- Sophie Milman will lend her vocals to Weekend of Jazz.
The Broadmoor (1 Lake Ave.) is home to some serious hardware this weekend, and we're not just talking about the usual titanium golf clubs and Teflon hips. Saxman Boney James, jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis and guitarist Earl Klugh bring their six aggregate Grammy awards to the fifth annual Weekend of Jazz. And the old guard's complemented by some sweet new blood, including Sophie Milman, who at 24 has already reached bestselling status on iTunes. You can spend as little as $59 for a one-night ticket or drop $169 for a Thursday-Friday-Saturday package that includes accommodations. Visit weekendofjazz.com for schedule and ticket info. KW
In Judaism, the question, "Why is this night different from all other nights?" is asked during Passover, mainly to teach children at an early age how to be a nudnik Yiddish for pest or nuisance. (God, I can be so Jewish when I want to be ... ) If asked that same question tonight, I would have to say it's because First Friday activities, from 5:30 to 8, should be even more hoppin' than usual. Cottonwood Artists' School is having a moving sale, Old Colorado City's participants are celebrating their first ArtWalk of the season, and Smokebrush Gallery is showing infrared works by David Twede and works by its founders in the The BobandKataSutra Show. Contact the individual galleries for more. MS
If you haven't experienced traditional dance in any form lately, then reacquaint yourself with the traditional Native American display of coordination and physical strength at the Day-Long Unity Contest Powwow, presented by the Colorado College Native American Student Union. The powwow runs from noon to midnight at Armstrong Quad (902 N. Cascade Ave.), and will feature inter-tribal dance performances, food and a Native American arts and crafts fair. The event is open to the public, no ticket necessary. For more information, call 389-6607 or visit coloradocollege.edu. AA
Since the city will erupt with people whistling a new variation of "Sweet Georgia Brown" this afternoon, I want you to know you heard it here first: The Harlem Globetrotters will be defeated by whomever they play. In fact, I'm so confident they will lose, I'm betting Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan's new 34,000-square-foot mansion on it. Put on a red, white and blue jumpsuit, grab a matching basketball and come watch a piece of history. The game starts at 2 p.m. at our own World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd.). Tickets are $16 to $70; call 576-2626 or visit worldarena.com. Note: Mike Shanahan does not endorse this message. DO
Perhaps you saw yesterday's student photo competition and film showing that kicked off The 2008 State of the Rockies Conference. Perhaps you didn't. In that case, today's your lucky day, because the conference continues through tomorrow. A series of workshops will begin at various venues on the Colorado College campus beginning at 4:30 today. The evening will finish at 9 after an appearance by keynote speaker Gale Norton, former U.S. secretary of the interior. Tuesday will present a similar schedule, with food and music after the workshops. All events are free; call 227-8145 or visit coloradocollege.edu for more. DO
In case you haven't heard, April is National Poetry Month, building on the announcement of Aaron Anstett as the first Pikes Peak poet laureate. Our local Wadsworths and Angelous will help you get in the mood at the All City Poetry Reading and Performances from 7 to 8:30 in Penrose Library's Carnegie Room (20 N. Cascade Ave.) Anyone is welcome to read original poetry or favorite works by others. To reserve a performance time, call Aaron at 338-9772 or Jim Ciletti at 634-2367. RR
For a man whos been performing for 50-plus years, collected 15 Grammy awards and has over 500 singles to his name, B.B. King had a humble beginning. According to an interview on his Web site, King told a reporter he played his first guitar on a street corner in Indianola, Miss. He said the crowd would always compliment me on gospel tunes, but they would tip me when I played blues. Now you know why Im a blues singer. The 82-year-old King of Blues plays the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) at 8 tonight. Tickets run $46.75 to $66.75. Call 520-SHOW (7469) or go to pikespeakcenter.com for more. AL