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Birgitta De Pree is possessed with pachyderm in - Elephant.
  • Birgitta De Pree is possessed with pachyderm in Elephant.



Though she counts herself a member of a "tongue-tied generation," Demetria Martnez has no problem putting words to paper, especially if the subject is life on the U.S.-Mexico border. Winner of the Western States Award for Fiction and lauded by Norman Mailer, the journalist and immigrants' rights activist has released a new collection of essays, poems and newspaper columns called Confessions of a Berlitz Tape Chicana. As part of its Visiting Writers Series, Colorado College welcomes Martnez for a free reading and signing at McHugh Commons (1090 N. Cascade Ave.) at 7 p.m. Her books will be for sale there, too; find out more at 389-6607. Kirk Woundy



For so long, they operated as separate entities. Though side-by-side in the renowned Depot Arts District, the individual galleries of Smokebrush, The Chapel of Art, Bridge Gallery, OpticalReverb and Rainy Days were mere shadows of what they could be together. Today, like so many Autobots, they will pull together into a mighty Transformer called The Art Mill (218 W. Colorado Ave.). At the grand opening, all five galleries will reveal new shows, and their new co-operatively run space, The Commons, will house a sixth. Not bad for February's First Friday Art Walk. It's scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m.; call 444-1012 for answers to any other burning questions. Kara Luger



Pull over, South Beach. There's a new diet in town, and it just so happens to come from the land of milk and honey. New Life Church pastor Ted Haggard developed The Jerusalem Diet after traveling in Israel, and he'll be at the Barnes & Noble Booksellers (1565 Briargate Blvd.) at 2 p.m. to sign copies of his book. We're not sure if the megachurch pioneer will endorse separating milks and meats, or nix shellfish, but pre-emptive speculation conjectures a diet heavy in falafel, matzo balls, potato latkes and, of course, lox. Red wine accompaniment is assumed to be Manishevitz. From this excited Jew to the leader of a flock 11,000 strong: Mazel tov, Haggard, and le chaim (to life!). Call 266-9960 for more. Matthew Schniper

Listen to this Berlitz Tape Chicana (aka Demetria - Martnez) confess at Colorado College. - PHOTO BY DOUGLAS KENT HALL
  • Photo by Douglas Kent Hall
  • Listen to this Berlitz Tape Chicana (aka Demetria Martnez) confess at Colorado College.



One of life's many truths is that kids love elephants. They simply can't get enough. This afternoon, take the family to the Manitou Art Theater (515 Manitou Ave.) to see Elephant, a theatrical safari with Birgitta De Pree. The dynamic writer and actress will stage beloved tales from an African childhood involving lots of elephants, the wacky pachyderms. The show starts at 2; plan to stick around afterward for art activities and complimentary milk and cookies. Call 685-4729 or go to to reserve tickets. MS



The Western Museum of Mining and Industry (125 N. Gate Blvd.) has been hiding things from you. For years, it's been squirreling away a treasure trove of historical goodies but no longer! Check out Artifact Spotlight, an exhibit showcasing both newly acquired pieces as well as works previously tucked away. On display will be all things mining and, well, industry, including dynamite blasters, lithographs, steam engines and plenty of olde tyme photography. Tours run at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and you can find out more at or by calling 488-0880. KL



Newly diagnosed celiac-disease patients often are overwhelmed with the diet changes they need to make in order to be healthy. Eliminating gluten and wheat products can seem daunting, especially in this carb-friendly country. Colorado Springs' Wild Oats Natural Marketplace (3180 New Center Point) is hosting Gluten-Free Store Tours from 1 to 2 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. today. During the tour, Wild Oats provides a chance for celiac patients to network with each other, sample gluten-free foods and learn about acceptable food options available at the store. Call 622-1099 to register, and ask about the upcoming Gluten-Free Baking Class. Sara Gallagher



OK. So. The press release for Jason Ricci is benign enough. It talks about how he lives in Nashville and has been playing the harmonica since age 15. OK. There's a quote about how skilled he is, with required reference to John Popper and Sonny Boy Williamson. OK. Mild-looking promo shot featuring stripey pants. OK. Then ... there's his Web site ( See-through shirts, leather rocker bracelets and wallet chains abound. It looks like Jason Ricci and New Blood have created "harmonicore." Check them out at Southside Johnny's (528 S. Tejon St.) tonight at 9 and find out what the hell they're up to. Call 444-8487 for more. SG

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