- "Watch it, man!" Pounding rice at Mochitsuki in celebration of the new year
Things are going mystical tonight at the Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave. The latest show at the Manitou Springs art hangout revolves around magic -- everything from tarot to fairies to Houdini to zoomorphism -- in all artistic mediums. The opening reception for Magic: From Alchemy to Zodiac begins at 5 p.m., and also features live performances in prestidigitation from master magicians Joe Giuan, Carol Massie, Max Hapner and John Bryan. Admission is free. Call 685-1861 to find out more.
Who doesn't love their MAMA? The Mountain Acoustic Music Association begins the new year in style with the diverse abilities of Black Rose. The award-winning local quintet will kick off MAMA's third year of acoustic concerts and jams at the Ute Pass Cultural Center (corner of Highway 24 and Fairview in Woodland Park) at 7:30 p.m. Bring your instrument to jam after the show. Tickets are $3, kids under 12 free. Call 687-1229.
Such showoffs, always pretending they're something they're not ... the Star Bar Players are at it again, this time presenting Noel Coward's Private Lives. A couple, once married and now honeymooning with their new spouses, meet by chance and decide to elope after discovering the spark isn't gone after all. But when said spark turns out to be just a flare-up, love, anger and other assorted emotions create a confusing and painful situation. The play opens tonight at 8 and runs through Feb. 6 at the Lon Chaney Theater, 221 E. Kiowa St. Tickets are $12 with discounts for students and seniors over 65. Call 573-7411 for info and reservations.
Lita Ford was right, man. Rock is coming back, just like monogamy and tapered leg jeans. First, Def Leppard comes to town, then hard-edged local band Mystic 7 takes the stage at Good Company, 7625 N. Union Blvd. Admission is free, the show begins at 8:30 p.m. Get details by calling 528-8877.
Ever wonder what the Japanese shrine downtown in the middle of Nevada Avenue is doing there? It honors our sister city of Fujiyoshida, Japan. Fujiyoshida sends us gifts, like great big wooden mallets. These big honkin' weapons of power will be used to whack innocent rice at Mochitsuki Taikai, the Japanese rice-pounding event. Thoroughly whipped rice is used to make mochi, or rice cakes, whose white color signifies starting the new year with a clean slate and pure heart. Their stickiness represents tenacity, and the slight stretchiness signifies long life. Take a whack at the specially prepared rice outside on the north side of Colorado College's Worner Center, northwest corner of Cascade Avenue and Cache La Poudre Street. Admission is free, and you get to eat some of what you pound. The purifying rice beating will begin at 10 a.m. Call 389-6607 for details.
I once heard a Taoist master speak on how like music athletes are, in that they are in complete harmony with their bodies. The Colorado Springs Symphony will attempt to express the connection between music and athletics tonight as part of the Festival of Arts in Sport. The symphony will play while artist Malcolm Farley paints his impression of arts in athletics at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. The painting will be auctioned at the end of the night. Special guests will also include baseball legend Buck O'Neil, mountaineer Jake Norton, and Branch Rickey III, president of the Pacific Coast Baseball League. The Symphonic Salute to Sports begins at 8 p.m., doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10-$30. Call 634-7333 for information.
Your best bet for curing the winter blues this week, is the Midwinter Music Medley at All Souls Unitarian Church, 730 N. Tejon St. The graceful fingers of local concert pianist Abram Minzer will tickle the ivories, Tom O'Boyle will provide the ragtime. Coffeehouse-style acoustic folk, rock and pop will be covered by Susan Rissman and K.J. Braithwaite while the Baroque and Renaissance chamber styles go to the Pine Creek Ensemble. Finn McCool harmonizes Gaelic, and last but not at all least, the Blues Review will add some gutsy soulful spice to the mix. Tickets are $8-$10, which benefits High Plains Church. Wine and food will be provided by local restaurateurs. The festivities begin at 3 p.m. Call High Plains at 260-1080 or All Souls at 633-7717 to learn more.
On Thanksgiving Day, a delegation of Colorado Springs citizens started off on a journey to Iraq, where they hoped to do what they could to ease the effect of the sanctions against the suffering country with the militant leader. Members of that delegation will speak about the conditions they witnessed in Iraq at St. Mary's Cathedral Center, 22 W. Kiowa St. Firsthand Witness to Iraqi Sanctions will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 632-6189 to find out more.
Get psychadelicized tonight with the homegrown sounds of Hazy Swirl at the Underground, 130 E. Kiowa St. Also playing are Boomchick and the Deadites. The all-ages show begins at 9 p.m. Admission is $2-$5. Call 633-0590 for details.
Join the military, see the world, meet new people, and play chamber music for them. Tech. Sgts Sarah Balian and Alex Vieira of the United States Air Force Band of the Rockies will perform tonight at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Balian, who plays oboe, and Vieira, bassoon, will begin at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Fine Arts Chamber Series. Admission is absolutely free, no tickets are required. Call 554-BAND for more.
Check out this month's meeting of the Pikes Peak Area Peace Corps Alumni tonight at 7. The topic -- Paraguay. An informative video will be shown, and native harp music will be played while you eat Sopa Paraguaya. The free and open meeting will be held at Slocum Commons on the Colorado College campus, corner of Tejon and Cache La Poudre streets. Call 575-8075.