The hills (but mostly the Fine Arts Center) are very much alive with the sounds of music this week ... beautiful noise for every taste, age and wallet. Read on.
We begin our musical journey with Discohesive, a Seattle band that isn't quite sure if they're "onto something or just on something." They change their musical minds like a pregnant perfectionist in the ninth month, but are grounded in groove rock, jazz and ska. The confused band will take the stage, if they can find it, at Jos Muldoon's, 222 N. Tejon St., at 9:30 p.m. There's no cover. Call 636-2311 or surf to http://www.discohesive.com to find out more.
In contrast, Syd Masters and the Swing Riders are pretty sure about what they're here to play -- a blend of cowboy and swing music in the style of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. Sort of what you'd get if Woody Paul and Alice Faye had a baby that played guitar. The Black Rose Acoustic Society will provide the stage for these fine musicians tonight at the Black Forest Community Center (the log cabin just north of the fire department at the corner of Shoup and Black Forest Roads). The show begins at 7:30 p.m.; admission is $1 for BRAS members and $2 for everybody else. Call 590-8395 for details.
Internationally-acclaimed classical guitar duo Julian Gray and Ronald Pearl will perform as part of the Colorado Springs Guitar Society's 2000 concert series tonight at 7. The concert will be held downtown in the Music Room of the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Tickets are $8 to $12. Call 634-5583 for more information. You might want to enter that number into your speed dial list, because you might be calling it quite a bit this week. Keep reading, you'll see.
I've listened to The Schwag's CD four times today, and still haven't tired of it. The Grateful Dead tribute band does great justice to the original troubadours, capturing the spirit of the Dead without playing the exact same notes you've heard over and over again. And the lead singer is eerily reminiscent of Jerry in his meter and tone, and the way he holds his guitar. The band also brings a hot oil/laser-light lava lamp-esque projection show with them wherever they go. Very worth seeing. The Schwag will play tonight at Tres Hombres, 116 Midland Avenue up the pass in Woodland Park. The show starts at 9:30. Admission is $5 and a free spirit. Call 687-0625 to compliment Tres Hombres on their choice of the evening's entertainment. Viva la '60s.
In the grand tradition of Quentin Crisp, Deb Martin stars in Victor/Victoria, the Broadway hit made famous by the Maxfield Parrish poster child Julie Andrews. The performance -- featuring 15 androgynous musical numbers -- will appear at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., today only at 3 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $20.50 to $35.50. Call 520-SHOW for info.
When HMS Pinafore was first performed in 1878, pinafore mania swept England, flinging Gilbert and Sullivan toward considerably more than 15 minutes of fame. While pinafore mania has an entirely different connotation today (see Victor/Victoria), crowds still flock to see the family favorite, performed this time around by the Repertory Theater at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. The show opens tonight at 8, and runs through Feb. 27. Tickets are $18 to $20. Call 634-5583 to find out more.
The much-anticipated Chamber Orchestra of the Springs Faur concert will occur this afternoon at 2:30. You'll remember Gabriel Faur from his hits Masques et Bergamasques, Op.112, Elegy, Op.24, Palleas et Melisande Suite, Op.80; Pavane, Op.50 and Fantasy for Flute and Chamber Orchestra, all of which will be performed at the afternoon musical excursion. The Music of Gabriel Faur will be held at First Christian Church, downtown at the corner of Platte and Cascade avenues. Tickets are $4 to $8. Call 633-3649.
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Ruben Romero of the smoldering eyes and flying fingers will perform his flamenco guitar melodies at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. The passionate performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $23. Call the FAC box office at 634-5583.
The artistes of the Bare-Knuckle Poetry group are dealing with the pinky-commercial froufrou frilly love crap surrounding Valentine's Day in their own special way, by hosting an open-mike reading and poetry slam at The Warehouse, 25 W. Cimarron St. Bring poems about love -- unrequited or otherwise -- and be ready to rumble. Readers, listeners and those with perpetual broken hearts welcome. Love Hurts begins at 7:30 p.m and is free. Call 447-9039 for info.
Contests like the Colorado Springs Invitational One-Act Play Contest used to be held throughout the state before funding was pulled in the early '70s. Educators and art lovers alike thought that this program was a highly important opportunity for Colorado high-school drama students, and kept the Pikes Peak area competition alive with help from the community, including the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. The 2000 One-Act Play Festival will begin at 8 a.m. today, with plays performed by Wasson, Mesa Ridge, Woodland Park, Fountain-Fort Carson, Lewis-Palmer, Cheyenne Mountain and Pine Creek high schools beginning on the hour until 5 p.m. Admission is free. Call 634-5583 for details. p
-- Kristen Sherwood