As part of a lecture and public dialogue series in honor of Black History Month, Swarthmore professor of religion Yvonne Chireau will present Black Magic: Dimensions of the Supernatural in African-American Religion in Columbine Hall at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway. Chireau is well-known for her research of four centuries of practices such as conjure, hoodoo and spirit possession, and African-American notions surrounding them. The free lecture will begin at 7 p.m. Call 262-4078 for details.
Gotta dance... gotta dance...
The Colorado College drama and dance department has been working up a sweat in preparation for Signature 2000, their spring faculty dance concert. Choreographers Yunyu Wang, Jin-Wen Yu, Donna Mejia, Kim Robards and numerous students have created pieces showcasing their abilities in everything from ballet to modern dance. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in Armstrong Theater on the CC campus, and will be performed again Saturday evening at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. Tickets are $2-$5; call 389-6607.
Finally Colorado Springs can claim big-city status: we have an erratic, misunderstood transit system; we're growing our own brown cloud; we have our own Secret Service field office (betcha didn't know that); and now, we have our very own ballet company, Ballet Theater Southwest. This welcome addition to the arts scene will hold their debut performance at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale Street, as part of the Kennedy Center Imagination Center Celebration. The dance concert begins at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are just a low low $7-$15. Call 634-5583 for more.
Lots of famous people have come out of Denver: Neal Cassady, Molly Brown, Little Johnny Elway. In 1970, Cleo Parker Robinson took a trip to New York City and came back to start her own professional dance company here in the Rockies. During those 30 years since, the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble has become one of the most well-respected and well-known dance companies in the world, raising them high on the list of Denver boys and girls made good. The ensemble is coming home to the Buell Theater in the Denver Performing Arts Complex to celebrate this evening at 8. The 30th anniversary homecoming concert, titled Jornadas: The Second Homeoming, will feature new works by two Ensemble alumni and principal dancer Carlos dos Santos, Jr. Performances will also be held Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $20-$35; call 800/641-1222.
They'll be dancing with words tonight at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale Street, as Rocky Mountain Storytelling Festival founder John Stansfield waxes Celtic at In the Celtic Tradition: A Concert of Music and Story. Stansfield and local acoustic duo Troubadour will carry on the Irish, Scottish, Welsh and English traditions of passing on history and fantasy through song and storytelling. The ballads, brogue and blarney begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $4-$8, recommended for kids age 7 and up. Get more info at 634-5583.
The streets of Old Colorado City will be filled with wee people throwing one hell of a ceilidh today. When the clock strikes noon, the leprechauns, along with belly dancers, animals, floats, bands, pipers, step dancers, antique cars and flag twirlers will march down Colorado Avenue from 24th Street east to 18th Street as part of the 17th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. Joan Marriage Fischer, a 74-year-old native of Ireland, member of Le Cail Irish Club and quintessential Irish grandmother will perform the duties of parade Grand Marshal. And if she could, she'd tell you to dress warmly, don't block driveways when you park and leave the family pet at home where he'll be safe and sound. Call 635-8803 for more grandmotherly advice.
Are you sick of your friends trying to discuss a movie with you as you're watching it? The Colorado Springs Film Society has better manners than that -- they'll wait until after the film to discuss Topsy-Turvy, the subject of this month's meeting. The film tells the story of Gilbert and Sullivan's tumultuous relationship, out of which sprang many famous stage shows of the Victorian era, including The Mikado. The Society will attend the 8:10 p.m. showing of the film at Kimball's Twin Peak Theater, 115 E. Pikes Peak Ave., and discuss it in the lobby afterward. For more info about the films, call 447-1945.
One of only three professional large symphonic brass ensembles in the world, The Denver Brass, will perform at the First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. The performance is part of the Sacred Heart Series and begins at 3 p.m. Call 471-8522 for ticket information.
Unless you're one of the lucky few who have Itzhak Perlman tickets squirreled away somewhere, you should probably plan on spending this fine Monday evening with friends or family, perhaps eating ribs at a BBQ joint or drinking beers at a neighborhood bar. Or maybe just take a nap, or read a book, or wash your dishes. Just relax, society doesn't give you too many opportunities to do that much anymore.
Ever gone to a restaurant and wanted to steal the finely-patterned china, or the flatware because it was so nice? I have a friend who has service for eight, entirely made up of Denny's stoneware. Instead of being a thief like him, why not do the honesty thing and try Empty Bowls Night at North Middle School, 612 E. Yampa St. Students and staff have created handmade ceramic bowls, which you can purchase for $10. You'll get a steaming serving of soup, bread, a cookie and beverage. And after you're done eating, you get to take your little piece of functional artwork home with you. All proceeds benefit Care & Share. For details, call 328-2400.
Andy Warhol said we all get 15 minutes of fame. Chef Howard Helmer got 30 when he earned Guinness Book recognition for making 427 omelets in a half-hour. Helmer will be cooking at light speed at the Hospitality Expo at the Wyndham Hotel, 5580 Tech Center Dr. The theme of this year's expo is Support Colorado, Buy Colorado!, and will feature produce and other foods raised by Colorado farmers. The expo begins at 1 p.m., and admission is free until 6 p.m., when dinner -- prepared by local master chefs -- will be served at $25 a plate. Dinner reservations must be made in advance by calling 785-8135 or 633-3821.