Who doesn't like gospel? It's the rock 'n' roll of Jesus, the R & B of the Lord. It's got soul -- deep, heavy, body-moving soul. The Gospel Hummingbirds are one of the most talented gospel groups out there, having performed with blues greats such as Ms. Etta James and B.B. King. The Grammy-nominated quintet takes a break from their 30-year gig rocking various Bay Area churches to tour the country, stopping in Pueblo to perform at the University of Southern Colorado's Hoag Recital Hall. The Hummingbirds play at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Town & Gown Performing Arts Series. Tickets are $15. Call 719/542-1211.
All right -- it's been years, and years, and more years since the Gulf War, but still, Iraq insists on pissing us off and we insist on bombing Iraq. And in the middle of it all, we have heavy sanctions placed against the desert country, which affect not only the government but its citizens. So what is going on? Joseph Becilia, Foreign Service Diplomat speaking on behalf of the State Department; Denis Halliday, former U.N. assistant secretary general and former U.N. Humanitarian Aid Coordinator in Iraq; and Richard Hanifen, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs all speak today at Sanctions Against Iraq: A Panel Discussion, hosted by the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission. Hopefully, these well-informed souls can get some things sorted out at the 7 p.m. program. Admission to the discussion, held at First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain, is free. Call 632-6189.
Ryan Bass, 1999 Colorado College alumna-made-good, comes back Colorado-way to perform her one-woman show, The Thin Line. The performance is part of Eating Disorder Week (not to be confused with National Bath Safety Month, also happening now), and depicts a woman coping with an eating disorder. The show starts at 7 p.m. in Packard Hall, on the southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Admission is free; call 389-6607 to find out more.
The stage at the Colorado Music Hall (2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave.) runneth over with rock stars tonight as local boys Lazy Spacemen team up with Denver's Marty Jones & The Pork Boilin' Poor Boys to serve up a heapin' helpin' of loud rock 'n' roll. The Benders also plan on bringing down the house at the 8 p.m. all-ages show. Tickets are $3 if you're over 21, $5 if you're not. Call 447-9797 to find out more.
Bill Kirchen, former Lost Planet Airman under Cody's Command, slings his guitar solo up the pass to Tres Hombres tonight, 116 Midland Ave. in Woodland Park. Tickets to see the roots rocker, who is wholly responsible for the tasty guitar work on the classic Commander Cody tune "Hot Rod Lincoln," are a mere $5. The show starts at 9 p.m. Call 687-0625 for details.
First Strike Theatre, an "Arts for Peace" project of the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission, lays out modern consumer culture with its theatrical right hook today with The Home Show. The play will be performed in Colorado College's Taylor Theater, adjacent to Bemis Hall on the west side of the campus this evening at 7. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 to $10. You're going to need tickets to get in, so call 389-6607 for more information.
February is Women's History Month, and UCCS celebrates by hosting a series of lectures and discussions on topics ranging from genealogy to getting out the vote. Dr. Linda K. Kerber, former president of the Organization of American Citizens, delivers today's presentation, Paternity, Maternity and the Inheritance of Citizenship. The free discussion begins at 12:15 p.m. in the campus's Breckenridge Room 5101, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway. Call 262-3450 for details.
What, exactly, is it like being gay in our little burg? I mean, c'mon people, we're not exactly the Castro district. Members of the community talk about the experience of being gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered in Colorado Springs during the Open Forum on Being Gay 2001 at 7 p.m. in the UCCS University Center, Room 116, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway. Go, you might learn something. Plus, admission is free. Call 262-3450.
Continuing on with the Women's History festivities at UCCS, Marcia Goldstein, visiting CU-Boulder faculty member, presents a slide show and talk titled Let the Women Vote: How Colorado Women's Suffrage Was Won at 10:50 a.m. It didn't just happen overnight, you know. The presentation is free, and will held in Columbine Hall, Room 317. UCCS is located at 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway. Call 262-3450 for information.
And the word of the day is: hooky-ness. Now when you hear somebody say the word "hooky-ness," everybody scream! Right, Chairy? "Pop hooky-ness" (aah!) is one of the ways the members of 6 Gig describe their music; "dense guitars and phat grooves mixed with punk energy" is another. In any case, I highly recommend you see this show for the following reasons:
a) It's a KILO Lo Dough show, meaning it's only going to cost you $6.43. Check the couch.
b) The show begins at 8 p.m. at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak. The central location makes travel a breeze.
c) "Pop hooky-ness"
Call 447-9797 for details.
Mike Libecki is hard-core. He spent last spring hanging onto a sled being pulled across 100 miles of frozen ocean by a team of excitable dogs so that he could make the first ascent of the south face of The Fin, a giant icy slab of granite in the middle of nowhere, also known as Baffin Island. Then, instead of spending his summer on the couch with a bag of Lays like any rational person, Libecki thought it would be fun to spend months badgering Chinese officials for permission to enter the hardly known Kok Shal Tau/Tien Shan mountains. Relying on hearsay, old Russian military maps and instinct, Mike and his climbing buds not only explored the hidden lands, they mingled with foreign cultures, rode their camels and ate their ox penis entrees. That's right, I said ox penis. Libecki discusses his adventures and shows slides of these beautiful lands at Mountain Chalet, 226 N. Tejon St. tonight at 7. Climbing in China and Baffin Island is free. Call 633-0732 for details.