The Big Idea 2018
Hosted by Innovation at CC, which offers opportunities and workshops that teach students to “channel creativity” and connect to community resources. Each year the Big Idea competition gives out $50,000 in startup money to students and their ventures — think Shark Tank
, but more supportive. Attend to cheer on these student inventors, movers and shakers, and see what exciting innovations are happening in our own academic communities. Feb. 8, 4-6 p.m., CC’s Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., free, coloradocollege.edu.
“Comic con, sorta” — a three-day celebration of arts and pop culture that includes interactive activities, nerdy performances, cosplay contests and more. Special guests this year include Police Academy
actresses Leslie Easterbrook and Marion Ramsey, plus a special performance by musician Aurelio Voltaire. Check the schedule for an adults-only “AfterDark” event, panels, gaming opportunities, and events specifically for kids and families. Feb. 9-11, times vary, The Antlers hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave., $18-$50, galaxyfest.org.
PyeongChang Olympic Downtown Celebration
Celebrate the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics with our Olympic-enthusiast community, and the athletes who live and train right here in the Springs. In the spirit of the Winter Olympics’ location, PyeongChang, there will be performances of Korean dance, music, drumming and more. Also enjoy plentiful sports demonstrations, athlete autographs, kids’ activities, and the lighting of the “Olympic City USA” cauldron by speed skater Eric Heiden, who has five gold medals to his name. Feb. 9, 5-10 p.m., downtown Colorado Springs on Tejon Street and Pikes Peak Avenue, free, facebook.com/thesportscorp.
One Nation Film Festival
Host and benefiting organization One Nation Walking Together focuses on providing resources and drawing awareness to indigenous people, helping fill the specific needs of specific communities. Their annual film festival presents all genres of film, including documentaries, narratives, animation and short films, all created by or featuring Native American people. This year, look forward to films about tribal radio stations, environmental issues affecting Native lands, the controversy surrounding racist football mascots and much more. Feb. 11, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Stargazers, 10 S. Parkside Drive, $15-$20, onenationfilmfestival.org.
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