Before there was talk of making Colorado Springs into a sports mecca, the ProRodeo Hall of Fame (101 ProRodeo Drive, prorodeohalloffame.com) put down roots here. And 35 years later, it continues to inspire vague curiosity from those who can't help but wonder why you'd ever want to tie three of a calf's legs together. If you're one of those people — or an actual fan — today's a great day to drop in. Its free open house runs from 9 to 7 and promises food, music, pony rides, face-painting and even an appearance from Paige Nicholson, 2014 Miss Rodeo America. — Kirk Woundy.
Whether it's the psychological effect on the pilots of removing the immediacy of physical presence from the killing; the statistical-whitewashing effect of counting all military-age males as militants, as the Obama administration does; or the legal effect of bombing targets in sovereign nations, drone warfare is messy and hugely controversial. One estimate by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism says strikes authorized by the current president have been responsible for 2,400 deaths, including about 168 children. It's into this arena that the 2013 fiction film Drones places two very different Nevada-based flight operators. See it for free at 6:30 tonight at the Penrose Library (20 N. Cascade Ave., ppjpc.org). — Bryce Crawford
"Thousands and thousands of them in the gray haze of evening just after sundown — one by one slanting in a long line to pass over the hill..." That's an excerpt from Carl Sandburg's Sheep, a playful poem for the woolen ones who'll be part of the subject matter at Farm Friends, opening from 6 to 8 tonight at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts (304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, trilakesarts.org). Running through month's end, for free, the exhibit features reverent paintings of local livestock by Robin Walters Ward and Gina Blickenstaff, inspired by site visits during lambing season. Yes, there will be cuteness. — Matthew Schniper
For a gleeful, tail-wagging kinda day filled with ear-scratching and cordial butt-sniffing, round up your (leashed, well-behaved) pooches and head off to this 16th annual Romp in the Park, sponsored by All Breed Rescue & Training (haveanicedog.org). Starting at 10:30 a.m., there will be demonstrations of doggy derring-do (K9 nose work, agility, dancing) and contests (biggest and smallest dogs, best dog/owner look-alikes, best-dressed). And there will be plenty of activities for two-leggeds as well — face painting, crafts and a scavenger hunt for kids, vendors and raffles for the grown-ups, and food for everybody. It's free, and it's happening at the indoor arena at Norris Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road. — Mary Jo Meade
Here's hoping for a super-sunny weekend, so the Pikes Peak Regional Airshow can stay on schedule from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and allow vintage warplanes to take to the skies. On deck: an A6M Zero, and a P-51C Mustang like those flown by the Tuskegee Airmen, who are the subject of another attraction, the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit, a 53-foot trailer that shows a film about these courageous fighter pilots who escorted heavy bombers into enemy territory. There will also be a flight simulator and a performance by the USAF Wings of Blue Parachute Team. Gates will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., tickets run $8 to $15, and it all takes place at 5750 Fountain Blvd. (pprairshow.org). — Edie Adelstein
What T-Pain is to Auto-Tune, Peter Frampton was to the talk-box. Each turned gimmicky novelties into something much more lucrative. On 1976's 6-million-selling Frampton Comes Alive! the former Humble Pie guitarist used the device to make his instrument sound like a voice, which is pretty much the opposite of what Auto-Tune does. Joe Walsh and Zapp's Roger Troutman used similar techniques, but neither could compete with crowd-pleasing hits like "Show Me the Way" and "Baby, I Love Your Way." Frampton has since released a string of critically acclaimed, commercially ignored albums, but you can expect him to break out the talk-box and go heavy on the hits tonight at Pueblo Memorial Hall (1 City Hall Place, Pueblo, pueblomemorialhall.com). Showtime is 7:30; tickets are $45/adv, $50/door. —Bill Forman
Last month, 36 Views of Pikes Peak opened at GOCA 121 (121 S. Tejon St., tiny.cc/e1y2jx), in which artists reinterpreted Pikes Peak based on Hokusai's manifold series on Mount Fuji. Tonight at 7, return to the gallery for not just another chance to see the artwork, but to hear true local tales by way of the Story Project. Commandeering the space for this event, Noel Black of KRCC (who collaborated on 36 Views), Tini Campbell of Pikes Peak Bike Tours, Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Emeritus Price Strobridge, Army soldier Mikki Wente, and author Jesse Wilson will all share personal stories. A $5 donation gets you in. — Edie Adelstein