The Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., was opened in 1936 by three women, and now, 65 years later, the FAC plans a yearlong celebration in recognition of the accomplishments and contributions of women in the arts, as well as its milestone anniversary. A series of exhibitions, programs and workshops kicks off tonight with "Pop Goes the Gender," an event featuring live performances, a historical slide show, cocktails, fancy munchies and an array of artists, community activists and individuals involved in the year's programming. Admission is free and the evening begins at 6 p.m. Call 634-5581 (or see I Spy, page 30) to learn more.
The festivities continue at the Fine Arts Center as three new exhibits open tonight at a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Collecting Contemporary Art: One Point of View features contemporary art selected by expert collector Don Mullins. This year's Awesome Art Auction: Bid, Boogie and Buy shows off varied wares until the auction on April 20. The A.G. Edwards Collection of Photography features beautiful shots of the New York City area, including often startling, always beautiful works by Weegee, who had an uncanny knack of catching people in their most unguarded honest moments, including the moments of their deaths. All three exhibitions run until April 22. The reception for these shows is free and features live music, munchies and a cash bar. Call 634-5581 for details.
The reggae, soul, blues, folk and rock stew that is Earthmen should sit nicely in the bellies of us Colorado mountain folk. That's why the crowd at Tres Hombres, 116 Midland Ave., Woodland Park is sure to eat its music with a spoon tonight, when the band takes the stage at 9 p.m. Call 687-0625 for cover charge information.
Greed, gooey passion, beautiful daughters, wandering theatrical troupes, clergymen -- every operatic device your little heart could desire can be found in tonight's performance at Colorado College's Armstrong Theatre (northeast corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre avenues). The Opera Theatre of the Rockies presents Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, two tales of comedy and tragedy, for your review at 7:30 tonight and tomorrow evening and at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15 to $35. Call 520-SHOW for details.
Footloose! Footloose! Yeahhh, everybody Footloose! You know you're doing it -- you're reliving those delicious moments when Kevin Bacon refused to conform and instead let loose with those horrible '80s dance moves, showing Reverend Shaw that, dammit, it's any red-blooded American high-schooler's right to dance! The 1984 phenomenon has been converted from big-screen musical to stage musical, and comes to Pueblo's Memorial Hall, Union Avenue at Elizabeth Street, for one show only, tonight at 8. The performance is part of the Broadway Theatre League's 41st season. Tickets are $12 to $38. Call 719/542-1211.
In 1998, the University of Northern Colorado commissioned Istvan Hornyak to write a ballet. Back then, there was no orchestra available, so a solo pianist performed the work. Now the piece, En Contre Temps, has found an orchestra, and Hornyak has decided to premier his work today at First Christian Church (Platte and Cascade). The first of the four sections of the piece will be performed by the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 to $10. Call 633-3649.
A few months ago, Gertrude's Restaurant, 2625 W. Colorado Ave., hosted a tasting of the wines made my female winemakers, and it was so popular that they've decided to present a refresher course. Women Wine Makers includes a full dinner of Gertrude's fine fare and costs $45 per person. The merriment begins at 6 p.m. Credit card reservations are required. Call 471-0887.
The thing that strikes me most about Jim Moore is not the fact that he is an award-winning poet, but that he and his photographer wife JoAnn Verburg split their time between Minnesota and Italy. Minnesota and Italy. Good material is bound to come from that arrangement. Currently, Moore is spending time in the Springs as a visiting writer at Colorado College. Tonight the author reads from his works, including The Freedom of History and The Long Experience of Love, in Gates Common Room (on the third floor of Palmer Hall on the CC campus) at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, my favorite price. Call 389-6607 for details.
You knew Henry Rollins as the brick-jawed, granite-muscled intimidator fronting Black Flag, and then there was his acerbic incarnation in the Henry Rollins Band, but in recent years this highly intelligent, focused artist has mellowed. Known for his eloquent, penetrating lyrics, Rollins has become something of a modern poet for the urban masses. The Paramount Theater in Denver hosts a spoken word show tonight at 8 with the thespian himself. Tickets are $18.50 to $23. Call 520-9090.
This band freaks me out, but I think that's what makes them so popular. Driven guitar rock for the disgruntled masses, that's what Union Underground is. The band comes back to the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., tonight at 8. Tickets are $12. Call 800/965-4827 to find out more.