Singer-songwriter Jenny Bird has performed at Lilith Fair, and her music has been acclaimed by master folkie Pete Seeger and writing guru Natalie Goldberg. The New Mexican will kick off her next tour with "wilderness songstress" Melissa Crabtree in Bemis Lounge at Colorado College, 386-6606. Tickets to the concert are $4, and the show begins at 8 p.m.
The Black Forest Arts & Crafts Guild is going all out for its 35th annual Holiday Show and Sale at the Black Forest Community Center, on the northwest corner of Shoup and Black Forest roads. Over 100 artisans will display their work, from paintings to food to stained glass to willow furniture. Admission is free, and for safety reasons, no strollers are allowed. The show will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and runs through Sunday. Call 495-3217 to find out more.
Grab a snowbunny and head over to the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., for Warren Miller's Fifty. The film examines 50 years of filming extreme winter sports. The show begins at 8 p.m.; tickets are $14. Fifty will be shown again Saturday night at 6 and 9. Call 520-SHOW for details.
One is named Idlet, and he is an inch shy of 7 feet tall. The other is named Grimwood and sings. Together, they are Trout Fishing in America. The performing duo of guitarist Ezra Idlet and bassist Keith Grimwood have been synergizing for over 20 years. Noted for their humor, charm, intelligence and superb musicianship, not to mention their amazing vocals and intriguing folk/acoustic/rock/pop songs, the duo will appear live and in person at the Thunderbird Inn, 2652 Highway 24, in beautiful Florissant at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 748-3968 for details.
In conjunction with the Dreamers Art exhibit now on display in the Gallery of Contemporary Art at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, come join A Little Night Verse, an open mike for poets who use their dreams as inspiration. Share one or two of your own poems or just relax and listen to others. The evening begins at 7:30 and is free. Call 262-3567 for more.
The Warehouse, 25 W. Cimarron St., is turning over its wall space to contemporary paintings by Jason Chase, mixed media by Lin Fife and photography by Larry Hampton for the next gallery show. The opening reception for Up Against the Wall begins this afternoon at 4, and the show will hang until Dec. 31. Call 475-8880 for more.
Watch the cops take on the Harlem Ambassadors at a charity basketball game and silent auction, featuring items autographed by the Broncos, Nuggets and Avalanche. The Police Athletic League All-Stars will take on the wacky opposing team at 7 p.m. in the Palmer High School Gym, 301 N. Nevada Ave. Tickets are $4-$6. Call 444-7618.
The Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble and the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs are joining forces to present Lessons of the Millennium, the first-ever collaboration of these two superpowers of Colorado Springs classical music. They will use their power for good, not evil, as they perform Haydn, Poulenc and Shostokovich at First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave. The concert begins at 2:30 p.m. and admission is $4-$8. Call 633-3649.
Colorado 1870-2000 will be the subject of a multimedia presentation by photographer John Fielder tonight in Packard Hall at Colorado College. Fielder will mix historical tales of Colorado, photographic "then and now" images and personal anecdotes beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 386-6606 for more info.
George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's Pulitzer Prize-winning play You Can't Take It With You debuted in 1936, when America was still feeling the effects of the Great Depression. The play focuses on the Sycamore family, a collection of creative and eccentric people who live life to its fullest. When a young man trying to win the hand of young Alice Sycamore brings his parents over for dinner, things just seem to go wrong, and a hilarious episode ensues. A large cast of interesting and slightly oddball characters add to the madness and show that we don't need material things to be happy, and we should not waste time on decisions that detract from our quality of life. The timeless play opens at 7 p.m. at the Smokebrush Theater, 235 S. Nevada Ave., and runs until Dec. 4. Tickets are $12-$15; call 444-0884.
You would think that a society so advanced would not need to be taught the ways of acceptance, compassion, tolerance and love. Unfortunately, recent events have caused the creation of Journey to a Hate-free Millennium, a documentary including interviews, news clips and commentary surrounding the deaths of Matthew Shepard, James Byrd Jr. and Rachel Scott, all victims of hate crimes. Director Brent Scarpo will present an introduction. The film will be shown for free in Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave., at 7 p.m. All are welcome.
One of the most important figures in African-American poetry today will read selections from her work in Gates Common Room in Colorado College's Palmer Hall. Toi Derricotte is the co-founder of Cave Canem, a workshop for African-American writers. She is the winner of the Patterson Poetry Prize, and her memoir, The Black Notebooks, won the Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Award and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, both for non-fiction. The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by a book signing. Both are free. Call 389-6606 for details.
The 1999 Pikes Peak Watercolor Society Show and Sale will begin this evening with an opening reception at 5 at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Everyone's welcome to browse or to buy. The work of the local artists will hang until Dec. 21 at the center.