Dia de los Muertos
Unlike many Day of the Dead celebrations that treat the holiday like Halloween, this one is rooted in tradition. Participants may honor loved ones who have passed on by writing a letter, creating a lantern or decorating a flower to leave at the altar. Also on the schedule: family-friendly and holiday-related activities for the kids, plus a performance by Mexican folklore dance group Omawari. Nov. 2, 4-7 p.m., El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N. Union Ave., Pueblo, free, historycolorado.org/museums/el-pueblo-history-museum.
This traveling circus has spent five years refining its acts and touring nationwide, with 1,000 U.S. performances under its belt. Beyond traditional cirque, which includes acrobats, contortionists and dancers, Cirque Italia also includes such unique performances as high-performance BMX riders, roller-skaters and more. The theme of this particular show is water, which means beautiful hydrotechnics, creative staging and maybe even a mermaid or two. Nov. 2-4, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 4-5, 1:30 and 4:30 p.m., The Citadel mall, 750 Citadel Drive East, $10-$50, cirqueitalia.com.
Warren Miller’s Line of Descent
Warren Miller Entertainment has been creating outdoor and ski films for 68 years, always marking the kick-off of the ski season. This year’s film tracks the lineage of legendary athletes, taking a multi-generational approach to the topic of skiing. Producer Josh Haskins says: “This season, we explore how skiers are shaped by picking up a pair of skis for the first time,” adding that family is often the driving force in instilling that passion. Nov. 3, 8 p.m., Nov. 4, 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $23, pikespeakcenter.com.
Warped: Ingres Remixed
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, a 19th-century French painter, is famous for subtly distorting his subjects. Local artist Cymon Padilla, who has a talent for putting a contemporary spin on traditional styles, has distorted Ingres’ work to the “breaking point” using digital tools, then painted them using traditional methods. He has also peppered the work with anachronisms, including features of 20th-century advertising, cartoons and more, adding to the dissonance. Opening reception, Nov. 3, 5-8 p.m., on display through Nov. 30, Kreuser Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., abigailkreusergallery.com.
Kicking off the Give! campaigns of Concrete Couch and Colorado Springs Food Rescue, this second annual event isn't just about the squash. Start with a happy hour at Local Relic between 3 and 4 p.m., then go to Concrete Couch for activities and more. They’ll be spinning the giant mosaic pumpkin that lives right off Nevada Avenue. End the evening back at Local Relic for food and tunes. Nov. 4, 3-8 p.m., Local Relic, 320 S. Weber St., and Concrete Couch, 214 E. Vermijo Ave., concretecouch.org.