Tim Berne's the type of character who would play the lead in some film student's French-ily symbolic movie that you catch on Bravo at 3 o'clock on a cold and monochromatic Tuesday morning. He's an artist, through and through. Berne cavorts around the world from symposiums to opium dens, playing modern jazz with what he lovingly refers to as his "circuses" -- various trios, quartets and bands, many of whom end up pressed on his thoroughly independent record label, Screwgun. His latest musical incarnation is the Tim Berne Trio, who will play this evening at 7:30 in Colorado College's Packard Hall, on the southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Tickets are $15. Call 389-6607.
The boys from Buffalo with the misspelled algae name are back in town, playing their ultrahip, quasi-mod, partially retro, totally inspired brand of jazz at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. That's right -- it's Spyro Gyra, playing with Nelson Rangell at 8 p.m. Tickets are $31.50. Call 447-9797.
Like Jennifer Beals in her ripped sweatshirt, the Ormao Dance Company has just gotta dance ... and dance they shall, at the premier of Janet Johnson's Native American--inspired Smoke, Water, Wind, Fire, where dancers walk on water, whirl through fog and fly in the wind, and Nancy Hughes's sorry to see, a study in "wacky" movement. Works by Posy Knight and Carol Marion Ceniti will also be performed tonight at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Tickets are $13 to $15. Call 634-5583. The company also dances tomorrow night at 8.
Tres Hombres, 116 Midland Ave. in Woodland Park, becomes Dali-esque this evening as four men clad in tight lycra jumpsuits and face paint stroll into the wooden-floored mountain bar. KISS Army, one of the most hard-core, devoted KISS tribute bands around, has its stage set-up all ready to go and is prepared to bring the long-tongued essence of the original Detroit rockers to the public, for a mere $20. The show starts at 9 p.m. Find out more by calling 687-0625.
It's about time we saw some good old-fashioned butt whuppin' around here. Professional boxers Benji Marquez and Andres "Panda" Pacheco plan on beating the crap out anybody man enough to Bring It On tonight at Fight Night at the Pueblo Convention Center, 320 Central Main St. The match begins at 7 p.m., and tickets range from $25 to $35. Call 440-3212 to find out more.
It's Easter -- the end of Lent, the day when the bunny comes, the reason you bought white patent leather shoes. One of the most popular Easter traditions is the sunrise service, like the one that's happened every year since 1919 in Garden of the Gods. At 6:30 a.m. Jason Burden of Pierced Chapel, a speaker who reaches out to the "neXt generation," will host the event, which also includes live music by Cede and Superhero Blue, dramatic performances by Route 24/7 and African dance by Sankofa. It's free, but you can't park in the Garden. Instead, park at Agilent Technologies (1900 Garden of the Gods Road), WorldCom (2424 Garden of the Gods Road) or Coronado High (1590 W. Fillmore St.) and catch the shuttle -- it runs every 15 minutes beginning at 4:30 a.m. Yes, there will be coffee.
Lita Ford once said that rock is not dead, it's just laying low for a while. Of course, it will come back, in all its Lita Ford gee-tar slingin' head bangin' glory. However, I'm confused. The heavy throb of metal certainly seems to be back in full swing, but it's been combined with rap and something new and freaky called "emo rock," a type of hard-edged music where angry young men with passionate hearts and deep thoughts just let it all out, via the mike. Is this what Lita was talking about? Anyhoo, you might be able to get an idea of what's going on in the modern world of rock by checking out Soulfly, a new addition seemingly born of Mother Metal, Father Rap, and the Mailman Dead Can Dance. They play tonight at 8 at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Tickets are $20. Call 800/965-4827 or stop by Independent Records to purchase tickets. If you figure it out, tell me. I'll call Lita.
Ah, authors. Even the most famous of famous are still more accessible than any one B-movie starlet, and that's why we love them so. James Patterson, mega-selling author of the Alex Cross series, which includes the soon-to-be-a-blockbuster movie Along Came a Spider, will graciously read from and sign his new book First to Die. The hitch is, he's doing it up in Denver, at Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th St. But hey, what's a short jaunt out of your way in exchange for a chance to shake the hand of the man who brings you spine-tingling joy? Show up an hour early to get a free ticket for a place in line; Patterson begins signing at 7:30 p.m. Call 303/322-1965 for details.
Speaking of accessible authors ... Bare-knuckles Poetry celebrates four years of providing an open mike to poets famous and infamous, modern and traditional, established and just starting out, this evening at 7:30. Tonight's open mike at The Warehouse, 25 W. Cimmaron, is just one more installment of the longest-running series in Colorado Springs, and as always, it's open to everyone, readers and listeners alike. Admission is always free. Call 447-9039 to find out more.
Talk about timely ... the Colorado Springs Cohousing Community only recently submitted their final plan to the city for approval, and here we have Katie McCamant dropping in to discuss just this very subject. McCamant, author of Cohousing -- A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves, is a firm believer in the theory that, yes, we can live in diverse, eco-conscious communities where we actually hang out with our neighbors. She'll be giving a presentation on the community being developed on the corner of Corona and Columbia streets at Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Drive East. Admission is free; call 637-8282. The presentation begins at 7 p.m.