At age 22, Dr. Marilyn Waring became the youngest member of the New Zealand Parliament. At 24, she was appointed chairperson of the Public Expenditures Committee. Since then she has become a development consultant and worked in over a dozen countries. Waring's a farmer, a well-known feminist economist, has written two books and has been featured in a documentary emphasizing her work on the real value of women's work. Waring, who now works at Massey University in Auckland, will lecture at Colorado College's Shove Chapel on Nevada Avenue between San Rafael and Yampa streets this evening. She'll discuss Counting for Something -- Valuing the Environment beginning at 5 p.m. Admission is free. Call 386-6607 for details.
As part of the Imagination Celebration, 11 young artists from local high schools have been chosen to exhibit their work at the Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave. Wnderkind showcases not just art, but the skills, passion and imagination of the developing artists, who range in age from 13 to 19. The impressive show will hang until April 1, and opens tonight with a free reception from 5 to 7. Call 685-1861 to find out more.
While celebrating her 50th birthday by walking five miles in all 50 states, former Springs resident and children's author Donna W. Guthrie realized how amazing the pioneer women had to have been to leave established homes for the unknown territory of the American frontier. She began collecting historical photographs, diaries and letters, and used them to piece together the realities of female life in the unsettled West, eventually creating a play, The Wedding Trunk. Guthrie will present a staged reading of her play at the Smokebrush Theater, 235 S. Nevada Ave., at 8 p.m. tonight, and 2 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $5-$7. Call 444-0884 for more info.
Chris Baron, Gale Bez, Pam Chadick, Cindy Ferguson, Pat Garland, Pam Hafemann, Julie Horning, Donna Maurer, Roberta Rieple and Morgan Schick will be having a Mnage Ten this evening. No -- it's not what you're thinking, this has nothing to do with Issac Hayes. These ten are resident artists of the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts in Palmer Lake. Tonight from 6 to 9, they'll be hosting the opening reception for their exhibition, which will run until March 31. Music will be provided by Inisheer. Admission is free. Call 481-0475 for details.
Dig out your love beads and body glitter, it's Carnivale time in Manitou again! The Mardi Gras-style festival features a surreal and wacky parade at 1 p.m. that winds its way to Soda Springs Park, where you'll find live music, food, a gumbo cook-off and all sorts of colorful entertainment, all family friendly. Admission is free but parking is scarce, so get there early, or better yet, carpool. And you might think about leaving your pups at home, as they might get trampled by a stilt walker or scared by a papier-mch monster. Other than that, anything goes! Call 685-9212.
Jake was a creative child, misdiagnosed with hyperactivity as many youngsters are. Instead of hepping him up on Ritalin, those in the know prescribed a solution even more damaging -- curbing Jake's imagination. In doing so, Fangalangus Island -- the magical place in Jake's mind -- is abandoned. As an adult, Jake must find the island again, not only to save himself but the fantastical characters that inhabit Fangalangus. Robotic puppets, special effects, lighting and sound combine with live actors in the musical theater production at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Fangalangus Island is part of the Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration, and begins at 2 p.m., and will be performed again at 4 p.m. Admission is free, and seating is on a first-come first-served basis.
If you're looking for a celluloid high, check out the Banff Mountain Film Festival, at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. The festival features the best in "mountain" film from all over the world, from white water to heli-kayaking, summitting a high peak to mastering fresh powder. Over 138 entries were received for the festival. For $7 you get to see the chosen four at 7 p.m. Call 634-5583 to find out more.
Art, gym and choir were my favorite classes in high school. In one you made messes, one you threw things at classmates, and the other you sang "Unchained Melody" as loud as you could, tone deaf or not. And you got credit for it all. The Rampart High School Music Department may be a trifle more serious about the last class than I was, because 140 members of four Rampart choirs will perform a Winter Choir Concert this evening at 7. The free concert will be held at Pine Creek High, 10750 Thunder Mountain Ave. Call 594-9292.
Weird Al Yankovic really needs no introduction. He preceded the Jerky Boys, he made Michael Jackson think twice about wearing red leather, he may have caused the disappearance of Canadian band Crash Test Dummies. The king of musical parodies will perform tonight at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St. with comedian Matt Need. Tickets are $25. Call 520-9090, or check out page 34 for more information.
And on the Eighth Day...
Galactic came forth onto the Colorado College campus and there bestowed unto their faithful fans a glorious bounty of acid jazz and funk, brewed with New Orleans spice and soulful jams. And the people were thankful, and there was much rejoicing, for Galactic said, "Come and hear us in the El Pomar Gym, at the hour of 8 p.m., and pay only $10 to $15, and solicit answers to thy questions at 389-6607." The sun shined mightily down upon the countenances of the faithful fans, and their harvests were plenty, and their goats bore many offspring and there was peace over the land.