Do some hip-shaking and butt-wiggling with JAKA tonight. The marimba-playing, world-beat band make their own instruments, quite a feat when you see the size of these things. The African-inspired musical rhythm fest will begin at 9:30 p.m. at Jose Muldoon's, 222 N. Tejon St. Call 636-2311 to find out more.
Workout Ltd. is a non-profit organization that helps at-risk youth while enriching the community. Kids in their programs clean up graffiti, learn work skills, paint public murals and get an education, among other things. The Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., will be hosting a holiday wine tasting and art exhibit to benefit the organization this evening from 5 to 8. Tickets are $15-$20; call 471-4200.
The 14-piece Colorado College Jazz Ensemble and a guest vocalist, led by Richard Inouye, will perform many of Duke Ellington's signature songs at tonight's Ellington Introspective. The performance will also feature the premiere of original orchestrations of Solitude, Perdido and Things Ain't What They Used to Be, all commissioned for the college. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Packard Hall and is free. Call 389-6607.
Remember how sweet life was before everyone was addicted to TV and the Internet? When situations weren't created for you -- you actually had to use your imagination to spice up life? Shake the dust off your brain, and listen to Radio Theatre tonight at 8 on KCME 88.7. Close your eyes and watch the story unfold -- in your mind. Tonight's installment is a performance of All About Emily.
Tony Babin is at it again, revamping the '70s hippie musical Godspell, based on the gospel of Matthew. The Upstart Performing Ensemble will portray a group of homeless people in an abandoned playground, where they create their own paradise and learn the principles of tolerance. The musical begins at 8 p.m. at the Smokebrush Theater, 235 S. Nevada Ave., and runs weekends through Dec. 18. Tickets are $6-$12. Call 444-0884 for details.
Anyone who knows anything about Rocky and Bullwinkle lore knows that Upsidasium is the mineral that falls up. It's also a sort of folky-bluegrassy acoustic trio who will be bringing their across-the-board sound to the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts in Palmer Lake tonight. Fiddler Gordon Burt, guitarist Scott Bennett and keyboardist Deborah Schmit-Lobis will begin playing at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10-$12. Call 481-0475.
If classical is more up your alley, the Da Vinci Quartet with guest pianist Susan Grace will be performing Loeffler's String Quartet in A Minor, Tower's Night Fields for string quartet, and Schumann's Quintet for Piano and String in E Flat Major. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in the Music Room of the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. There will also be a performance at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $16-$20; Call 634-5583.
One thousand years of Christmas. Can you imagine the fruitcake? The Scotch tape and candy-cane profits? The Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble will be celebrating those 1,000 years with 17 selections "uniting the ages in holiday song." Tide, Time and Tradition is free and begins at 4 p.m. in Colorado College's Shove Chapel. Call 389-6607 for more.
Sandi Patty? The five-time Grammy-winning Christian singer will be doing her Christmas thing with a 10-piece band at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. The Holiday Evening With Sandi Patty will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28.50-$38.50. Call 520-SHOW to find out more.
City Council is trying to get in touch with the city it councils and is moving in the right direction by having a special night meeting titled "Council Comes to You" at the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave. So while Council isn't really coming to you, they're edging toward the more accessible side with this meeting, beginning at 6 p.m. The full agenda can be found at http://www.colorado.springs.com.
How you doin'? How's your mom? Your sister? The citizens of Colorado? Our very own U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell will deliver a Report to the People of Colorado, hopefully giving us the skinny on what's going on with our fair state. The report will be given at a noon luncheon at the Oxford Hotel at 16th and Wazee in Denver today. Admission is $25 per person, and reservations are required. Call 303/832-9030.