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click to enlarge The sophisicated and the sensual collide in Tangokinesis
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We have baseball, England has rugby, Brazil's got soccer. In Argentina, it's tango. Choreographer Ann Marie Stekelman has taken the most popular, energized dance of her country and elevated it to an extraordinary artistic experience.TANGOkinesis mixes traditional tango with modern dance, set against a backdrop of diverse musical selections, including everything from Chopin to urban beats. TANGOkinesis will perform this evening at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Tickets are $19-$23, and the curtain rises at 8 p.m. Call 634-5583.

He's outspoken, influential, opinionated; he wears a big hat and would fit right in a Steinbeck labor novella. He believes that to move the United States from greed to greatness "we must again tap into the genius and gumption of the grassroots people of our country." Syndicated columnist and national radio commentator Jim Hightower will be speaking on "Power, Politics and Populism in America" tonight in Colorado College's Packard Hall. The talk is free and open to the public. It begins at 7:30 p.m. Call 389-6606 for more information.



Quite the life Alfredo Vea Jr. has led. Born in Arizona, he spent the first part of his life as a migrant farm worker before serving in Vietnam. He wrote a book examining his experience with the war, race, history and desire, titled Gods Go Begging. After Vietnam, Vea worked numerous jobs, from truck driver to carnival mechanic, and finally practicing criminal defense in the courts of San Francisco. His latest novel, La Maravilla, has been called "rich, brilliant, lusty." Vea's life has shaped his writing, and he is often compared to Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Raymond Chandler. Alfredo Vea Jr. will read from his works this afternoon in the WES room in the Worner Center at Colorado College. The free reading begins at 3 p.m. Call 389-6606.

Guest conductor and artistic advisor Christopher Wilkins will portray The Art of Music this evening with the Colorado Springs Symphony. Performed will be Respighi's Trittico Botticelliano, based on a painting by Botticelli; Hindemith's Mathis der Maler; and Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky. The concert will be held at 8 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $10-$28, call 520-SHOW for tickets.



Homegrown talent will be showcased at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Highway 105, in Palmer Lake as local acoustic artists Phil Volan, Joe Uveges, Jim Sokol and Jennifer Griffis perform original music. The four will perform an incredibly wide range of musical styles together and solo, on guitar and hammered dulcimer. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10, available at the door. Call 481-0475 for details.

Bows will be tipped to Dvorak tonight as the Veronika String Quartet performs his American Quartet and then joins the Pueblo Symphony for the New World Symphony. The evening of music begins at 7:30 p.m. in Hoag Recital Hall on the USC campus in Pueblo. Tickets are $15-$20. For more information about Music of the New World, call 719/549-2404.



Travel to a place where nature is at its most primeval, mighty rivers flow from ancient palaces, army ants devour everything in their path and native tribes hunt with blowguns and practice headshrinking as a form of religious justice. Filmmakers Rick and Jan Rosefield have captured the beauty, mystery and delicacy of the Amazon River and the lands that surround it in Headwaters of the Amazon. The film will be shown at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. this afternoon at 2. Tickets are $6. Call 634-5583



Since 1931, the Welte-Tripp pipe organ in Colorado College's Shove Chapel has been played by many distinguished organists throughout the years. Tonight, it plays host to Rie Hiroe-Lang, student of the Tokyo and Stuttgart conservatories and first-place winner of the Grand Prix de Chartres international organ competition in France. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel, located on the northwest corner of Nevada Avenue and Cache La Poudre Street. The concert is free. Call 389-6606 to find out more.

Something about that poem really got to you and inspired you to write a piece of prose yourself. Bare-knuckle Poetry invites you to come read your work and the piece that inspired it tonight at The Warehouse, 25 E. Cimarron St. Admission to Under the Influence is free, and all readers and listeners are invited. The readings begin at 7:30 p.m. Call 447-9039 for more.



Students at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, have much to be thankful for. Education, camaraderie, the occasional parking spot. ... Today, they can be most thankful for food, as over 20 local restaurants will provide dishes from all over the world for the International Thanksgiving Festival, held in the gym. Students will don their native dress and prepare dishes from their countries of origin, which include Cameroon, Korea, Bhutan, Sweden, Tunisia and many others. Tickets are $4-$8, or $3 with a pre-arranged dish. To find out how to participate or for more info, call 262-3238 or 262-3819.


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