Keep Chad Brock smiling  check him out at Cowboys on Thursday, July 13 - RUSS HARRINGTON
  • Russ Harrington
  • Keep Chad Brock smiling check him out at Cowboys on Thursday, July 13

13 Thursday

Just look at those pearly whites, those shining eyes. ... Tonight singing sweetheart and "strapping former athlete" Chad Brock (how's that for a hunk name?) comes to Cowboys, 3910 Palmer Park. He's the country star with the hit song that was all over the radio last year, "Ordinary Life." Tickets to see the Academy of Country Music Award nominee are $12 to $16, and are available at Cowboys and all Western Wear locations. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Call 596-1212.

Just when you thought you'd never have occasion to wear those pleather pants again, Karnavalektrik Kandee Land comes to town. The rave-like celestial charity ball features live music by local bands Last Supper, Dirtnap and Smack as well as a motley collection of roving tarot readers, exhibitionists, fire eaters, artists, jugglers, jesters, and a few freaks. Admission is $10 to $13, or a mere $5 if you come in costume. Proceeds from Kandee Land benefit the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation. The celebration will be held at the City Auditorium, 221 Kiowa St., beginning at 8:30 p.m. Call 719/476-5717.

14 Friday

They came, they saw, they learned, and now they're back. Colorado College Alumni Dancers just can't get enough, so they're returning to perform original works tonight at 8 at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Tickets are only $2 to $5; call 389-6607 to find out more.

Why anyone would want to parody television is beyond me. I mean, am I the only one who remembers Full House? Urkel? A.L.F.? Not to mention The Facts of Life and Silver Spoons? In any case, 24 Hours and Something Original, a parody of television and its writers, opens tonight in the Mainstage Theatre at the Pikes Peak Community College Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd. The TV-savvy PPCC Masquers will perform. Tickets are $5 to $10; call 540-7418. The show runs through July 29.

Don't blink, you'll miss the new show at the Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave. Tired of those big, overblown paintings and overrated "life-size" sculptures, the BAC studio artists and a few wee guests have created Squint: A showing of ridiculously tiny art. The new exhibition features Lilliputian pieces in all media, each 3 by 5 inches or smaller. The opening reception for the show begins at 5 p.m., and Squint runs through Aug. 24. Bring your bifocals. Call the BAC at 685-1861 for details.

Pictured larger than actual size! David Ball's "Night Vision" from the BAC's Squint.
  • Pictured larger than actual size! David Ball's "Night Vision" from the BAC's Squint.

15 Saturday

One of my favorite, smile-producing memories is of attending the Lone Feather Indian Council Pow Wow with my grandma many years ago. We saw the beautiful girls with feathers in their silky hair dance the Fancy Shawl Dance, listened to the celebratory singing and drumming, and were amazed by the precision and grace of the strong, regal dancing men with bells on their ankles. Most of all I remember the colors, everywhere bright colors. This year marks the 30th annual Lone Feather Pow Wow, and performers from many Southwestern tribes will gather at the Ft. Carson Field House. Admission to the celebration is only $3-$4, or $7 for a weekend pass. Kids under 6 are free, and seating is limited so bring lawn chairs. This is a truly great family event. The dancing begins today and Sunday at 10 a.m.

A horse-like body 13 feet long and horns sticking out of its nose, the Titanothere was not winning any beauty contests. However the dinosaur has certainly seduced many archeologists, scientists and fossil freaks, especially since its skull was found in the Pawnee National Grasslands. Pat Ervin, who discovered this treasure, will present a program on the beast at the Pikes Peak Gem and Mineral Show at 11 a.m. This is the first public exhibition of the ancient skull. The show is at the Masonic Hall, 1150 Panorama Drive, which will also be open on Sunday. Admission is $1.50-$3. Call 636-2978.

16 Sunday

Who loves ya, baby? Why, your MAMA does, which is exactly why the Mountain Acoustic Music Association has brought bluegrass darlings Lost Creek to play and sing for you. The concert begins at 6 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park, and will be followed by an open jam. Tickets are $3, (couch change if you watch enough TV) and kids 12 and under are free. Call 687-9483 for details.

17 Monday

Run, run I tell you, outside and pluck the most beautiful of your late roses, because you're going to need it tonight. You'll be clutching it between your teeth as you dance the romantic and mysterious tango. Tango de Los Fuentes will teach a quickie lesson at 7 p.m. sharp, and will follow up with a full-blown dance at Oddfellows Hall, 2228 W. Pikes Peak Ave. Admission is $5. Call Brian at 635-1754 to find out more.

Are they protecting us? Are they insecure? Are they arrogant? Are they just oblivious? What is their deal? The good Reverend Robert Hewitt has a few theories on "Why Men Feel Compelled to Make Decisions for Women," and he'll be speaking about them at the next meeting of the Pro-Choice Coalition of Colorado Springs. The public is invited to the meeting which begins at 7 p.m. at All Souls Unitarian Church, 730 N. Tejon. Call 473-8537 for more info.

18 Tuesday

Do you often find yourself rhyming while speaking to others? Rhythmically ordering in the fast food drive-thrus? Snapping your fingers and saying "yeaaaah" after every statement? Have you recently bought ... bongos? Then you need to join the Bare Knuckle Poetry Open Mike support network, the group for people who can't stop the Spoken Word and the people who love them. Tonight's meeting will be led by poetry addict Price Strobridge at The Warehouse, 25 W. Cimmaron at 7:30. If you don't do it for others, do it for yourself.

19 Wednesday

George Lardner, investigative reporter for the Washington Post, was leading a pretty good life until his daughter, Kristin, was murdered by a stalker in 1992. Lardner preserved her memory by reporting on the crime and the subsequent reaction by government officials, as well as the inadequate laws regarding stalking. His work won him a Pulitzer Prize in 1993. Lardner will speak this evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Wyndham Hotel, 5580 Tech Center Drive about these legal shortcomings, as well as the improvement and enforcement of laws concerning stalkers. The talk is sponsored by the Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team of Colorado Springs. Admission is free. Call 444-7813.

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