It's finally happened -- the amount of quality entertainment in this issue has precluded me from delivering my usual rant. There's so much music in this issue that I've got no room to disgorge, no room to wax long and cynical. You're just going to have to make up your own snappy commentary this week. That's all there is to it.
The first bit of music-related fun begins at Cheyenne Mountain High, an unlikely spot. The drama kids are presenting She Loves Me! at 7 o'clock and tomorrow, and 2 o'clock Saturday. Tickets run from $5 to $7, depending on who you know. They're free for kiddies 5 and under. Call 475-6110 Ext. 174.
The next thing isn't so much about just music, but how music makes snow sports look really, really cool. Warren Miller's Cold Fusion opens at the Pikes Peak Center tonight. It plays at 6 and 9 p.m., and again tomorrow at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. (that half-hour difference is for all you people who like to go nuts and throw caution to the wind on Friday nights). Tickets are $13.50. Call 520-SHOW.
Music isn't even really the focus of Aquatica, but it will be in attendance, so we'll throw the Colorado College dance concert in for good measure. Aquatica is a student-produced, -choreographed and --performed exhibition in Cossit Hall. Admission is just $2 and it begins at 8 p.m. Call 389-6606. The show runs through Saturday.
There's no music here. We just dig ice. A lot. Colorado Ice Fest 2001, a gathering of ice freaks and their freaky carving tools, kicks off at noon today at Kavanaugh Field in Woodland Park (corner of West Street and Highway 24). Admission is a $6 suggested donation, and you can call 687-7375 for more. The fest runs through Sunday, unless, of course, global warming spoils all the fun.
Yeah, that whole music thing? It skips Friday. But there's good stuff all the same. The Bridge Gallery, at 218 W. Colorado Ave., offers an alternative to holiday crap, um, I mean, craft fairs. Heaven and Hell, a mixed-media show featuring angels and devils and whatnot, opens tonight at 5 and runs through Dec. 16. Call 329-1574.
Speaking of little angels, the Colorado College Tigers will surely whup the tar out of those pansies from Clarkston University at the hockey match tonight at the World Arena. Tickets run from $12 to $15. Call 576-2626. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.
I love this event. Every year, they have the most absurd items up for auction: a ride in a AT-6 WWII fighter trainer, Krispy Kremes delivered to your door, legal representation on a non-alcohol- or drug-related speeding ticket in El Paso County and, making a repeat performance this year, a vasectomy. Exactly what kind of people support the Ruth Washburn Cooperative Nursery School? Who cares, as long as they fork over the dough for the little nursery that's been turning out model pupils for 41 years. 2001: A School Odyssey begins at 5:30 p.m. in Colorado College Gates Common Room. Call 636-3084.
Non-Rave! Non-Rave! Freak Out! Huzzah! Sasha & John Digweed, plus Jimmy Van M spin tonight from the not-so-secret location of the City Aud, 221 E. Kiowa Ave. Tickets are $30-$35. Call 800/965-4827.
And for the grandparents, Max Morath: The Ragtime Man gets jiggy with Joplin during his "tour of Ragtime America." All kidding aside, Morath is really very good; his off-broadway show won loads of acclaim from even the most bitter and jaded New York critics. The show begins at 8 at the Fine Arts Center, which is located at (you all know the words) 30 E. Dale. St. Tickets are $20. Call 634-5583.
Sumo wrestling, right here in River City -- what more could you ask for on a Saturday afternoon? UCCS' Xtreme Xperience brings you sumo, a performance by Looks Like Me, food, games with legit prizes like snowboards and Bronco tickets and a car show at Acacia Park today. Proceeds benefit the Red Cross, and there's no admission cost. The fun begins at 10 a.m. Call 574-3817.
The Da Vinci Quartet joins Colorado College faculty members Susan Grace and Paul Nagem in concert in Packard Hall at 3 p.m. It's free. Call 389-6606.
Amen! Can I getta, I SAY-ED? Can I getta a witness!? Testify! Five dollas to the first one to testify at the Richard Smallwood gospel concert which gets under way today at 5 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Center. Tickets are $20; call 520-SHOW.
The Denver Civic Theatre Company takes their show on the road, bringing it to the Air Force Academy's Arnold Hall for one night only. Tickets to Shakespeare's Measure for Measure are $15 to $20; call 333-4497. Show starts at 5:30 p.m.
Skank your way to enlightenment with Reel Big Fish, Sugarcult and Suburban Legends at the Colorado Music Hall at 8 p.m. Call 800/965-4827 for the $12 tickets. The show is all-ages.
20 Tuesday Alright Cheeseheads, your leader has arrived ... Our belovd Michael Travis, drummer extraordinaire of the famous and heady String Cheese Incident, performs with his old friend Dan Lehman tonight at the Utopia Caf, 117 E. Bijou. Say it with me: Thank You Mr. Lehman!!!!! Tickets are $10 and you must get them before the show as seating is limited. Call 633-1080. Jamming begins at 8.
Wednesday night is a big night for live music roun' these parts. There are a bunch of bands playing at local venues tonight, most of them free. Don't have enough room to list it all here, but check out Playing Around on page 40 and you'll surely find something to suit you.