There's honestly very little more entertaining than watching a man do battle with his hidden diabolic, his animus, the sanguine Grendel lurking just below the impotent faade he creates to avoid persecution by the shambling, sorry, inutile aggregate you middlebrow louts call "society"... ah, Hesse. Colorado College presents Enter Madmen, a play based on Herman Hesse's classic Steppenwolf. It's running today through Saturday. Tonight's showing is at 8, at CC's Armstrong Theatre. Tickets are $2-5. Call 389-6606 for more, as I'm just exhausted after that first sentence.
Sweet Judy blue eyes! Come to the Black Rose Community Center tonight to see local folkers Phil Volan, Joe Uveges and Jim Sokol play a set that will reportedly be comprised of mostly Crosby, Stills and Nash covers. No word yet on which one gets to impregnate Melissa Etheridge, but we'll, as always, keep you posted.
We have a decided lack of circuses in this town. Sure, they tend to commandeer a goodly portion of the train tracks running next to I-25 once a year, but you know, that's not enough. I want more lions, more anthro-cannonry, and more bearded lady-trains just kind of kicking it in front of 7-11. Come see lesser-known-than-the-B&B-bros the Sterling & Reid Brothers Circus take over the Flea Market over at 5225 E. Platte Ave. The shows will be Friday at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 12, 2:30, 5, and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 1, 3:30, and 6 p.m.
Head over to the First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain, today from 9 to 5, for the very first annual Herb Fest. Indulge your love of parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. There will be speakers, booths, workshops, plants to buy and herb gardening instructions as well as info on medicinal herbs and all variations of herbology. Admission is free with a canned good, but bring some money for the various auctions going on throughout the day. Call 495-4367.
The Aiken Audubon Society's Birdathon and Great Pikes Peak Birding Trail Festival commence this weekend, starting yesterday and running through Sunday, in celebration of International Migratory Bird Day. Interested folks will count birds, participate in field trips and generally honor our avian friends. For more information on the festival and the Great Pikes Peak Birding Trail, visit www.gppbt.org/festival.shtml. Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road, hosts the 10th annual Hummingbird Festival, going from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be entertainers, bird tours, face painting, festival stuff. The event is free to the public; call 578-6146 for more.
Ring in the new venue tonight as the Front Range Barbeque, down at 2330 W. Colorado Ave., presents the ever-popular Johnny and the Jukes and the acoustic zydeco stylings of Tim Zahn and Dave Deason. Deason has the easiest musical gig on the planet: washboard. This free show goes from 3:30 till 6 p.m., for all you early-to-bed types. Call 632-2596 for more.
Tonight at 7 on Colorado College's Armstrong Quad, located just northeast of Cascade and Cache La Poudre, enjoy a performance by Badenya, a Malian music/dance group. We're talking djembe, dounoun, kora and ballafon, all traditional African musical instruments designed specifically to screw with my spell-check. The gaggle of dancers is certain to elicit shake-age. Call 389-6553.
Think back. Harder. Harder! That's, right, the Heller Center. A few months ago, our errant Arts and Entertainment editor Noel Black wrote a story on the Hellers and their massive influence on the cultural history of Colorado Springs. Well, UCCS saved the old Heller mansion, and they're turning into the Heller Center for the Arts and Humanities. That's where you come in. Tonight, beginning at 5, the University is having a fund-raising auction to fund renovation costs for the Center. The auction is at the University Center of UCCS, located at 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway. More than 40 works will be auctioned off, including work from University staff and students, local artists and the late Larry Heller himself. Also, if you'd like to donate work you've created or collected, call Perrin Cunningham at 330-3463, or Gerry Riggs at 262-3567. The Heller house represents a nearly forgotten period in the history of Colorado Springs, a golden age when artists flocked to the Springs as a mountainside mecca. Help make sure that history repeating itself in that respect won't be entirely out of the question.