The Broadmoor hotel is letting loose its Penrose Room pianist and songwriter, Ken Miller, to play a jazz concert with his trio and singer Lila Mori. Change frightens Miller, who has played the Penrose gig some 3,500 times over the past twelve years, but he says he's excited with the opportunity to try something different. The group will perform tonight at 7:30 at the Louisa Performing Arts Center on the Colorado Springs School campus, 21 Broadmoor Avenue. Tickets run $10, or $8 for the young and old, and are available at the door or by calling 475-9747.
Samuel Beckett's absurd but mysteriously funny play, Waiting for Godot, turns 50 this year. In celebration, CHAOS Studios will present "Beckett on Film," a four-night series featuring all of Beckett's stage works. The film versions to be shown include superstar actors Julianne Moore, Milo O'Shea, Jeremy Irons, among others. They were originally produced for Irish television.
Tonight's selections are Waiting for Godot, Not I, Rough for Theatre II, and Ohio Impromptu. The marathon won't be too exhausting however; the total running time is just under three hours. The following three evenings of the series fall on subsequent Fridays, ending with Feb. 7. All shows start at 7 p.m. and cost $7 at the door. Show up early, as latecomers will not be admitted and seating is very limited. The studio is located at 802 N. Weber St. Call 634-5429 for info.
Cabaret Diosa, a nine-piece booty-shakin' dance machine, is composed mostly of gringos from Boulder, but close your eyes and be deceived! They play about 200 bongo-thumping shows to get your freak on all year round all around the U.S. Get your dose at tonight's Festival Friday in Pueblo's Bob Jackson Conference Center, located at 210 N. Santa Fe Ave. Show starts at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $4 in advance or $5 at the door. Call 719/295-7222 for more.
Take an afternoon stroll to First Christian Church, located on the corner of Cascade and Platte, and listen to the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs featuring the "brilliant technique" of violinist Rebecca Lee. The concert begins at 2:30 p.m. Adults get in for $12, seniors and students for $6. Buy tickets at the door, or call 633-3649.
National journalist and best-selling author Steve Jackson will be at the Chinook Bookshop downtown for a singing of his newest work, Lucky Lady. The book chronicles the 1945 bombing of the aircraft carrier Franklin, and the subsequent rescue of over 800 sailors by a nearby light cruiser. The signing begins at 5:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Call 635-1195.
Colorado College's Coburn Gallery (inside the Worner Center on the northwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre) presents its latest show: Drawings from the Winter Landscape: Paintings from Colorado to Coahuila by Bogdan Swider. There will be a gallery talk at 3 p.m. and an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Call 389-6787.
The annual "Early, Mid, and High Italian Renaissance" art and architecture slide lecture series with Chuck Benson will begin this month at the Fine Arts Center at 30 W. Dale. The first installment will be held tonight at 7. The cost is $4 for FAC members and $5 for the uncivilized masses. Students get in free. This event is popular, so call 634-5583 to reserve your seat and receive complimentary art aficionado status.
-- Adam Krefting