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click to enlarge Cabaret Diosa hams it up on Saturday night at the Colorado Music Hall
  • Cabaret Diosa hams it up on Saturday night at the Colorado Music Hall


11 Thursday

A classic story of an American family will be performed by the Colorado College drama department this evening at 8. Based on the story by William Saroyan, The Human Comedy revolves around the McCauley family as they deal with love, loss and daily life in the small town of Ithaca, Calif., during World War II. A live orchestra will provide the blues, folk, rock and hymns -- composed by Galt McDermot of Hair fame -- that accompany the song and dance in this musical version. The Human Comedy will be performed in Armstrong Theater on the northeast corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre tonight through Saturday. Tickets are $2 to $5, available at the Worner Center desk and at the door. Call 389-6607 for more.


12 Friday

During the past 23 years, you may have seen Dr. Richard Harris walking down the streets of pine-scented Woodland Park, perhaps whistling or maybe jingling the coins in his pocket to a beat you couldn't hear. With the help of fellow doctor Howard Kirstel, the music that's been bouncing around Dr. Harris's brain has finally been transcribed into a Broadway-style musical called Time to Live. While working in hospices, Dr. Harris noticed the horrible disregard of human dignity in favor of medical treatment, often leaving patients with terminal illnesses and their families unprepared for death. The Woodland Players address this difficult issue and others surrounding impending death in a three-act performance, which will be staged at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, Highway 24 and Fairview, in Woodland Park. The show begins at 8 p.m., and tickets are $10 to $12. The musical runs until May 27. Call 687-5284.

The prairie is blooming in yellow and purple, the mountains are their blue-ish best, and even the drive up I-25 to Denver is pretty scenic this time of year. Besides, Colorado Springs abstract artist Barbara Resch has a showing of her work hanging in Diedrich Coffee, 1201 E. Ninth St. Also showing are pieces by sculptor Edie Knapp Nelson. The exhibit Two Women will open at 6:30 p.m. with a reception, and admission is free. Call 303/837-1275.

click to enlarge "Stone Head II" by Edie Knapp Nelson
  • "Stone Head II" by Edie Knapp Nelson

Come, gentle Spring! ethereal Mildness! come.

-- James Thomson, The Seasons

Like Thomson, the Colorado Springs Choral Society has been inspired by the changing of seasons and will celebrate the warm weather, soft rains and carpet of new green growing things by belting out harmonies in First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave. The 85-voice chorale and 12-member ensemble, Mosaic, will perform excerpts of Haydn's The Seasons, Judith Kramer's At a Solemn Musick, Randall Thompson's Frostiana and humorous songs by P.D.Q. Bach, as well as several jazz pieces. The Breath of Spring concert begins at 7:30 p.m., and admission is $10. Call 634-3737 for details.


13 Saturday

Also inspired by the season is the Soli Deo Gloria Choir, who will present their annual spring concert at the Village Seven Presbyterian Church, 4050 Nonchalant Circle South. Don't worry about the kids, child care will be provided for kids under 6. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and is absolutely free. Call 574-6700 for more information.

The Da Vinci Quartet will wrap up their 1999-2000 season with a performance of two milestone pieces in the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. They will play Schoenberg's String Quartet No. 1, Op. 7 in D Minor and Mozart's String Quartet in E flat Major, K. 614. Violinist Joel Rosenberg will join in on the Mozart. The season finale begins at 8 p.m., and tickets are $17.50 to $20. Call 634-5583.

Manitou Springs students are taking advantage of the close-knit community they live in by calling on area residents to help them create an even more nurturing, safe, entertaining and educational environment. The Assets for Manitou Youth Committee has organized the Connecting Youth and Community Workshop, which will be held today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Manitou Middle and High School students have been specially trained to help lead roundtable discussions with parents, other students and local residents about family and neighborhood support, expectations, commitment to learning and positive values. Lunch will be provided. The workshop is free and will be held in the Manitou Town Hall, 606 Manitou Ave. Call Adele Faber at 684-9725 or Dani Hainds at 684-0134 to register.

Dancing to Cabaret Diosa is like eating the inside of an overripe pomegranate, driving too fast on a curving road, making love in sweltering summer heat on a tiger-skin rug, liberating yourself from your body and leaving it to court the dance floor. It's decadent, it's luscious. The incredibly talented nine-piece Latin dance ensemble's passion lies in the music of Cuba, Brazil, Spanish Harlem and Hollywood from the 1930s to the 1960s, when women wore gardenias or roses behind one ear and tight-fitting dresses on their hips to add even more heat and flavor to the feverish dances. I dare you to try to sit still in the presence of Cabaret Diosa. The Boulder group will perform at 8 tonight at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Tickets are $6. Call 447-9797 to find out more.

click to enlarge The Eifman Ballet performs their original ballet, Red Giselle, at the Pikes Peak Center on Sunday
  • The Eifman Ballet performs their original ballet, Red Giselle, at the Pikes Peak Center on Sunday


14 Sunday

Call your mother. Tell her you're sorry for everything you ever did and that you're very grateful she lost her figure for your sake.

'Round these parts, baseball great Goose Gossage is the man. And this is your chance to meet the man and shake his hand, as he'll be reading from his book, The Goose Is Loose, at the Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Gossage will talk about his career in the majors as part of the Library's Second Sunday program. Admission is free. The program begins at 1 p.m. Call 531-6333 Ext. 2335 for the particulars.

While proficient and entertaining, no one really considered the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg, Russia, to be remarkable until their 1998 U.S. debut. The New York artistic scene quickly embraced the company, and now the Eifman Ballet is considered to be one of the most wonderfully creative in the world. Today only, they will dance their original ballet Red Giselle, the story of one of the most famous ballerina's in the history of dance, Olga Spessivtseva. The Russian dancer lived through wars, revolution, great loss and love, eventually unraveling in Paris, alone. Tickets to the performance at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., are $20 to $100. Call 520-SHOW.


15 Monday

There must be a huge guitar surplus somewhere in California, or perhaps southern Italy, because people are grabbing up stringed instruments and forming ensembles left and right. The latest addition to the list is the Colorado College Guitar Ensemble, directed by Dale Miller. The group of student musicians will perform in Packard Hall on the southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Get more info by calling 389-6607.


16 Tuesday

Drink your way to philanthropy at Wines Around the World, a wine-tasting benefit for Pikes Peak Hospice at the Stagecoach Inn, 702 Manitou Ave. Over 20 vendors will be passing out sips from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is $35. Call 685-5284 or 574-2244. Sponsored by the United Court of the Pikes Peak Empire and hosted by Cheers and Spice of Life.


17 Wednesday

When I was a little kid, I had a box full of oddly-shaped rocks, shards of wood and glass, and a few ball bearings. I was convinced that I had found ancient Indian pottery, or maybe bullets from the cavalry, or even dinosaur fossils, all on the littered banks of Fountain Creek. Perhaps I'll find I was right this evening at 6 in the UCCS Science Building, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway. Archaeologist Mike Metcalf will speak on the history and prehistory of the northern plains and mountain regions of Colorado as part of Colorado Archaeology and Historic Preservation Week. Admission is $2 to $4. Call 262-3064 for details.

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