- Getting randy at the Theatreworks production of Vinegar Tom.
Oh man, you say. Not another show about witchcraft and persecution. First there was The Crucible. Then, er, Pirates of Penzance. Then The Lion King. Will it ever freaking stop? Tell you what, Johnny: You need to chill out and check out Vinegar Tom, starting tonight at the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater (3955 Cragwood Drive). TheatreWorks' burlesque adaptation of Caryl Churchill's provocative play will take a seditious look at ol' Caryl's script and delve into whole new conceptions of witchcraft accusations. No South Pacific, this! The show will run until March 13, and showtimes are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday matinees at 2 p.m., and Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets are $12-$15 and are available through www.uccstheatreworks.com or by calling 262-3232.
Not to be confused with the Austin-based "unsigned" indie-rock showcase of the same name, South by Southwest will be the cause of much twirling and stamping tonight at the Black Forest Community Center (corner of Black Forest and Shoup roads in Black Forest). I expect some swaying and toe-tapping as well, as they are New Mexico's favorite country dance band. Perhaps a dollop of dipping, too. The show gets started at 7:30 p.m. and, as always for Black Rose Acoustic Society Open Stages, the cost is $5 for the public and $3 for BRAS members. For more, jiggle on over to www.blackroseacoustic.org .
Get your wickedness on tonight at the Underground (110 N. Nevada), where The Procussions will be doling some sophisticated, spiritually minded hip-hop. Recently relocated to Los Angeles from Colorado, the Procussions claim such influences as Nas, the Fat Boys and Steely Dan. I don't know what exactly to make of that, and neither should you. They'll be playing with Deux Process, Sign Language and DJ Vajra. You can get in on the life-affirming jams for $10. For more, check out www.theprocussions.com .
- Boot-scootin-boogie with South by Southwest.
Check out master drummer Obo Addy and his ensemble tonight at Armstrong Hall on the Colorado College campus for an evening of Ghanaian (hey, no objections from Spell Check!) music and dance. The concert will feature layers of driving rhythm with hand and stick drums, bells and shakers and talking drums while colorfully costumed West African dancers will enter into an intense physical conversation with the drummers. Sound fun? Tickets are $12 and are available by calling 531-6333 ext. 1234. The rhythmically delicious evening will start at 7:30 p.m.
Tonight, kick open those doors of perception and check out The Sputter at the Ancient Mariner (962 Manitou Ave., in Manitou Springs). Called an "electrocosmic" jazz trio, The Sputter can probably be expected to kick out endless space jams for the benefit of those pirouetting somewhat in time to the music. The show will get started at 9 p.m. and is as free as the whirling guitar arpeggios you'll be hearing. For more, hit up www.thesputter.com .
No way to spend your Sunday like seeing a band, right? Well, how about if that band is friggin' Three Doors Down? Got your attention yet? That's right: the Mississippi-based rock 'n' roll titans will be bringing their brand of bland to the Fillmore Auditorium (1510 Clarkson St., in Denver). I'm assuming they'll play some songs and levy some marble-mouthed banter about how great the crowd is and frantically try to keep up with the click track their label insisted they use for live shows. The chances they'll play "Kryptonite" are high. Tickets for this one are $30-$35 plus the ubiquitous applicable service charge. To get yours or to buy some for me so I can go and heckle them, call 520-9090 or head over to www.fillmoreauditorium.com <>.
If you're interested in stories about boys who won't grow up -- and no, I'm not talkin' Webster here, folks -- check out Alleycat Theatrics' version of J.M. Barrie's enchanting Peter Pan, playing today and tomorrow at the Lon Chaney Theater (221 E. Kiowa). This regrettably Williams-and Hoffman-less (but no doubt glorious) production starts at 7 p.m., and seats are $8-$9. To reserve yours, call 964-2906.
Step right up to meet National Book Award-winning environmental author Barry Lopez. As a part of Colorado College's Visiting Writers Series, Lopez will be reading from his works, including Arctic Dream. He will also cover his latest book, Resistance, which features stories that discuss his opinions on recent shifts in America's ideologies. The free event is at 7 p.m. in the Gates Common Room, on the third floor of Palmer Hall.
-- Aaron Retka