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The Colorado Film Showcase

22 Wednesday

film

The Independent Film Society of Colorado recently launched a new, free monthly series called The Colorado Film Showcase, focused unsurprisingly on films with a Centennial State connection. (Submissions are encouraged.) Tonight at 7 in the Lon Chaney Theater (221 E. Kiowa St., ifsoc.org), shorts by local high school students will be on display, as selected by area film teachers. Also, filmmaker Sarah Lotfi of Menschen and Last Bogatyr acclaim will screen one of her earlier films, as well as host a Q&A afterward with the student filmmakers. So, get behind the scene, and get behind the lens. — Matthew Schniper

life drawing

23 Thursday

art

Sketching nudes is one of the best ways to test out or improve your skill with light and dark, proportion and anatomy. And it's not as weird as it may seem. Yes, there are naked bits just hanging out, doing whatever it is they do during an average moment, but as an artist you're just grateful someone's willing to stand there while you play with a blank canvas. Interested in giving it a shot? Tina Riesterer (she of the beautiful nude-body-adorned ceramics found at Green Horse Gallery in Manitou Springs) hosts a weekly Life Drawing open session at the Business of Art Center (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, thebac.org) from 6 to 8 p.m. every Thursday. Bring your own supplies and $5 to participate. — Kirsten Akens

Adult Recess

24 Friday

music

An article on scholastic.com notes that children who regularly experience recess "are less fidgety and more on task," "learn negotiation skills," and have "more focused attention." Coincidentally, these may or may not be the exact same effects that I enjoy when out drinking — I can't remember. Either way, there's no disputing that breaks from reality are slightly more necessary than air, so get yours at the Colorado Springs Conservatory's Adult Recess at 5:30 tonight, and every Friday hereafter, at the Red Martini (25 N. Tejon St., csconservatory.org). Enjoy live jazz and blues, drink specials and that feeling of telling the world to solve its own problems for a minute. — Bryce Crawford

Improv Colorado

25 Saturday

comedy

You're going to have to wait until July to see the back-from-the-dead Whose Line Is It Anyway? on TV, but you can get a dose of live improv humor tonight at 7:37 when Improv Colorado, our very own comedy troupe, takes the stage at Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, improvcolorado.com). The five members — which include, per their Native American names, Stands With a Grunt and Laughs at Own Jokes — will play Whose Line-style games that are all family-friendly, for $8 to $10 a ticket. Should the Colin Mochrie in you want to learn the ropes, attend an 11 a.m. Improv Workshop today, for $20. All experience levels welcome; contact the group directly at improvcolorado@gmail.com to sign up. — Edie Adelstein

Territory Days

26 Sunday

local traditions

It isn't difficult to imagine a time when dusty dirt roads stretched through Old Colorado City. A time when leather-vested citizens tipped their cowboy hats at each other during morning strolls to the various saloons, dry goods stores and banks. This Memorial Day weekend, head to Territory Days (shopoldcoloradocity.com) in Old Colorado City to help commemorate the first capital of Colorado Territory with food, live bands and staged "Old West" gunfights. The fun started Saturday morning and runs through Monday, opening at 10 a.m. each day. — Miguel Bustamante

Escape the Fate

27 Monday

music

Escape the Fate's most recent video opens with a cautionary statement that portions of it may be offensive or inappropriate for some viewers. Presumably the warning refers to its graphic violence, not the intercut shots of the musicians lip syncing to its latest emo-core single. In fairness, the Las Vegas band's "Ungrateful" video is a plea against violence, which we know because it says "end the cycle now" right after showing photos of real-life kids who committed suicide. Personally, I think hip-hop act Atmosphere handled the theme a lot more powerfully in its "The Last to Say" video, but those who prefer a load of violence-porn with their social commentary may disagree. In any case, you can catch Escape the Fate, minus the video, tonight at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com). Doors open at 7 and all-ages tickets are $20 advance, $22 day of show. — Bill Forman

Belly dance class

28 Tuesday

dance

Tonight, and each Tuesday night from 7:15 to 8:30, you'll find belly dancing master teacher Mahisha Doss — known around town as the founder of belly dancing in Colorado Springs — under the bridge at Marmalade at Smokebrush (219 W. Colorado Ave., #210, 444-1012, smokebrush.org). She will be leading her fundamentals class, "Back to the Center," which offers training in the basic movements for beginners as well as a chance for advanced practitioners to work on their form. As with all of Marmalade's classes, the first week is free. — Matthew Grieson

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