Can you say Colorado College? You'll be saying it a lot this week as CC's Summer Arts Festival dominates the events calendar. Tonight, the Trinidad Tripoli Steel Drum Band kicks things off with a performance on Colorado College's Armstrong Quad. Check out page 30 for more.
Elaine Freed loves inanimate objects -- large red-brick buildings, neo-classical carriage houses, walkways, Greek Revival garden sculptures. An author, Freed has also been the Vice President for Development of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, former Associate Vice President for Development at The Colorado College, and now spends her time consulting in the area of historic preservation planning. Ms. Freed will share her love and knowledge of local architecture and design during a walking tour of downtown Colorado Springs, beginning at the Penrose Library courtyard, 20 N. Cascade Ave. She'll head north on Cascade at 6:30 p.m. and return down Tejon Street, discussing our old mansions, institutions and modern intrusions into our cityscape. The tour will conclude at Michelle's for ice cream. Admission is free, call Joyce at 471-3454 to find out more. The tour is presented by the Historic Alliance of Colorado Springs.
You love Louis L'Amour, you have a Remington above the couch, your jeans are tight and you have a thing for linseed oil. If any of this applies to you, you are a prime candidate to attend the third annual Invitational Art Show and Sale at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy, 101 ProRodeo Drive. Twenty-nine top Western artists, sculptors and photographers from all over America will exhibit their work this weekend, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the museum is $6. Call 528-4761 for more.
Dude ... righteous ... Anthrax, Color Insane and Throat Culture plan on rocking la maison tonight at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. The legends of metal take the stage at 9 p.m. Tickets are a mere $13, subject to service charge. Call 447-9797 for details.
Peter Cook has been deaf since age three, but he has found a "speaking" voice in Kenny Lerner. Lerner accompanies Cook on stage, where he performs poetic and dramatic pantomime, storytelling, acting and movement through American Sign Language and Lerner's voice. Their collaboration, called the Flying Words Project, began in 1986. The Project, presented by the Colorado College Deaf Studies Program, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Armstrong Hall, room 32. Admission is free; call 389-6607.
I haven't seen kids so hepped up about something since the run on Cabbage Patch kids back at Christmas of '86. The fourth Harry Potter book is due to be released into the greedy little hands of the public at the stroke of midnight tonight, and bookstores across the country will be celebrating this joyous event. Our own Chinook Bookshop is hosting a Harry Potter Pajama Party from 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday morning. There will be cake and a wandering magician, as well as raffles for gift certificates and a copy of the new book, whose title is a secret. Call 635-1195 for details.
The Citadel Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Drive East, will host their own Harry Potter Extravaganza from midnight until 1 a.m. Saturday morning. There will be contests, games and giveaways, as well as coffee for the parents of these hyperactive readers. Call 637-8282.
Admission to both events is free.
Forget everything you've ever thought about "gourmet" chefs -- that they are stuck up, snotty Frenchmen with sensitive egos. In fact, today at Bancroft Park, 24th Street and Colorado Avenue, some of the Springs' top chefs will cook locally grown produce and sell it to you to raise funds for Chefs Collaborative Colorado, an effort to join area farmers and restaurants in selling and serving topnotch fresh produce. Joining our local culinary leaders will be high-profile guest chefs from Boston and Vermont. Join them in Old Colorado City from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chefs in Shades will be accompanied by live music, informative speakers and educational booths. Admission is free. Call 632-4887 for info.
They hop, they prance, they twirl around in their skimpy outfits like the uncivilized beasts that they are ... the Royal Lipizzaner Stallions of Europe high-step their way to the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. For one day only, the pretty ponies will show off their intricate, exhaustive and well-borne training, once at 2 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. Tickets are $14.50-$16.50. Call 576-2626.
You can attribute the gut-wrenching, breath-catching, tear-jerking high notes and wickedly quick melodies of The Red Violin's film soundtrack to American violinist Joshua Bell. The masterful musician will perform An Evening of the Gypsy Violin as part of the Aspen Music Festival at Harris Concert Hall, in the ski village. Tickets are $40, and the concert begins at 8 p.m. Call 970/925-9042 for more information.
Forget picking up the dry cleaning, spend your lunch hour listening to some beautiful performances of Colorado College Summer Music Festival students. CC presents Music-at-Midday, ensemble performances in Packard Hall on the southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. The 12:15 p.m. concert is free, but seating is limited. Call 389-6607.
The swank and sophisticated interior of the Primitivo Wine Bar, 28 S. Tejon St., will echo with the equally swank and sophisticated sounds of Mary Anne Moore and her jazz quartet this evening. The performance begins at 8:30 p.m. Get the lowdown at 473-4900.
Colorado Springs' musical darling Christopher Wilkins conducts the Colorado College Festival Orchestra in Packard Hall tonight. Under Wilkins' watchful eye, the orchestra will perform works by Rossini, Copland and Mozart at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the concert, part of the CC Summer Arts Festival is $2-$5. Packard Hall is located on the southwest corner of Cascade and Cache la Poudre. Call 389-6607 to find out more.
Get to know your neighbors this evening in Soda Springs Park on the west end of Manitou Springs. The Little London Winds provide the entertainment, and the ice cream is only a buck per heaping helping. And if you don't live in the area, come anyway and listen to music mingling with the creek, let your kids play on the playground and meet some of the good folk of western El Paso County. The Good Old Summertime Ice Cream Social begins at 5 p.m. Call 685-5089.