One of Shakespeare's most whimsical and convoluted romantic comedies, A Midsummer Night's Dream, has been chosen as the debut production of the Pikes Peak Youth Theatre. The cast of 25, all under 25 themselves, represents seven local colleges, high schools and middle schools. The play opens tonight at the Lon Chaney Theater, 221 E. Kiowa St., and runs until Nov. 4. Tickets are $8-$10; call 578-6652.
A friend of photojournalist Donna Ferrato asked her to come and witness how bad her husband had become, how he was abusing her. When the man attacked his wife, Ferrato grabbed her camera and snapped his picture, and he ran off. But that night, she found him in a rage again, destroying the house and terrifying his wife and kids. She took his picture again, but he was not intimidated. Ferrato grabbed his arm and asked him what he was doing, and he replied that he was teaching his wife "a lesson."
From that night on, Ferrato was determined to learn more about domestic violence, and her intimate shots of abuse have won her many awards. Ferrato often lives in the homes of families with domestic abuse problems and has authored a book about her experiences titled Living with the Enemy. She speaks tonight in UCCS's University Center Room 116 A & B, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The talk is free. Call 262-3450 for more.
You know, there have been revolutionary improvements in the field of adult diapers, which will come in handy for you at Terror in October, two haunted houses at 615 N. Chelton Drive, at the northeast corner of Chelton and Platte. "Carnival of Illusion" and "Mind Seizure" will surely make you scream (if not wet yourself), from 7 to 11 p.m. tonight through Tuesday. Admission for both houses is $11, but bring any empty Pepsi product can or bottle, two cans of food, or the ad on page 19 for a buck off. Call 596-0188 for details.
Okay, we all know about the coffin races, how every year people pile into coffins and run up Manitou Avenue in remembrance of Emma Crawford's great slide down Red Mountain. But Emma wasn't the only local character worth remembering. After all, if Manitou has anything, it's local characters. Like Teddy Roosevelt, J.G. Hiestand (victim of love), the infamous Col. John M. Chivington and even sweet heartbroken Hildebrand, Emma's fianc. Walkers in the Manitou Ghost Tour will meet all of these tonight, between 7 and 9 p.m. Tours leave from City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave., every 10 minutes. Tickets are $4-$7 -- buy them beforehand by calling 685-5089 because space is limited. For more info on the actual Emma Crawford Festival, which begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday; check the listings on page 49.
Dream Masterz rock -- not only have they have consulted and designed illusions for David Copperfield and David Blaine, they are three-time world champion illusionists, and they have worked with Metallica and Guns N' Roses. Hell, they might have been the ones who made Axl Rose disappear. In any case, Joe Givan and Carol Massie are performing in Cripple Creek tonight through Sunday at the Butte Opera House. The show tonight begins at 8 p.m., and there are two shows Saturday at 5 and 8 p.m. The Sunday show starts at 2 p.m. and is followed by a costume contest. Don't be late -- you will not get in. Tickets are $18.50-$21 ($15 for Cripple Creek residents on Friday), and a word of warning: The show is designed for those aged 13 and up. Call 719/689-9113 for details.
Out with the old, in with the Ormao Dance Company. Tonight is a night of premiers for the dancers, who perform at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Carol Marion-Ceniti's "Awakening" is on the bill, as well as new pieces by former Ormao dancer and current Julliard student Posy Knight and company Artistic Director Janet Johnson. Debra Mercer performs her premiere solo, dedicated to her late ballet partner Derrick Hamley. A whole slew of other pieces are also scheduled. The show begins at 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday. Tickets are $13-$15. Call 634-5583 for details.
Back when red flannel was hip, Kurt Cobain was alive and alternative was, MTV and Spin magazine proclaimed Boulder and the Front Range the next Seattle. Whatever happened to that? Where is the fame, the excitement? Consider this my public swift kick to the record companies: Wake up, pretty boys. Colorado is chock full of talent, like garage band The Lazy Spacemen. And they've already put together a CD -- their debut, Singing to Ghosts. Appropriately, the CD is going to be released at a Halloween Ball on the second floor of The Warehouse, 25 W. Cimarron St. Admission is free and costumes are greatly encouraged. For more info, call 520-0786. For more local music, check out Tuesday night.
You know those teddy bears that cops keep in their patrol cars in the unfortunate event that distressed children need their help? Well, the Exchange Club is the one who buys those bears and donates them to the Police Department. The club is raising funds to support this and other goodwill community programs at El Dorado Fine Arts Gallery, 2504 W. Colorado Ave. The Turning of the Leaves, the Fall Benefit Art Show opens this afternoon at 1 p.m. and runs through Nov. 5. This year's proceeds go toward programs that prevent child abuse. Admission is free. Call 634-4075 for more.
Just give it up already -- summer is over. Put away the shorts, dig out the wool socks, and cozy up with a slab of pumpkin pie and and a cup of cocoa. Relax. It might be bad for your tan, but winter is good for the soul.
If you leave the house without a costume tonight, well ... no candy for you.
Former members of local bands Girth, The Gadflys and The Deadites have joined forces to become one intensely melodic superpower -- Against Tomorrow's Sky, or A.T.S. to those who know them best. The new megaband plays the Jack Quinn's all-ages Halloween bash at 9 p.m. Admission is $3-$5. Quinn's can be found at 21 S. Tejon St.; call 385-0766 for details.
While they ain't local, they is good ... the legendary Moody Blues bring their classical-cosmic rock to the giant silver venue that is the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $23-$36; call 520-9090.
Quick -- is it Telluride in August of '87, or is it February of '69 at the Fillmore East? Dark Star Orchestra, the only Dead band that recreates entire Grateful Dead shows song by song, is playing the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., and the show they're performing is secret up until the music begins. Doors open at 8 p.m., and good news -- it's all-ages! Tickets are $12-$14; call 800/965-4827.