The residents of Telluride may look out their windows this weekend and see giant mushrooms strolling down their streets, waving at their children, petting their dogs -- and they'll be stone sober. It's the Shroom Parade, one of the many festivities scheduled at the Telluride Mushroom Conference. Folks interested in edible, psychoactive and poisonous wild mushrooms come to learn, hunt down and eat the delectable fungi each year. Call 303/296-9359 for registration information. The fest ends Sunday.
It's the last episode of Bonanza, and Little Joe, Hoss, and Ben are about to lose their spread to an evil land developer. Okay, so that's not the way it really ended, but the Jr. Woodland Players are putting a new spin on a great concept with Bonanza Valley, a musical Western comedy opening tonight at 7:30. The kids have put a lot of work into their performance at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park. It would be a shame to miss something so fun, especially when tickets are only $4-$8. Bonanza Valley runs weekends until Sept. 3. Call 687-7216.
Master harmonica player and bluesman Gary Primich makes a stop at Tres Hombres, 116 Midland Ave. in Woodland Park at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5, call 687-0625. Make a night of it -- Bonanza Valley, then Gary. Theater and music for under $20 can't be beat.
So they might be the most desirable demographic, and some of their allow-ances might be more than I make in a week, but most teens still have trouble drumming up 50 or 60 bucks to shell out on a ticket to a Broadway show. This is where the It takes Five, Teen Ticket to the Arts Card comes in. On a space-available basis, it enables teenagers entrance to major performances at select local venues for only $5, 15 minutes before curtain. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, students in grades 9-12 can register for the card in the Citadel Mall Food Court. Tons of local talent will be entertaining, including Dr. NO, Iva Bowers' Tina Turner Revue, the Ormao Center for Contemporary Dance, actors from the Fine Arts Center Repertory Theater Company's production of The Wiz , and the Colorado Springs Conservatory. Call 597-3344 to find out more.
For the past 18 years the pavilion in Soda Springs Park has been crowded with grinning pickers, pluckers, singers and strummers on the weekend of the Manitou Mountain Music Festival, and this year is no exception. This year offers up such talent as Spider Murphy, Kappa, Walt Conley and Company and Cripple Creek, to name just a few. Some performers will also host musical workshops; call 685-9655. The artisans of Manitou will show off their wares, and you can bet there will be tons of food. Soda Springs Park is on the west end of Manitou, just before Tubby's. Admission is free, and the festival continues through Sunday.
Before Pride Fest begins tomorrow, come see the awesome talent playing tonight at Musicfest in Colorado College's Armstrong Hall, northeast corner of Cascade and Cache la Poudre. Nationally renowned musical comedian/playwright (Torch Song Trilogy) Harvey Fierstein, classical guitarist Karen Bedell, Whitney Rehr & Jennifer Waters and The Looking Glass will entertain beginning at 7:30. Tickets are $15-$40, call 471-4GAY. If you want to mingle with the famous and influential Mr. Fierstein, tickets to a private reception are $125.
Downtown Colorado Springs will be quite the scene this afternoon, as the annual Pride Fest parade and rally begins. Organized by the Pikes Peak Gay and Lesbian Community Center, the parade will begin at Tejon Street and Cache La Poudre at noon, ending up at Acacia Park. At 2 p.m., Latino pop star Jade Esteban Estrada, the "prince of pageantry" takes the stage for what's sure to be a knockout performance -- Estrada, who grew up in Colorado Springs, is making Pride Fest a special stop in his Jokers Are Wild Tour 2000. The free event is one of the most relaxed, welcoming, and colorful in the Springs. Don't miss it. To find out more, call 471-4GAY.
Summer is never as long as it should be, and soon even our sweltering Colorado heat will be gone. Pack in as much summer as you can while it's still here by taking in a Sky Sox game, in Sky Sox stadium at Barnes Road and Powers Boulevard. Nothing says hot weather like large wooden bats and cleats. The Sox take on the Iowa Cubs at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $4-$7, call 591-SOXX (7699).
The Aleutian Islands are a desolate little stretch of mountains, complete with five volcanic peaks whipped by 100 mph winds, poking out of the 35 seas southwest of Anchorage, Alaska. A somewhat sado-masochistic National Geographic Expedition Council decided it would be a good idea to send John Bowermaster and three others to explore this cold, little-known area -- in sea kayaks. Bowermaster presents Paddling the Birthplace of the Winds, a slide presentation following the two-month adventure at Mountain Chalet, 226 N. Tejon St. at 7 tonight. It's free, but get there a bit early to guarantee your spot. Call 633-0732 for more info.
Phish fans, I hope you're sitting down. Not only is the "most important band of the '90s coming to Fiddler's Green in September, as you well know, the Boulder Theater is hosting the premier of Bittersweet Motel, the documentary chronicling a year in the life of the groove band. The film runs every day until Sept. 2 at 2, 3, 7 and 9:30 p.m. You must be 21. Call 303/786-7030 for ticket prices, details about the film and check The Listings for concert info.
Dude -- Kings of the heavy metal hair bands Iron Maiden and Queensryche have descended on the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., and like you totally have to go. They've also brought Rob Halford with them. Tickets run $32.50-$42.50 from TicketMaster, 520-9090. The show begins at 7 p.m.
The most influential members of the regional, national and international art jet set -- all of whom call the Pikes Peak region home -- have been given an opportunity to exhibit their works at the Business of Art Center. The show is called Artesia, and it features both two- and three-dimensional pieces from some 50 artists, including Sushe and Tracy Felix, Jean Gumpper, Catherine Porter Brown, Ken and Tina Riesterer, Jeff Brown and Sean O'Meallie. The opening reception will be held at the BAC, 513 Manitou Ave., from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. Artesia runs until Oct. 7. Call 685-1861 for details.