Now, this is theater I can fully support: The Australian-ish off-Broadway cult phenom Puppetry of the Penis makes its Colorado debut this weekend at the Boulder Theater (2032 14th St. in Boulder). The wang-centered show features Colorado natives Preston Levato and Joey Dixon, who responded to the open audition in Denver with uncommon penile flexibility and elasticity. Judges were wowed, to say the least. Before they head on a whirlwind tour and become totally famous with POP and their own spectacular genitalia, check out Levato and Dixon tonight through Sunday. Hit up www.bouldertheater.com or
www.puppetryofthepenis.com for more information, show times and ticket prices.
Analog's for suckers! You digital kids can drive this truism home at the Siggraph Digital Salon, taking place at Venue 515 at the Business of Art Center (515 Manitou Ave., in Manitou Springs). As part of the fun, multimedia performers Benjamin Pratt, Mer(kaba)lah, and the Lesser Mortals will blend electronica with audio-visual wackiness. The binary bash runs from 7:30 to 11 tonight, and admission is $5 with free appetizers and a cash wine and beer bar for those so inclined. Learn more at
This weekend, truck on down to Salida for the city's annual ArtWalk events. Take a stroll around Colorado's largest historical district (duh, downtown Salida) and take in visual and performing arts happening in 40 galleries, restaurants and shops. Events during the weekend include a special outdoor sunset viewing of Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time, a film about the renowned Scottish sculptor, along with one-act plays, potting exhibitions, basketry events and a whole slew of other fun things to do and see.
It's Cripple Creek vs. Salida this weekend in a grisly battle for festival supremacy and tourist dollars. Behold Cripple Creek's champion: Donkey Derby Days, a weekend-long ass fiesta featuring amateur donkey races, professional donkey races and businessperson donkey races along with beer (yea!), live entertainment, a parade and tons of interactive activities for kids (like gold panning) and adults (see "beer" above). The proceeds go to the care of wild donkeys that roam the town. So, you make the call -- art or donkeys.
Or stay in town and catch Scottish folk singer Alex Beaton at the Black Rose Acoustic Society Open Stage (at the Black Forest Community Center, corner of Black Forest and Shoup roads in Black Forest). Beaton, a world-renowed guitarist and baritone who is perplexingly kilt-free in his press photo, will dazzle with traditional Celtic jams. The show'll get started at 7:30, and the cost is $2 for BRAS members and $4 for nonmembers. Check
www.blackroseacoustic.org for more.
Speaking of Scotland, today will see the 18th annual Pikes Peak Highland Games and Celtic Festival at the Penrose Equestrian Center (1045 W. Rio Grande St.). There will be a variety of highland athletics, such as Putting the Stone, Tossing the Caber, Weights for Height, Sheaf Toss and the Hammer Throw, along with music by the aforementioned Alex Beaton, Jerry Brown, the Mountain Road Ceili Band, the band Sailor and a whole lot more. You can also expect highland-style dancing, draft horse-pullin', bagpipes up the tailpipe and enough tartan to blind you permanently. The festivities run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and admission is $12 for adults, $9 for kids 7-11, free for kids under 6 and $10 for seniors 60-plus or active military personnel. Get discounted tickets beforehand at the Celtic Mercantile (2616 W. Colorado Ave.), the Leprechaun Shoppe (943 Manitou Ave.), the Dulcimer Shop (740 Manitou Ave.) or by calling 277-0158.
What your weekend is missing is herpetology, plain and simple. Remedy this by heading on over to Bear Creek Nature Center today, where you and your young 'uns can meet Brandy Vernay and her bevy of live snakes, geckos, newts, frogs and tortoises. You'll learn things and get a well-needed education in all things reptilian. Reservations are required, and there's a wee fee of $4 for the event. Call 520-6387 for more.
Tonight at 8, legendary Brit blues band Savoy Brown with founding guitarist Kim Simmonds still at the helm, takes the stage at Rum Bay (20 N. Tejon St.). In case you're too young to remember who they are, Savoy Brown opened Cream's first ever London gig in 1967; Simmonds and ex-members of the band have also been members of acts like Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath, Humble Pie and Foghat; Simmonds has been inducted into Hollywood's Rock Wall of Fame. Tickets are $15 in advance and $19 at the door. Call 634-3522.
Today, check out some scenery and some art along the America the Beautiful Trail. The local Trails and Open Space Coalition commissioned a number of benches along the trail that were designed by visual and literary artists, and it's your chance to see them and meet the artists today on short treks along the trail. The 76-mile America the Beautiful Trail wends through sections of Cripple Creek, Woodland Park, Green Mountain Falls, Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs. Reservations for the hike are recommended, as space is limited. For complete information on how to see the benches, visit www.trailsandopenspaces.org
-- Aaron Retka