Roots rockers Big House will perform tonight at Tres Hombres, up the Pass at 116 Midland Ave. in Woodland Park. Well-known for their rhythm-infused take on Bakersfield country music, they're sure to bring the house down. The show begins at 9 p.m. Call 687-0625 for ticket info.
One of the only Southwestern art markets to combine both Native American and Hispanic fine art begins today at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. The Indian-Spanish Fine Art Market will feature equal amounts of beautiful work by jewelers, potters, weavers, painters, sculptors, furniture-makers, tinworkers and many other Hispanic and Native American artists, through Sunday. The market begins at 8:30 a.m. and admission is $5-$6, or $8-$10 for a two-day pass. Kids under 18 are free. The market concludes with a concert by native American flute player and Grammy-nominee Carlos Nakai on Sunday at 2 p.m. Call 634-5581 for more information.
The dirty, dirty boys and girls of Manitou Springs will be slinging their mess around today at the 10th annual Clayfest and Mud Ball in Soda Springs Park, just west of the old spa building. Area artists and those aspiring to be artists will match their mudslinging abilities against others in a pottery-making competition, there will be a clay-play area for the kids, pottery throwing instruction, art exhibitions and more, beginning at 10 a.m. Four thousand pounds of clay will be molded and manipulated before the whole thing closes with the Mud Ball, a hedonistic dance in the park at 6 p.m. The fest is free, except for the Ball, which is $2. Call 685-5089 for more.
The Greenway and Nature Center of Pueblo hosts RiverFest today, along the banks of the Arkansas River. It's a gathering of well-known and partially famous local musicians, performing covers of laid-back rock and other mellow music as well as original pieces. Arts and crafts, a children's play area, roving naturalists, raffles, food and drink will also be on hand beginning at noon. Admission is $5, or $3 for kids 7 to 11. Call 719/549-2414 for details.
Kathy Mattea has been on the country music scene since Nashville studios actually produced country music. She performs tonight at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Tickets to the rare concert treat are $20. The 21 and older show begins at 9 p.m. Call 447-9797.
The imaginative and colorful artisans of Salida, Colo. display their varied talents en masse this weekend as part of the eighth annual Salida ArtWalk. Forty-plus galleries that call the little town home will be participating (with many hosting opening receptions from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday night), and the streets will play stage for performance artists and live jazz. ArtWalk festivities will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; admission is free. Call 877/772-5432.
Did you know that the Pikes Peak region claims quite a few barbershop groups as its own, or that there were international awards given for Best Barbershop Song and Best Barbershop Album? We can all catch up on the barbershop quartet industry tonight at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., as some of the top groups in the world will perform in the Highland Harmonizers spring show, The Pitch Pipe Man, a spoof of, you got it, The Music Man. Tickets are $10 to $15 and the show begins at 7 p.m. Call 520-SHOW.
Get to sleep early on Saturday night, because you're going to be getting up at an unnatural time if you want to participate in this year's Starlight Spectacular. The 11- to 14.5-mile bike ride through Garden of the Gods and downtown begins at 2:30 a.m. this lovely Saturday night, er, Sunday morning. The pre-ride party begins at 1 a.m. at the Visitors Center, for early risers. Why drag yourself out of bed at this unholy hour, you ask? Not only does your $30 registration fee benefit the Trails & Open Space Commission and you get breakfast at the end of the ride, but while everyone else is sleeping and the city is dark, the heavens are doing some wonderful things with stars and galaxies. Call 633-6884 to find out how to register.
Haven't you had enough fun this weekend? Get control of yourself, it's time to settle down.
It's summer, it's beautiful, and Manitou Springs has what's good for what ails you, in the form of sparkling spring water. The naturally carbonated mineral springs earned the mountain berg the nickname "Saratoga of the West," back in the day when travelers from all over came to find health in the fresh air and healing waters. Sample each of the springs as you tour Manitou this morning with a Springabouts guided walk. Admission is free, but be sure to wear comfy shoes and bring a cup. To participate, meet at the Manitou town clock near the Episcopalian church on Manitou Avenue at 9 a.m. Call 685-5089 for more info.
Camigliano (Montalcino), Gagliole, Lilliano, Poggiopiano, Le Bonice, Melograno. They all sound like goofy Shakespearean characters, but in fact, these tongue twisters are vintages of Tuscan olive oil, specially imported by Primitivo, 28 S. Tejon St. The swanky restaurant hosts a tasting of these fine oils this evening at 6, accompanied by a Tuscan buffet by the ever-intriguing Chef John. A Tasting of Tuscan Treasures costs $39 per person, tax and tip not included. Call 473-4900 to reserve your space.
I'm beginning to wonder if scholar Dr. Clay Jenkinson isn't suffering from something we would now call multiple personality disorder. You see, Jenkinson has stepped away from his persona as President Thomas Jefferson and will instead portray one of Jefferson's great friends and informants, Meriwether Lewis, of Lewis and Clark. The new, third face of Clay takes the stage at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., at 7 p.m. Admission is $12; call 634-5583 to reserve your seat.