- William Polleys abstract art
Some of the biggest kudos in our community belong to the members of the Springs Coalition to Save Darfur. They're among the few of us who have actually willed themselves to understand, in all its ugliness, how a horrifying five-year conflict has killed hundreds of thousands of Sudanese people, and displaced millions of others. And they're among the fewer who are doing something about it. From 5:30 to 6:30 tonight, join them at the Downtown YMCA (207 N. Nevada Ave.) to find out how you can help raise awareness of and support for the families living as refugees in Sudan and Chad. Call 200-5353 for more. KW
Ah, the ballet. Magical birds, enchanted princesses, petrified knights and ghostly sylphs. The Sangre de Cristo Ballet Theatre will transport you to a magical, far-off land at its performance tonight with classical ballet and contemporary performances. The show features Igor Stravinsky's Firebird; Les Sylphides, with original music by Frdric Chopin; and three contemporary pieces. The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo) show starts at 7:30, with a 2 p.m. performance tomorrow. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $6 for children/seniors. To get them, or more information, call 719/295-7222. AA
- Sangre dancers
Calling all Front Range females: Looking for something fast-paced, high-scoring and violent to fill that void in your typically peaceful day? Then consider braving the pre-St. Paddy's Day crowds at 9:30 this morning at Jack Quinn's (21 S. Tejon St.). The Denver Gaels will be recruiting women from the Pikes Peak area in hopes of starting a local camogie team. Camogie is essentially the same sport as hurling (a men's sport), but for girls. Both are origins of Gaelic football, one of the most popular spectator sports in Ireland. For more on where to find members of the team among the other Irish festivities call 385-0766, or contact a team member directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. DO
Few treats in life are better than enjoying a performer on the front end of what's sure to be a long, illustrious career. That's the lure this weekend as Yuja Wang, an acclaimed 20-year-old Chinese pianist visiting orchestras from New York to San Francisco, joins the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra for Chopin's masterpiece Piano Concerto No. 2, with other major works by Wagner and Tchaikovsky also on the agenda. You have your choice of two concerts, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. today, at the Pikes Peak Center. Tickets are $12 to $52 at 520-SHOW (7469), TicketsWest outlets or the box office. RR
If you're the Incredible Hulk or Kermit the Frog or just had a bit too much of the ol' Irish whiskey, your gorgeous green hue will help you blend in around town today. The rest of you will need to put on some of that greentastic garb you donned for the city's St. Patrick's Day Celebration on Saturday. Remember? Before you hit the bottle, you ran a 5K race. Then you roamed Tejon Street to see bagpipe bands, Irish dancers, floats, flags and hundreds of marchers in the St. Paddy's Day Parade. Relive the fun over a pint somewhere tonight and see if any of your friends happened to capture your shenanigans on their phone cameras. JT
Today's as good a day as any other to take in the latest show at the PPPC Downtown Studio Campus Gallery (100 W. Pikes Peak Ave.), Icons & Whispers: Domestic Dioramas, featuring works from other regional college art departments. The University of Colorado at Denver's Rian Kerrane and Colorado College's Daisy McConnell have provided recycled-object sculpture and encaustic paintings (using heated wax atop various mediums) for view through April 15. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; catch the opening reception from 5 to 7:30 Friday, March 14, if ballet's not your bag. Call 502-4040 for more. MS
- This week offers fun runs, abstract art and, of course, ample drinkin.
Dig this tagline: "A middle-class white guy comes to grips with peak oil, climate change, mass extinction, population overshoot and the demise of the American lifestyle." No, I didn't write it. (But thank you.) Filmmaker Timothy S. Bennett, the man behind What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire probably did. And someone who cares has organized a showing of the doomsday documentary tonight from 7 to 9:30 at the BAC's Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs). A $5 suggested donation gains entry; I'd advise planning a happy activity (like going for ice cream) afterward. Call 685-1861 ext. 10 for more. MS
This week's 7 Days contributors: Alexa Acord, David Owens, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.