CoCo Sansoni sends up the Great White Way during her performance tonight at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Last time she was here, everybody went cuckoo for CoCo, and now she's come back for more. Tickets are $25, and include post-show sweets. Call 634-5581 or visit
www.imaginationcelebration.org. Show starts at 7 p.m.
Running with Sally -- It's not about a girl, but about the act of sallying forth, passionately busting out on an odd sidetrip into a mountainous Colorado jamscape. The Boulder-based band has a thing for bluegrass, Johnny Cash and Jerry Garcia, which fits in perfectly with the swash atmosphere at Utopia Cafe, on Bijou Street across from Acacia Park. They perform tonight at 9, and admission is free. Put on your dancing shoes and call 633-1080.
Rampart High's performing arts department presents Philemon, a musical full of love, betrayal, religion and Roman indulgences, much like real high school. The play runs tonight and Saturday at 7. Call 594-9292 Ext. 235 for tickets.
J.M. Coetzee was recently referred to me as probably the world's greatest living novelist. And why not? His books are raved about, and he's won just about every prize there is, including the Booker. Coetzee will speak as part of the Visiting Writers Lecture Series at Colorado College tonight at 8. He'll read from and discuss his works, which include Foe, Disgrace and Waiting for the Barbarians, in Packard Hall, on the southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Admission is free. Call 389-6607.
Denver saxman Nelson Rangell graces us with his fabulous contemporary jazz presence at the 25th birthday dinner of the Colorado Springs Ski Ambassadors, at the Sheraton Hotel, 2886 S. Circle. The evening begins at 6 with cocktails, then the concert and dinner at 7 p.m. Afterward, local band Phat Daddy plays until midnight. All this and more, for the low low price of $50. Call 532-1933 for details.
Don't forget the Veterans Parade downtown at 9:30 a.m. It will be HUGE this year, as you can imagine. Starts at Boulder and Tejon, and heads south on Tejon ending at Vermijo.
Today is your one chance to see the Molstad Grace, artist George Molstad's tribute to Eric Enstrom's famous photo of simple piety taken in 1920. Unfortunately, we don't have a picture for you here, so you'll have to see the truly striking painting at A Little Bookshop, 5038 N. Academy Blvd., or visit www.gracebyenstrom.com to see the original photograph. Call 264-9457 to find out more.
If you add "alicious" to the end of just about anything, you get such a wonderful new adjective. Like funkalicious, for example, which is the perfect word to describe OM Trio. The San Francisco electric funk/jazz jam group returns to Acoustic Coffee Lounge for another sexy Sunday night. Admission is $5. Call 268-9951 for more.
Everybody loves bikers, especially bikers with hearts of gold. So be on the lookout for the huge convoy of haloed riders with toys strapped to the ape hangers as they ride out of town this morning. They're headed out on the biggest Christmas Toy Run in Southern Colorado, and finish up with an after-ride party at George's Union Station, 2419 N. Union. All bikes are welcome, and the ride is police-escorted. The entry fee is one or two new toys, which are donated to Christmas Unlimited. The run rolls out from Pikes Peak Harley Davidson, 5867 N. Nevada Ave., at 11 a.m.
What is up with Mondays? Everyboy complains about them and thry're the butt of a million jokes, but still we put up with 'em. Why don't we just get rid of Mondays, like how hotels have ditched the 13th floor. I propose we start a committee to eradicate Mondays, beginning with the New Year. Then the workweek will be shorter, and will begin on Tuesdays, a day that everyone likes. Down with Monday!
13 Tuesday So the other night, artist David Gonzales got the hankering to paint, so he took to the back wall at Acoustic Coffee Lounge, 5152 Centennial Blvd. In about, oh, say, an hour, he had painted a floor to ceiling mural that is a sight to behold. Check it out at the opening reception for Gonzales' many other colorful works tonight from 6 to 9. The exhibit is a tribute to the young artist and human beat box Matt Boyd, known as Mines, who was killed in car accident on August 13. Ten percent of the sale proceeds benefit the United Way and Red Cross, and hip hop/beat/poetry band Idiolectic will play beginning at 8 p.m. Admission is free; call 268-9951.
Every year UCCS hosts the International Thanksgiving Festival, and that means one thing -- grubbin'. Mad grubbin'. They've got so many different kinds of food up there that they don't know what to do with themselves. For $4 to $8, you can help them figure it out, and while you digest, you can watch traditional ethnic dance and musical performances, or check out the market. The feast will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 262-3238.
-- Kristen Sherwood