Watch Dr. Dobson's head explode! Tonight, the Rev. John Shelby Spong, former bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark and pre-eminent voice of liberal Christianity, will speak at Colorado College's Shove Chapel (1010 N. Nevada Ave.). Spong is the author of several best-selling books, including Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism and A New Christianity for a New World: Why Traditional Faith is Dying and How a New Faith is Being Born, and is renowned for his compelling ideas on the changing face of Christianity. The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Famed blues weirdos Steve James and Del Ray will be smokin' up the Black Forest Open Stage tonight. Previously guests on A Prairie Home Companion, the duo promises an evening of hot-to-trot resonator guitar, ukulele, "noble savage" style mandolin and down 'n' dirty blues. The fun gets started at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Forest Community Center (corner of Black Forest and Shoup roads in Black Forest), and admission is $2 for BRAS members and $4 for nonmembers. Head over to www.blackroseacoustic.org for more.
If you like your music a bit less analog, check out electronic geeks Lotus tonight at 32 Bleu (32 S. Tejon St.). The Philly five-piece blends house and drum and bass music with jazz, funk and world music, heavy on the improv. And hey, who else will provide you with "spaced-out waves of ambience" tonight? Nobody, that's who! It's $10 for a 9 p.m. show, and you can get tickets at
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If your kids think science is lame, slap 'em upside the head with this one: Cool Science at UCCS is taking place today from noon to 5:30 p.m. This interactive program includes cool 90-minute chemistry and physics demonstration as well as hands-on science experiments for kids ages 3-13 throughout the day. They'll emerge with a profound respect for the radness of science, and Marie Curie and Erwin Schrdinger will be looking a whole lot sexier. The day's events are free but donations are appreciated, and reservations are recommended. Call 761-3874 to make yours.
Give it up for Satchmo tonight at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave. in Pueblo), where internationally renowned trumpet player Marcus Belgrave will be tootling a tribute to Louis Armstrong. Belgrave has played with the Ray Charles Orchestra, the Branford Marsalis Band and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and will be boppin' tonight to transcriptions and written arrangements of Armstrong's work. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. For ticket prices and more information, hit up
Don't miss pianist Stewart Goodyear, a 25-year-old soloist who has already appeared with most of America's best orchestras, as he takes on Beethoven's challenging Fifth Piano Concerto, "The Emperor," tonight with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Also featured in tonight's concert will be Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra. Tickets are $12-$50; call the Pikes Peak Center Box Office at 520-SHOW or buy online at www.ticketswest.com.
Get your flower-arranging on today at the Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.), where floral design bigwig James L. Johnson will be creating floral interpretations of the gallery's The Persistence of Myth and Tragedy in Twentieth-Century Mexican Art exhibit. Events for the day include Johnson's morning workshop and Mexican lunch (the cost of which is $60), followed by an afternoon flower-arranging workshop for $45. Things get started at 9:30 a.m. For reservations or for more information, contact Eve Barrett at 310-6163.
I'm not sure if this will be as sexy as it sounds: Memorial Hospital's HealthLink series of classes bring you Mastering Massage for Couples tonight and tomorrow at their HealthLink office (5360 N. Academy Blvd.). One can hope the two-day course will open up worlds of sweet massage satisfaction for all involved. Mrrow! The cost of the class is $50 per couple. Give a jingle over to 444-CARE to register or to get more information.
Installation artist Robin Starbuck uses vibrant comic-book style to create biting political and social critiques, and her work has been shown nationally and internationally. Winner of numerous awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship, Starbuck and her work will be featured tonight as part of the UCCS Fall Arts Lecture Series, at the University Center Room 302 at 6:30 p.m. Check it out.
Like your drama laced with marital angst or vice versa? Southern Colorado Theater Company presents Edward Albee's marital cat fight Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, winner of the 1963 Tony Award for Best Play, tonight through Sunday, Oct. 30 at the Impossible Playhouse, 1201 N. Main St., Pueblo. Curtain's up at 8 p.m. Call 719/542-6969 for more.
-- Aaron Retka