She carries a legendary music name, but Paula Nelson, daughter of country great Willie, has developed her own style. In her CD "Under the Influence," she reveals those influences from the music world - including her dad - that shaped her career and her music. She has been playing piano and singing since she was 7 years old. The Paula Nelson Band takes the stage at 8 p.m. Friday at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive. Don't be surprised if she covers songs from her own family as well as Waylon Jennings and others from the country music world. On the same bill is Colorado singer-songwriter Chauncy Crandall. Tickets are $15 plus ticketing fee, $20 plus ticketing fee the day of the show. Details: 476-2200, stargazers theatre.com
Hey, kids, did you know that those quarters, nickels and dimes you're saving for something special all have parts? Coin parts. They just look like quarters, nickels and dimes but they're as different as they can be. "KidsZone: Parts of a Coin" is a Saturday special at The Money Museum, 818 N. Cascade Ave. From 10:30 a.m. to noon, it's for youngsters ages 4-7. The class for older kids, ages 8-12, runs from 1:30 to 3 p.m. It's all free for kids 12 and under and while they're busy, the parents of the KidsZone participants can visit the Money Museum exhibits for free, too. Details and to enroll: 632-2646, money.org/KidsZone.
Texas blues-rocker Chris Duarte and the Chris Duarte Group heat up the night Saturday when their tour stops at Crystola Roadhouse, 20918 U.S. 24, Woodland Park. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the opening act at 8 p.m. is Boogie Shoes (Jake Loggins and Austin Johnson). General admission is $18, $23 the day of the show. Details: 576-5945, amusiccompanyinc.com
Headed out for a Sunday drive? How about the final day of the Fremont County Shrine Club Antique and Collectables Show in Canon City? It's 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the same time as Saturday's event., and there's no admission. Head for the Holy Cross Abbey Field House, 2951 E. Highway 50. Details: 1-710-371-2094
If you've never had an opportunity to see the incomparable choreographer/dancer Cleo Parker Robinson, there's no better time than MLK Day. As the birth of Martin Luther King Jr. is celebrated with a national day of service, Robinson and her Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble will be on the Colorado College campus for a special, very personal presentation. How fitting for this iconic activist, whose studio and school are in the historic Shorter Community African Methodist Episcopal Church building in Denver's Five Points. Special guests are The Colorado Springs Chapter Choir of the Gospel Music Workshop of America Inc. The performance is free and starts at 7 p.m. in Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St. Details: 389-6607, coloradocollege.edu.
The boys will be boys as they tip a few and try to catch the eye of the young lady new to their Irish town. But this lass is not what she seems. TheatreWorks artistic director Murray Ross promises that "The Weir" by Conor McPherson is a play "about men living on haunted ground, and you will find yourself clutching your heart while the hair rises on the back of your necks." See if it gives you the heebie jeebies at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, and Saturday matinees, Feb. 1 and 8 at 2 p.m. - through Feb. 9 - at the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 3955 Regent Circle. Reservations advised; $35, $15 for children under 16, UCCS students free, no children under 5, not recommended for children under 13. Details: 255-3232, theatreworkscs.org.
Written in 1895, at the peak of Oscar Wilde's fame, "The Importance of Being Earnest" was heralded as is his best work to date. (As it happened, it was his last: He was imprisoned for homosexuality shortly after its debut.) The Black Box Theatre, which has taken up residence in the Millibo Art Theatre's old digs, 1367 Pecan St., resurrects this popular work, which wittily sends up the strict moral codes of the Victorian era. It opens Thursday and runs 7 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays, through Feb. 1. Tickets are $12, $10 in advance. Details: 330-1798, blackboxdrama.com.
Compiled by Linda Navarro, firstname.lastname@example.org, 636-0374