It's the first Thursday of the month which means the culturally attuned people of HyperARTivity have planned yet another occasion for the bold and the beautiful of Colorado Springs to meet and mingle while also promoting the arts. Tonight's event at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., offers a wine and cheese tasting, live music and a cash bar. Ticket prices range from $12 to $16, and that includes two free drink tickets. Festivities run from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. Call 634-5583 to find out more.
Remember the days when you thought you really could become President? A princess? A game-show host? Well, it's never too late to regress into idyllic childhood fantasies and let your imagination fly. This weekend, you can feel that energizing uncertainty all over again when you join the Sesame Street Live muppets as they decide what they want to be when they get big. When I Grow Up opens tonight at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave, and runs through Sunday. Ticket prices range from $7 to $16. Call 520-SHOW for ticket information and show times.
Don't expect manicured nails at the opening reception for Alle Terre, the latest exhibit at the Commonwheel Artist Cooperative, 102 Cañon Ave., in Manitou Springs. Artists Joyce Hosken, Jean Jennings, Elizabeth Jensen, Barbara Resch and R.E. Tolzman have been digging down deep alle terre (Italian for "in the earth") to produce works in a variety of media that explore the earth's infinite creative potential. The show kicks off with a reception tonight at 6 and runs through Oct. 3. Call 685-1008 for more.
If you're an art reception junkie, then you'll be in heaven tonight. In addition to the Commonwheel opening, you can also rub elbows tonight with working artists at four more receptions about town. Velez Ltd. welcomes three artists from the Hopi Nation to their establishment at 222 N. Tejon Street in honor of their weekend exhibit there. The Bridge Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., presents their September offering, Another Look: Representing Abstraction, a solo exhibit by Patricia Heath. The Pikes Peak Community College opens their Annual Faculty Art Show at the Downtown Campus. And the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts in Palmer Lake is holding a reception for two new exhibits: Soul Stories and Wildlife!
Today will be one of those days you'll wish you had a convertible. You'll be traveling along the breathtaking route to Salida and you'll wish the wind would whip through your hair and make you as dazzlingly unkempt as Meg Ryan. Oh, well. You can get a taste of the glamorous life when you arrive. The second annual Taste of Salida takes place today in Riverside Park in historic downtown Salida. Over 18 restaurants from the Chaffee County area will be on hand to tease your taste buds and Mountain Spirit Winery and Il Vicino will keep the libations flowing. Tickets are $15 and are $5 for children under 9. For more information, call 877/772-5432.
As far as musical entertainment goes, today isn't your typical sleepy Sunday in September. You've got some rather interesting choices, so let's get right to it.
First off, there's the Second Sunday Jazz Affair at The Original Castaways, 107 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. This afternoon, from 2 to 5 p.m., the Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society presents Dick Cunico's hoppin' seven-piece Little Big Band. If you haven't yet kicked up your heels with these guys, now's your chance. Tickets are $4 for members, $6 for non-members. Call 685-5626 for more.
Next on the docket, we have Alice Cooper. That's right. Alice Cooper -- the one and only originator of "shock rock," the mentor of Marilyn Manson, the rock 'n' roll legend with the voice of 100 angry men -- braves the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., in support of his new CD Brutal Planet. As always, it's sure to be a wild show. Tickets are 30 bucks and can be had by calling 800/965-4827. The show gets crackin' at 8 p.m.
And finally, we've got an encore performance of Tempest, a Bay-area Celtic rock band, at Jack Quinn's, 21 S. Tejon St. Apparently their high-energy, guitar-driven blend of traditional Irish, Norwegian, and Scottish music, introduced to the Springs earlier this summer, was intriguing enough to warrant a second visit. Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. Call 385-0766 for more.
After 11 years of bureaucracy and red tape, filmmaker Robin Williams has set down on film the story of Apostle Paul. Paul's Journeys chronicles Paul's life, from his birth in Tarsus to his death in Rome. The first in the World Horizons 2000-2001 film series season at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Paul's Journeys is shown today (and also was yesterday) at 2 p.m. and costs $6. Call the Fine Arts Center at 634-5583 for more.
At long last, the Colorado Actors' Theater has taken pity on the financially strapped and is reserving for the general public 100 pay-what-you-can tickets to tonight's preview of The Glass Menagerie at the Smokebrush Center. One hundred pay-what-you-can tickets will also be set aside for community and social service organizations who would like a block of tickets for their group. The classic Tennessee Williams play has been directed by Gregory "Ziggy" Wagrowski and promises an evening of "dreams, delusion, control, love and disappointment." Tickets for the regular run, which begins tomorrow night, range from $15 to $20. The show runs through Oct. 8. Call 444-0884.
If you haven't heard of them, then get out from under that rock and live a little. The Springs Contemporary Big Band have been playing together on a weekly basis at various restaurants and clubs for over 10 years and tonight you get the rare opportunity to hear them in a theater setting. They'll be performing at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., but tickets can be procured through KCME at 578-5263. Cost is $15, $10 for students and children. The fun begins at 7 p.m.
His press release begins: "Dear Hugely Important Person." (Note to self: I like this guy.) His glossy-but-not-too-ostentatious flyer bears a picture of a woman and child, smiling contagiously, underscored by the words: "Proceeds go to feed this family. They are counting on you!" (Note to self: Feed this family!) Mark Klein has a knack for making you like him, which certainly doesn't hurt his career as a comedian. He's been profiled on CBS's 48 Hours and featured in GQ Magazine and he's coming to Colorado Springs. Tonight, he begins a run of appearances at Loonee's Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy. Tickets are $5 to $7; call 591-0707. Remember, his wife and child are counting on you.