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click to enlarge The graceful strength of the Ballet British Columbia  Friday night
  • The graceful strength of the Ballet British Columbia Friday night

27 Thursday

Some people crave adventure, challenge. Some people can't stand the daily grind.

Some people, like Mark Twight, wake up in the morning and say, "Gee, I wish I could strap everything I need to survive on my back and traipse through a badland of flesh-freezing cold and skin-cutting ice storms, where I can fight the wind to strain every muscle in my human body to climb to the pinnacle of some fog-shrouded mountain and then risk my life to climb back down so I can say I did it."

Twight is author of the award-winning book Extreme Alpinism: Climbing Light, Fast and High, which he will be signing after his lecture and slide presentation at Colorado College's Gaylord Hall, 902 N. Cascade Ave. The show focuses on climbing Nanga Parbat and begins at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Call 633-0732 for details.

It was 27 years ago that the Supreme Court issued its landmark Roe v. Wade decision that forever altered the struggle for women's reproductive rights. The court ruled that abortion should be legal in certain forms, and the Pro-Choice Coalition of Colorado Springs will celebrate that ruling tonight at 5:30. Refreshments will be served, and then comediennes Lyn Boudreau and Kristina Hall will make you laugh with their humorous takes on women's issues at 6:30 p.m. The program will be held at All Souls Unitarian Church, 730 N. Tejon St. Admission is a $7.50 to $8 donation. Call Sandy at 473-8537 for more information.

28 Friday

Unless you're a raging misanthrope, no one wants to be seen alone all the time. The member artists of the Bridge Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., have been feeling a little lonely, and each has invited a guest artist to display his or her work alongside the member artist's own. This diverse and eclectic show is titled One Plus One and will hang until Feb. 20, during which time the artwork will bond and form lasting friendships with other paintings, prints, drawings, handmade paper pieces and other works from various media backgrounds. The opening reception begins tonight at 5. and is free. Bring a pal and see if you can't find some art to get friendly with.

Speed skating -- repetitive. Curling -- weird. Luging -- requires a sled. Ice dancing -- is this a sport? Seeking a winter ice game that is none of the above? Why not try hockey?! The Colorado College Tigers will attempt to reduce the Air Force Academy Falcons into a bunch of crying little girls if they aren't whupped themselves at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. The game starts at 7:35 p.m. Tickets are $4 to $12 at the door. Call 576-2626 for details. No high sticking.

Ballet British Columbia will take dance to a whole new level with their performance tonight at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. The Canadian company will highlight the contrasts of light and shadow in "Chiaroscuro," the relationships of men and women in "15 Heterosexual Duets" and the mystical hour following midnight in "Zero Hour," beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets to BBC are $15-$30. Call 520-SHOW.

29 Saturday

He's a handsome and stoic king of an exotic dying empire. She's a stubborn widowed schoolteacher. It's the time of British colonization, and the only thing that can bring them together is mutual understanding, love and big Broadway-style musical numbers. Rodgers and Hammer-stein heard their call for help and transformed their antique love story into the classic musical, The King and I, which will be performed tonight in Arnold Hall at the Air Force Academy. Tickets are $15 to $35. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Call 333-4497 for more.

30 Sunday

Oh look, it's the day of rest. So do just that, read the paper, make a big breakfast, maybe do some redecorating. Have a real Sunday for a change.

31 Monday

Have you read Edwidge Danticat's The Farming of Bones? Then you'd better get on it, so you'll sound like you know what you're talking about at the Fiction Book Group at Borders, 1710 Briargate Blvd. Admission is free, and the group starts discussing all things Danticat at 7 p.m. Call 260-1600.

01 Tuesday

Plot? Who needs plot? Certainly not comedian W.C. Fields, as evidenced in his last feature-length 1941 comedy, Never Give a Sucker an Even Break. The slapstick extravaganza will be shown as part of the Classic Film Series at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Tickets are only $2.75; the film begins at 7:30 p.m. Call the box office at 634-5583 for more info.

02 Wednesday

Imagine a place where you can get great food, friendly smiles, and all your dreams made real for one low, low price? Despite the ad campaigns, it is not McDonald's; it's the inside of Patti Smithsonian's head, which she will expose in her bizarre new production, Dream Cafe: Puppetry After Dark. The witty show opens tonight at 7. at the Smokebrush Theater, 235 S. Nevada Ave. Tickets are $5 to $15. The play runs until Feb. 19. Call 444-0884 to learn more.

You're clinging precariously to a sheer expanse of rock thousands of feet in the air. Your climbing partner begins to get nervous and decides that it's best if he goes down -- he doesn't think he can make it to the top. That's what happened to Steve Schneider as he was climbing the 4,000-foot Central Tower of Paine in Patagonia. Even though he was alone, Schneider continued on and finished the climb. He will speak on his experience at a lecture and slide show titled No Turning Back at Mountain Chalet, 226 N. Tejon St. The talk begins at 8 p.m. and is free, but get there a bit early as they close the store before the show. p

-- Kristen Sherwood[p]

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