Tonight, the Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.) is giving The Eternal Gift. No, not that, sicko -- they'll be exhibiting outstanding works from the FAC's permanent collection, including pieces by Pablo Picasso, Georgia O' Keeffe, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, John Singer Sargent and scads more. Many of the works have not been on display for years, and the event will be accompanied with champagne, strolling carolers, seasonal beverages and baked goods. For tickets or more information, call the FAC box office at 634-5583.
Shimmy up to Black Forest tonight for Pete Wernick's Live Five. Known in bluegrass circles as "Dr. Banjo," Wernick's group dishes out a blend of bluegrass and traditional jazz that verges on Dixieland gone bebop. It's also been called "corn-fusion" by someone who likes making up awesome phrases. The show is at the Black Forest Community Center (corner of Black Forest and Shoup roads), and the cost is $17 for the public and $12 for Black Rose Acoustic Society members. For tickets or more info, head to
Boot scoot over to Benny's (517 W. Colorado Ave.) tonight at 9:30 p.m. for Brian Parton, a singer-songwriter who captured the award for Best Americana Act at the Tulsa World's fifth annual music awards show. Parton's promoting his new CD Unbridled, a solo acoustic record showing off his driving, open-chord, bluegrass-influenced guitar style coupled with a vocal style that had the Little Rock Free Press calling him "the Elvis for the modern age." Call 634-9309 for more.
Shove yourself out the door and get to Poor Richard's Bookstore (320 N. Tejon) for a Meet Your Local Authors Event. Present will be local writers including Jimmie Butler, Sharon Silva, EJ Thornton, Jude Willhoff and Marguerite Langstaff, who'll be signing their books. Other activities include presentations, discussion groups and children's reading time. Things are going on from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., and the event is free as can be.
COMUFON, Eileen! In a time of year packed with holiday this and Christmas that, this one's a breath of fresh, alien air: The Colorado Mutual UFO Network will be holding a meeting this afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Gold Hill Police Station (705 S. Nevada Ave.). The program will include Pueblo UFO Connection Director Bill Winkler speaking on "The Many Faces of Extraterrestrials." For more on this free event of non-holiday-related exobiological cheer, hit up www.comufon.org.
If you're a fan of sound manipulated by vocals cords and tongues, I've got a treat for you: the Colorado Springs Conservatory and the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs present Amahl and the Night Visitors, the mega-popular American opera that tells the story of a crippled 12-year-old boy and his mother who are visited by three kings. Sounds Christmasy, no? It's going on at Palmer High School at 2 p.m. and at 8 p.m., and it's free and open to the public. The Conservatory will stage the show at several other Springs locations on upcoming weekends. Keep an eye on the Indy Listings section for more.
Oh, man! Unless you've been completely cut off from radio-rock lately, you know that Drowning Pool rocks! And they'll be rocking you so hard tonight at 32 Bleu (32 S. Tejon St.). You'll be like, "Wait, Drowning Pool! I need to take a break from the rock in order to use the bathroom," but they won't even stop rocking you then. No way! The show gets started at 8 p.m. For tickets, visit
www.32bleu.com . Rock!
This sounds kind of interesting: Tonight, go see Dorothy Meets Alice at the Lon Chaney Theater (221 E. Kiowa St.). This comedic adventure combines characters from The Wizard of Oz with those from Alice in Wonderland. I expect madcap fun as well as the distant sound of Frank L. Baum spinning in his grave. The show is at 7 p.m., and tickets will run you $7-$10. For more, call 964-2906.
Over at the Navajo Hogan Roadhouse (2817 N. Nevada Ave.), turbo-tonker (another awesome phrase made up by a publicist) Moot Davis takes the stage at 9 p.m. A New Jersey native who, according to the Dallas Morning News, "sounds like a long-lost musical sibling of country legends Johnny Cash and Hank Williams," Davis and the band are led by legendary guitarist Pete Anderson, longtime Dwight Yoakam sideman. Expect straight, honest honky-tonk music from a guy whose first CD featured titles like "Jug of Wine," "Whisky Town" and "Hall of Smoke and Wine." Call 632-5490 for more.
That perennial holidays juggernaut, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, comes to the World Arena (3850 Venetucci Blvd.) this evening, bringing with them their wintry-themed mlange of hard rock, classical, Broadway and R & B music, along with a spectacular light show. Rest assured that TSO can make holiday music more epic than you ever thought possible. They're touring on and will be playing hits from their newest disc, The Lost Christmas Eve. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $38.50 to $55 and are available through any TicketsWest outlets, online at www.ticketswest.com or by calling 800/325-SEAT.
-- Aaron Retka