This weekend, it's most def in your best interest to attend King Stag at Colorado College's Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache La Poudre St.). This Italian comedy features award-winning scenography, puppetry, drama, opera and ballet-theater artists from Bulgaria, with a student cast of Japanese, Bulgarian, Italian and Peruvian actors. It's also chock-full of crazy paper costumes and gypsy music, just to round things out. The play takes place tonight, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 or $2 with CC ID and are available at the Worner Campus Center desk. For more, call 389-6606. (See full review on the next page.)
Tonight, author, animal scientist and Colorado State University Professor Temple Grandin is at the Briargate Barnes & Noble (1565 Briargate Blvd.) to discuss and sign copies of her newest book, Animals in Translation. Grandin, herself autistic, is an authority on autism and has written two books on the topic, including the seminal Thinking in Pictures. Animals in Translation bridges the gap between animal behavior and autism, providing unique observations about how animals feel and think. The signing takes place at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more, give ol' B & N a call at 266-9960.
Also tonight, go rock your socks off with local jamsters Porcelain Hand Jive. This goateed fivesome cranks out what they call "grunge/funk rock" and what most of you would call reggae fusion. They're having a party for the release of their debut album tonight at Classics (5943 Delmonico Dr.) with Corporate Ninja and The Fallout. Good times. The show starts at 9 p.m. For more information on the Jive, giddyap on over to www.porcelainband.com.
This evening at North Star Studios (3617 Betty Dr., Suite E), get intimate with Nashville diva Julie Lee, in town to promote her debut album Stillhouse Road. Possessing "a solid gold tremolo," according to the fine folks at Billboard, Lee is a mlange of bluegrass, jazz, folk and blues, and her album features sonic cameos by country juggernauts like Vince Gill and Alison Krauss. The concert, starting with a meet-the-artist party at 7 p.m., is limited to 45 people. Tickets are $30. To get yours, call 392-6182. (See interview on page 36.)
Spring into spring in the Springs and celebrate that growing-ever-more-lively downtown of ours today as part of Sunday on the Town, an event to benefit the Downtown Partnership and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Happening from 3 to 8 p.m., it brings together a bevy of participating restaurants, businesses, art and culture vendors, and musicians to offer a plethora of goodies. Free parking and shuttle service is available for the day, and there's live music, food samples, door prizes and tons more. The cost is $30 for adults, $15 for kids ages 7-12 and free for children under 7. To get your button, call 886-0088 or log onto www.downtowncs.com.
If you know what's good for you, you'll get that booty of yours on over to the OpticalReverb Gallery (3125 Sinton Rd) tonight to check out the Thin Air Poetry Slam, featuring Luke Warmwater. A Rapid City native, Warmwater is known for wickedly funny, thought-provoking slam poetry, packed with keen observations on life in this great nation of ours. An open-mike poetry slam follows. Admission is $3, and the show starts at 7 p.m. For more, head over to www.thinairpoetryslam.com or call 573-6820.
Give yourself a hot metal injection tonight at the Navajo Hogan (2817 N. Nevada Ave.), where Iron Curtain rockers Vader spoon out delectably evil doses of European death metal. With 20 years of rocking under their bullet belt, Vader is an icon of heavy music in Europe and look scary as hell to boot. Local metaloids Malakai, Try Redemption and Dirtnap join them. The show is $12. For more information or to get tickets, head to www.sodajerkpresents.com. They'll also be signing autographs at Mosh Pit Records (908 N. Circle) at 4 p.m. Call 633-5752 for more.
This weekend, get over to Commonwheel Artists Co-Op Gallery (102 Cañon Ave., in Manitou Springs) to check out Green Spirit, a multimedia show by husband-and-wife artists Brenda and Jeremiah Houck. This exhibition features pottery, jewelry, sculpture and wall art. According to the artists' statements, the focus is on "Brenda's unflagging devotion to the color green," "exploration into why people are people," "the circle of life," "doing the laundry" and Horton Hears a Who. Pique your interest yet? The show runs through June 13. For gallery hours or more information, call 685-1008 or investigate further at www.commonwheel.com.
-- Aaron Retka