Go Caribbean -- Elizabethan--style --in the Air Academy High School Auditorium tonight at 7. The Performing Arts Department has added original music and a fresh spin to Shakespeare's classic tale of utterly confused love, Twelfth Night. High school performances, though sometimes bumpy, are always rollicking fun -- and they're a deal to boot. Tickets are $4 to $5. Call 472-1295 during school hours for details and directions. The show runs until Saturday.
Today, all the world's a stage. For starters, the Sangre de Cristo Ballet Theatre presents Sleeping Beauty & Other Tales. The evening features excerpts of Marius Petipa's stunning ballet interpretation of Charles Perrault's fairy tale, including sections from the Prologue and Act III. A new work by Ballet Mistress Lisa Morgan, Carnival of the Animals -- a piece composed of a dozen sections, each on a different animal -- rounds out the evening. The performance will be held at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 Sante Fe Ave., in Pueblo, beginning tonight at 7:30 and tomorrow at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 to $7; call 719/542-1211.
Tonight UCCS TheatreWorks presents the bauhaus follies, a series of sketches, monologues, dances and such, chronicling the turbulent dramas of the Bauhaus, the revolutionary school of art and design which opened in Germany just after World War I. The evening features bold costumes, Nazi commentary and pistol shots. Consequently, don't bring the kiddies. Tickets are $15, $5 for students, and UCCS swears that parking is not a problem. The play opens at 7:30 p.m. in Dwire Theater on campus, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, and runs through April 28. Call 262-3232 to find out more.
The Woodland Players have chosen a lighter subject for their production: Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park. The company opens the Dharma-and-Greg-y romantic comedy tonight at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, Highway 24 and Fairview in Woodland Park. Tickets are $10 to $12 and Barefoot runs until April 29. Call 687-5284 to find out more.
Wayne Higby was born in our fair city in 1943. Growing up 'round these parts, he must have soaked in some of those Van Briggle vibes because Higby is now head of the ceramic department at Alfred University in New York, the school of choice for ceramic students. Higby has offered his personal collection to the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., for Landscape as Memory: A Wayne Higby Retrospective, which runs until May 27. The Center is hosting an artist's reception this afternoon from 2 to 5 , and all are welcome. Call 634-5581 for details.
A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips, and hopefully forever in the coffers of the Rocky Mountain Performing Arts Center. A Chocolate Affaire seeks not only to raise money to build the Center, but also to provide attendees with the most decadent, thoroughly sinful cocoa around, from 6 to 10 p.m. Restaurants, bakeries, candy stores and companies will set up shop in the Cheyenne Mountain Conference Center, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Drive, for an evening of tasty hors d'oeuvres by acclaimed chefs and live entertainment by John DeRuntz. Door prizes will also be awarded, and art will be auctioned off. Black-tie attire is optional. To find out more, call 533-1571 or 540-9420.
I hear this David Rasmussen character is quite the Shakespearian. When you mention his name, the responses you get -- "Well I never! If that David Rasmussen isn't the reincarnated soul of William Shakespeare then just slap me in the face and call me Beelzebub!" -- it's a little disturbing, if you ask me. Find out if all the hubbub is true at Shakespeare's Birthday Celebration, a community celebration of the Bard's 437th birthday. Rasmussen will read classic scenes and speeches with local actress extrordinaire Amy Brooks at the East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., at 7:30 p.m. A Jeopardy-style trivia game will be played, and celebrators will be encouraged to read their favorite scenes or sonnets at an open mike. Best part -- admission is a whopping nada, nothing, free. Call 597-3444 for details.
For the rest of you literary freaks who need something a bit more contemporary, slather on the sunscreen, jump in the car, polish your Tevas and head on down to lovely Salida, down in that deep, green Arkansas bottomland. God's Country, that valley is. Poetry on a Platter is the latest burst of creativity to come from the sleepy river town, and it happens at the Bongo Billy's, 300 W. Sackett. "Pig Poet" David Lee and Primus St. John, author of Communion, are reading at 7 p.m. Bring your own pieces for the open mike, and register early for a free copy of the poets' works. Admission is free, and if you miss this installment you can catch the event at the Salida Library, 405 E St., on Tuesday and at the Montrose Library, 320 S. 2nd St., on Wednesday. Call 719/539-4826 for details on Salida events or 970/249-9656 for Montrose Library details.
According to the www.weather.com, today it's going to be cloudy but warm, with a high of about 57. The sun isn't going to set until around 7:30 p.m., and there almost no chance of rain. Why am I giving you the weather report? Because this week, beginning Sunday, is National TV Turnoff Week. Think of how much time you spend in front of your set. Now think of how often you wish you were healthier, or more well-read, or riding your bike more often. Any correlation? Get outside, child. All this beauty and peace was not put here so you could hide inside a house plopped in front of square box. If you absolutely feel like you need to be doing something productive, check the listings for details on workshops, classes, theater and more.
I actually heard Dubya say just two weeks ago, "The economy is slowing. We don't need to put limits on CO emissions when it might mean that many people are going to be out of a job in the near future." He was speaking on the decision to refrain from signing the Kyoto Agreement, but it certainly paints a very clear and unattractive picture of where the environment sits on our new government's priority list. Besides emissions, one of the most important problems facing us is river health. Many believe that the hydro-electric dams blocking so many American rivers are actually killing them by ruining the nearby ecosystems and the water quality. 1991 CC alumnus Andrew Fahlund will speak on the very subject of Restoring Dammed Rivers for the 2001 Colorado College Timothy Linneman Memorial Lecture, in Packard Hall on the southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. The lecture is free and begins at 6:30 p.m. Call 389-6607 for more.
I get one station in my car, The Bull Classic Country, 1300 AM. That's it. That's all I get. Consequently, I have become a HUGE Statler Brothers fan. Unlike those dopey Oak Ridge Boys I always confuse them with, the Statlers sing about cool stuff, like whiskey, pistols, poker, Captain Kangaroo and bad, bad women. They're coming to play the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., with Tara Lynn at 7:30 p.m., and you should go. Pure country with a corrupted mentality and baptismally sweet harmonies, that's what I'm talkin' about. Tickets are $35. Call 520-9090.