Seven Days 

click to enlarge Staind sells out their Tuesday night show at the Colorado Music Hall.
  • Staind sells out their Tuesday night show at the Colorado Music Hall.

18 Thursday

Buttery-voiced heartthrob Neil McCoy will perform selections from his country music repertoire tonight at Cowboy's, 3910 Palmer Park Blvd. The crooner with the magic smile and the white Stetson hat will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22, available at Cowboy's as well as Western Wear locations, just in case you feel like shimmying into a new pair of butt-hugging Wranglers for the show. Call 596-1212 to find out more.

Tonight, local wonderboy Jesse Cotton Stone, the teenage bluesman with Delta-issue abilities, will perform with Rikki Dee Hall and the Voodoo Hawks and guitar-playing Texan Vince Converse. The veritable blues extravaganza will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Castaways, 107 Manitou Ave. Tickets are $8-$10. Find out more by calling 685-3300.

19 Friday

For 15 odd years, local artists Brenda Cameron, Susan B. Demos, Eileen Tomaro and Ann Wardlow Rodgers have shared space, art tips, coffee and conversations about growing older (and wiser and more beautiful) at the Commonwheel Artists Gallery, 102 Cañon Ave., in Manitou Springs. Tonight the women will present a group exhibition titled Four Common Threads, featuring works in fiber, earthenware pottery, "resurrected" furniture and pastels. The opening reception begins at 6 p.m., and admission is free. Call 685-1008 for details.

Gloria thinks her Caucasian husband, Vincent, has sold out and bought into the stereotypical mentality of the white man. Vincent, on other hand, thinks that Gloria has become a "professional black" and is spending too much time at sit-ins and rallies. Neither one of them is the same as when they lived in the supportive atmosphere of college days and friends. So goes playwright Lanford Wilson's The Gingham Dog, which will open tonight and run until May 27 at the Smokebrush Cabaret, 235 S. Nevada Ave. The Upstart Performing Ensemble will take the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12. Call 444-0884.

If racial tension isn't your bag and you'd rather be captivated by a torrid and romantic drama, the Star Bar Players will perform Lady Windermere's Fan, written by one of the most dramatic (and funny) of all torrid romantics -- Oscar Wilde. The play, about a woman who decides to leave her husband after she suspects his infidelity, will begin at 8 p.m. in the Lon Chaney Theater, 221 E. Kiowa St. Tickets are $10-$12. Call 573-7411.

Finally, a group of musicians has gotten together to celebrate African-American music that isn't blues or jazz. Instead, the 200 members of the four choirs of the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale -- along with African drummers Sankofa -- will perform soulful and richly historic spirituals, gospel music and traditional African dances of the past century at 7 p.m. Ain' a' This Good News will also feature a silent auction in the lobby of the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Admission is $8. Call 520-SHOW for more information.

20 Saturday

The film Rear Window by the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, will be shown today as part of the Great Directors Series by the Colorado Springs Film Society. The group will view and discuss some of the best movies of the most revered directors, beginning tonight at 6. This first meeting in the series will be held at Audio Visionaries in the Mall of the Bluffs at Austin Bluffs Parkway and Academy Boulevard. Admission is free. Call 389-0039 to RSVP.

The Colorado Springs Cohousing Group is planning on building a close-knit, eco-friendly, sustainable community next spring and is seeking 34 families to live there. Houses will be centered around common facilities such as a garden, social center and places to eat occasional shared meals. The group hopes to foster close relationships between neighbors, in a setting where everyone shares the responsibilities of a community. They'll host a Family Fun Day today from noon to 4 p.m. at Beidleman Environmental Center, 740 W. Caramillo St. Mr. Wacky Science will teach kids how to be Keepers of the Water, puppeteer Patti Smithsonian will perform, and there will also be face-painting, songs and storytelling for kids. For adults, there will be tons of information about cohousing available. Admission to Family Fun Day is free. Call 471-6611 or visit http://www.ColoSpringsCohousing.com for more info.

21 Sunday

This is your last chance to see and hear the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs perform this year! Kevin Hekmatpanah, who has performed over 300 solo and chamber performances and has been coached by Yo Yo Ma, Janos Starker and Stephen Kates, to name a few, will fill the guest cellist seat. Conductor Thomas Wilson has chosen works by Shostakovich and Poulenc for the season finale, which begins at 2:30 p.m. in First Christian Church at the corner of Platte and Cascade avenues. Tickets are $4-$8. Call 633-3649 for details.

Innovative composer George Crumb will receive an honorary degree this week at Colorado College's 119th commencement ceremony. Crumb is well-known for pushing the limits by finding new uses for traditional instruments, and exploring the concept of music itself -- using new and uncommon sounds to make melodies. CC pianist Susan Grace and Denver University music professor Alice Rybak will be playing with percussionists John Kinzie and David Colson. The Quattro Mani Piano Duo will perform Crumb's Music for a Summer Evening in the composer's honor tonight in Packard Hall on the southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Admission is free, and the concert begins at 8 p.m. Call 389-6607 to find out more.

22 Monday

Kick off your shoes, you're not going anywhere. There's nothing pressing on the Springs entertainment scene tonight, and Ally McBeal's season finale promises to please with musically-enhanced wit and witticisms. You can be a social butterfly some other time.

23 Tuesday

Staind, whose modern rock has been featured in several recent movies and who has just toured with Korn, will perform to a sold out crowd tonight at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. The show opens with local band Filth Industry at 8, and if you're lucky enough to have tickets, please don't rub our noses in it. Tickets are $15, subject to service charge. Call 447-9797.

24 Wednesday

Everyone knows Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Even the most disenchanted of teenage Metallica fans can headbang along to the famous rhythms of the piece, which will be performed by the Colorado Springs Symphony at 7 p.m. The concert will be held in the acoustically exquisite Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Tickets are $15-$54 and can be obtained by calling 520-SHOW.


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