- For Detroit rockers Simplicity, its a matter of apples and smokes.
Tonight, I suggest you get down to Laura Belle's (734 N. 19th St.) to catch Detroit-based rock band Simplicity. A band that's spending nearly a month in Colorado alone is one or more of three things: 1. a relentless touring machine; 2. a collection of snowboard or ski enthusiasts; or 3. grist for the mountain-town jam-band mill. I'll let you be the judge. Just know that they were nominated for Best Pop/Rock Album at the 2004 Detroit Rock Awards and that they've played with the Jazz Mandolin Project and Charlie Hunter Trio, which should set off some alarms for you. For more information, door time or cost, call Belle's at 630-7600 or head over to www.simplicitymusic.com .
Playing at the Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.), Moon Over Buffalo is a wacky li'l farce about a motley theater company's back-to-back staging of Cyrano de Bergerac and Private Lives. One can guess that mistaken identities, zany twists and accidents will ensue. The play runs until March 19, with shows at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $16 for FAC members, $18 for the public in advance and $21 at the door. For more, hit up www.csfinearts center.org or call 634-5583.
If you believe in a thing called chug, head up to Boulder tonight for some breakdowns, breakdowns, breakdowns! Tough-guy hard-core icons From A Second Story Window will be tearing the freakin' place apart at Club 156 on the CU campus. Windmilling with them will be Nodes of Ranvier, The Acacia Strain, Into the Moat and The Red Death. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and the cost is $10. Pick up some change and head to www.sodajerkpresents.com for tickets or more info.
- Duran Duran, who are undoubtedly still hungry like a wolf.
OK, so your idea of a great weekend starter is less mosh and more mush. In that case, head on over to Celebration Place (upper level of the Citadel Mall in the Mervyn's wing), where the Imagination Celebration and Dragonswing Poets present No Tea for the Fever, a performance that tells women's stories with laughter, tears, truth and trash-talking and features singing, storytelling and poetry by a slew of female poets. The performance is recommended for people high school age and older, and the cost is $5. Reservations can be made by calling 597-3344.
Erin go braugh! It's time to start gearing up for St. Patrick's Day, which means that the Irish and non-Irish alike get thrown together in the spirit of brotherhood, greenness and, well, drinking. Get started early today in Old Colorado City, where there'll be a parade thrown in honor of St. Pat. Starting at noon at 27th Street and Colorado Avenue, the parade will include 100 different groups, five bands, 20 floats, llamas and more leprechauns than you hallucinated during Mardi Gras. A fun run will precede the parade in order to help you work up a thirst. To register, head over to www.csgrandprix.com . For more, call 635-8803.
Also part of pre-St. Patty's day is Sharing o' the Green, a fund-raising "mega-party" taking place at the Arkansas Riverwalk Events Center/Royal Gorge VFW (933 Sell Ave.) in Cañon City. The events for the day include arm-wrestling contests, tattoo exhibition contests, music, dancing, food, karaoke, Blarney Stone kissing and tons more. Woo! All proceeds will benefit the "Save Our Community Center" fund-raising efforts. Cost is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. For more information, give a jingle over to 719/295-1712.
Tonight and tomorrow, check out 16-year-old violin prodigy Rachel Lee with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave). Juilliard student and protg of Itzhak Perlman, Lee is undoubtedly headed for a career as a renowned international soloist. This concert will also mark the Colorado Springs premiere of conductor Lawrence Leighton Smith's own "Sunriver Variations," debuted at the Sunriver Music Festival in 2002. Also on the program are Max Bruch's First Violin Concerto and Robert Schumann's Symphony No. 2. The concert is tonight at 8 and tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 to $50 and are available at the Pikes Peak box office or by calling 520-SHOW.
Get your fix of '80s nostalgia tonight with all the blow-dried hair, synth melodies and tight pants you crave. That's right, kiddos: The band so nice they named 'em twice, Duran Duran, will be blowin' the lid off of the Magness Arena (2240 E. Buchtel Blvd. ) this evening. Though they'll undoubtedly be playing some new material that none but the die-hards want to hear, you'll also get to shimmy and shake to the old hits that remind you of losing your virginity in the mid-'80s. Plus, Simon Le Bon: mrow! Tickets for this one are $44.50-$84.50. Head to www.ticketmaster.com for more.
-- Aaron Retka