- Oh, what you can find at the Artists Studio Tour! From left, clockwise: Carol Ettengers Winter, Douglas Rouses Petrified Plasterus Bucketossis and Eric Murphys Trees.
Tonight, the Louisa Performing Arts Center at the Colorado Springs School (21 Broadmoor Ave.) presents Lawrence Leighton Smith and Esteemed Friends, its second Thursday Night Recital Series program of the year. Though I was hoping for a more Muppet-like affair -- with cameos by, say, Marie Osmond and John Denver, and a touching duet by Stevie Wonder and Miss Piggy -- Smith's program sounds pretty good, too. He and his talented pals traipse through works by J.S. Bach, George Gershwin, Gabriel Faur and Robert Schumann. Tickets for the 7 p.m. performance are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. For more, call 475-9747 or check out css.org.
Were I so inclined, I could make a terribly cheesy pun about this one, something along the lines of, "It's all Greek to me," or "What the Hellene?" but I shall refrain. You're welcome. Today, tomorrow and Sunday at the Runyon Theater (611 N. Main St., Pueblo), the Damon Runyon Repertory presents The Women of Troy. This Greek tragedy by Euripides is a classic anti-war statement, a fem-lib masterpiece and a sensitive portrayal of catastrophe, loss and human will. All that for $7. Tonight and Saturday, it starts at 7:30; get there at 6:30 for a good Greek meal, a mere $8 more. Sunday's treat is free admission to the 3 p.m. show for ID-carrying military, seniors and students. Reservations are recommended; call 719/564-0579.
Today, indulge your inner Nipponophile and get to the Japanese Bazaar and Cultural Event, taking place at the Business of Art Center (513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs). Presented by the Japan-American Society of Southern Colorado, the event includes performances by Japanese dancers, Mirai Daiko drummers and a big ol' market with Japanese tableware, dcor items, gift baskets, sushi sets and food by Arigato and Akasaka. It's going on from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more, log on to jassc.org or call 266-0190.
- Emily Dahlke takes a dive in Voices.
Round out your weekend by interacting with some of the region's prominent artists as part of the third annual Artists' Studio Tour and Sale. This is your chance to visit artists in their creative environments, chat it up and see works in progress, and view works for display and sale. Featured media include paintings, drawings, print, ceramics, photography, jewelry, wood and mixed media, all open for the oglin'. It's going on Saturday and today. To get in on the fun, visit pikespeakstudiotour.com and pick up a map and schedule of events.
Wowsers! Tonight's your night for high-octane-yet-low-rebellion fun at the Fillmore Auditorium (1510 Clarkson St., Denver), where power-pop do-gooders Relient K are playing with Christian punkers MxPx. Relient K are touring on their newest offering, MMHMM, which is a candy-coated li'l bar-chord delight. With similarly cuddly bands Rufio and Go Betty Go opening the show, this is an evening of rock that parents -- and, yeah, even grandparents -- can support without fear of the kids going goth or turning flags upside-down or setting the family dog on fire. Happily pogo your way to fillmoreauditorium.com or call 520-9090 to get your hands on the $20 tickets.
Sure, you could try to find a band as snazzed-up, dyed and coiffed as It Dies Today, but you'd probably fail. Fresh off Ozzfest dates and with a boatload of record sales in their way-hip pockets, this bafflingly young upstate New York quintet brings their brand of screamo-angst-metal to The Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.) tonight. Oh, and will the kids rejoice. With them tonight are Sinai Beach, Still Remains and Bullet for My Valentine -- all names that bring to mind teddy bears, unicorns and hugs, hugs, hugs. The 7:30 show is $10. For tickets or more information, get thee to sodajerkpresents.com.
Be the first person ever to see Voices, an original play by Hannah Rockey, Emily Dahlke and Pat Beret, with direction by MAT fave Birgitta De Pree, at Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs). The play deals with the personal stories of three generations of women, woven together with humor and poetry. There's also a picture of an angel, which is pretty cool if you like angels. (I do.) The world premiere is going on tonight at 8, with additional shows tomorrow and Saturday. Tickets are $14, available at the box office one hour before showtime. Call 685-4729 for reservations or visit themat.org to see the cool angel picture.
-- Aaron Retka