The art of 100 years and 11 women will be showcased at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., in Pueblo, beginning today. Time and Place follows female Colorado artists from 1900 to 2000, displaying their art "in the context of their lives." Colorado artist Eppie Archuleta, one of the country's most respected weavers, will be at the opening reception tonight to share her experiences creating art in the San Luis Valley while working in the lettuce and potato fields, and rearing eight children. The 4 p.m. reception is free. Call 719/543-0130 to find out more.
I was recently at a packed concert, and I felt someone bump against me pretty hard. I turn to see this guy in a referee's uniform, Mardi Gras beads, Chuck Taylor All-Stars, and a glossy, sweaty Elvis wig with a pompadour that towered at least three inches above his head. He was dancing with a friend clad only in a backwards sun visor, a pimp-quality medallion, shorts and the Union Jack, tied around his shoulders like a cape. The dynamic duo shook it fast while a light show played over the crowd, flinging sweat and sloshing beer. Those guys, that whole experience, came from probably the same place as Discohesive, a band so tripped out they can't help but put on a good show. We're talking weird-ass ska-metal-hip-hop-jazz-funk groove rock here, a kind of freaky originality rarely seen, especially around these parts. Progressive music fans would be doing themselves a disservice by skipping these shows, tonight and tomorrow at Jos Muldoon's, 222 N. Tejon St. Both begin at 9 p.m. Call 636-2311 for details.
I'm not the best person to explain Labanotation, but here goes: it's a system of scoring used in dance, in which various symbols record the points on a dancer's body. These symbols are written in a form almost like sheet music, and the dance is danced from that written form. Music is played from sheet music, bodies move from sheet dance. Clear? Okay. The reason I bring this up is because Colorado College dance department faculty member Yunyu Wang is recreating a dance called "Soaring" by Doris Humphrey and Ruth St. Denis, the only record of which is a Labanotation score. Basically, no one has ever seen this dance performed, but they're going to take a stab at it at the annual CC faculty dance concert, Weavings. Other new and reconstructed dances will be performed, including Peggy Berg's "Dexterity," danced by Bill Starr, a local photographer who has suffered from rheumatoid arthritis since age 9. All in all, this concert should be amazing. Tickets are a bargain at $2 to $5; call 389-6607. The dance concert begins at 8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, and 3 p.m. Sunday in Armstrong Theatre on the northeast corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre.
So you want to be on City Council, eh? Brace yourself, the public has questions. Long, hard, personal questions, some of which will more than likely come this morning, at the Candidates Forum at Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave. You'll have to be there to meet-and-greet at 9 a.m., when the candidate tables will be open to the public. The pressure's on at 10, when the forum (sponsored by various El Paso County Republican Clubs) begins. Admission is free. Call 278-9239 to find out more, unless you're a politician. You already have all of the answers.
Trumpeter Jason Pettit has played with the likes of Van Cliburn, Ray Charles, Charlie Pride, The Four Tops, Clark Terry and even the lovely Miss Carol Channing. Organist Joseph Galema traveled the world performing solos before he settled down to the position of Music Director of Cadet Chapel Activities at the Air Force Academy. That's talent right there, folks. The two musicians have created an inventive program of 20th-century musical compositions that they perform this afternoon at 4. Tone Paintings features Anthony Plog's 4 Themes on Paintings of Edvard Munch, Windows, by Petr Eben, Sonata by Alan Hovhaness and a few chorale pieces and solo organ works in the beautiful Cadet Chapel. Admission is free. For more information and directions, call 333-3818.
On many an occasion I've professed my willingness to marry purely for the chance to join the bridal registry at R.E.I. I am a walking monument to the capitalist culture, I admit it. I want that bridal shower. Professor Ellen Litwicki has heard this story oh so many times before, while researching the history of the bridal shower and it's effect on women. She shares her findings in a presentation titled "Showering the Bride: A Ritual of Gender and Consumption" in UCCS' University Center, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, at 4 p.m. Admission is free, so even if you want to, don't buy Ms. Litwicki that leopard-print teddy, not even as a gag. Call 262-3450.
The drive to Denver isn't really a bad one at all, especially that stretch between south Denver and Castle Rock after dark, when the snow is unnaturally white in the moon's light. It's worth it when there's something scheduled like tonight's event at the Tattered Cover Cherry Creek. John Morse, publisher of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, will speak on our changing language and the American literary heritage. I heard Morse speak on NPR a few weeks ago about this very subject, and the man is lively, funny and fascinating. Admission is free. For details and directions, call 303/322-7727. The talk begins at 7:30 p.m.
London photographers Jonathan Anderson and Edwin Low spent last spring at the Olympic Training Center, watching the athletes prepare for the games in Sydney and catching them with the camera in their most unguarded and natural moments. The photographs made then are now back at the USOC, in a show titled American Athletes. The 120 images hang in the Hall of Fame at the Center, on the corner of Boulder and Union, until August. An opening reception will be held today at 5:30 p.m. at the Visitors Center and the public is welcome, but you must RSVP by Friday March 9. Call 578-4888.
I'm still trying to figure out a precise way to describe the music of Sound Tribe Sector 9 to you readers, and I have to admit I'm at a loss. After several phone calls, Web searches, and consultations with music experts, I've determined that Sound Tribe is some kind of cosmic jazz jamband, perhaps a l Karl Denson, but with more acid. They seem to be heavily involved in the Campaign for New Time, a movement aimed at using the Mayan calendar, which follows nature. Basically, these guys are far out, man. They play at 8 p.m. at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Tickets are $8. Call 800/965-4827.