Burnt, Weathered and Ripped: Mountain Biking in the Himalayas. That's the name of the slide presentation by adventure photographer Dan Bailey and climber Eric Parsons tonight at Mountain Chalet, 226 N. Tejon St. Doesn't it just make you want to go see what these poor guys experienced over there? The lecture's free and gets going at 8 p.m., but get there a bit early, because the doors close and lock promptly at 8. Call 633-0732.
Kate Leonard took her sabbatical in Fuzhou, China, and came back with a sense of the stillness and flow of Eastern art and culture. She's created a striking collection of architectural works that incorporates Chinese calligraphy. The simplicity of Leonard's works allows the mind to relax and wander through the paintings -- a kind of visual meditation. Leonard's show, titled From the Temple of Heaven, only runs through Sept. 26 in Colorado College's Coburn Gallery (in the Worner Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave.). The artist's reception is free and runs tonight from 5 to 7. Call 389-6365.
Have the valet brush your best coat and hat. Straighten your cravat and spit-shine your monocle -- the Colorado Springs Symphony opens the 2001-2002 season this evening with The Rite of (Colorado) Spring(s). The program features pieces by Schumann, Mendelssohn and Stravinsky at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Tickets run from $8 to $44 and can be had by calling 520-SHOW. The curtain rises at 8 p.m.
Ah, Basil, I remember when you were just scraping by, barely able to collect enough money to put together an EP. And then your album began appearing on the counters at local record stores, and look at you now -- you're going live. Our own keeper of the Natural Mystic, our possessor of roots, rock and reggae -- Basil Reid -- plays the Utopia Caf down on Bijou Street tonight. Admission is free. Call 633-1080.
Oh, the world is a stage, and Colorado Springs is where everything opens tonight. Check the Performances section of The Listings (p. 37) for more info on all of the following events.
First there's Eleemosynary, which no, I can't pronounce either, but Lee Blessing wrote it and the Tri-Lakes Center is hosting it and you're going to like it. That's all there is to it. Tickets are only 10 bucks. Call 481-0475. Starts at 8.
Up next is a double feature, The Pope of Camden Town and The Verdi Requiem as Performed by the Inmates of Tereszin. Both one-acts were written by Peter Brumlik. I'm especially looking forward to The Pope, a comedy about the life and times of an Irish family living in 1916 London. The plays open at 7:30 p.m. at the Smokebrush Theater, 235 S. Nevada Ave. Admission is $12. But wait! There's more! After the shows, the Kim Stone Electric Band plays acid funk jazz downstairs in the Cabaret. Five bucks will get you in to see the band. Call 444-0884.
And finally, we have Lend Me a Tenor, a slapstick collection of mistaken identities, wacko characters and big egos performed by the kings of comedy, our own Star Bar Players. The show opens tonight at 8 at the Lon Chaney Theater, 221 E. Kiowa St. Tickets are $10 to $12. Call 573-7411.
New Jack Hippies (which is a kick-ass name, I might add) isn't really a band. It's two guys, Roger and Guy, who have a revolving group of around 60 -- no lie -- musicians who show up to play the songs of the Hippie. Anybody can show up at anytime for a show; that's the fun of it. Keeps it fresh. The New Jack Hippies have busted out of southeast Texas with their blues, rock, funk and tripped-out jams in tow, and their next stop is Tres Hombres, 116 Midland Ave. in Woodland Park. Call 687-0625 for ticket info.
It must be impossible to brush. And how does she wash it? Think of that drain. Ick. Anyhoo, Crystal Gayle, the country mama with the long, long hair and the brown eyes made blue, performs with Mr. Larry Gatlin tonight up at the Air Force Academy's Arnold Hall Theater. Tickets are $20 to $38 and the show starts at 7 p.m. Call 333-4497.
If you ask the man behind this event what his motivation is, I bet you ten bucks he'll say "because everybody needs a moment of Bliss" or something like that. After all, if your name were Michael Bliss, wouldn't that be your line? Your favorite line? Me too. Mr. Bliss hosts The Bliss Festival, an AIDS benefit, at Cascabel's Cantina, 4935-B Centennial Blvd. It opens tonight with films and photography by Mr. Bliss, and many of his works will be included in a silent auction. Admission is $3, and reservations can be made by calling 599-9248. The event begins at 7 each night through Thursday.
For a little while today, you can forget about the brave new world we are entering and, at the same time, give a little back to those who are suffering. Carmike Cinemas has announced that today is The September 11, 2001 Victims' Benefit Day at the Movies and all of today's proceeds from ticket and concession sales will be donated to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and the September 11th Fund of the United Way. All 328 Carmike Theaters nationwide are participating, but you can snuggle up in the local theater at 1550 Pulsar Drive. See page 55 for movie times or call 573-0256 for more.
The gods have spoken: "No more entertainment for you, mere mortals. We laugh at your attempts to plan! We shall grant you no midweek events, for what is the use? You will only stay in your homes and stare at your "televisions." You lack the energy of mighty Friday and puissant Saturday -- therefore you deserve no events! Bwhaaha haaaa!"
Be strong for me, readers. For this is my life.