- "Keebler's Place" at the Air Force Academy's Permanent Professor's Art Gallery
Oh, who are you kidding... you're still spinning from New Year's. Get yourself a Klondike Bar and some Fritos; you'll need your strength to ride out this storm.
It's a good thing the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts is way up in Palmer Lake, keeping all those crazies away from the center of the populace, especially those freaked-out fiber artists. The next show up there is titled Warped Weft, and features "innovative realizations" in quilting, weaving, basketry, wearable art, paper and soft sculpture. The opening reception begins at 7 p.m., and admission is free. Tri-Lakes is across the street from the lake, just north of the town center in the Kaiser-Frazer building. Call 481-0475 to find out more.
Toss, hurl and launch -- three little words that bring to mind that most dreaded of holiday gifts, the fruitcake. Where else but Manitou Springs would the fruitcake be honored and recognized for what it truly is: a weapon of destruction? Made of flour, nuts, and glacd fruits, the dense psuedofood has the ability to fly through the air at great speeds to reach distant targets, such as the giant pencil in Memorial Park, just east of the Manitou Springs City Hall on Manitou Avenue. The sixth annual Great Fruitcake Toss begins at 11 a.m. with the media cake toss, then the toss, hurl, launch and drive competitions at 11:30. The glamour competition -- featuring prizes for the ugliest and most beautiful cakes, the fruitcake that traveled the greatest distance to be here, and the most creative use of a fruitcake -- will be held simultaneously. Bring your own fruitcake to enter in the competition or rent one for 25. You can bring your own device to toss it, use the official catapult to hurl it, or drive it with your own golf club. Call 685-5089 for details and registration information, or pick up official rules at the Manitou Chamber, 354 Manitou Ave.
You can't go wrong with Baroque music. It is as beautiful and delicate as all of the gold leaf in France. The Pikes Peak Philharmonic is a nonprofit group dedicated to boosting music appreciation in the area's young people, and is thereby holding a Baroque and Neo-Baroque concert at Coronado High, 1590 W. Fillmore. Works by Teleman, Bach, Stravinsky and Bloch will begin at 3 p.m. Admission is $3 to $6, or $12 for the family. Call 578-9601 to find out more.
One-hundred years ago Colorado Springs' community leaders wrote some 80 letters, many addressed to local congregations and clergy of the year 2001, and sealed them in the Century Chest along with items from 1901. Dr. Gerald Trigg of First United Methodist Church and Jay Gary, lead developer of the Mayor's Springs 2000 Commission, will discuss these letters, and how spirituality can help determine the shape of the future, today at the East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. The discussion, titled A Century of Faith, begins at 2 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Call 636-2000 for details.
Stay home and watch television. Ally McBeal is back with a new episode -- the first since Rober Downey's most recent arrest. And on PBS, Ken Burns' Jazz series debuts. For details, see Artbreak, page 26.
The Permanent Professors Art Gallery at the Air Force Academy is becoming a little less rigid about that whole "permanence" thing ... opening today is a new show that runs through Feb. 9, titled A Multi Media Extravaganza. Local sculptors Don Orr, Irmi Knoth and Gale Bez join painters Laura Cario of Indianapolis and Martha Schickel Dorff from Ohio, and jeweler Karyn Kramer from New Jersey in the show. The reception begins at 4 p.m. and is free. Call 333-2416 for more.
Pack a sack lunch and get your permission slip signed because the Fine Arts Center is taking you on a field trip! Actually, you'll be dining at Palettes after you take in an audio-tour of the Painters and the American West exhibit at the Denver Art Museum. After lunch, daytrippers will have free time in the galleries. The bus leaves the FAC, 30 W. Dale St., at 8 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m. The cost is $60 to $75, but space is limited, so RSVP to Laura Hines at 634-5581 Ext. 357.
Speaking of daytripping, check out Microcosmos, a Cannes Film Festival award-winning film on the "invisible world of insects set to ethereal music," We're talking big, beautiful, colorful closeups here. Admission is free, and the screening begins at 7 p.m. at the East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. Call 531-6333 for details.