The Ritz Grill (15 S. Tejon St.) hosts a benefit for victims of the recent tsunami disaster from 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Locals Head Full of Zombies will join Love .45, Phat Daddy, Arch Hooks, The Broadcasters, Gretchen Wagner and Redraw the Farm at the all-night musical fund-raiser. Admission is free but donations will be accepted at the door -- all proceeds to benefit the American Red Cross.
The Bluegrass Patriots, a real bluegrass band, complete with an upright bass and fiddle, play true-blue guaranteed real Amuhrcan music (sorry, I've still got the presidential inauguration on my mind). They'll hit the stage at the Black Forest Community Center, 12530 Black Forest Road, at 7:30 p.m., and for only $5, you can revel in some real Americana performed with heart. Call 633-3660 for tickets.
Some Colorado Springs Philharmonic events are weekend-long, and some are one-night-only move-it-or-lose-it affairs. Tonight's show is the latter. The Ken Miller Trio and Lila Mori (you'll recognize them from the Broadmoor's Penrose Room) join the orchestra for The Elegance of Jazz with Ken and Lila. The second installment of the Pick of the Pops series will include a Duke Ellington orchestral piece, selections from the Great American Song Book and compositions from Ken Miller. The music starts at 8 p.m. and tickets run $12-$50. Call the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) box office at 520-SHOW for tickets.
This afternoon, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic tips its hat to families and youngsters with Adventures in the Wild, a Family Series Concert featuring French composer Francis Poulene's musical adaptation of Jean de Brunhoff's beloved Babar the Elephant, as well as collaborative pieces with Peak Ballet Theatre. Prior to the concert, the Pikes Peak Center lobby will host exhibits from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, music by students at the Colorado Springs Conservatory, and games from Kindermusik, starting at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $9 for kids age 18 and under; $15 for all others. Call the PPC box office at 520-7469 to reserve tickets or visit www.ticketswest.com.
Local artists band together today to raise money earmarked for tsunami relief through the Red Cross at a Tsunami Relief Silent Art Auction at Phantom Canyon Brewing Co. (2 E. Pikes Peak Ave.). Intake is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the auction will last from 1 till 4 p.m. Donating artists should include a suggested retail value for each item; a minimum bid and artist bio are recommended but optional. To arrange a pick up in advance of the auction, call Mark Wong at 685-1460.
I really hope they sing "Go Tell it on the Mountain" at the Gospel Fest at the Pulpit Rock Church (301 Austin Bluffs Parkway). Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Worship Arts Ministry are sponsoring this event. There is no admission fee, but donations are accepted and the proceeds go to the sorority's scholarship fund and community service projects. The show, featuring the USAFA Cadet Gospel Choir and a half-dozen other area churches, begins at 3 p.m. and runs through 5:30. Call the church at 598-6767 for more.
Don't just sit there watching American Idol while you eat your microwave dinner. Get out, eat some real food and watch some real theater, well sort of, at Sencha (331 S. Nevada Ave.), where the cowpokes from the kitchen and dining room present their latest literary dinner, The Wild West Dinner. Enjoy five courses paired with five wines presented by Chef Beavers and his crew of outlaws. Reservations? You don't need no stinking reservations. OK, yes you do. Reservations are available at 632-8287. Dinner's at 6.
At Colorado College's Packard Hall (southwest corner of Cascade Avenue and Cache La Poudre Street), the Brazilian Guitar Quartet takes the stage tonight at 7:30. The world-renowned ensemble, playing eight-string and six-string instruments, will perform selections by Bach, Mignone, Guarnieri, Albeniz, Villa-Lobos and many other composers for guitar. The concert's free but tickets are required and are available at Worner Campus Center, 9002 N. Cascade Ave. Call 389-6606 for more.
If you have boatloads of money, years of plastic surgery, and tons of hit records, you are allowed to stage a tour that makes no sense. Case in point: Cher's Farewell Never Can Say Goodbye Tour. I'm sure it will be sold out and everyone will marvel at her alien-like ability to look young and taut for all these years. But all is forgiven; the woman was brilliant in Moonstruck. And what about Silkwood? The opening act for this, the final farewell show is the Village People -- half of them from the original crew. The World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd.) hosts the show, which begins at 7:30 p.m., and you can get tickets by calling 576-2626.
-- Sara Gallagher
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