The internationally acclaimed touring production of Lord of the Dance hits the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade) tonight with legs-a-floppin' to prove that tunics and leather pants never really go out of style. Witness the freakishly steady heads. Witness the not-so-subtle homoerotic overtones. Above all, witness the dance. Call 520-SHOW or go to www.ticketmaster.com.
Can you smell the rubber? Pikes Peak International Raceway hosts Cruise America AMA Superbike Weekend starting today. Festivities will include the first annual Gravity Check Xtreme Demonstration, featuring Motocross, BMX and skateboard exhibitions along with the so-called Godfather of Moto-X Freestyle, Mr. Mike Metzger. Bring your camera. Gravity Check will take place on Sunday at 10 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids, and are available at King Soopers or by calling 888/306-7223. Don't forget the suncreen.
Beginning today and going all weekend, Bluegrass on the River will be twinging, twanging and clanging along the Arkansas River at Greenway Nature Center, 5200 Nature Center Road in Pueblo. Fireweed Bluegrass Band along with Pete and Joan Werrick, Ryan Shupe and the Rubber Band and lots of others will be there for your pleasure. Fri., 7-11 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekend passes are $25 and daily admissions vary. Call 719/549-2414 for more info and directions.
Local groove, funk and jazz-fusion bands Redraw the Farm and the John Fence Quartet will get their jam on today at the Business of Art Center in Manitou as part of the BAC's Springs Music Sessions, a monthly showcase of local talent. Things will get started at 8 p.m. at the BAC, 515 Manitou Ave. Tickets are $5 for the general public and a measly $3 for BAC members, a decent reason to join, not to mention you're supporting a jivin', thrivin' arts community. Call 685-1861 for more information.
Sung Sook Lee appears with Diane Bish tonight at 5 p.m. at First United Methodist Church (420 N. Nevada) for a night of worship-core for the whole family. Ms. Bish, a world-renowned organist and author of Church Music Explosion, is a recipient of the National Citation by the National Federation of Music Clubs of America, a distinction she shares with Irving Berlin, Robert Shaw and Leonard Bernstein. Reserved seats are $20, general seating is $15 and students and seniors get in for $10. Call 471-4361 or head on over to Family Christian Stores for tickets.
The Declaration of Independence Road Trip arrives in Colorado Springs today. One of 25 original copies of the Declaration will be available for public viewing at the Pikes Peak Library District's 1905 Carnegie Library from June 2 through June 11. Accompanying the document will be a video music performance titled America the Beautiful, featuring the likes of (gasp!) Amy Grant, (gasp!) Vince Gill and Mr. Bullet-in-Your-Ass Himself, Toby Keith. (Sadly, the Dixie Chicks will not appear.) Also included in the bonanza is on-site voter registration, a short film by Rob Reiner and Norman Lear (of Sanford & Son and Good Times fame), and voting education booths for the young 'uns. All this takes place at 20 N. Cascade. Call 531-6333 x1234 for group reservations or hit up www.IndependenceRoadTrip.org for more information. Admission is free.
Also today, the Fine Arts Center opens their balcony for summer lunch, featuring a chock-full-of-summer-fare menu designed by former Three Doors Down chef Anne Armour. Dining on the balcony will continue through Aug. 29, Monday through Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 634-5581 Ext. 301. Reservations are recommended.
And hey, while you're at the FAC, grab tickets for the California Guitar Trio, appearing there tonight with guest stick -- yes, stick -- player Tom Griesgraber. Their selections range from Bach to the Ventures, they're internationally recognized, they've got acoustic guitars, and I'm sold. Call 634-5583 for ticket information.
The Austin, Texas-based rockers Groovin Ground will funk up the Utopia Caf tonight, promising, to wit, a "sycadelic" and "entegetic" performance replete with light and projection show. GG, composers of the timeless classics "Marmaduke Surfaceblow" and "
Abbabaabaababba, are sure to delight stoned, mega-stoned and un-stoned alike. Check out their Web site at www.groovinground.com or call the Utopia at 633-1080. Tell em Aaron sent you.
-- Aaron Retka