Besides compiling a reference book of Western eccentricities, there are many other things about Win Blevins that make him cool. For one, his name is Win. And two, he's a wily sort of mountain man whose literary works have won him many awards. Like many Western writers, Blevins has witnessed a change in the West from a vast romantic myth into a home of complex social and environmental issues. This evening Blevins signs his latest work, the Dictionary of the American West, at Chinook Bookshop, 210 N. Tejon St. Admission is free and the signing lasts from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Call 635-1195.
A little bit of beauty in a sad, sad world ... Pikes Peak Community College's Downtown Campus, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., and the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts in Palmer Lake both host art openings this evening. At PPCC, the Annual Faculty Art Show opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Call 527-6000 for more. Up north, Tri-Lakes presents TAG... You're It!!!!, an exhibition of fine art from The Art Guild of Denver. An opening celebration for an exhibition of carved stone works by Ruth Burink will also be held. The Tri-Lakes reception will be held from 7 to 9p.m. Call 481-0475.
If you ever feel like infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan, pretend you're painfully shy and you don't speak English. That way, everyone will tell secrets right in front of you, and in the end, of course, you'll save the day. At least that's how it goes in the comedic play The Foreigner, by Larry Shue, opening tonight in Dwire Theater at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. TheatreWorks performs the play through Oct. 7 and tickets are $17 to $19. (As an extra bonus, you'll get to sit in the theater's new comfy seats.) Tonight's show begins at 7:30. Call 262-3232 for more information.
The Pikes Peak Lavender Film Festival opens today and runs through Sunday. There just too much info about these quality bisexual, lesbian, gay and transgender films -- most of which you'd never get a chance to see outside of the festival -- to provide here. For schedule, ticket and location information, call 634-5583 or visit www.lavenderfilms.org.
Harry Connick Jr. will be the first to admit that he owes everything to his father. His fame, his fortune, his underwear-model wife and his starring film role opposite Sandra Bullock --all thanks to Pops. It was Harry Connick Sr. who first piqued his son's interest in Dixieland jazz when they lived in New Orleans, but now it's the old man's time to shine. Harry Sr. has got a thing for The Chairman of the Board, and he's taken his Salute to the Music of Frank Sinatra on the road. Dad's got pipes, and he'll sing Sinatra's songs tonight in University of Southern Colorado's Hoag Hall, in Pueblo. Tickets are $20; call 719/543-0130. The show starts at 7:30.
She's young and beautiful. He's old, rude, deformed and covered with hair. It must be love! The old fairytale Beauty and the Beast, performed to the music of Tchaikovsky, will be made new tonight by State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara. The show begins at 8 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Tickets range from $19 to $36. Call 520-SHOW.
It seems like everything the Marsalis family touches turns to talent. Wycliffe Gordon is just one of the many musicians who has benefited from playing with one of the jazz all-stars, in this case, Wynton. Gordon is a critically acclaimed trombonist who has shared time signatures with Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie and, now, our own High Altitude Trombone Quartet. The group and their guest will perform an all-Gershwin concert in Colorado College's Packard Hall, on the southwest corner of Cascade Avenue and Cache La Poudre Street, at 3 p.m. Admission is $10 to $14. Call 632-8719 to find out more.
Minnie Bruce Pratt has been an outspoken activist in the South for many years. Her work for civil rights, gay rights and an end to racism is well represented in her poetic works, the latest of which is Walking Back Up Depot Street. Pratt's Colorado College reading, originally scheduled for tonight, has been canceled, and will be rescheduled for a later date. Call 389-6607 for more.
Es War Eine Rauchende Ballnacht. Don't know what it means, but the title and plot aren't important. What we're watching it for, people, is the music. It's part of the Colorado College Music in German Film Series, after all, and films will be screened every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. throughout the month. Admission is free, and the theater can be found in Armstrong Hall Room 300 (on the northwest corner of Cascade Avenue and Cache La Poudre Street). Call 389-6607 for more.
It's a good point -- what will happen to art now that we've got biocybernetics? And even more importantly, what the hell is biocybernetics? W.J.T. Mitchell, Colorado College English Department MacLean Distinguished Visiting Professor, will clear it all up for us tonight when he discusses The Work of Art in the Age of Biocybernetic Reproduction. The free lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in Packard Hall, on the southwest corner of Cascade Avenue and Cache La Poudre Street. Find out more by calling 389-6607.