- Batik Bazaar will feature works by Jonathan S. Evans and Beth McCoy Evans. From top: USA1,
Am I wrong for thinking Batik Bazaar sounds like an evil Transformer? As in, "Curses! Batik Bazaar has stolen the Freeze-u-lator and given it to the Decepticons!" (Followed by all sorts of cool robot noises.) But I am mistaken, and the aforementioned bazaar actually is an exhibition of batik paintings, wall hangings, lamps, cushion covers, scarves and more by Jonathan S. Evans and Beth McCoy Evans at the OpticalReverb Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.). The Evanses are internationally renowned artists in this unusual medium, so you'd be a chump not to catch the show, which is going on through Jan. 4. For more, head to opticalreverb.com or call 210-9799.
Get your fix of holiday music tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.), where the Colorado Springs Chorale presents its ever-popular Deck the Hall concert. This blend of carols and Christmas standards is sure to delight the sugarplums right out of you. This concert typically sells out, so hurry, hurry, hurry and hit up the Pikes Peak Center box office, any TicketsWest outlet or ticketswest.com, or call 520-SHOW (7469). Prices range from $15 to $35, and the show starts at 7:30. For more information, steer over to cschorale.org.
It'll be a cider kinda day at Cottonwood Artists' School (25 Cimino Drive), which is throwing a big bag of awesome called the Holiday Farm and Art Market. This fte o' sweet includes original artwork by Cottonwood studio artists, along with goods from Farm and Art Market vendors, including cider, meats, select produce, wreaths, jewelry, metal arts, baked goods and pretty much everything you've ever wanted since you were old enough to covet or crave. Things are happening from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more, call 640-6154.
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Give it up for Pyotr I. today at the da Vinci Academy (1335 Bridle Oaks Lane), where Colorado's Classical Youth Ballet debuts its Holiday Tea with Tchaikovsky. The performance, with an original script by David Sckolnik, is a tour through Tchaikovsky's beloved ballets, including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker, as done by the 38 young 'n talented dancers of the Youth Ballet. Two shows today, at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., are followed by two more Dec. 18 at the Louisa Performing Arts Center at the Colorado Springs School (21 Broadmoor Ave.). Tickets are $12 for adults, or $8 for seniors and children under 12. Get yours by calling 272-7078 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
It would be a lot funnier if Alleycat Theatrics was a repertory company made up entirely of uncooperative housecats, sulking through their all-feline performance of Our Town or, like, A Streetcar Named Desire. But, alas, they're humans. I'm cheered slightly by the fact that they're doing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and your 10- to 18-year-old kids can audition for it today and tomorrow from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Alleycat Studio (111 S. 7th St.). Think your son or daughter can out-creepy Johnny Depp's quasi-Jacko/gnome Wonka? Put 'em to the test! For appointments or more information, call 964-2906.
Today at the Smokebrush Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.), helpful artists and dancers attempt to solve -- or at least ponder -- the Whole Shebang of the Universe through a performance and installation piece called, appropriately enough, The Meaning of Life. Colorado professors Peggy Berg, Dan Raffin and Jonathan Lee join photographer Bill Starr and a group of CC students for this trip into profundity. Accompanying the dance performance is the interactive multimedia installation, on display through Dec. 15. The 7 p.m. performance is free and open to the public. For more, check out smokebrush.org.
It's that time of year once again to celebrate the wonder that is our fair city by participating in our "You're So Colorado Springs" issue. Past insights have included the gem "You're so Colorado Springs ... if the bar you drink in also cashes paychecks." Send your slams/observations to youaresoCS@csindy.com. And while you're at it, we want to hear your year-end confessions! Do you steal Halloween candy from your kids? Hate the way your boss' breath smells? We can't promise absolution, but we can make you anonymous upon request. Spill the beans, my child. E-mail your confessions to CSconfess@csindy.com. The deadline for both submissions is today!
-- Aaron Retka