Tonight at 8, CC's Visiting Writers Lecture Series presents three writers who are in no way visiting: CC professors Jane Hilberry, David Mason and Jim Moore present "Three Amigos," a reading. This free event takes place in McHugh Commons on the second floor, upstairs from the Q Caf in the Western Ridge Housing Complex, 1090 N. Cascade. Call 389-6853.
Tonight through Saturday night, also at CC, and also at 8 p.m., Colorado College's Dance Workshop performs its spring production "A Volatile Progression." The performance goes on at Armstrong Theatre, at the NE corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. The show also includes a senior project piece by dance major Patricia Kempf. Tickets, only $2, are available at the Worner Center Desk, located at the NW corner of the same intersection. Call 389-6607.
This week is your last chance to catch the UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art's Semi-Annual Faculty Art Exhibition. Works by talented teachers and artists alike such as Sean O'Meallie, Gerry Riggs, Carol Dass and Louis Cicotello can be viewed through next Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway on the UCCS campus.
Starting today at 5:30 p.m., and continuing tomorrow at 1 and 8 p.m., a gaggle of chanteuses takes over the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade, for the regional Sweet Adelines ladies' barbershop/chorus competition. I was terribly entertained by an impromptu barbershop session I witnessed recently, though this might have something to do with the song being rather bawdy, and the fact that the group was singing to a starkly horrified Warren Epstein. The quartet competition ($8-$10) is today, the chorus competition ($8-$10) is tomorrow afternoon, and the Show of Champions ($10-$15) is tomorrow night. Call 520-7469.
Comedienne Margaret Cho will be in full effect tonight at the Paramount Theatre, 1631 Glenarm Place, in Denver, at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Cho, you might remember, gained fame and stuff with her book (and DVD, and, you know, stuff) The Notorious C.H.O. Notorious? More like hilarious, Margaret! Tickets are $29.50-$45. Call 303/892-7016 for fixin's.
Head over to the Colorado Springs School, 21 Broadmoor Ave., today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., for the New Broadmoor Antiques Show & Sale. Who knows, some of gramps' old junk might actually be worth something. Proceeds from tickets, which go for $3.50 at the door, or $2.50 with a discount card or newspaper ad, go to benefit Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity. Call them at 475-7800.
Signaling no change whatsoever in the Utopia Caf's overwhelming musical aesthetic, the Family Groove Company takes the stage tonight at 9:30 for just 4 bucks. The California-based independent band does the blues-funk-jam thing, so head down for some good vibes. Go to 117 E. Bijou and call 633-1080.
That artist Hugh Merrill that I was telling you about last week? He's back, and this time he's brought some at-risk youth! The renowned, and apparently prolific, collaborative artist worked with the aforementioned youth in a five-day workshop called Portrait of Self, a collaboration of the Business of Art Center, the Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration and Futureself. The presentation goes from 5 to 7 p.m. at the BAC, 513 Manitou Ave., and is free to the public. Call 685-1861.
If you're into anthropomorphic, miniaturized coming-of-age stories, then look no further than right here: The Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., debuts its annual Theatre for Children production, Stuart Little, today at 10 a.m. and noon. The mischievous mouse is going to be here 'til April 5, and again June 9-14. Times are the same each day, and the whole shindig goes for just 3 dollars. Call 634-5583 to anthropomorphize mice.
Phototroph Gallery, under the bridge at 218 W. Colorado Ave., will be presenting a special one-night-only show by Colorado College senior Lea Golis. The show -- The Distillation of Odalisque -- is Golis' senior thesis exhibition that is "meant to dispel the concept of the Odalisque -- an archetype created by and for the male eye." The reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. Call 442-6995.
In an event that all can surely agree is incredibly important, the Pikes Peak Sustainable Business Center presents Incorporating Sustainability at the New Belgium Brewery. The luncheon seminar, going from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and taking place in the Carnegie Room at the Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade, shows how leadership, sustainability and environmental stewardship are incorporated in Ft. Collins' best brewery. Tickets are $15 for members, and $20 for nonmembers. Call 471-0910 for sustainable beer.
-- Brian Arnot