Thank your lucky stars you've got a new, intimate venue for local music, and that it's as great as it is ... the Peace and Justice Coffee House, in the old firehouse at 29 S. Institute, is the kind of place where you can kick off your shoes and sprawl on the floor with a cuppa joe and feel right at home. Tonight, Magic Dave -- a kick-ass bluesman if I've ever seen one -- along with fellow musicians Smokin' Joe Sciallo and Joe Jacquez are playing at 7 p.m., and it's free! The guys will pass the hat, but there's no cover, and all ages are welcome. Call 632-6189 for details.
Apparently, the Fine Arts Center at 30 W. Dale Street is overhauling its gallery exhibits, because they've got four big new ones coming in. The Pikes Peak Watercolor Society's Juried Exhibition, Watermedia XII is going up, along with Something New: Contemporary Regional Artists (works by Carol Dass, Laurel Swab and Dawn Wilde; see page 29) and the Mayer Collection of Twentieth Century American Prints. Also being shown is The Lyrical Line: Edgar Britton's Passion for the Human Figure (see page 27). The opening reception for these exhibits begins at 4 this afternoon. Call 634-5583 to find out more.
If you want a little music with your culture, head down Pueblo-way for Festival Friday, a weekly musical celebracion, if you will, at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center. This week, Cabaret Diosa, probably the hottest hi-fi Latin swing around, plays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is only $4 to $5. Call 719/543-0130 for more.
Hey there Skipper, dig out your huarache sandals and your coconut bra -- the Business of Art Center's "fun-fun-fundraiser" requires that you appear in beach attire, because it's the Gilligan's Island Luau Dance Party and Dinner, from 7 to 11 tonight. Live reggae hip-hop by Irie Still will be provided, along with a tropical buffet dinner, contests and games. The party will be held in the big banquet room in the Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave. Tickets are $25 and can be had by calling 685-1861.
It's going to be a regular Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer floor show at First United Methodist Church's Sacred Concert Series this evening. The Denver Brass, Colorado Isle of Mull/St. Andrew Pipes and Drums and the Rocky Mountain Highland Dancers are all performing at 5 p.m. The church is located at 420 N. Nevada Ave. For ticket information, call 471-8522.
It's Monday ... what else can we say? Go home and take a bath or something. If you've got cable, you can find Casablanca on Turner Classic Movies at 4 p.m. Relax.
Thirty-five years ago, Colorado College saw fit to close its museum and disperse the artifacts, a large number of which ended up at the Fine Arts Center, where they were displayed and stored. Now, CC's Coburn Gallery in the Worner Center (northwest corner of Cascade and Cache la Poudre) wants to show some of the items again in The Colorado College Museum: The Millennium Exhibit. Weavings, baskets, pottery and other pieces will be on display until Feb. 14. The opening reception for the exhibition begins at 4 p.m. and is free. Call 389-6797 for details.
Something New, the regional artists exhibit at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., will be discussed in depth today during a gallery talk with Carol Dass, Laurel Swab and Dawn Wilde, the featured artists. The talk is free, but museum admission is $2 to $4. The talk begins at high noon. Call 634-5583 to learn more. Literally.