We live in a capitalist society. Why is it, then, that you haven't been to the American Numismatic Museum (the money museum) here in Colorado Springs? It's at 818 N. Cascade Ave. and has cool exhibits like "E Pluribus Unum: The Money That Made America" which features a real $100,000 bill, the first silver dollar ever struck in 1794 and a set of Liberty Head nickels worth more than $2 million. This exhibit will be up through April 1 and admission to the money museum is free, and that's quite a deal, especially since it is the only museum of its kind in the United States. It is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Call 632-2646 for more.
If the Pikes Peak Arts Council votes you "Poet of the Year," you've got to be good. Carol Horen, who has earned the title, performs tonight at the Celebration Place (750 Citadel Drive East, on the upper level of the Citadel Mall, in the Mervyn's wing), the creativity space of the Kennedy Center's Imagination Celebration. Horen performs her original works along with poets S.K. Carew and Zedeka Poindexter. The performance is suggested for high school-age students and older and it runs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Call Kelly at 660-0540 if you need more info.
If I told you that Jello Biafra, formerly of the Dead Kennedys, discovered a photographer's work in someone's bathroom in Pueblo and is now guest curating an exhibit of said photographer's work at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center's White Gallery (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo), you'd have to go and check it out, huh? Well, he is and you should. You might remember photographer John Suhay from the Indy's Sept. 23-29, 2004, cover story by John Hazlehurst. Suhay has been photographically chronicling American life for over 40 years, and the Arts Center is presenting a sampling of his work titled Candid Miscellaneous: The Photographic Treasures of John Suhay beginning today. The exhibit runs through May 14, the White Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission to the museum is $4 for adults and $3 for children. Call 719/295-7200 for more.
As if one outstanding exhibit by a Colorado artist isn't enough for one day, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center is unveiling American Standard, an exhibit of work by one of the Springs' most beloved artists, former Palmer High School art teacher Floyd Tunson. Tunson is known for stepping outside the constraints of canvas size and for transforming mundane items into art. His exhibit, funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, runs through March 6. Admission to the Fine Arts Center is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for kids, and free for members. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Call 634-5583 for more info.
The Colorado Springs Philharmonic continues bringing world-class performers to town with Joseph Kalichstein, best known for his work in the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. An Israeli pianist, Kalichstein will perform Brahms' 1st Piano Concerto with the Philharmonic. After intermission, the symphony will come back with Dvorak's Symphony No. 8. Tickets are $12-$50 and are available by calling 520-SHOW. The concert begins at 2:30 p.m. and for ticket holders there is a special conversation with the maestro at 1:30 p.m. The performance is at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.)
I have a dear friend who prefers to drink Shiraz wine above all else. He says that in addition to being a wine for those who don't usually like wine, Shiraz is responsible for nearly all of the action that he has gotten in the past year. Gertrude's Restaurant (2625 W. Colorado Ave.) is hosting a Shiraz tasting, aptly titled "Que Syrah, Shiraz" from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wine expert Darby Gould will speak while you are served a spread of eight different wines and a dinner of four courses. The event costs $49 per person and credit card reservations are required; call 471-0887. Gertrude's hosts wine tastings only once a quarter, so if you miss it, well, what will be, will be.
Happy 249th birthday, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart! The Pikes Peak Arts Council celebrates Mozart's 250th birthday through all of 2006, and today, the celebration begins early with a kickoff event featuring a mini-concert by local musicians of Mozart's Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A, 581. Wine and refreshments will be served. The party takes place at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum (215 S. Tejon St.) and starts at 6 p.m. Donations are $25 per person and Jan. 20 is the deadline to reserve tickets, so call 632-2311 today.
-- Sara Gallagher