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26 Thursday


May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and according to AspenPointe's Kevin Porter, although one in four people struggle with mental illness, the stigma around the issue is still pretty strong. Through Spotlight on Stigma: Stories of Hope, "we're trying to shed a light on that," Porter says. "There's no reason not to come forward and seek treatment." About a dozen people who have used AspenPointe's services will share their journeys through stories, art and music at 5:30 tonight at CC's Cornerstone Art Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., Your $5 entry benefits the Pathways ACCESS Center. — Kirsten Akens


27 Friday

dinner theater

Madcap Mysteries Dinner Theater recently joined Red Herring Productions, the Dinner Detective and of course, the Iron Springs Chateau on our local dinner theatre scene. The troupe has four shows planned through the year's end (including A Pirate's Death for Ye in October), and kicks off that run with Corpse at the Pale Rose at 6 tonight at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts (304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, Single shows, paired with eats from Palmer Lake's Pinecrest Catering, run $30, or you can buy access to the whole batch for $100. As for the entertainment: Doesn't the word "madcap" pretty much say it all? — Matthew Schniper


28 Saturday


Burlesque buffs, tonight is a don't-miss. At 9 o'clock, some stars of the craft will ply their trade onstage at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, for A Night of Classic Burlesque: Sizzle Under the Summer Stars. Expect appearances by former Miss Exotic World Kitten DeVille; the bold, bad and be-Afro'ed Boss of Burlesque, Foxy Tann; Texan pinup queen and founder of the Jigglewatts, Coco Lectric; and numerous other dancers, including our own Peaks and Pasties. Tickets are $12 to $15 and available only to guests 21 and up. — Edie Adelstein


29 Sunday


Alfred Hitchcock's 1948 film Rope is often cited as a cinematic landmark, largely because the action takes place in real time, in what appears to be a single continuous take. All of which makes this brainy thriller especially appropriate for theater. Presented by Theatre 'd Art at its former UCCS venue, Osborne Studio Theatre (3955 Cragwood Drive,, the production will run through June 5. Today's performance is at 4, with tickets priced at $10 for the public, $5 for students with ID, and free for UCCS students. And while you'll get no spoilers here, rest assured that the premise is every bit as morbid and mordant as you'd expect from any work with Hitchcock's shadow looming over it. — Bill Forman


30 Monday


Gone are the gambling dens and brothels, but at least now you can patronize Old Colorado City without wearing a disguise. So hit Territory Days (Old Colorado City,, between 10 and 6 to catch the last day of our annual three-day cluster of craft, commercial and food booths. On the non-retail side, today's entertainment comes courtesy of Arvel Bird as well as the VooDoo Hawks, and four other acts without avian namesakes. Since you can expect a crowd, consider the free shuttle run out of Coronado High School and Rock Ledge Ranch. — Eric Calder


31 Tuesday


It's great to delve into art with a localized theme, but getting away has its advantages. And while Cuba may not seem like an obvious escape destination, its rich cultural and creative heritage is plenty to inspire the summer exhibition program at Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, Cuba & Beyond, comprising four vibrant exhibits, explores topics such as women artists, Cuban influence in Pueblo, and café culture. The show runs through the fall, and is open from 11 to 4 Tuesdays through Saturdays. (Tickets cost just $4 for adults and $3 for kids.) — Edie Adelstein


1 Wednesday


On, Matthew Kocel quotes a Denver woman who apparently came out of one of his performances and said, "... in my life I have known that this holy place exists, but I have never really experienced it until now ..." That's what a good throat singer can do for you, I guess, and Kocel seems to be a good throat singer. He simultaneously generates one, two, three or more notes from deep inside himself, and accompanies those vocals with tones from crystal bowls, conch shells and more. The place to find your holy place, or some healing, or just a unique Wednesday night is the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., Seeing Kocel (and something greater?) at 7 will cost you $30. — Kirk Woundy

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