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14 Thursday

Cuddle up to that special someone this Valentine's evening and enjoy From the Heart, a presentation of KCME Radio Theatre. The program is a compilation of love poems, love scenes and really lovely music that's sure to warm your honey. (Sans a snookums this year? Listen in and make snide, bitter fun -- while you cry on the inside.) The love-in starts at 8 p.m on 88.7 FM. Smoochy smoochy.

Shakedown Street, Manitou's own No. 1 Grateful Dead impersonators celebrate their 15th year of delusion with an anniversary celebration up in Boulder. Helping create the magic are Vince Welnick and Bob Bralove (two real-life members of the Dead!) at the Boulder Theater. (No news on why the party isn't down here ...) Tickets are $14 and the show is 21 and up. Call 303/786-7030. The doors to the Golden Road of Unlimited Devotion open at 10 p.m.

15 Friday

Shake off the sap and sentiment of yesterday with a dose of Sevendust. Knowing that gaining fans means playing everywhere, they bring their souled-out brand of road-weary metal to the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., tonight. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $20. Call 800/965-4827 for details.

Get Revved up - Sunday
  • Get Revved up - Sunday

First Strike Theatre plans to pack as much activism into its latest performance as 90 minutes can hold -- from the Suffrage Movement's Jeannette Rankin to Julia "Butterfly" Hill and her ancient redwood friend, Luna. The power play is an example of how -- well -- NonviolenceWorks! and opens tonight at the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Center, 29 S. Institute St., at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 to $8, and reservations are recommended. Call 632-6189. NonviolenceWorks! runs through Feb. 24.

16 Saturday

Kevin Hekmatpanah joins the Pueblo Symphony this evening to jam on the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1. Hekmatpanah, like Dmitri Shostakovich, has a particularly long name and a pension for the cello -- so much so that he even plays the huge thing. He will perform with the symphony in Hoag Recital Hall on the University of Southern Colorado Campus. Tickets are $15 to $20 and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Call 719/549-2404.

17 Sunday

Regardless of your religious orientation (or lack thereof), the mighty voices and rhythms that pulse from the heart of gospel music are infectious and influential. (Gospel has a hand in everything -- from the blues to Britney Spears.) This afternoon, as part of Black History Month, the Hillside Community Center (925 S. Institute St.) presents City Gospel Night, an evening of historical presentations, dance productions and performances by choirs and gospel performers from all over the area. This isn't a Sunday service; it's just beautiful, powerful music, right down to the roots. Find out more by calling 385-7901. The free presentation runs from 3 to 5 p.m.

Ed McCaffrey -- yes, Ed Mc-freakin-Caffrey serves as emcee at the Diabetes Network Fundraiser and Variety Show tonight at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. There's a ton of musicians scheduled to perform, including the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, the Steve Carson Blues Project and Jazz Band (hot hot hot), Tom Seldecky, and Spanish guitarist Henry Quintana. Tickets are $26 to $36; call 520-9090. The show begins at 2:30 p.m.

"Self-reflection in an Empty Room" in CC's Where I?m Calling From, opening this week
  • "Self-reflection in an Empty Room" in CC's Where I?m Calling From, opening this week

The good Reverend Horton Heat is back in town tonight with his Nashville Pussy at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Lascivious hellbilly, all night long, for the low, low bargain price of just $14. Call 800/965-4827. The all-ages show begins at 9 p.m..

You know what I just don't understand about Iron Chef? Nobody has ever, ever, initiated a food-related assault on that show. I mean, if you really wanted to be branded the Iron Chef, you should shank the other contestant, no? If you're more concerned with sampling some of the area's finest cuisine than watching in vain for culinary manslaughter, might I suggest Chefs' Gala 2002? Eighteen local chefs will compete for your tongue's favor from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Antlers Adam's Mark Hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave. Performances by Lila Mori, John DeRuntz, the Teske Jazz Quartet and the evening's beneficiary, the Colorado Springs Chorale, will keep the competition friendly. Tickets are $75, and reservations are required; call 634-3737.

18 Monday

Colorado College's Coburn Gallery (in the Worner Center, northwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre) unveils Where I'm Calling From, photographs by CC alum Brian Arnold. This afternoon's opening reception doubles as a wrap party for Arnold's 3:30 p.m. gallery talk. The show runs through April 16. Call 389-6607.

Coco Montoya has played with some of the best and has, accordingly, skimmed much influence and skill from them. Listen for the presence of Albert Collins and John Mayall tonight as Montoya does the blues guitar thing at an all-ages show at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., at 9 p.m. Our own Metro Blues begins the night. Tickets are $12.50; call 800/965-4827.


-- Kristen Sherwood

Strictly Sensational

There are some who turn to dance for a healthy dose of golly-gee, ain't-life-swell, let's-kick-up-our-heels happy-happy joy-joy. They couldn't care less for an evening of Martha Graham's contorted writhings, or Isadora Duncan's barefoot belly-gazing, or Merce Cunningham's pedestrian wanderings. They want swishes and smiling faces -- an uplifting escape from the daily grind.

That's the very sort of flight of fancy Burn the Floor promises to bring to Colorado Springs next week. The Australian-produced ballroom dance spectacle interlaces the whole spectrum of ballroom and Latin styles -- from a sweeping waltz to a jazzy jitterbug to a knock-your-Bobby-socks-off jive -- with a Vegas-style extravagance. Forty-four of the world's best ballroom dancers don and shed elaborate costumes with fashion-show fury, while lighting, sound -- all the tricks of performance -- hammer home that this is Show Biz, no quaint tribute to dance history.

Originally conceived by Australian producer Harley Metcalf after witnessing a ballroom display at Elton John's 50th birthday bash five years ago (to which 600 of his closest friends were invited), Burn the Floor has been a hit ever since its launch in London. The title derives from a Fats Waller tune, "This Joint Is Jumpin'" -- "Check your weapons at the door / Be sure to pay your porter / Burn your leather on the floor / Grab anybody's daughter" -- and the evening lives up to its name.

Much the way Lord of the Dance revived Irish step dancing, Burn the Floor has reinvigorated interest in ballroom and Latin dance. (In fact, the same director who captured Lord of the Dance on film is responsible for a PBS Burn the Floor flick.) Good old-fashioned dance moves have been dusted off and given an overhaul -- so much so that, to the purists, they may no longer be recognizable. Not surprisingly, by tailoring the evening to the masses, artistic director and choreographer Jason Gilkison has tapped a familiar, contemporary source for thrills: sex.

Henrik Tosback Nielson and Jeanette Sondergaard get busy at the Sock Hop.
  • Henrik Tosback Nielson and Jeanette Sondergaard get busy at the Sock Hop.

While some musical selections (Glenn Miller's "In the Mood," for example) may summon less wanton days for Grandpa (and still other selections may only trigger flashbacks of The's waltz scenes), there's plenty of young, pulsing blood -- bodies intertwining with fevered anticipation -- that is wholly modern. One industrial music segment (reminiscent of Stomp) features raccoon-eyed dancers in tattered garb, exacting what could be interpreted as a Terminator-style mating ritual. Later, after an extended '50s-style Jump, Jive and Wail exhibition, three dancers up the ante once again by unwrapping their poodle skirts to unveil satin hotpants -- ostensibly for their increased range of motion.

To keep the thrill going, there's considerable "anything you can do, I can do better"-type dance-offs. Groups form la West Side Story to scrutinize what the others have to offer -- and dancers appear to just get better under the pressure. (Of course, these are the reigning world champions of ballroom dance with over 100 international titles between them, so they easily pull off the illusion.)

If you've got your heart set on winning a ballroom dance competition anytime soon, now's your chance, because 44 of the world's best will be otherwise occupied at the Pikes Peak Center next Thursday through Saturday.

-- Tess Powers


Burn the Floor

Freear's work
  • Freear's work

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave.

Thurs.-Sat., Feb. 21-23, 8 p.m.

Tickets: $24-$45. Call 520-SHOW.

Freear Enterprise

Andrew Freear is an architect who believes building and design should be natural outgrowths of the needs of a community, not the other way around. As a faculty member at Auburn University College of Architecture's innovative Rural Studio, Freear, alongside founder Samuel "Sambo" Mockbe who died this past December, has nurtured a graduate architecture program where students are enabled "to cross the threshold of misconceived opinions to create/design/build and ... to put their educational values to work as citizens of the community."

Roughly translated, students at Auburn's Rural Studio have gone out into the poor, rural communities of southwest Alabama and have asked what's needed. They have built energy-efficient affordable housing for young families with many children, for elders raising their grandkids, for people with disabilities -- all people of limited means seeking self-sufficiency and an affordable way to maintain a reasonable quality of life. In many cases, they have used the materials at hand to keep the costs low. In one home, they constructed a smokehouse roof of discarded road signs. In another, wood flooring was crafted from salvaged wood taken from the house's original roof.

Time magazine lauded the work of the Rural Studio, saying they build "houses for the poor that are cheap, practical-- and unconventionally beautiful." The program has expanded to support building projects such as a senior citizens community center; an outdoor amphitheater; the restoration of a historic, abandoned church; Boys and Girls Clubs; and a community pavilion.

Freear, who was named the program's Most Outstanding Faculty Member in 2000, will speak at Colorado College's ongoing symposium on contemporary trends in architecture on Tuesday, Feb. 19. On March 6, an exhibit designed by Freear, featuring the Rural Studio's work, will go on display at the Whitney Museum in New York as part of the Whitney's biennial exhibition.


Andrew Freear of Auburn University School of Architecture's Rural Studio Colorado College's Packard Hall, southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

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