Hey, man, it's your favorite topic: Growth & Sprawl! Haven't tackled that old curmudgeon of an issue in a while, bioterrorism and airstrikes getting all the attention. It's getting to be a lonely shelf that we've set G & S on, with only Open Space, Traffic Congestion and Public Transportation to keep him company. Harris Sherman will draw the bugger out for a little bit of the ol' point and counterpoint (yeah, tha' roight, say nay more) during his discussion in Gaylord Hall tonight at 7:30. It's part of Colorado College's Architecture Series. Call 389-6607.
The Good Woman of Szechuan must be a damn fine play, as it seems to be performed often in these parts. Surely TheatreWorks will present the most illustrious production ever to see the light of day, regardless of repetition. Tickets to the acclaimed Bertolt Brecht play range from $5 for student rush tickets to $18 for Friday, Saturday evening and Sunday performance. (Tickets are $16 for Thursday and Saturday matinees.) Call 262-3232. The play opens tonight at 7:30 and runs through Nov. 25 in Dwire Theater at UCCS.
Also coming up the theater pike is Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring, performed by First Company, a theater troupe at First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. The show runs at 7:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets run from $5 for adults to $15 for families. Call 471-8522.
The funniest man alive, author David Sedaris, performs at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Call 520-9090.
Midnight Mystique, Whispered in Leather and Lace is the theme of this year's United Court of the Pikes Peak Empire celebration of community and, more importantly, looking really, really good in drag. The events go on all weekend, and include dinners, shows and Coronation XXVI, the crowning of the new King and Queen. Most everything happens at the Sheraton Hotel on Circle, but call 576-5900 to double-check.
Other than a midnight screening of A Star Is Born, the only thing that can follow up a drag show is a ballroom dance competition. Lucky, lucky, the Rocky Mountain Challenge gets into full swing at the Antlers Adam's Mark Hotel downtown. It started yesterday, but today's got the dinner and world-class floor show. Tickets are $20 to$35. Call 528-5592 to find out more.
Bugs Henderson gets all bluesy up at Tres Hombres in Woodland Park at 9 tonight. Call 687-0625.
All jazz all day today, with two fine events in the downtown area. First off, Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society presents Celluloid Improvisations, an afternoon of jazz on film at the old Lon Chaney Theater, 221 E. Kiowa. Begins at 2. For details, call Lenny Mazel, 578-5263. Then at 3 p.m., jazz pianist Cecil Taylor presents a rare solo performance at Packard Hall, on the southwest corner of Cascade Avenue and Cache La Poudre Street. Taylor has played and composed with the very best, including Miles Davis and recording buddy John Coltrane. The concert is free but tickets are required; call 389-6607.
Neil Diamond is in Denver tonight and nothing else matters.
06Tuesday The Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission is getting creative with their efforts to raise money and awareness for the pro-peace/relief effort. Tonight they present a mountaineering slide show featuring jaw-dropping accounts of several trips, including a two-sister Mount McKinley expedition. The show, plus a gear auction, begins at 7 p.m. in Colorado College's Gaylord Hall (in the Worner Center, northwest corner of Cascade Avenue and Cache La Poudre Street). Admission is $5. Call 389-6607.
You want motivational speaking? We got motivational speaking. Norman Schwarzkopf, author Marcus Buckingham and Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind man to summit Mount Everest, have all descended with hopes to light a fire under your uninspired arse at the World Arena. It's an all-day affair. Call 272-8110.