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22 Wednesday


Michelle Obama's #GimmeFive jam session at the White House Easter Egg Roll event earlier this month made a ton of headlines, and was one of the Let's Move blog's Top 5 moments from the day. But another Top 5 moment included Denverite DJ Cavem and his wife Alkemia Earth's "culinary concert" — think veggies, fruits, cooking demo mirrors, mics and laptops. DJ Cavem uses hip-hop to connect kids with organic foods and gardening, and will be in town at 5 p.m. tomorrow to speak about his recent documentary, From Gangs to Gardens, at Pikes Peak Community College's Centennial Campus (5675 S. Academy Blvd., But between 10 and 7 today, you can drop in for PPCC's juried Trash Art Show, which has faculty, staff and students constructing artwork under the theme of "power and the environment" from repurposed garbage. — Edie Adelstein


23 Thursday


The French comedy The Liar began life in 1643, the same year Louis XIV was crowned king, as a production of Pierre Corneille. Playwright David Ives adapted it in recent years to much acclaim, using rhyming couplets with abandon, and the local performance opens at 7:30 tonight at the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater (3955 Regent Circle, Of the two-act play performed by TheatreWorks, Ives told NPR in 2010 that he "was handed a gorgeous, intricate plot with extraordinary comic turns. And so, all I had to do, really, in taking this is turn it up to 11." Tickets are $35. Check out our review of the play in next week's issue. — Bryce Crawford


24 Friday

festival I

Steampunk is a subculture with reach. Consider: May 6 will bring the PC release of Vertiginous Golf, "a dystopian steam punk mini-golf adventure game set in the skies above an alternate world where life on the ground is enveloped in permanent smog, constant darkness, and never-ending rain." While they wait, high-altitude steampunk lovers can converge this weekend in Victor for its annual Steampunk Resurgence, with a paranormal investigation, art shows, downtown tours, a steam-power lecture, demo contraption competition, mine tours, Italian dinner, fashion show and ball. For a full list of events running through Sunday, visit — Jess Agius


25 Saturday

festival II

Lantern Fest is a traveling extravaganza that wafts across the nation, helping people express their "highest hopes, deepest regrets, and fondest dreams" by lighting biodegradable paper lanterns and sending them up into the night sky. The local fest starts at 3 p.m. and includes music, dancing, noshing on s'mores (and more) and rubbing elbows with fellow revelers, all of which leads up to lantern-lighting and launch after sundown. The Fest will take place at Pikes Peak International Raceway, 16650 Midway Ranch Road, Fountain, and tickets are $35 to $40 (15 and younger get in free; Do try to carpool: Parking costs an additional $5. — Mary Jo Meade


26 Sunday

food & drink

Previous Taste of OCC events have raised nearly $30,000 for upkeep and improvements to Bancroft Park (2408 W. Colorado Ave.,, the historic host site. So know that your entry fee — $30 early, $35 at the door (ages 4 to 12, $10; 4 and under, free) — means more than just access to 30-plus area food and alcohol vendors, live music and art demos. Indulge from 1 to 4 today and do your best to win dinner for two for a year in Old Colorado City, 'cuz then you could really punish the Colorado Avenue fare in style. (Naps in the park may be needed.) — Matthew Schniper


27 Monday


Science fiction sometimes slips on the whole "science" thing, especially when it hits the big screen. Lately, though, harder sci-fi like Gravity and Interstellar have been upping the ante and getting real(er) on the mechanics. Want to get the details on what's right on, and what's movie magic? The Ivywild School (1604 S. Cascade Ave., has invited two experts — astrophysicist Dr. Lynnane George and Dr. Bill Farrand of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission — to talk about space and science as part of its free Super Science Mashup series. The event starts at 7 with solar telescope viewings from the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society, and the presentation begins at 7:30. — Griffin Swartzell


28 Tuesday


When he was just 12 years old, Joe Bonamassa opened for B.B. King. Now, 25 years later, he's taken to opening for himself. The blues-rocker's current tour begins each night with a 45-minute acoustic set, followed by a 15-minute break and then the main attraction, a 90-minute electric set that puts his fans in touch with their inner air-guitarists. Born and raised in upstate New York, Bonamassa has always drawn heavily upon the musical influences of Irish and English guitar gods like Rory Gallagher and Eric Clapton, who were in turn largely influenced by American blues artists. The circle is, for the most part, unbroken, and you can hear for yourself tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., Tickets are $79 to $99, showtime is 8, and you'll probably want to get there on time for the opening act. — Bill Forman

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