A young Korean girl's father goes blind and the only thing that will restore his eyesight is an offering of 300 bags of rice to the local temple. She's broke, so she sells herself to a sea captain as a sacrifice to be thrown overboard in order to protect the ship from the angry ocean. Now that's devotion. This story, titled Shim Chung, will be performed by the Universal Ballet of Korea, one of the most respected classical ballet troupes in the world. The company, which dances in the style of the great 19th century Russian ballet theater, will perform at 7 p.m. in Arnold Hall at the Air Force Academy. Tickets are $15 to $25. Call 333-4497.
He slices, he dices, he even juliennes fries! The ever-stripd comedian Gallagher will make a one-time-only messy appearance tonight at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Tickets are $22 to $28. The fruit-smashing prop extravaganza begins at 8 p.m. Call 520-SHOW for details.
Women's a cappella -- not just for the Sweet Adelines anymore. Native American singers Ulali are quickly moving up the ladder to stardom, what with their late-night talk show, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center appearances and their inclusion in the Sundance Film Festival darling Smoke Signals. The trio will perform indigenous music of the Americas in Colorado College's Packard Hall, on the southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Call 389-6607 to find out more.
Seven paintings and three sculptures will come to life at First Lutheran Church, 1515 N. Cascade Ave. In The Gallery of Living Art: The Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, still-life actors will animate some of the greatest works of art depicting Jesus' last week on Earth, such as The Resurrection by Carl Bloch and Michelangelo's The Pieta. Each piece will be surrounded by prayer, scripture and music, provided by the church's 70-voice choir. Admission to the Gallery is free. The performance begins tonight at 8, and again tomorrow at 4 and 7 p.m. Call 632-8836.
Running out of ways to keep your kids away from the television? Take them to the Hands-On Festival today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The hands-on activities in art, music, science and drama are being held in celebration of the Week of the Young Child. There will be performances for all ages, and child care will be available while you grown-ups attend 30-minute workshops offered throughout the day. The festival at the Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St., is free.
The fabulously saucy Psycho Kitten will present their smoldering, guitar-based improv rock within the circular confines of the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. The trio will take the stage at 8 p.m. Call 447-9797 for ticket info.
The creative vibes of Manitou Springs will be strong today as some of the 300 resident artists display their expertise on Imagination Avenue in downtown Manitou Springs. Part of the Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration, the family festival will begin at noon. Watch performers and artists at work, do your own art projects, or ride the trolley. While you're at it, bring a cup to sample the mineral waters from the beautiful and historical springs scattered through the community. (I highly recommend the sweet waters of Twin Spring on Ruxton.) All of the events are free. Call 685-5089 with questions.
Draw a crazy picture,
Write a nutty poem,
Sing a mumble-gumble song,
Whistle through your comb.
Do a loony-goony dance
'Cross the kitchen floor,
Put something silly in the world
That ain't been there before.
That's exactly what the author of that little ditty, and my favorite poet, Shel Silverstein did -- gave to the world a sense of wonderment and unexpected joy. This month's Second Sunday program at the Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Avenue, is a tribute to Shel Silverstein. Locals, including the velvety-voiced Lyn Akers of KRCC 91.5 FM, will read selections of the late poet's work from 2 to 3 p.m. The program, titled Where the Sidewalk Ends, is free. Call 531-6333 ext. 1201 for more.
Did you know that, in Colorado, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 17 men have been sexually assaulted in their lifetime, and there were 1,818 sexual assaults reported to Colorado law enforcement in 1998 alone? In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month this April, the Center for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, 320 S. El Paso St., will present a Rape Awareness and Prevention Demonstration that will include self-protection tips beginning at 11:30 a.m. Admission is free, and you'll want to brown-bag your lunch. Call 633-1462 to find out more.
Glen Danzig and his heavy metal cronies will be playing at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. tonight, with Division of Disorder and Six Feet Under. You can thank KILO 94.3 FM for the concert, which begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $19.43. Call 447-9797 for more.
One Easter our parents surprised us with something completely unexpected: in lieu of big, fancy, plastic baskets full of candy, we got goats. Big, stinky, ornery Nubians named Sweet Pea and Bill E. At first I wondered, what the hell do you do with a goat? You can't really eat them, you can't ride them, they don't mind well, they aren't cuddly and their milk tastes awful unless you've been previously accustomed to it. In fact, perhaps one of the only things goats are good for in America is providing entertainment and eating everything in sight. If it grew in the yard, they ate it. Stomachs of iron, those little handmaidens of the Devil. Walking, bawling, pooping lawnmowers. That is precisely their value, say Lani and Fred Lamming of Land Whisperer. Their business preaches the ecological benefits of grazing goats, which they will discuss at a free program at the East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. Goats -- which are cheap, easy to care for, and damn cute -- spread seeds and keep down unwanted plant growth in a very simple, ancient way, to be explained at 7 p.m. Call 531-6333 for details.