Listening to the radio is like deciphering vanity license plates these days. First came the number bands (7Mary3, Eve6, Blister66, etc.) and now we've got abbreviators, like the band playing at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. (Hed)Pe -- the "pe" standing for Planet Earth -- will perform with Slaves on Dope at 7 p.m. The show will not be abbreviated. Tickets are $10; call 800/965-4827.
Living on her Washington State ranch writing poetry simply didn't fill the gaping hole left in Joan Stone after retiring from her 20-year gig as a professor at Colorado College. Stone will be returning to CC this fall to teach a poetry workshop, but beforehand she'll present a reading from her own works, which include Our Lady of the Harbor and The Swimmer and Other Poems. The free reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in Gates Common Room in Palmer Hall, just north of Armstrong Quad. Call 389-6853 for details.
Through the eyes of two black minstrel players, playwright Max Sparber tells the story of a September 1919 Omaha, Nebraska, lynching in The Minstrel Show. William Brown, a young black man, is wrongly accused of molesting a young white woman. A mob goes after him, and when the mayor tries to stop them, they string him up too. Brown is hung, and then his body mutilated, shot, burnt and dragged through the streets. The stark historical drama will be performed by TheatreWorks at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., through Oct. 8. It opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 to $15. Call 262-3232.
British blues patriarch John Mayall returns to the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Tickets to the show tonight are $16-$17, and the curtain rises at 8 p.m. Call 800/965-4827 to find out more.
In ancient Japanese poetry, things like frogs, cherry blossoms and ice all had hidden meanings pertaining to life and society. The images of samurai and chrysanthemums often refer to Japanese character and culture. The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., has secured some physical interpretations of Japanese culture in their show Of Samurai and Chrysanthemums, Edo period woodblock prints and Meiji period bronze sculptures. The Nature of Looking: The Spiritual in Art, a show of religious iconography, features pieces from the Denver Art Museum. Both shows open tonight at the FAC's fall reception, Celebrations of Culture. The free reception begins at 5 p.m. Call 634-5581 for details.
It's all jazz, all the time, in Woodland Park, at least this weekend anyway. The mountain berg plays host to the second annual Pikes Peak Jazz Festival. Most of the action takes place at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, where the Charlie Westfall Band provides the backbeat for a swing dance, beginning at 8 tonight. Saturday brings H3O, Action Orchestra, Latin Crossover, and Queen City Jazz Band. On Sunday, enjoy God's Favor, High School All-Star Jazz Ensemble, Cordillera, Hazel Miller and the Four Freshmen. Single events are $7-$12, and daily passes are $25-$35. Weekend passes are available for $50-$55. Call 687-5489 for details.
Theater newcomers CHAOS-TheatreArts open their first season with Theatre/Plague, a solo performance by visual, installation and performance artist Atomic Elroy based on the writings of Antonin Artaud, at 802 N. Weber Street. Tickets are $8 and the show runs at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday this weekend and Friday through Sunday next weekend. Call 634-5429 for more information.
Oh, those Junior Leaguers, always spreading joy. The Colorado Springs chapter is holding a 25th Anniversary Trash 'n' Treasure Sale, of which all proceeds benefit their youth programs like Court Care and Community Service Corp. In the past 24 years Trash 'n' Treasure has raised over $500,000. The giant garage sale opens at 8 a.m. at the Youth Outreach Center, 1801 N. Union Blvd. Admission is 50 to $5; kids four years old and under are free.
The ever mellifluous voice of local actor, poet and KRCC jock Jerome Davis will waft through the Warehouse Gallery tonight, starting at 8. Jerome's peddling his book of poems, Waiting to Expire: The Incoherent Ramblings of an Inebriated Soul for $15 a pop which includes a spoken word CD. Special guests include classical/jazz pianist Anne McGuire and performance artist Stacy Dyson. At 25 W. Cimarron, in the gallery. Be there.
When was the last time you did something as carefree as getting lost in a cornfield? Why not do it in the Anderson Farms Corn Maze, 6728 Weld County Road in Erie. It's sounds corny (nudge, nudge) but this isn't any old corn maze. This 22-acre corn field has been carved with 6.6 miles of interconnected trails using a Global Positioning Satellite. They've also got a hay bale maze and barnyard animal display for kids. The maze is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Call 303/828-0248.
All this week, Durango celebrates the change of natural color as Colorado dons her autumn gown. Rocky Mountain Colorfest features over 25 separate events, including a motorcycle rally, gallery walk, mountain-bike event, Western movie festival, brewfest, cowboy gathering and more. Call the Durango Chamber at 800/463-8726 for details and directions.
Riverdance needs no introduction. You know what it is, you saw it on TV, and c'mon, you tried to do it in your kitchen when no one was looking. Admit it. The world-famous step dancing Irishmen and -women return to the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., and will stay until Oct. 1. The show begins tonight at 8 p.m. and tickets are $30.25-$50.50. Call 520-9090.
James Taylor and Carly Simon are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, singer-songwriter Sally Taylor, to her latest CD, Apt. 6s. The happy couple have been together for over a year, and will celebrate their union this evening at 8:30 at the Little Bear, on Highway 74 in Evergreen, CO. All are invited to attend this joyous event. Admission is $5. Call 303/674-9991 to find out more.