- Mutton bustin: the pinnacle of human sport and civilization.
The last time I went hiking in Red Rock Canyon, I had that unmistakable feeling that someone was watching me. I scanned the brush. I stopped and listened. I called out a weak "Hello." Finally, I chalked it up to paranoia and headed home. Then this week in an alley near the canyon, my daughter spotted a mountain lion. All I could say was, "Hmmm ..." If you, too, want to know what's living there, attend the Red Rock Canyon Educational Series at 6:30 tonight. The free lecture at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum (215 S. Tejon St.) will cover plants and wildlife ecology. Call 385-5990 for more. JT
My experience in theater consists of performing in front of my family when I was about 5, in my pajamas, singing "Five Little Monkeys Jumping On the Bed." (In case you hadn't heard, one fell off and bumped his head.) Luckily, this performance, complete with visual demonstrations, is forever captured on tape a constant reminder that my family will always be my biggest fans. Tonight see slightly more professional actors in Theatregasm, a compilation of short, experimental plays at UCCS' Osborne Studio Theatre (3955 Cragwood Drive). The show runs from 8 to 10 tonight and tomorrow. Tickets run up to $10. Call 216-2867 or go online to myspace.com/theatredart for more. AL
I never know what to order at restaurants. As if I don't have enough decisions to make already, the average server inflicts added pressure into my life with a gazillion questions about sides and salad dressings. Maybe they should allow patrons to taste-test before making a final decision? On that note, sample from 30 Springs restaurants at the third annual Fiddles, Vittles and Vino, at Rock Ledge Ranch (3202 Chambers Way) from noon to 9 today (tasting between 4 and 6). The event also features wine, bread-baking demos and music from Pete Wernick & Flexigrass, among others. Tickets are $40 ($10 for children). Call 578-6777 or visit fiddlesvittlesandvino.com for more. AG
Imagine all the music you love being played in one place. Plus, workshops that teach you how to play your favorite music. If you're a true Mountain Man or Woman who loves some good ol' folk music, then I know of a place you can go. I recommend you head straight for The Silver Jubilee 25th annual Mountain Music Festival at Soda Springs Park (between Manitou and Park avenues) in Manitou Springs. The free event, which began Friday, runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today. Enjoy mountain and hammer dulcimer, country and acoustic music, and food and crafts vending. For more info, call 685-9655. KL
"Using her proven self-help methods, you'll be able to address pain, fatigue, insomnia and much more." Sound infomercial-icious? Actually, it's the Celebration Conscious Living Store (2209 W. Colorado Ave.) promotional talk for Deloris Ohrdorf's "Water and the Word: Healing Yourself through Reflexology and Body Balancing." Tonight from 7 to 9, the longtime healer will demonstrate how you can help your whole body by pressing, stretching and moving your hands and feet. Smart money's on her whipping out her patented Acu-Reflex Roller. Now that's infomercial-icious. A $5 donation is requested; call 634-1855 or visit celebrationstore.com for details. KW
A tour of folk musician David Wilcox's prolific discography reveals a variety of sounds from cheery acoustic licks to pensive, soulful ballads. The word "wholesome" comes to mind, as do the words "your parents' car stereo." But Wilcox sings about things that matter like a recent trip to Sudan beyond the fluff 'n stuff of a lot of adult contemporary music. If you're 40-something, or still pretending to be 40-something, you'll probably dig it lots. He'll play Pikes Peak Center's Studio Bee (190 S. Cascade Ave.) at 8 tonight. Tickets are $27 and available at ticketswest.com. MS
You're going to the Colorado State Fair, which runs from Aug. 24 through Sept. 3 in Pueblo, but today's the only day you can make it. Not to worry. First, admission is only $5 for adults (as opposed to $8 Friday through Sunday); kids 6 and younger are free. To roam the exhibits and freebies, your choices are endless from Hedrick's Racing Pigs (10:30 a.m., noon, 2 and 6 p.m.) to the ever-popular Mutton Bustin' (kids riding sheep) at 6:30 p.m., and free music at several spots. Today's highlight is an 8 p.m. concert by Daughtry, whose "Home" has been nominated for MTV's Monster Single of the Year at the Sept. 9 Video Music Awards. Concert tickets are $30 to $40 via ticketmaster.com; visit coloradostatefair.com for more. RR