The chill in the air has wheedled its way into our daily lives, and it's about time we hunker down and get used to it. In the finest winter fashion, pile on the quilts and heat up some cider. Warm up the Philco and listen to KCME 88.7 FM's radio theater. In honor of Veteran's Day, this evening's installment is a tragedy titled Forgot in the Rains. The horror of war is revealed in pre-World War II Spain. The program begins at 8 p.m.
Whoo boy, ain't you the lucky ones ... you're going to be the first folks to see Kim Robards Dance premiere their newest work, Sweet Sadness, when the Denver dance company performs tonight and Saturday at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Tickets to the modern dance event are $15 to $18. Call the box office at 634-5583 for details. Both shows begin at 8 p.m.
The folks up at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts in Palmer Lake are going to be par-tay-ing, if you know what I mean. Not one, not two, but three exhibitions are opening tonight: Symphony in Color and Form, works by Irmgard Knoth and Irene Braun; pottery by Michael Roach; and Body Packaging, artists' costumes displayed on mannequins. Admission to the Center is free and the reception begins at 7 p.m. Call 481-0475.
According to a friend in the know, The Dining Room is a play about "preppies at mealtime," which, if you think about it, is probably quite interesting -- like watching nature programs on foreign species and their odd habits. The Air Force Academy Blue Bards have taken on the task of portraying these preppies in Arnold Hall up at the USAFA. Tickets are $5 to $8. The play opens tonight at 7:30, and runs weekends until Nov. 19. Call 333-4497 for more.
Airplane buffs, your time hath come -- In Their Honor, the Veteran's Day Aircraft Show at the old Colorado Springs Airport, east of Fountain on Powers, begins at 8:30 a.m. More than 20 historical aircraft from World War II will be on display. Admission is a requested donation of $2 from those age 13 and up; call 635-8803 for details.
Can you leave fingerprints on skin? Can they get a conviction by the way I dot my i's? Is that a chicken bone you just dug up, or is it Hoffa? Is this my blood all over my hands? These questions and more will be answered today at Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Forensics But Were Afraid to Ask, a lecture sponsored by the UCCS Anthropology Club. The all-day learning fest in the science auditorium on the UCCS Campus, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 6 p.m. Admission is only $1 to $4. Keep in mind, parts of the presentation are graphic and may not be appropriate for young, impressionable minds. To find out more, call Karen at 592-9780.
I was walking in Garden of the Gods last summer when a group of touristas, cameras a'swinging around their necks, sidled up in front of one of the rock formations, which had a sign posted in front of it that read "No Bouldering." The teenage boy in the group asked his mother, with a lazy southern drawl, "What's bouldering?"
"Well, I don't know. Wait, yes I do. It means when you steal boulders to decorate with, you know, like in the yard. It means don't take the boulders."
As it stands now, the sport of bouldering is actually climbing, scrambling up boulders. The incredible physical strength and skill that it takes to accomplish such a feat might one day be applied to competitive lawn decorating, but until then we'll just have to sit quietly and appreciate the fifth annual U Pump It Bouldering Competition at the Sport Climbing Center, 4650 Northpark Drive. There's a $20 entry fee, but it's free to watch. The clambering begins at 10 a.m. Call 260-1050 for more.
Mitch Albom, author of the bestselling publishing phenomenon Tuesdays With Morrie, is the speaker at Pikes Peak Hospice's gala 20th anniversary celebration at the Broadmoor tonight. Cocktails will be served at 5 p.m., and then dinner, insights from Mitch and the rest of the program will begin at 6. All are invited; tickets are $55. RSVP to 633-3400. The lux Broadmoor Hotel is located at 1 Lake Circle.
We know, we know ... you were really excited about the Rolling Stones gig at the City Aud tonight, but Mick's feeling a little rheumy and Keith just can't stay up as late as he used to, so the show's been canceled. But Ally McBeal is on tonight, so it's not like you don't have anything to do.
Finally, an event where you can be yourself, let your kleptomaniac flag fly high, and no one will think twice about it. At the Empty Bowl Fundraiser for Community Cupboard (a community food pantry), not only do you get a hot, steamy bowl of soul-soothing soup, you get to take the handcrafted bowl home with you for just 10 bucks. Mountain Artists made the bowls. The meal will be served from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, Hwy. 24 and Fairview in Woodland Park. Call 748-9071 for details.
The Colorado Music Hall, in the winter, seems to become a catchall for bands that rocked the summer before last, which works out incredibly well for us. Tonight brings Type O Negative, everyone's favorite gritty doom rockers, for the low low price of $18. The show begins at 9 p.m. at the Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Call 447-9797 for details.
Just who the hell do we, America, think we are, making up a holiday all for us and nobody else? That's not fair. Every country should get a chance to give thanks, and the UCCS Student Government is making it possible. The UCCS Lodge, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, is the setting for the third annual International Thanksgiving, a celebration of many diverse cultures and their food. Tickets are available at the University Center Desk for $8. The feast will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 262-3450 for more.