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click to enlarge Yep, hes WACKY! Al Simmons in Gypsy Sock at the BAC Saturday
  • Yep, hes WACKY! Al Simmons in Gypsy Sock at the BAC Saturday

Thursday 3

Haitian rebels, the Boukman Eksperyans, incite an uprising tonight with their island rhythms and incendiary declarations of protest. The Jah Family Band backs them up by opening the show. Tickets for the voodoo riot at 32 Bleu (32 S. Tejon St.) are $12 and the show starts at 9 p.m. For more check out www.32blue.com or call 955-9664.

Russ Nagel is called the "machine gun of comedy." Why? Because he has achieved the highest level of laughs per minute. This is especially impressive when you consider the man has not only opened for such comedic legends as Carrot Top and Pauly Shore, but he's also performed on the Nashville Network. Nagel performs through Sunday at Loonees Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., and you're gonna wet yourself from all the laughs. Call 591-0707 for more.

Friday 4

Chase windmills and fall for bitter barmaids tonight with Don Quixote and his equally delusional sidekick, Sancho, in the Repertory Theatre Company's rendition of Man of La Mancha at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Tickets for the impossible dream are $20 to $25. Can't make tonight's performance? Don't fret; it runs through Oct. 20. Call 634-5583 for more.

click to enlarge Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers
  • Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers

Get out your funny bones for the Chartreuse Tie Extravaganza, an evening of artistic hilarity at the Business of Art Center's Community Theater, 515 Manitou Ave. The evening gets off on the right foot at 7 p.m. with a little food and drink; features a "triumvirate of new vaudevillians" including funnymen Tomas Kubinek, Al Simmons and Jim Jackson at 8 p.m.; and ends with dancing to the gypsy jazz of Mango Fan Django. Tickets are $25 to $30 and benefit the Manitou Art Theater. Call 685-1861 for more.

Martha Fondles Aliens? Malapropisms Fulminate Asthmatics? Mom Feels Ample? No, stupid, it's Motion For Alliance, aka MFA, bringing their musicianship for aliens, most futuristic ambience, and mellifluously funky aspects (electronica-jazz fusion) to 32 Bleu, 32 S. Tejon, tonight. Tickets are 4 bucks. Call 955-9664 or visit www.32blue.com.

Saturday 5

The First Saturdays at the M.A.T. series kicks off its new season with Gypsy Sock, an off-the-wall family performance by Al Simmons. Shows will be held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. today in the Community Theater at the Business of Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave. Tickets are $8. Call 685-1861.

Today and tomorrow, celebrate "German Weekend" at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. German Weekend -- or, as I like to call it, Rocktoberfest -- is brought to you by the king of Colorado beers, Coors. Guests will enjoy bratwurst, sauerkraut and strudels before experiencing searing intestinal pain. Each day, the fun kicks off at 9:30 in the morning, features a special afternoon performance by Steve Fleith and his German variety band, and winds down at 6 p.m. Call 888/333-5597.

click to enlarge SONARwavelab to wax weird at 32 Bleu on the 10th
  • SONARwavelab to wax weird at 32 Bleu on the 10th

Sunday 6

Celebrate the Taylor Memorial Choir's 75th anniversary this afternoon at 4 when they present "Somethings Old, Somethings New," a retrospective of some of the innovative works that that the choir has performed over the years, at Grace Church, 631 N. Tejon St. Works include Berloiz's "Kyrie," Rossini's "Sanctus," and a regional premiere of James MacMillan's "Mass," written in 2000. Call 633-5529 for more.

Get nostalgic with Things Ain't What They Used to Be, a two-act play that explores family unity through "soul-stirring" music, tonight at 6 at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Tickets are $40 at the door. Call 520-SHOW for more.

Martin Zellar and the Hardways bring their memorable melodies, inspired arrangements, and roots-rock delivery to the Colorado Music Hall tonight at 8 when they open for Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers. Tickets are $12. Call 800/965-4827.

Thursday 10

In the middle of the vast chasm that separates goth/punk legends Joy Division and the Andy Kaufman rock of Ween, you will find SONARwavelab. Join them at 8 p.m. for an evening of low feeling and high-brow laughs at 32 Bleu, 32 S. Tejon St. Admission to the over-21 show is free. Call 955-9664 or visit www.32blue.com.

-- Brandon Laney


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