Go political today with your elected officials at the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave. Bright and early Sen. Wayne Allard will hold an informal El Paso County town meeting in City Council chambers. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. Call 634-6071 to find out more. Once the sun goes down, the action begins again as Mary Lou Makepeace makes time for the ordinary Joes and Jills of Colorado Springs at the next Take Ten With the Mayor session. For 10 minutes, citizens can join the mayor for a bit of informal conversation. Slots will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 3 p.m., with first-time visitors given priority. The session runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Call 385-5453 to find out more.[p]
Forget the Judds, forget Brooks & Dunn, country music is heralding a new duo named Montgomery Gentry, and they'll be performing at Cowboys, 3910 Palmer Park Blvd., tonight at 7:30. Tickets to the see the Columbia Records recording artists are $12-$16. Call 596-1212.
Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Unity Festival in Woodland Park. Sponsored by the Baha'is, the festival features performances by country artist Dan Seals, the Colorado Baha'i Youth Workshop, Sankofa African Dancers and Drummers and others. A special program saluting Dr. King will be held at 7 p.m. Multicultural arts, crafts and food will also be on hand. The festival begins at noon at the Ute Pass Cultural Center at Fairview and Highway 24. Admission is free. Call 687-5315 to learn more.
Every year about this time, you begin to hear murmurings about local groups presenting histories of "black" music, such as jazz and rap. What about white music? What about Lawrence Welk and Liberace, John Tesh, Elton John, Yanni? Thankfully, white folks have not been forgotten by the Town & Gown Performing Arts Series. They'll be presenting the Broadway hit A Brief History of White Music at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., in Pueblo. The all-black cast will interpret "white" music of the '40s to the '60s, such as the Andrews Sisters, the Beach Boys, the Mamas and the Papas, Elvis and many, many more with a soulful twist. The lighthearted, hilarious and hip show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and must be reserved for each performance. Call 719/542-1211.
Come watch young boxers beat the ever-loving life out of each other as they prepare to advance to the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. The final bouts of the Everlast U.S. Championships will be held tonight at 6 at the Colorado Springs City Auditorium, 221 N. Kiowa St. Tickets are $10, and kids under 12 are free. Call 634-7333 for details.
Peter Davidson is a man of accomplishment. After taking first-place at the National Juggling Championships in 1982, Davidson's life became a whirlwind of performances, television specials, world travel and teaching. He's come to rest, momentarily, with Up in the Air, part of the Smokebrush Theater's Kids' Series. The one-man show combines dancing, harmonica playing, lasso twirling, poetry, juggling and other silliness to entertain even the grumpiest younguns. Up begins at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. at the Smokebrush theater, 235 S. Nevada Ave.; admission is $5-$7. Call 444-0884.[p]
Let's get let's get let's get let's get rocked ... yeah let's get let's get let's get rocked! Prepare to be adrenalized as Def Leppard, one of the most popular bands of the '80s comes to the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. Even better, they'll perform tonight with the woman who balanced out all the Tiffanys and Debbie Gibsons of the past decade, who put no stock in neon mesh hair bows and stonewashed denim miniskirts, and who used her feminine strength to eke out a place as one of the most revered punk-rock performers of all time -- Joan Jett. She'll open the concert, sans Blackhearts, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $26. Call 576-2626 for details.
Today is the last day to reserve your seat! The Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce will host an evening with baseball legend John Jordan "Buck" O'Neill at the Peterson Air Force Base's Officers Club on Thursday, Jan. 20. O'Neill played in the Negro Leagues with Satchel Paige before being named the majors' first black coach -- of the Chicago Cubs in 1962. He's credited with signing Ernie Banks, Lou Brock and Joe Carter. The evening with Mr. O'Neill begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20, and will also include a dinner of steak or salmon. Admission is $25 per person, coat and tie required. Call 260-6821 to RSVP.[p]
When was the last time you had an evening off? Everything is aiming you in that direction: ready-made food companies now make microwavable dishes large enough to feed eight; the weather is turning colder, inhibiting outdoor frolicking and there are no social events slated to make you feel as though you should be out being seen. Put on your PJs and kick back with a pint of Cherry Garcia. Read a book in bed. Make cookies. Play Twister. Write a letter.[p]
We simply don't get enough good old-fashioned Kennedy-style romance in these here parts, so we should all be thankful that the Theater League of Colorado Springs recognized this egregious oversight and brought us Camelot, even if only for two shows. The medievally romantic and mythically dramatic Lerner and Loewe musical begins at 8 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., tonight and tomorrow. Tickets are $23-$28. Call 520-SHOW.[p]
Take charge of your life! Fight off the clutches of corporate America and regain your freedom! How, you ask? Never fear, the Southern Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce has the answers and they'll share them with you today at the Olympic Training Center Presidential Suite, 1 Olympic Plaza. Training professional Katrina Watson will explain how to create hours every day for yourself, within your busy schedule. Making Your Time Your Priority begins at 11:30 a.m. Admission is $15 for SCWCC and NAWBO members, $18 for non-members. Call 442-2007 with questions.