Welcome to Texico: the land of Tom Faulkner. A place where blues, rock, Cajun and Tejano music meld together to form a special blend of Texas, Mexico, New Mexico and Louisiana. The Black Rose Acoustic Society presents an open stage headlined by Faulkner tonight starting at 7:30. The musical menagerie is at the Black Forest Lutheran Church (southeast corner of Black Forest and Shoup roads) and costs $2-$4. Call 633-3660 for more.
Celtic rocksters The Indulgers take the stage at The Shops at Briargate (1885 Briargate Parkway) one-year birthday bash, offering an improvement over the Muzak indoors. The concert is from 6 to 8 p.m., and kicks off a series of Friday night concerts (see Playing Around Listings for future events). Be sure to register to win free shopping for a year, which could come in handy when the new Banana Republic opens. Call 265-6264 for more info.
Live music, a bake sale, a craft fair, a picnic in the park, a puppet show, square dancing, free watermelon. Today and tomorrow, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Bancroft Park (West Colorado and 24th Street), Old Colorado City. It's the Old Colorado City Historical Society's Founders Day Celebration. Be there or be square. That is all.
The OpticalReverb Gallery at Cedars Jazz Club (3125 Sinton Road) must be a candidate running for the ultimate hotspot. Live jazz music by Jana Lee and Sidework, cigar and martini bars, gourmet tapas and an art gallery make for an aficionado's dream. Keith Ladzinski's photographs are on display starting tonight and there is an art presentation featuring the displayed work or slides of over 40 artists. Cedars is open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Visit www.OpticalReverb.com to get a preview of Ladzinski's work or call 633-5541 ext. 4 for more info.
Seminars to attend: avoiding conflict in the workplace, avoiding conflict in the home, avoiding conflict with mountain lions. Check the last one off your list this weekend, with the Mountain Lion Behavior: Ideas to Avoid Conflict presentation at the Starsmore Discovery Center (2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road) Learn about mountain lion biology and behavior and precautions to take -- good stuff to know since you live in mountain lion country -- from Linda Sweanor-Logan, one of the nation's premier large-cat researchers. The session runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are only $4 and children over 10 are welcome with an adult. Registration is required as seating is limited; call 578-6146.
Remember that shaky Super 8 home movie of you all dolled up in your Easter dress, your white-gloved finger stuck up your nose? Bring it to the TIE Home-Movie Day at Fusion Pointe Studio (2228 W. Pikes Peak Ave.) and share it with the world. Bring Super 8 or 16 mm films after 7:30 p.m. to register. Films will be shown after dark. Call 277-6657 for more.
It makes you feel good to rock for a cause. Case in point: The show tonight at Jack Quinn's (21 S. Tejon St.) is a benefit for The Children's Ark, a long-term residential treatment facility for at-risk kids. For a $10 donation you can rock out to Against Tomorrow's Sky, Hemi-Cuda, The Pageant, The Commies, Secrets Keep Friends, The Kim Stone Trio, The Randy Bowen Trio, The John Flores Jazz Project and others. You can also bid on silent auction items like gift certificates and artwork. They'll rock from 4 to 8 p.m. Call 385-0766 for more.
I met Elvis last Monday at Boulder Street Coffee Roasters and he was wearing a Hawaiian shirt. He told me he's getting a job at 7-11 and offered to buy me a cup of coffee. I'm not kidding. For your own Elvis sighting, on this, the anniversary of his death, catch GraceLand at Tequila's (25 N. Tejon St., 630-0500) at 7:30 p.m. Long live the king, who reportedly will make another appearance on Aug. 19 at Navajo Hogan.
Join the laid-back crowd at the Acacia Park Bandstand (or the Wayfarer Pub, 520 S. Tejon St. in case of rain) for the "Paint the Town Blue" concert by local blues band The Channel Cats. They'll channel cool right into your soul, or at least the soles of your feet. The music plays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Self-proclaimed king of love, Hal Ketchum, plays 32 Bleu (32 S. Tejon St.) tonight at 8:30. The silver-haired Ketchum is a Grand Ole Opry inductee and you might remember him from his gold record "Small Town Saturday Night" or from one of his 15 top 10 hits. Tickets are $20 and you can get more info at 955-5664.
An English major at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs needs 120 credits to graduate. $250 will get a UCCS student about a credit and half worth of class time. Admission to see Crossfire co-host "The Ragin' Cajun" James Carville and his politically opposed wife, former assistant to President George W. Bush, Mary Matalin, speak at the UCCS dinner honoring Brenda K. and Charles Smith is $250, and the proceeds go the Reach Your Peak Scholarship fund. The dinner is at The Broadmoor hotel International Center and begins at 6 p.m. Call 262-3357 for more.
-- Sara Gallagher