Drag yourself to Industrial Nation, 2106 E. Platte, tonight for their pool tournament ... what? Since when do I deign to cover pool tourneys? Since ladies and guys in drag drink free from 8 to 10 p.m. Get your corset out, bros -- it's Miller Time. 520-0980's the digits. The tourney goes from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Make sure your mom packs your game.
Painter Jeff Brown has a new exhibition going on down at the Bedford Gallery, part of the Fountain Valley School, today through May 14. The opening reception is today from 5:30 to 8 p.m. If you want to go, call 390-7035 for directions.
The Bridge Gallery, 218 West Colorado Ave., has a new show opening. Karen Simkiss will have work on display starting today through June 1, with the reception taking place today from 5 to 8 p.m. Simkiss works in a variety of media -- painting, mixed-media, sculpture. All that jazz. Call 329-1574 for the skinny.
Well, ladies and gentlemen, it had to end sometime. Today, solemnly head to the Manitou Art Theater, 515 Manitou Ave., and see a clown who's so zany he spells "clown" with a K! Vodvill Klown is here to present the last show of the First Saturdays at the MAT 2K2 season. As usual, the tickets are $8, and the shows are presented at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call 685-1861 for more.
If all of those other leviathan-scale adult-contempo warlocks just aren't cutting it, come to the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade, tonight at 5:30 or 8:30 p.m., and see the king of them all: that Dickensian wonder, David Copperfield. He'll be performing his new act, Grand Illusion, in which an audience member is transported to a realm where a long-lost loved one awaits, or they win the lottery, or something. Copperfield will also be handling a scorpion at some point. Is this the end of David Copperfield? Tickets are $33 to $38. As always, 520-SHOW(7469) works as well as anything.
Tonight, at Faith Lutheran Church, 1310 Evergreen Heights Drive in Woodland Park, come see Bach, Beethoven, and Borscht. It's exactly what it sounds like: classical music entertainment with a traditional Ukrainian dinner. It's going from 6 to 8 p.m., tickets cost $12 per person or $20 for the family. Proceeds go to the Ukraine Mission. Call 686-1095.
Looks like some local moppets are at it again. Today kicks off the 41st annual Young People Art Exhibition, with over 160 District 11 schools participating. Oodles of scholarships will be given out, but the kids will have a ways to go before they can put them to good use. The dates: May 3-11 is the Secondary School Exhibit, with a reception on Thursday, May 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. The Elementary exhibit runs at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., May 17-21. Reception Thursday, May 20, 5-7 p.m. You can call 328-6462 if this doesn't totally spell it out for you.
Tonight at 32 Bleu, Dick Dale abandons his 40-year Pacific vigil for the Rocky Mountains. Come hear the grizzled dictator-for-life of surf guitar rock the house down to sea level. This 18+ show starts at 9 p.m. and costs a rather tubular $15. Call 955-5664.
Tonight, at CC's Gates Common Room, located on the third floor of Palmer Hall, at the southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre, listen to Fred I. Greenstein, professor emeritus of political science at Princeton University, discuss "What We Should Look for in a President and How Does George W. Bush Measure Up?" Far be it from me to editorialize ... wait, no it isn't! Jeez, Fred, what's there to discuss? Bush has been doing an AWESOME job! I especially liked the part where we fought evil. The lecture's at 7:30 p.m. Call 389-6606 for more.
The Colorado Springs Dance Theatre presents the Miami City ballet tonight at 8 p.m at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade, with tickets ranging from $21 to $39. If there's one thing Miami is known for, it's definitely the preservation of the art of classical dance. If it's known for two things, it's that, and that radical Will Smith song. Call 520-SHOW to purchase tickets.
-- Brian Arnot