The late Mel Fisher spent 17 years, a good majority of it underwater, searching for the wreck of the Nuestra Senora de Atocha, a ship reportedly loaded with 40 tons of gold and silver that sank in 1622. One day in 1985, he found it. Filled with riches beyond imagination -- jewels and gems and contraband, oh my -- the $500,000,000 treasure also serves as a kind of time capsule. Part of it is visiting Brendan's Diamonds at the Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd., today through Sunday. Admission is free. Call 599-7316 for details.
One of the most talented singers EVER, the velvety voiced and always elegant Nat King Cole had to claw his way to the top in an era of racial discrimination, only to be taken in his prime by lung cancer. Unforgettable: The Nat King Cole Story will take the stage of the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center Theater in Pueblo for one night only. Featuring much of Cole's music, the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15-$20; call 719/542-1211.
Citizens Project has been hard at work trying to get you, Joe Public, informed about the upcoming local elections, and part of the culmination of all this effort is today's Public Forum on House District Candidates. Republican, Democratic and Libertarian candidates running in House Districts 15, 16, 17, 21 and 22 are gathering in Colorado College's Loomis Hall, on Cascade north of Cache la Poudre, to express what they're really all about. Audience members will be able to submit written questions for the candidates, and the forum will be moderated by CC Political Science professor Robert Loevy. Admission is free, and the information will begin to flow at 7 p.m. Next Thursday, Oct. 19, Citizens Project will host a forum on the influential initiatives on this year's ballot at Centennial Hall. The whole shebang is sponsored by too many community groups to mention. Call 520-9899 for more.
When you hear about oriental art -- delicately painted scrolls and screens, exquisite paper, Ming vases -- it's usually ancient. Colorado College Coburn Gallery is breaking form and shining a spotlight on 20 contemporary Japanese printmakers in a new show titled Kyoto Prints Today. An opening reception will be held from 2 to 3 this afternoon in the Gallery, in the Worner Center on the northwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. The show runs through Oct. 25. Call 389-6607 for more.
Have you seen the commercial where the woman is thrilled because now she can salsa dance and her partner can be "right there" in her armpit and she doesn't have to worry about embarrassing odors anymore, thanks to her new ultra-improved deodorant? Well, get some of that, because you're going to be sweating up a storm as you move to the Latin rhythms of Colorado's own Cabaret Diosa at the Colorado Music Hall tonight, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Tickets are $5; call 800/965-4827. The show starts at 8.
You'll get caught up (chuckle chuckle) in the Woodland Players' performance of Agatha Cristie's The Mousetrap, which opens tonight up the pass. The play runs until Oct. 22, but the first curtain rises tonight at 7:30 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland in Woodland Park. Tickets are $10-$12. Call 687-5284 to find out more.
Well, apparently, seeing as how the technological revolution is in full swing, we've reached a point where we don't need to find wall space for our fine art. We'll just use the clicker to find the best composition for our living room. The Business of Art Center, you see, is putting on an all-digital show called Bit-by-Bit, and a good part of it will be displayed on television and computer monitors. The opening reception for this large exhibit begins at 5 tonight at the BAC, 513 Manitou Ave. Call 685-1861 for details or check out www.bitbybitdigital.org.
We're just going to assume that Lili Taylor was drunk when she accepted a role in the remake of Robert Wise's 1963 classic The Haunting, because in no way did the remake do justice to the original. The original, about a group of people locked in a haunted house is one of those movies, like The Exorcist, that just cannot be improved upon. The Colorado Springs Film Society will show the original version with Julie Harris at their monthly meeting at Audio Visionaries, in the Mall at the Bluffs at Austin Bluffs and Academy. It begins at 6 p.m. The screening is free. Call 389-0039 to RSVP.
I have it on good authority that not only does Duffy Bishop Rock with a big R, she also has a giant and highly impressive snake tattoo all up and down her back. Don't ask me how I know; I won't reveal my sources. But I will tell you this -- Duffy and her band will be bringing down the house up at Tres Hombres, 116 W. Midland Ave., in Woodland Park tonight. The blueswoman with an eerie resemblance to Janis takes the stage at 9 p.m. Tickets are a mere $5, well worth it. Call 687-0625.
If you want to ease your way into Duffy's ballsy rock and blues, first swing by the 6 p.m. Acoustic Concert and Jam at Ute Pass Cultural Center, also in Woodland Park, at Highway 24 and Fairview. Kids under 12 are free and everybody else is $3. After Rich Currier, Al Kroeger and some Irish dancers warm everyone up, County Cork will proceed to "get jiggy," as the kids say. Bring your instrument for a jam after the show. Call 687-9483 for details.
What can we say? It's Monday. Just pull the covers over your head and go back to sleep until Tuesday night.
The man with the voice that stole a thousand hearts, Jerome Davis, is the featured speaker at the next Bare-Knuckle Poetry open mike at The Warehouse, 25 W. Cimarron. His new collection of poetry and rambling thoughts is called Waiting to Expire, and the shy hunk with the witty ways will sign a copy just for you. You're also invited to read your own poetry, or, in the morose spirit of Halloween, a piece by your favorite dead poet. Or you can just come and listen. Call 447-9039 for more.
The second play of the Gay and Lesbian Theater Festival begins today. It's a light comedy by Dorie Wilson called Forever After, and it opens in the Cabaret Performance Space at the Smokebrush Center, 235 S. Nevada Ave. Tickets are $12. The Upstart Performing Ensemble begins the show at 8 p.m. Call 444-0884 for details.