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click to enlarge The Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble will feature music, poetry and more on Friday at First Christian Church.
  • The Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble will feature music, poetry and more on Friday at First Christian Church.

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Tonight at First Christian Church (16 E. Platte Ave.), witness some voco/viso/textual pyrotechnics as the Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble hosts Voice, Verse, and Vision: An Arts Collaboration. This multimedia ber-partnership features poetry adapted by three composers into choral and musical pieces, accompanied by visual arts also based on the poems. Ticket prices are $5$10 and are available by calling 520-SHOW.

Looking for something simpler? Scoot over to Raven's Nest coffee shop (corner of E. Boulder and Institute streets) for some folk singing by singer/songwriter Sarah Hope and the remainder of her trio, The Goods. The gig's from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Call 632-3433 for more.

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Saturday

Grab your lint roller and head over to the City Auditorium (corner of Weber and Kiowa streets) for the Rocky Mountain Cat Fanciers' annual spring show. This meeting of feline fans will feature 225 purebred cats as well as those enrolled in the popular "household" category. Expect vendors hawking cat furniture, food, litter, clothes, collectibles and tons more in order to aid in festooning your entire house with adorable gamboling ceramic kittens. Admission for the fun is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for kids and free for kids under 12. Things will be taking place today and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meow!

Folks: Want to really impress that dude or lady you've got your eye on? I can help, but you've got to listen carefully. Sign up for The Art of Wildlife Tracking class, taking place at Mountain Park Environmental Center (9161 Mountain Park Road in Beulah). This two-day class will instruct in the ancient art of tracking, from learning how to see and identify tracks to information gathering and detecting the thought processes of tracked animals. All of this spells tons o' luck in love, believe you me. All you have to do is call 719/485-4444 to register and fork over the registration fee ($55 for MPEC members and $65 for nonmembers), and you'll be rolling in amorous adventure. You're welcome.

Animal tracks and cat fanciers not stylish enough for you? Then, by all means, head over to the 46th annual Ebony Fashion Fair at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.). This exhibition of wicked clothing on wicked, long-legged glam models takes place at 8 p.m., and tickets will run you between $26 and $31, which includes a subscription to either Ebony or Jet magazine. Call the Pikes Peak Center at 520-7469 to get more information or to grab some tix.

Man, it's a hoppin' night. Also this evening, Saturday Night Live alumnus and reggae legend Toots appears at Armstrong Hall on the CC campus (corner of Tejon and Cache La Poudre streets). Toots is touring on his star-studded new album, which features the likes of Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, Ryan Adams, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, Rahzel, No Doubt, Bootsy Collins, the Roots and about a hundred thousand more. No slouch, that Toots. He'll be jamming this evening with The Maytals. Call 389-6000 for ticket information.

click to enlarge Toots and the Maytals are back in the Springs on Saturday at Colorado College.
  • Toots and the Maytals are back in the Springs on Saturday at Colorado College.

Also on the CC campus, Denver-based Jewish world beat ensemble Los Lantzmun will play their high-octane blend of Eastern European, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern music, sung in Hebrew, Yiddish, English and Judeo-Spanish, as part of the 15th annual Holocaust Commemoration events at the college. The band plays from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Gates Common Room (upstairs, Palmer Hall). The event is free. Call 389-6000 for more.

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Wednesday

This afternoon and tonight, catch renowned Canadian poet and classicist Anne Carson at the Jerome P. McHugh Commons on the Colorado College campus. Carson, the author of Men in the Off Hours, The Beauty of the Husband, Eros the Bittersweet and Autobiography of Red, will be reading and lecturing on "Every Exit is an Extrance: In Praise of Sleep," as well as speaking on a variety of topics -- one of which, it can be safe to assume, is Canadian poetry. Catch her at 3 and 7 p.m. for absolutely no charge whatsoever. Call 389-6000 for more information.

Lauded tough-guy Southern rockers .38 Special come to 32 Bleu (32 S. Tejon St.), and you better be ready, sucka. 'Cause, like, they're named after a gun. This means they mean business. Rock business. Yeah, that's right. I don't know if you can handle it. If you think you can, tickets are $28.50 and are available online at

www.32bleu.com . But, like I said, I don't think you're ready.

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Friday

It's a raucous Bacchus fracas! This weekend, join your fellow oenologist nerds and benefit the Colorado Springs Dance Theatre with the 13th annual Colorado Springs Wine Festival, a two-day celebration of California Cabernets, replete with lectures and visits by vintners from Amici Cellars, Burgess Cellars, Caldwell Vineyard, Laurel Glen Vineyard and Pride Mountain Vineyard. The merriment kicks off tonight with the Grand Tasting at the Broadmoor International Center, followed by the Winemaker Seminars tomorrow afternoon and the Winemaker Dinner and Live Auction tomorrow night. Each event is ticketed separately, and tickets will go fast. Hit up

www.csdance.org to obtain yours.

-- Aaron Retka

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