This Durham, N.C., native knows how to bust out some richly flavored rock 'n' roll - with American roots music thrown in for good measure. Nikki Hill's vocals are gritty, raw and hard rocking. She and her band (who shecalls the "pirate crew") brings the noise to Crystola Roadhouse, 20918 U.S. 24, Woodland Park, at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $18, $38 VIP (includes a reserved seat and choice of catfish or prime rib dinner). Tickets are $5 higher the day of show. Details: 576-5945.
This is music on a mission: Memphis Boundaims to get hometown blues heroes to Memphis for the January International Blues festival. Jake Loggins, Austin Johnson, Jeremy Vasquez and The 11 Mile Band bring all the lowdown cool of the style, plus plenty of technical excellence.Portion of proceeds goes to the Pikes Peak Blue Community's travel fund. Show starts at 7 p.m. at Stargazers Theatre & Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive. Tickets are $10, $7 ppbc members. Details: 476-2200, stargazers.com.
It's Sunday. The weather is nice. And your skates are just sitting in the back of your closet. Head to Acacia Park, 115 E. Platte Ave., and the 4,675-square foot, real-ice rink located along the west side of the park for the final day of ice skating there. Don't feel like risking your ankles? Live music, food vendors and maybe even a well-rested Santa will be on hand for wintery fun. Admission is $6. Bring your own skates or rent them for $3. Details: downtown80903.com
The annual chance to get your hands on pottery for a bargain, "Pots By the Pound," is back. That's right, art priced by weight. And this year, Commonwheel Artists Co-op, 102 Canon Ave. in Manitou Springs, has expanded the offerings to include prints, jewelry, glass items, wearable fabric and other work made by local artists. It runs Sunday through Jan. 27. Details: 685-1008, commonwheel.com.
It's been around since 100 AD. Still, most aren't familiar with encaustic or encaustic painting. The material - heated beeswax - gives the surface of a work an odd milky quality, sometimes creating a nearly translucent layer between the viewer and any markmaking on the base. Sheary Clough Suiter, whose "Encaustic Fine Art: A Solo Exhibition" runs Friday through March 28, adds pigments in her encaustic, which increases the painterly quality of the works. See her show at Colorado Springs City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave. Details: 634-2204.
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