SOMOS, CC's Latin American organization, presents a week of Latin American events under the umbrella name Sabor Latino. While it started back on April 7, it's getting kicked into high gear today with a discussion on Nahuatl Aztec culture. Catch it at McHugh Commons, upstairs at the Q Cafe at 1090 N. Cascade at 3 p.m. Later, at 7 p.m., in Gaylord Hall, located on the main floor of Worner Center (northwest corner or Cascade and Cache La Poudre) watch Ruben Gonzalez present Teatro Campesino, a one-man show about the trials-n-tribs that face young Latinos today. Later this week, Sabor Latino goes out with a bang, with the daylong celebration Carnival Caliente going from 2 p.m. to midnight at the Armstrong Quad (northeast corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre).
The Colorado Springs Chorale is on it: They've taken on production responsibility for the cancelled Colorado Springs Symphony performance that was to take place today. Along with the musicians now operating as the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, they will perform Brahms' "Requiem" in the original German today and tomorrow at 8 p.m., and on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. It's all happening at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S Cascade. Previously purchased and season tickets for the CS Symphony will be honored for the show. If you don't have season tix for the old symphony, it's $10-$50. Tickets are available at the Pikes Peak Center box office or 520-SHOW.
Strut your burlap down to Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada, from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m., and attend Building Cultures of Peace: Moving from Conflict to Dialogue. The discussion, based on a lecture by former UN Secretary Anwarul K. Chowdhury, is sponsored by the Cheyenne Mountain district chapter of SGI-USA Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin. For pronunciation instructions, call 633-6948.
Lots of stuff going on tonight. A bit of it: The United World Madrigal Chorus will be singing at CC's Packard Hall, on the southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre, tonight at 7:30. The chorus has students from such exotic locations as Bolivia, Hong Kong and Canada. They sing songs in all sorts of languages, too: English, German, Italian, Chinese, and Freedom, sorry, French. The show's free.
In an odd turn of events, Pikes Peak Community College is starting to out-weird those squares over at CC: tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m., and on April 16 at 7 p.m., the PPCC Masquers Theatre Troupe presents the intriguingly titled Five Women Wearing the Same Dress. It's got adult content, girl. Also, at 2 p.m. this Sunday, there will be a special engagement that will be signed for the hearing-impaired. It's going on at Centennial Campus Mainstage Theatre, 5675 S. Academy. Tix are $5 for students, $7 for military/gramps, and $10 for everyone else. Call 540-7418.
Never one to disappoint, the Manitou Art Theater, 515 Manitou Ave., brings you the Cashore Marionettes today at 2 and 7 p.m. These exquisite hand-sculpted marionettes are animated frighteningly well by master of puppets Joseph Cashore. If you've been by the MAT recently, you've probably seen the pictures up by the front desk, and probably had much the same reaction as I: Dude, that's some freaky puppets. Words to live by. Call 685-1861 to reserve the $8 advance tickets, or be sad later when the day-of-show tickets go to $10.
Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District will honor Taos author John Nichols tonight with the Frank Waters Award for his lifelong achievement in literature. The award is given annually to an author who embodies the principles most important to Springs-born author Frank Waters: protection of the environment and respect for people of all cultural backgrounds. Other Waters Award recipients have included Barbara Kingsolver, N. Scott Momaday, Marshall Sprague, Tony Hillerman, Joanne Greenberg, and Will Hobbs. Nichols, who is best known for his novel The Milagro Beanfield War, has published numerous works of fiction and non-fiction with a particular emphasis on land use and water issues, and the human impact on the environment. The Friends' annual dinner will take place at 6:30 at the Antlers Adam's Mark Hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave. Tickets are $30 for members and $40 for non-members (which includes annual Friends membership). Call 634-2367 for dinner reservations.
Today, those crazy muthas over at the Pikes Peak Center bring you Meredith Wilson's The Music Man. This is some Broadway stuff over here, readers. Head to 190 S. Cascade tonight or tomorrow night at 8 for the show. Tickets, ranging in price from $25 to $45, are available at the PPC box office, and by calling 520-9090 or heading to any Ticketmaster outlet. Come on, don't pretend you don't know the show by heart. And apparently, this production's quality is highfalutin enough that even the New Yorker, again, the New Yorker likes it, the poncy gits.
Go shorty, it's my birthday. I'm gonna party like it's my birthday. In any case, there's stuff going on today, besides my passage into a hairy, belligerent manhood. First off, we have a birding event. Yes, "bird" is a verb now. The Aiken Audubon Society presents the second installment of its apparently ever-popular Birding By Ear course, so listen up. The program covers 30 birds that we hear often and locally, yet somehow requires no prior birding experience! Doesn't that sound fun?! It meets tonight and again on April 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Beidleman Environmental Center, 740 W. Caramillo. You'd probably want to bring 15 smackers to cover materials and refreshments. As for me, you'll find me in the club. Bottle full of bub, perhaps.