As far as co-opted pagan traditions go, Carnivale has got to be one of the bitchin'-est. Make your way to Manitou Springs this weekend for a slew of things taking place, including a mnage trois of masquerade balls at the Ancient Mariner (962 Manitou Ave.), the Townhouse Lounge (907 Manitou Ave.) and the Keg (730 Manitou Ave.), starting at 9 p.m. Follow this Saturday with a gumbo cook-off, parade and way-wicked Carnivale Celebration replete with beads, live music and -- one can assume -- the consumption of alcoholic refreshments, just like the druids used to do. For more, call the Mariner at 685-5503.
Put some human anatomy in your weekend at UCCS, where as part of the V-Day College Campaign, TheatreWorks presents a benefit production of The Vagina Monologues. Eve Ensler's hilarious, occasionally harrowing and poignant expedition into female sexuality is widely acknowledged as the touchstone for a new generation of women and has inspired a grass-roots movement to put an end to violence against women. The show's at 7:30 tonight, Saturday night and Sunday night at the Bon Vivant Theater (3955 Cragwood Drive), and the $30 ticket includes admission to the nightly VIP reception. Proceeds will benefit CASA and TESSA. For tickets or more information, head over to www.uccstheatreworks.com or call 262-3232.
Beginning this evening, catch Repose, an exhibition dealing with "matter in a state of rest" by photographer Elaine Bean at Phototroph Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave., under the Colorado Avenue bridge, in the Depot Arts District). An opening reception will take place tonight from 5 to 8, and the exhibit will be open for viewing Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. or weekly by chance or appointment. For more information, gallery archives or previews, check out www.phototroph.com or call 442-6995.
Just next door, The Smokebrush Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.) presents the opening of Beyond Black History: Celebrating Black Culture in the 21st Century, a multimedia show by area artists, curated by Regina Clark and designed to show the influence of black culture on the contemporary culture at large. The opening reception is this evening, 5-8 p.m., and the show's up through Feb. 26. The gallery will be open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. for the duration of the show. Call 444-1012 for more.
If you don't automatically equate professional classical ensembles with rummage sales, now is the time to adjust your attitude, mister. That said, the Pikes Peak Music Volunteers present their second annual A Mountain of Rummage Sale to benefit the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, taking place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Youth Outreach Center (1801 N. Union Blvd.). For just a dollar, you can get access to a bevy of donated new and used items for sale, or for $5, beat the hordes and get in at 7 a.m. for the pre-sale. Get some stuff, help out the Philharmonic and feel good about yourself and your city. It's a win-win here, children. For more information about the rummage sale or the Pikes Peak Music Volunteers, call 264-1055.
Tonight, go see someone who was married to Julia Roberts before she lost her mind. That's right, kiddos: Lyle Lovett will be rocking tonight with John Hiatt, Joe Ely and Guy Clark at the Macky Auditorium at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Hailed by me as one of the best country songwriters ever, Lovett is touring on his newest release, My Baby Don't Tolerate, and his co-headliners are equally as awesome. Tickets for this one are $59.50-69.50 (plus that service charge to help line Bill Graham's pockets) and are available through all Ticketmaster outlets, at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 520-9090.
Temple Shalom (225 S. Union St.) presents the Tony award-winning show The Rothschilds starring Bernie Dean for one night only -- tonight. This is the story, written by the authors of Fiddler on the Roof, of a Jewish family that escapes the ghetto and rises to formidable wealth. A Viennese dessert buffet follows the performance. Tickets are $50 for adults; $36 for students. Call 634-5311 to make reservations.
I highly suggest you scurry over to Colorado College tonight for Better When It's Banned, a concert and lecture on the American musical featuring Tony- and Emmy-winning actress Jane Krakowski (of Ally McBeal and much more), commentated by Broadway: the American Musical author Laurence Maslon and accompanied by Broadway pianist Michael Kosharin. Fun will abound at Armstrong Hall at 7 p.m. The event is free, but tickets are required and seating is limited. Get yours at the Worner Center (902 N. Cascade Ave. on the CC campus).