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click to enlarge Eric Bransbys Seated Figure, an 1974 pastel drawing on display in the FACs From Roots to Soaring Visions exhibit
  • Eric Bransbys Seated Figure, an 1974 pastel drawing on display in the FACs From Roots to Soaring Visions exhibit

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Thursday

Certain members of the media describe Wild Bill Bauer as "one of the most over-looked and underrated comedians in America." We're not exactly sure yet what that means, but who would want to want to miss the boat if it's a compliment? Bauer performs tonight over at Loonees Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd. Tickets run from $5 to $8 and the show starts at 8 p.m. Call 591-0707.

08 Friday

Slip into that little black number, grab a glass of bubbly and practice that effortless high society laugh so you'll be ready for the amount of culture flowing out of the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Another round of exhibitions opens tonight, and the reception begins at 5 p.m. Past and Present Tents: Designing for the Out of Doors is a look at the form and function of outdoor gear, from sinew snowshoes to Osprey packs. The American Rockies: Photographs by Gus Foster fits in nicely, showing you where you can go with said shoes and packs. From Roots to Soaring Visions is a retrospective of the works of Eric and Mary Ann Bransby, two of the best-known artists in Colorado and longtime Springs residents. Admission is free. Call 634-5581.

The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center has been chugging along for almost three decades now, bringing great art, theater, music and education to Pueblo. The little steel town honors the fine museum and venue tonight with a 29th Anniversary Celebration, which features dancing to live music by Moment's Notice, a silent auction and gourmet dinner, and cocktails that come with surprise gift boxes. Black tie is optional, but do it anyway. It's fun. Tickets are $95 and all proceeds benefit art programs at the Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave. R.S.V.P. to 719/543-0130. The party begins at 6 p.m.

Todd Hallawell has taken home prizes from the Southwest Regional Fingerstyle Championship and the prestigious National Fingerpicking Championship at Winfield, Kansas, and apparently, those were just for his fingers. Just imagine what he could win if those competitions considered the entire hand. The classically trained guitarist performs his intricate acoustic magic at the Black Rose Acoustic Society open stage tonight at 7:30. Black Rose meets at the Black Forest Community Center, the log building on the northwest corner of Shoup and Black Forest roads. Admission is just $2 to $4, and everybody's welcome. Call 573-7439 for details.

09 Saturday

If MTV had a folk channel, Jenn Adams would be the next J. Lo. Rolling Stone loves her and calls her "a genuine talent," and critics compare her to Bonnie Raitt and Sarah McLachlan. Adams performs tonight at Acoustic Coffee Lounge, 5152 Centennial Blvd. I hear they have a full bar over there now. Tickets are only $5, so you'll have plenty left for pints. Adams will perform twice, once at 8 p.m. and once at 9:15 p.m. Call 268-9951 to find out more.

10 Sunday

Black Rose Acoustic Society moves out of the pines and kinnikinick and into downtown Colorado Springs for the Summer Acoustic Showcase, which features the area's favorite acoustic artists through August. Each installment, on the second Sunday of the month at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., features four acts from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $2 to $4. Tonight's lineup includes Phil Volan, Black Rose and more. Call 278-8108 for details.

11 Monday

You've got kids, school is out, and you don't want them spending their days zonked out in front of the TV watching transvestite wrestling on Springer. ... The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center understands, and is here to help. Today brings the first PlayFactory performance, a series of free children's plays in area parks. Tomato Plant Girl is all about friendship and sharing and nice, funny people with quirky problems ... your basic feel-good kids production. Most scheduled locations have playgrounds nearby so kids can monkey around after the show. The play begins today at 2 p.m. in Cottonwood Creek Park, at Dublin and Rangewood. Call 634-5581 or check The Listings for details.

12 Tuesday

A few years back Stabbing Westward was on the verge of success, but then grunge and true alternative music met with its big nasty death and the band sort of disappeared for a while. But you can't keep a good band down. Westward has climbed back to the top of the heap and has a summer tour planned with The Cult. Currently they're on the road with Apex Theory, and stop tonight at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Tickets are $12. Call 800/965-4827. The show begins at 9.

Colorado College's summer program has gotten its hands on some high-quality films, and they're making them available to the public in the form of the Great Literature Film Screening and Lecture Series. The series of six films will be discussed with CC professors and other persons of distinction in Armstrong Hall, Room 348, and then the film will be screened in Max Kade Theatre, generally on the next night. Tonight's 6 p.m. discussion centers on Miss Julie, a Mike Figgis--directed period piece about a lonely young heiress pushed toward self-destruction by her father's conniving staff. Miss Julie will be shown tomorrow night at 7. Call 389-6607 for details.

13 Wednesday

The good Reverend Horton Heat has brought his fire-and-brimstone rockabilly back to town, this time to the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Use extra hair pomade and find a chain for your cat's-eye glasses -- it's going to be a down-and-dirty, barely-in-control, sweaty, dance-your-butt-off kind of night. Tickets are $13 and it's an all-ages show. Call 800/965-4827. The service begins at 8 p.m.

If you were going to spend two hours driving somewhere, definitely spend it driving to Salida for FIBArk, the First In Boating On the Arkansas Festival. Not only do you get to pass through the lush Arkansas River bottomland and the imposing crags and sheer walls of Bighorn Canyon, but when you get there, you'll be greeted by one of the wildest festivals around. Throw together boating freaks from across the world, bands like JAKA and the Critters, a carnival, a rodeo and the spring snowmelt, and you're in for a good time, I promise. Admission to all events is free. Call the Salida Chamber for a full schedule at 719/539-2068. FIBArk runs until Sunday.

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