The Air Force Academy BlueBards are losing their uniforms in favor of togas for their performance of the comedic musical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Ancient Roman slave Pseudolus will do, and does, almost anything to be free, but could never have expected the mess that results from his efforts. Tickets to the performance in Arnold Hall at the Academy are $10 to $12. The play begins at 7 p.m. and runs Saturday and Sunday night as well. Call 333-4496 or 333-4497 for more information.
Are you tired of no one appreciating your exceptional wit and humor, your intricate physical slapstick, your miniature car? You're not alone. The Pikes Squeakers are our local clown club, and they're here to support you. The next meeting of the group will be held tonight at Zeezo's Magic Castle, 3 E. Bijou St. It's free, and will begin at either 6:59 or 7:01 p.m. Call 593-8032 to RSVP.
Englishman Jonathan Leathwood was made to play the part of a classical acoustic guitarist -- his thick, dark hair, graceful hands, soulful, Lord Byronesque eyes ... The 1988 BBC Young Musician of the Year directs the Lamont School of Music/University of Denver ensemble program for Richard Iznaola, who deems Leathwood "a genius." The exceptionally talented guitarist will play pieces by Rodrigo, Torina, Sor and others at 7:30 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Tickets are $10 to $12. Call 634-5583.
Mellow, easygoing and all around laid-back pianist and composer Steve Barta will perform with a whole new trio of musicians in the intimate setting of Studio Bee at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. In this small venue, the audience will be seated in a circle around Barta and bassist Kim Stone (of the Rippingtons) and Dotsero drummer Mike Marlier, hence the concert title, "In the Round." Tickets are $15. The show begins at 8 p.m. Call 520-SHOW for details.
Manitou Springs will be its usual beautiful self this weekend as it welcomes visitors to the Celebration of the Arts 2000, a three-day festival featuring music, food, and a plethora of the arts and crafts that Manitou is known for. The fest is free, and will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today 'til Monday in Memorial Park, next to Manitou City Hall. And just so you know, trying to find a good parking space in Manitou is like searching for the proverbial needle, so consider carpooling. Call 685-5089 to find out more.
O'hoho presents a stacked concert tonight at the Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute. Revolution, Negro Lama & Rhythm Dynasty; Universal Street Soldiers; IK3; the Revelation Step Team and Christian Mafia will all perform at Zero Hour, a concert designed to "bring the youth of Colorado Springs into their destiny." The show is free and begins at 6 p.m. Call Janie at 520-1472 or Glen at 271-0415 for more.
"It smells like a campfire gone horribly wrong," was one description of the enormous wildfire that destroyed almost 50,000 acres in New Mexico recently and rained ash over surrounding states. Residents of the town of Los Alamos, directly in the fire's path, lost land, businesses, cars and their homes. Filthy Wilma's gallery in Manitou Springs wants to help, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., they will donate a portion from the sale of all artwork to the Red Cross, to be used to help families in the gutted region. Admission to the gallery, located at 10 Ruxton Ave., is free. Call 685-0636.
Polish up your conchas and give the kids a bath -- it's Territory Days time again. The annual Western celebration of Colorado's statehood will kick off at 11 a.m. with a performance by the Ira James Band in Bancroft Park in Old Colorado City. Vendors, crafts, dancing, shootouts and other old-fashioned entertainment will be accompanied by local bands playing almost nonstop until Monday night. Admission is free -- for you, not your dog. Poochie must stay home; it would be cruel to drag him through that crowd of sweltering party-goers anyway.
Some local bands won't be at Territory Days today, because they'll be performing at the Colorado Rock and Blues Festival downtown. The cream of the local rock and blues crop -- i.e. Rikki Dee Hall and the Voodoo Hawks, the Jesse Cotton Stone Band, The Benders, Mike Nelson and the Motel Kings, Magic Dave and the New Mules, Leaving the Trees and a bunch more --will perform in Acacia Park beginning at noon. Admission is free. Get the skinny by calling 385-6504.
Good ole Tab. Just when we start to really miss you, you come on back. Bluesman Tab Benoit will play his hot Delta-style guitar tonight at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12, subject to service charge. Call 447-9797 or check out http://www.ticketweb.com.
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Memorial Day weekend blew us out of the water, and there's nothing to do now but recuperate. You'll need the rest, because soon school will be out, teacher will let the monkeys out and it'll be summertime on the Front Range once again. Chill.