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click to enlarge - "Can you hear the people sing? Singing the songs of angry men." The French Revolution in "Les Miserables" at the Pikes Peak Center beginning Wednesday. -
  • "Can you hear the people sing? Singing the songs of angry men." The French Revolution in "Les Miserables" at the Pikes Peak Center beginning Wednesday.



And in this
too the blur made sense: a kiss
so grave but gravity-free, untouched
by Eros but nevertheless
out of the usual orbit, must
make a heart shift focus.

Virtual Reality or e-mail,
something inexplicable and
unnatural -- is always cropping up
for incorporation in what's human.

What ought to make it manageable,
and doesn't quite, is the thought
of humans devising it.

Words from Mary Jo Salter's poem "A Kiss in Space" from her new book of poetry of the same name. Salter, one of the country's best young poets, will be reading from her new collection tonight in the Gates Common Room on the third floor of Colorado College's Packard Hall, on the southwest corner of Cascade Avenue and Cache La Poudre St. The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a book signing. It is free and open to the public. Call 386-6606 for more.



Bugs Henderson says that he found his bluesy groove working in a Dallas club called the Cellar. A big black room where the waitresses wore only underwear, and there were frequent barfights and raids by the cops. Bugs often stayed up until 4 in the morning jamming with bands and creating original music. "It was the best thing that happened to my music. I learned a lot." Tres Hombres, 116 Midland Ave., in Woodland Park may not be as lowdown as the Cellar, but the place up the pass will be filled with Bugs' music tonight at 9. Tickets are $10. Call 687-0625.

Forget Lake Woebegone. Mayberry schmayberry. Petticoat Junction be damned. We have been graced with a whole new town full of quirky, interesting and oddball characters -- Greater Tuna. The Woodland Players Theater Group will present the comedy about the goings on of the little Texas town with the weird name tonight at 7:30 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, Highway 24 and Fairview, in Woodland Park. Tickets to Greater Tuna are $10, or $8.50 for students and seniors. Call 687-5284 for more information.

All you ever hear about is Californian, French, Italian wines. What about Chile? Australia? New Zealand? Wines from these and many other countries will be sampled at the Arthritis Foundation's seventh annual wine tasting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Broadmoor Hotel, 1 Lake Circle. A silent auction will also be held. Tickets to the Best of the Southern Hemisphere are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Call Leann at 520-5711 to learn more.



Before you pack away your coconut bra ... Famagu'on Natibu Guam, Pacific Cultural Dancers present Pacific Enchantment, their third annual luau. The foods, crafts and dances will get your grass skirt a-shakin' tonight at the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 26, 6880 Palmer Park Blvd. The party begins with cocktails at 5:30 p.m.; dinner's at 6:30; and there's a show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 or $7.50 for kids ages 6-12. Call Racquel at 390-8862 for details.

Find yourself, and your inner child, and their spirit guide, too, at the Metaphysical Celebration at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St. The oldest in the nation, the psychic-holistic fair features lectures on a huge variety of subjects, readings, workshops and all types of vendors from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and tomorrow. The public is also invited to a "millennium ritual" this morning at 9:55. Admission is $4; psychic readings are $15. Call 634-1810 for more information.

Interested in powering your home by sunlight? Local solar-energy users will open up their homes to you today for the Solar Homes Tour in both Manitou and north Colorado Springs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The homeowners will demonstrate how the systems work and also explain some of the new concepts used in building their houses. Maps for the self-guided tour are $5 and can be had by calling 685-5089 or 800/642-2567.



The Colorado Springs Symphony presents a Renaissance-themed Family Classics performance this afternoon at 2:30. Works will include Gabrielli, Respighi and Monteverdi. Also performed will be excerpts of Romeo and Juliet by Tchaikovsky and Prokoffiev, with dancers. The concert will be held at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Tickets to the afternoon of music are $12-$18, or $7-$9 for children under 12. Call 520-SHOW.



Nothing feels better than letting loose a burst of raucous laughter, except maybe sneezing. And while sneezing is often a sign of sickness, laughter has been proven to lessen stress, thereby helping the body to heal. Comedy Rx is a night of laughter to raise funds for Memorial Hospital's breast cancer awareness programs. Comedian Sue Murphy of Evening at the Improv fame will be the center of giggles and guffaws tonight at 8 at Loonees Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd. Admission is $10. Call 389-4687 to reserve your seat.



She's more than just a singer. Hazel Miller has been knocking 'em dead with her soulful riffs for 28 years, singing with such luminaries as Julian Lennon; Buddy Guy; Peter, Paul & Mary; and Lucy Bleu Tremblay. She has done her patriotic duty by traversing the world entertaining U.S. troops stationed abroad and can count herself as the newest member of Big Head Todd and the Monsters. She has played at every major jazz and music festival in Colorado, but tonight, she'll delight and entertain in the intimate setting of Primitivo, 28 S. Tejon St. The performance begins at 8:30 p.m., admission is free, and happy-hour prices apply while the "music is swingin'." Call 473-4900 for details.



I wonder if Victor Hugo ever thought Les Miserables would someday be performed with five fog machines and a 34-foot turntable. In any case, the $4.2 million production of the award-winning musical will appear at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Avenue, for five evening performances and three matinees. The show opens tonight at 7:30 and continues through Sunday. Tickets are $18-$53. Call 520-SHOW for more.


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