- Ellis Paul, pyromaniac, performing Tuesday.
Denver rock band The Sad Star Cafe joins guitar-slinging forces with our very own Looks Like Me (voted best band in town a bazillion times), tonight at 9. It all goes down at The Underground, 110 N. Nevada Ave. Admission is $2 to $4. To find out more, call 633-0590.
13 Friday Get dirty, nasty, deep down Delta funky today up at the Air Force Academy. Granted, it's not the dirtiest, nastiest, funkiest place around, but it will be after the Pikes Peak Blues Fest International takes over. The fest opens today with Leon Russell, Bernard Allison, Savoy Brown and Kim Simmonds, and then tomorrow hosts James Cotton, and locals Rikki Dee Hall & The VooDoo Hawks. If that weren't enough, Sunday brings the Converse-Hornbuckle Band, Chicago Skinney and more. Ticket prices are pretty low, $23 per day or $40.25 for a 3-day pass. Call 877-283-7741 for more information.
They try to go other places, travel the world, build new lives with other people, but it's useless. They all come back. You'll see. A group of Colorado College Alumni Dancers have returned to perform original works under the watchful eye of choreographer Peggy Berg. It's the CC Summer Festival of the Arts, and the siren call of the alma mater was too strong. The former students will dance, oh yes, in Armstrong Theatre, on the northeast corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Tickets are just $2 to $5. To find out more, call 389-6607. The dance concert begins at 8 p.m.
The Pikes Peak Community College opens a new art exhibit this evening at the downtown campus, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave. Canvas and Steel features the works of local painter Magdalina and metal sculptor Edie Nelson, through Aug. 31. The opening reception begins at 5 p.m. and admission is free. Call 527-6000 for details.
Anyone who has ever seen that "Letter of Resignation as an Adult" that floats around the Internet, or who has tried to get as deeply involved in their daydreams and imagination as they did when they were five, knows the soft loss of that innocent freedom. But forget all the grown-up nostalgia nonsense, you just want to play in the mud. Enter Camp I'm A Kid Again (Imakiddagin), a day camp for grown-ups and older teens. Hike, play games, journal, explore do all the things your kids do, but in the company of other overgrown tykes who will laugh at your Alan Greenspan jokes. It's from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mountain Park Environmental Center in Beulah. Admission is $25 to $30. Call 719/485-4444 to reserve your space.
Romance schmomance. Is it really worth all the crap that goes along with it? Is it even really all that romantic, when you come down to it? Or is it what makes the world go 'round? In any case, it's one of the favorite topics, if not the favorite topic, of writers and poets, and the resulting works will be shared and discussed at today's Round Robin on Relationships/Romance. The poetry event at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., features a reading by Lois Hayna, point/counterpoint with 14 local poets on romance and relationships, two terms encouraged to be broadly interpreted. There will also be an open mike. Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend. The Round Robin begins at 4 p.m. Call 634-5581.
- The creatively metallic works of Edie Nelson, on display at PPCC.
15 Sunday Kent Nelson writes like a man standing on the edge of the crowd, not trying to become part of the gathering but rather silently observing, and letting his imagination mingle and experience while his body stands still. The Salida resident, Colorado College professor and recipient of this year's Colorado Council on the Arts Literature Fellowship joins poet Felecia Caton Garcia for Sunday Afternoons at Stewart House. These summer reading events happen every Sunday at 4 p.m. at the beautiful property at 1228 Wood Ave. Reservations are required; call Kristine Castro at 389-6653.
Mellow '70s icon Dan Fogelberg is making the trek up here from his southern Colorado mountain ranch to sing a few songs for all the folks at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Tickets to see the guitarist and painter (Fogelberg can multitask like nobody's business) are $30 to $42.50. Call the Pikes Peak Center box office at 520-SHOW for details. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.
She's short, she is sharp, she's Shocked... She's Michelle Shocked and she's at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, tonight. That persuasive voice, that thumping guitar, those amazing lyrics -- she's one of the best singer/songwriters around, and her heady combination of pragmatic attitude and raucous rhythm encourages dance, something most "folk" type performers can't claim. Tickets are $20 to $22, and it's a 21 and up show. For information call 303/443-3399. The show starts at 8 p.m.
Tuesday Ah, folk music. Goes hand-in-hand with sitting cross-legged on the floor, drinking some tea, swaying back and forth, resolving to start riding your bike more often in order to stop global warming ... thanks to the Society for the Promotion of Live Music in Small Venues, you can do all that and more tonight at 7. Ellis Paul, engaging Boston folkie extraordinaire, is playing a living room (with chairs!) in the Cheyenne Cañon area, and all are invited. You can get intimate for just $10, after you R.S.V.P. to Rob Gordon at 389-0719. Seating is limited, so get on it.
Speak your mind, get banished by fascists to a primitive village. That's what happens in Christ Stopped at Eboli, a film by Francesco Rossi based on the book by Carol Levi. It's the last film in Colorado College's Great Literature Film Series, and it will be screened at 7 tonight in the Max Kade Theatre, on campus. Professor Armin Wishard discusses the film on Tuesday the 17th, and both events are free. Call 389-6607 for complete details.