- Cowboy singing legend Don Edwards feels right at home on the Rocky Mountain Range, Sunday at the Smokebrush Center
If David Bowie had written the Bible, it probably would have turned out a lot like the big production opening today at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat runs until Dec. 17, but the first performance is tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $25. Call 634-5583 to learn more.
You may think you haven't heard Barbara Bailey Hutchison, but you're wrong. Her voice has graced hundreds of commercials, but that's not where her real talent lies. She's a songwriter, and her distinct, witty musical storytelling style has won her, among numerous other recognitions, a Grammy Award. Hutchison will perform this evening at 6:30 in UCCS' University Center, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway. Call 262-3450 for details.
Running around nekkid seems like an all right way to pass the time to me, but the Business of Art Center in Manitou claims to have come up with a better plan. Their new show is titled Better Than Nude and is an exhibition (and sale) of wearable art. The show opens at the BAC, 513 Manitou Ave., with a reception at 5 p.m. All are invited and admission is free; call 685-1861 for more information.
But that's not all, friends ...
The Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. opens its multicultural holiday display, Holiday Lights, at 4 p.m. The show is a revamping of the traditional Christmas tree display, now featuring Japanese, African, Native American, Scandinavian, Hispanic and Jewish exhibits. The reception is also free. Call 634-5581 for details.
- Holiday tradition, Its a Wonderful Life see it Tuesday at the FAC
Over at Colorado College in the Worner Center (on the northwest corner of Cascade and Cache la Poudre), they're putting on the 20th annual Arts and Crafts Sale. Local and regional artists will showcase their handmade wares from 4 to 8 p.m. today, and again from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 389-6607 for CC show details.
The Bridge Gallery, in the rainbow-colored building under the Colorado Avenue bridge at 218 W. Colorado Ave., opens its holiday show, Dangerous Toys, at 5 p.m. Toys features works in sculpture, painting, prints and other mixed media by many well-known area artists. Call the gallery at 329-1574 to learn more.
If you're one of those people who prefers to wait until the last minute to get your gifts, skip the art sales and relax to the sounds of the Colorado College Community Choir Winter Concert. This year's theme is African Sanctus, Christmas music by African Americans. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Shove Chapel, at Nevada and Yampa. Admission is free. Call 389-6607.
I can't believe that the Festival of Lights Parade has only been around for 16 years. It's one of those local holiday traditions that seem like they've been going on for generations. In any case, the brilliantly illuminated procession begins at 5:50 p.m. on the corner of Tejon and St. Vrain, and heads south. Bundle up!
During the day, before the parade begins, the Pioneers Museum at 215 S. Tejon St. hosts a Festival of Lights Family Fun Day, featuring tons of stuff for kids to do, music, dancing, model railroads, clowns, magicians and craft demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All activities are free. Call 385-5990 for more info.
After standing out in that cold watching electrified dogs go by, you're going to need something to heat you up. Something hot and spicy, like the music of Orquesta Sabroso at a salsa dance in UCCS' University Center gym, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway. If you're not well-versed in steamy Latin rhythms, dance lessons will be offered from 7 to 8 p.m., before the dance begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $2 to $6. Call 262-3450 for details.
- Georgie Porgie, puddin and pie lecturing Monday night in Denver
"Precious" is a word that comes to mind when picturing Christmas in Old Colorado City. The beautifully restored buildings are already cute, but decked with pine garlands and twinkling white lights... whoo boy. The OCC Historical Society is hosting a tour of some of the most Hallmark-y of the neighborhood homes, the bed-and-breakfasts. The Old Colorado City Holiday Bed and Breakfast Tour begins at 2 p.m. and costs $10 to $15; proceeds benefit the Society. Call 636-1225 or 632-9194 for more.
Well-known singing cowboy Don Edwards rides back into town for one performance only at the Smokebrush Center, 235 S. Nevada Ave. The concert of cowboy country favorites begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18. Call 444-0884.
The Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and the Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble have joined forces once more to present A Holiday Concert this afternoon at First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave. Works by Handel, Holst, Vivaldi, Poulenc and Palestrina will fill the hall starting at 3 p.m. Admission is $5 to $10; call 520-SHOW.
Ooh, he's cute and smart. ... Former Clinton/Gore deputy campaign manager and current talking head George Stephanopoulos is this month's Distinguished Lecturer at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. He'll wax informed about political trends and the direction our country is headed. The talk begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $52; call 520-9090. And if one of you readers could get his digits for me, well, that'd be greatly appreciated.
I have to admit the first time I saw Show Boat, I felt a little guilty about being entertained by it. The themes involved -- slavery, racism, interracial relationships -- are portrayed so sweetly it can make you squirm. But it's a great show, with wonderful characters and famous songs. The Theater League of Colorado Springs brings the musical to the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Tickets are $25 to $39.50. The curtain raises at 8 tonight, and again on Wednesday. Call 520-SHOW.
There are actually people out there, in this country, America, who have never (NEVER!) seen an entire run of the film It's a Wonderful Life. We call these people "deprived." If you are one of these poor souls, get thee over to the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. The classic holiday heartstring-puller with Jimmy Stewart, a very fresh-faced Donna Reed and a drunken Lionel Barrymore, directed by Frank Capra, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Admission is only $2.75, and is so very, very worth it. Call the box office at 634-5583 to find out more.
Sister Mary Virginia Orna has spent a good time in Israel and Italy doing archeological work, and has come back to the States prepared to share what she found. She'll be speaking in Colorado College's Gaylord Hall, in the Worner Campus Center on the northwest corner of Cascade and Cache la Poudre this evening at 7. Her talk, "The Shroud of Turin and Other Mysteries: Unraveling Traces of the Past through Science," is free and open to all. Call 389-6607 for details.