Remember the days when Magic Dave and all variety of blues musicians would jam on Wednesday nights down at Bristol Brewing Company? Well, those days are over. Now it's Thursday nights, and Smokin' Joe Sciallo is running the gig with his band The Mighty Burners who will invite lots of special guests to sit in and get loose on their respective instruments. It's a running gig, so head on down to 1647 S. Tejon St. every Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. for a pint to cry in over a blues jam. Call 633-2555 or go to http://mightyburners.com for more.
Laura McCracken is takin' a crack at The Space Within, which is the title of her solo show at The Bridge Gallery, which is the gallery space beneath the Colorado Avenue bridge at 218 W. Colorado Ave., which is the space within the larger building known as the depot arts district, which is mostly devoted to art, which is what this show is all about from 5 8 p.m. tonight. Call 329-1547
Vroom ... vroom; vroom. Beginning today and vrooming all weekend between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., the K&N Filters/Goodguys 6th Colorado Classic heats up at the Pikes Peak International Raceway (just off of I-25 between Colorado Springs and Pueblo). There'll be all kinds of: rods, customs, classics, muscle cars, street machines, vintages, hot-rod roadsters, fat-fenders, deuce coupes, models, quad cab hemis and whatnot. It's $12 for adults and $6 for the kids, and free for kids under six. Call 719/382-7223 or go to www.good-guys.com for more.
Doesn't the eighth annual Scale the Scar Hike sound so goth!? Well, it's not. The event is actually a 5-mile hike up to the scar on the mountain through Queens Canyon to, and through, the Queens Canyon Quarry. Still, goth or not, Queens Canyon is awesome and you get free Burger King breakfast and a chance to win things. It's $15 for adults and $10 for children and all proceeds go to benefit the Colorado Mountain Reclamation Foundation. Meet at the Navigators Headquarters on 30th Street near Garden of the Gods Road. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the walk begin at 8:30 p.m. Call 442-6949 or go to coloradomtnreclamation.com for more.
Dude, brew. Brew bro. Dude bro! The 10th annual Microbrewers Expo means, you know, beer, and people exposing it for what it is: beer! It's only $6 bucks to get in and $1 per taste (or $2 if you want a 12 oz chug), you get mug to chug from, and it's downtown and there's food, bands and, you know, 26 microbreweries. No bikes or dogs. It goes from noon to 7 p.m. on Pikes Peak Avenue between Cascade Avenue and Tejon Street.
Did you know that the United States Olympic Committee is turning 25? Me neither, until I read the press release, that is. Forget about the scandals, this is "maj" (as in major, natch), So, today there will be a Community Olympic Day Celebration open to the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the U.S. Olympic Complex at the intersection of Boulder Street and Union Boulevard. Famous athlete autograph sessions, sports demos/clinics and appearances by Olympic stars like Cammi Granato. Call 632-5551 for more.
If you have been in the Springs for any length of time, you're probably experiencing withdrawal from all sorts of cultural and ethnic diversity. Meadows Park Community Center has the answer. CultureFest 2003 will feed your cravings for food, music, dance, fashions and other fun multi-cultural activities. It happens at Meadows Park Community Center, 1943 S. El Paso Ave. this Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission's free, but if it makes you feel better, you can donate a canned good to Care and Share at the event. For more, call 385-7940.
Our rather peppy (not preppy, Chad) local rock scene keeps it chipper tonight at 32 Bleu (32 S. Tejon St.) as Laymen Terms and Against Tomorrow's Sky 'splode onto the stage with their guitars, drums, basses and other tools of the dark lord. It's $8, all ages, and the show starts at 9 p.m.
Head back to 32 Bleu (32 S. Tejon) tonight 'cuz one of the weirdest folk acts since the really, really weird old folk acts died out will be purveying their weirdness. The Asylum Street Spankers defy retro and hippie-lovin' sixties folk in a way that's defiantly defiable. With their 2002 release My Favorite Record still fresh out of the oven, it should be duly rollicking. Show starts at 8 p.m., it's $10 and it's all ages.
Chromatic Edge, a group of local artists who are totally into watercolors, are hosting an opening for their show, ColorFest, tonight at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade from 5 to 8 p.m. Artists include Mary Ann and Eric Bransby, Mary Helsaple, Sara Ware Howsam, Jill Spear, Susanne Truax and lots more. It's free and you can call 495-8153 for more information.