As part of the reenactment of the First Fleet Voyage celebrating Australia's bicentennial, Susan Beharriell climbed aboard a 100-foot square-rigged ship and spent 33 days sailing from Cape Town, South Africa, around the Cape of Good Hope, to the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. The world traveler brought back slides from her trip, as well as some from her big game photo safari in Africa, and she'll show them at Mountain Chalet, 226 N. Tejon St. High Seas and African Adventure begins at 8 p.m. and is free, but get there early because the doors close a few minutes earlier. Call 633-0732.
Magic. Nature. Recycling. Britain. Envy. Lanterns. Mold. Just a few of my impressions of "green", which I'm sure do not compare in quantity or quality to those of the artists of the Bridge Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave. The color has enlivened the drawings, paintings, sculpture and mixed media which will be housed in the gallery until April 2. The opening reception for Green begins at 5 p.m. Admission is free. Call 329-1574.
Grab the oven mitts and the sunscreen, because Bugs Henderson is bringing his red hot blend of blues, surf rock, rockabilly, rock and R&B to Tres Hombres in Woodland Park tonight. The show begins at 9, tickets are $10. Call 687-0625 for details.
A good education can take you far and help you accomplish your goals, and perhaps even make a dream or two come true. Like the impeccably spelled dreams of the participants of Spellabration, a fund-raiser for the Pikes Peak Library District's Right to Read Program. Super spellers from local businesses, without the help of their computers' spell check tool, will face off in the spelling bee at the East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. The contest begins at 6:30 p.m. and admission is $5. Call 531-6333 for more information, or if you just want to reach the research desk to find out how to spell those big words.
The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., will be offering up some of the said fine art at Party Arty 2000, their primary fund-raiser. Over 60 local and regional artists have donated their art to be auctioned off at the April event. The work will be on exhibit at the Center beginning today. For more information about the Awesome Art Auction, call 634-5583.
Renowned local guitarists Jim Bosse and Elwood Colahan will perform tonight at the Smokebrush Theater, 235 N. Nevada Ave. The guitarists come from varied backgrounds -- Bosse played with Billy Joel from 1962 to 1967, and Colahan studied with the Cuban-Venezuelan virtuoso Ricardo Iznaola before serving three years in the Peace Corps in South Africa. The Colorado Guitar Duo will perform at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12, call 444-0884 to find out more.
The industrious students at Falcon High School, 11110 Stapleton Road, are tackling the tough issue of human violence by coordinating the Robert L. Gravitt March Against Violence in Fox Run Regional Park. Information designed to offer young people alternatives to risky and violent behavior will be provided by local organizations. Admission is $5, registration begins at 9 a.m. the day of the march or pre-register at Falcon High. Call Stacy Bush at 495-2261 for details.
Across the country, prison libraries are underfunded, short of space and without decent books. Epimethian Press is a local non-profit group devoted to providing prisoners access to quality reading material of all kinds, subjects and authors. They'll be selling some of their excess books at the First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain St. All books are just a buck, and the proceeds go toward improving the books-for-prisoners program. The Epimethian Press Book Sale runs from 11:45 a.m to 1 p.m. Call 475-8059 for more.
The good people of Temple Shalom, 1523 E. Monument St. will be celebrating an ancient triumph of good over evil tonight at their annual Purim Carnival. The party will feature food, games, silent auctions, prizes and much more reveling from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The family event is free. Call the Temple at 634-5311 to learn more.
While most a cappella groups create their music by pure harmonization, Four Shadow goes the extra mile. Composed of "an Eagle Boy Scout, a Minnesotan, an identical triplet and a baseball fanatic", the group provides bass, percussion and guitar sounds by using only their voices. The group, which has been compared to Stomp, will perform in the Overlook Caf at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. Call 262-3450 for more.
Thank God for the Colorado Music Hall. Besides offering up their stage to some of the best shows this town has seen in years, they're reviving one of the original purposes of the starry-skyed building -- to screen movies. And not just any old big-budget Hollywood fluff; they're showing good, old classic movies, films you thought you'd never see on the big screen again. Tonight's double feature is a Monty Python extravaganza: Life of Brian and Holy Grail. Wear old sandals or a toga and get $1 Miller Genuine Drafts. The movies start at 7:30; you must be 21. Call 447-9797 for more info.
Internationally renowned flutist Alexa Still will perform with the award-winning Coronado High School Band at Coronado High School, 1590 W. Fillmore St. They will be debuting J.D. Morsch's arrangement of the Jerome Moross Concerto for Flute and Strings, which he arranged especially for Still. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Call 576-2654 for details.
It may remind you of the surrealistic nightmares you had as a child, but I promise, your kids will love it. The spangly talking fish, singing crabs, pirate ships, dancing urchins, creepy squid and mer-people of The Little Mermaid have donned ice skates, and will take their glittery extravaganza to the ice at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. The Disney movie adaptation on skates starts at 7:30 p.m. and runs through March 26. Tickets are $13.75 to $30. Call 576-2626.