- Pinkie-swear youll see Amber Brown is Not a Crayon on Friday!
The four-day Boulder International Film Festival kicks off with the formal opening gala (black tie optional) at 6 p.m. today at the Boulder Theater (2032 14 St., Boulder). Cocktails and dining will precede Arthur Seidelman's film adaptation of Chekhov's The Sisters, tantalizingly billed as a story of "deliciously bitchy sisters whose lives have become crushingly boring." A question-and-answer sessionW with the film's producer and screenwriter will follow. Onda, the world-renowned, nine-piece Afro-Cuban jazz band, will be on hand for post-show entertainment. Tonight's schmoozy elbow-rubbing will set you back $50; for a complete schedule, and ticketing information for the remainder of the weekend, visit bouldertheater.com or call 303/786-7030. Matthew Schniper
Being a kid pretty much rocked except when alliances suddenly were broken or a tenuous "best friend" status changed overnight. Third-grader Amber Brown knows how those things feel. Her best friend Justin is moving far away, and worse yet, he's acting like it doesn't even matter. Watch the drama unfold at the musical adaptation of Paula Danziger's awesome book, Amber Brown is Not a Crayon, presented by the Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.). The show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are $10. Make sure to get there early for art activities. Call 520-SHOW (7469) for more info. Kara Luger
Tonight's the night to skip town sort of. How's Harlem sound? Iron your best black-and-white semi-formal attire and escape to the Harlem Cabaret at 7 in the Wyndham Hotel (5580 Tech Center Drive). The UCCS Office of Campus Activities will join the Black Student Union, the United Student Alliance and the Student Diversity Council in hosting this gala event. Tony Exum Jr. will provide the necessary jazz beats, while Vargas Mason furnishes humorous entertainment. Enjoy casino-style games and an assortment of fine candies and refreshments. Tickets cost $5 for students and $10 for everyone else. Get them online at uccstickets.com, or call 262-3128 for more. MS
Blow Valentine's Day? Rebound in a big way tonight by taking your beloved to the Colorado Springs Chorale's Chefs' Gala 2006 at the Broadmoor International Center (1 Lake Ave.). Chefs from more than two dozen of the area's finest restaurants will be competing for appetizer, entre and dessert honors. Sure, it's $90 a ticket, but you're supporting the Chorale. Plus, last year's winning entre (from The Cliff House's Scott Savage) featured cassis buffalo tenderloin with roasted corn salsa, sweet potato dauphinoise, veal jus and currant butter. Got a better way to say "I'm sorry"? Didn't think so. The gala runs from 5 to 8:30; call 634-3737 for reservations or more information. Kirk Woundy
Remember back in 2004, when the city de-funded plans to plant and maintain flowers in certain medians? And how residents rallied and organized to buy and plant flowerbeds? Well, guess which little-city-that-could had $60,000 restored to its greenhouse budget so that community groups don't have to buy their own flowers this year? Colorado Springs, of course! Now the city is growing over 130,000 plants for the beds, and volunteers need only pick up and plant the flowers, keep the beds weed-free and clean them out at the end of the season. Volunteers need to register by April 1 to take advantage of the sweet deal. Call Annelle at 578-6649 for more. Sara Gallagher
I'm one of those whatchoo call "tactile" people. I go into a yarn store and touch everything, oohing and ahhing over how soft or nubbly or coarse the various yarns and fabrics are. I'll have to keep my grubby paws to myself, though, at the Material Witness show at Colorado College's Coburn Gallery (inside the Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave.). The exhibit, which runs through April 15, highlights the Fiber Arts program at Colorado State University and includes fine examples of weaving, tapestry and mixed-media fiber works. Best of all, you can look-but-don't-touch for free. Call 389-6607 for hours and more info. KL
Join news photographer Rusty Wilson at noon today at the UCCS Upper Lodge (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.) for a lecture titled "Iraq: The Story You'll Never Get from the Media." Wilson will illustrate his presentation with hundreds of photographs taken in the war-torn country. The photographer worked 12-hour days, seven days a week, for five months outside of Tikrit, Iraq, providing morale, welfare and recreational services to American troops. Wilson claims to offer a "non-partisan perspective" on the Iraq conflict. The free lecture, which will be followed a question-and-answer session, is open to the public; for more information, call 262-3506. MS