- Take a gander at A Beautiful Mind is Better than a Pretty Face at the Monument Branch Library.
Like Momma always said, there's nothing like escaping the oppression of a Communist regime to lift your winter blues. Years ago, Lydia Svyatlovskaya and Vladimir Petrov left the Soviet Union to pursue their dream of performing music across the globe. They've played everywhere from Greece to Korea. Now they've landed in the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Catch them as the Moscow Violin Duo, performing From Russia with Love at the Louisa Performing Arts Center (21 Broadmoor Ave., on the Colorado Springs School campus) tonight at 7. Call 475-9747, ext. 110 for more info. -- Kara Luger
Wake up. Skip work. It's time to talk weaving. Join Heather Thomas and the Pikes Peak Weavers Guild at 9 a.m. for a free lecture titled, "The Language of Color and Design: Exploring the Use of Color in the Fiber Arts" at the Mountain View Church of Christ (1080 E. La Salle St.). Thomas discusses design theory, expression, artistic freedom and classic color theory. Examine more than 50 fiber art pieces and quilts that use color wisely, and try not to think of the words "Harry" and "Potter" when taking in such special-effect techniques as "luminosity" and "transparency." Call 685-4251 for more. -- Matthew Schniper
Teach the kids early on that family is being surrounded by people who love you. Whether this means one or several mommies and daddies, grandparents, siblings, aunts or uncles, children need to know that healthy families come in many permutations. Explore the possibilities at the Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration's "Family Portrait" event today. For $1 per person, create portraits of your own unique family, and make a frame to display your work. The creativity begins at 10:30 a.m. at Celebration Place (750 Citadel Drive East, in the Citadel Mall). Reservations are required at 597-3344. -- Sara Gallagher
- Jam on with The Wailers.
Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned 77 today. Pay tribute to the civil rights leader by joining the 5 p.m. candlelight march from Acacia Park to CC's Shove Chapel. At 6, the chapel will host a "Service of Celebration," highlighted by an address from the Rev. E. Thurman Walker, pastor of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas, and a 1982 Colorado College grad. Watch local high school students receive awards, and the Pikes Peak Singers of the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale inspire with song. The events, sponsored by a wide array of local school districts and organizations, are free. Call 389-6607 or visit coloradocollege.edu to find out more. -- Kirk Woundy
It's too often that we, as humans, forget that life is full of whimsical, quirky moments, or, as I like to call it, "quimsy." I'm kidding, I've never said "quimsy" in my life. But the Monument Branch Library (1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument) is hosting an art exhibit that certainly befits the term. Check out the showing of Whimsical Doodles' Whimsical Worlds, created by local Colorado illustrator Jan C.J. Jones. The works mix geometric design with the abstract, and with titles like "The Rastafarian Flute-Harpist Arrived Late," they practically beg viewers to create their own quimsical storylines. It's going on through January, and you can call 719/488-2370 for more. -- KL
Corral the kids and go to the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) at 7 for the one-night-only performance of Color Me Dark: A Story of the Great Migration North. The Imagination Celebration presents this musical journey of African-American sisters who leave the Deep South of the 1920s only to find new prejudice in Chicago. The play has been adapted for children from the similarly titled novel by Patricia C. McKissack, winner of the Coretta Scott King Book Award. Doors open at 6 for pre-show games, music and art activities. Reserve a seat for $10 by calling 520-SHOW (7469). -- MS
Any "jammin'" or "yeah, mon" references would be pedestrian here, so I shall refrain. Needless to say, they would be appropriate when talking about The Wailers, otherwise known as Bob Marley's backing band. After ol' Bob died in 1981, the group centered itself around bassist Aston "Family Man" Barrett, producing albums and touring endlessly. They're still plugging away, spreading Rasta joy wherever they go, and you can catch them at the Gothic Theatre (3263 S. Broadway, Englewood) tonight at 9. Tickets are $23.75 in advance; call 520-9090 or check ticketmaster.com. -- KL