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13 Wednesday

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In The Hans Christian Andersen Storybook, currently playing at Simpich Showcase (2413 W. Colorado Ave.,, the Ugly Duckling, a fidgety bundle of marabou feathers and strings, finds himself talking to his story's creator, and asks what's up with his name when confronted with the title of his tale. "I'm just a little overcooked, that's all," the duckling wails. "I didn't write this! I don't even know what ugly is!" Andersen, played by puppeteer and playwright David Simpich, tries to answer the duckling, and eventually does so with the help of six other fairy tales and their characters. Written in 1994 out of reverence for Andersen and his lasting stories, Simpich's revival is suitable for kids 6 and up and plays today at 2:30; it closes June 12. Tickets are $12. — Edie Adelstein


14 Thursday


Even if you were a good boy or girl and remembered to celebrate the one that nursed you, for Mother's Day last Sunday, you may wish to treat her to Motherhood Out Loud at Springs Ensemble Theatre (1903 E. Cache la Poudre St., before it closes on the 17th. Largely written by prominent female authors, the collaborative work uses a combo of monologues and choral sets to portray everything from the poignant to humorous aspects of mothering. Shows are at 7:30 tonight through Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday; seats are $15 (see website for mom and student discounts). — Matthew Schniper


15 Friday


"In many ways," says senior curator Bruce Bustard in a promotional video, "we do see the worker as being an American hero." This is entirely appropriate, but as globalization and technological innovation continue to eliminate jobs — Freightliner unveiled a self-driving semi-trailer truck last week — "hero" could one day be replaced with "relic." Either way, celebrate those who came before by catching The Way We Worked, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution, opening at 5:30 tonight in Pueblo, a town that knows a lot about vanishing industry, at its Steelworks Center of the West (215 Canal St., — Bryce Crawford


16 Saturday


Just like Gene Autry's tumbling tumbleweeds, the Wild Wild West Festival drifts into downtown Pueblo Friday, bringing carnival rides, street vendors, magic shows and three tents full of Western entertainment. Today's tickets run $3, free for kids under 12 as well as active military, their kids and spouses. From 6 to 9, $30 gets you into the fest and the trading Post at El Pueblo History Museum for the annual Whiskeys of the West fundraiser, featuring Colorado craft distillers. Leopold Bros., Wood's High Mountain Distillery, Forecastle Rum and others will be there; Grant Sabin will provide the music and craft cocktails will be on offer. Activities run through tomorrow; find more at — Mary Jo Meade


17 Sunday


Catch the second of two Colorado Springs Philharmonic performances today at 2:30 with conductor Josep Caballé-Domenech and violinist Michael Hanson, in a program consisting of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor and Violin Concerto No. 2 as well as Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. The last piece, which debuted in 1913, caused a near panic in its day for being at once so avant-garde and, it was thought, primitive, echoing its subject, a pagan ritual. Even today it can sound dissonant to some ears, yet others find it sensuous, complex and evocative. Judge for yourself. Tickets are $21 to $63 plus fees, available at A pre-concert lecture begins one hour prior to the performance; held at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) — Robert Meyerowitz


18 Monday


If you're not going to its Tall Boy Tuesday or Sunday's Drag Queen Brunch, or any of the themed nights in between, the least you could do is try the Underground (110 N. Nevada Ave., on a Monday evening. That's when you'll find charity bingo, described on Facebook as "big, loud and fun" and benefiting the United Court of the Pikes Peak Empire — which in turn, provides funding to local GLBTQ organizations. If you're feeling lucky, jackpots can exceed $100. The games run from 7 to 10 p.m., but if you get there a little early, you'll catch the tail end of happy hour. — Kirk Woundy


19 Tuesday


From a pop-culture perspective, it was Betty Edwards' Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain that popularized the concept of analytical people veering toward the left half of their brains while more creative types lean to the right. And while recent studies have suggested that this now-conventional wisdom may not be scientifically accurate, it's still a worthwhile goal to develop both creative and practical skills. For local authors, that's where Write Brain workshops come in. The monthly Pikes Peak Writers series began more than a decade ago and has covered topics ranging from character development to accounting procedures. This month, novelist and how-to author Pam McCutcheon talks about writing the fiction synopsis that'll get your masterpiece the attention it deserves. The free workshop takes place at 6:30 tonight in the Penrose Library's Carnegie Room (20 N. Cascade Ave., — Bill Forman

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