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Art & Wine: gods & monsters, a tasting in the gallery with Bookcliff Vineyards of Colorado in which owner Ulla Merz, as well as gods & monsters artists, will discuss vino and art. Wed., Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m. $30-$35. GOCA 121, 121 S. Tejon St., #100, 255-3504, galleryuccs.org.

Art on the Hoof, a fundraising art show and auction that showcases local artists and supports the local American Association of Zoo Keepers chapter. Featuring animal/nature-inspired works of art, with hors d'oeuvres and drinks. Sun., Sept. 15, 6 p.m. $75.50-$85.50 (for two). Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 633-9925 ext. 133, cmzoo.org/aazk.

Backstage Pass, a party to celebrate the Pueblo Creative Corridor with Dia de los Muertos activities, a silent auction, live music from the Martini Shot and more. Fri., Nov. 1, 7-11 p.m. Memorial Hall, 1 City Hall Place, Pueblo, 719/542-1100, pueblopag.org.

Big Picture Discussion Group, join others to talk about art and spirituality. Wednesdays, 6 p.m. Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, tinyurl.com/cs6lo26.

Butterfly Preview Party, a chance to see all the decorated butterfly sculptures that will be auctioned off for charity later by the Rotary Club of Colorado Springs. Tues., Sept. 24, 5:30 p.m. Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, 800/428-8886, butterfliesandfriends.org.

Creative Crafters Fall Showcase, Oct. 26-27. Lewis Palmer High School, 1300 Higby Road, Monument, ccscraftshowcustomers@yahoo.com.

Fab Lab and Recycling Center, weekly sessions to fix items or create new things with Concrete Couch. Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, thebac.org.

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.

First Friday ArtWalk, monthly celebrations of the scene with new artwork, appetizers and drinks, artist demonstrations, the occasional live music and more. First Friday of every month, 5-8 p.m.; through Dec. 6. Old Colorado City, 520-9494, bestartontheavenue.com.

Front Range Open Studios, a tour of the workshops and studios of 14 artists in the Tri-Lakes/Black Forest area — "artistic blacksmithing, collage, mixed media sculpture, glass fusing, papermaking, jewelry making and metalsmithing, ceramics, watercolors," and more. Find the map and more online. Sat., Sept. 14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. frontrangeopenstudios.com.

Ganesha and the Goddesses, an art opening featuring the works of Bob and Kat Tudor and Douglas and Mallori Rouse, as well as live music. "Ecstatic dance could break out at any moment." Fri., Nov. 1, 6-10 p.m. Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, thebac.org.

Gods & Monsters Workshops with Michael DeMeng, two one-day workshops, the first, "Patron Saint of Discarded Things," will have participants build a shrine for a deity or saint to look after the discarded; the second, "Pez-Dispensing Totems," will "transform everyday Pez dispensers into something rich and strange." Register for both at idea@coloradocollege.edu or 227-8263. Nov. 16-17. $25 for the general public, plus $10 for materials. theideaspace.com.

Life Drawing Sessions, with a live model. Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. $5. Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, thebac.org.

Monument Art Hop, monthly celebrations with art openings, special store events, food and music through 8 p.m. Go online for details about what's planned and who to visit. Third Thursday of every month; through Sept. 20. Downtown Monument, monumentarthop.org.

No Pants Thursdays, special live nude art nights with featured art activities and guests, including photographers, visual artists and more. Call or go online for a schedule and other specifics. Every other Thursday, 7-9 p.m. Voodoo Leatherworks/Royale Tea House, 2422 Busch Ave., royaleteahouse.com.

Open House at the Old Midland School, a walk through Deb Komitor's studio, where works will be on sale, as well as a look at the historic building, its other tenants, and the eclectic neighborhood. Fri., Sept. 6, 5-8 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 7, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Old Midland School, 815 S. 25th St., 290-5541, debkomitor.com.

Public Free Day, free general admittance to the galleries and docent tours. Third Tuesday of every month, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581, csfineartscenter.org.

Second Sunday Mesa Junction Art Bash, an art and fun meet-up that will feature local arts and crafts, vendors and food, and entertainment. Sun., Sept. 8 and Sun., Oct. 13, 1-5 p.m. Free. Rawlings Library, 100 Abriendo Ave., Pueblo, pueblopag.org.

Sixth Annual Butterflies and Friends Gala and Auction, a luxurious benefit in which dozens of decorated metal butterflies — each hand-adorned by talented artists — are auctioned off for charity by the Rotary Club of Colorado Springs. Sat., Oct. 12, 5:30 p.m. Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, 800/428-8886, butterfliesandfriends.org.

Systems & Subversions: Bio-Art Day, as part of the I.D.E.A. Space exhibit, two events that offer hands-on looks at the nature of the show. First, a lunch and lecture on "The Social Life of Bacteria" with artist Nurit Bar-Shai. Following that, there will be a slime mold workshop in which participants will experiment with slime mold mazes and habitats ($10 material fee.) Reservations required for both at idea@coloradocollege.edu. Fri., Sept. 20. theideaspace.com.

Systems & Subversions IDEA Cabaret Double-Header, two discussions related to the I.D.E.A. Space exhibit: "BioAesthetics," a talk by professor Phoebe Lostroh on the beauty of naturally and artificially manipulated biological systems; "Citizen Genome: The Ethics of Bio-Art and DIY Genetic Science," a talk with assistant professor Darrell Killian and I.D.E.A. Space curator Jessica Hunter-Larsen on the ethical challenges in both art and science as technology evolves. Wed., Sept. 11, 4:30 p.m. CC's Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., theideaspace.com.

Systems & Subversions IDEA Cabaret Double-Headers, two discussions related to the exhibit: "Systems of Perception," a talk with CC professors Scott Johnson and Jonathan Lee on "the relationship between consciousness and systems found in nature"; "Artificial Natures," a talk with CC professors Matthew Whitehead and Seven Janke on artificial intelligence. Thurs., Sept. 5, 4:30 p.m. I.D.E.A. Space at Colorado College, Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6066, theideaspace.com.

Systems & Subversions IDEA Cabaret: "Pharma-Water," Jon Cohrs, an artist from the I.D.E.A. Space exhibit, and associate professor Marion Hourdequin will speak on the "practices and ethics of industrial pollution and reclamation efforts." Fri., Sept. 13, 4:30 p.m. CC's Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., theideaspace.com.

Third Friday Art Walk — Manitou Springs, a look at the exhibited offerings of more than a dozen different businesses and galleries. Third Friday of every month, 5-8 p.m. facebook.com/3rdfridayartwalkmanitou.

Velez Galleries' 25th Anniversary Celebration, will include live music, a free raffle, "real" Mexican food, and special guest, Zuni fetish carver Maxx Laate. Dia de Los Muertos pieces from five families will be on offer September through October. Fri., Sept. 6, 5 p.m. Velez Gallery, 2508 W. Colorado Ave., 888/ 666-3253, velezgalleries.com.

Waldsterben: Sudden Aspen Decline, an installation by De Lane Bredvick held in the Plaza atrium hosted by the Galleries of Contemporary Art. The title means "forest death" in German and references the masses of aspen trees lost in the past 10 years. Through Oct. 31. Plaza of the Rockies, 121 S. Tejon St., norwoodinteractive.com/plaza.

Wine and Art Saturdays, a weekly event for appreciation of creative endeavors, both high-culture and viticulture. Saturdays, 4-6 p.m. Hayden Hays Broadmoor Galleries, 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.

Yule Love It Downtown, Holiday Art & Shopping Crawl, a festive series of shopping opportunities featuring Pueblo's galleries, carolers, holiday singers and street performers. The November Yule will host the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk Holiday Lighting; in December, the 36th Annual Posada Procession. Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, noon to 4 p.m., Dec. 6-8, noon to 4 p.m. and Dec. 13-14, noon to 4 p.m. Downtown Pueblo, pueblopag.org.

Art Exhibits

Aha Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., #107, allheartart.com. Work by Lori DiPasquale and Austin Richman, encaustics by DiPasquale and images from performing artist Richman. Through Sept. 6-30. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 6, 5 p.m. Work by Ty Hadley. Oct. 1-31. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 4, 5 p.m. Holiday Art Market, an all-media exhibit and sale with all works $100 or less. Also held in the Kreuser Gallery. Nov. 1-30. Opening reception, Fri., Nov. 1, 5 p.m. Bill's Kids, a fundraiser for this organization that helps transient teens, featuring work by Tylan Troyer and Tokka. Dec. 1-31. Opening reception, Fri., Dec. 6, 5 p.m.

All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St., 719-633-7717, asuuc.net. The Art of Joseph Bishop, works by this local artist, who was born with a rare birth defect that has caused him to be severely physically handicapped. He paints by using an adaptive splint which holds the brush for him. Opening reception, Mon., Sept. 16, 6-8 p.m. Through Sept. 28.

Arati Artists Gallery, 2425 W. Colorado Ave., 636-1901, aratiartists.com. Expressions in Black and White, featuring watercolors by Kang Lee Sheppard and pottery by Dan Masimer. Sept. 6-30. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 6, 5 p.m.

Bourbon Street Studios, 1753 S. Eighth St., Suite C2, 471-0862, bsphd.com. Work by Sean O'Meallie, a series of recent work by O'Meallie, who sculpts whimsical, colorful pieces with a sense of humor and flawless technical skill. Opens Dec. 6.

The Bridge Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., thebridgeartgallery.com. Eyes Open/Eyes Shut, drawings and metal foil relief by Bridge member Deb Brewster on the topic of privacy. Sept. 6-29. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 6, 5 p.m. Breast Cancer: The Courageous & Beautiful, a juried show to benefit Susan G. Komen of Southeastern Colorado, "will portray the personal journeys and courage of those who have confronted breast cancer." Oct. 4-27. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 4, 5 p.m. Now and Then, a mixed-media exhibit by Bridge member Susan Risinger. Nov. 1 to Dec. 1. Opening reception, Fri., Nov. 1, 5 p.m. Holiday Lights, a group show using light, depicting light or working in the theme of light, in various media. Includes work by gallery members Dave Armstrong, Betty Atherton, Carl Brandenburg, Deb Brewster, Laura McCracken, Karen Simkiss and others. Dec. 6-22. Opening reception, Fri., Dec. 6, 5-8 p.m.

Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, thebac.org. Doors of Inspiration, mixed-media, found-art assemblages by Denver artist Chris Schrank. Through Sept. 7. LUKE Haynes: Too Legit to Quilt, a solo show by L.A. artist Haynes, who works in quilts, "challenging the view of quilts as traditional functional items." Through Sept. 7. Ninth Annual ROLL Bicycle Art Festival: Nine Million Bicycles, a local tradition hosted by the Smokebrush Foundation and curated by Amy Seltzer that mixes all things art and bike. Through Sept. 7. The 12 Principles, an all-media juried show held in tandem with The Season of Common Sense, in which artists were asked to explore "permaculture and sustainability." Sept. 20 to Oct. 19. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 20, 5 p.m. Intrinsic Curiosities, a joint show by local artists Nadine Sage and Tammy Carr, who both work in papier collé and oil paint and have come together to collaborate. Sept. 20 to Oct. 19. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 20, 5 p.m. The Season of Common Sense, a solo show by clay print assemblage artist Craig Cantrell, whose show asks questions about "an idea that we can all live in abundance with what nature allows." Sept. 20 to Oct. 19. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 20, 5 p.m. Two Views, One Issue, a dual show based on the works of David Caricato and Joel Carpenter, who both focus on the female figure yet hold dramatically different approaches on the subject. Sept. 20 to Oct. 19. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 20, 5 p.m. Gods & Monsters, the BAC's contribution to the city-wide cross-collaborative project, in which juried artists were asked to express their visual definitions of gods and monsters. Oct. 25 to Nov. 30. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 25, 5 p.m. 25 Years of Art, a lavish end to the BAC's 25th year featuring art and historical artifacts from the institution's past quarter century. Dec. 6 to Jan. 18. Opening reception, Fri., Dec. 6, 5 p.m.

CC's Coburn Gallery, Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6606, theideaspace.com. Tension & Transformation in the Work of Richard Mello, a solo show of prints by Mello, who, over the course of his 60-year career, has worked in a variety of media while maintaining a signature artistic vision. Sept. 12 to Oct. 19. Opening reception, Thurs., Sept. 12, 4:30 p.m. hol: work by Andrew Ramiro Tirado, a solo show by this local artist, in which the title means "negative space" or void, referring to the artist's decades-long hiatus from art as well as the work itself, in which negative space is often as important as the positive. Nov. 1 to Dec. 13. Opening reception and gallery talk, Fri., Nov. 1, 4:30 p.m.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581, csfineartscenter.org. Reflections of the Past in Contemporary Native American Art, a collection of prehistoric to early 20th century art and artifacts from the FAC's permanent collection. Curated by Colorado College senior Grace Gahagan. Through 2014. Charles Bunnell: Rocky Mountain Modern, a solo exhibit by early 20th century artist Bunnell, who studied traditional painting at the Broadmoor Art Academy and then went on to adopt more abstraction in his works. Through Sept. 15. Pamela Joseph: Sideshow of the Absurd, an interactive, multimedia installation that is a traveling carnival with strange machines and moving parts that deftly tell the story of contemporary female power in society. Oct. 12 to Jan. 12. Members-only preview, Fri., Oct. 11, 5-7 p.m. with a special presentation by Pamela Joseph. Andrew Beckham: Firmament, photographs by the artists whose work explores photography's "intrinsic capacity to depict physical aspects of the landscape and simultaneously suggest the presence of time and mystery." Through Dec. 1.

Commonwheel Artists Co-op, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1008, commonwheel.com. Fiber With a Twist, works woven, braided, dyed, stitched and embellished by Maryse Levenson, Linda Lugenbill and Gail Necker. Through Sept. 16. Transition, monoprints, painting and sculpture by Pam Pappas and Laura McCracken. Sept. 20 to Oct. 14. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 20, 5-8 p.m. Pompeii, an exhibit of Pat Orban's clay monoprints and jewelry designs depicting the ancient culture and disappearing murals of Pompeii. Oct. 18 to Nov. 11. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 18, 5-8 p.m. Commonwheel Artists' Holiday Market, a show and sale of hand-made, giftable art from Coloradans. Nov. 15 to Dec. 31. Opening reception, Fri., Nov. 15, 5-8 p.m.

COPPeR (Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region), 121 S. Tejon St., #111, 634-2204, tinyurl.com/l4kvfcy. Landscapes: Sarah Milteer, new works and old from local artist Milteer. Curated by her husband, Blake Milteer, museum director for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Through Oct. 1. Work by Kris Chavez, a solo show by local artist Chavez, whose whimsical, otherwordly paintings and jewelry. Oct. 4-31. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 4, 5 p.m.

Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave., 520-1899, cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com. Standing on the Shoulders of Cowboys, a juried show based on themes of the Old West, American Frontier and other representations of the west and southwest U.S. Juried by local artists Rusty Phelps and Chuck Mardosz. Through Sept. 17. District 11 Art Teachers and Veterans, a show honoring public servants. Sept. 27 to Oct. 11. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 27, 5 p.m. Dia de los Muertos, an all-media juried show that explores native Mexican culture surrounding the Day of the Dead. Oct. 25 to Nov. 15. Show opening and party, Fri., Oct. 25, 5 p.m. Pikes Peak Watercolor Society, the annual show of works by Society members. Dec. 6 to Jan. 15. Opening reception, Fri., Dec. 6, 5 p.m.

Cottonwood on Tejon, 214½ N. Tejon St., cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com. Glass Artists of the Pikes Peak Region Member Show, a show devoted to all manner of glass art by this group. Sept. 13 to Oct. 13. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 13, 5-8 p.m.

Coutura Design Inspirations, 6380 Corporate Center Circle, 636-3000, manitouspringsartscouncil.org. Colors of Change, a show sponsored by the Manitou Springs Art Council. Oct. 19 to Dec. 31. Opening reception, Sat., Oct. 19, 5 p.m.

CSU-Pueblo's Fine Art Gallery, 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, 719/549-2404, chass.colostate-pueblo.edu/Art/Galleries/Pages/Galleries.aspx. Dystopian Fictions, a solo show of works by Bob Benvenuto, whose images "are an assemblage of different photos from my personal archive." Sept. 5-26.

Cup and Bowl Gallery, 116 Midway Ave., Pueblo, 719/404-3469, cupandbowl.org. Red, Black and Blue, featured artist Linda Cates. Sept. 6-30. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 6, 5 p.m. Animal Tales, featured artists Varina Kosovich, Matthew Mejia and Maureen Keenan-Mason. Oct. 4-31. Opening reception and celebration of the first anniversary of the Pueblo Creative Corridor., Fri., Oct. 4, 5 p.m. The Kiln Master, featured artist Randy Spencer. Nov. 1-30. Opening reception, Fri., Nov. 1, 5 p.m. A Cup and Bowl Christmas, featured artists Linda Cates, Kuky Harrington, Maria Hughes and Randy Spencer. Dec. 1-31. Opening reception, Fri., Dec. 6, 5 p.m.

Downtown Studio Gallery at Pikes Peak Community College, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 502-4040, ppcc.edu/departments/arts/ppcc-arts-gallery. Construct/Destruct: dichotomies in process, a PPCC faculty exhibit that coincides with the city-wide collaborative project Gods & Monsters. Through Oct. 4. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 6, 5 p.m. A panel discussion will be held Wed., Sept. 25, 2:30 p.m. Industrial Gods & Monsters, also part of Gods & Monsters, PPCC presents a show in which four artists — Lawrence Kledzik, Randell Barbera, Stephanie Butts and Andrew Tirado — "respond to and explore the concept of industrial gods and monsters from conceptual, metaphoric and literal perspectives." Oct. 18 to Nov. 20. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 18, 5 p.m. A "DESTROY/CREATE" Artist Salon Discussion will be held Wed., Oct. 30 (time to be announced) and a Monster of World Hunger day-long conference Wed., Nov. 20 with an exhibit at 10:30 a.m. and programmed events beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Fare Bella Studio and Gallery, 16 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 720/226-4315. Brews & Buffalo, an exhibit devoted to Buffalo Kaplinski, the 2013 Zion National Park Plein Air Invitational Poster Artist, who works in vivid watercolors and acrylics. In addition, other gallery artists will display their paintings of bison. Also held in the Tracy Miller Gallery. Sept. 7 to Oct. 1. Opening reception with the artist, buffalo wings and beer, Sat., Sept. 7, 6-9 p.m.

The Funky Caravan, 2606 W. Colorado Ave., 227-7685. December Show, a group show for the holidays featuring local artist Liese Chavez. Dec. 6-31. Opening reception, Fri., Dec. 6, 5 p.m.

G44 Gallery, 1785 S. Eighth St., Ste. A, 720/951-0573, g44gallery.com. Presenting Rita Salazar Dickerson, an exhibition of paintings by this internationally renowned portraitist who started her career at Colorado State University. Through Oct. 4. The Air in There, a showing of works by potters Mark Wong and Bruce Atkinson with the full title: The Air in There — Searching High and Low (firings) for the Atmospheres "A-Salting" our Vessels. Oct. 11 to Nov. 8. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 11, 6-9 p.m. G44 Art Show and Sale, an exhibit and sale of paintings, pottery, prints, mixed-media works and more "at incredibly affordable prices." Nov. 15 to Dec. 31. Opening reception, Fri., Nov. 15, 6-9 p.m.

GOCA 121, 121 S. Tejon St., #100, 7192553504, galleryuccs.edu, galleryuccs.org. Free First Friday: Visual Environments, a celebration with drinks provided by NOSH and Bristol Brewing Co. and hors d'oeuvres by Brewers Republic. The artwork, by Pattie Lee Becker and Suchitra Mattai, both Denver-based artists, seeks to translate their experiences of environments through painting, letterpress, drawing and mixed-media — Becker from a microscopic scale and Mattai an industrial scale. Fri., Sept. 6, 5 p.m. gods & monsters, as part of the city-wide collaborative project by the same name, a show that explores the meanings and connotations of the terms, visually expressed by UCCS visual arts faculty including: Matt Barton, Carol Dass, Valerie Brodar, Corey Drieth and others. Oct. 4 to Dec. 30. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 4, 5 p.m. Artist talks at 5, dance performance by Sansara and UCCS to follow. ChitChat: Pop Culture Monsters & Monster Make-Up, a mash-up, hands-on lecture featuring pop culture expert Dr. Christopher Bell and Zeezo's owner and theatrical make-up expert Mark Modeer. Wed., Oct. 16, 7 p.m. $5-$10.

GOCA 1420 at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 255-3567, galleryuccs.org. M12: Black Hornet, an exhibit of M12 Black Hornet race cars, documents, and artifacts from this four-year project in which the M12 Collective partnered with the Hall family racing team in Fort Morgan to create the Black Hornet, "an artwork that simultaneously operates as a performance event, a community and culture building strategy, and a participatory art action." Through Oct. 12. Influence, an exhibit of work by three artists and emeritus and former UCCS faculty members: Dawn Wilde, Julia Lathrop and Kay Williams Johnson. Oct. 17 to Dec. 14.

I.D.E.A. Space at Colorado College, Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6066, theideaspace.com. Systems & Subversions, a exhibit of projects that comment somehow on natural and artificial systems, including works by Scott Johnson, Marina Zurkow, Nurit Bar-Shai and others. Sept. 5 to Nov. 5. Opening reception with exhibit discussions, Thurs., Sept. 5, 4:30 p.m. Devotional Cultures: Spanish Colonial Art in the Southwest, a show devoted to the combination of European Catholic imagery and native ritual practices formed and changed visually throughout the southwest of the U.S., Central and South America. Dec. 17 to March 8. Special preview reception and IDEA Cabaret, Tues., Dec. 17, 4:30 p.m. The exhibit will be closed Dec. 20 through Jan. 20 for Winter Break.

Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., 368-6100, ivywildschool.com. Revamp'd, the inaugural exhibit at the School, featuring upcycled artwork made from recycled and found items, made by Colorado artists including: Andy Tirado, Jimmy Descant and Mark Friday. Through Oct. 5. Remnants & Revival, a solo show by local photographer Brenda Biondo, who snaps images of flowers up-close and in their natural surroundings. Oct. 12 to Jan. 4. Opening reception, Sat., Oct. 12, 6 p.m.

Kreuser Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 630-6347, abigailkreusergallery.com. Work by Tracey Eastland, polymer clay pieces by this local artist. Sept. 6-30. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 6, 5 p.m. Work by Karen Simkiss, encaustics. Oct. 4-31. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 4, 5 p.m. Holiday Art Market, an all-media exhibit and sale with all works $100 or less. Also held in the Aha Gallery. Nov. 1-30. Opening reception, Fri., Nov. 1, 5 p.m. Dana Keys, glass work. Dec. 1-31. Opening reception, Fri., Dec. 6, 5 p.m.

Miramont Castle Museum, 9 Capitol Hill Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1011, miramontcastle.org. C.H. Rockey Exhibit, a collection of paintings and drawings by the famed artist that are a part of his long-awaited book, Love Songs of Middle Time Echoed Through Illuminations and Fables.

Modbo, 17C E. Bijou St., 633-4240, themodbo.wordpress.com. Horror Vacui, a solo show of new work by local artist Caitlin Goebel, a self-taught artist whose work with unconventional materials meld "her two biggest obsessions, the erudite web Modern Art and theory and glitzy glamour of trash-fashion culture." Sept. 6-30. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 6, 5:30 p.m. Small Works Show, a large selection of quality, giftable artwork. Dec. 6-31. Opening reception, Fri., Dec. 6, 5:30 p.m.

Phantom Canyon Brewing Co., 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 635-2800, phantomcanyon.com. Work by Tylan Troyer, new work by the local artist. Located on the second floor. Through December. Work by Angela Crews and Abigail Kreuser. Through Sept. 30. October/November Artist: Cynthia Davies. November/December Artist: David Duncan.

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org. Places Unfold and Stories Told, photography by Tana Cole. Through Oct. 12. Strange Attractors, work by Jeff Richards. Through Oct. 26. Masks of Mexico, from the collection of Charles Trent. Through Dec. 14. Recent Acquisitions from the Gene Kloss Collection. Through Dec. 14.

Soirée, 1003 S. Tejon St., 633-8313, coloradospringsvenue.com. Photography by Tim Davis, abstracts by the artist. Through Sept. 30. Bill Hyer, a solo show of this late local artist whose "internal vision drove him from head...to heart...to hand until the visual manifestation begins to unfold into his paintings." Oct. 2 to Dec. 31. Opening reception, Sat., Oct. 12, 5 p.m.

Sparrow Hawk Cookware, 120 N. Tejon St., 471-3235, sparrowhawkcookware.com. First Friday at Sparrow Hawk, the first showing of paintings by David Howes and his daughter Hillary, along with new works from Phil and Diane Vallejo. Fri., Sept. 6. Free.

S.P.Q.R., 17 B E. Bijou St., 633-4240. Comic Art Show, in honor of the Comic Art Fest, to be held Sept. 7 at the gallery, a collection of said artwork by locals: Langdon Foss, Joe Oliver, Kevin Johnson, Nate Hamel, Robert Elrod, Zach Howard and others. The event will include several artist panels, demonstrations, kids activities and an auction. Sept. 6-30. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 6, 5:30 p.m.

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 481-0475, trilakesarts.org. Richard Pankratz: 70th Birthday Retrospective, a look back at the Tri-Lakes area legend whose sculpture has been shown throughout the country. Sept. 6-28. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 6, 6 p.m.

Woodmen Valley Chapel, 290 E. Woodmen Road, 571-0739, csartguild.org. Through Artists' Eyes, a juried fine art sale and show from the Colorado Springs Art Guild (CSAG). Through Sept. 25.

Classes

Concrete Couch, not a school, but a place where individuals can volunteer to help build art benches, paint murals and activities of the like to bring together kids and community. Visit the website for a calendar of upcoming projects. 685-4422, concretecouch.org

Bemis School of Art, a local institution with a huge schedule of courses for all ages and skill levels including: jewelry, painting, drawing, art, printmaking, ceramics, digital art and much more. Bemis School of Art, 818 Pelham Place, csfineartscenter.org/education.asp.

Cottonwood Center for the Arts, offering single-day, weekend and multi-week classes on abstraction, color management, and unconventional art like knitting and memoir writing. Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave., 520-1899, cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com.

ModboCo School of Art, a new school offering classes for tots through adults on topics ranging from drawing to painting to art history. ModboCo School of Art, located inside the Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave. themodboco.com

Sheppard Art Institute, a long-time school with classes for kids and adults such as mask-making and soft pastels, respectively. Sheppard Art Institute, classes held at First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou St., 282-2706, sheppardartinstitute.org.

Film

2013 Indie Spirit Film Festival, the sixth year of this home-grown and much-beloved local indie film fest that features shorts, features, documentaries, horror films, student films, Colorado films and more. Oct. 3-6. A free pre-Indie Spirit outdoor screening will be held in Acacia Park Sept. 28. indiespiritfilmfestival.org.

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.

Monster Mash(Up), a panel discussion as part of the city-wide Gods & Monsters collaboration project, in which members of higher education, local media, the arts and others will discuss "clips from films that feature gods, monsters, or blur the lines between the two." Tues., Oct. 29, 4:30 p.m. CC's Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., theideaspace.com.

Pueblo 24 Hour Film Festival Kickoff, as part of this annual flash film fest, the kickoff will reveal the film requirements. Filmmakers will receive instructions and required film elements. Everyone will then have 24 hours to shoot, edit and submit a film. Registration for adults is $10 by Sept. 6 and $20 Sept. 7-14. There is no charge for teen registration. Sat., Sept. 14, 11 a.m. Rawlings Library, 100 Abriendo Ave., Pueblo, 719/553-0220, pueblolibrary.org/24hourfilmfestival.

Pueblo 24 Hour Film Festival Screening: films by adults, screenings followed by an awards ceremony. Complete details available online. Fri., Sept. 20, 7 p.m. Free. Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/553-0220, pueblolibrary.org/24hourfilmfestival.

Pueblo 24 Hour Film Festival Screening: films by teens, screenings followed by awards. Complete details online. Thurs., Sept. 19, 7 p.m. Free. Rawlings Library, 100 Abriendo Ave., Pueblo, 719/553-0220, pueblolibrary.org/24hourfilmfestival.

REEL ROCK 8, the return of this annual film tour that delivers new documentaries about the thrills of climbing. This year's batch includes: The Sensei, Spice Girl, The Stonemasters and more. Thurs., Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m. $15. Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, 476-2200, reelrocktour.com.

Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival, a much-beloved fest of film that celebrates women, with screenings, receptions, filmmaker discussions and luncheons and more. Held at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., and at Armstrong Hall and the Cornerstone Arts Center on the Colorado College campus. Nov. 1-3. rmwfilmfest.org.

TIE — Alternative Measures: an investigation of artist-run film labs, a five-day film fest devoted to experimental cinema that includes screenings, discussions, a photo exhibit, installations and workshops. Go online for detailed schedule, pricing information and to register. Nov. 20-24. CC's Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., experimentalcinema.org.

Kids & Family

Kids First Series, "theater for the kid in all of us," begins in October (visit themat.org for the start date), and promises that "big people and little people alike will jump out of their seats with laughter and delight." After the show, there will be a Crazy Hat Giveaway, milk and cookies with the performers and a hands-on art activity. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 and 3 p.m. Sundays. $11, kids 2 and younger free. Millibo Art Theatre, 1626 S. Tejon St., 465-6321, themat.org.

Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music, a musical with Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, Elmo and all the other Street friends. Tues., Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m. and Wed., Nov. 20, 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. $10-$45. Memorial Hall, 1 City Hall Place, Pueblo, 719/542-1100, pueblomemorialhall.com.

Literary Events

For more information on various local literary groups, click here.

Book Signing and Presentation with Wenonah Hauter, a chance to meet Hauter, the executive director of the national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch, and join the discussion about her book, Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America. Thurs., Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m. CC's Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., sschabacker@fwwatch.org, coloradocollege.edu.

Cheyenne Mountain Poetry Group, a group for those interested in, or currently writing, poetry. First and third Friday of every month, 2-3:30 p.m. Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., 337-5130.

Hear Here, monthly gatherings over a potluck and open mic to foster connections within the poetry community. First Saturday of every month, 6 p.m. On Sept. 7, Hear Here will host its two-year anniversary with international literary star Mo Browne, as well as an open mic and potluck. Go online for detailed information. Sat., Sept. 7, 6 p.m. $5 donation. Manitou Bindu, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, tiny.cc/xigh2w.

Hear Here Slam!, a monthly slam to start preparing a team for the 2014 national poetry slam competition. Go online for updated team and location information. Third Friday of every month, 6 p.m. Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave., 520-1899, tiny.cc/3gca2w.

Poetry West September Workshop with Ruth Ellen Kocher, a presentation from poet, Kocher, who will speak on "The Poetry of War, Politics, and Resistance." Sat., Sept. 7, 10 a.m. free. Casa Verde Cohousing Commons, 1355 Lindenwood Grove, 719-481-1316.

The Spice Rack, a spoken-word event. Third Wednesday of every month. Spice Island Grill, 10 N. Sierra Madre St., 473-8280, spiceislandgrill.com.

The Truth is More Compelling than Fiction, a talk with the authors of these three tomes that "plumb the deepest valleys of human tragedy and pain and also celebrate the strength and resiliency of the human spirit": Radical Survivor by Nancy Saltzman, about her journey surviving breast cancer twice then losing her husband and two sons in a plane crash; Trusting Calvin, by Sharon Peters, the story of Max Edelman, a survivor of the Holocaust; Walks on the Margin, by Kathy Brandt, is the story of her son Max Maddox, diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and the rocky roads the family has traveled together. Tues., Sept. 17, 9:30 a.m. $20 members/$25 non-members. PILLAR Classroom, 202 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., 633-4991, visitpillar.org.

Word Wednesdays, an open mic session for poets, comedians, actors, singers and other performers to share their work. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. V Bar, 19 E. Kiowa St., facebook.com/wordwednesdays.

Performing Arts

Comedy & Improv

James Ervin Berry, Sept. 26-28. $2-$10, two-item minimum. Loonees Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707, loonees.com.

Jim Breuer, Fri., Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m. $15-$25. USAFA's Arnold Hall, 2302 Cadet Drive, 333-4497, usafaservices.com/academy-concerts/academy-concerts.

Bill Burr, Thurs., Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m. $28.50. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, pikespeakcenter.com.

Erik Griffin "Workaholics," Sept. 6-7. $2-$10, two-item minimum. Loonees Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707, loonees.com.

LA Hardy, Oct. 24-26. $2-$10, two-item minimum. Loonees Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707, loonees.com.

Steve Hirst, Sept. 12-14. $2-$10, two-item minimum. Loonees Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707, loonees.com.

Gabriel Iglesias, Thurs., Oct. 17, 8 p.m. $30-$55. World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, worldarena.com.

Improv at the Loft, with Stick Horses in Pants. Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Dec. 13, all 8 p.m. $10 adults, $5 kids 10 and younger. The Loft, 2506 W. Colorado Ave., 445-9278, thestickhorses.com.

Improv Colorado, Fri., Sept. 20, 7:37 p.m. Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, improvcolorado.com.

George Lopez, Bryan Kellen, Fri., Nov. 22, 8 p.m. $41-$56. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, pikespeakcenter.com.

Paula Poundstone, Sat., Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m. $35-$40. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581, csfineartscenter.org.

The RiP 3.0, Oct. 4-5, Nov. 1-2, Dec. 6-7, all at 7:30 p.m. Millibo Art Theatre, 1626 S. Tejon St., 465-6321, themat.org.

Darryl Rhoades, Sept. 19-21. $2-$10, two-item minimum. Loonees Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707, loonees.com.

Ben Roy, Oct. 3-5. $2-$10, two-item minimum. Loonees Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707, loonees.com.

Stand Up or Shut Up Comedy Open Mic, Second Thursday of every month, 8:30 p.m. Free. SouthSide Johnny's, 528 S. Tejon St., info@coloradospringscomedy.com, coloradospringscomedy.com.

Stick Horses Improv Comedy, Oct. 4, Nov. 23, both at 8 p.m. Various price options, with and without meal. Iron Springs Chateau, 444 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, call 685-5104 for reservations, thestickhorses.com.

Steven Michael Quezada of Breaking Bad, Sept. 6-7. Loonees Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707, loonees.com.

Michael Winslow, Oct. 3-5. Loonees Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707, loonees.com.

Concerts

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

American Soundscapes, the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs' season premiere with an all-American program by Copland, Ives and Barber. One concert will be held Sat., Oct. 12, 7 p.m. at the Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave.; the second will be held Sun., Oct. 13, 2:30 p.m. at First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave. Pre-concert lectures will be held 45 minutes before each performance. $5-$20. 633-3649, chamberorchestraofthesprings.org.

Beethoven 5, a concert by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic that includes Beethoven's 5th, as well as Copland's suite from Billy the Kid and more. Conducted by Christopher Wilkins. Sat., Sept. 21, 8 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 22, 2:30 p.m. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, csphilharmonic.org.

Christmas Symphony, a Colorado Springs Philharmonic tradition, in which it joins with the Colorado Springs Chorale for holiday songs and the annual sing-along. Sun., Dec. 22, 2:30 p.m. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, csphilharmonic.org.

Flying W Wranglers Trail Dust Bar-B-Que and Show, an evening of music by the Wranglers, including barbecued chicken and beef with all the fixins. 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 17 and Oct. 15. $25, $15 for kids under 10. Texas T-Bone Steakhouse - Centennial, 4659 Centennial Blvd., 260-2372, texastbonesteakhouse.com.

Halloween Concert, "scary scores" from Pikes Peak Community College music students and faculty. Sun., Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. Free. PPCC Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd., 502-3000, ppcc.edu.

Heroes and Villains, a Colorado Springs Philharmonic Pops concert with Thomas Wilson that plays scores from Superman, James Bond and The Dark Knight. Sat., Nov. 2, 8 p.m. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, csphilharmonic.org.

Holiday "Toons," a celebration of the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony's 34th season with music inspired by classic cartoons. Six performing ensembles will include Pikes Peak Winds and the Youth Symphony Orchestra. Sat., Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. $20. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, pikespeakcenter.com.

The Jazz Soiree, a first Friday event, with different musicians gathered by Joseph Liberti (aka FluteDaddy) each month with a different jazz focus. First Friday of every month. Admission is $12 in advance or $16 the day of the show. Soirée Events & Celebrations, 1003 A&B S. Tejon St., 633-8313, thejazzsoiree.com.

Jim Brickman: The Magic of Christmas, a holiday performance by this renowned pianist. Sun., Dec. 29. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, pikespeakcenter.com.

The Magic of Connection: A concert with cellist Stephanie Winters, speaker and cellist Winters "explores five elements that help create the magic of connection and illustrates her insights through her live performance of a Bach cello suite." Thurs., Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m. Free. UCCS' Heller Center for the Arts and Humanities, 1250 N. Campus Heights, 255-5134, cmcallis@uccs.edu, uccs.edu/~heller.

Mahler 4, a concert by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, conducted by Josep Caballé-Domenech, that includes selections from Bernstein, Golijov and, of course, Mahler. Sat., Nov. 16, 8 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 17, 2:30 p.m. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, csphilharmonic.org.

Marian Call, Sat., Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m. Free, $15 recommended donation. High Plains Unitarian Universalist Church, 1825 Dominion Way, 260-1080, hpcuu.org.

The Music of ABBA, an orchestral take on the Swedish supergroup (playing hits like "Take a Chance on Me" and "Fernando") with conductor Thomas Wilson and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Sat., Sept. 28, 8 p.m. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, csphilharmonic.org.

National Treasures: Anthony Davis in Residence, a finale concert with composer/pianist Davis. Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance at anthonydavisgoca.eventbrite.com Tues., Sept. 17, 7 p.m. GOCA 121, 121 S. Tejon St., #100, 255-5134, galleryuccs.org.

New Year's Eve, a concert to ring in the new year with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and conductor Josep Caballé-Domenech. Tues., Dec. 31, 8 p.m. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, csphilharmonic.org.

Pikes Peak Community College Singers and Select Ensemble Choir Concert, a performance of the music of Bach, with the PPCC orchestra. Mon., Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m. Free. PPCC Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd., 502-3000, ppcc.edu.

Pure Elegance, two concerts by the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs devoted to the music of Italy, France and England with selections by Respighi, Saint-Saëns, Elgar and Ravel. One concert will be held Sat., Nov. 23, 7 p.m. at the Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave.; the second will be held Sun., Nov. 24, 2:30 p.m. at First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave. Pre-concert lectures will be held 45 minutes before each performance. $5-$20. 633-3649, chamberorchestraofthesprings.org.

Romeo and Juliet, a concert by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, conducted by Josep Caballé-Domenech, that includes selections by Mozart and Prokofiev. Sat., Oct. 19, 8 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 20, 2:30 p.m. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, csphilharmonic.org.

Sarah Siskand & Travis Book, a performance by Siskind, an award-winning singer-songwriter, and Book, a member of the progressive bluegrass band, the Infamous Stringdusters. Sun., Sept. 8, 7 p.m. $15. Mountain Community Mennonite Church, 643 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 481-3155, mceventspl@gmail.com, mcmcpl.org.

Song of Pueblo, a historical performance featuring musicians from El Pueblo Ensemble sharing the city's early history from the 1700s through the Flood of 1921. Thurs., Sept. 19, 6 p.m. $15. El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N. Union Ave., Pueblo, 719/583-0453, coloradohistory.org/hist_sites/pueblo/pueblo.htm.

Sound as Experience: Cellist Charles Curtis, a concert featuring the world premiere performance of Christian Wolff's One Cellist, written for Curtis and commissioned by Peak FreQuency for this event. Additional repertoire will include 14th-century monophony of Machaut, early English and Italian viol music by Tobias Hume and Sylvestro Ganassi, and more recent work by Alvin Lucier and Morton Feldman. Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance at charlescurtisgoca.eventbrite.com Mon., Sept. 9, 7 p.m. GOCA 121, 121 S. Tejon St., #100, 255-5134, cmcallis@uccs.edu, galleryuccs.org.

Steve Barta Jazz Trio, a concert-in-the-round with a cocktail hour preceding. Hosted by the Woodland Park Arts Alliance. Fri., Sept. 6, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $35-$45. Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 687-5284, woodlandparkarts.com.

Systems & Subversions: Sound to Shape Performance, a unique show in which bio-artist Nurit Bar-Shai and composer and Colorado College professor Ofer Ben-Amots will collaborate to "create sound-generated topography for bacteria. The shapes created through the sound experiments will affect the bacteria, creating different patterns that will emerge as they grow." Thurs., Sept. 19, 4:30 p.m. CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St. On Sat., Sept. 21 at 1:30 p.m., Bar-Shai will seed the bacteria into the plates made at the performance, after which they will grow into the wave forms made at the show through the duration of the exhibit. 389-6607, theideaspace.com.

Thom Shepherd, country singer and songwriter. Sat., Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m. $15/adv, $18/door. Damon Runyon Repertory Theatre, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, 719/564-0579, runyontheater.org.

The Ultimate Doo-Wop Show, a night of music from: Jimmy Clanton, Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs, The Edsels, Barbara Harris & The Toys, Chris Montez, The Cookies, Dodie Stevens, The Blue Suede Orchestra. Benefits local charities such as the Empty Stocking Fund and IndyGive! Fri., Oct. 18, 8 p.m. $49-$120. Hotel Eleganté Conference and Event Center, 2886 S. Circle Drive, 576-5945, amusiccompany@hotmail.com, hotelelegante.com.

United States Air Force Academy Band's Falconaires Jazz Combo, jazz, swing and gospel music by the Falconaires Protocol Combo. Sun., Sept. 15, 3 p.m. First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., 633-8888, firstchristiancos.org.

Veronika String Quartet, a performance by this group that the Denver Post called one of the best quartets in the state. Sun., Oct. 27, 2 p.m. $20. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581, csfineartscenter.org.

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, a look at this Vivaldi masterpiece by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic with a Chicago Symphony Orchestra Beyond the Score presentation and a performance by guest violinist Bella Hristova. Sat., Oct. 5, 8 p.m. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, csphilharmonic.org.

Dance Performances

For more information on various local dance groups, click here.

Dance, Dessert, and Dreams, the Colorado Springs Dance Theatre's annual student performance. Sun., Nov. 10. Sandcreek High School, 7005 N. Carefree Circle, csdance.org.

Flying/Falling, a multimedia, modern show by the Pikes Peak Community College student company, the High Altitude Dance Ensemble. The show "explores a lifetime of flying and falling in dreams, in love, in life, in death." Dec. 6-7, 7:30 p.m. $5. PPCC Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd., 502-3000, ppcc.edu.

Great Russian Nutcracker, a production by the world-renowned Moscow Ballet, featuring a company of 40 and special effects. Fri., Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m. $27.50-$102. Memorial Hall, 1 City Hall Place, Pueblo, 866/722-8844, nutcracker.com.

The Nutcracker, the holiday favorite performed by the Colorado Youth Ballet, will feature "animated narration, the area's best dancers, beautiful costumes and scenery." Mon., Dec. 23, 4 and 7 p.m. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, coloradoyouthballet.com.

Wonderbound Dance Company: Memories and Well-Grounded Hopes, a performance with this company, as well as Ormao Dance Company, with original music from Hal Aqua and the Lost Tribe and Colorado College's Ofer Ben-Amots. Thurs., Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m. Free. CC's Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., tiny.cc/uyda2w.

Outdoor Concerts

Atomic Drifters, held at the Green at Gold Hill Mesa, 142 S. Raven Mine Drive. Beer and wine sales will benefit the Catamount Institute. Sat., Sept. 21, 4 p.m. 633-2202.

Big Jim Adam, Bill Snyder and John Stilwagen, Wed., Sept. 25, 6:30 p.m. $5, includes a drink. Hillside Gardens, 1006 S. Institute St., 520-9463, hillsidegardens.net.

Braithwaite, Uveges and Sokol, Tues., Sept. 17, 7 p.m. $5. The Secret Garden, 420 S. 19th St., 964-0541, coloradosecretgarden.com.

Cowboy Dave, held at the Green at Gold Hill Mesa, 142 S. Raven Mine Drive. Beer and wine sales will benefit the Catamount Institute. Sat., Sept. 28, 4 p.m. 633-2202.

Dennis Bueno, held at the Green at Gold Hill Mesa, 142 S. Raven Mine Drive. Beer and wine sales will benefit the Catamount Institute. Sat., Sept. 14, 4 p.m. 633-2202.

Edith Makes a Paperchain, Wed., Sept. 4, 6:30 p.m. $5, includes a drink. Hillside Gardens, 1006 S. Institute St., 520-9463, hillsidegardens.net.

George Whitesell, held at the corner of Henrietta Street and Park Avenue, Woodland Park. Fri., Sept. 13, 10 a.m. tiny.cc/jhal2w.

Gordy & Grace, held at the corner of Henrietta Street and Park Avenue, Woodland Park. Fri., Sept. 6, 10 a.m. tiny.cc/jhal2w.

Mango Fan Django, Tues., Sept. 10, 7 p.m. $5. The Secret Garden, 420 S. 19th St., 964-0541, coloradosecretgarden.com.

The Mitguards, Wed., Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m. $5, includes a drink. Hillside Gardens, 1006 S. Institute St., 520-9463, hillsidegardens.net.

Old Friends and Memories, Wed., Sept. 18, 6:30 p.m. $5, includes a drink. Hillside Gardens, 1006 S. Institute St., 520-9463, hillsidegardens.net.

Purely Bluegrass, a concert held next to the center with vendors offering food, spirits and art. Sat., Sept. 14, 11 a.m. Free. Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 687-5284, woodlandmusicseries.com.

Raven Nest House Concert: Brendan Hannigan, a potluck dinner followed by music. Fri., Sept. 6, 6 p.m. $5. Aspen Valley Ranch, 1150 S. West St., Woodland Park.

Six Minutes Apart, held at the corner of Henrietta Street and Park Avenue, Woodland Park. Fri., Sept. 27, 10 a.m. tiny.cc/jhal2w.

Vicki Logan, held at the corner of Henrietta Street and Park Avenue, Woodland Park. Fri., Sept. 20, 10 a.m. tiny.cc/jhal2w.

Stage

The Black Box Theatre, 1367 Pecan St., 330-1798, craft-pr.com. Our Shorts are Showing, a production of five new short plays written by and featuring local talent, including Phil Ginsburg, Beth Clements-Mosley, Tracy Hunziker and others. Sept. 12-14. $5-$10.

Butte Theater, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, buttetheater.com. The Star-Spangled Girl, a local take on the Neil Simon classic about a floundering ultra-liberal newspaper and its collision with an ultra-conservative, all-American Southern girl. Sept. 6-28. The Frozen Man, a creepy tale about a rescue party that finds a frozen body and soon much more. Followed by a new Halloween olio. Oct. 4 through Nov. 2.$12.25-$16.25.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581, csfineartscenter.org. Noises Off, the first play of the FAC season, a farce about a farce, and the hijinks that follow. Sept. 26 to Oct. 20. WYNOT Radio Theatre: The Short Hello, a new production by the hilarious radio parody group mixes elements of detective films, Casablanca and more. Nov. 14 to Dec. 1. $20. The Santaland Diaries, an adults-only staging of the best-selling holiday memoir by David Sedaris. Dec. 12-29. $20. The Wizard of Oz, a musical based on the MGM film, based on the beloved story by L. Frank Baum. Dec. 5-29.

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, pikespeakcenter.com. Chicago, a visiting production of this Broadway classic. Sept. 17-18, 9:30 p.m. $38-$63. America's Got Talent, performances by all the favorites from Season 8, including: dancers, singers, comedians and novelty acts, as well as the yet-to-be-announced Season 8 winner. Tues., Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m. The Nutcracker, a holiday extravaganza with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, singers from the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale and dancers from the Pikes Peak region led by artistic director Peter Anastos of Ballet Idaho. Nov. 29 to Dec. 1.

Memorial Hall, 1 City Hall Place, Pueblo, 719/295-7200, pueblomemorialhall.com. Disney's Beauty and the Beast, a production of the classic tale with beautiful costumes and beloved songs. Wed., Dec. 18, 7 p.m. $20-$50.

Millibo Art Theatre, 1626 S. Tejon St., 465-6321, themat.org. El Rio/The River, with Creede Repertory Touring Company and Denver's Su Teatro, "follows the journey of two sisters as they learn the importance of water in shaping the lives of immigrants, settlers, and native people." Oct. 12-13. Solo Theatre Festival, five performances, with the Story Project, Patrick McConnell and other local favorites. Oct. 17-20. Yestardo, by the Buntport Theatre Company, ushers you "back in time to see Colorado history as you never have before!" Nov. 2-3. Babette's Night at the Opera, Judith Shay Burns and Babette team up to reveal the challenging world of Grand Opera in all its comedic beauty. Nov. 14-17 and 21-24. Edwina's Christmas Carol, Edwina, Lionel and the Christmas Rat team up to create a very unusual Christmas Carol. The first three weekends in December. WYNOT Radio Theatre's Holiday Show, the WYNOT stars return with a 1940s radio spoof of the holidays. Dec. 12 through 29. "New Year's Eve with Jim Jackson," who presents CLN (taking the OW out of Clown), a show full of laughs for people who are afraid of clowns. Dec. 31.

Murder on the Midland, an interactive murder mystery hunt that starts at the Gold Coin Club and follows a trail throughout Victor in search of the criminal, with Red Herring Productions. RSVP by Oct. 1, 5 p.m. for the Oct., 19, 9 a.m. event. $45. victorcolorado.com.

Oliver! The Musical, staged by Discovery Canyon High School Theatre. Sept. 19-21, 7 p.m. $12 adults, $8 students, $6 children. Discovery Canyon Campus, 1810 N. Gate Blvd., 7192341800, info@dcctheatre.org, dcctheatre.org.

Pikes Peak Community College Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd., 502-3000, ppcc.edu. Opera Scenes, a performance of various opera scenes — including the music of Gilbert and Sullivan and Henry Purcell — by Pikes Peak Community College students. Mon., Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. Free.

Simpich Showcase, 2413 W. Colorado Ave., 465-2492, simpich.com. Beauty and the Beast: A Celebration of the First Simpich Show, a production of this classic fairy tale that first debuted on the Simpich stage 29 years ago when David Simpich created his first marionette show. Through Sept. 7. $12-$14. Hansel and Gretel, "a sandman with supersonic hearing and a forest of string-puppet trees listen in on the classic fairy tale." Sept. 25 to Nov. 10. The Puppet Maker: A Story of Christmas, "a village woodcarver places finishing touches on his figures of Mary, Joseph and the Wise Men ... in this reverent celebration of the First Christmas." Nov. 20 to Dec. 31.

THEATREWORKS, UCCS' Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Regent Circle, 255-3232, theatreworkscs.org. Seven Guitars, a production of this play by August Wilson — a part of his Pittsburgh Cycle — about the trials of a "charismatic and volatile blues singer" directed by Clinton Turner Davis. Sept. 12-29. Prologue Lecture: Anthony Davis, this virtuoso will play some music and talk about the history of blues in America. Sun., Sept. 15, 2:30 p.m. Free. Death of a Salesman, a production of this classic by Arthur Miller about a man who followed his dream, only to find ruin. Oct. 24 to Nov. 10. Prologue Lecture: "Designing Salesman," a discussion with director Murray Ross on how he and the design team approached staging the classic play. Sun., Oct. 27, 2:30 p.m. Free. Prologue Lecture: Paula Vogel, TheatreWorks' fall marquee guest, a talk by this Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright on "America's Backyard" and the student production of her play The Mineola Twins. Mon., Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m. Free. Prologue Lecture: Brian MacDevitt, a discussion of TheatreWorks' production of Death of Salesman and its lighting scheme with Tony Award-winning lighting designer MacDevitt. Sun., Nov. 10, 2:30 p.m. Free. It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, a staging of this heartwarming holiday tale, told like a 1940s radio drama with a live audience "(this means you)". Dec. 5-22. Prologue Lecture: Scott Simon, a talk with the anchor of NPR's Weekend Edition — Saturday, who will "share secrets of the craft" of storytelling for radio. Sun., Dec. 8, 2:30 p.m. Free.

Springs Ensemble Theatre, 1903 E. Cache la Poudre St., 357-3080, springsensembletheatre.org. A Steady Rain, a production that follows two Chicago policemen "after a deadly error in judgement." Oct. 10-27. $15. One For the Road, "a terrifying one-act that explores "'civilized' torture and totalitarian government." Dec. 5-14. $10.

Star Bar Players,THEATREdART, 128 N. Nevada Ave., 357-5228, starbarplayers.org. Woman in Black, Stephen Mallatratt's "hair-raising Victorian ghost story" about "angry, vengeful spirit of a woman forever searching for the son she lost." Oct. 18 to Nov. 2.

USAFA's Arnold Hall, 2302 Cadet Drive, 333-4497, usafaservices.com/academy-concerts/academy-concerts. A Christmas Carol, a "lavish" production of the holiday play, with a cast of 27, live music and more. Sun., Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m. $25-$40.

Special Events

Comic Art Fest, the annual celebration of graphic storytelling, featuring a signing with Matt Campbell, author/illustrator of the Mythica series, as well as comics drawing tutorials for kids. Sat., Sept. 7, 1-5 p.m. Escape Velocity, 19 E. Bijou St., 578 - 8847, escapevelocitycomics.com. Also held around the corner at S.P.Q.R.

Day of the Dead Lunch Beat Colorado College, as part of the city-wide Gods & Monsters project, a special DoD-themed lunchtime dance party, with provided lunch, a DJ and in this case, Halloween costumes optional. Fri., Nov. 1, 12:15-1:15 p.m. $5 donation. RSVP. CC's Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., theideaspace.com.

An Evening with Ben Vereen, two nights, actually. The first, Fri., Sept. 6, 6-8 p.m. is a cocktail party with the Tony Award-winning actor, singer, dancer and Broadway star. On Sat., Sept. 7, 5:30 p.m., Vereen will return for more cocktails, plus a gourmet dinner, live auction and special live performance by the man himself. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581, csfineartscenter.org.

Goddess and Monsterettes Mash — A Festival of Art, Music, Dance, Yoga and Divine Beings, a family celebration hosted by the BAC and Smokebrush that offers mask-making, a chance to learn about gods and goddesses of the world, including Ganesha and more. Wed., Oct. 30, 4-6 p.m. Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, thebac.org.

Gods and Monsters Bash, a Halloween costume party with a look at the galleries, aerial performances, food and drink. Fri., Oct. 25, 7 p.m. $5-$10. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581, csfineartscenter.org.

He.A.R.T. Art Expo, an all-day benefit expo hosted by the Pikes Peak Arts Council to help local natural disaster victims via counseling services and seminars. With artist demos, live entertainment and family activities. Sat., Oct. 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Fox Run Park, 2110 Stella Drive, 659-6228.

Holly Berry House Folk Art Festival, the 35th annual fest to benefit the Ranch, featuring hand-made works by 165 artisans from around the United States. There will also be food, music and history tours. Sept. 13-15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $6, seniors $5, and kids 6 to 12, $2. Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, 3105 Gateway Road, hollyberryhouse.com.

Inaugural Celebration of the Pueblo Creative Corridor, a party to honor the unification of Pueblo's creative districts with a Human Ribbon Procession at 4:30 p.m. that begins at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center and ends at the Rawlings Library (which will also celebrate the kick-off of its All Pueblo Reads book, The Help at 5), First Friday activities at 35 galleries that will also honor the history of Pueblo with its multi-location Imagining CF&I Art Show. Fri., Oct. 4, 4:30 p.m. Downtown Pueblo, pueblopag.org.

Lunch Beat, a one-hour dance party held in the gallery with a DJ, water and lunch to take back to work. Fri., Sept. 6, noon. $5-$7 donation. RSVP. GOCA 121, 121 S. Tejon St., #100, 255-3504, galleryuccs.org.

Seventh Annual Koats 4 Kids Fundraising Party, a benefit soiree for students of Centennial Elementary with complimentary wine, a buffet and live music from the Colorado Springs Conservatory. Admission is just one new winter coat for an elementary boy or girl. Fri., Oct. 4, 5:30-9:30 p.m. The Mining Exchange, A Wyndham Grand Hotel, 8 S. Nevada Ave., 323-2000, koats4kids.org.

Wild for Ivy Masquerade Ball, a fundraiser celebrating the MAT's move to its new space. On offer: cocktails, "scrumptious savories," photo booth madness, cabaret entertainment with Babette, a Loud Auction, desserts, dancing, and more. Tickets at tiny.cc/2fsl2w. Sat., Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m. $50. Millibo Art Theatre, 1626 S. Tejon St., 465-6321, themat.org.

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