"Off we go, into the wild blue yonder..." The air in Clune Arena at the Air Force Academy may not be blue, but the AFA Women's Basketball team will be flying through it with skillful leaps and athletic bounds as they take on Brigham Young tonight at 7. Tickets are $2 to $4. Call 800/666-USAF for more information.
Back in the '70s, a club owner asked the young jazz band playing one night what their name was so he could put it on the marquis. As the Buffalo, NY ensemble was nameless at the time, a member jokingly suggested the term "spirogira," something remembered from biology class. The owner's misspelling has stuck for the past 20 years, and Spyro Gyra is one of the foremost "smooth" jazz groups around. They'll be playing the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., tonight with Colorado's own Dotsero. The show begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are $30.50, subject to service charge. Call 447-9797 or surf to http://www.ticketweb.com.
Jim Doenges and David Ball claim to have "reached the art part of graphic art and photography" with their show Film to Pixels: Digital Manipulation Photography, at the Commonwheel Artist's Co-Op, 102 Cañon Ave. Some critics claim this isn't art at all, but you can make that decision for yourself tonight at the opening reception at 6 p.m. The show hangs until Feb. 29. Admission is free, call the co-op at 685-1008 to find out more.
Someone's going to die tonight. One of the Red Herring company of actors, in fact, will be murdered at the Old Colorado History Center, 1 South 24th St. The surviving members of the troupe will try to figure out whodunnit with only a few clues and the audience's wits in a production of Bottoms Rood, a Victorian murder mystery. The audience team that finds the killer will win a prize. Food, an open bar and door prizes will also accentuate the evening, which begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15-$30 and benefit the Old Colorado City Historical Society. Call 636-1225 or stop by the Center for details.
Since the year 2000 has rolled around and we're not all living in bomb shelters or personal biospheres, we may need to rethink our gardening plans. Master plant people Rob Proctor and Panayoti Kelaidis of the Denver Botanical Gardens will share their gardening ideas for the new millennium at Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave. The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon and is sponsored by the Broadmoor Garden Club. Admission is $20 and includes refreshments. Call 471-2148 for more.
It may be cold, but it's not too cold to bare a midriff and swing your hips for a while, as evidenced by the Veiled Spirit Middle Eastern Dance Group. They'll present a Winter Show featuring internationally acclaimed Suzanna Del Vecchio. The dancing begins at 6 p.m., with a Middle Eastern shopping bazaar from 2 to 5:30 p.m. where you can pick up make-up, costuming and dance tips at the demonstration table. The show will be held at Benet Hill Center Theater, 2555 N. Chelton Rd. As there are no child care facilities, it is requested that children under 12 not be brought to the show. Admission is $10-$15. Call 229-4797 or visit http://www.citystar.com/veiledspirit.
This afternoon is your last chance to catch Carmina Burana, a scenic cantana based on a 13th century manuscript about wine, women and song, performed by the Colorado Springs Symphony featuring the Colorado Springs Chorale. The music begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Tickets are $10 to $28. Call 520-SHOW.
Wrap the kids in polar fleece and pack them in the car, because you're heading up to a winter wonderland of ice, snow, forests and nose-chilling cold -- Steamboat Springs. The mountain town's 87th annual Winter Carnival begins today and features everything from rodeos, chariot racing, muzzle loading contests, a film festival, dances, ski jumping, sledding parties, telemark revival, fireworks, snowshoe race and about a bazillion other activities for all ages. Admission requires a button or pin which can be purchased for $5 to $10 at many Steamboat stores and at the Winter Sports Club office. Call 970/879-0695 ext. 116 to find out more. The Carnival runs through next Sunday.
The pressure doesn't cease when you leave high school. Drug use, date rape and many other problems also plague college campuses, and UCCS hopes to educate its students and public about these issues with the film A Reason to Believe. The film will be shown in the Lodge on campus, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by a discussion. Admission is free and you must park in the Visitors' Parking Lot, south of Lot 4, and bring ticket to event for validation. Call 262-3450 for info.
Eight local metro league high school teams will match up tonight at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. as part of the Colorado Springs High School Basketball Extravaganza. The Harrison girls will play Woodland Park at 4 p.m.; the Wasson High boys vs. Palmer at 5:30 p.m.; Coronado girls vs. Mitchell at 7 p.m.; and the Rampart High boys will take on their rivals, Liberty High at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $5, which benefit each school's fund raising activities, and are available at the World Arena box office or at each participating high school. Call 576-2626 to learn more.
In a world where nobody lives in their hometown anymore, people have become deeply involved in finding their roots, desperately seeking out a sense of place. I already know that I come from a mixed bag including Irish cowboys, well, horse thieves, actually. But what about the cattle rustlers in your family? Were they of Celtic descent? J. Richards, president of the Pikes Peak Genealogical Society will be making a presentation on Celtic Cowboyology: Genealogical Research on American Cowboys of Irish, Welsh and Scottish Descent at the PPGS monthly meeting. Admission is free, and the meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Call 531-6333 ext. 2252 to find out more. p