22 Thursday This afternoon, check out the Waxworks exhibit on display at the Business of Art Center (515 Manitou Ave.). The exhibit, featuring pieces by artists Beth McCoy and Jonathan Evans, showcases a technique called batik. The style originated in South Asia and involves soaking melted wax into cloth and then using dyes to create images. The show features more than 50 batik paintings in a wide variety of subject matter ranging from portraits and Indian landscapes to still-life paintings. This exhibit is on display until Jan. 31 and the gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 685-1861.
23 Friday Get spooked tonight at the Hearthstone Inn (506 N. Cascade Ave.) with their murder mystery dinner titled Come For Dinner ... Stay For Death (and breakfast too!). The dinner show will take place as investigators from Ghost Hunter magazine search the inn for its connections to the other side. Over the years, guests and employees of the Hearthstone Inn have reported eerie disturbances, sightings and other unexplained phenomena occurring at the inn. The real-life "ghostbusters" from GHM will use their own experience as well as an array of high-tech gizmos to zero in on any paranormal activity during their stay. After the dinner, guests are encouraged to stay in one of the rooms and have breakfast the next morning. That is, if the ghosts don't scare them away during the night. The haunting starts at 7:30 p.m. and is $39 per person for dinner and the show. Overnight rates start at $73 per person. Call 473-4413 for more information.
Also tonight, come see a man who lives and breathes guitar. Michael Johnson will perform at the Black Rose Acoustic Society Open Stage (Black Forest and Shoup roads). Johnson has no illusions about his purpose in life and has dedicated himself to the fine art of the six-string since he was 13. He studied guitar in Barcelona, Spain, and has perfected his own distinctive style by not only performing but also living the music the way most musicians can only dream of. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $4 for the general public and $2 for Black Rose Society members. For more information, call 633-3660 or log on to www.blackroseacoustic.org.
24 Saturday Dance on down to FlamencOrbit at UCCS' Bon Vivant Theater (northwest corner of Austin Bluffs and Union). This is a multimedia showcase of electronic dance music, flamenco guitar, live video mixing and gypsy storytelling, featuring the guitar work of Gregory Walker. Digital images from southern Spain will be "orbited" by the VJs of Dig Interactive. Tonight only, 8-9 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door, free for UCCS students with an ID. Call 632-6189 for more.
Cruise to Manitou tonight for the opening of Maynard Dines In at the Business of Art Center (515 Manitou Ave.). This play is the brainchild of local writers Mark and Lauren Arnest and is directed by Eve Tilley. The farcical plot revolves around a young couple, Harold and Gina, as they strive to get ahead in the hustle and bustle of New York City. They soon hatch a scheme involving a small bit of deceit, a few fake identities and a priceless painting. As you might guess, their well-thought-out plan soon becomes a disaster. The play starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $12.50. Call 685-1861 or go to www.manitouarttheater.com for more information.
25 Sunday Three years ago, nobody'd heard of Toby Keith, except for United States Football League fans from Oklahoma, where the big guy used to play. Then came "nine-one-one," as Toby calls it, and the death of his father, a Vietnam vet, and one pissed off song, "Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue (The Angry American)," Keith's breakthrough hit. Who can forget these lyrics? You'll be sorry you messed with the U.S. of A./ 'Cause we'll put a boot in your ass/ It's the American way ... Did you think George W. Bush wrote 'em? Nope, it was Toby in his leap to fame that culminated with this year's platinum CD, Shock 'n' Y'all. Keith and fellow American Blake Shelton take the stage at the World Arena tonight at 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 6:30. Call 576-2626 to get a ticket, if there are any left.
27 Tuesday Master organist Richard Webster performs tonight at Shove Chapel (Nevada Avenue on CC campus) as part of Colorado College's Distinguished Organist series. Webster is an internationally known musician, composer and conductor. Besides playing with the Chicago and Milwaukee symphonies, he teaches church music at Northwestern University. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. and is free to all. For more information, call 389-6606.
Also at CC, Israeli poet Shlomo Avayou will read from his works, and Israeli composer and CC prof Ofer Ben-Amots will perform his music. The performance is in Packard Hall at 7 p.m. and is free.
28 Wednesday Beautiful handcrafted pottery is on display this afternoon at the Nicaraguan Pottery show at the Commonwheel Artist Gallery (102 Canon Ave.). This show is a benefit for Potters For Peace, a nonprofit organization that offers support and solidarity to Nicaraguan potters. The group is determined to preserve the cultural traditions and methods used to create the exquisite and highly detailed pottery from Nicaragua. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the show will run until Feb. 23. Call 685-1008 for more information.
-- Grayson Mendenhall