- Blackalicious: The Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel on Thursday at 32 Bleu.
The hip, hop, the hibbit, the hibbit, the ribbit, the giblet ... Lifesavas and Blackalicious get all posicore on your boot tonight at 9:30 at 32 Bleu, 32 S. Tejon. Tickets are $18 and it's all ages! Call 955-5664 or go to www.32Bleu.com.
If your boots were made for walkin', then that's what they should do! This evening beginning at 5, the Historic Preservation Alliance is giving a Walking Tour of the South End of Monument Valley Park that will conclude with a Palmer Day Celebration beginning and ending at the large pavilion near the public pool. Bring a picnic and your vocal chords for an evening of speakers, music, ice cream and a "sing-along of turn-of-the-century songs." Free for HPA members, $4 for nonmembers. Call 538-6082.
- Get your local history fix and celebrate the dude who started it all. Gen. William Jackson Palmer will be honored at Monument Valley Park on Thursday.
Bryan and Scott Jewelers Ltd. , downtown Colorado Springs' favorite fancy-pants boutique, is getting back into the gallery game with a new show featuring Rita Zimmerman (currently appearing in the Fine Arts Center's Something New exhibit), the always brilliant and mentally amusing Sean O'Meallie, and the seldom-exhibited sculptor Pard Morrison. As if you needed an excuse to go have a few drinks at this incredible store! The reception is from 5 to 8 p.m. at 112 N. Tejon St. Call 633-9316.
The Resource Exchange, an organization that helps individuals with developmental disabilities, will host a Carnival and Community Fair from 5 to 8 p.m. in their office parking lot at 418 S. Weber St. There will be a petting zoo, face painting, a cakewalk, a bean bag toss, a wheelchair obstacle course, and, of course, karaoke. It's free to get in. Cal 380-1100 for details.
The Vocal Arts Symposium continues tonight at Colorado College in Packard Hall (southwest corner of Cascade Avenue and Cache La Poudre Street) with Act I of "Scene Stealers." In other words, some peeps with pipes are gonna belt out songs from Faust, La Boheme, and other opera and Broadway faves. It's $10 for the public at the door (free to children 12 and under) and the show starts at 7 p.m. The VAS performances continue through Aug. 10. Call 389-6606 for more information.
- Pard Morrisons Obvum on display at Bryan and Scott Jewelers on Friday.
Q: Whaddya call art in the mountains? A: High art! Nyug nyug nyug. But seriously folks, The 18th annual Mountain Arts Festival at the Ute Pass Cultural Center (Fairview and Highway 24) in Woodland Park takes place today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 687-5284 for more.
Nothin' could be finer than to be in Manitou in the evening at Soda Springs Park (toward the end of Manitou Avenue and Park Place) listening to the Little London Winds play a little bit of light music as you listen to the low rumble of the creek and gaze upon the clouds as they spread out across the plains like wayward sheep loose from the fold of Pikes Peak ... oh, sorry. It's free and it all goes down at 7 p.m. Call 685-5089.
Get out yer pooper-scooper and head downtown for the 63rd Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Parade, the annual event that kicks off the, duh!, Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and winds its way downtown along Tejon Street. For more information about this free parade and rodeo events, call 576-2626.
If you remember Glenn Tilbrook of the '80s smooth-wave band Squeeze, then you must be at least as old as I am. I can remember seeing the "Black Coffee In Bed" video in the protean days of MTV when I'd nary a hair on my chinny chin chin. Not as good as Harry Nilsson in the songwriting department, but definitely a silky crooner in the upper echelons. Some young sensitive guy named Teitur (sounds like "tater") is opening for him ... so tender. It's $12 in advance and $14 at the door. The all-ages show starts at 9 p.m. at 32 Bleu, 32 S. Tejon. Call 955-5664 or go to www.32Bleu.com
-- Noel Black