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Taste of Tri-Lakes Cares

8 Wednesday

food and drink

Dried pasta, condensed milk, peanut butter and similar items help some folks get by between shopping trips, but they're welcome sources of nourishment for the recipients of commodities baskets from Tri-Lakes Cares. Among its many outreach programs, TLC helps out by providing a community pantry for people, including low-income seniors and students. And you can help the helpers by attending the Taste of Tri-Lakes Cares benefit at 5:30 tonight at Sundance Mountain Lodge (1865 Woodmoor Drive, Monument, tri-lakescares.org, $10 plus a donated item). Local chefs will compete, Chopped-style, to create the top dishes with specific items from TLC's pantry. Necessity is the mother of invention, no? — Edie Adelstein

All in the Timing

9 Thursday

stage

A recent New York Times theater review called playwright David Ives' All in the Timing "one of the zestier plates of theatrical tapas to be had." The small-plate food reference speaks to the fact that the comedic show originally consisted of six one-act plays, and was later updated to 14. At 7:30 tonight, as well as Friday and Saturday nights, Colorado College will stage five of the acts in the Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu) for $5. One of those five being the popular "Words, Words, Words," in which monkeys named Milton, Swift and Kafka labor away at typewriters as if bound to pen Hamlet, in accordance with the infinite monkey theorem. Expectedly, hijinks ensue. — Matthew Schniper

An Evening With John Williams,  Colorado Springs Philharmonic

10 Friday

music

John Williams is such a god that he's already written the soundtrack to the movie about your life. Every time a film student is born, John Williams gets right of first refusal to her work. Francis Scott Key only wrote "The Star-Spangled Banner" because John Williams was too busy counting his royalties. You can play this game at home, too, or you could go see the Colorado Springs Philharmonic's performance of An Evening With John Williams, at 8 tonight and tomorrow, at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com). Conductor Josep Caballé-Domenech will be waving his wand for all the hits, and you might even see an Imperial Stormtrooper or two. Tickets start at $30 for Friday. — Bryce Crawford

Llamapalooza Festival

11 Saturday

music

Hip-hop loves to name-drop, but Mac Miller can justify his shout-out to one of the genre's finest on his new "S.D.S." single, the one where he raps about "Sippin' Jameson like I was majored in whisky flavorin' / When I'm drunk I cut your head off and leave it danglin' / FlyLo still trying to put me on to Ableton." The Pittsburgh emcee's latest track was in fact produced by L.A. electronica genius Flying Lotus, whom you may remember as the headliner of Colorado College's Llamapalooza Festival back in 2011. Now it's Miller's turn to take the headlining slot, joining a lineup that includes L.A. space-pop trio Wildcat! Wildcat!, East Coast jam band Vasudo, Texas post-rock instrumentalists This Will Destroy You, and a handful of CC student bands. The festival runs from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are free for CC students, $30 for the rest of us at the Worner info desk; find more details at llamapaloozacc.com. — Bill Forman

Mother's Day

12 Sunday

holiday

The problem with Mother's Day is that you have to jump onboard early. Reserve your table at a restaurant, buy your tickets for this or that — it's a busy time. That makes our calendar (and you slackers) up a holiday without a gift, or what have you. Here then, are two last-minute ideas. Try the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center (201 S. Fairview St., Woodland Park, rmdrc.com), where mothers get in free with one paid adult or child admission. Check out the working paleontology lab and the center's 17-foot Xiphactinus fossil, one of the largest of these carnivorous swimmers ever found. Or perhaps she'd prefer the song cycles of Robert Schumann, performed by Colorado College faculty — including tenor Daniel Fosha — in a free recital at 3 p.m. at CC's Packard Hall (5 W. Cache La Poudre St., coloradocollege.edu). — Edie Adelstein

East Library Creative Writing Group

13 Monday

writing

Ever wanted to write? To put sights and sounds and emotions into words so that the world's bookwormish eyes hang on your stories like so many coats on hooks? Or maybe you're already a writer and have manuscripts stacked in a drawer to save them from criticism. Whichever you are, one fundamental step to becoming an author is having readers. So at 6 tonight, dust off those ambitious little manuscripts and bring them to the East Library Creative Writing Group (East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., ppld.org) monthly meeting for feedback. If you don't have a manuscript, mingle with like-minded writers and enjoy discussions on fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. — Miguel Bustamante

United States Air Force Academy Band

14 Tuesday

music

Planned, packaged and delivered with precision! Sounds kind of like a cheddar-cheese potato chip commercial, eh? Well, it's actually part of the United States Air Force Academy Band's mission statement. The largest of the Academy's 11 bands, the 45-member Concert Band kicks off tonight's performance at 7:30 at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com). With more than 50 years of practicing and performing, it's sure to be all that ... um, and a bag of chips. The show is free, but you'll still need tickets. — Matthew Grieson

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