[Spectrum] LGBT New Play Festival
In its second year, Spectrum will present nine brand-new short plays chosen from 147 submissions, each telling LGBTQ stories. Last year, they received nearly 270 submissions to the festival from folks around the world. Two of this year’s plays come from Colorado playwrights — another chance to support local theater. 7 p.m., Thursdays-Saturdays, through July 29, Funky Little Theater Company, 2109 Templeton Gap Road, $11-$15, funkylittletheater.org.
After Mountain Fold Books closed last year, we weren’t sure when or where we’d get another local zine showcase. Thanks, Ladyfingers! Check out zines created by locals of all sorts in this uncensored, unjuried showcase of small-press and handmade literature. Purchase a zine or one of Ladyfingers’ clever greeting cards while you’re there, supporting this Inclusion Award-winning business. 5-8 p.m., on display through September, Ladyfingers Letterpress, 113 E. Bijou St., ladyfingersletterpress.com.
Zero Fox Given Grand Opening
Zero Fox Given has peddled nerdy, political or otherwise tongue-in-cheek clothes and decor since 2010, and now celebrates its first brick-and-mortar. Merch spans fandoms from comics to Harry Potter to The Legend of Zelda, offering a local alternative to big-box (and boring) nerdy shirts. Favorite slogans from their Etsy shop: “My favorite type of men is ramen,” and “You are a goddamn magical unicorn.”
1-5 p.m., Zero Fox Given, 22 E. Bijou St., facebook.com/shopzerofoxgiven.
Safe Place for Pets' Paws for Celebration
Safe Place for Pets provides a service few organizations dare to take on — finding homes for the pets of terminally ill patients. Each year, they "paws" for celebration in order to support their continued work. Enjoy a beer garden, family activities, food and drink vendors and live music, plus a silent auction to benefit the organization. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Soda Springs Park, Manitou Springs, 1016 Manitou Ave., free to attend, safeplacepets.org.
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