I have a thing for Native American drumming. It's not always as melodic as the folk drumming of other peoples, but coupled with native songs, the beats become irresistible. They course through your body; they make you move. It is a spiritual experience. Hopefully you'll get some of that good, good rhythm yourself at Colorado College's Native American Culture Fair. The Fair also features poetry, storytelling, dance, hair braiding, food and a whole slew of other happenings in Gates Common Room, which is in the Palmer Hall, just north of Armstrong Quad. The Fair opens at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free. Call 389-6607 for details.
Scrape together $12 and 43 and give it directly to Ticket Web in exchange for a ticket to go see guitarist Jerry Cantrell -- that's right, I said Jerry Freakin' Cantrell, of Alice in Chains. He's playing with MIRV and Comes with the Fall at the Colorado Music Hall tonight, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. It's KILO show, but you've still got to call 800/965-4827 for tickets. The show starts at 9 p.m.
If you've got a hankerin' for some old-timey bluegrass, the Open Road Bluegrass Band has come down from northern Colorado to serve it to you. Four young men and one fiddle-playing woman make up this traditional group, highly conscious of the roots and heritage of bluegrass. The Black Rose Acoustic Society presents Open Road in the Black Forest Community Center (could you ask for a better venue for this kind of music?). The Center is in the log building behind the fire station, at the corner of Shoup and Black Forest roads. Tickets are $1 to $2; call 278-8108. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.
Forget the stuffy old Van Cliburn wanna-bes of days past -- Colorado College is putting out a new crop of pianists, and these guys don't even have to tickle the ivories to make beautiful music. The CC Bowed Piano Ensemble specializes in playing the strings of the grand piano, under the hood, hands-on -- no keyboard needed, thank you. The 10-member group is going to be demonstrating this odd performance style in the Historic Court Room of the Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., today at 2 and 4 p.m. Soprano Victoria Hanson Clamp will provide the vocalizations. Admission is totally free. Call 385-5990 to find out more.
Want to take your husband/father/son/boyfriend to the ballet, but they won't go because ballet is for sissies? Well, thanks to Peter Pucci, you can now completely trick them into an evening of culture and enjoyment with little to no effort at all! The ingenious Pucci has dressed his talented dancers in athletic uniforms and taught them to mimic baseball, basketball, boxing, tennis and hockey through a series of fluid movements -- it's dance, all right, but you can keep that little secret to yourself. Best of all, the Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration offers Pucci: Sport as part of Free Family Festival Day, at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. If you show up an hour before the performance, the kiddies can enjoy entertainment and hands-on activities. Plus Frisbee Freestyle demonstrations will be held in the lobby and Mr. Pucci will be auditioning students in grades 8 through 12 for the chance to appear on stage with the company. The performances begin at 2 and 4 p.m. Call 597-3344 for details The full-length performance happens Friday, April 27; check out the Performances section of The Listings.
Winter is over. It is done. Put away the fleece, open up the curtains, and, for God's sake, go outside! The beautiful Mountain Park Environmental Center in Beulah has taken it upon itself to expose your pale, withered skin to the sun by providing guided hikes. The hikes are led by experienced naturalists and last two to three hours. The hike this afternoon is a Family Hike -- more of a walk, really -- designed to give parents a chance to bond with their elementary-aged ragamuffins in Nature's splendor. Outfit the fam in good shoes and bring water. Admission is $3 and you'll need to register; call 719/485-4444.
There simply is not enough room in this entire paper to quote enough poetry by Big Poppa E. It's like M&Ms -- don't even take one unless you know you have access to the whole bag. It's torture if you can't have it all. Instead of reading here, go right away to www.wussyboy.org and read this stuff. Big Poppa E's words are so eloquent, so modern, so witty, funny, honest, angry, legitimate, motivating, sensual, wrenching, wise, nave ... just so very, very right on -- he's amazing. I would never have know about this traveling spoken-word artist if Colorado College hadn't invited him for their Poetry Slam tonight in Bemis Hall. Kat Hodges and Blair Wilson will also perform, er, slam, and the whole deal is braced with the beats of DJ Sirius B. It's free, and begins at 7:30 p.m. Call 389-6607 for more. This event will be a breath of fresh, cool air -- do not miss this.
It may be the closest you ever come to understanding Georgie Junior's Big Plan for the Earth when presidential advisor Terry Anderson speaks today at Colorado College. The topic is Environmental Policy in the Bush Administration: Pragmatic Environmentalism and Free Market Approaches. I, for one, cannot wait to hear what Bush's explanation of "pragmatic environmentalism" is; something along the lines of cutting down all the trees so we won't have to water them, I imagine. Anyhow, the discussion is free and begins at 7:30 p.m. in Gates Common Room, which is in Palmer Hall (north of the Armstrong Quad). I hope someone tapes this for posterity. Call 389-6607 to find out more.
Get this. Go to any Baskin Robbins Ice Cream shop tonight between 6 and 10 p.m., and not only will they give you a free scoop of ice cream -- any flavor -- they will donate money to First Book, a charity that provides books to children of low-income families, in honor of your free scoop. Everybody wins! Click www.baskinrobbins.com to find a shop.