If you've never watched Desperate Housewives, you're in a very small minority. But now you can enjoy a local takeoff, the Desperate Musical Housewives. The musicians are alumnae of top music schools, combining sopranos with piano, violin, flute and cellos, playing works from Clara Schumann to Cole Porter. Like the TV show, they use a narrator and the performers share their personal emotions, rants and other "input" along the way. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Louisa Performing Arts Center (21 Broadmoor Ave.) at the Colorado Springs School. For tickets ($15, or $10 for students and seniors), call 475-9747 ext. 510. RR
- Hello Kitty, and hello air guitar!
Louisiana prodigies Feufollet ranged from ages 8 to 11 when they started playing together in 1995, but they've long since outgrown novelty status. Sure, they cover Los Lobos' "Evangeline" and newest member Philippe Billeaudeaux moonlights in the wonderfully unclassifiable Amazing Nuns, but traditional Cajun culture is in excellent hands once they fire up the accordion, fiddles and Anna Laura Edmiston's crystal-clear, French-fluent vocals. Catch them for free at 7 this evening as they kick off the 2008 World Music Series at Colorado College's Armstrong Quad (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.). Call 389-6607 for info. BF
The town of Divide's Lost Dutchman Music Festival will be a kind of homecoming for Manitou Springs native Jock Bartley, who hit the big time with the Boulder-based Firefall. The band racked up a string of late '70s country-rock hits, before internal dissension and those all-important musical differences led to its early '80s retirement. Bartley is the only original member of the current Firefall, which should rekindle those special soft-rock memories following sets by Martini Shot, George Whitesell, Jill Watkins and the Bill Wright Band. The festival runs from noon until 10 p.m. at 382 Trout Haven Road. Tickets are $30-$35, info at 686-1131. BF
Those who prefer a bit more twang in your weekend can head to Lake George for the Americana Roots Music Festival at Happy Ass Ranch. The event, today and Sunday, will feature Nashville hit songwriters Wyatt Easterling (who wrote Dierks Bentley's "Modern Day Drifter") and Celeste Krenz, plus a couple dozen other acts as well as free camping and workshops. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 cash at the door and free for kids 12 and younger. For more info, call 477-1140. BF
If a satisfying Saturday night for you means Chinese acrobats swinging on vines, goats riding on top of ponies, and motorcycles on tightropes, you can't miss the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd.). The new "Over the Top" show features the usual clowns, stunts and acrobatics, with a few never-before-seen twists. An hour and a half before the show, check out the free animal open house outside the arena. The circus runs Thursday through Saturday. Saturday times are 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $15 to $65, available at ticketswest.com. For more information, visit ringling.com. MA
- Wave goodbye to boredom at the circus.
In high school, I took a few art classes and discovered I'm a decent painter. My favorite medium was watercolors, mostly because my teacher encouraged "happy accidents" (similar to Bob Ross' "happy trees") as a way of not taking art too seriously. Enjoy art in a relaxed setting this weekend during the free Pikes Peak Arts Fest on the lawn of the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.). Original art includes pottery and ceramics, hand-blown glass, paintings, photography, jewelry ... with artists discussing their work. The Fest, including live music, begins at 4 p.m. Friday and culminates Sunday with Ignite!, a mini art war and fundraiser for the youth of FutureSelf. Besides belly dancing, poetry readings and beat-boxing performances, an art auction features works by Jermaine Rogers, Ryan Ballard and many more. Call 290-1981 for more. AL
Tonight marks a milestone for Colorado College and its Summer Music Festival: The first orchestral performance to take place in the new Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave.). That is, if you don't count the open dress rehearsal the day prior ... Anyhoo, internationally recognized soprano Measha Brueggergosman will assist conductor Scott Yoo and company in the performance of Knoxville: Summer of 1915, to be followed by Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. Both shows begin at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $15 for today's show and $5 for the rehearsal. Visit ticketswest.com or call 389-6098 for more. MS
For 35 years, T Benton Brooks has created art in virtual isolation, preferring to follow his own creative development rather than showing or selling his paintings. Brooks has decided to display, for the first time, a large range of his work from the past three decades at the T Benton Brooks Studio-Art Gallery (906 Manitou Ave., #107). Encompassing a huge variety of styles and forms, the gallery is now open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. To view Brooks' work or for information, visit tbentonbrooks.com or call 641-0795. MA
unique unto itself
Three springs ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing the 2004 Rocky Mountain Regional U.S. Air Guitar Champion, a die-hard, will-travel-for-air Alabaman who called himself "Demon Strait." (Awesome, I know.) Well, it's that time of the year again and at 8 tonight at the Bluebird Theater (3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver) the Denver Regional U.S. Air Guitar Competition to earn a ticket to the U.S. Finals continues. Here's your chance to see other ... um ... interesting people compete. Tickets to observe are $15; the price to compete is $20 (rules online at usairguitar.com). For more than you never wanted to know, watch the documentary Air Guitar Nation. MS