There have been many more interesting decisions made regarding stamp art besides which Elvis to use. Throughout the years, postage stamps have depicted some of the most important discoveries and accomplishments in math and science, and some of those pieces of mailable art will be discussed today in a humorous presentation in Colorado College's Packard Hall, on the southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre streets. Stamping Through the Millennium is free and begins at 11 a.m. Call 389-6607 to learn more.
Each year, members of the Commonwheel Artists Gallery, 102 Cañon Ave. in Manitou Springs, come up with something intriguing for the Spring Thaw Show -- and this year is no exception. The local artists have been given the topic of Illumination, and they have come up with their own functional, imaginative and beautiful interpretations in all sorts of mediums. The opening reception for the annual show begins at 5 tonight. Admission is free. Call 685-1008 for more. Illumination will be on display until April 25.
Hey, Liza -- move over and give someone else a chance for a change. The talented members of our own local Upstart Performing Ensemble are taking on the Kander & Ebb hit Cabaret. The story of a flippant young flapper in the midst of the beginning of the Nazi's rise to power and a young writer new to Berlin will be performed in, you guessed it, The Cabaret at Smokebrush, 235 S. Nevada Ave. Tickets are $15 and can be ordered by calling 444-0884. The musical begins this evening at 8 and will run through April 15.
Colorado College's Dance Workshop is a student-run, student-choreographed and student-performed dance project with a penchant for variety. Their spring performance, which begins tonight at 8, and will run again tomorrow night, features African, hip-hop, ballet, modern, and tap styles, just to name a few. The concert, titled Waiting for the 7, will also include a performance by Ellement, CC's all-woman a cappella group. The performance will be held in Armstrong Theater on the northeast corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre streets. Tickets are $1-$3. Call 389-6607 for more information.
If Frank Zappa and Jim Nabors had a late summer pool party to which they invited David Cassidy, the entire cast of Green Acres, Robin Williams and wrestling superstar The Rock, and they had a limbo contest, well, that would be a lot like an evening with Billy C. Wirtz. The good Reverend is back in town to pass the plate, this time at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. The faith-healing, joke-cracking, boogie-woogying, polyester-worshipping comedian will take the stage at 8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow night. Admission is $13-$17. Call 634-5583 for more.
The 2000 British Rock Hall of Fame U.S. tour kicks off tonight at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa Ave. This one-time-only Colorado engagement features performances by such legends as Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Page & Plant, The Who, George Harrison and the best part, a reunion of some of the original members of the Yardbirds. The two-day extravaganza begins at 8. Admission is free with a donation of a canned or nonperishable food item. Call 1-800-HA-APRILFOOLS for details.
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Stephen Nielson and Ovid Young get around. The duo pianist ensemble has played on a ship in the Caribbean, the Passion Play Theater in Germany, at the Grand Ole Opry and with the London Philharmonic, and now, First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. The sacred and secular music performance will begin at 7 p.m. as part of the Sacred Concert Series. Call 471-8522 for ticket information.
Whoever thought that ole country boy Charlie Pride could have reared up such a reggae-lovin' fool as his son, Carlton. Carlton is part of Texas reggae band Zion, a group of amazing musicians who incorporate World Beat, Island Groove and Dance Hall styles into their music. They have shared the stage with all of the modern major reggae bands, but will appear all by their lonesome on the stage tonight at The Underground, 110 N. Nevada Avenue, at 9. The 21-and-up show costs $3. Call 633-0590 for more.
Learn something while you headbang in the Overlook Caf at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway. Members of the CU -- Colorado Springs community will not only play that devilish rock 'n' roll music, they'll slide a little history in between songs. The Physics Classical Rock and Roll Orchestra will begin the free concert at 12:15 p.m. Call 262-3450 to find out more.
If you have kids, you know how elusive and sought-after their attention is. Which is why the Funky FairyTales group of the Pikes Peak Library District isn't wasting any time. At their next performance at the Cheyenne Branch Library, 1791-D S. 8th St., they'll explain 2000 Years of Storytelling in 45 Minutes. The humorous take on the subject begins at 4:30 p.m. and is free, but tickets are required and can be had at the Cheyenne Branch. Call 531-6333 ext. 1408 with questions.
Colorado College's Native American Student Association will continue celebrating Heritage Week with a storytelling session at 7 p.m. Histories, fantasies and explanations of why things are the way they are have been passed down through the ages, and some of these tales will be retold in Gaylord Hall in the Worner Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave. Admission is free. Call 389-6607.