So the hot debate 'round these parts lately has been Grover vs. Elmo. Think about it -- Elmo is a low-rent Grover. Elmo isn't Super, he can't fly, he never demonstrates near and far OR here and there, and he doesn't have a mommy who bakes him cookies. Grover was caring and never had a problem saying "I love you" to all the racially diverse little children who came to him for advice. Plus, Grover had rhythm. Remember when he'd tap dance and hold his arms out to get that perfect wiggly groove on? You could see it in his eyes; Grover had the love.
Elmo ain't got no love. He's a shaggy, radioactive red whiner with an amoral voice and a penchant for tickling and giggling like a tweaked-up barfly looking for that special kind of attention. Sure he can be so cute your innards cringe, but is that the kind of model we want for our youth? Think of how that influence will translate when today's children are grown and running the world. Yeah. Scary.
I want you to think about all of this when you're sitting in those lovely orange seats at the Pikes Peak Center, surrounded by children and juice bottles, happily singing along with an actor in a seven-foot canary suit. Sesame Street Live: Big Bird's Sunny Day Campout begins tonight and runs through Sunday. Call 520-SHOW for tickets. And while you watch those furry giants of children's television cavort through your kids' impressionable minds, remember my words.
I love Daisy McConnell. Never met her, but I love her art. It's strong, biting, feminine and bitchy, but with a wonderful sense of artistic humor. She's got a new show called Ego opening in the Avenue Gallery at the Business of Art Center tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. Her works hang until Oct. 3. Call 685-1861.
Also opening tonight is Jocasta! Jocasta!, the first performace by the newly created Theater of Others. The group was formed as an alternative for artists more interested in producing quality work than in making a fat profit. Any take is spread evenly between those involved in the performances, as well as local charities. This staged reading tells the story of Oedipus Rex from the perspective of Jocasta, Oedipus' wife and mother -- yikes. The reading begins at 8 p.m. in the gazebo at Seven-Minute Spring, behind Manitou's Memorial Park (by City Hall). Tickets are $5 to $10; pay what you can. See our preview on page 49 for more.
Perhaps if there had been programs like this when I was a tender youth, I wouldn't have been busted for shoplifting twice in three days. That, and if I hadn't been a delinquent kleptomaniac. Anyhoo, the It Takes 5 program is one of the best ideas I've heard of in a long time. Basically, kids sign up and get a key chain, and that gets them into area theater productions 15 minutes before curtain -- for only $5. It's never guaranteed that they'll get a seat, but if they do get in, they'll save a ton of money. Sign-ups will take place at local high schools, or teens can cruise by the It Takes 5 Kick-Off Party at the Citadel Mall, outside of J.C. Penney's. (Of course, if they're anything like the teenagers I know, they'll more than likely be there anyway.) Dr. No, Jacob Herald and Friends and other local bands will perform, as will Ormao Dance, Motown Connection and too many other groups to mention. Call 597-3344 or swing by between 11 a.m and 6 p.m.
Local rock stars Looks Like Me are really putting their noses to the grindstone. They're taking on the task of, get this, making the citizens of this city ROCK. Yes, yes, I know, they're brave lads. It brings a tear to the eye. The next big step is the Back to School Bash in Acacia Park, from noon to 8 p.m. Looks Like Me, Sad Star Caf, Rubber Planet, Man Down and others play for free in the bandstand. Go represent.
There's a really good band at Acoustic Coffee Lounge tonight, I swear. You have my personal guarantee, whatever that means, that this band has mad skill. They're called Suites for a King, formerly Dirty Poodle, and they play at 8 p.m. Call 268-9951.
Creepy, yet fascinating. The Fairview Cemetery Crawl is a self-guided tour of all the graves of Old Colorado City's interesting characters. At certain plots, a person dressed as the resident of said grave will appear to tell you stories of the dead. As creepy as it may sound, it's tame enough for all ages. The cemetery is at 1000 S. 26th St. Admission is $2-$5; call 636-1225. The crawl runs from 3 to 6 p.m.
Go to Denver. Go to the Denver Art Museum. See European Masterpieces. It closes to today, and if you don't see it, you will have to spend your life knowing you missed your chance to view some of the most extraordinary paintings -- ever. Call 303/640-4433.
You've got the music and the dancing, and the tango and the dancing, and the dancing of the tango to the music ... What else do you need? Extasis is going all out and performing an Argentine tango musical concert plus tango demonstration in the swank environs of the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. After they perform, you can strut your stuff on the dance floor. Tickets are $15 at the door. Doors open at 7:15, and then it's all tango, all the time. Call 475-0625 for more.
With a name like Pete, it's got to be good. Edgy rocker folks Pete give it their all with One Side Zero at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Tickets are $5.43; call 800/965-4827. The show starts at 7.
Wednesday. Second to Tuesday, you are the bane of my existence. I search the world over for adequate entertainment and yet I find none. But do the people understand? No. They cry out, "But it is Wednesday! Whatever shall I do with myself without an event on this, the Independent's seventh day!?" My advice is to cry about it. That's what I do, every week of every year.