The Business of Art Center (513 Manitou Ave.) hosts two openings from 5 to 8 p.m. Surface & Texture celebrates the work of three superb fiber artists -- Jeanne Steiner's intricate weavings, silk paintings by Rebecca Yaffe, and unique baskets by Linda Lugenbill. Next door at Venue 515, Fertile Ground is the BAC's 3rd Biennial Garden Exhibit, a multimedia show of work inspired by flowers, gardens and all things botanic. Visit www.thebac.org for more.
She of the much-lauded beautiful voice, Sarah Hope, sings original and traditional songs tonight at Raven's Nest Coffee Shop, the cool little venue at 330 N. Institute St. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. Call 632-3433 for more.
Beat the heat and head out early for the just-launched Colorado Farm and Art Market, a farmers' and producers' market and art fair on the GasWorks parking lot beneath the Colorado Avenue bridge. The market opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m. Memberships in the CFAM cooperative will get you a 10 percent discount on all member products. Go. It's good for you and good for Colorado Springs.
Today and tomorrow tour six local xeriscaped gardens and learn how to create your own at this annual event sponsored by the Colorado Federation of Garden Clubs and the Colorado WaterWise Council. Tickets are $15 -- available in advance at King Soopers on West Uintah Street, North Academy Boulevard, Austin Bluffs Parkway and Cheyenne Meadows Road -- and can be purchased on the tour date at either 3106 Templeton Gap Road or at the Colorado Springs Utilities Xeriscape Demo Garden at 225 Mesa Road. Details and photos are available at www.coloradogardenclubs.org.
Hold on one minute there, nerds: When I say "Potter's Games," I'm not talking about competitive Parselmouthing or the 100-meter Patronus-off. (That stuff doesn't really exist. Sigh.) What does exist, though, is clay, and they'll be competing like mad with that stuff today in Manitou Springs at ClayFest. Competitive events include largest thrown pot, fastest throwing, blindfolded throwing, tandem throwing and hand building. Witness your favorite potter take home the gold. The (regrettably non-magical) festivities are happening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Soda Springs Park in Manitou Springs, and interested potters can register to compete by heading over to
Also today, celebrate Juneteenth at the Doubletree Hotel at the World Arena (1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.) or at Fountain Park (corner of Fountain and Institute, next to Hillside Community Center). The free park event will feature food, entertainment and a celebration of the life and times of former vice-mayor Leon Young, from noon to 6 p.m. The Junteenth Expo at the hotel will include dinner, an awards ceremony, exhibitions and entertainment by jazz saxophonist Plas Johnson, best known for his purring contibution to Henry Mancini's "Pink Panther Theme." Reservations are required for the Expo; call 528-1954.
Spend your Sunday surrounded by undulating tummies, but this time not at Wal-Mart. The Magdalia Festival, the Springs' first belly dance get-together, goes on all day today at the City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St.). Events include a workshop, public vending of costumes, swords, jewelry and art, open stage performances and an evening performance featuring Morocco, New York's own belly-dancing guru. Admission for the afternoon events is $5 and the cost of the evening performance is $15. Call 632-1111 for more information.
Tonight at the Gold Rush Palladium in Cripple Creek (209 E. Bennett), catch the Kingston Trio, who'll be Tom Dooleying all night long. These aging folksters emerged from the North Beach scene in 1957 on the forefront of the folk movement to conquer the nation with sizzling banjo licks and pretty melodies. Head over to
www.ticketweb.com or call 866/468-7621 to buy tickets, which will run you $20 to $29. The doors open at 4 p.m. for a 5 o'clock show.
Salsa 'til ya Drop (tango and swing too) tonight, starting at 6, at Rum Bay (20 N. Tejon St.) to raise money for Diabetes Community Outreach in the Pikes Peak region. The Diabetes Resource Network wants you to party and to get tested for your personal risk of diabetes. They will be attempting to break into the Guinness Book of World Records for most people risk tested for diabetes in one day. DRN will be risk assessing downtown from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Rum Bay gives salsa lessons from 7 to 9; and local dance studios will give salsa, tango, swing, cha-cha and rumba demonstrations throughout the evening.
The Pikes Peak Farmers' Market at Memorial Park starts today and runs through Oct. 7, 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., every Monday and Thursday except Labor Day. Teach your kids to love their veggies; bring 'em along for a shopping spree.
Cipriano Vigil, the premier authority on the historic music of New Mexico, along with daughter Felicita and son Cipriano, will demonstrate Spanish corridos, relaciones, valces, polkas, redondos and other popular Spanish music forms made popular in the Southwest as far back as the 17th century, tonight at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site (off of 30th street, next to Garden of the Gods). This outdoor concert -- bring blankets or lawn chairs -- starts at 7 p.m. and is free. Bring the whole family; Vigil has been proclaimed "a living treasure of folk music" by the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities.
-- Aaron Retka