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click to enlarge Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain, Saturday at the Pikes Peak Center
  • Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain, Saturday at the Pikes Peak Center


16 Thursday

I had SO MUCH FUN at the last Peace and Justice Coffee House, that I cannot help but direct you, fair reader, to tonight's installment. The funky, intimate little venue plays host to acoustic folk musician Keith Palmby, who I've heard is somewhat akin to John Hiatt. Admission to the coffeehouse, in the old firehouse at 29 S. Institute, is free. The 7 p.m. event is also an open mike, so bring your poetry, oratory pieces, guitars, drums and kazoos with you, as it is cosponsored the Society for the Promotion of Live Music in Small Venues. Call 632-6189 for details.

Terpsichore, the ancient muse of dance, has sent her enlivening gift of inspiration wafting down into the fresh young minds of the Colorado College Dance Workshop students. In turn, they have created a tribute performance to the muse, which will be performed in Cossitt Hall, behind the Worner Center on the northwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Tickets are $3, or free with a CC ID. The dance performance will be held for four consecutive evenings, beginning with this one, at 8 p.m. Call 389-6607 for more information.

I, for one, would love to have an artist-in-residence. "Excuse me, when you get a chance, could you interpret Adagio for Strings in oils on the laundry room ceiling?" "I'm having a few friends over for dinner -- if I iron your leotard could you maybe dance the death scene from Romeo and Juliet before dessert?" Lucky Colorado College has pianist Nohema Fernandez in residence, and they've asked her to play works by contemporary Latin American composers in Packard Hall, on the southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Call 389-6607 for details.

17 Friday

I love Kafka. So very, very heart-wrenchingly depressing, yet sad enough that you can safely remove yourself from the main characters by saying, "God. How pathetic. I'll never be like that." Unless you're Atomic Elroy or the Art Police -- they're putting on various multimedia performances of Franz Kafka's works at CHAOS-TheaterArts, delving into that misery and despair headfirst. The Kafkamachine opens this evening at 8 p.m. at their performance space, 802 N. Weber St. Tickets are $8. Call 634-5429.

Just what is Progress, with a big P? More importantly, what does it mean to us lowly humans? Hopefully these questions will be answered by Charles Scott, when he gives the Glen Gray Lecture in Philosophy today at 3:30 p.m. The Meaning of Progress is free, and will be held in Packard Hall, the large progressive-looking building on the southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Call 389-6607 to learn more.

Enough with all of this intellectual nonsense. I want to see some blood. Hockey ought to do it, and thank Jehovah -- the Gold Kings are playing the Topeka Scarecrows (right, scarecrows. We are sooo scared) at the World Arena tonight, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. The game begins at not 7, not 7:10, but 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $11.50 to $16.50. Call 576-2626.

18 Saturday

click to enlarge Omar will give you something to howl about  up the pass on Saturday
  • Omar will give you something to howl about up the pass on Saturday

He's back, and from what I hear, better than previously known. Omar and his fine Howlers are making a special appearance up the pass at Tres Hombres, 116 W. Midland Ave. in Woodland Park. The concert starts at 9 p.m. and costs a mere 10 bucks. Call 687-0625 for details.

Hey, vasectomies are pricey. But now, thanks to the Ruth Washburn Cooperative Nursery School, you have a chance to bid on the reproductive surgical procedure of your dreams tonight at 5 p.m. That's right, the venerable preschool will auction off a vasectomy during their 40th anniversary Fiesta at the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame (don't ask), 20 First St. There's also Bronco and Avalanche tickets, art classes, a week in Vail and a bunch of other stuff up for grabs, but we know what you really want. It's that vasectomy. You better call 636-3084 for details (and to find out about the $15 Mexican buffet) as soon as you can. Admission is free.

It's uncanny, the resemblance of Hal Holbrook to Samuel Clements, a.k.a Mark Twain, in his performance as the great American yarn-spinner in Mark Twain Tonight. The Theater League has brought us this fine performance at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. The only show begins at 8. Tickets are $22.60 to $31.60, not a bad deal a'tall. Call 520-SHOW for details.

I've been craving the salsa at the Mission Inn in Black Forest (or whatever it's called lately) like nobody's business, so maybe I'll stop in there after tonight's show at the Black Forest Community Center, the big log building behind the fire station on the corner of Shoup and Black Forest Rrad. Sage & Lace will play classic cowboy Western and bluegrass in order to raise funds to repair the hall, which has been home to pancake breakfasts, lodge meetings, Boy Scout troops, local jam bands and forest dances as long as anybody can remember. Admission is $10 and the concert begins at 8 p.m. If you're looking for simple, down-home entertainment, it just don't get any better than this. Call 495-8750 for info or snow cancellation notices.

19 Sunday

Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge's contributions to various music programs in the first half of the 20th century helped to create the diverse stylistic base that is American music. Up until her death in 1953, Mrs. Coolidge was a great advocate of musical documentation, without which we might have lost some of the most beautiful and influential pieces in American musical history. Colorado College faculty artists Susan Grace, Martile Rowland, Paul Nagem and Daniel Brink and the Da Vinci Quartet plan to pay tribute to the great patron of the arts in the Lanner Faculty Concert this afternoon at 3. Works by Rousell, Ravel, Hill and Carpenter will be performed in Packard Hall, on the southwest corner of Cascade and Cache la Poudre. Admission is free. Call 389-6607 for details.

20 Monday

Whoa Nellie, are you going to need this, what with the holidays coming on. Might as well get a jump on all of that pine-scented stress by taking Beginning Meditation, a two-hour workshop teaching mindfulness, movement, sound and guided imagery meditations. If you've never meditated before, you are missing out. The workshop, in Garden of the Gods, costs $40, and size is limited, so RSVP to 291-2309. It begins at 2 p.m.

21 Tuesday

Ziggy Wagrowski directs the latest installment of live theater at the Smokebrush Center, 235 S. Nevada Ave. Harvey is a wonderful family show written by Denver native Mary Chase in 1943. Elwood P. Dowd is a gentle man whose best friend happens to be a six-and-a-half-foot tall rabbit, invisible to most mortals. Elwood's sister finds this nowhere near as quaint as Elwood does, and when she tries to have him committed to a mental institution, comedy ensues. The play opens tomorrow, but the theater is offering a special "pay what you can" last dress rehearsal tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale at 5 p.m. Call 444-0884 for more info. Harvey runs until Dec. 17.


22 Wednesday

You better get a cookin'. Tomorrow is the big day.

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