From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight, join the Business of Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave., for a presentation on the history of animation. The show is set to include major animation milestones and history including cartoons and full-length feature films. Call 685-1861 if you're concerned about Jar Jar appearances.
The CC Theater Workshop presents The Laramie Project, a production based on the 1998 murder of gay Wyoming college student, Matthew Shepard. The show was created by New York's Moises Kaufman, stemming from his theater troupe's interviews of hundreds of Laramie residents in the wake of the killing. This performance, running through this Saturday at Taylor Theater, 920 N. Cascade, is free to the public, but tickets are required and available at the Worner Center desk (NW corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre). Call 389-6603 for details.
Dave Matthews toadie Tim Reynolds plays 32 Bleu, at 32 S. Tejon, tonight at 9 p.m. This is a Colorado-only tour, and he's doing it completely acoustic. Sound like a good idea? Are you 18+? Then call 955-5664 or go to www.32bleu.com and get yourself a ticket ($12-$19).
Achtung Deadheads! JGB (aka Jerry Garcia Band) featuring Melvin Seals, the original Grateful Dead Hammond player, will be at Tres Hombres, 116 and 1/2 Midland Ave in Woodland Park tonight. Tickets are $20 and the show starts and 9 p.m. Call 687-0625 for tix and info.
Oops, The Commonwheel Artists Co-op's opening receptions for Zubigaki and Wakan by R.E. Tolzman and Gary King are tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (not last Friday as we had originally written) at 102 Canon Ave. in Manitou. The shows are about using found objects and mass media images to understand the values of the society in which we live, and it runs until March 18. Call 685-1008 for more.
The Digital Arts Center at 618 Elkton Drive will be hosting an art opening for Deborah Le Lait, Tim Davis, Andrew Velez, David A. Beightol and others tonight from 6 p.m to 8 p.m. Live music by Magic Dave and catering by Mollica's Italian. Call 593-9881.
Weekly eccentricism: Manitou is having its annual Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cookoff today, judging starting at 11 a.m. and public tasting to immediately follow. If you'd like to compete, be advised that there are only 16 slots, so you'd better call the Manitou Springs Secretly Cajun Society at 685-5089 or 800/642-2567, stat. There's never been a better time to put on a fishing vest and mumble disjointedly about "snapperheads." This event is part of the Carnivale, Manitou's petit version of the Brazilian and New Awleens blowout.
The Manitou Art Theater, 515 Manitou Ave. in, yes, Manitou Springs, is up to its First Saturdays at the MAT shenanigans again. Today at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. they present Maxine Stores' new Azuri Ngoma Dance Company doing Dance, Music, and Stories of Africa. Individual tickets are $8, reservable at 685-1861.
Japanese animation's not just about shapely schoolgirls, giant tentacles and people just freaking out and becoming gargantuan mounds of highly destructive murder-flesh. Oh, no, my friend. There are also giant robots. Interested? Then head to Lucky Neko Anime and Hobbies, 4751 Flintridge Drive, today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the monthly meeting of the A.N.I.M.E. Club. Finally, somewhere to make Macross jokes without fear of jockish retribution. Call 720/233-7550 for details.
Today at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N Santa Fe Ave. in Pueblo, presents Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen. Philadelphia-based Landis & Company will perform, using a combination of traditional physical theater, life-size puppets, masks, shadows, special effects, costumes and an original score composed by Andy Teirstein. Tickets are $5, and must be reserved. Call 719/295-7222.
Never let it be said that the newly independent former Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra musicians wussed out. Tonight at 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 2:30 p.m., they play with acclaimed violinist Rachel Barton at the Pikes Peak Center. The orchestra will perform the following: "Romeo and Juliet - Overture Fantasy" by Tchaikovsky; Violin Concerto by Tchaikovsky, featuring Rachel Barton, violinist; and Symphony No. 5 by Beethoven. Season tickets cannot, unfortuantely, be honored, but the $21 tickets will go to benefit the still-unemployed musicians, divorced from their former orchestra amidst myriad recent fiscal and legal troubles. Reserve at the Pikes Peak Center Box Office, or any Ticketmaster outlet at 520-SHOW. A reception in the El Pomar Great Hall Lobby will follow.
In that wonderful tradition of bands that substitute the letter "z" for the letter "s," heretofore referred to as "bandz," comes the Alaskan "cosmic shugrass electric funk" (jam) band The Photonz. They've played with everyone from Leftover Zalmon to the Rowan Brotherz, and they're ready to take over 32 Bleu, at 32 S. Tejon, tonight at 9 p.m. The show's 18+, and ticketz are only $5. Call 955-5664 or go to www.32bleu.com.
The Colorado College Distinguished Organist Series presents Frantisek Vanicek, performing pieces by Bach, Frescobaldi, Vierne, and CC professor Ofer Ben-Amots, tonight at 7:30 p.m. Vanicek has been playing worldwide since 1989, and plays the College's historic Welte-Tripp organ tonight at Shove Memorial Chapel, 1010 N Nevada on the CC Campus. The performance is free and open to the public, and will include an after-concert reception.