- Corey Harris gets blue at 32 Bleu on Friday night.
Drag that tail of yours over to the Colorado College tonight for a dramatic double feature. The CC drama and dance departments present Antigone (by Sophocles) and Bash (by Neil LaBute), two tragedies separated by two millennia but sharing similar themes. The evening begins with Antigone at CC's Armstrong Theatre (northeast corner of Cache La Poudre St. and Cascade Ave.), and then moves to Bemis Great Hall for Bash. Tickets are available at the door or at the college's Worner desk (902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6606) for a mere $5 ($2 with CC ID). The shows run tonight, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Anti-go already!
- Katherine Dines (above) and the Hunkta Bunkta Band go interactive with the kids at the Manitou Business of Arts Center on Saturday.
Starting tonight, the Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.) hosts Sweet Charity, a '60s-era musical romp through misadventure, comedy and sweet love, love, love. Presented by The Rep, Sweet Charity was first choreographed by Bob Fosse and features Cy Coleman tunes. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Feb. 22. Call the box office at 634-5583 for more, or surf on over to
For an evening less cheerful and romantic and more bluesy, check out Corey Harris at 32 Bleu (32 S. Tejon St.). Harris, a Rounder recording artist and featured host of Feel Like Going Home -- the first episode of Martin Scorsese's PBS The Blues series -- is touring to promote his new album, Mississippi to Mali, which explores traditional African connections to American blues. Tickets are $12 in advance or $14 the day of the show. Hit up www.32bleu.com to get yours.
Join the Springs community's V-Day celebration at the UCCS production of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, featuring students, faculty and community members. Tickets are $20, free for UCCS students with ID, and all proceeds will benefit TESSA in its efforts to help stop violence against women. The show runs tonight and Feb. 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. and on Feb. 8 at 4 p.m., at the Osborne Studio Theatre, 3955 Cragwood Drive. (corner of Austin Bluffs and Union). For more on V-Day events across the country, visit www.vday.org.
- ARTSpace Gallery presents A World of Colors: In Celebration of Black History Month featuring work like Generations by Maxine Stores.
Grammy-nominated singer Katherine Dines and the Hunkta Bunkta Band bring their brand of interactive performance for children to Venue 515 at the Manitou Business of Arts Center (515 Manitou Ave. in Manitou Springs). Dines combines movement, sign language, humor, multicultural instruments and wacky theater into a comic and educational show for kids and parents alike. There will be two shows today at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and tickets will run you $8. Call 685-1861 to make reservations or for more information.
- Sweet Charity starts Friday night at the Fine Arts Center.
Beginning today, ARTSpace Gallery presents A World of Colors: In Celebration of Black History Month, a multimedia exhibition at Hillside Community Center (925 S. Institute). The exhibit features fabric art by Maxine Stores and oils by Wallace Conway, and will run until March 14. An opening reception replete with tea and refreshments will run today from 3 to 5 p.m. Call the Hillside Center at 385-7900 for more information on this and other Black History Month events, including Saturday, Feb. 7's Drum Gathering, noon to 6 p.m., free and open to all, at the Hillside Center.
Wanna rock? Go see the Rockin' Jake Band! They feature Rockin' Jake! He rocks! It says so in his name! He'll be rockin' a hybrid of swamp funk, blues and zydeco harmonica tonight at Southside Johnny's (528 S. Tejon St.). Rockin' Jake has toured with Maria Muldaur, bluesman T.J. Wheeler, and G. Love & Special Sauce. Plus, he totally rocks! Things'll be rockin' from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Johnny's. Hit up www.rockinjake.com for more.
Strap on that gigglin' helmet and haul ass over to the Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.) tonight for Second City, the way-famous comedy improv group that spawned Saturday Night Live regulars John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Chris Farley and Mike Myers. Tickets are $23 for FAC members in advance, $25 for the public in advance, and $27 for all at the door. The show's at 8 p.m., and an improv workshop, open to the public, will take place earlier in the afternoon. Call Melissa at 634-5581, ext. 335 for more on this.
- Rockin Jake rocks Southside Johnnys on Wednesday.
Make plans now to attend the 8th annual Denver Jazz on Film Festival at the Starz FilmCenter (9th and Auraria Parkway, Denver). This is one of only two such events in the country. Some highlights include screenings of The Cole Porter Story: You're the Top, Nina Simone: Love Sorceress, the all-Black Hollywood musical Cabin in the Sky, and a tribute to jazz legend Anita O'Day who will be in attendance at the festival and will perform on Friday night. Ticket information and the film schedule can be viewed at www.jazzfilm festival.org.
-- Aaron Retka