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Art Events

2012 ArtWalk, after-hours openings, demonstrations, celebrations and tours by Old Colorado City galleries and businesses, including: Cucuru, Hunter-Wolff, Velez and Range Galleries as well as the Squash Blossom, Yobel Market and others. First Friday of every month, 5-8 p.m.; through Dec. 7. Old Colorado City, between 24th and 27th streets on West Colorado Avenue, 520-9494, bestartontheavenue.com.

Annual Holly Berry House Folk Art Festival, a benefit for the Ranch's restoration projects, this festival features arts and crafts from vendors, antiques for sale, live music and living history demonstrations. Sept. 14-16, noon to 6 p.m. $4-$8. Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, 3105 Gateway Road, 578-6777, rockledgeranch.com.

Art on the Streets, a year-long exhibit of sculpture vetted by local art patrons Jim Raughton and Kathy Loo. The 12 pieces are done by artists from Colorado and around the country. Go online for a map. Through next summer. Downtown, artonthestreets.com.

Arts Walk with Mayor Bach, a guided walk through downtown to view our public art with the mayor. Wed., Sept. 19, 5 p.m. City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave., 385-5905, peakradar.com.

Backstage Pass, a benefit for downtown Pueblo cultural programming, this party includes Dia de los Muertos activities, live music, a silent auction and a chance to roam the museum. Fri., Nov. 2, 7-11 p.m. $10. El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N. Union Ave., Pueblo, 719/583-0453, pueblopag.org.

Black Forest Farmers and Crafters Market, offering a variety of fresh produce, local honey and other food as well as handcrafted soaps, quilts, clothing and other items. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; through Sept. 29. First Baptist Church of Black Forest, 10915 Black Forest Road, 433-3936, fbcbf.org.

Comic Art Fest 2012, a day celebrating comic book art and getting kids to draw, with a showcase of work from local and regional comic book artists (including Langdon Foss, Charlie LaGreca, Matt Campbell and others), artist Q & A panels, giveaways and more. Sat., Sept. 8, 1-5 p.m. Free. Escape Velocity, 19 E. Bijou St., 578-8847, escapevelocitycomics.com.

Creativity Jewelry by Valerie Rosenkrantz, a reception with jewelry by Rosenkrantz. Jewelry may also be brought in as credit toward Verve pieces (contact the gallery for information). Fri., Sept. 7, 4-8 p.m. Verve, 2513½ W. Colorado Ave., 351-7030.

The Downtown Art Walk, a stroll through the galleries after hours, including Gallery 113 and the Depot Arts District. First Friday of every month, 5-8 p.m.; through Dec. 7. 634-5299, gallery-113.com.

First Friday Art Walk — Pueblo, monthly art celebrations encompassing multiple galleries, a handful of coffee shops, the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center and other businesses. First Friday of every month, 5-8 p.m. Downtown Pueblo, pueblopag.org.

Front Range Open Studios, a tour of 14 art studios located in northern El Paso County. See wood turning, jewelry making, bronze sculpting and more. Sept. 15-16. frontrangeopenstudios.com.

Grand Opening, an opening celebration with new artwork, refreshments and live music honoring this new gallery situated near Cottonwood Center for the Arts. Fri., Sept. 14, 5-8 p.m. Mardosz Fine Art Gallery, 109 S. Corona St., mardoszfineart.com.

Grand Opening — Helen Hunt Falls Visitors Center and Canvases in the Cañon Art Show, a day of artwork, guided hikes, a chocolate tasting and live music to honor the grand opening of the "Cub." Activities will take place both there and at Starsmore. Sat., Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road, 385-6086, springsgov.com.

Grand Opening of Pueblo Creative Corridor, a celebration of this fusing of three of Pueblo's downtown creative districts, with street performances, gallery receptions, food and drink tastings, and more. Fri., Oct. 5, 5 p.m. Downtown Pueblo, facebook.com/PuebloCreativeCorridor.

Holiday Art & Shopping Crawl, a holiday shopping spree through Pueblo's three downtown creative districts. Nov. 23-24 and Nov. 30, noon to 4 p.m. Downtown Pueblo, Union Avenue, Pueblo, pueblopag.org.

Holiday Art Market, a sale featuring artwork from local artists like Carole Reece, Marie David, Dana Long, Tim Davis, Randall Barbera, Abigail Kreuser and others. Nov. 1-30. Kreuser Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 630-6347, abigailkreusergallery.com.

Old Midland School Open House, a chance to visit this historic building, which is now home to several businesses (like Terra Nova Engineering and the Rocky Mountain Field Institute) as well as artist studios, including: Mollie Plummer, Deb Komitor and others. Fri., Sept. 7, 4-8 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 8, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Old Midland School, 815 S. 25th St., 635-6422.

Public Free Day, free general admittance to the galleries and docent tours. Third Tuesday of every month, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581, csfineartscenter.org.

RAW: Colorado Springs, Ensemble, a one-night showcase of visual art, tattoo art, jewelry, fashion, music, spoken word and more, all from local artists. Thurs., Sept. 27, 8 p.m. Provocations, Thurs., Oct. 25, 8 p.m. $10-$15. Union Station, 2419 N. Union Blvd., 227-7168, rawartists.org/coloradosprings.

Summer Sundays, a plethora of sidewalk fun, including farmers markets, street performers and more. Held in Mesa Junction on second Sundays and on Union Avenue on third Sundays. Sun., Sept. 9 and Sun., Oct. 14, noon to 4 p.m., and Sun., Sept. 16 and Sun., Oct. 21, noon to 5 p.m. Downtown Pueblo, pueblopag.org.

Third Friday Art Walk in Manitou Springs, an evening of art receptions, openings and other activities at businesses including: Black Cat Books and safron of Manitou, Green Horse Gallery, Swirl Wine Emporium, the Business of Art Center and more. Third Friday of every month, 5-8 p.m.; through Dec. 21. facebook.com/3rdFridayArtWalkManitou.

Third Place — Amanda Wahl, a chance to see Wahl paint as she uses this Sangre gallery as a studio. Wahl will be in and out as needed, but will be on-site during receptions on the first and third Fridays. Fri., Sept. 7 and Fri., Sept. 21, 5-10 p.m. Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org.

Third Place — Kate Jarrett, a chance to see Jarrett sculpt her pottery as she uses this Sangre gallery as a studio. Jarrett will be in and out as needed, but will be on-site during receptions on the first and third Fridays. Fri., Oct. 5 and Fri., Oct. 19, 5-10 p.m. Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org.

We Are Not Rembrandt II, the return of this art-meets-rock show, featuring a variety of wall art, jewelry, pottery and more, as well as accordions and punk music for the ears. Sat., Oct. 13, 6 p.m. Zodiac, 230 Pueblo Ave., 632-5059.

Wine and Art Saturdays, a weekly event for appreciation of creative endeavors, both high-culture and viticulture. Saturdays, 4-6 p.m. Hayden Hays Gallery at the Broadmoor, 1 Lake Circle, 577-5744, haydenhaysgallery.com.

Woodland Park Art Walk, an evening of art receptions, demonstrations and other activities at a dozen Woodland Park art galleries, including the Seven Arrows Gallery, the Woodland Park Arts Alliance and others. Third Friday of every month, 4-7 p.m. 302-2282, woodlandparkarts.com.

Woodland Park Fine Arts & Crafts Fair, booths with arts, crafts and other goods on Fridays. Held on the corner of Henrietta and Park streets. Fridays, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; through Sept. 28. 687-3731, woodlandparkfineartsandcraftsfair.com.

Art Exhibits

Arati Artists Gallery, 2425 W. Colorado Ave., 636-1901, aratiartists.com. Marlene and Darlene's Fall Creations, a dual show featuring paintings and jewelry, as well as horsehair and Raku pottery. Sept. 7-30. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 7, 5-8 p.m.

The Bridge Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., thebridgeartgallery.com. Nature's Palette by Carl Brandenburg, a solo show by Brandenburg, who takes "cast-offs that he finds in nature — stumps, limbs, off-falls — and then strips, smooths, caresses, and decorates them into strikingly sensual objects." Sept. 7-30. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 7, 5-8 p.m. Fall Forward. Oct. 5-28. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 5, 5-8 p.m. Orpheus and Other Myths — Recent Collages by Dave Armstrong, a series of "surreal collages" from Armstrong's forthcoming book based on the story of Orpheus, "along with some detours into mythology and other hard-to-believe stuff." Nov. 2-25. Opening reception, Fri., Nov. 2, 5-8 p.m. The Second Annual Bridge Gallery Market, the group's "cash-and-carry" exhibit of small works, jewelry, pots and more. Dec. 7-22. Opening reception, Dec. 7, 5-8 p.m.

Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, thebac.org. An Exhibit of Photographs of the Waldo Canyon Fire and its Aftermath, a juried showcase of professional and amateur images. Sept. 7 to Oct. 13. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 7, 6-9 p.m. Mothma Outsider Art. Oct. 26 to Nov. 9. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 26, 2-11 p.m. Closing reception, Fri., Nov. 9, 5-10 p.m. The Body Politic, a juried, all-media exhibit on individual views of politics today. Oct. 19 to Dec. 1. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 19, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Political Perspectives, a solo show by photographer Bill Young. Oct. 19 to Dec. 1. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 19, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Political Streets, a showcase of work by selected artists asked to create work they feel captures what the average person feels about politics today. Oct. 19 to Dec. 1. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 19, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Art for a New Start, a show of artwork donated for families who lost their homes in the Waldo Canyon Fire. Selections are on a first-come, first-served basis. Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. Opening reception for families and donors, Fri., Nov. 30, 6-9 p.m.

CC's Coburn Gallery, Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6606, theideaspace.com. The Big Something Exhibition, "a giant analog version" of this KRCC program that captures snippets of culture from the Pikes Peak Region. Oct. 30 to Nov. 21. Laura Ben-Amots: Battle Portraits, an updated version of Ben-Amots' powerful series of paintings based on interviews she held with wounded veterans. Nov. 27 to Dec. 18. Reception and I.D.E.A. Cabaret Conversation, Thurs., Nov. 29, 6 p.m.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581, csfineartscenter.org. Hyakkimaru's Kirie World, in conjunction with the city's sister-city anniversary with the town of Fujiyoshida, Japan, a showcase of "kirie" or cut-paper art by Hyakkimaru. Through Sept. 15. Trace Elements: Light Into Space, Places Apart, a dual exhibit featuring world-renowned artist James Turrell, known for his work in light, and local artist Scott Johnson. Through Sept. 30. Convolutions, as part of the FAC's "Raiding the Crates Series," which showcases items from its permanent collection, a show of responses to James Turrell and Scott Johnson's exhibit. Through Nov. 4. Honoring a Legacy: Selections from the Taylor Museum Collection of Native American Works, a selection of works by Plains tribes including: decorated clothing, shields, cradleboards and more. Many works will be on display for the very first time. A Mural in the Making, a look at the process — through drawings, pictures, video and more — two artists, Eric Bransby and Trevor Thomas, went through to create the museum's new mural. Through Jan. 6. Son of Pop, a career-spanning exhibition of the works of longtime Palmer High School art instructor, and celebrated artist, Floyd Tunson. Through Jan. 20.

Colorado Springs Fire Department Complex, 375 Printers Pkwy., 385-5950, betterangels911.com. Better Angels: The Firefighters of 9/11, a series of individual oil paint portraits of the 343 firefighters who died on Sept. 11, created by former NYC artist Dawn Seibel. Through Sept. 11.

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990, cspm.org. From Paris to the Plains: The Artistry of Artus & Anne Van Briggle, a showcase of 150 pieces of pottery reflecting the high innovation and craftsmanship of the Van Briggles. Ongoing.

The Commons Gallery, Depot Arts Building, 218 W. Colorado Ave. The Priceless Menu, a solo show by Craig Cantrell, in which the materials he used to create his works (clay prints and mixed-media) will be posted, allowing visitors to decide "what they think the art is worth and then offer cash or barter for the piece." Sept. 7-30. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 7, 5-8 p.m.

Commonwheel Artists Co-op, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1008, commonwheel.com. Transformative Nature, an exhibit of works by Audrey Gray and Juel Grant that redefine the natural world and the nature of objects using found materials and very small canvases, respectively. Through Sept. 17. In Depth — Canyons, a showcase of artwork dealing with canyons by four artists. Sept. 21 to Oct. 15. Third Friday Art Walk reception, Fri., Sept. 21, 5-8 p.m.

Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave., 520-1899, cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com. Clay Show, a celebration of all forms of clay work and pottery. Through Sept. 18. Opening reception, Fri., Aug. 31, 5-8 p.m. Breast Cancer: The Courageous & Beautiful, an exhibition of work in support of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, featuring art that shows "the journey from broken to broke-open." Sept. 28 to Oct. 16. Dia de los Muertos, an exhibition of art celebrating the Mexican holiday in all media. Oct. 26 to Nov. 27. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 26, 5-8 p.m. Pikes Peak Watercolor Society, an exhibition of works from the local organization. Dec. 7 to mid-January.

CSU-Pueblo's Fine Art Gallery, 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, 719/549-2404, chass.colostate-pueblo.edu/Art/Galleries/Pages/Galleries.aspx. Evanescent Beauty, a series of photographs of Antarctica from Liz Johnson, a CSU-P photography professor, and Tina Freeman. Through Sept. 28. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 7, 5-7 p.m. Laura Ben-Amots: Battle Portraits, a showcase of Ben-Amots' moving portraits of wounded veterans, which she derived from interviews with her subjects. Oct. 1 to Nov. 2. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 5, 5-7 p.m. The Poet Spiel, a solo show from the Pueblo artist, who excels in visual art, poetry and spoken word. Nov. 5 to Jan. 18. Opening reception, Thurs., Nov. 8, 5-7 p.m.

Cup and Bowl Gallery, 116 Midway Ave., Pueblo, 719/404-3469, cupandbowl.org. Sea You in September, an exhibition of ceramic works from Kuky Harrington. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 7, 5 p.m. Labor of Clay, an exhibition of sculpture from Rick Morris. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 5, 5 p.m. The Mystery of Clay, an exhibition. Opening reception, Fri., Nov. 2, 5 p.m. A Cup & Bowl Christmas, an exhibition of work from Linda Cates, Kuky Harrington, Maria Hughes and Laura Lester. Opening reception, Fri., Dec. 7 , 5 p.m.

Downtown Studio Gallery at Pikes Peak Community College, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 502-4040, ppcc.edu/departments/art/ppcc-art-gallery. Beginnings, an exhibit from the arts faculty of Pikes Peak Community College's Downtown Studio. Through Sept. 21. Devotional Realms: The Happening, an exploration of what sacred spaces look like, interpreted by over 20 artists from Pikes Peak Community College. Oct. 12 to Nov. 24. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 11, 5-7:30 p.m. Symphony, the winter student exhibition from the art department of Pikes Peak Community College. Dec. 7-14. Opening reception, Fri., Dec. 7, 5-7:30 p.m.

G44 Gallery, 1785 S. Eighth St., Ste. A, 951-0573, g44gallery.com. Encounters With Energy, to honor the opening of this new gallery, a show by Wisconsin artist Greg Schoeneck. Local artist Mark Wong will also show. Grand opening reception, Fri., Sept. 14, 6-10 p.m. Through Nov. 2.

GOCA 121, 121 S. Tejon St., #100, 255-3504, galleryuccs.org. Bright Young Things, a strong case for the future of contemporary art in Colorado, presented by seven young artists from around the Front Range. Through Sept. 14. Jay Shinn: Illuminated, a solo show by Shinn, who works with paint, metal, light and neon to create works that "defy our notions of space and perception." Oct. 5 to Dec. 14. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 5, 5-9 p.m.

GOCA 1420 at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 255-3567, galleryuccs.org. Rain Machine: Eric Tillinghast, a site-specific, water-centric installation that will nearly fill the 2,800-square-foot gallery. Through Dec. 6. H20: Water, Culture & Politics, a series of talks about the state of water in the region. Held at UCCS' Centennial Hall, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Free, with free parking in lot 3. "Waterway Restoration in the Hayman Burn Area & Colorado Springs Stormwater," a presentation by UCCS professor and visiting artist Eric Tillinghast and Jeff Besse of Colorado Springs Utilities. Thurs., Sept. 6, 7:30 p.m. "H20 Chemistry & Hydraulic 'Fracking'," a presentation by UCCS professors Dave Anderson (chemistry) and George Bolling (GES). Thurs., Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m. "Christo and Jeanne-Claude's 'Over the River' Project," a presentation Steve Coffin, Over the River Corp.'s Colorado representative. Thurs., Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m. Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs, Justice Hobbs will speak on the Colorado River compact and music. Thurs., Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.

Hayden Hays Broadmoor Galleries, 1 Lake Circle, 577-5744, haydenhaysgallery.com. Joseph Lorusso, a solo show with this internationally known artist who specializes in genre paintings. Sept. 6 to Oct. 10. Opening reception, Thurs., Sept. 6, 4:30 Sara Howsam, an exhibition of new works by the local artist. Oct. 30 to Dec. 1. Opening reception, Tues., Oct. 30, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Colorado Artists, a selection of new works from local artists. Dec. 6-31. Opening reception, Thurs., Dec. 6, 4:30-8:30 p.m.

I.D.E.A. Space at Colorado College, Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6066, theideaspace.com. Cross-Currents: Tradition and Innovation in Contemporary Art of the Islamic World, a group show featuring seven contemporary artists from Iran, Iraq, Bosnia and Pakistan who "adapt or appropriate aesthetic strategies from older Persian and Arabic traditions." Topics the works explore include themes of secular and sacred spaces, exile and return, gender identities and more. Through Oct. 24. Eiko & Koma: Naked, an installation created by this legendary Japanese dancing duo, who will present sculpture, video and sound works to "explore ideas of time and sensory experience." Nov. 13 to Dec. 18. Reception and I.D.E.A. Cabaret Conversation with Eiko, Tues., Nov. 27, 4:30 p.m.

Kreuser Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 630-6347, abigailkreusergallery.com. Dennis Nejtek, an exhibition of the photographer's work. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 7, 5 p.m. Through September. Elemental, an exhibition of floral giclées by photographer Abigail Kreuser. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 5, 5 p.m. Through October. Icons, an exhibition of works by Tish Lacy Reed. Opening reception, Fri., Dec. 7, 5 p.m. Through December.

Locals Barbershop, 5230 N. Nevada Ave., #120, 265-5547, localscut.com. Photography Rocks, a 13-piece show by Jeff Kearney, who's documented moments in rock show history, featuring stars such as Marilyn Manson and bands like Korn, Pantera and more. Curated by the Modbo. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 14, 8 p.m., featuring live music from Andy Clifton.

Marmalade at Smokebrush, 219 W. Colorado Ave., #210, 444-1012, smokebrush.org. 11 After 11 (And Still ...), an exhibition of rearranged and rebuilt cultural debris, from Jimmy Descant. Sept. 7-28. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 7, 6:30 p.m. Eighth Annual Roll Bike Art Festival: Full Circle , the return of this bicycle-themed art show, which includes photography, sculpture and more. Through Oct. 20. Interpretations of the Body, an exhibition of revealing photography by Susan Biggs. Oct. 5-28. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 5, 6:30 p.m. Rarefied Air, an exhibition of historic art from the Pikes Peak Region, including pieces from Helen Hunt Jackson, Artus Van Briggle, Lon Chaney, Laura Gilpin, Lew Tilley and others. Nov. 2-30. Opening reception with a screening of the locally produced film Rarified Air, Fri., Nov. 2, 5:30 p.m. Chriszaihamankus, a group celebration of the season, featuring works from Kat and Bob Tudor, Don Goede, Jeff Kallaus, Justin Kovach and others. Dec. 7-28. Opening reception, Fri., Dec. 7, 5:30 p.m.

Modbo, 17C E. Bijou St., 633-4240, themodbo.wordpress.com. Things That Burn, a solo show by noted local artist Sean O'Meallie (who was behind last year's Chair Project). This show focuses in part on the wood build of his works: "Things That Burn is an acknowledgment that these hand-shaped wood sculptures can combust — combustion being on the mind of late." Sept. 7-28. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 28, 5:30 p.m. to midnight.

Range Gallery, 2428 W. Colorado Ave., 685-1201, rangegallery.com. Western Twist, images of the "modern West" (barbed wire and concrete) from Kathleen McFadden. Sept. 7 to Dec. 7.

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org. 40 Years — 40 Friends, a showcase of Colorado artists who have shown at the Sangre and contributed to its permanent collection. Through Oct. 20. In a Moment: Mitchell, Dunn, Von Schmidt & Levinthal, a collection of works by these artists from the collection of the A.R. Mitchell Memorial Museum of Western Art and Sangre. Sept. 8 to Oct. 27. Opening reception, Thurs., Sept. 20, 5 p.m. Own Your Own Art Show & Sale, Sangre's annual art bonanza, with walls filled top to bottom with reasonably priced artwork for the holidays. Nov. 17 to Dec. 29. Opening reception, Fri., Nov. 16, 5 p.m.

Secret Window Fine Art Gallery & Floral Studio, 47 Third St., Monument, 481-9600, secretwindowgallery.com. Featured Artist: Ezra Tucker, a solo show by this renowned artist, who has shown at the Kennedy Center and specializes in animal subjects, horses in particular. Through Sept. 30.

Soirée, 1003 S. Tejon St., 633-8313, coloradospringsvenue.com. Incredible Artwork, an exhibition of the work of Carl Mayfield, who "is able to visualize and create a mood and emotions in an everyday environment." Through Sept. 30. Spotlight Gallery: Holly Parker Dearborn, a solo show of new abstract paintings focused on meditative spaces, as well as a series "inspired by walking meditation labyrinths." Oct. 1 to Dec. 31. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 5, 5 p.m.

S.P.Q.R., 17 B E. Bijou St., 633-4240. The Figure, Form and Decay, a multimedia juried exhibit. Sept. 7-28. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 7, 5:30 p.m. to midnight.

Steel City Art Works, 216 S. Union Ave., Pueblo, 719/542-6838, steelcityart.com. September Featured Artists, a showcase of artwork by Ed Hughes, Dan Masimer and Kaley Rose. Sept. 7-30. First Friday opening reception, Fri., Sept. 7, 5-8 p.m.

Telise Rodelv Gallery, 2423 W. Colorado Ave., 886-7049. Color Symphonies, an exhibition of colorful abstract paintings. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 7, 5 p.m. Through September. Love Letter to Norway, an exhibition of contemporary paintings and photographs. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 5, 5 p.m. Through October.

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 481-0475, trilakesarts.org. Twenty1Five, a showcase of fine, artistic furniture. Through Sept. 22.

Verve, 2513½ W. Colorado Ave., 351-7030. VERVE: Very Extremely Rare Verve Everything, a multimedia show featuring work that responds to the idea of "verve." Through Sept. 30. Opening reception, Sat., Sept. 1, 5-8 p.m. Just Verve It!, a juried exhibit that responds to the idea of "a fusion of Industrial 'vibe' with the Earthen to create a distinct: 'VERVE.'" Oct. 12-31. Opening reception, Sat., Oct. 12, 5-8 p.m.

Classes

BAC Art Workshops and Classes, offering a slew of art courses, from pottery to calligraphy, beginning painting to papermaking, and poetry and more. Call for a schedule and to sign up. Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, thebac.org.

BAC Expanded Seminars, offering a series of classes on topics such as: "Marketing for Creative People," "Basic Business for Artists," "Porfolio Preparation" and more. Call for a schedule and to register. $60 (10 percent discount for BAC members). Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, thebac.org.

Bemis School of Art, offering a heaping portion of all-ages art education, from cartooning and jewelry making to stagecraft and art history. Bemis School of Art, 818 Pelham Place, 475-2444, csfineartscenter.org.

Cottonwood Center for the Arts classes, offering a variety of courses covering everything from art marketing to loom beading, airbrushing and clay sculpture and more. Go online for more information. Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave., 520-1899, cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com.

"Don't Be Extruded," a workshop with Kuky Harrington. Sat., Oct. 13. Cup and Bowl Gallery, 116 Midway Ave., Pueblo, 719/404-3469, cupandbowl.org.

Fare Bella Art Classes, offering a variety of courses concerning methods of painting and topic techniques, such as "Sunflower Sensation," "The Great Southwest," "Luminous Aspens" and more. Fare Bella Studio and Gallery, 16 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 720/226-4315

Film

For more information on locally produced films, see here.

Cinemaholics, weekly film screenings with free popcorn and drink specials. Go online for updates. Tuesdays, 9-11:30 p.m. Free. Shuga's, 702 S. Cascade Ave., 328-1412, shugasblog.com.

Free Minds Film Festival, a weekend of film screenings, socials, discussions and more from this two-year-old fest, hosted by the UCCS Chapter of Young Americans for Liberty. This year's docket includes: The Origin and History of Money, Battle for Brooklyn, Guns and Weed: The Road to Freedom and more. Registration recommended. Sept. 28-30. Free. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 332-4193, freemindsfilmfestival.com.

Position Among the Stars, as part of the I.D.E.A. Space's exhibit, Cross-Currents: Tradition and Innovation in Contemporary Art of the Islamic World, a screening of this documentary that follows an Indonesian family living in the slums of Jakarta. Mon., Oct. 8, 4-6 p.m. CC's Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., theideaspace.com.

Rainbow Cinema, though still tentative, a new LGBT film festival that will feature older favorites Shortbus and 20 Centimeters. Nov. 16-18. Free. CC's Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu.

Rarified Air, the premiere of this locally filmed documentary about the history of art in the area, from the Broadmoor Art Academy through today. Sponsored by the Pikes Peak Arts Council and the Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts. Fri., Sept. 14, 7 p.m. $5. Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 481-0475, trilakesarts.org.

Remains of a River: Source to Sea Down the Colorado, as part of GOCA's H20: Water, Culture & Politics lecture series, a screening of this documentary, with Zak Podmore of the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project. Free parking available in lot 3. Thurs., Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. Free. UCCS' Centennial Hall, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., uccs.edu/~goca.

Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival, the 25th year of this festival, which this year will feature films such as Mondays at Racine and Last Call at the Oasis. Held at Colorado College and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Nov. 2-4. $15-$125. rmwfilmfest.org.

San Luis Valley Acequias — Lecture & Film Event, as part of GOCA's H20: Water, Culture & Politics lecture series, a screening and discussion with Acequias Institute President Devon Peña and UCCS professor MJ Sullivan. Free parking available in lot 3. Thurs., Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m. Free. UCCS' Centennial Hall, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., uccs.edu/~goca.

Ten, as part of the I.D.E.A. Space's Cross-Currents: Tradition and Innovation in Contemporary Art of the Islamic World, a screening of this highly acclaimed film that follows 10 conversations a female driver in Tehran had with her passengers. Mon., Sept. 10, 4-6 p.m. Free. CC's Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., theideaspace.com.

Kids & Family

Book Dawg with Birgitta De Pree and Sara Barad, done with All Pikes Peak Reads, the story of two dogs caught in a library. Nov. 3-4. $10. Millibo Art Theatre, 1367 Pecan St., 465-6321, themat.org.

Busker and Me, feat. Jim Jackson, the adventures of one mischievous puppet dog who wants to join the circus. Mon., Dec. 31 and Jan. 2-6. $10. Millibo Art Theatre, 1367 Pecan St., 465-6321, themat.org.

The Christmas Mouse on Holiday, a new story in the Christmas Mouse series, in which a new mouse comes to the family home and turns traditions upside down. Dec. 1-22. $10. Millibo Art Theatre, 1367 Pecan St., 465-6321, themat.org.

Family Adventure Day, a creative day with the family, featuring hands-on activities, guided tours and more. Sat., Sept. 22, Sat., Oct. 20, Sat., Nov. 17 and Sat., Dec. 15, 10 a.m. Free. Bemis School of Art, 818 Pelham Place, 475-2444, csfineartscenter.org.

The Fresh Beat Band: Live in Concert, a live performance by the cast of Nickelodeon's pre-school show. Thurs., Nov. 1, 6 p.m. $29.50-$119.50. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, pikespeakcenter.com.

The Geography of Adventure with the Creede Repertory Theatre, an educational and fun look at the U.S. Oct. 6-7. $10. Millibo Art Theatre, 1367 Pecan St., 465-6321, themat.org.

Gizmo Guys, comedic jugglers who amaze and humor. Sat., Nov. 10, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $7-$8. Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org.

The Night the Moon Ate My Room! performances and book signings by Jesse Wilson, one at 3 and the other at 5. Recommended for kids in elementary school and older. Sat., Oct. 6, 3-6:30 p.m. $5. Marmalade at Smokebrush, 219 W. Colorado Ave., #210, 444-1012, smokebrush.org.

Piccadilly Circus, a one-and-a-half hour show, featuring animals, vehicles and more. Sept. 30 to Oct. 1. $8-$42. Colorado Springs City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., 385-5969, thefuncircus.com.

Rock the Presidents, a multimedia, interactive show that follows 223 years and 44 U.S. presidents. Sat., Sept. 29, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. $7-$8. Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org.

The Shape of Things, a performance by students of the Springs Acting Studio of this play by Neil LaBute. Nov. 9-17. Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 303/588-2218, rmgressler@yahoo.com, thebac.org.

Literary Events

For more information on various local literary groups, see below.

Author Fest of the Rockies, the acclaimed event celebrating and facilitating the work of local authors of all stripes returns with break-out sessions, book signings, open-mic events and keynote speakers including Stephen Coonts and Barbara Wright. Fri., Sept. 28 and Sat., Sept. 29. Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, $75, authorfestoftherockies.org.

Colorado Springs Writers Reading, an open-mic for writers, with three to five minutes allotted for each author to share his or her short story, novel excerpt, poetry or non-fiction work. A featured writer will read at each event. Fri., Sept. 14 and Fri., Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m. Donations appreciated. Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1862, cswritersreading.blogspot.com.

"A Conversation with Margaret Atwood," a presentation by Atwood on the "importance of personal and environmental stewardship." Tickets for a pre-presentation gala reception starting at 5 are also available for $50. Held as part of All Pikes Peak Reads. Fri., Sept. 14, 7 p.m. Free. CC's Shove Memorial Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., 389-6607, ppld.org.

"Hear Here" Poetry Open Mic, an all-ages poetry open mic hosted by Poetry 719. Second and third Saturday of every month, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Movement Arts Community Studio, 525 E. Fountain Blvd., #150, 964-4499, tinyurl.com/hearhere719.

Word Wednesdays, an open mic session for poets, comedians, actors, singers and other performers to share their work. Search the event on Facebook for more. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. V Bar, 19 E. Kiowa St., 313-0683.

Performing Arts

Comedy & Improv

Ben Roy, Oct. 11-13. $2-$10, two-item minimum. Loonee's Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707, loonees.com.Danny Browning, Oct. 18-20. $2-$10, two-item minimum. Loonee's Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707, loonees.com.

Hippieman, Oct. 25-27. $2-$10, two-item minimum. Loonee's Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707, loonees.com.

Improv Colorado, family-friendly comedy. Sat., Sept. 15, Sat., Oct. 20 and Fri., Nov. 16, 7:37 p.m. $8-$10. Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, improvcolorado.com.

Improv Jam, a night of all-ages comedy games with Improv Colorado. Fri., Oct. 26, 8:17 p.m. Free. Shovelhead Saloon, 4130 U.S. Hwy. 85, 392-2665, improvcolorado.com.

James Ervin Berry, Sept. 13-15. $2-$10, two-item minimum. Loonee's Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707, loonees.com.

Josh Blue, an evening with the local comic favorite. Fri., Oct. 5, 8 p.m. $15-18. Damon Runyon Repertory Theatre, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, 564-0579, runyontheater.org.

Lori Callahan, an evening of laughs with Denver's "Mom of Comedy." Fri., Nov. 16, 8 p.m. $10-12. Damon Runyon Repertory Theatre, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, 564-0579, runyontheater.org.

Matt Golightly, Sept. 6-8. $2-$10, two-item minimum. Loonee's Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707, loonees.com.

A Night of Comedy with Josh Blue, a benefit for Special Kids Special Families. Wed., Oct. 3, 7 p.m. $35, $65 VIP. Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, 476-2200, stargazerstheatre.com.

RiP Improv Comedy, first Friday and Saturday of every month, 8 p.m. $12. Millibo Art Theatre, 1367 Pecan St., 465-6321, themat.org.

Rodney Carrington, a performance from the comedian. Thurs., Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m. $45-$55. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, pikespeakcenter.com.

Russ Rivas, an evening of stand-up comedy. Fri., Sept. 14, 8 p.m. $10-12. Damon Runyon Repertory Theatre, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, 564-0579, runyontheater.org. Rivas will also perform Sept. 20-22. $2-$10, two-item minimum. Loonee's Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707, loonees.com.

Spencer James, Oct. 4-6. $2-$10, two-item minimum. Loonee's Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707, loonees.com.

Stick Horses in Pants, family-friendly comedy. Second Friday of every month, 8 p.m.; through May 10. $8-$10. The Loft, 2506 W. Colorado Ave., 387-9911, facebook.com/thestickhorses.

Todd Johnson, an evening of down-home comedy from the Idaho native. Sat., Dec. 15, 8 p.m. $10-12. Damon Runyon Repertory Theatre, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, 564-0579, runyontheater.org.

Concerts

Note: For info on upcoming popular music events, see Playing Around and Big Gigs.

Christmas Memories, a performance by the Arkansas River Chorus. The 7 p.m. show will include six quartets from local high schools. Held at First United Methodist Church in Pueblo, 310 W. 11th St. Sat., Dec. 1, 2 and 7 p.m. 980-1426, 254-7040, arkansasriverchorus.org.

Christmas Symphony, seasonal favorites performed by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and the Colorado Springs Chorale with Thomas Wilson conducting. Sun., Dec. 23, 2:30 p.m. $19-$59. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, csphilharmonic.org.

Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2012, a performance of modern takes on holiday classics. Tues., Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. $45-$65. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, pikespeakcenter.com.

Deck the Hall, a performance by the Colorado Springs Chorale. Another concert — this one a benefit for social service agencies — will be held Sat., Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. at the Aspen Mine Center, 166 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek. Fri., Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, cschorale.org.

Firebird, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic performs the beloved Stravinsky suite, with pieces by Debussy and Bloch. Josep Caballé-Domenech conducting. Sat., Nov. 10, 8 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 11, 2:30 p.m. $19-$59. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, csphilharmonic.org.

Friends House Concerts, house concerts: Erika Luckett & Lisa Ferraro, Sat., Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. ($25). Payment should be checks made out to Friends House Concerts. house-concerts.org.

Jesse Winchester, an evening with the acclaimed folk singer. Thurs., Oct. 18, 8 p.m. $15-$18. Damon Runyon Repertory Theatre, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, 564-0579, runyontheater.org.

Jonathan Edwards, an evening of country-blues music. Sat., Nov. 17, 8 p.m. $18-$20. Damon Runyon Repertory Theatre, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, 564-0579, runyontheater.org.

Led Zeppelin: a Rock Symphony, the classic hits of Led Zeppelin performed with the combined power of a rock band and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic's full symphony orchestra. Brent Havens conducting. Sat., Sept. 22, 8 p.m. $19-$59. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, csphilharmonic.org.

Messiah Sing-Along, a performance by the Chamber Singers, conducted by Kimberley Schultz, with accompanying organ by Carol Wilson. Sun., Dec. 2, 7 p.m. First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., 633-8888, cschorale.org.

New Year's Eve ¡En Fuego!, a New Year's trip to España with Music Director Josep Caballé-Domenech and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Mon., Dec. 31, 8 p.m. $19-$59. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, csphilharmonic.org.

The Nutcracker, the holiday classic returns, with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale, Ballet Idaho and local dancers. Josep Caballé-Domenech conducting. Fri., Nov. 23, 7 p.m., Sat., Nov. 24, 2 and 7 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 25, 2 p.m. $29-$52. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, csphilharmonic.org.

The Old Maid and the Thief, a staged version of Menotti's comedic opera with Opera Theatre's Young Artists Outreach Ensemble. Sun., Oct. 7, 3 p.m. First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., 570-1950, operatheatreoftherockies.org. Also showing Fri., Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. $15-$20. Damon Runyon Repertory Theatre, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, 564-0579, operatheatreoftherockies.org.

Pictures at an Exhibition, a provocative pairing of sophisticated Ravel and wild Mussorgsky in this mighty piano sequence recast for symphony orchestra. Performed by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic; Josep Caballé-Domenech conducting. Sat., Sept. 29, 8 p.m. $19-$59. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, csphilharmonic.org.

The Pines of Rome, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic performs the classic Respighi duo of compositions, prefaced by Verdi and Rota. Josep Caballé-Domenech conducting. Sat., Sept. 15, 8 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 16, 2:30 p.m. $19-$59. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, csphilharmonic.org.

Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show, a musical tribute to the Rat Pack. Sun., Oct. 14, 2 and 7 p.m. $40. Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org.

Shostakovich & Schumann, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic performs with pianist Alon Goldstein; Michael Stern conducting. Sat., Oct. 20, 8 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 21, 2:30 p.m. $19-$59. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, csphilharmonic.org.

Sleepy Hollow and Other Tales, a special Halloween concert with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic featuring music from the films of Tim Burton, including Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Sweeney Todd and Batman. Thomas Wilson conducting. Sat., Oct. 27, 8 p.m. $19-$59. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, csphilharmonic.org.

"Thanks for Giving" Holiday Songfest, a Pikes Peak Opera League production to benefit the Opera Theatre of the Rockies Goes to School program. Fri., Nov. 16, 6 p.m. Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave., 593-8802, operatheatreoftherockies.org.

Video Games Live, a concert performance of the music from some of the best-known video games. Sat., Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. $40-$55. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, pikespeakcenter.com.

Dance Performances

For more information on various local dance groups, see below.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, a show by this two-city company, hosted by the Colorado Springs Dance Theatre. Thurs., Sept. 20, 7 p.m. $20-$42. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, ticketswest.com.

Dance, Dessert & Dreams, a showcase of young dancers from a variety of regional studios, hosted by the Colorado Springs Dance Theatre. Sun., Nov. 11, 2 p.m. $7-$15. CC's Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 630-7434, coloradocollege.edu.

Impressions of an Artist, a chance to see Ormao Dance Company performers in an intimate gallery setting as they dance in response to visual artist Floyd Tunson's work. Nov. 2-11. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583, ormaodance.org.

Music and Dance Performance by Reza Derakshani & Colorado College Dancers, as part of the I.D.E.A. Space's Cross-Currents: Tradition and Innovation in Contemporary Art of the Islamic World, a show featuring show artist and accomplished musician Reza Derakshani, a "virtuoso of classical Persian music." Reception to follow. Wed., Sept. 12, 4:30 p.m. Free. CC's Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., theideaspace.com.

A Night of Classic Burlesque, a night of dance and titillation with Peaks and Pasties, as well as special guests Foxy Tann "The Boss of Burlesque," Mistress Victoria DeVille and others. Sat., Sept. 15, 9 p.m. $10-$12. Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, 476-2200, peaksandpasties.com.

The Nutcracker, a traditional holiday show by the Sangre de Cristo Ballet. Nov. 29 to Dec. 2. Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org.

Outdoor Concerts

George Whitesell, held at Henrietta and Park streets in Woodland Park. Fri., Sept. 7, 10 a.m. woodlandparkfineartsandcraftsfair.com.

Mango Fan Django, Wed., Sept. 5, 6:30 p.m. Hillside Gardens, 1006 S. Institute St., 209-1366, terimitchell0221@yahoo.com, hillsidegardens.net.

Skip Moore, held at Henrietta and Park streets in Woodland Park. Fri., Sept. 14, 10 a.m., woodlandparkfineartsandcraftsfair.com.

Thin Air Jazz, PPJASS Ambassadors, Swing Factory, Sat., Sept. 8, 11 a.m. Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 687-5284, woodlandmusicseries.com.

Tim Brown, held at Henrietta and Park streets in Woodland Park. Fri., Sept. 21, 10 a.m. woodlandparkfineartsandcraftsfair.com.

Stage

Butte Theater, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, buttetheater.com. Greater Tuna, a production of this noted comedy about the many characters of small, rural community in Texas — played by just two actors. Sept. 7-29. $8.25-$16.25. Haunting at the Old Homestead, an original play by Chris Sorenson, about a woman who wants her haunted home exorcised. Oct. 5 to Nov. 4. $8.25-$16.25. A Christmas Favorite — A Cripple Creek Christmas Carol, a production of this original play that debuted at the Butte in 2002. The show will be followed by a Christmas olio. Nov. 30 to Dec. 30. $8.25-$13.25.

Colorado Springs Conservatory, 415 S. Sahwatch St., 577-4556, coloradospringsconservatory.org. Little Shop of Horrors, a performance by the conservatory about the nerdy florist and the plant that finds him. Nov. 16-17. Willy Wonka, a musical performance by the conservatory's Junior Stage Company of Roald Dahl's book. Dec. 15-16. $10. CC's Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theater Company, SaGaJi Theater, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org. Make Sure It's Me, a performance of the play by Kate Wenner that focuses on the traumatic brain injuries war inflicts. $15. Sept. 13-23. Gypsy, a musical from the "golden age" of Broadway, based on the memoirs of burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee. Tickets start at $20. Sept. 27 to Oct. 21. A Christmas Story, a live performance of the holiday film classic. Tickets start at $20. Nov. 29 to Dec. 23. WYNOT Radio Theatre: It Came Upon a Midnight Deadly, a holiday performance from the WYNOT Radio Theatre troupe. $15. Dec. 13-30.

Damon Runyon Repertory Theatre, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, 564-0579, runyontheater.org. Blithe Spirit, a production of the classic Noël Coward comedy about the pitfalls of the hereafter. Sept. 28-30. $12. Cinderella, a staging of the beloved fairytale. Mondays, Tuesdays, Sundays. Oct. 14-21. $9-$19. Romeo and Juliet, the original star-crossed lovers, in a new production from the Runyon. Nov. 9-12. $12. King's Island Christmas, a holiday musical from the Runyon. Dec. 7-9. $9-$19.

Iron Springs Chateau, 444 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-5104, pikes-peak.com/attraction/15.aspx. The Code of the West, dinner theater with this melodrama complete with a sing-a-long intermission and a "Salute to Colorado Olio." Through Sept. 30. Dinner and show, $16.50-$29.50; show only, $9.50-$15.50.

Marmalade at Smokebrush, 219 W. Colorado Ave., #210, 444-1012, smokebrush.org. The Ghosts of America Past: A Satirical Morality Play by Bill Durland, a play following the history of the U.S. through "its indigenous people, its founders, and the women and slaves left out of the process." Fri., Sept. 21, 7 p.m. $5.

Millibo Art Theatre, 1367 Pecan St., 465-6321, themat.org. FourPLAY, writers have 44 hours to write a new play based on a surprise theme, then four days to cast and stage it. "This highly compressed creative process has yielded surprisingly good theatre and very popular performances." Sept. 28-30. $20. Gods, Guns and Pancakes, the second staging of this autobiographical play following the beginnings of MAT director Jim Jackson's clown career. "Combining true stories, poetry, video and classical clown routines. Jim weaves together a portrait of the artist as a young clown." Oct. 11-21. $20. Beyond Words, a new show from mime Bill Bower, who continues his on-stage explorations of the realm of silence and culture. Oct. 25-28. $20. WYNOT Radio Theatre: Death Wore Elevator Shoes, a run from this beloved group, which has perfected its satire of the Golden Age of radio, complete with mystery, commercials and sound effects. Nov. 8-18. $20. Babette's Holiday Cabaret, a variety show, complete with comedy, music and more, sure to "melt even the most jaded of spirits." Sat., Dec. 15. $20.

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, pikespeakcenter.com. Girls Night: The Musical, a night with five girls who relive their past through karaoke. Sun., Sept. 30, 4 and 7:30 p.m. $36.50-$46.50. Tap Dogs, a dance-based theatrical performance. Oct. 17-18, 7:30 p.m.

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org. The Capitol Steps, a performance by this political satire group, which began as a group of humorous Senate staffers. Tues., Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m. $27-$30. The 39 Steps, a unique production of this Hitchcock classic, in which a cast of four play over 150 characters. Fri., Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. $27-$30.

Springs Ensemble Theatre, 1903 E. Cache la Poudre St., 357-3080, springsensembletheatre.org. The Pillowman, a production of this award-winning dark comedy following an imprisoned writer whose works resemble a string of murders. Oct. 11-28.

Star Bar Players, THEATREdART, 128 N. Nevada Ave., 357-5228, starbarplayers.org. God of Carnage, a blend of Dinner With Friends and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? from contemporary playwright Yasmina Reza. Sept. 14-30. $6-$15.

THEATREdART, 128 N. Nevada Ave., 357-8321, theatredart.org. Abducting Diana, a production of this play by Sean Verdu, which follows the kidnapping of millionaire Diana Forbes-McKaye, and the strange characters she outwits to free herself. Oct. 20 to Nov. 4. $5-$10. Paradise Lost, a stage adaptation by Jeff Keele of the epic poem by John Milton. Nov. 30 to Dec. 16. $5-$10.

THEATREWORKS, UCCS' Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Regent Circle, 255-3232, theatreworkscs.org. The Glass Menagerie, a performance of Tennessee Williams' "beautiful dream play" by THEATREWORKS. Sept. 13-30. Prologue Lecture Series: Tennessee Williams Roundtable, a discussion with a panel of experts on the playwright. Sun., Sept. 16, 2:30 p.m. Free. Prologue Lecture Series: Sarah Ruhl, a talk with the recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship — the so-called "genius grant" — and author of In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play). Mon., Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m. Free. The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, a performance by THEATREWORKS and the Curious Theatre Company of this 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist centered around the world of professional wrestling. Oct. 19 to Nov. 11. Prologue Lecture Series: Vince Russo and Ed Ferrara, a look into the world of Chad Deity, with these former pro-wrestling writers. Sun., Oct. 28, 2:30 p.m. Free. You Can't Take It With You, a performance by THEATREWORKS of George Kaufman's comedic play about family tension, which won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Dec. 6-23. Prologue Lecture Series: Robert Rais, a workshop on improvisational theater, held as part of You Can't Take It With You. Sun., Dec. 9, 2 p.m. Free.

USAFA's Arnold Hall, 2302 Cadet Drive, 333-4497, usafaservices.com/academy-concerts/academy-concerts. The Capitol Steps, a performance by this political mockery troupe, founded by former Congressional staffers. Fri., Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m. $25-$30. Held at Palmer High School, 301 N. Nevada Ave. Titanic, a musical following the fate of this fabled ship. Fri., Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m. $30-$48.

World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, worldarena.com. Batman Live, a live telling of the Batman story, featuring a 43-member cast, a 3-D Gotham City, a custom symphonic score, pyrotechnics, illusions and more. Oct. 23-24. $29.50-$75.50.

Special Events

"Azure Allure" MAT's Annual Super Fun Fundraiser Gala, a fundraiser with a comedy show by Babette, cocktails, dinner and dessert, and prizes for the best outfits, in azure, of course. Sat., Sept. 22, 6:30 p.m. $50. Millibo Art Theatre, 1367 Pecan St., 465-6321, themat.org.

Black & White Ball, a fundraiser for the FAC, featuring a sing-a-long piano bar, malt scotch tasting and more. Suggested attire: black and white (with a splash of red). Sat., Sept. 8, 5:30 p.m. $150. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581, csfineartscenter.org.

Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions, a night with the gold-winning U.S. Women's Gymnastics team. Sat., Sept. 29, 7 p.m. $25-$200. World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, worldarena.com.

Little London Market, monthly markets of antiques, crafts, farmers products and more. Second Saturday of every month, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; through Oct. 13. Auction House 109, 109 S. Sierra Madre St., 632-5588, littlelondonmarket.com.

The Price Is Right Live, a chance to catch the famed interactive game show in person. Wed., Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m. $34-$45. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, pikespeakcenter.com.

What If?! Festival, an all-ages science/art/music/knowledge extravaganza stretching from the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum to the Pikes Peak Center. Activities include science, engineering and cooking displays, dance performances, vendors and more. Sat., Sept. 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. whatif-festival.org.


Dance organizations

Colorado Springs Dance Theatre

csdance.org

CSDT is a local nonprofit organization that brings top touring dance companies, such as the Martha Graham Dance Company and David Taylor Dance Theatre, to the area for community performances. CSDT also organizes master classes and scholarship competitions for younger dancers.

Colorado Youth Ballet

4005 Lee Vance View, #100, 272-7078, coloradoyouthballet.com

An audition-based, pre-professional company for young dancers, focused on classical and contemporary ballet, CYB puts on an annual Nutcracker performance at the Pikes Peak Center, in addition to other classic ballet productions such as Swan Lake.

L.I.F.E. (Love Is Finding Everyone) Step Team

facebook.com/LIFEstepteam

L.I.F.E. is a community-based, nearly 20-year-old nonprofit step team whose members dance locally and nationally in exhibitions, competitions and fundraising efforts. Members range from age 12 to 23 and can earn scholarships for education through their work with the group.

Ormao Dance Company

10 S. Spruce St., 471-9759, ormaodance.org

A nonprofit, professional dance company and school, Ormao offers classes in ballet, hip-hop, modern, jazz and contemporary for children and adults, as well as workshops and community performances.

Peaks and Pasties Burlesque Troupe

peaksandpasties.com

Peaks and Pasties is a four-year-old troupe featuring female and male burlesque dancers, and it performs regularly around town. Troupe leader Lola Spitfire also runs an "Academy of Burlesque," offering four-week intensive workshops in which participants learn about the history of burlesque, costuming, character development and performance.

Sansara

213-8147, facebook.com/sansaramovement

A community- and performance-based modern dance group (shown above), Sansara presents a few shows throughout the year, often in non-traditional dance facilities, such as the Modbo gallery and THEATREdART.

Literary resources

Author Fest of the Rockies

authorfestoftherockies.org

Organized for six years by the Manitou Springs Public Library, Author Fest is now a nonprofit in its own right, in conjunction with the Business of Art Center. It annually offers two days of workshops and keynotes in the fall for "anyone interested in the written and spoken word." This year's Fest is Sept. 28-29.

Colorado Springs Writers Reading Series

cswritersreading.blogspot.com

The series is a monthly opportunity for writers to share selections from their works-in-progress, manuscripts or published titles in front of an audience. Each event begins with a reading by a featured author or poet.

Hear Here

Movement Arts Community Studio, 525 E. Fountain Blvd., #150, tinyurl.com/hearhere

This one-year-old poetry open mic happens the second and third Saturday evenings of every month at the MACS and features one or two state-level or nationally known spoken-word artists at each event, as well as sporadic live music, like the Hopeful Heroines (shown above).

Pikes Peak Writers

pikespeakwriters.com

A nonprofit providing free and low-cost educational and networking opportunities for writers year-round, PPW also organizes the annual Pikes Peak Writers Conference. Now going into its 21st year, it features top editors, agents and authors from across the country each April.

Poetry 719

tinyurl.com/poetry719

This online source supports the local spoken- and written-word community and its events.

Poetry West

poetrywest.org

Poetry West hosts monthly workshops, critique sessions and every-now-and-again poetry readings. The nonprofit also produces a literary journal, The Eleventh Muse.

Word Wednesday

V-Bar, 19 E. Kiowa St., facebook.com/wordwednesdays

Winner of the Indy's 2011 Best Open Mic, Word Wednesday runs from 8 to 11 p.m. weekly with both featured performers and time slots for spoken word artists and poets.

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