Carrot Top at the Colorado State Fair Events Center, Pueblo. $11-$15, 520-9090. Sun., Aug. 18, 8 p.m.
Laugh Troop with Cajun Bill Thibodeux and open mic comedy night at Encroe! Dinner Theater, 10 Old Man's Trail, Manitou. Dinner available. Free, 471-PLAY. Thursdays, 8 p.m.
Colorado College Alumni Dance performance featuring original works in Armstrong Theater, NW corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. $2-$5, 389-6607. Fri.-Sat., July 19-20, 8 p.m.
ART at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. $20-$25, 634-5583. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Sundays, 2 p.m. Through July 21.
Come For Dinner... Stay For Death, a murder mystery at the Hearthstone Inn, 506 N. Cascade Ave. $45 dinner and show, $73 includes room and breakfast. 473-4413. Thurs., July 18, 6:30 p.m.
Once on this Island by North Springs Music Theatre at Creekside Middle School, Monument. $8, 488-3071. Fri.-Sat., July 19-20, 8 p.m. Sun., July 21, 3 p.m.
King Lear by TheatreWorks, under the tent at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway. Tuesday Sunday, through July 21, 7:30 p.m. Reserved seating: $16-$18. Free seating given away on a first-come, first-served basis starting 15 minutes before the show. Call 262-3232 for more.
Unhand Her, You Villain and Not My Cup of Tea, a double feature by the CastAway's Dinner PlayHouse Theater. $35 includes gourmet buffet. Reservations: 685-3700. Fri.-Sat., 6:30 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show. Through July 27.
Spoilers, a melodrama set in the Cripple Creek gold rush at the Butte Opera House, 139 E. Bennett, Cripple Creek. $11-$12.50, 689-2307. Wed., thurs., Sat. and Sun, 2 p.m. matinee. Wed.-Sun., 8 p.m. Through Sept. 1.
Nickelson Sings Eckstine, bringing back the smooth jazz of Billy Eckstine at Encore! Theater, 10 Old Man's Trail, Manitou. 471-PLAY. Fri.-Sat.: 6 p.m. dinner, 7:30 show. Sunday: noon lunch, 1:30 p.m. show.
Yo Ho Ho and a Barrel of Fun an audience participation-style comedy pirate melodrama at Iron Springs Chateau Melodrama Dinner Theater, 444 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs. Show only, $12. Dinner and show, $23. 685-5104. Through Sept. 30.