Tempest is quite the motley crew: a Cuban drummer, a funky American bassist, a hard-rocking guitar player, a Niccol Paganini-- style fiddler, and a Norwegian lead vocalist and mandolin player -- all playing Scottish, Irish and Norwegian traditional music. They will play their strange brew of folk rock at Jack Quinn's, 22 S. Tejon, tonight at 8. Admission is $5-$7. Find out more at 385-0766.
"Eclectic folk" band Dakota Blond is moving right along to the land of fame and notoriety. Tonight they play at the Black Forest Community Center, and in a few weeks they'll be onstage at Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, sharing the bill with the likes of David Crosby and Emmylou Harris. The Black Rose Acoustic Society hosts this evening's concert, which begins at 7:30 in the log building on the northwest corner of Shoup and Black Forest Roads. Admission is $2-$4. Call 590-8395 to find out more.
It's not often that good opera comes to town, so take a few minutes to prepare yourself for Mozart's The Magic Flute. The work, considered Mozart's masterpiece, is being performed by the Colorado Opera Festival at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., tonight and the evening of Aug. 2, with matinees on July 30 and Aug. 5. Tickets are $10-$63, available by calling 520-SHOW. Twenty-five bucks will get you into tonight's opening reception; the show begins at 8. Call 473-0073 to find out more.
A cast of 50, ranging in age from 4 to 17 has gathered at Fort Carson to perform the Wizard of Oz. They've been practicing for eight weeks, performing all of the musical numbers against a backdrop of surreal scenery in colorful costumes. The show opens tonight at 7 in McMahon Theater, 1517 McDonald St., on post. Tickets are $2-$4 and are available at the door or by calling 526-4629.
Batten down your hatches, ye yard salers. You're going to find a hell of bargain at the 12th annual Venetian Village Neighborhood Yard Sale. The community, a block north of the ever-inspirational and occasionally changing "barn mural," is bordered by Hancock to the west, Columbine to the south, the Floodway to the east and Templeton Gap to the north. The locals will be liquidating their attics, sheds, basements, garages and crawlspaces from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Get there early, because crowds are expected to be massive. Call 635-1306.
Barton Fink is one of the funniest, most bizarre and incredibly frustrating films ever made, and it was one of first that cast the limelight on directing brothers Joel and Ethan Coen. The independent film, with John Turturro and John Goodman, will be shown and discussed tonight at the Colorado Springs Film Society's Great Directors Series at Audio Visionaries, in the Mall at the Bluffs. The movie begins at 6 p.m. Call 389-0039 to reserve your spot.
Tonight's event at the Hide & Seek, 512 W. Colorado Ave., may very well prove to be not unlike an indie film itself. Viva la Lezbos begins with a beer bust at 5 p.m., and then the madness begins with a show featuring live music and performances by, for and regarding lesbians. Get there early, because last time the house was packed. Minister-ess Faye will be presiding at the Chapel o' Luv, where for $10 you can be "united" in matrimony with your main squeeze (woman, man, dog, '74 Dodge Dart), complete with wedding photos, big plastic rings and a marriage certificate from the Pikes Peak Gay and Lesbian Community Center. Proceeds benefit PrideFest. Call 471-4GAY for more.
There ain't nothin' like an old-fashioned banjo frolic after watching a bunch of rival ballplayers engage in a wicked game, as you well know. Thank goodness RockLedge Ranch, at the east entrance to Garden of the Gods, is hosting a Vintage Baseball Game, played just like it was in the 1860s. The Broomfield Sweepers take on the Denver Blue Stockings at 2 p.m. Bring a picnic lunch and blanket, and be prepared to dance after the game. Tickets are $1-$5. Call 578-6777 for more information.
They say that what you say under the influence of wine is a true glimpse into who you really are, and that theory will be tested tonight at Wine and Words, an open mike literary reading at Wines of Colorado, 8045 W. Hwy. 24, in quiet, wooded Cascade, just a few minutes west of Manitou. Poetry, prose and whatever else comes to mind flows at 5 p.m. Readers and listeners are both welcome. Call 689-0900 for details.
As part of the Colorado College's Vocal Arts Symposium and Summer Festival of the Arts, the historic and elegant Stewart House, 1228 N. Wood Ave., will host a Sunset Jazz Tea Party. Local favorites Lila Mori and the Ken Miller Trio will play their beautiful and sophisticated music for your listening enjoyment. Tickets are a mere $10, or $2 with a CC ID. The evening begins at 7:30. Call 389-6607 to find out more.
Lightning isn't all bad. Sure, it starts fires and zaps pro golfers, but when it hit my friend's car, it not only gave her hair more body, it gave her battery an extra eight amps. Still, for those not carrying a car battery around, the effects of lightning might be less than helpful. The Fountain Creek Nature Center is presenting a lecture titled Lightning: Killer of the Unprepared at 7 p.m. to educate and inform mere mortals about the powerful natural force, and how to protect yourself from it. It's free, but reservations are required. Call 520-6745.
Once there was a time when climbing was still a challenge, and the men and women who scuttled up and down mountains, boulders and rock faces were strange, slightly manic adventure freaks with death wishes. There was no special gear to make the climb a breeze, and purists were fighting the ever-increasing use of chalk. Kurt Smith, a.k.a. "the General," pines for those good old days and has created a lecture and slide presentation to teach the new generation of climbers the techniques and ideals he learned from John Bachar, Jim Bridwell and the Yosemite climbers of the '70s. The Old School: Climbing in the '80s, begins at 8 p.m. at Mountain Chalet, 226 N. Tejon St. Admission is free, but try to get there by 7:45 because they close the store for the lecture. Call 633-0732 for info.
-- Kristen Sherwood