- Listen to The Latin Side of Miles Davis Wednesday at CC.
Check out works from The Machine Age at the Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo). On display in six separate galleries are paintings, photography, jewelry and more that pay homage to the industrial era of the 20th century. In addition to the general tribute, the exhibits also recognize Pueblo's own blue-collar contribution to the machine age in America. Hours today are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is free for members and $4 for visitors. Call 719/295-7200 or visit sdc-arts.org for more information. MS
My dad once met the comedian Sinbad and asked him if he was Will Smith. It was a joke, but Sinbad just sort of stared at him. Yeah, I don't get my dad either. Catch Sinbad (not Will Smith) tonight at the Paramount Theatre (1631 Glenarm Place, Denver). The show's at 8, tickets are $40-$50, and the chuckles are priceless. Call 520-9090 or visit ticketmaster.com for more. KL
If you'd rather stay in town, go see the opening of Theatreworks' latest production, Miss Julie. Regarded as dramatist August Strindberg's masterpiece, it packs sex, status and suicide into a tasty theatrical morsel. Tonight's show is at 7:30 in the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater (3955 Cragwood Drive), but the run lasts through March 12. Call 262-3232 or visit uccstheatreworks.com for more. KL
Pull all the beads from your closet, dresser and rearview mirror and toss on your gaudiest garments. It's Mardi Gras and Carnivale season in Manitou Springs (various venues along Manitou Avenue). This year, there's a bonus incentive to getting toasty and boisterous: Event proceeds benefit Hurricane Katrina evacuees who have settled in the Colorado Springs area. See the Mardi Gras section inside this week's Drink issue or call 577-4545 for more information. MS
Filthy Ying-Yang fingers have so yanked on hip-hop's jazz roots, they've virtually pulled them out of the genre's canon. At least, that's what Clear Channel would have us believe. But the conspiracy gets mowed down tonight at The Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.), when Gang Starr and Jazzmatazz master Guru mellows out and just lounges. Kick it with him and local openers Black Pegasus, Triple 7 and Samir starting at 8. The show is all-ages and tickets, available at ticketweb.com, cost $15. Call 227-7625 for more. VM
- The beauty of Telluride plows into the beauty of open- mindedness during Gay Ski Week, starting Sunday.
With a Brokeback Mountain Oscar-night party as next weekend's grand finale, this is sure to be a memorable Telluride Gay Ski Week. Then again, it'd probably be tough to forget any event that features a "Slip and Slide Thrill Hill Tubing Party" and a "Blue Ball Pool Party." The fun, sponsored by the town of Mountain Village and supporting the Telluride AIDS Benefit, kicks off at 8 tonight with the opening reception at Telluride's Restaurant Chair 8. Tickets are $20, or you can pick up an all-week, all-access events pass for $320. Check out a full calendar, find out more, and order tickets at telluridegayskiweek.com. KW
"Mission accomplished?" Dissent against the war in Iraq seems to be everywhere these days. One adventure traveler and filmmaker, Mike Shiley, traveled to Iraq on his own to dig up more fuel for the fire. View his film, Inside Iraq: The Untold Stories, at 7 p.m. at Mackey Auditorium (17th Street and University Avenue on the CU-Boulder campus). The crash-freelance journalist traveled unarmed through Iraq for two months, suited in a rented bulletproof vest. This is his film's fourth edit, revamped to keep pace with the ever-changing climate and pace of the war. Call 303/492-8423 for more information. MS
For more than 50 years, the Saint John's University Men's Chorus has defied the theory that college road trips must involve football games and Milwaukee's Best. Usually touring the country's heartland, but sometimes flying as far as Europe or even Japan, the chorus annually brings to life centuries of sacred and secular music. In the middle of their 13-date tour, the 50 singing members will be at St. Mary's Cathedral (22 W. Kiowa St.) at 7:30 tonight. The concert's free, but a donation will help defray the chorus' travel expenses. Call 473-4633 for more. KW
Start the month in style by heading to Colorado College's Packard Hall (5 W. Cache La Poudre St.) to sample The Latin Side of Miles Davis, an Afro-Cuban and Afro-Caribbean tribute to the master trumpeter. Though Davis no longer is around to consistently reinvent himself, his legacy perseveres, maintaining the artist's reputation for ingenuity. Saxophone and flutist Mario Rivera joins pianist Edsel Gomez, bassist Luques Curtis, drummer Robby Ameen and percussionist Pedro Martinez in conceiving Davis' jazz inside of a Latin framework. The 7:30 p.m. performance is open to the public for $25, or free with CC ID. For tickets or more information, call 389-6607. MS