Get out your dancin' shoes. The hills are positively overrun with music this week. Keep reading.
Just what is performance art, anyway? Is it reciting the lines of Shakespeare and Homer with great depth and emotion, or is it donning a spandex jumpsuit and interpreting the seasons through yogic body movements and shadow puppetry? Richard Schechner knows. He's a theorist, editor and professor at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Schechner, known for his work with anthropologist Victor Turner, is the author of many books regarding theater and is a regular writer for the Arts and Leisure section of The New York Times. Schechner will share his vast knowledge in a lecture this afternoon in Colorado College's Gaylord Hall, in the Worner Center on the northwest corner of Cascade and Cache la Poudre. "Performance in the 21st Century" begins at 3:15 and is free. Call 389-6607 for details.
It's not often that we get bonafide virtuosos blowing through town, but tonight we have the privilege of welcoming Eric Johnson and Alien Love Child to the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Johnson, a Grammy winner who has been named Best Overall Guitarist by Guitar Player magazine for four years straight, will appear with The Derek Trucks Band at 8 p.m. The show should be hot, for both guitar aficionados and those who are just looking for some well-crafted, fine-tuned blues rock. Tickets are $22.50 to $25. Call 800/965-4827 for more.
Rap, folk, opera, whatever -- it all sounds better in French. Wayne Toups agrees, but he grew up in a French-speaking family in Louisiana, so it's all second nature to him anyway. Instead of becoming a farmer like his father, Toups picked up the accordion and learned how to play it Cajun style. He soon decided that rollicking, charismatic music of the bayous needed a breath of fresh air, and developed ZydeCajun, a style incorporating everything from Percy Sledge to the Doobie Brothers. Toups, who couldn't possibly do anything other than put on a kickass show, will play his new brand of music up at Tres Hombres tonight at 9. Tres is located at 116 Midland Ave. in Woodland Park. Tickets are $20. Call 687-0625.
Oh, to be the young son of a powerful ruler, whiling away the days, flirting with destiny ... Such is the life of Pippin, the son of Charlemagne. He knows he wants to be something great, if only he could figure out what that something is. Pippin, the musical by three-time Oscar winner Stephen Schwartz, opens tonight at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., at 8 p.m. The show runs through Feb. 25. Tickets are $20 to $25. Call 634-5583.
Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday, Bob Marley, and thanks for being born an Aquarius, because now the rest of us have a fine reason to celebrate in the middle of an otherwise cold and dreary month. And why not? The music of Bob Marley brings nothing less than warmth and enlightenment. So will the second annual Bob Marley Birthday Celebration, featuring Boom Shaka, Casper and The 602 Band, plus Rasta Yoga, Caribbean food, "rasta tings" and a full bar (with ID). The all-ages show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Tickets are $19 to $24. Call 800/965-4827.
The West Center for Intergenerational Learning, 25 N. 20th St., has got a celebration planned, and local artist Kay Little playing host. Mr. Little will share his art and research in an exhibit and presentation titled Another Westerner as part of Black History Month. The talk begins at 11 a.m., and the event will also feature performances by the Meadows Park Dance Team, the Motown Connection, Nikki Grayer and the Rampart Range Saxophone Quartet. Admission is free. For more, call 444-7340.
Bring extra blankets -- the boys of Miami-based "aggressive rock" band Nonpoint are going to need them when they play the Colorado Music Hall (2465 E. Pikes Peak Ave.) tonight. Unless, of course, enough of you go and get a heavy mosh pit going and save them from the frigid Colorado winter ... The show starts at 9 p.m. Call 800/965-4827 for ticket info.
The Broadway musical extravaganza Jekyll and Hyde makes a two-night stop in the Springs beginning tonight at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Man, if I had a dollar for every guy I've known that went from a sensitive, nerdy Dr. Jekyll to a drooling, lecherous Mr. Hyde ... well, let's just say my pockets wouldn't be quite so empty. In any case, the show starts at 8 both nights. Tickets are $25 to $39.50. Call 520-SHOW to find out more.
Spirit of sportsmanship ... right. Sure. These kids are in it to win. The annual One Act Play Festival has come 'round again, and high school drama groups from far and wide have gathered at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., to compete. The students take care of their own costumes, sets and whatnot, and usually line up in the morning to await their turn on stage. Plays begin every hour, on the hour, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow. The festival is free and all are invited to come watch. Call the FAC at 634-5583 for details.
These guys, Kodo -- they're amazing. If you have any rhythm whatsoever coursing through your freezing winterized bodies, get tickets to this show. The group (from Japan) performs on the taiko, the Japanese drum. The strength and coordination involved in the music is as fascinating as the music. The drummers use muscles you didn't even know existed while pounding the taiko, some of which are as big as the drummer. Kodo is here for one night only at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. The performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $75. Call 520-SHOW for details.