Both tallish, dark and mysterious, both eloquent, creative geniuses, both artists of the highest caliber, both really, really cute -- poet and actor Jerome Davis and "acoustic trapeze artist" Malcolm Lucard will perform tonight at the Peace and Justice Coffee House, 29 S. Institute. If you don't feel peaceful and sanctified after seeing these two, hang it up -- you're hopeless. The coffee house opens at 7 p.m., and admission is free. Call 632-6189 to find out more about this and future coffee houses.
When people start comparing you to Robert Frost, you know you've hit the big time -- and that's what's happened to Poet Ted Kooser. The author of Sure Signs and Winter Morning Walks: 100 Postcards to Jim Harrison is one of Colorado College's Visiting Writers and will read selections from his work in the Gates Common Room in Palmer Hall, north of Armstrong Quad, or Quadrangle, as we literary types like to call it. Kooser's reading is free and begins at 7:30 p.m. Call 389-6853 to find out more.
Painter Jason Chase is going to be famous one day soon. Seriously. We're kicking ourselves for not telling you about it sooner, but Chase has a show hanging at chaostheatrearts, 802 N. Weber, that you cannot miss. His huge, vibrant pop art canvases fairly pulse with life and seem almost too skillful to be the work of such a young artist. The show ends Saturday, Oct. 21, and the gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. -- go now! Call 634-5429 for more.
The Colorado Springs Dance Theater and the Colorado Springs Symphony have been downright Gepetto-esque in their string-pulling, which has resulted in Les Ballets de Monte Carlo traveling all this way to perform what has been called the greatest of all full-length ballets, Romeo and Juliet. The 53-member company performs with our symphony this evening at 8 p.m., and tomorrow at 2 and 8 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Tickets are $34-$85; call 520-SHOW.
Back in 1949, a gallery in New York put on an exhibition by artist couples, including Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock, and Francois Gilot and Pablo Picasso. The goal was to show their work on equal terms, but it only ended up reinforcing the belief that the women were only backup artists to their famous male counterparts. Things have changed since then, and the Gallery of Contemporary Art has taken on the task of creating a similar show -- without the bias and sexism. Fifteen national and 15 regional artist couples -- gay, straight, married and single -- have pieces in the exhibition Together/Working. The opening reception is this evening at 5, and is free and open to the public. The show runs until Dec. 1. The Gallery is located at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway. Call 262-3567 for details.
That world news TV cable channel, SCOLA, is a great place to watch foreign music videos. Why, just last night I caught not only an Iranian rock band, but a concert of traditional Japanese music performed by some very mod, very hip Japanese musicians. They were so cool they were almost German. In any case, this beautiful music, ancient though it was, seemed almost contemporary. Which brings me to my point -- you should go check out this free concert sponsored by the Japan-America Society of Southern Colorado. Five renowned Okinawan musicians are set to play traditional and original songs at 2 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Call 634-5583.
We must keep the blues hounds' blood up as well... Tres Hombres, the musical oasis up the pass in Woodland Park, opens their stage to Blues Union tonight at 9 p.m. Tres is located at 116 W. Midland Ave., and tickets are $5. Call 687-0625 for details.
You know it's getting to be about that time when you find yourself elbows deep in the belly of a pumpkin, orange goop slithering through your fingers. Yup, Halloween's a'comin'. Grab your kids and get over to Hillside Gardens, 1006 S. Institute St., for a Pumpkin Carving Party co-sponsored by Bijou Gardens, from 1 to 4 p.m. Pumpkins, tools, clean-up and refreshments are provided, but space is limited so you might want to call ahead for reservations: 520-9463.
Not only is comedienne Shann Carr Executive Producer of Girlmoxie Studios, from what I hear, she also does a fabulous impersonation of a dancing granola puff. The "gay man's lesbian" is performing one show only at the Best Western LeBaron Hotel, 314 W. Bijou St., at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and benefit the Pikes Peak Gay and Lesbian Center. Call 471-4429 for more.
There's always room for Bill Cosby, this time in Air Force Academy Arnold Hall. What more needs to be said? He'll perform two shows today, one at 3 p.m. and one at 7 p.m. Tickets to see the great funnyman are $25 to $35. Call 333-4497.
Bring your own carving utensils and meet behind the Cottonwood Gift Shop -- doesn't that sound creepy? Good. It's Halloween time and you should be scared. The Greenway and Nature Center, 5200 Nature Center Road in Pueblo, needs intrepid pumpkin carvers to help light the Enchanted Forest Halloween Trail, which opens on Oct. 26. Master artisans who carve five or more jack o' lanterns receive a free ticket to the trail for opening day, and those who carve 10 or more get to take one home. Call 719/549-2414 with questions.
It's goofy, it's silly, but c'mon, you've all wondered what it would be like to be hypnotized, barking when bells chime. Michael Doubet, Master Hypnotist, can take care of that for you, and he'll make you laugh to boot. Doubet is appearing at a youth benefit and silent auction for Workout, Ltd., an organization for at-risk youth, and The Olympic Training Center Judo Team tonight at 6. Admission to the show, at Loonee's Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., is $10-$12. Call 471-4200 for more information.
Like so many devout Buddhists, venerable Khensur Rinpoche had to flee Tibet in 1959. One of the few remaining traditionally-schooled reincarnate lamas, Khensur continued his monastic studies in India until 1977, when he began teaching tantra and sutra at the Dalai Lama's private monastery. In 1991, he was appointed Abbot. Now retired, Khensur has traveled here to bring his words of wisdom and warmth to those who will gather at Colorado College's Shove Chapel, at Nevada and St. Vrain. From 7 to 9 p.m., the lama will give a public talk titled Awakening Compassion. A $5 donation is requested, but no one will be turned away for lack of money. Call Thuben Shadrub Ling at 635-7804 to find out more.
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The whirling motions of the Sema reflect the natural revolutions that move all things, and dancers -- who must train for years before they take part -- meditate through their movements, each intricate gesture bringing them closer to God. This tale of death and resurrection is something to see, and you can bet JC has it penciled into his datebook. The Whirling Dervishes of Turkey will perform this ancient and highly-choreographed spiritual ceremony with the Medlevi Ensemble and Kani Karaca at the Boulder Theater, 14th and Pearl Streets in, yep, Boulder. The 7:30 p.m. performance will be preceded by Sufi music and readings from Rumi. Tickets are $23.25-$26.25; call 303/786-7030.