- Christopher Cannon will perform in 8mm, a routine built around vintage moving-picture machine images (old home movies) and music, at Loonees Comedy Club on Tuesday.
What more could you ask of Thursday night than a "soulful, danceable, something for everyone?" That's how the Holden Young Trio describes its funky rock music. For the first time, it'll show the Springs how it gets down. The group will rock Southside Johnny's (528 S. Tejon St.) from 9 well into the early morn. With members from Maine, New York and New Orleans, these guys mix together sounds from all over, serving up a generous helping of their homemade, get-your-feet-moving groove. For more information on this (no cover) show, visit holdenyoungmusic.com or call 444-8487. CS
Five years ago, an arsonist destroyed the Pikes Peak Gay & Lesbian Community Center's building on Pikes Peak Avenue. For many grassroots organizations, such a fire thought to be a burglary cover-up, and not a hate crime could have been devastating. But this center has fought for the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people in this conservative community since 1978 so of course it persevered. Today, celebrate the grand opening of its new home, the Pride Center, at 2508 E. Bijou St. An interfaith blessing begins at 10 a.m.; there's a ribbon-cutting ceremony and luncheon at 11; open house tours from 1 until 5 p.m.; and then a reception (RSVP required) from 6 to 9. Visit ppglcc.org or call 471-4429. KW
Nothin' says Cinco de Mayo like free Chai tea, hot or cold. Que refresco! No wait ... my bad. That's the fifth annual Herb Fest I'm thinking of, and it's going on from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Community for Spiritual Living (3685 Jeannine Drive). Check out more than 30 booths of handicrafts, herbal soaps and skincare items, spices and herbs, and meet herbalists, healers and therapists. Also take in a silent auction and free lectures, and snag tons of samples and goodies. Admission is free with a canned-good donation. Call 533-0707 or visit herbassociation.com for more. MS
- Louis Armstrong captured in Portraits From the Golden Age of Jazz at the FAC Modern: a space where its safe to yell blow! and be understood.
It's the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, and it's time for the season finale: This is not amateur hour. So, would you settle for anything less than a rendition of the work of the master, Ludwig Van? Me neither. For its end-of-season performance, the orchestra will perform a trio of concerts titled All Beethoven. The shows start May 4 and end this afternoon at the First Christian Church (16 E. Platte Ave.). Today's concert begins at 2:30 and will feature a wide array of Beethoven arrangements. Call 633-3649 for tickets and information for any of the three shows. CS
The newest show at the FAC Modern (121 S. Tejon St., Suite 121), Portraits From the Golden Age of Jazz, features photos of jazz legends like Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong, taken by journalist and jazz enthusiast William Gottlieb. It actually opens Friday, May 4, but if you missed it, today will do perfectly. (Or, really, anytime through June 24 the FAC is open every day.) The portraits document the height of jazz popularity, as well as the positive feel of the music that lifted America through the Great Depression and World War II. Tickets range from $3.75 to $7.50; visit csfineartscenter.org or call 634-5581 for more information. EA
If you dig camp, kitsch and bad hairdos, and get the warm fuzzies watching other people's home movies (ya snoop!) from bygone eras, then chances are comedian Christopher Cannon's show, 8mm, is for you. Cannon takes digitized 8mm footage (the '50s-era stuff) that's been set to popular music and apparently tells a story of some sort to bring even more humor to the images. For a sneak peek, his Web site, georgeproductions.com, offers a sample clip. He'll be at Loonee's Comedy Corner (1305 N. Academy Blvd.) at 8 tonight. Tickets cost between $5 and $8. Call 591-0707 for more. MS
Tonight, you're going out. Too much is going on, especially if you're a music fan. If you're not heading to the sold-out Tool show at World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd.), it's OK you've still got options. Get your '80s college radio fix by checking out Morrissey at the Fillmore Auditorium (1510 Clarkson Ave., Denver) at 7:30. Tickets are $42.50 on ticketmaster.com. Or head over to The Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.) to see the nationally renowned jam band act New Monsoon play a show with our own local bluegrass faves, Grass it Up. Those tickets are $10 at ticketweb.com. Just go, see a show and rock out. You have no excuses. PF
This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Pete Freedman, Matthew Schniper, Colin Stroud and Kirk Woundy.