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click to enlarge Big Back Yard wants you to Stop the Violence with Words and Music
  • Big Back Yard wants you to Stop the Violence with Words and Music

08 Thursday

Put your feet up, grab a glass of lemonade and turn on the radio. KCME, 88.7-FM plans to aurally entertain this evening with White Tiger Passage, the latest installment of KCME radio theater. The Paris Slasher is loose and Henri Duchene of the French Suret is on his trail. So is cub reporter Bill Stacey, who needs the exclusive story, but may not survive finding the facts. The broadcast will begin at 8 p.m.

09 Friday

Last summer's Women and Allegory show in Denver was initially too small for UCCS' Gallery of Contemporary Art, but three regional artists have been added and now the show is ready for viewing. Paintings by Christy Callaham and Catherine Porter-Brown of Colorado Springs, Celeste Rehm of Boulder and Erica Daborn of Massachusetts will mingle with three-dimensional works by Boulder's Jean Roller, Susan Aaron-Taylor of Detroit and Kristy Soltesz of Cleveland. The figurative storytelling exhibit will open at 5 p.m. and will hang until August 4. The Gallery is located at 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway. Admission is free. Call 262-3567.

10 Saturday

It's going to be a regular Western hoedown in the confines of the Penrose Equestrian Center, 1045 W. Rio Grande. The sounds of cowboy performers Don Edwards, Waddie Mitchell, and the Sons of the San Joaquin will be wafting over to the Old West Festival encampments, where mountain men and cowboy and Indian re-enactors will be explaining how they lived. The Rocky Mountain Shootout, where fast-draw contestants will show off their stuff, also takes place during the fest. Western artisans, jewelers and clothiers will hawk their wares while poets, dancers and storytellers perform. You can almost smell the sarsaparilla. Admission to the festival, which continues tomorrow, is $12.50; kids under 12 are free. A two-day pass is $20. Call 277-6618 to learn more.

Fifteen local agencies devoted to creating better situations for area youth will be participating in this year's Stop the Violence with Words and Music in Acacia Park. Excellent local bands Big Back Yard, Mango fan Django, the Kenny Penny Trio, Myzar and musician Dave Arvizu will perform from noon to 6 p.m. This community awareness event is free and is sponsored by the Community Mentor Center and Big Back Yard. Call 444-5415 to find out more.

Here's your chance to mingle with the stars. The 14th annual Pikes Peak Celebrity Rodeo gets underway at 1 p.m. today. Movie stars, stuntfolk, soap opera divas, hockey players and Denver Broncos will rope, ride, rassle and pen in Bergstrom Arena in downtown Woodland Park. You have not lived until you have seen a TV personality dressed like a cowpoke attempt to hogtie a cow -- I swear. Admission to the rodeo is $2 to $4, and riders may enter the competition for $30. Call 338-3428 for more.

click to enlarge Cast away all plans for Wednesday night, except catching Savoy Brown at Castaway's
  • Cast away all plans for Wednesday night, except catching Savoy Brown at Castaway's

11 Sunday

Jack Stoddard spent three entire years of his life fighting in the jungles of Vietnam during the war. He wrote a book about his experiences there, the people he met and the challenges that tested their bonds, titled What Are They Going to Do, Send me to Vietnam? Written for the families and friends of Vietnam vets, he hopes to help people understand what really went on over there. Stoddard will sign his book at the Fort Carson Main Exchange from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Call 636-2696 for more.

Contrary to popular belief, music is not just about teenage pop prodigies in push-up bras and sensitive cowboys in tight Wranglers, no, no, no. All of our modern music is based -- if indirectly -- in the richly orchestrated works of long dead composers of yore. The non-profit Pikes Peak Philharmonic has taken on the task of educating the masses about what music is about in a concert today at Coronado High School, 1590 W. Fillmore St. The program will include Rossini's William Tell Overture, Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, Sousa's famous Stars and Stripes forever, Haydn's Symphony No. 104 -- fourth movement, Beethoven's Egmont Overture, and my personal favorite, Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber. The concert begins at 3 p.m. and costs $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and kids, and $10 for the whole family. Call 442-6853 for details.

Round up the kids and get them ready for a little educatin' at the Chinook Bookshop, 210 N. Tejon St. Today is the beginning of the Bonkers for Books program, in which early-elementary age kids can read aloud with members of the Chinook staff. Admission is free, and the program will be held from 12:30 to 1 p.m. every Sunday throughout the summer. Call 635-1195 for details.

12 Monday

Summer's here, and that means baseball. Our own Sky Sox match up against the Nashville Sounds at 7:05 p.m. in Sky Sox Stadium, 4385 Tutt Blvd. Tickets are $4-$7. Call 591-SOXX (7699).

13 Tuesday

When I grow up I would like to be Joy Harjo. The Native American poet has been honored with awards from the Poetry Society of America, the state of New Mexico and the Native Writers Circle of the Americas, to name a few. A member of the Muskogee tribe, Harjo also performs with a band, Poetic Justice. She'll appear in Colorado College's Packard Hall, on the southwest corner of Cascade and Cache la Poudre tonight at 7. A book signing will follow. Admission is free. Call 389-6607 for details.

14 Wednesday

Before Cream, the Rolling Stones and the like dominated the British blues explosion, Kim Simmonds was exposing young Londoners to the music of the Mississippi Delta. Simmonds and his band, Savoy Brown, are now held in high regard, sharing legendary status with Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. Savoy Brown has been touring the country in support of their latest album The Blues Keep Me Holding On and will perform at Castaway's, 107 Manitou Avenue, tonight at 8. Also appearing is local favorite Rikki Dee Hall and the VooDoo Hawks. Tickets are $15 to $18. Call 685-3300.


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