Watch me! Watch me!  Kelly Tonge Hill and Jeffrey Hancock in the River North Chicago Dance Companys The Man That Got Away, Sunday at the Sangre de Cristo Arts
  • Watch me! Watch me! Kelly Tonge Hill and Jeffrey Hancock in the River North Chicago Dance Companys The Man That Got Away, Sunday at the Sangre de Cristo Arts

02 Thursday

Are you seeking the company of intelligentsia? Do you crave the conversation of those leading creative lives? Meet Padma Hejmadi. She's an author and photographer from Madras, India, trained in the Manipurni style of classical Indian dance. She attended the University of Delhi and the University of Michigan, and her hobbies include traveling and reading from her works, such as Birthday Deathday and Dr. Salaam and Other Stories of India. Padma's next stop brings her to Colorado College, in Gates Common Room on the third floor of Palmer Hall, north of Armstrong Quad. Her reading is free, and it begins at 7:30 p.m. Call 389-6853 for more.

03 Friday

Lose the creepy psychosis portrayed by Charles Boyer, replace it with mustache-twisting melodramatic menace, and the horribly terrifying Gaslight becomes Angel Street, the original play written by Patrick Hamilton in 1938. The talented thespians of TheatreWorks have taken on the grand task of presenting Angel Street at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. The play opens tonight at 7:30 and runs until Nov. 26. Tickets are $5 to $15. Call 262-3232 for more info.

A thing of beauty in an urban wasteland ... All right, that might be a bit excessive, but the Warehouse Gallery, 25 W. Cimarron St., is quite the little bright spot in lower downtown. Currently illuminating Warehouse patrons is Our Very Own, an exhibit of works in varied mediums by Jason Chase, Louis Cicotello, Larry Hampton and Ramona Mitchell. The opening reception for the show happens tonight from 4 to 6. And the cherry on top of the big art pie? Admission is free -- free! Call 475-8880.

When Tracy Miller and Edie Nelson refer to ancient rock art, I'm assuming that they mean petroglyphs and not Pink Floyd, because of the strong Anasazi-esque petroglyphic influences in their work. And even though Nelson's huge metal sculptures often invoke the moor-like loneliness of Pink Floyd, the show that opens today at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, 102 Cañon Ave., is based on shamanism, the works partially generated through dreams and meditations. Shamanistic opens with a public reception at 6 p.m. this fine evening, and runs until Nov. 21. Admission to the premiere is free. Call 685-1008 for details.

04 Saturday

"Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings" are the words that etched Karolyn Grimes into the hearts and memories of America. Grimes played Zuzu Bailey in arguably the most feel-good film of all time -- It's a Wonderful Life. The actress appears with other child performers tonight at a benefit for the Children's Literacy Center, 33 N. Institute St. The movie will be shown, and perhaps if you're really sweet to her, you can get her to say it. Tickets are $5; RSVP to 471-8672. The evening begins at 7 p.m.

True ease ... comes from art, not chance,
As those move easiest who have learn'd to dance
Alexander Pope may have been talking about writing, but he was right on when it comes to dancing. The best of the easy-moving crowd is strutting their stuff at The Broadmoor hotel, 1 Lake Circle, at The Rocky Mountain Challenge. Ballroom dancing, American and International Rhythm and Smooth are a few of the competitive events, as well as three different types of swing, at this competition that benefits the Center for Prevention of Domestic Violence. The dancing begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 11 p.m., after a brief recess from 4 to 7 p.m. Call 471-9550 for ticket info.

05 Sunday

And if that wasn't enough for you, you dancing voyeur you, head down Pueblo-ways and check out the River North Chicago Dance Company. The Town and Gown Performing Arts Series brings the company to the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center Theater, for one show only, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $20. Call 719/542-1211 for details.

Just when you thought the dark, wind-scarred hands of Winter had the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs in his cold, silent clutches forever, like the delicate petals of the first blossom of spring, the orchestra opens its 2000-2001 season. (How's that for poetic?) The first concert features Felix Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture and Karl Stamitz's Concerto for Clarinet and Violin, as well as some Mozart and Dvorak. The show starts at 2:30 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave. Tickets are $5 to $10; call 633-3649.

06 Monday

We're giving you the night off because you need to spend some time on the couch mentally preparing yourself for Election Day tomorrow. This includes:

a. studying your voter guide's

b. getting all hepped up and ready to vote for what you know to be right and true

Have some ice cream. You're going to need it.

07 Tuesday

I could go ahead and reiterate all of the reasons that you should vote -- why you should be thrilled that you have the right to vote. But I ain't gonna do that. After everything you've been taught, everything you know and especially considering the choices in front of you -- How could you even consider not voting? Polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 575-VOTE to find out where you need to go.

08 Wednesday

Talk about teamwork. Rajeev Taranath is a sarod player, and Uttam Chakraborty is a tabla player, both from North India. When performing traditional Hindustani music, Rajeev handles the melodic raag while Uttam takes care of taal, the beats that organize the rhythm. The duo plays in Packard Hall on the southwest corner of Cascade Avenue and Cache la Poudre Street at 7:30 tonight. Admission is free. Call 389-6607 for details.

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