- The Chinese Autumn Festival happens Saturday at the Colorado Springs Schools Louisa Performing Arts Center.
Drop off your skis and snowboards today from 2:30-5 p.m. at UCCS (1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway), University Center Room 116 for the Ski and Snowboard Swap. On Saturday, Oct. 16, come back to check out the great deals in the all-day sale from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., benefiting (15 percent of sales) CU Trauma Studies and Resource Center. Unsold equipment can be picked up on Sunday, but don't count on it. Pikes Peak's all white and the season of snow is just around the corner.
It's time to take that peg leg out of retirement, chuck the kids in the car and head down to the Seafarers Ball, tonight at the East Library (5550 N. Union Blvd.). As part of the Treasure Island All Pikes Peak Reads activities, the ball will feature costume contests, food and drink, singalongs, theater and pirate games like "Run the Lubber Through" and "One, Two, Three: Get Scurvy," although I made both of those up. The buccaneer-themed fun will take place from 6 to 9 p.m., and it's free as can be.
- Sonny Rhodes headlines Our Next Generation at the Business of Art Center in Manitou Springs on Saturday.
Be part of the first annual Chinese Autumn Festival from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Colorado Springs School's Louisa Performing Arts Center (21 Broadmoor Ave.). Goings-on include a reception with traditional moon cakes and a tea ceremony, followed by an exhibition of Chinese martial arts, dance and instrumental performances. The Autumn Festival is being held in celebration of Chinese Teachers' Day, Chinese Moon Festival, the National Day of the Republic of China and, finally, Confucius' 2,555th birthday, which sort of begs the question of what to get a guy who's been dead for two millennia. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and members of Colorado Springs Chinese Cultural Institute. For more, check out www.cscci.org.
As much fun as genocide and smallpox are, give yourself an alternative to celebrating Columbus Day today at Rock Ledge Ranch (off of 30th Street by the entrance to Garden of the Gods Park). First Nations Day is your chance to learn about the traditional and modern lives of American Indians through dance, storytelling, food and art. The events take place from 1 to 3 p.m. and will include exhibits and demonstrations of the traditions of American Indian culture. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, $1 for kids ages 6 through 12, and free for kids under 6. Give the Ranch a call at 578-6777 for more.
The Pikes Peak Blues Community celebrates "Our Next Generation" with an all-day event at the Business of Art Center (515 Manitou Ave., Venue 515). Local musicians will provide workshops from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in acoustic guitar, harmonica, keyboard and numerous other topics, and anyone aged 10 and up is invited. The day wraps around a Lyric Writing Contest, inspired by local poet Stacy Dyson's classes in area schools teaching the basics of blues lyric writing. The evening headliner, from 9 p.m. to midnight, is The Sonny Rhodes Band. The event also features an all-day silent auction with $8,800 worth of loot. Visit www.pikespeakblues.org for more.
- Its country-fried Sunday at the World Arena with Randy Travis.
Hollywood never gets the props it deserves. The world just turns a blind eye and instead chooses to concentrate on global politics and solving pressing social problems. I say, no more! Give that poor, ignored town its due and go see the Colorado Springs Philharmonic in their first pops concert of the season, Hooray for Hollywood! The concert features guests like Broadway tenor Doug LaBrecque, Jodi Benson (who voiced Ariel in Disney's The Little Mermaid) and Tony Award-winner Debbie Gravitte. The Philharmonic will be jamming out songs from great films including Chicago, Singin' in the Rain, Evita and -- attention Celine Dion fans -- Titanic. Tickets are $12 to $50 for an 8 p.m. show at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.), and they're available through the Pikes Peak Center box office or by calling 520-SHOW.
Dust off them boots and have yourself an evenin' of country tonight. Country megastar and forever be-Stetsoned heartthrob Randy Travis comes to the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd.) tonight to play some guitar and sing some songs about stuff that modern chart-topping country singers sing about. (Love? God? Favorite boots? Wal-Mart?) The tonk will get honkin' starting at 7 p.m., and ticket prices for this one range from $27 to $55. Direct that trusty Internet browser of yours to www.worldarena.com to buy tickets or find out more.
I've always said that the best dance companies are Dutch and named after winged dinosaur birds. To prove me right, Archeopteryx 8 comes to the Smokebrush Gallery tonight to perform choreographer Erik Kaiel's new piece RV (Rietveld Variations). Kaiel and fellow dancer Erik van Duivenbode are stopping by the Springs during a nationwide tour for RV. The 8 p.m. performance is open to the public, and donations of $5 or $10 are appreciated. For more information, call 444-1012 or head over to www.smokebrush.org.