- Paragon Art Gallery, Cedars Jazz Club, 3125 Sinton Road, 578-5744. Open Thurs.-Sat., 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Presenting Once Upon a Playground, photography by Brenda Biondo in the Paragon Ballroom, and photos by Russell Wood, Oct. 13 to Jan. 5.
Art Shows & Galleries
American Numismatic Association Money Museum, 818 N. Cascade Ave., 632-2646, money.org. Open Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Free. Featuring Coins, Crown and Conflict through Nov. 30.
Artists Lair, 2766 Janitell Road, 576-5247. Open Tues.-Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Presenting African Soul, painters, sculptors and potters interpret Africa, through Oct. 29.
ARTSpace Gallery, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St., 385-7900. Open Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring Mi Familia, works from the family of Armando and Susanne Olivero, through Oct. 31.
Black Cat Books, 720 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1589. Presenting mixed media pieces by Bob Brooks, influenced by his service during the Korean War.
The Bridge Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 232-9368. Open Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 3 p.m. Featuring Bad Juju through Oct. 28. One Plus One: Sons & Daughters, Nov. 1-30. Betty Atherton solo show, Dec. 1-31. Eric Winfield in the Common Gallery, Dec. 1-31.
Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, thebac.org. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Featuring Frank, Twisted & Bent, sculptures by Melissa Getz, through Oct. 23. Chicano Magic, in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, through Nov. 3. Prt--Gicle, fine, archival inkjet prints, Oct. 19 to Nov. 20. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 26, 5-6 p.m.
Coburn Gallery, CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607, theideaspace.com. Open Tues.-Sat., 12:30-7 p.m. Featuring Cyberskins, garments inspired by American Indian powwow regalia and high-tech culture by Bently Spang, Oct. 11 to Dec. 12. Artist reception, Thurs., Oct. 11, 4:30 p.m.
The Coffee Exchange, 526 S. Tejon St., 635-0277. Featuring Art as Community, works by Trever Kadamus through Nov. 1. Ten percent of proceeds donated to a participating non-profit of the buyers' choice.
Colorado Academy of Music and Dance, 975 Garden of the Gods Road, 231-6833. Featuring Musical Journeys, photos of rock and pop music greats by Lillian Kaiser, through Nov. 10.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581, csfineartscenter.org. Open Tues.-Wed., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring The Eclectic Eye: Pop and Illusion, selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, through Oct. 28.
Commonwheel Artists Gallery, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1008, commonwheel.com. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Intriguing Web, showcasing works of Pikes Peak Weavers' Guild members, through Nov. 12.
Cottonwood Artists' School, 25 Cimino Drive, 520-1899, cottonwoodartistsschool.com. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring 2007 Pikes Peak Pastel Society Show.
Cucuru Gallery Caf, 2332 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9900, cucuru.santario.com. Featuring Open Space, a show dealing with the concept of space, through Oct. 31.
Duryea Fine Art, 1003 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9050. Open Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Couleurs, plein air landscapes, gardens and architecture featuring Bill Duryea, through Oct. 31. Continuing work by Melissa Mohon Papineau.
Eichman Gallery, Park State Bank and Trust, 710 W. Hwy. 24, Woodland Park, 687-9234. Open Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat., 9 a.m. to noon. Featuring the Limited Edition Bronze Sculptures, by Merry Karraker, through Oct. 25. Artist's reception, Fri., Oct. 12, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Joy of Nature, oil paintings by Sherry Rogers, Nov. 5-23. Artist's reception, Fri., Nov. 9, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
FAC Modern, 121 S. Tejon St., Suite 100, 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org. Open Tues.-Wed. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $3.75-$7.50 for non-members. Featuring Faces in the Crowd, portraiture from the permanent collection of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Oct. 13 to Jan. 20, 2008. Opening reception, Fri., Oct 12, 5-8 p.m.
Fine Art Gallery at CSU-Pueblo, 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, 719/549-2404. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring spongexsponge, five artists relating absorption in the body with the way we "sponge up" culture, through Nov. 2.
Hunter-Wolff Gallery, 2605 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9494, hunterwolffgallery.com. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. Featuring Anniversary Celebration: Everything New, Oct. 26 to Nov. 15. The former Gunter-Wolff Gallery announces new ownership, new artists and new fine art work. Open house, Fri., Oct. 26, 3-8 p.m. Floral arranging demos, Oct. 26-27, 3-6 p.m.
Green Horse Gallery, 729 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-0636. Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Mischief in Mud, works by Lynn Loftus.
Heebee Jeebees, 318A E. Colorado Ave., 635-0620. Open daily, noon to 6 p.m. Featuring Odditorium: Works by John Orr, an exhibition of contemporary art, through Nov. 30.
Lasko Fine Art, 113 N. Tejon St., 577-4750, laskofineart.com. Featuring Geoff Lasko etchings, engravings, giclees and plein air paintings through Oct. 31.
Laura Reilly Gallery, 2616 W. Colorado Ave. #4, 471-1360, laurareilly.com. Featuring Blazing Brush: Colors of the High Country, through Oct. 31.
L.I.W. Cargo Fine Art Gallery, 713 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-0452, allenfineart.com. Featuring A Little Americana, oil paintings by Frederick R. Hubicki, through Oct. 31.
Mediterranean Caf, 118 E. Kiowa St., 633-0115. Open Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Featuring watercolor paintings by Patricia Nolan through Oct. 31.
Novis Gallery, 206 1/2 N. Tejon St., 633-6903. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring original works by local artists, antique maps and prints.
OpticalReverb at Phantom Canyon, 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 387-7212, opticalreverb.com. Featuring They're Everywhere, works by Louise Cutler, Alberto Leopizzi, Elizabeth Northart and others, through Nov. 25.
OpticalReverb at The Warehouse, 25 W. Cimarron St., 387-7212, opticalreverb.com. Magnum Opus, a benefit for the COPPeR Foundation, Oct. 25 to Nov. 30. Reception with Theatre D'Art and music by Ben Pratt, Thurs., Oct. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Orly's Art Gallery, 730 S. Tejon St., 630-3371. Open Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat., 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring The Passion of the Figure, works by Sparky LeBold, Herman Raymond, Desmond O'Hagan, Thomas J. Owen and more. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 19, 6-9 p.m.
Paragon Art Gallery, Cedars Jazz Club, 3125 Sinton Road, 578-5744. Open Thurs.-Sat., 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Presenting Once Upon a Playground, photography by Brenda Biondo in the Paragon Ballroom, and photos by Russell Wood, Oct. 13 to Jan. 5. Featuring the works of Teresa Pacheco, Oct. 29 to Dec. 1.
Pine Creek Gallery, 2419 W. Colorado Ave., 633-6767, pinecreekgallery.com. Featuring Native American Portraits, by Kirby Sattler, and Colorado Landscapes, by Karol Brown, through Oct. 31.
Plantera Group Gallery, Plantera Group, 731 N. Weber St., 886-0456. Open Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri., 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring A Celebration for Life, works by Lorelei Beckstrom, Kim Polomka and George Sanchez, through Oct. 19.
Poor Richard's Restaurant, 324 N. Tejon St., 632-7721. Open daily, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Featuring the acrylic paintings and pen & ink works of Chris McKnight through Nov. 5.
Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org. Open Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3-$4, free to members. Featuring The World is Flat: Cultural Celebrations with Flat Stanley, in the Buell Children's Museum, through Nov. 3.
Second Street Art Market, 366 Second St., Monument, 488-2506, secondstreetart.com. Featuring Art to Feed Your Soul through Oct. 31.
Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 444-1012, smokebrush.org. Open Wed., Fri. and Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Sue Coe: Cycles and In Their Own Words: Images and Voices of People Infected and Affected by HIV through Oct. 17. Sky Sculpture for Peace on the rooftop through Dec. 31. BULA! Fiji Comes to Colorado, murals and music from the Fijian people, through Oct. 27. 12-18-21 Months, New Orleans photos by Theo Mullen and Clinton Sanders, through Nov. 17.
The Squash Blossom Gallery, 2531 W. Colorado Ave., 632-1899, squashblossom.com. Featuring works by painter Donna Dellacroce and ceramic artist Laura Zindel.
UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3567, galleryuccs.org. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat., 1-4 p.m. Featuring Manifest: Colonial Tendencies of the West, works depicting colonization and the resulting mix of cultures, politics and commerce, through Nov. 17.
Wayne Lambert Gallery, 2423 W. Colorado Ave., 471-1574. Open Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring original platinum/palladium photographs of the Southwest and Mexico.
Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd., 488-0880, wmmi.org. $4-$8, members and children under 4 free. Featuring Changing Mines in America, photography by Peter Goin, through Dec. 29.
The Winter-Helmich Gallery, 47 Third St., Monument, 488-1063. Featuring Photography of Stephen Weaver. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 18, 5-8 p.m.
Art:21 Preview, UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., Science Building #200, 262-3567, galleryuccs.org. Free. UCCS and Art21 will preview the fourth season of the primetime national TV series focusing on contemporary art and artists. Fri., Oct. 12, Episode 3: Ecology, noon. Episode 4: Paradox, 7 p.m.
Spanish Art Market, PPCC Downtown Studio Campus, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 502-4040. Featuring handcrafted traditional and contemporary arts from Hispanic artists of Colorado and New Mexico. Fri., Oct. 12, 4-8 p.m., and Sat., Oct. 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Best of the West Art Auction, Norris Penrose Event Center, 1045 W. Rio Grande St. Preview: Fri., Oct. 12, 9 a.m. Auction: Fri.-Sat., Oct. 12-13, noon.
Bad Art Night, UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3567, galleryuccs.org. Free. Learn about the work of Kara Walker and make truly awful work in a poor imitation of her style. Sat., Oct. 20, 5-7 p.m.
Carol McIntyre Studio Gallery Opening, 10710 Teachout Road, Black Forest, 598-3186, beyondtheframe.biz. Featuring watercolors, pastels, oils and a drawing for a free painting. Sat.-Sun., Oct. 20-21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Annual Fundraiser and Art Show, CC's Bemis Hall, 920 N. Cascade Ave., 447-9300 ext. 5. $25. Proceeds will help the Rocky Mountain Community Land Trust provide affordable housing opportunities for limited income families in the Pikes Peak Region. Thurs., Oct. 25, 4:30-7 p.m.
22nd annual Exhibition of Quilts and Fine Woodworking, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990. Featuring dozens of one-of-a-kind quilts and original creations in wood through Oct. 27.
Colachi Arts Classes, 1107 Manitou Ave., No. 11, Manitou Springs, 685-1254. Offering oil painting and pencil drawing classes for all levels, and nude model forums. Call for details.
Auditions & Entries
AlleyCat Theatrics will hold auditions for Disney's The Aristocats on Mon., Oct. 15, 4:30-8:30 p.m. at AlleyCat Theatrics Studio, 111 S. 7th St., for youth ages 8-14. Call 209-1484 for an appointment.
Rocky Mountain Community Land Trust is seeking artworks with the theme "house as Home" for its 1st Annual Exhibit & Sale. Entry fee is $25 for three artworks. Due Oct. 17, 5 p.m. at 1212 W. Colorado Ave. Call 447-9300 for more.
Think360 is seeking artists and ensembles to apply for the Think360 Artist Directory. These artists will be eligible to teach and perform in Think360 schools throughout Colorado. Applications for teaching artists due Oct. 19. Call 720/904-8890 or visit think360arts.org for more.
The Pueblo Art Guild is seeking entries for its 2007 Annual Photography Show. All photos must be framed and under glass, ready to hang. Submit to 1500 N. Santa Fe, Mineral Palace Park, Pueblo. on Sat.-Sun., Oct. 27-28, noon to 4 p.m. Call 719/543-2455 for more.
Art on South Main Cooperative Gallery is seeking finished works for its 10" art show. Submit pieces no larger than 10" x 10" to 205 S. Main St., Pueblo, on Sun.-Mon., Oct. 28-29, noon to 5 p.m. Entry fee is $5/piece. Call 719/542-6838 for more.
Pikes Peak Writers Contest is seeking entries in eight categories from unpublished fiction writers. A maximum of 400 entries will be accepted through Nov. 1. Entry fees and critiques are $30-$80. Call 531-5723 or visit ppwc.net/contest.html for more.
Chipita Park Association is seeking applicants for its 6th annual Arts & Crafts Fair at Marcroft Hall, 9105 Chipita Park Road, on Nov. 3-4. Entry is $40 per table. Call 632-5231 for more.
Commonwheel Artists Co-op has an opening for a professional jeweler in their shop and gallery. Visit Commonwheel, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, or commonwheel.com for an application. Due Mon., Nov. 12, 6 p.m. Call 685-1008 for more.
Arte Cultural Latino, Inc. is seeking parents and sixth- through eighth-grade students interested in joining a choral group that will learn and perform Spanish songs. Call Roger at 630-8246 for more.
Ahora Dance Company is seeking dancers to become part of the dance company and perform at community and non-profit events. Auditions by appointment only. Call 440-7877 for more.
Art As Community promotes local artists who are willing to donate 10 percent of the purchase price of their art to a non-profit of the buyer's choice. Local artists and non-profits that are interested in participating are encouraged to call 540-3592.
Indy Hour at Poor Richard's: GBLT Community Health Survey, Poor Richard's Bookstore, 324 N. Tejon St., 577-4545. The Pride Center invites you to fill out a survey and enjoy free pizza and soda. Surveys results will help determine programs offered. Thurs., Oct. 11, 4:45-6 p.m.
TESSA's 11th Annual Silent Witness Gathering, Pioneers' Museum Gazebo, 215 S. Tejon St., 785-6808, tessacs.org. A gathering honoring those who have lost their lives as a result of domestic violence and those who continue their struggle to survive. Fri., Oct. 12, 11:30 a.m.
Chili Supper and Fundraiser, Cascade Fire Department, 8010 Severy Ave., Cascade, 719/964-8267. The Cascade Volunteer Fire Department celebrates 54 years of service with free chili, a silent auction, raffle, and more. Sat., Oct. 13, 4-8 p.m.
School District 11 Candidates Forum, Penrose Library, Carnegie Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 520-9899. Meet your local candidates and hear their thoughts on the issues. Tues., Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m.
Speak Out to End Domestic Violence, Penrose Library, Carnegie Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333. Share and listen to stories of survival. Sponsored by CHANGE: Creating Community Healing, Action and Education and TESSA. Wed., Oct. 17, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
"Grassroots Organizing," Gill Foundation Building, 315 E. Costilla St., RSVP: email@example.com. Learn what grassroots organizing is, why it's important and how to do it. Thurs., Oct. 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
"Conflict: Do You Lose When You Win?," CC's McHugh Commons, 1090 N. Cascade Ave., 266-8181. Free. Experience cooperative dispute resolution in action. Thurs., Oct. 18, 7-8:15 p.m.
Clubs & Organizations
PFLAG (Parents, Family & Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Meeting, The Dwelling Place, 508 N. Tejon St., 575-8658. Free. Showing the vintage film Last Call at Maud's followed by discussion. All are welcome. Tues., Oct. 16, 7-9 p.m.
MS/Lupus Wellness Group, Woodmen Valley Chapel, Rockrimmon Community Center #100, 290 E. Woodmen Road, 638-1700. Free. Oktoberfest social night. Bring snacks or games to share. Tues., Oct. 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Colorado Springs Republican Women, City Hall, 212 E. Kiowa St., Academy Room, 494-7129. Free. Amy Lathen, candidate for County Commissioner will speak. Tues., Oct. 16, 5:30-7 p.m.
Rising Professionals Connections, Red Nolan Jaguar and Land Rover, 565 Automotive Drive, 575-4384, coloradospringschamber.org. $10-$20. Motivational speaker Lindee Brauer will demystify communication between the generations. Wed., Oct. 17, 5-7:30 p.m.
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 866/768-2232, ccfa.org. Free. Colorado Springs support group meets the second Tuesday of the month, 7-9 p.m.
Blazer Ski Club, Valley Hi Golf Course Clubhouse, 610 S. Chelton Road, 577-7755. Learn about the club's upcoming events. Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m.
NAMI Colorado Springs, NAMI Office, 510 E. Willamette Ave., Suite A, 473-8477, namicoloradosprings.org. Free. A support group for families of persons with mental illness. Meets first and third Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.
SnoJets Ski Club, Howard's Pit BBQ, 3350 N. Chestnut St., snojets.org. The club offers activities for those over 21 including skiing, bike rides, camping, dancing, rafting and more. Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
WINGS, 800/373-8671, wingsfound.org. Offering therapist-facilitated support groups for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Women's groups on Mondays and Tuesdays. Men's group on Thursdays.
NSCA Weightlifting Club, National Strength and Conditioning Association, 1885 Bob Johnson Drive, 632-6722. Free. Join others who train and compete in the sport of weightlifting. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 4:15-5:45 p.m.
Medical Marijuana Support Group, Front Range Americans for Safe Access, 957 E. Fillmore St., 439-0817. Learn if marijuana can help you and how to become legal. Meets every third Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
Women's Sexual Abuse Survivor Group, Hillsboro at Springs Ranch, 3864 Riviera Grove, 201, 237-4316. Meeting once per week. Call for more.
Alcohol Recovery, Red Cloud Serenity Club, 8020 Ute Pass Ave., Cascade, 720/684-1212. Donations accepted. Attend this 12-Step Recovery meeting place with a full meeting schedule. See rcserenity.org for schedule.
Socrates Caf, Monument Branch Library, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, 488-2370. This adult group discusses philosophy, religions, spirituality and humanity's common threads. Meets Tuesdays, 1 p.m.
Pikes Peak Jugglers, Downtown YMCA, 207 N. Nevada Ave., 477-9978. Free. Join this informal group of jugglers. No membership needed. Sundays, 3-5 p.m.
Intellectually Gifted/Socially Unsure is a new adult (ages 21 and over) social support group for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Make friends, attend social functions, share information and advocate for one another. Contact Linda L. Thede at 573-8660 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
Friday Night Singles, First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou St., 884-6229. Free. Featuring worship music, testimonies and activities including volleyball, movies, book clubs, cards, board games and more for singles 30 and over. Meets Fridays, 7-10:30 p.m.
Senior Community Service Employment Program, 1510 N. Hancock Ave., 635-3579. Offering paid training for persons 55 and older through AARP. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Man-to-Man Prostate Cancer Support Group, Memorial Administrative Center, Classroom B, 2420 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 636-5101 opt. 3. Free. Open to all prostate cancer survivors regardless of treatment location, and their spouses or partners. Meets the first Monday of the month.
Downtown Toastmasters, City Hall, Academy Room, 107 N. Nevada Ave., 685-1861 ext. 45, downtowntoastmaster.org. Guests free. Meeting to support your personal and professional growth by improving your oral communication skills. Fridays, 12:05-1 p.m.
Colorado Springs Chess Club, Acacia Apartments, 104 E. Platte Ave., Richard Buchanan; 685-1984. All who enjoy chess are welcome. Meets Tuesdays, arrive between 6:30-8 p.m. to get into the building.
Trout Unlimited Cheyenne Mountain Chapter, Colorado Division of Wildlife, 4255 Sinton Road, cmctu.org. Free. Featuring speakers and programs on topics including protection of cold-water fisheries, fly fishing, conservation and the environment. Meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.
Empower Colorado, First Church of the Nazarene, 4120 E. Fountain Blvd., 559-7679. A support group for families of children with a mental illness. Meets the second Saturday of the month.
Emotions Anonymous Support Group, Pikes Peak United Way, 518 N. Nevada Ave., 216-7238. Meets at 3:30-4:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month.
Adult ADD/ADHD Support Group of the Pikes Peak Region, Vanguard Church, 3950 N. Academy Blvd., 351-7951. Donations accepted. Meets Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m.
The Breakfast Club for Singles 50+, SilverWood Hotel, 505 Popes Bluff Trail, 260-0651. $14. Meets 9 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month, offering outdoor activities and social events.
Lunch Break, Fellowship Hall of First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou St., 884-6234. $7.50. Offering a buffet luncheon with speakers for all women in the workplace. Meets first and third Wednesdays of the month, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
El Paso County Democratic Club, Democratic Headquarters, 25 N. Iowa St., 548-9114. Meets the second Saturday of each month, 9 a.m.
Film & Video
Journey to Community Film Series, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St., 633-7717, asuuc.net. Free. Presenting the 1930 Academy Award winner All Quiet on the Western Front. Sat., Oct. 13, 7-10 p.m.
Moonlight Madness, Evergreen Cemetery, 1005 S. Hancock Ave., 638-1770. $7. Showing classic horror movies in the historic Evergreen Chapel. Reservations required. Frankenstein, Sat., Oct. 13, 7 p.m.
Accommodating Employees with Disabilities, Colorado Springs Independence Center, 21 E. Las Animas St., 471-8181 ext. 33. Free. View this video program to learn more about the contributions and skills of workers with disabilities. Mon., Oct. 15, 1:30 p.m.
The Orange Revolution, CC's McHugh Commons (Above Herb 'n' Farm Caf), 1090 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Director Steve York will present his new film, which follows Ukrainian's nonviolent resistance to rigged presidential elections. Q&A will follow. Wed., Oct. 17, 7 p.m.
- Pine Creek Gallery, 2419 W. Colorado Ave., 633-6767, pinecreekgallery.com. Featuring Native American Portraits, by Kirby Sattler, and Colorado Landscapes, by Karol Brown, through Oct. 31.
Abstinence Comes to Albuquerque, CC's Worner Campus Center, WES Room, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607, RSVP: email@example.com. Join Planned Parenthood for a film screening and dinner. Thurs., Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Independent Film Series, InfoZone News Museum, 100 E. Abriendo Ave., Pueblo, 562-5604. Free. Featuring Something Like Happiness, a drama/comedy from the Czech Republic with English subtitles. Sat., Oct. 20, 7-10 p.m. Mother of Mine, a drama from Finland and Sweden with English subtitles. Sat., Nov. 17, 7-10 p.m. Madeinusa, a drama from Spain and Peru with English subtitles. Sat., Dec. 15, 7-10 p.m.
Rocky Horror Picture Show, Jackpot Bingo, 2417 N. Union Blvd. $5. Screening the 1975 cult movie with full audience participation. Costumes encouraged. Doors open at 10 p.m. every Saturday. Show starts at midnight.
Food & Drink
Powers Liquor Mart Events, Powers Liquor Mart, 5847 Palmer Park Blvd., 596-4700. Free. Offering "Wines of Argentina Tasting," Sat., Oct. 13. "Wines of the World Tasting," Sat., Oct. 20. "French Wine Tasting," Thurs., Oct. 25. "California Wine Tasting," Sat., Oct. 27. Pre-registration is required.
Experience Wine Classes, various locations, 262-8688, experiencewine.net. $40 individual, $75 couple. Featuring "A Friendly Introduction to Wine," Oct. 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. "Wines from Napa Valley," Oct. 25, 5:30-8 p.m. "A Friendly Introduction to Wine," Nov. 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Blue Star Events, The Blue Star, 1645 S. Tejon St., 632-1086. Offering Wednesday Wine Tastings, $20, "Grenache," Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m. "Syrah," Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m. Bristol Beer Dinner, $55, Mon., Oct. 15, 6:30 p.m.
Health & Healing
Conversations with Women, Penrose Cancer Center, Conference Rooms A/B/C, 2222 N. Nevada Ave., RSVP: 776-5052. Free. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Brian Shaw will cover the latest in orthopedic injuries and care. Thurs., Oct. 11, 6-7:30 p.m.
Celebration Conscious Living Store Events, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 634-1855, celebrationstore.com. Presenting "Egyptian Alchemy," Oct. 11, 18, 25. "Oneness Deeksha," Oct. 12. "SRT-Past Life Readings Basic Class," Oct. 12-14. "Procrastinator to Prosperity," Oct. 15. "Addiction to Mind," Oct. 16. "SRT-Past Life Readings Advanced Class," Oct. 19-21. "Breakthrough Breathwork," Oct. 19.
Stroke and Osteoporosis Screening, Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital, 325 Parkside Drive, 800/697-9721, lifelinescreening.com. $129. Residents of the community can be screened to help reduce their risk of having a stroke. Fri., Oct. 12, 9 a.m.
Go Red for Women Education Day, Antlers Hilton, 4 S. Cascade Ave., 635-7688, americanheart.org. $100. This American Heart Association event will feature health screenings, interactive exhibits and more. Fri., Oct. 12, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wild Oats Events, 3180 New Center Point, 622-1099, wildoats.com. Offering "Celiac Sprue Association," Oct. 13, 10 a.m. "Gluten-free Baking," and "Celiac Social," Oct. 13, noon. "Gluten-free Nutrition," Oct. 18, 6 p.m.
Flu Shot Clinics, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, 776-5050, $26-$40. Penrose Hospital, 2222 N. Nevada Ave., Oct. 13-14 and Nov. 1 & 10. Penrose Community Hospital, 3205 N. Academy Blvd., Oct. 20, 22-23, Nov. 13, and Dec. 9.
Woman's Story Spirituality Group, Mount St. Francis, 7665 Assisi Heights, 598-5486 ext. 7739. Donations accepted. Attend bi-monthly meetings to share your spiritual journey, prayer and guided meditation and with other women. Sun., Oct. 14, 2-3:30 p.m.
The Bodyworks Demonstration Classes, 2592 Palmer Park Blvd., 632-9930. Free, registration requested. "Holistic Kinesiology," Tues., Oct. 16, 7:15 p.m. "Introduction to Reflexology," Wed., Oct. 17, 7:15 p.m.
Healing and Miracle Service, Holy Apostles Catholic Church, 4925 N. Carefree Circle, 598-3595, lifesongljl.org. Free will offering. The public is invited to this healing service. All faiths are welcome. Wed., Oct. 17, 6 p.m.
Breast Cancer Detection Panel, Penrose Cancer Center, Conference Rooms A/B/C, 2222 N. Nevada Ave., 776-5555. Free, RSVP by Oct. 15. A panel of medical experts will discuss MRI versus mammogram. Thurs., Oct. 18, 6:30-8 p.m.
"Movement for Survivors: Reawakening the Body after Trauma," The Studio, 3020 W. Colorado Ave., 494-7758. $45/class. Offering "The Body Speaks Its Mind: Authentic Expression," Oct. 28. "Healing the Broken Heart: Trust & Intimacy," Dec. 9. Classes, 6-8:30 p.m.
Core Exercise Class, BackRoads Chiropractic, 716 W. Brookside St., 475-9103. Free. Wednesdays through Nov. 14, 4-5 p.m.
Low-cost Mammograms, Memorial Hospital, 1400 E. Boulder St., 365-5240. $95. Those with no health insurance or a high deductible can schedule a low-cost screening. Call for an appointment through Oct. 31.
VNA Flu Shot Clinics, Visiting Nurses Association, 5373 N. Union Blvd., 577-4448, vnacolorado.org. $25-$40. Clinics every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through Nov. 29, noon to 6 p.m.
Tarot Readings, Faerie Moone, 1518 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0236. $25. Offering readings on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays through Oct. 31, 2-6 p.m.
Memorial Hospital HealthLink Classes, 5360 N. Academy Blvd., Suite 220, 444-2273, memorialhealthsystem.com. Registering now for September classes from baby basics to yoga, smoking cessation and more.
CommuniDance, First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain St., 291-3120, somamovement.org. Building community through movement and dance. Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.
Taekwondo Classes, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St., 964-7397. $30. Offered by Rose of Sharon Arts Academy. Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., and Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. Classes through Oct. 25.
Buddhist Meditation, Rocky Mountain Insight, 2525 W. Pikes Peak Ave. #B, 473-7609. Silent sit on Sundays, 9-10 a.m., and Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. with orientation, 6:15 p.m. Guided loving kindness meditation, Fridays, noon to 1 p.m.
Yoga for Special Needs, Downtown, Pat: 375-1922. Offering a gentle class designed for those with physical challenges. Tuesdays, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Unity Church in the Rockies Events, 1945 Mesa Road, 471-4556, unityrockies.org for more. Presenting Yoga class, Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m., through Dec. 26.
Zen Buddhist Meditation, CC's Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., 684-0210. Free. Silent meditation with the Springs Mountain Sangha. Newcomers welcome. Mondays, 6:10-7:15 p.m.
World Peace Organization Meetings, 703 Arrawanna St., 635-8968, sgiusacos.org. World Peace Prayer meetings, first Sunday of the month, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Introduction to Nichiren Buddhism, second Thursday of the month, 7 p.m.
"Exploring the Ancient Christian Faith" Agia Sophia Coffeeshop, 2902 W. Colorado Ave., 473-9238. Free. Discussion with Father Anthony Karbo of Holy Theophany Orthodox Church on the ancient Christian faith and its relevance today. Fourth Sunday of every month.
Conversations with God Study Group, 475-2068. Free. Featuring "New Thought" spiritual readings and discussion. Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m.
"Transform Your Life" Meditation Class, CC's Worner Campus Center, Room 216, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 303/813-9551, meditationincolorado.org. $8 suggested donation. Offering guided meditation and Buddhist teachings. Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m.
Celebrate Recovery, Radiant Church, 4020 Maizeland Road, 597-4402. Join this Christian-based, 12-step program for "hurts, habits and hang-ups." Fridays, 6-9 p.m.
Falun Gong Group, Monument Valley Park, directly behind the Fine Arts Center at 30 W. Dale St. Free training, e-books and e-video. Graceful exercises to meditation music. Sundays, 2-3 p.m. Call Joyce at 282-9236 for more.
Lectures & Learning
"Pikes Peak Workforce Center Events, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., ppwfc.org. Presenting "Resume Writing: Resume & Portfolio Design," Oct. 11, 18 or 25. "Job Shop: Guided Job Search," Oct. 16 or 30. "Self Employment: The Driver's Seat," Oct. 23.
"Gardening in the Pikes Peak Region," CSU Extension Office, 305 S. Union Blvd., 636-8923. $8/class. Presenting "Before I Forget: Garden Evaluation for Busy People," Thurs., Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m. "Permaculture in the Urban Setting," Tues., Oct. 16, 2 p.m. and Thurs., Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m. "Great Vegetables Start with Good Preparation the Previous Fall," Tues., Oct. 23, 2 p.m. and Thurs., Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m.
Curiosity Unlimited Lecture Series, UCCS University Hall, #109, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 527-8036. Free. Presenting Carole Schoffstall on using high-tech, life-like patient models to enhance health science teaching. Fri., Oct. 12, 9:30 a.m.
"Sensory Processing Disorder: Practical Strategies," The Lodge at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 265-6141, asappr.org. $30. Presenting information for parents, teachers and professionals on identifying and addressing sensory-driven behavior in class and at home. Fri., Oct. 12, 8 a.m. to noon.
"Colorado Courts: Justice on a Budget," CC's Slocum Hall, 130 E. Cache la Poudre St., 633-2376, lwvppr.org. Free, RSVP please. Judge David Prince will discuss the role and operation of Colorado's court system. Sat., Oct. 13, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd., 488-0880, wmmi.org. $4-$8, members and children under 4 free. Featuring Family Exploration Day: The Art & Geology of Photography. Sat., Oct. 13, 1 p.m.
Educator Environmental Workshop, Catamount Institute, 740 W. Caramillo St. Free. Teachers are invited to learn about "Creek Connections," a program that connects kids and curriculum through watershed studies. Sat., Oct. 13, 8:30 a.m. to noon.
"Buddha and the Brain: Exploring Consciousness in Contemplative Neuroscience," CC's Palmer Hall, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Free. Professor Evan Thompson of the University of Toronto will speak about philosophy of the mind. Mon., Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m.
"Hijacking the Global Food Supply," Shove Memorial Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., 389-6607. Free. Presenting Nobel Prize-nominee Dr. Vandana Shiva, expert on global economies, local food production, biotechnology and human rights. Tues., Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m.
"Clouds, Alpha Particles and You," Poor Richard's Bookstore, 320 N. Tejon St., 578-0012. Caf Scientifique presents UCCS scientist Dr. James Burkhart who will demonstrate with a cloud chamber on site. Tues., Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m.
Renaissance Academy Events, 2760 Fieldstone Road, 475-2510. Free. Presenting a Star Party with the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society. Tues., Oct. 16, 6:30-8 p.m.
The Art of Japanese Flower Arranging, St. Paul's Catholic Church, 9 El Pomar Road, 599-5552, ikebanacos.itgo.com. $10. The local Ikebana chapter will host a session on flower arranging using wood, metal and unusual containers. Wed., Oct. 17, 12:30-2 p.m.
Woman-to-Woman Dialogue Series, UCCS Upper Lodge, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-4553, uccs.edu. $5 suggested donation. Presenting "Reinventing Ourselves Across Generations" with Linda Meric, National Director of 9 to 5, followed by breakout sessions. Sat., Oct. 20, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. RSVP by Oct. 12
Info Night for Prospective Students, Memorial Hospital Administration Center, 2420 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 365-1038. Free. Open to those interested in learning more about the radiologic technology program. Wed., Oct. 17, 6:30-8 p.m.
Indy Hour: We Manage What We Measure, Poor Richard's Bookstore, 324 N. Tejon St., 577-4545. A conversation on the recently released "Quality of Life" Indicators Report with Howard Brooks, VP of Community Impact at Pikes Peak United Way. Thurs., Oct. 18, 4:45-6 p.m.
The Small Business Development Center Classes, UCCS CITTI Building, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3844, cssbdc.org. Offering "Understanding Financial Statements to Manage Your Business," Oct. 18.
"Should You Start Your Own Business?" SCORE, 636-3074, coloradospringsscore.org. $15. Featuring workshops presented by SCORE. Penrose Library, Oct. 23, Nov. 13, and Dec. 18. East Library, Dec. 4.
Voices of America Lecture Series, CSU Pueblo, Hoag Recital Hall, Pueblo, 719/549-2810. Free. Presenting Professor Ronald Takaki, Nov. 13. Presidential commentator Doris Kearns Goodwin, Feb. 19, 2008. Professor James Loewen, May 12, 2008.
Feng Shui and Floral Classes, School of Inner Health, 1 Lovers Lane, Manitou Springs, 964-8109. $50/class. Learn the principles of feng shui or floral design. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-9 p.m. or Sundays, 2-5:30 p.m.
PILLAR Lifelong Learning Classes, various locations, 633-4991, visitpillar.org. Offering classes on nature, music, film, books, finances, religion, health, history and more.
District 11 Community Education Classes, various locations, 520-2384, d11.org/communityed. Offering classes in foreign languages, dance, business, crafts, yoga, computers and more.
Pikes Peak Library District Events, 531-6333, ppld.org. Offering book clubs, story times and programs on writing, business, languages, computers, parenting, crafts, film, history, animals, theater and more for children, teens, adults and seniors.
The West Center for Intergenerational Learning, 25 N. 20th St., 385-7920. Offering classes from CPR to belly dancing and photography.
Borders Events, bordersstores.com. Borders-Chapel Hills Mall presents Beth Andrews discussing and signing I Miss You! A Military Kid's Book about Deployment, Sat., Oct. 13, 1 p.m. and Paco Ahlgren signing Discipline, Sun., Oct. 21, 2 p.m. Borders-Southgate presents Richard Paul Evans signing The Gift, Tues., Oct. 16, 7-9 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Booksellers Events, 1565 Briargate Blvd., 266-9960. Free. Presenting Robert Spiller signing A Calculated Demise, Sun., Oct. 14, 2 p.m. Laura Ingraham signing Power to the People, Mon., Oct. 15, 5 p.m.
Caf Latino, CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Free. SOMOS will host readings of influential Latino and Latina literature as well as student works, art and music. Mon., Oct. 15, 7 p.m.
Goddess Poetry Night, Black Cat Books, 720 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1589. All are welcome at this open mic event. Mon., Oct. 15, 6-8 p.m.
Poor Richard's Bookstore Events, 320 N. Tejon St., 578-0012. Margaret Johnson will discuss and sign Seven Fairies. Thurs., Oct. 18, 7 p.m. Local author M.J. Brett will discuss and sign her World War II thrillers, Thurs., Oct. 23, 6 p.m.
Author Fest of the Rockies, The Cliff House at Pikes Peak, 306 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, 578-3005, authorfestoftherockies.org. $5-$25. Featuring over 30 Colorado authors offering workshops and presentations. Proceeds benefit the Manitou Springs Carnegie Library. Thurs.-Sat., Oct. 18-20.
Author Fest Booksigning, The Cliff House at Pikes Peak, 306 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs. Free. Frederick L. Morris will read and sign I've Always Known. Sat., Oct. 20, 10-10:45 a.m.
Colorado College Visiting Writers Series, Colorado College, 389-6607, coloradocollege.edu/news_events. Free. Featuring readings by internationally known authors. Salman Rushdie, Mon., Oct. 22, 7 p.m. Jessy Randall, CC's McHugh Commons, Thurs., Nov. 8, 7 p.m. Kate Northrup, CC's McHugh Commons, Tues., Nov. 13, 7 p.m.
Freestyle, Poetry, Spoken Word: Open Mic Nights, Pikes Peak Community College Downtown Studio Campus, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 502-2091. Free. All readers are welcome to read their favorites or present their own works. Fridays, Nov. 2 and Dec. 7.
"luvsaverb" Open Mic Poetry, Village Inn Restaurant, 5790 S. Carefree Circle, 233-1698, luvsaverb.com. Free. Open to all who want to read or listen. Second and fourth Saturdays, 9-11 p.m.
Great Books Discussion Group, Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333 ext. 1206, greatbooks.org. Free. Reading books from Great Conversations 2, edited by Daniel Born and Donald Whitfield. Second Thursday of the month, 6:45-9 p.m.
Son de Madera, CC's Armstrong Quad, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 531-6333 ext. 1200. Free. Son de Madera will get you dancing with its fusion of Spanish and African beats. Fri., Oct. 12, 10-11:30 p.m.
Pop Horn Classics, Lon Chaney Theater, 221 E. Kiowa St. $15. Dick Cunico's Little Big Band will play music of the '40s through '70s. Fri., Oct. 12, 7-9 p.m.
Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble, $10-$15. Presenting The Eternal Feminine: Five Centuries of Music by Women. First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., Fri., Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. and Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy 105, Palmer Lake, trilakesarts.org, Sun., Oct. 14, 4 p.m.
Colorado Springs Philharmonic Events, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org. $15-$52. Presenting Best of the West with The Colorado Wranglers, Sat., Oct. 13, 8 p.m. Beloved Brahms Concerto, Oct. 20, 8 p.m. and Oct. 21, 2:30 p.m. Symphonie Fantastique, Nov. 17-18. Smetana: The Moldau, Jan. 12-13. Thrilling Tchaikovsky, Feb. 9-10. Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, March 15-16. Paganini Violin Concerto No. 1, April 12-13.
Second Sunday Jazz Affair, Olympian Plaza Event Center, 975 S. Union Blvd., 685-9451, ppjass.org. $5-$10. Laura Davis and Friends will be performing jazz, big band classics and originals. Sun., Oct. 14, 2-5 p.m.
Amuse in Concert, First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., 633-8888. Free will offering. An early instrument ensemble performing music of the 17th and 18th centuries on recorders, cornetto, harpsichord, cello and organ. Sun., Oct. 14, 3 p.m.
The Music of William Bolcom, CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607. Free. CC faculty will perform music of the Pulitzer Prize- and Grammy Award-winning composer, Thurs., Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m. William Bolcom lecture, Tues., Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m. William Bolcom & Joan Morris Cabaret, Wed., Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Los Straitjackets with Big Sandy, Thirsty Parrot, 32 S. Tejon St., 473-4801, amusiccompanyinc.com. $13-$30. A Music Company and KRCC Concerts present national recording artists. Thurs., Oct. 18, 7-10 p.m.
Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3567, galleryuccs.org. Free. Presenting a sitar and tabla concert. Thurs., Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Etown Radio Show Taping, CC's Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 473-4801, krcc.org. $15-$20. Performances by Loudon Wainwright III and Bettye Lavette. Fri., Oct. 19, 7-9:30 p.m.
Friends House Concerts, 329-1644, house-concerts.org. Presenting Zoe Lewis with Kate Wolf, Sat., Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m., $15. Pete Mulvey, Sun., Dec. 9, 7 p.m., $15. Patty Larkin, Sun., Feb. 24, 7 p.m., $20. Catie Curtis, Sun., March 16, 7 p.m., $20. Chris Smither, Fri., April 11, 7 p.m., $25.
Pikes Peak Philharmonic, various venues, 685-6468, pikespeakphil.org. $6-$18. Presenting Beethoven and the Wild West at Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave., Oct. 21, 3 p.m. Living Christmas Tree, Dec. 14-16, 7 p.m. Romantic Europe, Feb. 10, 3 p.m. Lost in the Woods, April 13, 3 p.m. Spring Fantasy, May 18, 3 p.m.
Cliff Eberhardt House Concert, Downtown Colorado Springs. $25. Critically acclaimed musician Cliff Eberhardt. Potluck dinner will begin the evening. Send checks (made out to Cliff Eberhardt) to Karen Rowan, P.O. Box 165, Manitou Springs, CO 80829. Sat. Oct. 25, 5:30 p.m.
World Arena Concerts, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, worldarena.com. James Taylor, Fri., Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m. Blue Man Group, Sat., Nov. 24, 8 p.m. Evanescence, Sun., Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m. Trans Siberian Orchestra, Wed., Dec. 5, 8 p.m.
Pikes Peak Center Concerts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, pikespeakcenter.org. Presenting Brule, Sat., Dec 15, 7:30 p.m.
World Arena Events, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, worldarena.com. Larry the Cable Guy, Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Pasi'n Flamenca, Pikes Peak Community College, Centennial Campus Theatre, 5675 S. Academy Blvd., 520-SHOW, ticketswest.com. $20. Enjoy flamenco rhythms performed by Juan Siddi & Company. Thurs., Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Oliver!, Village Seven Presbyterian Church, 4055 Nonchalant Circle S., 574-6700 ext. 45, v7pc.org. $6. The Pikes Peak Village Singers will present Lionel Bart's classic musical. Thurs.-Sat., Oct. 11-13, 7 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 13, 2 p.m.
9th annual Gay & Lesbian Theatre Festival, Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 636-5089, smokebrush.org. $10-$25. Presenting The Laramie Project, The Normal Heart and The Amazing Amazon All-Stars. Oct. 11-27.
Come to the Cabaret, Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave., 528-5222. Donations accepted, reservations not required. Soprano Dr. Susan Rae Jensen will present a concert to benefit "Opera Theatre of the Rockies Goes to School" programs. Fri., Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m.
Arnold Hall Theater Events, U.S. Air Force Academy, 333-4497, ticketmaster.com. Presenting Coaster, Drifters and Platters, $20-$35, Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. Cirque Le Masque, $35-$40, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. Peter Pan, $15-$42, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. Cats, $27-$47, March 7-8, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Blast, $25-$45, April 5, 7:30 p.m. I Love a Piano, $20-$35, April 16, 7:30 p.m.
FAC Theatre Events, SaGaJi Theatre, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org. $24-$29. Presenting Brighton Beach Memoirs, Oct. 12-28. A Christmas Carol, Nov. 30 to Dec. 23. Sunday in the Park with George, Jan. 25 to Feb. 17. Fuddy Meers, March 21 to April 6. Beauty and the Beast, May 9 to June 1.
Magician Fielding West, Theatre of Dreams Arts and Events Center, 735 Park St., Castle Rock, 303/660-6799, amazingshows.com. $20. Experience the magic of Fielding West. Fri.-Sat., Oct. 12-13, 8 p.m.
Damon Runyon Theater Events, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, 719/564-0579, runyontheater.org. Featuring Fiddler on the Roof, $8-$25 (with dinner option), Oct. 12-14, 19-21 and 26-27. Rabbit Hole, $8-$25 (with dinner option), Nov. 9-11 and 17-18.
Loonee's Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707, loonees.com. Presenting Sam Griesbaum, through Oct. 14. Hypnotist Jac Rene, Oct. 16-28.
Theatreworks Events, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive, 262-3232, theatreworkscs.org. $12-$22. Featuring Zorro!, through Oct. 14, Wed.-Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sat., 2 p.m., and Sun., 4 p.m. Doubt: A Parable, Nov. 1-18. The Santaland Diaries, Dec. 6-23. Blithe Spirit, Jan. 31 to Feb. 17. Dal Al-Harb, March 13 to April 6. 9 Parts of Desire, March 20 to April 5. Playboy of the Western World, April 24 to May 3.
Noises Off, Palmer High School, 301 N. Nevada Ave., 328-3760. $5-$7. Coronado High School will present this British comedy about theatre, doors and sardines (at Palmer High). Wed.-Fri., Oct. 17-19, 7 p.m.
Pikes Peak Center Events, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, pikespeakcenter.org. Presenting Curtis Adams: Magic that Rocks, Thurs., Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m. Rodney Carrington, Fri., Nov. 16, 8 p.m. Go Diego Go Live!, Oct. 23-24, 4 & 7 p.m. Evita, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 26, 8 p.m. Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, Nov. 11, 7 p.m.
The Honeymoon Period is Officially Over, Manitou Art Theater, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-4729, themat.org. $16. Gemma Wilcox portrays over 20 characters in this solo theater performance. Thurs.-Sat., Oct. 18-20, 8 p.m., and Sun., Oct. 21, 2 p.m.
Masters at the MAT Workshop Series, Manitou Art Theater, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-4729, themat.org. $30. Gemma Wilcox will lead "Honesty Unleashed," a workshop devoted to generating ideas for solo performances. Sat., Oct. 20, 10 a.m. to noon.
Cripple Creek Theatre Events, Butte Opera House, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 719/689-6402, butteoperahouse.com. $9-$14. Thin Air Theatre Company presents Dr. Jekyll's Medicine Show, through Oct. 31. Thurs.-Sat., 7 p.m. and Sat.-Sun., 1 p.m.
- Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, thebac.org. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Featuring Frank, Twisted & Bent, sculptures by Melissa Getz, through Oct. 23. Chicano Magic, in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, through Nov. 3. Prt--Gicle, fine, archival inkjet prints, Oct. 19 to Nov. 20. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 26, 5-6 p.m.
Shopping and F*cking, UCCS Osborne Studio Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive, 216-2867, theatredart.org. $5-$10. A dark and dramatic comedy about relationships that have been boiled down to transactions. Fridays-Sundays, through Oct. 21, 8 p.m.
"Whose Line Is It?" with Felonius Monks Improv Comedy Troupe, McCabe's Tavern, 520 S. Tejon St., 360-3786. Free. Presenting a weekly comedy night. Tuesdays, 8 p.m.
dance parties & workshops
Hot Salsa Lessons, Union Depot, 132 W. B St., Pueblo, 719/545-2080. $5. Dance instructor Ginger Pickerel will teach, followed by an open dance floor. Thurs., Oct. 11 and Nov. 8, 7-11 p.m.
Autumn Magic Dance, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2886 S. Circle Drive, KCMN tickets: 570-1530. $50. Dance to the Frank Fannelli Orchestra and enjoy a buffet and cash bar. Sat., Oct. 13, 5:30-10:30 p.m.
Hips 101, Bellydance, Salsa, and Yoga Booty Ballet Classes, Springs Salsa & Dance Fitness, 2506 W. Colorado Ave., springssalsa.com, 520-1201. New students $10/one-week. Day and evening classes, Mondays-Saturdays.
Country-Western Dance Party, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St., 598-8624, roncounts.com. $5. Dance easy lines, Texas two-step, mixers, country waltz, cowboy cha-cha, easy squares and more. No smoking or alcohol. Singles welcome. Sat., Oct. 13, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Instruction, 7 p.m.
International Dance Club, 2242 Busch Ave., 633-0195, internationaldanceclub.org. Dance to the music ranging from big band and country to polka and Latin, $7-$9, every Saturday, 7:30-11 p.m. Featuring music by Bill Emery 5-Spot, $8-$10, Fri., Oct. 19, 8-11 p.m.
Ballroom Dance Classes, Downtown YMCA, 207 N. Nevada Ave., Arthur: 634-3029. Learn swing, salsa, waltz, cha-cha, tango, foxtrot and more. Open to members and non-members. Registration on-going. Wednesdays, 7:30-9 p.m.
Hip Hop Workshop and Jam, Ormao Center for Contemporary Dance, 611 N. Royer St., 471-9759, myspace.com/hiphopcoloradosprings. Join our positive hip hop community and practice Bboying/Bgirling. First Saturday of the month. Workshop, 11 a.m. to noon. Jam, noon to 1 p.m.
Ballroom, Latin and Swing Lessons, Social Elegance, 2109 Templeton Gap Road, 632-4055, socialelegance.net. $7/drop-in. Beginner Dance Classes, Tuesdays through Dec. 22, 7-8 and 8-9 p.m. Intermediate, Wednesdays. Advanced, Thursdays.
Ballroom Dance Classes, The Studio, 3020 W. Colorado Ave., Leslie: 635-7230. $30 for 5-week session. Learn basic ballroom dances and steps. No partner necessary. Mondays, 7-8 p.m.
Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, 520-6745. Offering "Fall Star Gazing for Beginners," Oct. 12. "Two & Threes Outdoors: Ears and Eyes," Oct. 18. "PJs in the Park Overnight: Camping Adventures," Oct. 19-20. "Nature Adventures: Reduce-Reuse-Recycle," Oct. 24.
Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, 520-6387. Offering "Weblos Scout Days," Oct. 13. "Nature Explorers: Going Batty," Oct. 18. "Zebulon Pike Bicentennial Re-enactment," Oct. 20. "Nocturnal Neighbors Night Hike," Oct. 26. "Teddy Bear Picnic," Oct. 27.
Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road, 385-6086, cheyennecanon.org. Open Wed.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Offering "A Walk in the Forest," Oct. 13. "Upper Columbine Guided Hike," Oct. 14. "Babes in the Woods," Oct. 20. "Stratton Open Space Guided Hike," Oct. 28. "Colorado Evergreens for Kids," Nov. 3 and 17. "National Audubon Society Bird Count," Dec. 15.
Balls of Steel Softball Tournament, Sports Garden, 605 N. Pueblo Blvd., Pueblo, 719/406-6369, cfisteel.org. $150. Proceeds will benefit the Bessemer Historical Society and Steelworks Museum of Industry and Culture. Sat.-Sun., Oct. 13-14.
Cheyenne Mountain State Park, 410 JL Ranch Heights, 576-2251, parks.state.co.us/parks/cheyennemountain. Open daily, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. $6/car. Kids' classes for ages 3-5 at 9 a.m. Offering "Bird Song," Oct. 18. "Fall Leaves," Oct. 25. "Sharpen Your Senses," Nov. 1. "Prairie Dog Party," Nov. 8. "Tracking Turkeys," Nov. 15.
A Ghost Town Tour, Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St., 636-1225. Free. Explore a ghost town and former mining camp with Phil McDonald. Fri., Oct. 12, 10:30 a.m.
2007 Colorado Springs Autism Resource Symposium, The Lodge at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., Kim: 265-6141, asappr.org. Free. Featuring speakers and an expo highlighting area services, organizations and support groups for those within the autism spectrum community. Sat., Oct. 13, 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
First Nations Day, Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, 3202 Chambers Way. 578-6777, rockledgeranch.com. $2-$6. Learn about the traditional and modern lives of American Indians through dance, storytelling, food and art. Sat., Oct. 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cat House Poker Run, Cowboys Niteclub, 3910 Palmer Park Blvd., 761-1120. $20-$25. Ride your bike on this poker run ending with free camping and beer. Proceeds benefit Big Cats of Serenity Springs sanctuary. Sat., Oct. 13, 8 a.m.
23rd Annual Model Railroad Show and Swap Meet, Rampart High School, 8250 Lexington Drive, 481-2698. $4-$6, kids free. Model railroad layouts will be featured along with how-to clinics. Sat., Oct. 13, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
National Model Contest, HobbyTown USA, 839 N. Academy Blvd., 637-0404. Entry fee $3. Model cars, aircraft, military vehicles and more. Sat., Oct. 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Southern Colorado Animal Alliance Adoption Fair, PETCO, 3060 N. Powers Blvd., 390-7838, dreampower.org. Free. A variety of animals will be available for adoption along with many information and activities for the whole family. Sat., Oct 13, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., Oct. 14, noon to 6 p.m.
Dog Obedience & Rally Trial, Latigo Trails Equestrian Center, 13710 Halleluiah Trail, Elbert, 578-1218, pikespeakobedience.org. Spectators free. Watch obedience trials and rally, a new dog sport. Sat.-Sun., Oct. 13-14, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Blessing of the Pets, Temple Shalom, 1523 E. Monument St., templeshalom.com. Animals will be the focus of this blessing ceremony conducted by Rabbi Mel Glazer. Sun., Oct. 14, noon.
Antiques at the Aud, Colorado Springs City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., 596-8839. $3. Antique show and sale featuring collectibles, furniture and more. Sat., Oct. 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Stand Down for Homeless Veterans, Colorado Springs City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., 667-3703. Free. Vets can receive a hot shower, meal, clothing, haircut, health screening and more. Thurs., Oct. 18.
Howl-o-ween Dog Wash-A-Thon, Wag n' Wash Healthy Pet Center, 1625 W. Uintah St., 264-6460, haveanicedog.org. Minimum donation $10. All-Breed Rescue & Training volunteers will wash and dry your dog for donations while you enjoy a bake sale treat. Fri., Oct. 19, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Barktoberfest, 2360 Montebello Square Drive, 522-9000. This dog event features a costume contest, bobbing for biscuits, doggie body art and more. Sat., Oct. 20, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Youth & Family
Mind Seizure Haunted House, indoors at the Flea Market, 5225 E. Platte Ave., 527-3787, mindseizure.com. $13. Professional local actors wait to terrify their victims. Oct. 11-14, 18-21 and 25-31, 7 p.m.
Manitou Springs Public Library Storytimes, 606 Manitou Ave., 685-5206, manitousprings-co.gov. Enjoy weekly stories, fingerplays and songs for children birth through 5 years. Thursdays, 10:30-11 a.m. "Teddy Bears' Picnic," Oct. 11. "Fall Leaves," Oct. 18. "Not So Scary Halloween," Oct. 25.
Fall Festival, Pinon Valley Elementary School, 6205 Farthing Drive, 527-0300. Featuring a pumpkin patch, obstacle course, games and horse and hay rides. Sat., Oct. 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Haunted Mines, Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd., 488-0800, hauntedmines.org. $13.50-$20. Ride the "hellevator" into the depths of the mines and experience 26 acres of terror. Not recommended for children under 12. Runs through Oct. 31, 7 p.m.
"The Zorro Experience," Pikes Peak Library District, 531-6333, ppld.org. Free. Activities include fencing, mask making and dancing with swords. Briargate Branch and Cheyenne Mountain Branch, Sat., Oct. 20. Penrose Library, Sun., Oct. 21.
"Mothersong," Unity Church, 1945 Mesa Road, 471-0520. $5-$10. Offering a multi-cultural sing-along for families with children 0-3 years old. Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Family Fun Nights, Manitou Springs Public Library, 606 Manitou Ave., 685-5206, manitousprings-co.gov. Presenting local performers, stories, arts & crafts and snacks. First Thursday of the month, 6:30-8 p.m.
Rocky Mountain Field Institute is seeking volunteers for back-country trail work and environmental restoration. Oct. 13-14. Call 471-7736 or visit rmfi.org for more.
Chins Up is looking for foster parents to provide safe and loving homes to neglected or abused children. Training, support and financial reimbursement is provided. Call Jennifer at 327-2013 or visit griffithcenters.org for more.
Operation Christmas Child is seeking donations for its Christmas gift project that reaches kids in over 100 countries. Call 260-9356 or see samaritanspurse.org for instructions on packing a shoe-box gift with toys, necessities, school supplies, candy and a letter of support.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is seeking volunteers to become a child's "voice in court" and help an abused or neglected child. No legal background needed. Call 447-9898 ext. 1008 or visit casappr.org for more.
The American Cancer Society is seeking cancer survivors and volunteers with caring hearts to visit with newly diagnosed cancer patients. Training provided. Call 635-5101 opt. 3 for an application or information.
Operation Care Package is seeking support in fulfilling its mission of sending weekly letters of support and care packages to soldiers who are serving overseas. See operationcarepackage.org for more.
Odyssey Healthcare/Hospice is seeking volunteers for patient visits, caregiver respite, phone contacts, office support and bereavement calls and visits. Those with massage therapy, Reiki, pet therapy and music therapy skills are needed. Call 573-4166 for more.
Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center is seeking volunteers, 14 and older, to assist riders with disabilities during weekly lessons. Experience not required. Call 495-3908 for more.
Catholic Charities Life Support Center is seeking volunteers to receive and sort donations and help clients check out once they receive baby items. Call 866-6443 for more.
PEAK Parent Center is seeking volunteers to assist with general office tasks such as collating information packets, answering phones and data entry. Training is provided. Call 531-9400 or visit peakparent.org for more.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is seeking volunteer medical personnel such as nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists, dentists, pharmacists and mental health counselors to respond to disasters or public health emergencies. Call 888/260-6330 or visit covolunteers.state.co.us for more.
Ariel Clinical Services is seeking loving foster homes for developmentally challenged and medically fragile children. Competitive stipend with excellent support provided. Call 260-6110 for more.
Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care, 5450 Tech Center Drive, Suite 120. Caring volunteers needed to visit patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families, assist with administrative duties and bereavement support. Call 265-1109 for more.
Teller County Regional Animal Shelter, a no-kill animal shelter in Divide, seeks volunteers to walk or groom dogs, play with cats, run errands, work in the office and more. Call 686-7707 or visit tcrascolorado.com for more.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Southern Office is seeking friendly people willing to share quality time with people living with MS in long-term care facilities. To learn more about the Community Care Volunteer Visitation Program call 634-2820 opt. 2, ext. 101 or visit fightmscolorado.org.
Friends of Garden of the Gods is seeking volunteers to welcome visitors or help lead field trips for school children and tourists. Call Bonnie Frum at 219-0101 for more
Front Range Wildlife is seeking animal care, rescue and transport, fundraising, event planning and other volunteers for 2007. Call 964-7826 or visit frontrangewildlife.org to register.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is seeking volunteers to serve as mentors to local youth as part of a new program. Go for walks, play in the park, watch movies, play board games, cook food and share other positive experiences with kids each week. Call 633-2443 or visit bbbscolo.org/pikespeak for more.
American Numismatic Association is seeking museum docents, administrative support and customer service volunteers. Call 482-9814 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
The Salvation Army has a variety of volunteer opportunities available. Call 636-5266 or visit tsacs.org for more information.
Care & Share Food Bank needs volunteers to help with hunger-relief projects throughout southern Colorado. Call 528-1247 or visit careandshare.org for more.
Pikes Peak Family Connections needs volunteers for its Nurturing Parenting Program and KPC Kids' Place respite nursery. Internships and work-study positions also are available. Call Jennifer at 442-6336 for more.
Memorial Health System is seeking volunteers for various areas of the hospital. Call 365-5298 or visit memorialheathsystems.com for more.
All Breed Rescue & Training is seeking foster or adoptive homes for dogs, and volunteers for special events, office work, maintenance, fundraising and volunteer coordination. Call 264-6460 or visit haveanicedog.org for more.
Easter Seals Southern Colorado is seeking volunteers for collating and mailing newsletters, office work, special events and other tasks. Call 574-9002 or visit co-so.easterseals.com for more.
Indigo Mountain Nature Center, a Lake George sanctuary for captive-born wildlife is seeking volunteers with a variety of skills, including construction, maintenance and fundraising. For more call 748-5550 or visit indigomtn.org.
Safe Place Animal Rescue is seeking volunteers to assist with finding homes for pets of the terminally ill. Visit safeplaceco.org or call 638-1424 for more.
Dreampower Animal Rescue is seeking volunteers to give pets temporary homes until adopted. All food and veterinary care provided. Call 390-7838 or visit dreampower-arf.com for more.
Another Life Foundation is hosting Volunteer Mentor meetings on recognizing and preventing suicidal behavior. Meets the first Wednesday of every month, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Call 216-7238 or visit anotherlifefoundation.org for more.
Colorado Reptile Humane Society is seeking homes for adoptable lizards, snakes, turtles and tortoises. Call 303/776-2070 or visit corhs.org for more.
Earthseeds Project, volunteers needed to assist with office work and in communications, fundraising, online research, local events and more. Call 636-3637 or visit earthseeds.net for more.
Women's Resource Agency, 2220 E. Bijou St., Suite 2E. Volunteers needed in several areas, including workshop facilitation, computer class instruction, event planning and more. Call 471-3170 for more.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts & Conference Center, 30 W. Dale St. Seeking volunteers in various areas. Check csfineartscenter.org for a current list of volunteer opportunities. E-mail email@example.com for more.
The Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo. Seeking volunteers in various capacities. Call 719/295-7200 for more.
Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care, 825 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite 600. Volunteers needed to support patients and families in their homes and long-care facilities. Volunteer musicians also needed for inpatient care. Visit pikespeakhospice.org or call 633-3400 ext. 603 for more.
TESSA is seeking volunteers to assist with administrative duties, victim advocacy, counseling, crisis management and more. Call 785-6809 for more.
Ellicott Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, seeking tax-deductible contributions to help feed and provide medical care for wildlife in rehabilitation. Call 683-8152 or visit ellicottwildlife.com for more.
Out of Town
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, arvadacenter.org. Featuring Colorado Watercolor Society's State Watermedia Exhibition through Nov. 11.
Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, 720/865-5000, denverartmuseum.org. Featuring Artisans & Kings: Selected Treasures from the Louvre through Jan. 6, 2008.
Foothills Art Center, 809 15th St., Golden, 303/279-3922, foothillsartcenter.org. Featuring Rocky Mountain National Watermedia, through Nov. 4.
Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, 303/987-7845, lakewood.org. Featuring Una Casa Para el Muerto (A Home for the Dead) art celebrating Day of the Dead, through Nov. 2.
Museo de las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 303/571-4401, museo.org. Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Free to members, $4 guests. Featuring Muiz: Remastered, photographs from the West Collection, through Jan. 20.
SPACe Gallery in the Park, 132 W. Ryus, La Veta, 719/742-3074, spanishpeaks.org. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Presenting Fall Celebration, works by featured artist Coni Grant and 18 regional artists, through Oct. 12. Revealing the Magic: Printmaking, Oct. 16 to Nov. 9.
Lyons Sculpture Trail, begin at Oskars Blues, Stone Cup Caf or Barking Dog Cafe, Lyons, 303/823-6828, sculpturetrail.com. A 60-90 minute walk through 36 Jack-and-the-Beanstalk themed sculptures, through Oct. 21, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tattered Cover Book Store Events, at Historic LoDo, Colfax and Highlands Ranch, tatteredcover.com. Presenting Robert Greer and Jerry Ruhl, Oct. 11. Dan Levitin, Justice Greg Hobbs and Beth Holloway, Oct. 12. Jana Clark, Laura Resau and Todd Mitchell, Oct. 13. Carl Bernstein, Stephen R. Donaldson and Richard Paul Evans, Oct. 15. Susie Scott Krabacher and David Amram, Oct. 16. Kevin Bales and A.J. Jacobs, Oct. 17. Kevin Kling and Jeffrey Lent, Oct. 19.
Colorado Book Awards, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Seawell Grand Ballroom, 1050 13th St., Denver, 303/894-7951, coloradohumanities.org. $75-$85. The Colorado Center for the Book will honor more 50 authors, editors, illustrators and photographers. Wed. Oct. 17, 6 p.m.
University of Denver Writers Series, Newman Center, Gates Concert Hall, 2344 E. Illif Ave., Denver, ticketmaster.com. $38-$49. Presenting Claire Messud, Tues., Nov. 27, 7:30 p.m. Erik Larson, Tues., Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m. Anna Quindlen, Tues., March 18, 7:30 p.m.
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, arvadacenter.org. Featuring Perry Weissman 3, Oct. 12, 7 p.m. Molly O'Brien and Rich Moore, Oct. 25, 7 p.m. Plaid Tidings, featuring the Forever Plaid quartet. Nov. 13 to Dec. 23.
Jones Theater, 119 Main St., Westcliffe, 719/783-2099. $5-$39. Featuring Veronika String Quartet. Sun., Oct. 14, 2 p.m.
Teen Battle of the Bands, O'Brien Park, 10795 Victorian Drive, Parker, 303/791-7323. Free. See eight bands battle for a recording package and enter drawings to win iPods and other prizes. Sat., Oct. 13, noon to 8 p.m.
recreation & learning
Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver, 303/866-3682, coloradohistory.org. $5-$7, free under 5 years. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Contested Lands: Photographs around the Picket Wire through June 1.
Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St., Denver, 720/865-3500, botanicgardens.org. Presenting "Desert Beauties for Front Range Gardens" with Mary Irish, Oct. 18, 7 p.m. Richard Hartlage, Nov. 8, 7 p.m. Colorado Residents' Free Day, Oct. 22.
Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, 303/973-3705, botanicgardens.org. $5-$8. Colorado Residents' Free Day, Fri., Oct. 5. Get lost in an 8.5-acre corn maze. Fridays, 4-9 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 8 p.m., through Oct. 28. Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 13-14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., 303/322-7009. $10-$20. Featuring TITANIC: The Artifact Exhibition through Jan. 6.
The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300, thewildlifeexperience.org. Presenting Paws & Reflect: Art of Canines through Oct. 14. My Home Planet Earth through Oct. 21.
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, arvadacenter.org. Featuring Children's Theater: Miss Nelson is Missing! through Nov. 2. Defiance, through Nov. 4. La Cage aux Folles, Nov. 16 to Dec. 23. Of Mice and Men, Jan. 29 to March 9. Nunsensations: The Nunsense Vegas Revue, March 6-23. House of Blue Leaves, April 8 to May 11. Altar Boyz, April 22 to June 15. Buddy...The Buddy Holly Story, July 5 to Aug. 10.
The Avenue Theater, 417 17th Ave., Denver, 303/321-5925, avenuetheater.com. Featuring The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged), $15-$20, through Oct. 27. The Denver Improv Festival, $10-$20, Oct. 11-13.
Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303/998-9414. The Black Neck Crane Dance Troupe from Bhutan will present the Treasure Dances of Pema Lingpa. Wed., Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver, 720/946-1388, buntport.com. Presenting Vote for Uncle Marty, a satirical look at life, through Oct. 13.
Comedy Works, 1226 15th St., Denver, 303/595-3637, comedyworks.com. Presenting Harland Williams, Oct. 12-13. Kevin Nealon, Oct. 19-20. Bill Bellamy, Oct. 25-27. Matt Kirshen and Debra DiGiovanni, Nov. 2-3. Andrew Dice Clay, Nov. 9-10. Charlie Murphy, Nov. 16-18.
Denver Center for Performing Arts, Buell Theatre, 950 13th St., Denver, 303/893-4100, denvercenter.org. Presenting Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Oct. 16-28. Pride and Prejudice, Nov. 16 to Dec. 15.
Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, 303/987-7845, lakewood.org. Presenting India Jazz Suites, $26, Thurs., Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m. Beauty and the Beat, Feb. 8-24. Thoroughly Modern Millie, April 18 to May 4.
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, Marriott Denver Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse St., 720/945-1313, audiofest.net. $10-$25. Bring your vinyls, CD's and laptops for a new listening experience in 130 rooms wired to impress. Fri.-Sun., Oct. 12-14.
Carle Whitehead Memorial Award Dinner, Denver Marriott City Center, 1701 California St., Denver, 303/777-5482 ext. 105, alcu-co.org. $225. The American Civil Liberties Union will be honoring award recipients who have dedicated a lifetime of work to protecting civil rights in Colorado. Sat., Oct. 20, 5:30-9 p.m.