance and art begins at 9 p.m. in Cossitt Gym, behind the Worner Center on the northwest corner of Cascade Avenue and Cache La Poudre Street. Tickets are $3. Call 389-6606 for details.
A play deferred is a play you're going to miss out on, so be sure you catch the first Colorado Springs production of Lorraine Hansbury's groundbreaking and award-winning play A Raisin in the Sun. First produced in 1959, it was the first play by a black woman to reach Broadway, and the first to represent the life and problems of a modern-day black family. Theaterworks presents the classic in UCCS' Dwire Hall, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway beginning tonight at 7:30. Tickets are $5-$15; call 262-3232 for info. A Raisin in the Sun closes Dec. 12.
Also opening tonight is Tom Stoppard's (Shakespeare in Love) Tony Award-winning British comedy The Real Thing, about love, marriage, art, pop music, intellectual integrity and emotional fidelity. The witty production by the PPCC Masquers will begin at 8 p.m. in Pikes Peak Community College's Mainstage Theater, 5675 S. Academy Blvd. $3-$8. Call 540-7418 for ticket info.
Rounding out tonight's heaping helping o' theater is Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats, the longest-running Broadway musical ever. Tickets are $25.50-$43. The performance begins at 8 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 Cascade Ave. Meow.
Always wanted to go shopping in Milan but never found time for the commute? Here's your chance, and you'll save on airfare. The Ruth Washburn Cooperative Nursery School presents An Evening in Italy -- A Night to Remember. This silent auction features over 500 items, with sales to benefit the school. Also on hand will be a real WWII fighter plane and munchies by Pasta di Solazzi. The evening begins at 5 p.m. at the U.S. Figure Skating Museum, 20 First St. Admission is $15. Call 636-3084 for more information.
Amado Pea is famous for his characteristically bright, geometric Southwestern paintings and prints. Pena will be appearing at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., today from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Call 634-5581 for more.
Today is a day of music...
Former U.S. Air Force Academy Band vocalist Stephanie Hancock will be appearing with drummer Dennis Bueno, Eduardo "Beaujoux" Barbosa on bass, pianist Eric Gunnison and Bill Murray on reeds in the Speakeasy Room at the Original Castaways, 107 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. Tickets are $15, and the jazz begins at 2 p.m. Call 685-5166 for details.
Touring the globe and performing for over 25 years, the Battlefield Band mixes traditional Celtic music with Scotland's strong, modern influence for a unique blend of vigorous original music, featuring fiddler John McCusker, keyboardist Alan Reid, guitar and bodhran player and vocalist Davy Steel and piper Mike Katz. The band will play their last performance in Colorado Springs this year at 8 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Tickets are $15-$17. Call 268-0517 or 634-5583 to learn more.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth, the Tube Radio Orchestra will present a Hoagy Carmichael Centennial Celebration at the PPCC Downtown Studio Campus, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave. The show features a narration and "old-time jazz" musical program. Tickets are $5, and proceeds support the arts program at Pikes Peak Community College. Call 527-6000 for reservations.
Since 1982, Suicidal Tendencies has been the victim of riot rumors, police harassment, Secret Service detainment, parent hatred and threats. The thing is, they never hurt anybody, no one riots at their shows, and no, they did not shoot Reagan. They simply sing about whatever they feel, and yeah, they cuss a lot. Still, they have fans all over the world, have been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards and have graced the Billboard Top 100 more than once. The punk-rock band appears tonight at 9 at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Tickets are $16, subject to a service charge, and are available at the door, or by calling 447-9797 or by surfing to http://www.ticketweb.com.
The work of David Gonzales will be showcased in Energy at Work, a new exhibit at the Commonwheel Artists Gallery, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs. The show will hang until Nov. 22. Admission is free. Call 685-1008 for more information.
The incredibly bizarre band M.I.R.V. will be singing about holy boots, Thorazine, too-tight women's ski clothing, butlers, NASA, $1.99 steak dinners, Woolworth's, eggplants, zombies, coffee, life in the A.T.F., science and men named Bruce tonight at Jos Muldoon's, 222 N. Tejon St. The Primus-inspired, sci-fi, punk-rock, operabilly soul music begins at 9 p.m. Call 636-2311 or check out http://www.mirv.com.
Jazz vocalist Giacomo Gates will grace us with song tonight at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. The concert, with the Eric Gunnison Trio, begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and $15. Call 634-5583, and check out this week's Bang und Strum on page 47 for more information.