This year's pageant promises to be the best yet, with a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres in the Deco Lounge beginning at 6 p.m. Local clown Jim Jackson and actress Donna Vessey will host the awards ceremony, which begins at 7 p.m.
Categories include: classical music (large ensemble, small ensemble and solo performance), visual art show, visual artist, theatre (actor, actress, production, behind-the-scenes), popular music (group and individual), poetry and choreography.
Why poetry is a category, and not prose, is curious. Ditto for choreography and dance.
Each category has a jury comprised of "arts lovers and aficionados in that particular discipline." They choose a pool of nominees and narrow it down to three in each category. The winners are chosen prior to the awards ceremony, and the envelopes are hermetically sealed and encased in a lead safe, to be opened only by the officials.
Sounds like fun and a good excuse to pull out the rarely worn, cleavage-revealing evening gown or dusty tuxedo.
-- Kathryn Eastburn
Peak Area Performances and Artists Awards (PAPAAs)
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St.
Monday, Sept. 19, cash bar and munchies, 6 p.m.; awards ceremony, 7 p.m.
Tickets: $20, available at the FAC box office or by calling 634-5583.