- Electrified cellos + costumery = the badass Rasputina.
Places of Remembrance, a presentation by Berlin artists Renata Stih and Frieder Schnock, comes to Gaylord Hall tonight as part of Colorado College's Holocaust Commemoration Week. Stih and Schnock's installation of signs throughout a German neighborhood illustrates the chilling legal restrictions placed on Jews in the 1930s and 1940s and serves as a reminder that rights and liberties can always be taken away. The lecture and digital slide show starts at 7:30 p.m. inside the Worner Center at the corner of Cache La Poudre and Cascade, and it is free and open to the public.
- The caption on the back of this image from the installation Places of Remembrance reads: Jews are no longer allowed to have household pets. May 15, 1942
It's boys' night out at First Presbyterian Church (219 E. Bijou St.), where world-renowned men's chorus Cantus joins the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale's boy choir for a night of folk ditties, Broadway songs, classical selections and boy-choir music. The concert features 150 local boys in grades 3-12 from around the Pikes Peak area and gets started at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. For more information, call 633-3562.
It's worth a trip to Englewood tonight to catch Rasputina at the Gothic Theatre (3263 S. Broadway St.). This female-fronted cello-rock trio produces some of the strangest, most erudite music in pop today and is touring on their long-awaited fourth album, Frustration Plantation. Plus, they're always wearing flowing gowns and bustiers and stuff, and their drummer has a creepy beard and wears suspenders without a shirt. In a word: hot. Tickets are $15. Get yours online at www.nipp.com .
Do you ever feel like your life is missing something important? Fill that void with musical theater, my pretties. Get on the highway to self-improvement this weekend at the Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.), where the Rep does their version of the iconic Singin' in the Rain. This tale of 1920s-era Hollywood romance and precipitation is taking place through May 22, with shows on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. The show is $22 for members, $24 for nonmembers and $26 at the door. Tickets are available at the FAC box office by calling 634-5583 or online at www.csfineartscenter.org .
Head to Shove Chapel on the Colorado College campus (east side of campus at the intersection of South Nevada Avenue and East Yampa Street) this evening for a Scottish explosion in the form of Old Blind Dogs. The Dogs mix traditional Scottish fiddles and pipes with world rhythms and jam in a way that's sure to get your blood a-boilin' and your feet a-stompin'. Recently named Band of the Year by the Scots Trad Music Awards, they are touring on their newest CD, Play Live. The 9 p.m. show is free with reservations. Make yours by calling 531-6333, ext. 1234.
- Hes here! Hes queer! Its Bob Smith at the Comedy Gay- La!
That you get to the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd.) is a matter of life or death. OK, substitute "laughs" for "life" and " no laughs" for "death" and we're more in the ballpark. Redneck comedian Larry the Cable Guy induces guffaws this evening. Known for his solo stand-up as well as participation in the cash cow Blue Collar Comedy Tour, the Cable Guy ain't so blue collar anymore. Tickets for this one are $41.75. To get yours, call 520-SHOW.
All right, kiddos, strap on your spiky bracelet tonight for Rufio at the Navajo Hogan (2817 N. Nevada Ave.). The kind of punkers you can take home to Mom, these clean-cut Southern Cali kids rock out with not-so-angry, suburban pop-punk tunes. Think songs about girls, and keep thinking that. They're joined by Gatsby's American Dream, Over It and The Fight. The show is $10. For tickets or more information, check out
- Larry the Cable Guy sports the latest in Redneck Comic fashion.
This evening, check out Le Corbuseir expert and noted architectural historian William J. R. Curtis at Colorado College's Gaylord Hall (inside the Worner Campus Center at 902 S. Cascade Ave.). Curtis is the author of Modern Architecture and is holding forth on "Modern Architecture and Monumentality," a lecture that sounds like it might be about, like, buildings or something. It starts at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Tonight is your last chance to get in on the weirdness at the Osborne Studio Theater at UCCS (3955 Cragwood Drive), where Theatre d'Art presents Ubu Rex, a fantastically obscene tale of theft, conquest and murder, manipulated to incorporate cardboard props, pink flamingoes and a cross-dressing cast. According to the press release, "Never has a man-eating bear so aptly tortured a PBR-encrusted Phallodin," so this is something you don't want to miss. The last showing is this evening at 8 p.m., and admission is free (although donations are accepted). For more information, call 262-3232.
Get up to Denver tonight for the 10th annual Comedy Gay-La, taking place at the Stage Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex (intersection of 14th and Curtis streets). The show brings together three of the nation's funniest gay and lesbian comedians, including storyteller and impersonator Sharon Carr, out-loud-'n'-proud Latina humorist Mimi Gonzalez and Bob Smith, the first openly gay comedian to appear on The Tonight Show. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $24 and available through all Ticketmaster outlets by calling 520-SHOW or through Denver's PBS station, KBDI, at 303/296-1212.
-- Aaron Retka and Kathryn Eastburn