First performed by the Moscow Art Theatre back in 1901, Anton Chekhov's timeless Three Sisters has finally reached Colorado Springs. Chekhov's story of three fatherless sisters and their weak-willed brother will begin tonight in CC's Armstrong Theatre, located on the northeast corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre; show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 (or $2 with a CC ID) and are available at the Worner Center desk.
There are entire Web sites devoted to the 1980s' monster metal band, Tesla. There is a two-page FAQ site and even an entire site with all of their lyrics -- B sides, lost cuts, imports and all. You'd think that demand for this information wouldn't be so hot, given that they disbanded in 1996. Not so! In this new millennium, the millennium of comebacks and reunions, Tesla too has jumped on the reunion bandwagon. There's even talk of a new CD. You can check out the newly reunited bad boys with the good hair at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., tonight at 9. Tickets are $26, available at all TicketWeb locations (Independent Records) or by calling 800/965-4827.
The eve of Mother's Day weekend and what better way to honor Mom than by supporting the American Cancer Society and The Breast Cancer Fund? Squash Blossom Gallery, at 2531 W. Colorado Ave., holds a cocktail reception tonight from 5-8 to kick off an exhibit featuring the work of local artist Paula Fasken and jewelry designer Elizabeth Lindsay. Ten percent of all sales support the American Cancer Society directly; The Breast Cancer Fund benefits from the sale of Mary Cleves "goddess" pins, whose figure was inspired by Lindsay's mother, recently diagnosed with breast cancer. So bring your mothers, your friends and whoever else you can find. For more information, call 632-1899.
Forever bored on Friday nights? Check out the classic 1950s kitschy musical comedy, Forever Plaid. What's more, you can check out Cripple Creek's beautiful Butte Opera House in the process, where the production kicks off a two-weekend run this evening at 8. Tickets are $20, and can be had by calling the Fine Arts Center at 634-5583.
In recognition of "Be Kind To Animals Week," Dreampower Animal Rescue presents Paws in the Park, a bevy of events including dog walks, pet parades, games for dogs and their people, agility events, a dog/owner look-alike contest, a pet adoption fair and much more. So grab the leash, the poop bags and your pooch, and head on over to Bear Creek Park West at 10 a.m. (The festivities continue until 2 p.m.) But first, be sure to register: call Dreampower at 390-7838 -- don't forget to leave your name and number.
The trombone -- an underrated instrument if ever there was one. You hardly ever get to hear one play, but this afternoon, at The Warehouse, 25 W. Cimmaron St., you can hear four. The High Altitude Trombone Quartet will pay a tribute to J.J. Johnson. World-class Denver trombonist Al Herman will be a featured guest, as will our very own Jerome Davis, who'll narrate the classic, "Frankie and Johnny." Don't forget to bring 5 bucks for the cover. The horns begin at 3 p.m.
Make your mother proud and support world peace on Mother's Day. The Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission and Citizens for Peace in Space are sponsoring the Human Race Against the Arms Race, a 5K fun run/march/street fair/theater event, and a Peace Fair with music, food, speakers and activist information. The peace, love and understanding gets underway at 1 p.m. in Memorial Park. For race registration information, call 632-6189.
Long live mediocrity! Chaos Studios is accepting -- until 5 p.m. today -- nominations for their "Boxies" -- a semi-tongue-in-cheek award for those who continually think inside the box. (Get it?) If you know of an artist, organization or journalist whose contributions have helped this region "stay mired in uninspired, safe and commercially-motivated artistic expression," then submit your nomination by calling 634-5429 or by e-mailing email@example.com. An awards ceremony for the winners will be held Wed., May 30, at 7:30 p.m.
Spring has sprung (let's hope!), and everybody's favorite summer concert venue, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, is open for business. Tonight The Wallflowers get cooking at 7:30 p.m. (give or take a few minutes); they're warming up the stage for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Tickets are $47.50; call 520-9090.
Tight surf twangs, killer fuzz tones, sexy rock grooves, Delta blues, garage punk and a little acid rock thrown in for good measure. Put it all together and what does it spell? Monster Magnet, the hard-working Jersey band who comes to the Colorado Music Hall tonight, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Show time is 8 p.m.; tickets cost $15. Stop by the Music Hall or call 800/965-4827.
And the week ends on a sobering note: Today marks the last day of life for Timothy McVeigh. The bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City six years ago took the lives of 168 people. According to McVeigh, it was payback for the deaths of nearly 80 Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas, two years earlier. And today, we take the life of McVeigh. There will be a Stop the Violence gathering and a prayer service in Acacia Park tonight at 7:30. In case of inclement weather, the service will be at St. Mary's Cathedral.