Check this out, mon. Horn-blowing, funk-playing punk boys MU330 are in town, playing with their brothamen, Lawrence Arms. Local band The Ghetto Cherubs will open the show. The fun goes down at the Underground, 110 N. Nevada Ave. Tickets are $7 and the show starts at 8 p.m. Call 633-0590 for more.
Happy Cinco de Mayo (almost). Saturday is actually the big day (and Sunday is the big local celebration), but the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center Theater (210 Santa Fe Ave.) in Pueblo observes the holiday a few days early with the arrival of Ballet Folklorico "Quetzalli" de Veracruz, a 12-dancer, five-musician celebration of Old Mexico. The veteran group specializes in fandangos, the Jarabe Nayarita, and other traditional dances of their home state of Veracruz -- the birthplace of La Bamba (the song, not Richie Valens). Tickets to the show are $15. Call 719/542-1211. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m.
Ramma lamma lamma a dingity ding da dong/Shoo bop shoo wadda wadda yippity boom sha boom/Chang chang changity chang shoo bop/Yip da dip da dip shoo bop sha dooby do/Boogy boogy boogy boogy shooby sho wap sho wap/Sha na na na na na na na yippity dip da do...
Hey there, all you beauty-school dropouts, the Fine Arts Center Repertory Theater Company is presenting your favorite souped-up, slightly pornographic, entirely cool musical -- Grease. That's right, hep cats, the virginal Sandra Dee and the not-so-virginal Danny Zuko are back on stage, beginning at 8 p.m. at 30 W. Dale St. The production runs through May 20. Tickets range from $20 to $25; call 634-5583.
Remember the telephone game? Start out with "Tell Patti Peter loves her" and end up with "Telepathy beat her love shore"? This is something like that. Based on an old surrealist chain game, Exquisite Corpse features the work of eight local artists who all contributed to a collaborative work -- without knowing what the others were doing. The result is a very strange, but unique group of works, on display at Pikes Peak Community College's Downtown Campus, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave. The artists will be on hand to explain exactly what they've done at the opening reception this evening from 5 to 8. Admission is free; call the gallery at 527-6000 for details. Exquisite Corpse hangs through June 28.
Lisa Chicoyne, one of the artists in the Exquisite Corpse show, is also responsible for the exhibition at Commonwheel Artists, 102 Cañon Ave. Defining Self is a one-woman show of Chicoyne's new 3-D clay works. Conceptual and introspective, they "explore the web of relationships between the artists and the external world." Chicoyne hosts a reception of her very own this afternoon, from 2 to 5. Admission is free. Call 685-1008 to find out more.
What a great opportunity to save money, recycle, promote children's literacy and shovel out your kids' rooms with a minimum of shrieking. Bring in the books your kids have outgrown, or just plain don't like, to the Children's Book Exchange at the Rockrimmon Library, 832 Village Center Drive. Drop off the books between 10 a.m. and noon and receive a ticket for each one. Then come back between 1 and 3 p.m. to swap your tickets for some of the books other parents have dropped off. A swingin' deal if I've ever seen one. Call 593-8000 to find out more.
Where does one go to buy rubber sheets anyway? Late tonight you'll need them, because big metal meanies Fear Factory are back in town to play one show at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Tickets are $16.50 and can be had by calling 800/965-4827 or by stopping at any Independent Records location. The show starts at 8 p.m.
On this day each year, bird lovers all over the world drag themselves out of bed at an ungodly hour and schlep outside to listen to the songs of thousands of birds doing their thing in the early morning. Supposedly that's the best time to hear the little buggers, after they've had a shower and shave and a fresh cuppa joe. It's called the International Dawn Chorus, and here in the Springs, Beidleman Environmental Center at 740 W. Caramillo Street marks the occasion with Birds and Breakfast. The event features a short bird identification program, a listening walk through Sondermann Park and then a free continental breakfast. It all begins at 6 a.m. Though the event is free, you must reserve your space. Call 578-7088.
After waking up with the birds, head on over to Memorial Park where this year's 18th annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration goes down. (Note the location has changed from Monument Valley Park.) The Fiesta Mass get under way at 9:30 a.m., as do the craft and food booths. The celebrated car show begins at 11 a.m. and music by the Special Blend Band, Mariachi Vasquez, Mariachi songstress Lydia Solano, and Richard Baca y Sierra Gold Band will keep you grooving all day. The event wraps up after the car show awards at 4:15 p.m. Call 262-3447 for more.
Maybe they'll have a roast pig with an apple and everything. The Colorado College Hawaii Club hosts its annual luau tonight in Gaylord Hall, on the main floor of the Worner Center on the northwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre (guess that means ixnay on the onfirebay). Don your snappiest Hawaiian shirt and cruise on over Frankie Avalon--style around 6:30 p.m., when the island hoedown is scheduled to begin. Admission is nothing but your charm and good looks, but if you need to find out more, call 389-6607.
Monday has been cancelled due to lack of participation. Events can be found in Boulder, where grungepapas The Melvins play a limited all-ages show at the Fox Theater with Hank Williams III at 9 p.m. This is not your grandfather's Hank Williams. We repeat: This is not your grandfather's Hank Williams. Mr. Williams the third has assimilated into modern culture and asks that you treat him accordingly. Tickets are $14.75. Call 303/443-3399.
Well, hellooo, Dolly! You're looking swell, Dolly! It's so nice to see you ... on the screen in the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's Theater, 30 W. Dale St. And Barnaby, Cornelius ... how nice of you two boys to come all the way from Yonkers to join us! What? Can't afford to take Irene and Minnie Fay to the Harmonia Gardens? Well, we can't all be old Mr. Vandergelder. Come to the screening of our very own musical instead -- Hello, Dolly! begins tonight at 7:30 and admission is only 3 bucks. Call 634-5583. And Dolly, that hat is simply smashing!
Not only is today Wiener Wednesday at Sky Sox Stadium, it's also time for Bark in the Park! Even though the wieners are only a buck a pop, it's kind of strange to be eating hot dogs with your dog, but who cares -- you get to catch a game with your best pal on a warm summer day. Keep Fido on a leash; you don't want a dog fight to distract the ump from watching the Salt Lake Stingers like a hawk -- the Sox take them on at 10:35 a.m. (So you might have to take a sick day. But aren't baseball, sunshine and your pooch worth it?) Tickets are $4 to $7; call 591-SOXX. The stadium's at 4385 Tutt Blvd.