1 Thursday Today through Sunday is your last chance to catch artist Bill Cummins' Works on Paper 1996-2004 show at the UCCS University Center, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Call 262-3567 for more. (For more on Cummins, Independent Best Of's "Best Artist You Never Heard Of," visit www.csindy.com/csindy/2003-10-16/cover.html.
2 Friday If you've lived in Colorado Springs for more than a month, you've likely seen the photographs of Jane McBee. (Why, you may have seen a few right here in the Indy!) Portraitist, traveler, activist, photojournalist and shutterbug, Mcbee will present Also Abraham's Children: Everyday Life in Iraq at Phototroph Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave., Ste. 111) with a reception from 5-8 p.m. These photos were taken in 2002 when McBee traveled to Iraq with Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility. There will also be a gallery talk by the artist on Saturday at 1 p.m. Call 442-6995 or visit www.phototroph.com for more.
Next door at the Smokebrush Gallery, join the opening of City of Brass, an "openly political" show of work by Encho Avramov, Holly Parker, Betty Ross, Bill Starr, and Kat and Bob Tudor as well as a photo retrospective by Greg Kleinert, The Essence of Us: Exploring Homelessness through Art, accented by the words of Urban Peak's homeless teens. The exhibit is up through May 15; the opening reception is tonight from 5 to 8. Call 444-1012 or go to www.smokebrush.org.
It's a marvelous night for a moon dance! As such, The Bear Creek Nature Center (245 Bear Creek Road) is leading the Spring Moon Hike from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Come listen to the sounds of nature and make out vaguely discernable shapes (or just make out). It's $2 and reservations are required. Call 520-6387.
Brazilian Capoeira hosts Capoeira! Brazilian Music and Folklore, an hour-and-a-half-long program that "traces the history of slavery in Brazil and demonstrates the powerful influence of African culture on the country's modern art forms." Yeah, they'll be doing that crazy martial dance-nastics thing too, starting at 7:30 p.m. It's $5 in advance, $7 at the door at Mitchell High School Auditorium, 1205 Potter Drive. Call 231-6833.
3 Saturday The Manitou Art Theater and Fusion Pointe Dance team up today for Passport to Dance, a beguiling mix of live music, costumes and dances from around the world, not to mention free milk and cookies! This is for "kids of all ages" (as they call them now), so get ready to go India, Bali, Africa, Russia (and lots of other places that now handle American call centers) without ever leaving Manitou! It all goes down from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Theater at Venue 515 at the Business of Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave., in Manitou. It's $8 and you can call 685-1861 for reservations and info.
Should you find yourself in Guffey, or should you need an occasion to go there (how about a gorgeous backcountry drive on a warm springs day?), The Flying Turtle Gallery West (611 Canon St., in Guffey) is hosting an artist reception for Springs painter Rich Wojdula and sculptor Louise Peterson. Peterson's life-size "Great Dane in Bronze" was chosen to be displayed at the National Geographic Society's annual exhibition in Washington D.C. Face! Call 689-6100 for info and directions. The reception's from 4 to 7 p.m., with beverages and light hors d'oeuvres.
Tango your ta-tas off, or just watch, at the Shrine Club (West Pikes Peak Avenue at 33rd Street) from 8 to 11:30 p.m. There will be music by Exstasis and it's a mere $15. Call 475-2757 or go to www.tangosprings.com for more.
Well I'll be a brick on a toadstool, another international dance event! The First Annual Cosmic Dance Party of the Pikes Peak Region will also be partying to dances from countries that now handle American call centers. "We will have rock 'n' roll dancing, drum dancing, Sufi dancing, and mind dancing," say the organizers. It's gonna get cosmic at the Le Baron Hotel, 314 W., Bijou St., from 7:30 p.m. to midnight, yo. Call 634-6552.
5 Monday Everyone knows that all adult artists are striving to reconnect with their inner second-grader. Why not go straight to the source for inspiration and head to the Evans Elementary School 10th annual School-wide Art Show titled "Light On The Subject." Kids, as you know, are dizzyingly prolific and over 1,000 works that "connect visual art to math and science" will be on display. Beginning today and running through May 5 you can go to Evans Elementary at 1675 Winnebago Road between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., check in at the front desk and get a visitor's pass, and enjoy the unadulterated art experience. Call 475-8203 for more.
7 Wednesday If seeing torsos remain motionless while legs go all willy-nilly to Irish music floats your boat, and/or you enjoy the kind of programming PBS runs during fund drives, then you're in luck: Riverdance is back! Beginning today and running through Saturday, there will be five performances at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade. They will be at 8 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets range from $31.50 to $56.50 and you can procure them by stopping by the box office at the Pikes Peak Center, calling 520-SHOW or going to www.ticketmaster.com.
-- Noel Black