They're riding motorcycles on solid ice, at high speeds, with no brakes. For fun. What kind of person would you be if you didn't go check this out? Could you live with yourself? What if something happens, and you weren't there to do anything about it? You better get over to the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. -- that's where it all goes down, at 7:30 p.m. It's called the Ice Speedway Tour, and tickets cost $7.50 to $20. Check out page 37 for more.
During Cripple Creek's boom days, everybody seemed to be getting fatter, everybody except the miners who were spending eight hours underground every day. The inequalities in pay, general prejudices and bad working conditions led to one of the most infamous labor disputes in national history, the Ludlow strike, during which the cruelty of mine bosses and rabble-rousers alike came to the attention of the American public. Katherine Sturdevant, senior history faculty at Pikes Peak Community College and great-granddaughter of the president of Victor Miner's Local No. 32 will speak at 7 tonight about the events that foreshadowed Ludlow. The lecture, at the Pioneer's Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., is titled Before Ludlow: A Social History of the Cripple Creek Miners and Their 1904 Strike. Admission is free. Call 578-6650 to learn more.
Tonight brings the opening reception of Pikes Peak Community College's Annual Student Art Show. This year's exhibition includes stained glass, drawing, painting, jewelry and metalwork, photography, ceramics, sculpture, handbuilt clay, design, watercolor, printmaking, and, last but not least, figure drawing. The diverse body of work should make for an interesting show. The reception will be held in the Downtown Campus Gallery, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. Call 527-6000 for details.
Ah, to have culture. Just a small dose will leave you as fresh a mountain spring ... or something to that effect. In today's culture corner we have Neil Simon, with his play, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, being performed by the Encore! Dinner Theater at the Castaways Theater, 103 Manitou Ave. The play opens this evening at 8, with cocktails and musical entertainment at 6 and a gourmet buffet dinner at 6:30. Tickets for dinner and show are $35 plus tax. Call 471-PLAY for reservations.
This is such a treat, I'm just about verklempt over it ... the handsome and strikingly voiced Danny Glover is coming here, to our town, for one night only. The actor is stopping here to perform works by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes with actor Felix Justice recreating some of the writings and speeches of Martin Luther King Jr. Now stop reading -- think about how great this is. Good. Now here are the details -- the performance begins at 8 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Tickets are $10 to $30 for the show, but 75 bucks gets you into the pre-performance reception/benefit for TheatreWorks, the Urban League and the Imagination Celebration. Call 520-SHOW for details.
Twenty-eight years ago the Supreme Court gave women the right to choose, and that's a damn fine cause to celebrate. The Pro-Choice Coalition of Colorado Springs thinks so, too, and has organized the 28th Anniversary Celebration of Roe v. Wade accordingly. Comedienne Kristina Hall will perform and Liz Feder will give a 15-minute educational presentation in Gaylord Hall of Colorado College's Worner Center, on the northwest corner of Cascade and Cache la Poudre avenues. Refreshments are served at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7. Admission is a requested donation of $10 per person or $19 per couple. Call Cindy at 573-8883 for more.
So you've gone to the opening of Charles Rockey's retrospective at the Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., but you want more. 50 years of mesmerizing, fantastical art still hasn't quenched your thirst for all things Rockey. You can't help yourself. Head up the street to Adam's Mountain Caf, 110 Cañon Ave. and bask in the Afterglow. Adam's has always been a mini-gallery of fantasy works by Rockey, but tonight the restaurant takes a break from feeding the populace to complete the exhibition at the BAC with wine, music, and hors d'oeuvres. Thirty fantasy illustrations by Charles Rockey will adorn the walls of this graceful Manitou eatery. All are welcome from 6 to 9 p.m. Call the BAC at 685-1861 for details.
Today is your last chance to skidaddle on over to Bentley's Coffee House, 6840 N. Academy Blvd., and catch a fine exhibit of mixed-media collages by artist Liz Smith. The show is called Reflections of Yellowstone and closes tonight. Call 268-0830 to find out more.
This is just so cool... The Colorado Springs Youth Hockey Association (CSYHA) is going to benefit from A Night with the Stars -- former National Hockey League stars, that is. Phil Esposito, Jari Kurri and Neil Broten are among the NHL alumni expected to show at Phantom Canyon, 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., from 6 to 9 p.m. before they head up to Denver to play in the All-Star Game later this week. A silent auction will also be held. Admission is $5, and proceeds go to CSYHA and the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes. Call 630-0422 for details. But wait, there's more!
Today the aforementioned NHL alums will match off in an exhibition game against former Colorado College and Denver University hockey players at the Air Academy Fieldhouse. The NHL is the big time, but our boys have a tendency to kick serious ass, and this one will be hard to call. Tickets are $10, also benefiting the Colorado Springs Youth Hockey Association. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. Call 630-0422 for more.
So you want to be a pagan? Before you commit, get the skinny on the beliefs and practices at the Discussion on Paganism, headed up by Earth Spirit Pagans. The open forum is free and begins at 7 p.m. in the Celebration Community Room, 2207 W. Colorado Ave. For info or directions, call 800/731-2650