And now, for your reading pleasure, a short theater review by Owen Perkins:
Don't let the regulars hear it, but the Pinter x2 production is the most accessible piece of theater to grace the Chaos stage in some time. The evening of one-acts from the '80s opens with Mountain Langue, honing in on the inhumanity of an unspecified military regime. The contrast between the determined and vulnerable characterizations by Lisa McElroy, Barbara Peckham and Matthew MacAllister and the ferociously random abuse of Zbignew Slobotnik, Zen Brunzin and a wickedly detached Matt Faichnie hammer home Pinter's semi-abstracted point to his audience.
One for the Road completes the bill, another study in psychological torture. Drew Martorella, who also directed both plays, is a buttoned-down interrogator toying with his edgier victims, but he unleashes a subtle insanity throughout the performance, relying on understated accents rather than grand gestures. Atomic Elroy's Victor is at the heart of the play, and his performance, an evolution of physical reaction and full body expression, is among the evening's most riveting. Sarah Martorella's extended hysteria stands out among the more restrained performances, and Tristan McElroy gives an uncannily natural performance in his stage debut.
Pinter x2 opens this evening at 8 p.m. at CHAOS TheaterArts, 802 N. Weber St. Tickets are $8; call 634-5429. The play runs through Saturday.
You know him, you love him, you've seen him before, and you'll see him again, so why not see him tonight at the Colorado Springs School, 21 Broadmoor Ave.? Argentine classical guitarist Alejandro Davila plays at 7 p.m. Admission is $5. Call 475-9747 for more info.
After your acoustic South American intro, samba over to the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Avenue. Boulder's scorching hot, steamy, tropical Latin big band Cabaret Diosa plays at 9 p.m. Tickets are a mere $5. Call 447-9797 to suggest that they rip the seats out of that joint so we all have room to boogie proper-like -- or just for more details on the show.
Do you like funk? Do you like acoustic funk? Did you know it existed? Well, fair one, it does, and is embodied by local guitar slinger Greg Borom. Borom lays down groove without overkill, plays melodies without sap, and puts the angsty white acoustic folk player image to shame. Borom's first CD, 9:30, will be released tonight at Acoustic Coffee Lounge, 5152 Centennial Blvd. Also playing is another talented local pick 'n' grinner, Malcolm Lucard (tell him you want to hear the new one, the one about the guy and the city and stuff). Admission is two bucks, and proceeds go to three nonprofit organizations. The party begins at 8 p.m. Call 268-9951 to find out more.
OK, it happens every year so we won't go into detail, but the leprechauns, faeries, horses, Shriners and the like will be heading east on Colorado Avenue between 19th and 27th streets beginning at noon for the St. Patrick's Day Parade. It's free for all. Bring a lawn chair. Those curbs are hard.
There is no better neon art in this town, in my opinion, than on Manitou Avenue: the La Fon Motel, the Park Rou, the Mel Haven Lodge sailboat sign. Those motels are destinations -- people come back year after year. Many Manitoids choose to live permanently in some complexes, especially those right along the creek. They've been there for years, and they've seen some stuff, if you know what I mean. The Manitou Springs Historic Speakers Series at the Community Congregational Church, 103 Pawnee Ave., focuses on these kitschy tourist sanctuaries at 3 p.m. The lecture, "Manitou's Historic Motels," is free and is preceded by tours at some of the classic motels, some entertainment at the town clock, and a vintage car display -- a mellow yet educational way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Call 685-5089 for tour details.
Don't underestimate whittling. My grandma has a carving my Great-Grandpa Kimball made that you can't help but stare at. It's three links of chain connected to a cage, inside of which is a loose ball, all whittled from one piece of wood. The thing fairly glows amber from the years of polishing it's gotten from fascinated hands. Don't know if you'll find anything as whimsical here, but you stand a good chance at the 18th annual Woodcarving Competition, Show and Sale at the Shrine Club, 6 S. 33rd St. The show begins at 10 a.m. Admission is $2; call 380-9624.
To the best of my knowledge, this town has shut down for Godsmack's show tonight. I suggest you check out Suzanne Becker's fine profile of the band on page 41 to see what all the fuss is about.
The election season has brought about another City Council Candidate Forum, this one sponsored by Citizens Project. Well-known local talking-head Sandra Mann will use her years of experience working with public figures to moderate the political celebrity deathmatch, er, forum, at Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave. Candidates from Districts 1 through 4, as well as those vying for at-large positions, have been invited to participate. There is no admission fee, so go hear what these potential leaders have to say. The forum begins at 7 p.m. Call 520-9899.
It's been quite some time since anonymous figure skaters donned giant foam heads and spangly padded body suits and circled around on the ice singing songs about cowboys, toys and talking piggy banks, and I bet you're all jonesing hard for a Disney on Ice fix. Well, just you settle down -- Toy Story is coming to the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., at 7:30 p.m. The show runs through Sunday. Tickets are $14.75 and up. Call 576-2626 for details.