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click to enlarge Pets become the stars in Gregory Popovichs Pet and Comedy Theater this Saturday
  • Pets become the stars in Gregory Popovichs Pet and Comedy Theater this Saturday

01 Thursday

So you're looking, you're dipping into the dating pool, but you just can't seem to find that perfect person -- someone who can match you in wit, charm and art appreciation. Despair not, for you are not alone. HyperARTivity is a monthly mixer for young professional art lovers just like you to meet and mingle at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. This month's theme is Sensual Sculpture: A Look at Edgar Britton. Admission is $12 to $16, and the event begins at 5:15 p.m. Call 634-5583 for details.

02 Friday

Cheyenne Mountain High School's Advanced Placement Studio Art Class will exhibit their work at Commonwheel Gallery, 102 Cañon Ave., starting today. Along with creating the two- and three-dimensional works, the kids produced the exhibit themselves. The opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Cheyenne Mountain Student Art runs until Feb. 13. Call 685-1008 for details.

Baritone John Carpenter and pianist Abe Minzer are giving a recital today at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. And who are John and Abe, you ask? Well, John is no less than the Mr. Carpenter who has sung lead with the NYC Metropolitan Opera, and Abe has performed as a soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, honestly. Both live in the Springs now, and have put together a concert of works by Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Strauss and Wagner. The recital costs $5 to $10, and begins at 7:30 p.m. Call 634-5583 to find out more.

03 Saturday

Welcome to Black History Month, also known as February. The Air Force Academy marks the occasion with the African American Heritage Festival and Marketplace, beginning today at noon. The Tutmose Academy and Peterson Air Force Base Black Heritage Committee are co-sponsoring the festival. Drumming, dancing, local art, a marketplace with over 70 vendors, a talent show, and various seminars are just a few of the attractions at the event, held in Arnold Hall. Admission is free. To find out more, call Aaron Brown at 963-4487.

The Children's Playhouse Series at the Sangre de Cristo Art Center in Pueblo has a special event planned for today -- Gregory Popovich's Pet and Comedy Theater. Over the years, Popovich has saved a bunch of dogs, cats and other animals from shelters, and has developed their individual traits and talents into one of the funniest family comedy acts around. Admission to the shows, which begin at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., is $5. Call 719/574-1211.

04 Sunday

Valentine's Day is a'comin' and it's a good idea to start thinking about how you can make this one spark. There's a workshop to play at Celebrations Community Room, 2207 W. Colorado Ave., where you can learn how to create your very own siren song, herbally. The Herbal Aphrodisiacs and Love Potions workshop begins at 2 p.m. and lasts until 4 p.m. The cost is $28 to $35 and covers materials. Call Ashley at 578-1180 with questions.

The Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts in beautiful Palmer Lake opens three new exhibits this afternoon at a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. The Colorado Art Education Association Exhibit will hang in the Main Gallery; local artist Laura Reilly has dibs on the Community Gallery for her show In a Painter's Light; and local printmaker Pat Garland has copped her squat in the Artist's Gallery for a retrospective of her meditative work. Admission to the reception is free, and wine and munchies will be on hand. Call the Center at 481-0475 for more. The shows run until Feb. 25.

05 Monday

Colorado College sophomore Neil Schlein has recently formed the American Folk Dance Club at CC, and is looking for a few good men, women and kids to do-si-do with. You don't need any experience, or fancy-schmancy clothes, or even a partner to come join in tonight's folk dance, which will be held in Gaylord Hall (in the Worner Center, on the northwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre). Schlein has been calling dances for three years, and he'll show off his prowess beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Call 389-7611 for details.

06 Tuesday

Conrad Hilberry. His name, like his books, sounds intelligent. The award-winning author has several collections of poetry under his belt, including the Iowa Prize--winning Sorting the Smoke: New and Selected Poems and his most recent collection, Player Piano. Hilberry is also the author of children's books and textbooks. He will read from his works in Gates Common Room, in Colorado College's Palmer Hall (just north of Armstrong Quad). Admission is free, and the reading begins at 7:30 p.m. Call 389-6853.

07 Wednesday

I had the good fortune to read a bit of Franz Zaver Kroetz's play The Nest a few years back, and was floored by what I read. The absolute tragedy and feelings of anguish come through so clearly... it's the kind of play that grabs you by the spine and shakes your guts around. Powerful stuff. Kroetz very rarely allows his plays to be produced in the United States, but the Colorado Actors' Theater received, after some effort, performance rights to The Nest. Two actors from Los Angeles, David Millbern and Gillian Marloth, have been brought in to play the lead roles of Kurt and Martha, a couple expecting their first child. In order to earn more money for the baby, Kurt takes a secret job that ends up poisoning their home and environment. The Nest opens at 7 p.m. and runs until Feb. 25 at the Smokebrush Center, 235 S. Nevada Ave. Tickets are $15 to $20. Call 444-0884.


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