Thursday Today through Oct. 30, the White Gallery at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave. in Pueblo) will play host to the Representing the West art exhibit and sale. Held in conjunction with the Pueblo Chile and Frijoles Festival, the exhibit features buckets upon buckets of Western art both of the two- and the three-dimensional varieties. There are a zillion popular Western artists who'll have pieces for display and sale. If you miss the free opening reception tonight from 5 to 8 you can still check out the show and sale. Call 719/295-7200 to learn more, or call up the Web site at www.sdc-arts.org.
Also this weekend, take in a freakin' show already. Colorado College's Theatre Workshop presents Christopher Durang's comedy Beyond Therapy, playing at Taylor Theatre on the CC campus. Because it's a comedy, the actors will probably execute some form of verbal jousting or misspeak, which will be funny. You will then laugh. Irony may play come into play at some point, in which case the baby boomers in the crowd will feel uncomfortable, like they're missing something important. But hey, before you experience any of that, you've got to go to the Worner Center (910 N. Cascade Ave.) and pick up some free tickets. The show is taking place at 7 p.m. tonight, tomorrow and Sunday.
Friday Hoo-boy! Tonight, pay tribute to the memory of decent band names by going to see Cowboy Mouth, playing at 32 Bleu (32 S. Tejon St.). Described as the baby of a sadly nonexistent tryst between the Neville Brothers and the Clash, Cowboy Mouth plays New Orleans-tinged rock 'n' roll, and their Web site states quite clearly that they will kick your ass. Plus, they've toured with Hootie and the Blowfish, Better than Ezra, Barenaked Ladies and -- here's the kicker, folks -- they're sponsored by Southern Comfort. Tickets for this one are $15-25 for an 8 p.m. door. Check out www.32bleu.com to get yours.
What? No plans tonight? Truck over to the Lon Chaney Theater (221 E. Kiowa St.) for the Star Bar Players' performance of Neil Simon's Chapter Two. It's playing Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 2 with a special matinee on Sunday Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. Give them a jingle at 573-7411 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
25 Saturday Those less-than-dexterous knackwurst-sized fingers of yours not cutting it on the guitar lately? Well, you can't teach talent, but you can try to coax it out. National Guitar Champion Muriel Anderson will be doing just that today at North Star Studios (3617 Betty Drive, Suite E) from 1 to 3 p.m. Anderson is a nationally renowned classical guitarist who will be instructing beginning to advanced guitar arrangements. Tickets for the workshop are $30, and you can get in on the action by calling 573-0575.
It's here. The local astronomical society is hosting one of their famous star parties tonight. From dark to 11 tonight, they'll have their telescopes out for you and anyone else who wants to stop by Fox Run Park, just north of Colorado Springs. Enter the park from Stella Drive. Need more info? Skip over to www.csastro.org.
Sunday Treat you and yours to a delightful evening hike tonight at Mountain Park Environmental Center in Beulah, where you can walk, chat, hold hands, gambol playfully, lustily sing the tunes of forgotten mountain elves and, most importantly, ring in the autumn with the Harvest Full Moon Hike. Things will get started at 6 p.m. for this guided hike, and I suggest you direct that Web browser over to www.hikeandlearn.org in order to find out more.
Monday Starting today, former Denver Broncos fullback Reggie Rivers will be appearing at Denver Public Library branches to read from and sign his debut novel 4th and Fixed: When the Mob Tackles Football, It's No Longer Just a Game. The story of a pair of wiseguys who fix a season's worth of NFL games, 4th and Fixed will be (quelle surprise!) available for sale during the signings at Tattered Cover, which will donate 10 percent of the proceeds to the Denver Public Library. Rivers will be at the Decker Branch Library (1501 S. Logan St.) tonight at 6:30 p.m., at the Virginia Village Branch Library (1500 S. Dahlia St.) at 7 p.m. tomorrow, at University Hills Branch Library (4310 E. Amherst Ave.) at 1 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 1, and at Park Hill Branch Library (4705 Montview Blvd.) at 4 p.m. on Oct. 2.
Friday As part of this fall's All Pikes Peak Reads, the Manitou Art Theater performs a kid-friendly version of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. Performers Jim Jackson, Birgitta De Pree and Benjamin Pratt adapted the adventure to the under-10 set by way of puppetry, slapstick comedy, live music and outrageous props. Wacky! Show times are 7 p.m. tonight, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. tomorrow, and Sunday at 2 p.m. at Venue 515 at the Manitou Business of Art Center (515 Manitou Ave.) Tickets are $8 and will be available a half-hour before the show. For more info, check out www.themat.org.
-- Aaron Retka