- Murder in the Cathedral features Thomas Becket, the original Hugh Hefner.
We're a little late to tip you off for the 7 a.m. breakfast, but you can still catch a number of speakers and presentations throughout the rest of today and Friday at this year's Southern Colorado Sustainable Communities Conference and Technology Expo. The green summit's being held inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel (2886 S. Circle Drive) until 7:30 tonight and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. Day-of registration for either or both days is $40, which includes breakfast and break refreshments (lunch is
an additional, optional $15). Visit southerncoloradosustainability.net to see a full list of speakers and attendees, who'll cover everything from green building to sustainable energy, water, waste and transportation topics. MS
A cynical person might say misery loves company, but in reality nothing helps healing like sharing painful experiences. Add humor, gospel music and dance, like playwright and director Carolyn Moore, and you've got Women Shoptalk, While Real Men Wait, a play based on Moore's story of overcoming domestic violence. Set in a beauty shop, four sisters work through addiction and abuse to find empowerment and love. Catch a performance at 7 tonight, or at 3:30 or 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, at Pueblo Memorial Hall (1 City Hall Place, Pueblo). Tickets are $20 to $35. For more, call 719/217-9233. EA
- Jesus Christ Superstar busts out fog machines and eternal salvation at the PPC.
Smooth jazz and Fresh Pants: Either you got 'em or you don't, and you know Dotsero's got 'em. The former has been the Denver group's calling card for 18 years; the latter is the name of the 2004 album that earned much critical acclaim from Jazziz magazine and Smooth Jazz News. Tonight, Stephen and Dave Watts lead their fellow bandmates to the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts (304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake), where they aim to "kick off the holidays." (Rock the "Bells, Bells, Bells"!) The show starts at 7:30, with tickets running $12 to $15; visit trilakesarts.org to find out all the locations where you can get them. KW
Tonight's your last chance to catch Murder in the Cathedral at the Osborne Studio Theater (3955 Cragwood Drive). The UCCS Visual and Performing Arts Department show, which opened last weekend and also plays at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, was written by Nobel Prize-winning poet T.S. Eliot. It centers around the murder of Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket (who argued with King Henry II over church privileges) in 1170. Heightening the intensity, director Greg Reilly has opted to stage the play in the round (as in, with audience surrounding the stage), a challenging first for the Osborne space. Tickets are far from murder at $5; call 321-0467 for more. MS
Few recall that the role of Judas in the original Broadway production of Jesus Christ Superstar was played by the beloved Peanuts character Linus van Pelt. Fewer still remember that Living Colour frontman Corey Glover took on the same role in the touring production that came to town last year. Well, Glover's Judas is back, along with the proverbial second coming of Original JC Ted Neeley. So get ready to join the apostles as they sing, "What's the buzz, tell me what's a-happening," to swoon to Mary Magdalene's smoldering "I Don't Know How to Love Him," and to hug your blanket to Vince Guaraldi's "Linus & Lucy" theme. It all goes down at 7:30 tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.). Tickets are $32.50 to $52.50; visit pikespeakcenter.com or call 520-SHOW (7469). BF
During wars for independence that have raged over the past decade, Chechnya and its population have endured devastation. The battle between Chechen separatist fighters and Russian troops has created a refugee crisis, and made orphans of countless children. Author David LeCompte volunteered in the region to assist those afflicted, and from 6 to 7:30 tonight, he'll sign his new (and locally published) book, No Escape from Grozny: A Christian in War-Torn Chechnya, at Poor Richard's Bookstore (320 N. Tejon St.). Admission is free; call 578-0012 for more. EAA
If you want to beat the holiday shopping rush, or maybe pick up an artsy little hostess gift for Thanksgiving (hint, hint), head to Manitou Springs today. Both the Holiday Around the World Bazaar, a 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. show and sale at the Business of Art Center (513 Manitou Ave.), and the Annual Holiday Market from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Commonwheel Artists Co-op (102 Cañon Ave.) offer arrays of locally hand-crafted items and objets d'art made to please even the most discriminating recipient. The BAC show runs Tuesdays through Saturdays through Dec. 31, and the Commonwheel show runs daily through Jan. 4. Visit thebac.org or commonwheel.com for details. JT
This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Elizabeth Anderson (EAA), Bill Forman, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.