- Jump for joy Jane Comfort and Companys in town
Take a girl from Oak Ridge, Tenn., drop her into the hustling streets of New York, and look what you get: one of the reigning queens of modern dance. Since 1978, Jane Comfort has been combining spoken word and provocative dance to create a new kind of socio-political commentary. The Jane Comfort and Company performs tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. in Colorado College's Armstrong Theatre, on the northeast corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre avenues. Tickets are $27 (free with a CC I.D.). Call 520-SHOW for details.
Everything's always about Hamlet. Hamlet, Hamlet, Hamlet! What about the other people in Shakespeare's world, specifically Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Hamlet's old college chums who are summoned by the Danish prince's uncle to find out why he's acting so weird? To answer this question, the Star Bar Players have taken on Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, the bizarre comedy by Shakespeare in Love author Tom Stoppard, and it opens tonight in the Lon Chaney Theater, 221 E. Kiowa. Tickets are $10 to $12, and the show runs until April 8. Call 573-7411 for more.
It's time to, as they say in the parlance of the rodeo culture, cowboy up and get ready for two completely Western events today. The first is the Bud Light Professional Bull Riders Cup Tour at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. If you've never seen the sport, it is truly a rush. A puny human trying to ride such a strong, majestic animal -- you can guess who usually wins. The competition begins tonight at 8 and continues through Sunday. Champion bull riders Ty Murray, Cody Hart, Michael Gaffney and Troy Dunn will ride during the weekend. Tickets are $11 to $76. Call 576-2626 for more information.
Next on deck is Ricochet, the country band responsible for that catchy little ditty, "Daddy's Money" -- that's right, the one that got stuck in your head for months. The CMA Award-winning band plays tonight with Southern Comfort and Thunder Mountain at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Tickets are $16 and can be had by calling 800/965-4827 or by stopping in at any Independent Records location. The show starts at 9 p.m.
- Get jiggy with The Zapp Band in Pueblo on Saturday night!
I always knew Pueblo had a freaky side, buried under that steely faade ... the evidence lies in the Old School Spring Jam, happening at the State Fair Events Center. "Dyn-o-mite" comedian Jimmy "JJ" Walker -- that's right, from Good Times -- is emceeing the event, which features the funky horn of Lenny Williams (formerly of Tower of Power), '80s wundergroup The Zapp Band, and the brassy funk-rock band Midnight Star. Tickets are $19.50 to $39.50 and backstage passes are available. The show begins at 6 p.m. Call 520-9090.
Normally, I would not be all that interested in Lithuanian folk music, but recently I heard a performance on NPR by a group of women singers from that region, and the songs of love and lamentation they sang were some of the most hauntingly beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard -- seriously. Hopefully, the Siauliai University of Lithuania Studium Choir will perform some of these traditional works during their performance at First Christian Church, 16 E. Pikes Peak Ave. The 3 p.m. concert is free but a freewill offering will be accepted. Call 633-8888 to learn more.
You have a cow, you trade it for some magic beans, and it's all downhill from there. You can't expect to live a respectable life when you're using magic beans, for Pete's sake. The Children's Theater squadron of the Fine Arts Center Repertory Theater Company portray the pitfalls of a life tainted by giant beanstalks and castles in performances at 10 a.m. and at noon every day this week (through Saturday). Tickets to Jack and the Beanstalk are just $3. Call the box office at 634-5583 for more.
Let's celebrate the day that gave us some of the most famous crooners around: Doris Day, Wayne Newton, and my personal favorite, Sebastian Bach -- formerly of the band Skid Row and now starring in the Broadway musical Jekyll & Hyde. In honor of these fine folk, I suggest you take after them and bare your inner lounge singer to the world. We're waiting.
Two aspiring actors from two very different backgrounds -- one from small town Ohio, one from a famous L.A. household -- agree to share a New York apartment while they pursue their dreams of fame. Of course comedy ensues in this play by Cory Moosman. Performance Art in Lower Manhattan will be performed by the Damon Runyon Repertory Theater Company and opens tonight in Pueblo Community College's Occhiato Theater, 900 W. Orman Ave. Tickets are $5 to $7; call 719/583-1460. The show begins tonight at 7:30, and runs through April 8.