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18 Wednesday


The first trip I made to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison several years ago delivered a late spring snow overnight. The morning after, an eerie and beautiful fog obscured much of the river below. But standing on the rim in almost any weather is a memorable experience. When you get the chance, imagine rock climbing the nearly 2,500 feet out of the giant gorge. And to aid with that visual, attend tonight's free 7 o'clock slideshow at Mountain Chalet (226 N. Tejon St.,, presented by local climbers Bo Parsons and Jes Meiris. One thing I can promise: deep thoughts all around. — Matthew Schniper


19 Thursday


Movie tickets are getting more expensive, food and beer is pricey, too, and if you want to see something decent at the theater, it's gonna cost ya. Enter the students of Pikes Peak Community College, ready and willing to showcase their talents for free one evening. The PPCC Big Arts Night is tonight at the Plaza of the Rockies (111 S. Tejon St.,, featuring dance, music, sculptures, pottery-throwing and more. It all begins at 5:30 and goes till 7:30, and did we mention it's free? — Molly Mrazek


20 Friday


We've followed the creation of Eric Bransby's mural commemorating the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's 75th anniversary, starting last spring as he and local artist Trevor Thomas drafted full-size drawings to lay out its composition. By fall they were painting, brushing on multiple layers to give the work depth and body. Tonight, their effort — all 27 feet of it — will be unveiled and dedicated at the FAC (30 W. Dale St.,, beginning at 5:30. At 6, Luciano Cheles, professor of Italian studies from France's University of Poitiers, will speak on the influence that Italian art had on New Deal artists, including Boardman Robinson and Bransby. The reception is free, and the talk costs $5 to $7.50. — Edie Adelstein


21 Saturday

Earth Day

If you've read the Indy in recent weeks, you might think the paper is staffed by a bunch of pagans with Earth Day complexes and a lack of interest in any story that doesn't feature a photovoltaic panel. And you might think this because it is, of course, true. So it's in that spirit that we recommend you attend the free 15th annual Earth Day at the Garden, held at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center (1805 N. 30th St., At various hours between 9 and 3, folks will find llamas, wolves, falcons, Segway demonstrations, American Indian dancers, free admission to Rock Ledge Ranch and more. — Bryce Crawford


22 Sunday


Anglophiles nostalgic for Oasis-style Britpop — or, for that matter, Hacienda-era Happy Mondays — can find a latter-day approximation in Kasabian. The 2010 Brit Award winners, whose two most recent albums were recorded with Dan the Automator, borrowed their name from Charles Manson getaway driver Linda Kasabian because it sounded marginally better than their previous name, Saracuse. Trivia junkies will also be pleased to know that the word "kasab" is Armenian for "butcher" (prophetic!) and that the band's self-titled 2004 debut includes a song called "Butcher Blues." Catch Kasabian at the Summit (1902 Blake St., Denver, at 8 p.m. for $18 in advance, $20 at the door. — Bill Forman


23 Monday

kids & family

The principal players in tonight's Stuart Little performance are coming to the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., from Cleveland's renowned SignStage Theatre. Each will physically act; communicate their lines in sign language; and simultaneously either say their lines, or have someone else say them. Before the kids' show gets underway, School District 11's Sign Choir will perform songs in the lobby; after it, others will serve Otho's cookies and milk. That's a lot of effort on your behalf, especially considering a ticket price of just $8 to $15 — and, as at every Over the Moon Family Theater production, the invitation to show up in pajamas. — Kirk Woundy


24 Tuesday


Modern artists Thomas Claesson and Carl Reed are connoisseurs of forgotten property, and together they created Lost and Found: A North Sea Collaboration, composed mainly of washed-up objects from the shores of Claesson’s Swedish home. Though some may call it junk, the two explain their exhibit as exploring “the blurred distinction between art that is found and art that is made.” Professor Reed will host the opening reception at 4:30 today in the IDEA Space at Colorado College (825 N. Cascade Ave.,, while the exhibit will run through July 14. — Sara Michael

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