- Poor panda. Check out Michael Robinsons lecture on the Endangered Species Act at the Colorado Springs Division of Wildlife.
Getting a glimpse behind the scenes can be as fascinating as watching an actual performance. Betsy Tobin, prolific mask, puppet and experimental theater maven, understands this. Tonight, she both performs and explains her craft as part of UCCS' "Integrated Object: Materiality and Performance" series at UCCS' University Center (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.), Room 302, at 7:30. Call 262-4306 for more information. Sara Gallagher
Tired of the same, stinky old rubbish? Then check out the brand new Rubbish (17B Bijou St.), an art gallery opening downtown. Though it's located across from 15C, in the alley, this creative space promises to host more than the usual alley scrap. Tonight kicks off All or Nothing, a Valentine's-themed show, featuring the works of Carlita Trujillo, Marc Huebert and other local artists. Live music is included in the evening's free festivities, which happen from 5 to 10. All or Nothing runs through mid-March. Call 231-9839 for more. Matthew Schniper
Dust off the yoga mat and prop blanket today's the day to raise your cosmic vibration. Head to The Smokebrush Gallery and Chapel of Art (218 W. Colorado Ave.) from 10 a.m. to noon for "The Power of Breath: Exploring Kriya Yoga." Instructor Mardella, director of The Relational Yoga Mandiram, aims to heighten mind-body awareness via an ancient breathing meditation. Her workshop includes pranayama (breath exercises) and asana practice (yoga poses) prior to a focused meditation. All levels of elastic people welcome, but pre-registration for the $12 class is required. Call 444-1012 to reserve a spot on the floor, or visit smokebrush.org for further details. MS
- Its no fair, man; Degas gets all the chicks.
Edgar Degas' paintings and sculptures are both inspired by and inspiring to ballet dancers. His ability to capture the elegance and skill of ballerinas made him one of the most renowned French artists. Derby Dance Arts has created The Loves of Degas, a program in which eight ballerinas, three pianists and two actors bring Degas paintings to life with authentic costumes and sets, recreating the Paris Opera Ballet scene of the 1870s. The show is at 2 p.m. today at the Colorado Springs School's Louisa Performing Arts Center (21 Broadmoor Ave.), and tickets run from $5 to $10. Call 475-0625 or visit derbydance.com for more. SG
Glory, glory hallelu De La Soul's at the Fox Theatre (1135 13th St., Boulder) tonight. Starting with their groundbreaking release, 3 Feet High and Rising, De La quickly became known for their humor and style, as well as innovative methods of sampling, thanks to DJ Prince Paul. They also were a very visible part of the getting-sued-for-uncredited-sampling crew, which forever changed the hip-hop world. Since then, the daisy-minded trio has been plugging steadily away, recording and touring like it's 1989. The show starts at 8:30, costs $25, and is all-ages. Call 303/443-3399 or visit foxtheatre.com for tickets. Kara Luger
If there's anything worse than being alone on this day for lovers, it's being endangered. If you aren't fending off Cupid's arrows tonight, join Michael Robinson from the Center for Biological Diversity at the Colorado Springs Division of Wildlife (4255 Sinton Road) at 7. He's presenting a slide show on the Endangered Species Act, which currently is under assault in Congress. At risk nationally are millions of acres of wildlife habitat that serve scores of threatened animal and plant varieties. Call 481-0085 to find out more about this free lecture. MS
The tender story of a idealistic young boy and a kung-fu-batty chocolate magnate truly is one for the ages. You can catch the action live at Alleycat Theatrics' performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Lon Chaney Theater (221 E. Kiowa St.). Tonight's show starts at 7; tomorrow night's at 6 and 7:30. (There also is a show Tuesday night at 7.) Let's hope for a re-creation of Gene Wilder's scary boat scene. Call 964-2906 for more information. KL