Like France, but put off by their pesky opposition to American foreign policy? No prob, ami! Get your Francophile fix at the Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.) tonight, where in celebration of the photography exhibit Robert Doisneau's Paris you can mingle with friends, enjoy food and wine and scope out the exhibit. The j'accuse-free evening requires a membership pass, and luckily, one-day memberships are available for $10. Call 634-5583.
Let's hear it for Prospect Lake! Even though it's a slightly smelly sandbox right now, it's the only lake in town. Phototroph Gallery is the spot for fans to participate in the opening of Prospect Lake: Who Loves Ya?, a photographic ode to the 106-year-old lake by Propecia Leigh. It happens this evening from 5 to 8. The exhibit, which is dedicated to the community group Prospect Lake Partners, will be on display through Nov. 20. Give them a call at 442-6995 for more info.
Keep feeding your cravings for Hispanic art and culture tonight at Pikes Peak Community College Downtown Studio (100 W. Pikes Peak Ave.), where the opening reception for Artistas Hispanos de Colorado -- Imagenes y Cultura will feature musicians Michelle Lobato and Martin Cruz performing traditional and contemporary Latin music. The art exhibit includes works by Lynn Fresquez, Gene Sanchez, George Sanchez, Pearl Sanchez and Danny Vigil and will be on display through Dec. 16. For more, call 527-6001.
Rock yourself silly tonight at Creekside Middle School (1330 Creekside Drive in Monument), where singer/ songwriter Jennifer Griffis will be performing a CD release show for her new album Come Tomorrow. Griffis, a pianist and hammer dulcimer player whose newest effort walks that lip-smackin' line between folk, country, jazz and pop music, will be debuting new material with musicians Joe Uveges, Steve Hoke, Phil Volan and Jeremy Laukhuf. Admission for the event is $12, and the show starts at 7:30.
This evening and tomorrow join the Colorado Springs Philharmonic for a two-concert series with acclaimed cellist Ani Aznavoorian. At the tender age of 26, Aznavoorian is a bona fide virtuosa whose soloist career spans the globe. She'll join the Philharmonic for a program that includes Ezra Laderman's Variations on a Passacaglia and Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations and Symphony No. 6. The shows (8 p.m. this evening and 2:30 p.m. tomorrow) are at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade). Call 520-SHOW for ticket prices.
If your weekends have been bereft of writhing and whirling bodies lately, you may consider heading to Pueblo this afternoon to catch the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave.). The nationally renowned 11-member company has been known to leap its way through a diverse repertoire, including Paul Taylor's Aureole, Gerald Arpino's Light Rain pas de deux as well as contemporary and commissioned works. Tickets for the 4 p.m. show are $20 and are available by calling 719/295-7222.
Tonight, get your hobnob on at the Briarhurst Manor (404 Manitou Ave. in Manitou Springs), where the final 2004 Independent Restaurant Association dinner will be taking place. The five-course dinner will include paired libations and will feature the culinary talents of chefs and owners from the Warehouse, Marigolds, Margarita at Pine Creek, Sencha, Paravicini, La Petite Maison, Jun, Edelweiss and the Briarhurst. Fifty dollars plus tax and gratuity is your ticket to one of the most premier culinary events of the year. Reservations are required for this one. Call 685-1864 to make yours.
If good food ain't really your thing, climb aboard a 16-string rock 'n' roll machine this evening. The Da Vinci Quartet will perform the world premire of composer Andrew List's String Quartet No. 4 at Colorado College's Packard Hall (5 W. Cache La Poudre St.). Tickets for the 7:30 performance are $15, or free for CC students, faculty and staff. Seating is limited for this one, so grab that phone and call 389-6607 right this instant.
Tonight, pack your offspring up and head to the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade) for The Gruffalo, the play based on the award-winning children's book by Julia Donaldson. It remains to be determined what is more delightful: the adventures of the little brown mouse, the clever rhyming scheme, or the wry, dry British humor that kids crave. Reserved seats for the 7 p.m. show are $10, and you can get yours by calling 520-SHOW. More information can be found at www.imaginationcelebration.org.
Jazz fans rejoice! Today, the Frank Morgan Quartet grooves at Packard Hall on the Colorado College campus, for the latest in CC's "Great Performers and Ideas" series. Frank Morgan plays alto sax with body and soul; he'll be accompanied by George Cables on piano, Cecil McBee on bass and percussionist Leroy Williams, The free jam begins at 7:30 p.m. For more info, call CC's Worner Desk at 389-6607.
If you've been wondering when you could hear a Boddecker sonata or a recently discovered Paganini manuscript, now is your chance. Tonight at 7, bassoonist Alejandro Vieira will perform the rarely performed works and other pieces with the help of Azaduhi Anmahian on violin, Heiki Gazetti on clarinet and Mary Beth Shaffer on piano and harpsichord. It's part of the Thursday Night Recital Series at the Colorado Springs School's Louisa Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Call 475-9747 ext. 110 to make your reservations.