It's a quiltin' fiesta! Now through April 13, the Coburn Gallery at Colorado College's Worner Center (902 N. Cascade Ave.) hosts a juried exhibit, Front Range Contemporary Quilters. No patchwork affair, this. Admission to the exhibit is free; there's a gallery talk today at 4 p.m. and a reception to follow from 5 to 7:30 p.m. For complete gallery hours and more info, call 389-6797.
Join UCCS TheatreWorks for the world premier of Petticoats and Pistols, a rock-'em sock-'em dramatic look at the role of women in the Old West, running until March 7 at the Bon Vivant Theater (3955 Cragwood Drive, northwest corner of Union and Austin Bluffs). Drawing upon the letters, diaries, writings and poetry of women in frontier America, the play (written/adapted by Laura Tesman) offers an alternative to the masculine mythology of the West. You hear that, Cormac McCarthy? Tickets are $15 and are available at the TheatreWorks box office at 262-3232. For more information and for show times, hit up www.uccstheatreworks.com.
Orly's Art Gallery (730 S. Tejon St.) hosts a wine tasting and opening reception for a show of fine area painters, from 6 to 9 p.m., including works by Denver's Desmond O'Hagan, Colorado Springs' Sparky Lebold and Herman Raymond, and Black Forest's Thomas Owen. Catering is by Zak's of Woodland Park, and wines of Chile will be featured. A portion of donations collected will benefit classical music station KCME-FM 88.7.
Leave the Pink Floyd at home and join your peers tonight for a Sing-Along Wizard of Oz at the Air Force Academy's Arnold Hall. A "perform-along fun pack" will be provided for this event to help take your mind off how funny it is to hear a room full of people lamenting that they have no brains. Tickets for this one will run you $6-$15 and are available by calling 333-4497.
This weekend, take in Beggars and Choosers: Motherhood is Not a Class Privilege in America, a photographic exhibit based on historian Rickie Solinger's most recent books, hosted by UCCS. The exhibit makes a claim for the dignity, the legitimate motherhood and the civil rights of women often depicted as peripheral to American society -- women who live in poverty. The exhibit runs through March 8, with a symposium and keynote held on the closing day, and will be shown on the main floor of the University Center of UCCS.
The Manitou Springs Carnivale Parade and celebration takes place today, starting at 10 a.m. in Memorial Park, with the Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cookoff starting at 11 a.m. The parade commences at 1 p.m. through the streets of Manitou to Soda Springs Park, where revelers can join the Party in the Park. This is just the beginning of two days of live music, dancing, an arts and crafts festival and Mardi Gras amusements for kids. For more, call 685-0707.
Tonight, the Smokebrush Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave., under the bridge) hosts internationally renowned multi-instrumentalist Fred Frith and Denver guitarist Janet Feder. Feder, a classically trained musician, is best known for her prepared guitar work, applying metal objects to the strings, producing sound that has been compared to steel drums. Visit
Less cutting edge, but equally as fascinating: the U.S. Air Force Academy presents A Few Good Men ... Dancin' tonight at Arnold Hall. I expect uniforms, crew cuts, maybe even a can-can. Tickets are $20-$40 and are available at 333-4497.
Get your fat self over to the Fat Tuesday Jazz Concert to benefit Inside/Out Youth Services. The concert features Denver jazz vocalist Juli Smith, singer Daniel Smith, pianist Garry Estep and drummer Elaine Harris, starting at 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:15 p.m.) Tickets are $10 in advance, $5 for students and $12 at the door. Refreshments and a cash bar will be available in the lobby of the Pikes Peak Metropolitan Community Church, on 21st Street, just south of Highway 24. For more, call the concert hotline at 277-9478.
If you need an excuse to get dolled-up and belt out "Total Eclipse of the Heart" in front of a bunch of strangers, go ahead and join the Legends of Karaoke Championships, tonight at the ICON nightclub (5917 N. Academy Blvd.). This is the best of the best of performers who enjoy imitating other performers, and presents a postmodern quandary in and of itself, so don't miss the fun. Things are taking place from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Swing, blues, ragtime, jazz and folk guitarist Pat Donohue, best known for his gigs on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion, takes the stage tonight at the Business of Art Center (515 Manitou Ave.) at the behest of the Black Rose Acoustic Society. Tickets are $18 for the general public, $13 for BRAS members; the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Call 495-9654 or visit
www.blackroseacoustic.org for more.
Register now because space is limited for the 2004 Peak to Prairie Landscape Symposium for home landscapers and professionals, at the Doubletree Hotel (1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.) all day today and Saturday, Feb. 28. Sustainability and water-wise gardening are the focuses. Call the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, 636-8923, for more.
-- Aaron Retka