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click to enlarge Every performer a rising star - Theatre Works' To Kill a Mockingbird - SUNNIE SACKS
  • Sunnie Sacks
  • Every performer a rising star - Theatre Works' To Kill a Mockingbird

27 Friday

We've got some good news and some bad news. The good news first. Sparky LeBold is going to be in Kingston's National Registry of Who's Who -- a book that will be registered in the Library of Congress -- for his achievements in the field of painting. Now, the bad news -- Sparky is leaving us for the warm climes of Portugal. Join him for his last show in our little burg before he bails when the Cottonwood Art Academy (102 W. Cucharras St.) presents the aptly titled Sparky LeBold: Leaving for Portugal Show. Tonight's reception begins at 6 p.m. and the show is free and hangs through Oct. 11.

click to enlarge Tommy Emmanuel  finger pickin good
  • Tommy Emmanuel finger pickin good

Also in visual arts news, the Regional 2002 Fine Art Exhibition kicks off tonight at 5 p.m. with the presentation of the Mayor's Award at 6:30 p.m. The opening reception takes place in the visitor center of the United States Olympic Complex, at the corner of Boulder and Union. Call 630-1611 for more.

28 Saturday

The Black Rose Acoustic Society brings you the hot licks and cool Aussie demeanor of guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel. See why the late, great Chet Atkins called Emmanuel "the greatest finger picker in the world" when he and special guests Daybreak play at the Palmer High School Auditorium tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 to $18. For more, call 495-9654.

click to enlarge pH Balance, now at CC on Monday
  • pH Balance, now at CC on Monday

Take a look at Colorado Springs' early days when Linda Purl (of television's Happy Days and Matlock) hosts "A Step Back in Time." The gala luncheon will feature a fashion show of women's wear from the 19th century, as well as music by pianist Tom O'Boyle at the Sheraton Hotel (I-25 and Circle Drive). Tickets are $20 and proceeds will benefit the Cheyenne Mountain Heritage Center's work in preserving the history of the Colorado Springs region. Call 632-7000 for more.

29 Sunday

Join Sellon Communities and Cassio Santa Fe for an open house to benefit CASA, a nonprofit organization that provides a voice for children in abusive, neglectful or domestic-conflict situations. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the unique home of Jim and Deb Cassio, as well as view sculpture, paintings and photographs by local artists. Admission is $5 at the door. The door, along with the house, is located at 3350 Hydra (take 21st Street to Argus at Bear Creek Park, turn west on Argus and right on Orion. Continue on Orion until the last right hand turn onto Hydra). Call 447-9898 for more.

click to enlarge Sah Weh: One thousand years of pottery at Coburn Gallery, opening on Tuesday
  • Sah Weh: One thousand years of pottery at Coburn Gallery, opening on Tuesday

Not in the mood for thinking? How about some bubble gum punk! The Riddlin' Kids are best known for playing that catchy little ditty in those skate-tastic Airwalk commercials. The "Kids" play junior-high love songs at 182 RPMs ... Blink 182 RPMs. Check them out at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., with Face to Face, Brand New and Moneen. Hey, it's all-ages, only $15, at starts at 7 p.m. Call 800/965-4827.

30 Monday

Originally scheduled to play at the work-in-progress 32 Bleu, the Atlanta-based luscious funk trip-hop crew pH Balance had to move tonight's show to Gaylord Hall at Colorado College. Equal parts Portishead and De La Soul, Pam Howe's voice will definitely beam you up. Though details are still being worked out, the show should start around 9 p.m. Call 389-6607 for exact time. It's all-ages and free!

2 Wednesday

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey brings The Greatest Show On Earth to the World Arena. Marvel at the exotic animals, gasp in awe at the human cannonball, and be deeply, deeply frightened by the clowns. The circus comes to town starting tonight at 7:30 and the show runs through Oct. 6. Tickets for the big-top extravaganza are $12.75 to $50. Call 576-2626 for more.

Haven't had your Celtic roots rock today?! Virginia-based Carbon Leaf are the only unsigned band to ever win an American Music Award for best new artist. Their sound falls somewhere between Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance and the light-alt rock of the Counting Crows -- or, as they describe it, "acoustic, electronic-mandolin rock with a celtic groove tinge." See why they won that much-coveted AMA at the Utopia Caf, 117 E. Bijou St. Call 633-1080 for ticket information.

-- Brandon Laney


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