With a name like Family Groove Company, you've got to expect some jams. It remains to be seen if the Chicago act will be dolin' out jams of the down-home stompin', super space freakout or funkalicious variety, so I recommend you investigate for all of us. Your mission will take you to Classics (5943 Delmonico Drive), where the Family will be busting out with locals Redraw the Farm and Benjamin Pratt. It's an 18-and-over show with a $5 cover, starting at 8 p.m. For more information, hit up www.sceneinthesprings.com or call 260-7057.
It's Hans Christian Andersen's birthday! (And your shopping's not close to being done!) Celebrate the big H.C.A's 200th today at Venue 515 at the Business of Art Center (515 Manitou Ave., in Manitou Springs). First Saturdays at the MAT presents three comical adaptations of Andersen's most popular fairy tales, including "The Emperor's New Clothes," "The Ugly Duckling" and "The Twelve Swans." It's a show sure to enthrall kids and parents alike. Showtimes are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and tickets are $8. Get yours in advance by calling 685-4729 or online at www.themat.org.
If you're a female cycle enthusiast, you've got no business being home tonight. Instead, throttle your butt up to Rocky Mountain Cycle Plaza (412 N. Chelton Road) for an open house for Women on Wheels. This group of ladies who love motorcycles, motorbikes, scooters and trikes will be opening their doors tonight for all prospective members interested in their activities. For more information, check out www.womenonwheels.org or give a jingle on over to 573-9242.
Ebert's comin' to town! That beloved, bespectacled film critic will be at the Cherry Creek Tattered Cover (First Avenue at Milwaukee) tonight for a talk and signing for his new book, The Great Movies II. (You expected what, a cookbook? The man eats only popcorn.) It's a collection of film essays, each one a little gem of adoration for the medium. The fun starts at 4 p.m., and it's a freebie. For more, give the Tattered Cover a call at 303/322-7727.
Tonight at the Runyon Theater in Pueblo (611 N. Main), catch Isidora Bushkovski and the cast of Tejedora! for some world-fusion dance insanity. Tejedora! blends Egyptian folk dances with Turkish Romany dances with American belly dances with Spanish fusion. Sounds crazy, no? The 8 p.m. show will be preceded by a Moroccan market at 6 p.m., and an all-inclusive hafla dance party will follow. You're implored to bring your family, your musical instruments and bells, and to get your freak on. Tickets for this one are $10 in advance and $12 at the door, with children ages 5-10 half price and kids under 5 free. For more, call the Runyon at 564-0579.
This ain't your grandma's classical music. Well, OK, it is -- but a program of all 20th-century music is a delectable thing sometimes. Check out the Pikes Peak Philharmonic's "Modern Masters" program today at the Benet Hill Center (2577 N. Chelton Road), where they'll be blasting out big chunks of modernity. The program includes works by Gershwin, Ives, Ravel and Gould. Admission for the 3 p.m. performance is $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and students. For more, call 442-6853 or head to www.pikespeakphil.org.
Tonight, get your Chile fix at Colorado College's Gaylord Hall (inside the Worner Campus Center at 902 S. Cascade Ave.). Patricia Verdugo, award-winning journalist and author of Chile, Pinochet and the Caravan of Death will be presenting "Human Rights in Chile: A Theme of Yesterday and Tomorrow." Sounds informational, if not cheery. The event kicks off a month's worth of peace events at the college. Log on to www.coloradocollege.edu for more.
Tonight in Boulder, hip-hop supergroup Handsome Boy Modeling School rocks the Fox Theatre (1135 13th St.). Composed of Prince Paul (best known for work with De La Soul and Stetsasonic) and Dan "The Automator" Nakamura (of Gorillaz), the School will be dishing out huge steaming bowls of insanely inventive hip-hop with samples from rock, R & B, noise and other eclectica. You'll be sure to spew in wonder. Tickets for this one are $20 in advance or $22.50 at the door. For more information, check out www.foxtheatre.com.
The stars of the Moscow State Circus bring their act to the City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St.) for two shows at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. This is a bare-bones circus, minus animals, with a European flair, featuring acrobats, aerialists, trapeze artists, clowns and daredevil stunt performers. Many of them are graduates of the famed Moscow Circus College, a training program that reached its heyday under the support of the Soviet Union state circus schools, creating family dynasties that passed their skills on to the next generation. Kids 12 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Visit www.moscowcircusstars.com for more.
As part of Colorado College's annual State of the Rockies Report Card event, check out author and activist Terry Tempest Williams, speaking on literature and environmental imagination. Williams is the author of Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place, The Open Space of Democracy and Red: Patience and Passion in the Desert. Tickets are absolutely required for this talk and will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Get yours in advance by visiting www.coloradocollege.edu/stateoftherockies or call the Rockies Project Office at 227-8145.
-- Aaron Retka