Face it: Your garden sucks. Improve that monstrosity and one-up your neighbors by attending the fourth annual Colorado Springs Home and Garden Show, where more than 200 of the region's flower, garden and home-improvement specialists will be present to guide you through your botanical woes. The event runs from 1 to 9 p.m. at the Phil Long Expo Center (1515 Auto Mall Loop), and admission is $6. For more, head over to www.phillongex pocenter.com.
Today through March 27, Phototroph Gallery (in the Depot Arts District underneath the Colorado Avenue bridge) presents Fallen Soldiers of Fort Carson, a photographic exhibit of memorial services for the 41 men and women from Fort Carson who have lost their lives in Iraq. Proceeds from the sales will go to Home Front Cares, an organization providing support to families of deployed troops. An opening reception will be held this evening from 5 to 8 p.m. Call 442-6995 or go to www.phototroph.com for more.
Just next door to Phototroph, pop over to see versatile Springs artist Michael Cellan's recent work in a solo exhibit at the Bridge Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave., under the bridge), opening tonight and showing through March 28. Work in the show includes mixed media pieces using clothing and lights. The opening reception is tonight, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Support the venerable City Auditorium and one of its long lasting events, the Antique and Collectibles Fair, now under new management. The 40-year tradition continues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today with hundreds of antique vendors, and on display, two vintage Harleys and a 1970 Datsun Roadster. For more, call 475-2110 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rocky Mountain Amateur Piano Competition winner Paul Romero returns to the Springs tonight for a solo concert at the Louisa Performing Arts Center, Colorado Springs School (21 Broadmoor Ave.), at 7:30 p.m. A public reception for Mr. Romero follows the concert that will include Frederic Chopin's Nocturne in F sharp major, Op. 15, No. 2 and George Gershwin's original piano solo version of "Rhapsody in Blue." Tickets are $10, $5 for students and seniors, and are available by calling 592-0472 or at the door.
Get your kicks at the Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.) this weekend. The World Horizons Travel Film Series presents Route 66: A Road to Remember, a look by filmmaker Charles Hartman at the historic route that brought his family to California following World War II. Take a look at the sights and towns that lie along the way and see how the road has changed. The film shows today and tomorrow at 2 p.m., and admission is $6 for FAC members, $7 for nonmembers and $8 at the door. Call the FAC box office at 634-5583 to learn more.
That other son-named-Julian-of-a-famous-guy is coming to town tonight, with wickedly wicked results. That's right, kiddos: Julian Marley will jam the roof off of 32 Bleu (32 S. Tejon St.) tonight. Grounded in a tradition of songs that reflect his dedication to spiritual uplift and social change, Monsieur Marley will surely provide an evening of dreadlock-bedecked awesomity. Tickets for this one are $15 before the show and $17 at the door. Hit up www.32bleu.com for more.
Today the UCCS photo exhibit Beggars and Choosers: Motherhood is Not a Class Privilege in America will come to a close with an all-day symposium at the University Center at UCCS (1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway), ending with author and curator Rickie Solinger's keynote address. The event will also feature panel discussions, lectures and a women's luncheon devoted to the topic of class politics relating to motherhood in the United States. All events for today are free and open to the public. Call Gerry Riggs at 262-3567 for more.
See the world in shades of pastel at the opening of the Pikes Peak Pastel Society's fifth annual membership exhibition. This year's theme is Once in a Blue Moon, indicating a charge to members to produce paintings that represent a departure either in technique, style or subject matter. Tonight's opening reception at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) goes from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and the show will be up through April 25.
Swing on over to Shuga's (702 S. Cascade Ave.) tonight for jazz and swing by the Tuey Connell Trio. A swank throwback to Chet Baker, Connell sings in that romantic style but picks guitar and banjo instead of blowing a trumpet. Jazzusa.com calls it "curl-by-the-fire" music, perfectly suited for small, cozy venues like Shuga's.
Don't miss this weekend's staging of Shakespeare's Richard III at UCCS TheatreWorks' Bon Vivant Theater (northwest corner of Austin Bluffs and Union). America's foremost classical touring group (hey, Kevin Kline and Meryl Streep cut their teeth with the company), The Acting Company brings its interpretation to Colorado Springs for three days only, tonight (7:30 p.m.), Saturday, March 13 (2 and 7:30 p.m.), and Sunday, March 14 (4 p.m.). Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at
www.uccstheatreworks.com or by calling the box office at 262-3232.
-- Aaron Retka