Do you love original pottery but usually can't justify the price tag? You'll be stoked for the annual "Pots by the Pound" sale at Commonwheel Artists Gallery in Manitou Springs (102 Cañon Ave.) The pieces are color-coded with stickers by price per pound (they provide a scale) and are sold by weight. I recommend arriving right at 10 a.m. for the best selection because the sale has become wildly popular; however, it does continue through Jan. 17. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and you can call 685-1008 for more info.
Art is often an investment, but in the case of the FutureSelf Celebration Art Show, it is an investment in the lives of area teens. FutureSelf works with at-risk teenagers to help them explore themselves and their potential through art. Attend their opening tonight and learn more about this transformational program and its participants. Reception with refreshments runs from 5 to 8 p.m., and the exhibit is up through Jan. 21. The Smokebrush Gallery in the Depot Arts District (218 W. Colorado Ave., Suite 102) hosts the event, and they are open Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m., or by appointment. Call the gallery at 444-1012 for more.
This evening of entertainment will only cost you the gas it takes to drive down to Pueblo. Damon Runyon Repertory Theater group presents an exercise in randomness, Topsy Turvy, which includes sketch comedy, music, and dance. Guaranteed to shake up your evening, the show is a whacked-out soap opera disguised as theater. Childbirth, psychodynamics, a missing person, overzealous spending and other strangeness promise to take the stage tonight. A wine tasting precedes the show at 7 p.m. for $10, but it is not required. You will want to make reservations for the wine tasting if you are interested, but the show is a free-for-all, literally. The theater is located at 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, and info is available at 719/564-0579.
Living in today's world can make you want to be a hermit. Escape for the afternoon to First Christian Church (16 E. Platte Ave.) for "Hermit Songs" by Samuel Barber and other selections by Mozart, Bizet, Poulenc, Puccini and Verdi. Gayle Grace, soprano will sing while Carol Wilson accompanies on piano. At 3 p.m., you can sink into a pew and pretend there is no world outside of the beautiful arias and art songs floating through the air. Being a hermit wouldn't be half bad, but then you'd miss the beautiful music of the First Christian Church's concerts and the receptions following. Call Carol at 633-8888 for more.
Every child needs to read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and every adult too, for that matter. To whet your kid's appetite for Mark Twain, take her to see an adapted theatrical version of the American classic for kids, presented by the Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration. The show is an hour long, just perfect for short attention spans, and includes fun art activities before the performance. You are also encouraged to dress like your favorite character from the novel. I'll be Widow Douglas, the kind woman who hands out ice cream to children. The hands-on art activities begin at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m., all at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) Call 520-SHOW for tickets.
Before you get all judgmental on me, making jokes about tinfoil hats and such, think about how cool crop circles look, regardless of how they were formed. Ron Russell, crop circle investigator and researcher, will present a slide show tonight of photographs he has taken of crop circles in the United Kingdom over the past nine years. Russell will talk about quantum physics, spirituality and messages that can be found in crop circles, and he'll be selling his calendars and artwork. Yes, you might need to open your mind a little before you go, but that's something we all probably should do anyway. The presentation is at the Runyon Theater (611 N. Main St., Pueblo) and while there is no ticket price, donations will be accepted. The meeting is sponsored by UFO Connections and begins at 7 p.m. Call Bill at 719/547-2827 for more.
If these walls could talk ... The walls do talk in the latest play at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.), A.R. Gurney's The Dining Room, presented by the REP. You might recognize Gurney's writing from Love Letters and The Cocktail Hour. The Dining Room is a conglomeration of stories about different families, set in, you guessed it, a dining room. The show runs Jan. 7 through Jan. 15, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $16-$21. Call the Fine Arts Center's box office at 634-5583 for more or to reserve seats.
-- Sara Gallagher