Marry your love for maps with your love for Pueblo beginning today at the El Pueblo History Museum (301 N. Union Ave., in Pueblo), where Mapping Pueblo: From Past to Present is showing. View old-timey maps juxtaposed onto futuristic 3-D topographical maps, design maps of your own neighborhood and Zebulon Pike's first map of the area. In short, maps, maps, maps, maps, maps! An opening reception starts at 5 p.m., and the exhibit is free and open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays until May 14. For more information, call 719/583-6240 or check out www.frontierpathways.org.
Tonight, join photographer Agnes Kunz Vigil and friends for the opening of American Slang: A Literal Photographic Interpretation of Sexual Slang. This tongue-in-cheek exhibit is represented by a photo of a hand that appears to be strangling a rubber chicken over a toilet. (I don't get it.) This show's at The Cache (3659 Navajo St., in Denver) and runs through May 1. For more, head on over to www.akvphoto.com.
You kooky punks oughta check out The Black Maria tonight at the Navajo Hogan (2817 N. Nevada Ave.). These Victory Records kids emerged from the breakups of the bands Grade, New Day Rising and Zyon and are fresh from South By Southwest. You're sure to get your requisite dose of angst, and their hooky guitar anthems will no doubt cause you to raise your fists and jump up and down. Plus, they're all adorable and wear tight black shirts and faux-hawks and stuff. They're playing with Anberlin and The Chemistry, and doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $10. For more, check out www.victoryrecords.com.
Today, catch Springs supergroup Dragonfly at Colorado College's Shove Chapel (1010 N. Nevada Ave.). Composed of bassist Cathy Camp-Davidson, fiddler Hope Grietzer and Suzanne Schulze on cello, Dragonfly rocks those Irish, Scottish, French, Renaissance and contemporary folk ditties over which you crazy kids salivate. They're celebrating a CD release at this event, which takes place at 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Here's your chance to ditch some of the celebrity gossip taking up space in your brain (Aaron Carter, you should be ashamed!) and get your learn on for real. Join UCCS anthropology professor Bill Arbogast for "Messages from the Ancestors: Archaeological Evidence of Human Occupation in the Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak Region. " This fiesta o' archaeology is the first event in a whoppin' six months of activities commemorating the 10th anniversary of Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center. Things get started at 7 p.m., in Slocum Commons (northwest corner of Nevada Avenue and Cache La Poudre Street) on the Colorado College campus. Although the event is free, seating is limited to 150 people on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, call 219-0108.
What better way to spend a lovely Tuesday afternoon than admiring unconventional baskets? If you can think of something better, let me know, but consider that "No Boundaries: Contemporary Basketry will be up at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum" (215 S. Tejon St.) only until April 30. After that, you'll be out of luck looking for these avant-garde baskets, designed by 12 artists from around the country. Enter free of charge, as always. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more info, call 385-5990.
Calling Slipknot the "most awe-inspiring, cathartic rock the world had ever heard" is akin to calling my cat the sanest mammal in my house. The so-far patently untrue and misspelled press release goes on to state that the group plays the Magness Arena (2240 E. Butchel Blvd., on the University of Denver campus) tonight and further categorizes them as "laser-guided." But hey, they've got their fans, and they make more money than you or I, so go check them out, if for no other reason than to catch opener and tech-metal geniuses The Dillinger Escape Plan, who truly rock. The show is $36, plus service charges. Tickets can be found at Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 520-SHOW.
Beginning tonight at Venue 515 at the Business of Art Center (515 Manitou Ave., in Manitou Springs), CC alum and all-around talent Thaddeus Phillips presents his solo performance El Conquistador (see opposite page). This object-puppetry, bilingual show tells the tale of a Colombian hotel doorman and features video cameos by well-known Latin American soap opera stars. It's showing tonight, tomorrow and Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $14 and can be purchased in advance by calling 685-4729. For more, hit up www.themat.org.
Billed as a band for people who like Hank Williams but can't stand Garth Brooks, Halden Wofford and the Hi-Beams are, it can be reasonably expected, fairly purist about their honky-tonk heritage. No longhaired hipsters wearing cowboy boots, these boys. They'll be tearin' you a new barn-hole tonight at the Red River Saloon (32 S. Tejon St.) at 8:30. The show is free. For more, check out www.hibeams.com.
This weekend, get that tuchis of yours over to the Bridge Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave., in the Depot Arts District) for It's All Relative, an art exhibition, not a collection of your nagging, overweight aunts and uncles. Gallery members have submitted their unusual takes on related subject matter for this mixed-media show, and it'll only be around until tomorrow. For more, call 329-1574.
-- Aaron Retka