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A 1910 Harley Davidson restored by Zeke Rhodes, President of the High Plains Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Association.
  • A 1910 Harley Davidson restored by Zeke Rhodes, President of the High Plains Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Association.

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Friday

Attention bikers! This weekend at The Abbey (right off of Highway 50 in Cañon City) take part in the Antique Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet. If you've got a serious or even passing interest in motorcycles, antiques or antique motorcycles or need a part for an old motorcycle, this is an event that'll bring you to tears. Bikes over 30 years old are eligible for entry into judging. The show starts at 8 a.m. and lasts till 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. A $5 parking donation is being asked, and to learn more, you can call 633-1632 or 380-0523.

Phat Daddy and the Phat Horn Doctors will rhythm up Rum Bay for a great cause on Saturday night. - BRUCE ELLIOTT
  • Bruce Elliott
  • Phat Daddy and the Phat Horn Doctors will rhythm up Rum Bay for a great cause on Saturday night.

Drift along with the tumbling tumbleweeds to the season finale of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, an evening dedicated to music of the Great American West, starring the magnificently string-tied Sons of the San Joaquin. A selection of Aaron Copland's portraits of the West will be followed by the melodic sounds of the Sons. They'll break your heart with "Sing One for the Cowboy." The show's at 8 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Center. Call 520-7469 or go to www.ticketmaster.com for ticket information and reservations.

Tonight, head over to All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (730 N. Tejon) for an evening of African-American poetry and storytelling. Storyteller Nanci Stallworth continues an African tradition of passing along the people's history orally from generation to generation. Poet and playwright Stacy Dyson will be speaking as well, drawing upon the life and times of the black woman and the phases of her life. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and admission will run you $10 for adults and $8 for seniors, students and children.

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Nanci Stallworth performs Friday night at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church as part of an evening of African-American poetry and storytelling.
  • Nanci Stallworth performs Friday night at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church as part of an evening of African-American poetry and storytelling.

Ever been humiliated by your nature-savvy pals? Consider one-upping those jerks and attending the Plant Identification Class today at Bear Creek Park (south of Cimarron on 21st Street.). You, my friend, will learn the terms and techniques used to identify local wild plants, and you'll get a free copy of the book A Complete Amateur Botanist's Guide to Plant Identification. This fun-filled class will run you $30 and runs from 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call 632-7433 to register or to get more information.

The Uncle Wilber Fountain opens today for summer splashing, reveling, skin shrinking, shrieking and general wet frolicking at the corner of Tejon and Bijou streets in Acacia Park. The grand opening celebration kicks off at 11 a.m., and dries up at 2 p.m. Don't forget the sunscreen.

Behold the sacred synthesis of bean and pepper and tomato today at Oscar's First Annual Chili Cook-Off, where amateurs and professionals alike will vie for sweet chili glory. Awards will be given in both the pro and not-so-pro categories (as well as an all-around people's choice award). Not to spook you or anything, but the C.S.P.D and C.S.F.D will also be there with their vehicles so that the kiddies and young-minded adults can check them out. There will be a $20 entrance fee for chili competitors and a requested donation of $10 for those who want to taste and judge. All proceeds from the day's event will benefit the Make A Wish Foundation, and Oscar's will match a buck for every dollar bill stapled to the ceiling -- they're shooting for $4,500. For information on how to enter, call 471-8070 between the hours of 9 and 11 a.m.

Also today, the very Middle-Earth-sounding Volan, Uveges & Sokol will perform an afternoon concert at 7070 Oak Hills Court, to benefit the Franciscan Community Counseling Center. Wine and cheese will be available, and attendees are requested to bring a chair or a blanket. The show starts at 3 p.m. and tickets vary from $12 to $25, depending on whether you'd like the trio to honor a specific musical request. Please email

Dwight Braswell as Pharoah in the Castle Rock Players rendition of  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
  • Dwight Braswell as Pharoah in the Castle Rock Players rendition of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

lawier@d20.co.edu for directions or reservations.

Will the fun and goodwill of May 22 never end? Tonight, comedian Chris Crazy Legs Fonseca teams up with locals Phat Daddy and the Phat Horn Doctors at Rum Bay to raise money for Easter Seals. Rum Bay has committed to match up to $1,000 of funds raised, and all money will benefit Easter Seals clients in Colorado Springs. Theres a free buffet from 6 to 8, a stand-up sneak preview of Fonsecas upcoming HBO special from 7 to 8, then hours of dancing to the R & B beat of Phat Daddy. Admission is free until 8. Bring lots of cash: the fund-raising goal is $5,000.

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The pioneer of trippy, loosely biblical musical epics is coming to Castle Rock. That's right, you cosmic freakonauts: The Castle Rock Players' rendition of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat begins its run tonight. The musical, the first collaboration of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, first saw the light of day in 1967 (quelle surprise!) and made its way to Broadway in the early '70s, and the Castle Rock Players are bringin' it home for you at the Douglas County High School auditorium, tonight through June 6. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and $8 for children. To get yours, call 303/814-7740. And should you miss this Joseph, the Air Force Academy's version, the cadets' annual drama event, takes the stage of Arnold Hall May 27, 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15; call 333-4497.

-- Aaron Retka

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