The cream of Colorado Springs' classical music crop will converge this evening in Colorado College's Packard Hall, at the corner of Cache La Poudre and Cascade. Pianist Susan Grace, clarinetist Jon Manasse, flutist Paul Nagem, soprano Martile Rowland and violinist Frank Almond will perform with the Da Vinci Quartet in the Chamber Music Extravaganza. Works by the French composer Chausson and by American composer Aaron Copland will be performed. Admission is free but seating is limited, so be early. Call 389-6607 for more. 05 Friday
Grab your lederhosen because the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Repertory Theater Company is importing the fresh pine scent of the Austrian forests and the patriotic spirits of the singing Von Trapps in their performance of The Sound of Music. The show will begin at 8 p.m. at the Center, 30 W. Dale St. and runs until May 21. Tickets are $18. Call 634-5583.
The Wyndham Hotel, 5580 Tech Center Drive, will host this year's Cinco de Mayo celebration and dance, featuring music by Cuarenta y Cinco from the Valley of Espanola, New Mexico. Reservations for the dinner are needed but tickets to the dance, which starts at 9 p.m., can be bought at the door for $20, and proceeds go to scholarship funds. Cinco de Mayo festivities will continue all day on Sunday in Monument Valley Park. Call 385-6981 for more.
Experience and perspective is juxtaposed against innocent creativity at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts in Palmer Lake, 304 Highway 105. The Pikes Peak Watercolor Society and Palmer Elementary School fifth-graders were both given identical objects to explore and artistically interpret, and the results will be on display at the Center through May 28. The opening reception for the show, titled Pandora's Box Five will begin tonight at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Call 481-0475 to find out more.
Steven Bennett is really into diversity. He plays the Beatles, he plays Scott Joplin, he plays Tchaikovsky. He plays his great-grandfather's graceful harp guitar, a standard six-string, and a 1930 resonator guitar. Whatever he plays, he does it beautifully. The award-winning Bennett will perform this evening at All Souls Unitarian Church, 730 N. Tejon. Tickets are $8-$12. The concert, presented by the Black Rose Acoustic Society, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Call 590-8395. 06 Saturday
Besides the wheel, fire is one of the things that drew us out of the trees and into modern society, and its importance caused many myths to spring up. Storyteller John Stansfield will present a multi-media performance called Gifts of the Fire-Bringer at 10 a.m. at the Beidleman Education Center, 740 W. Caramillo. The educational program is recommended for adults and elementary-age kids. Admission is free and reservations are required. Call 578-7088.
The Telluride Repertory Theater will enliven the stage with their antics tonight at the Smokebrush Theater, 235 S. Nevada Ave. Part of the Kid's Series, Susan Beraza, Ashley Bolling and Jeb Berrier play three clowns on the trail of a missing duck. Audience participation, such as singing, clapping and foot stamping are par for the course at one of these performances. "Lost & Found" begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7. Call 444-0884 for details. 07 Sunday
Over 200 musicians, singers and dancers from the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale Summit Ensemble, the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association, Ormao Dance Company, and select high school musicians and mentors from all over Southern Colorado will meet today at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., to perform one of the most famous choral works of the 20th century -- the Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. There will only be one performance of this huge collaboration, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5.50. Call 520-SHOW.
A few blocks away another large group of people will be gathered to sing for the first time in Colorado Springs -- The Rainbow Chorus at the Smokebrush Theater, 235 S. Nevada Ave. The 60-plus member group is made up of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and straight singers who seek to spread diversity and awareness through music. Also performing will be Australian didjeridoo player Paul Taylor and composer Steve Eulberg on dulcimer. The show, titled "Beginnings," will start at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 444-0884.
Cowboy Poet Waddie Mitchell and autoharp player Brian Bowers will perform tonight at the Smokebrush Center for the Arts and Theater, 235 S. Nevada Ave. Bowers, an enormously talented and versatile autoharp player, is also a wonderful singer, while honest-to-God real cowboy Waddie Mitchell's wry humor and clarity have made his poetry popular with ranch hands and city folk alike. Tickets are $18, and the show begins at 7 p.m. Call 444-0884 or see page 37 for more info. 09 Tuesday
What can I say about the 1944 film The Uninvited, except that it's one of the most beautifully bone-chilling pictures ever made. Ruth Hussey and Ray Milland are a sister and brother who buy an old haunted English seaside manor, once owned by the parents of the young woman next door. The black-and-white cinematography lends itself to a bitterly tragic and terrifying story, and the actors' performances are absolutely convincing. Showing tonight in the oh-so-conducive environment of the tavernous, chandelliered theater of the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is only $2.75. Call 634-5583. 10 Wednesday
You gotta admire these people. They squeeze themselves into skin-tight spandex jumpsuits and dance onto the ice in front of thousands of people -- the women unconcerned about their thighs, the men fearless of shrinkage -- often accompanied by terrible show tunes and Cher remixes, all for a little bit of money and a Sunday afternoon television slot. They are the men and women of professional figure skating, and the best of them, the champions, will appear tonight at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Boulevard. Michelle Kwan, Oksana Baiul, Todd Eldridge, Elvis Stojko and many other Champions on Ice will take to the skates at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $36-$56. Call 576-2626.
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