- Tab Benoit knows good cookin and good guitar pickin.
"Warhol worshipped popular culture, while Reagan was popular culture. They both were 'prophets of fame and celebrity.'" That's Bob Colacello, writer and former executive editor of Andy Warhol's magazine, Interview. He'll be at the Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.) this eve to present a lecture, "From Warhol to Reagan," starting at 7. Cost is $20 for members and $4 more for non-members; visit csfineartscenter.org or call 634-5583. And if you're wondering what Colacello is writing these days, check out "The House That Este Built" in this month's Vanity Fair.
With a name like Mandomonium, you probably expect that mandolins will be involved. Stop right there, Johnny -- there also are mandolas, mandocellos and bass mandolins, and you can bet this 13-piece group of mando-nutsos will be flutter-picking like you can't even believe. The Colorado-based mandolin orchestra will be rocking at the Black Rose Acoustic Society Open Stage (at the Black Forest Community Center, intersection of Black Forest and Shoup roads). "Stairway to Heaven" is rumored. Ooh. Like all Open Stage events, the show will begin at 7:30 p.m., and admission is $3 for BRAS members, $5 for non-members and free for kids 11 and under. For more, head to blackroseacoustic.org.
15 Kicking off the Colorado Springs Philharmonic's Pops season is Symphonic Night at the Movies, a doubtlessly fun-filled night of cinema and scores at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.). Clips from classic films like North by Northwest, An American in Paris and King Kong will be accompanied by live performances of their scores. Unfortunately, they've passed on other great films such as 2 Fast 2 Furious and Shaving Ryan's Privates, but whaddaya gonna do, right? Tickets for the 8 p.m. performance are $12-$50 and are available at the Pikes Peak Center box office, TicketsWest outlets and pikespeakcenter.org, or by calling 520-SHOW.
Tab Benoit is into a little bit of everything, from Tab Benoit's Lagniappe Music Caf in his hometown of Houma, La., to his own freakin' Tab Benoit Golf Tournaments, which are raising funds for survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Oh yeah, he also happens to be one of the more celebrated blues musicians alive today, earning comparisons to such greats as Buddy Guy and Albert King. Catch this blues master at Classics (5943 Delmonico Drive) tonight at 7. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 day of show. Call 685-1861, ext. 42 or visit pikespeakblues.org for more.
- The tunes are simply mandolicious at Mandomonium.
The rhythm indeed has gotten us. Check out a starry signing at the LoDo Tattered Cover (16th Street and Wynkoop Avenue in Denver), where the much-beloved diva and Batista apologist Gloria Estefan will be reading from her new children's book The Magically Mysterious Adventures of Noelle the Bulldog. Fresh! Illustrated by Michael Garland, the book deals with lessons and joy and stuff. Tickets will be handed out prior to the opening of the event hall at 5:30 p.m., on a first-come, first-served basis. For more, call 303/436-1070.
Catch aggro-sweethearts Bleed the Dream at Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.) tonight. In addition to being interestingly eyelinered, the group is fresh off the Taste of Chaos tour and probably will be inspiring scads of impressionable young 'uns to pick up guitars, shelve plans for college and start their own bands. Good on you. They'll be playing tonight with Stutterfly, Roses are Red, Bedlight for Blue Eyes and The Confession. Tickets for the 6:30 show are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. For more information or tickets, check out sodajerkpresents.com.
Polaroids weren't the first instant photographs. Believe it. Long before them, back in the 1850s, there was the tintype. And UCCS photography instructor Carol Dass has unearthed the technique for her show, appropriately called Tintypes, at Phototroph Gallery (16 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs). Beyond striking single objects such as "Shell" (pictured left), Dass' series includes nudes. Dass, among her many achievements, claimed the Juror's Choice and Sangre de Cristo prizes at this year's Colorado State Fair. Phototroph is open from Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Dass' show will hang through Nov. 6. Call 685-1313 or visit phototroph.com for more.
-- Aaron Retka, Kara Luger and Vanessa Martinez