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10 Wednesday

Clouds and Mountains
  • Clouds and Mountains

Macon Terry is no stranger to Front Range music fans. He's handled bass guitar duties for Paper Bird and Gregory Alan Isakov, co-founded The River Arkansas with the Haunted Windchimes' Mike Clark, and is now fronting his own band, Clouds & Mountains. The Denver-based "math-folk" group will perform this evening at the intimate Songbird Cellars, which is quietly becoming Pueblo's equivalent of the Springs' Ivywild School scene. Dagmar and Taylor Ross open, and you can stop by the merch table for cassette tapes of Clouds & Mountains' Slumber album, which come complete with digital downloads and hand-pressed postcards. 7 p.m., 220 S. Union Ave., Pueblo, $9, — Bill Forman


10 Wednesday

The Un-Scene
  • The Un-Scene

For the last three months, folks downtown might have seen local artist Chris Alvarez scuttling about, taking photos of this and that as part of a residency at The Machine Shop. His photos have resulted in 18 paintings, part of an exhibit titled The Un-Scene. It's his look at parts of the urban environment people often ignore, from crusty buskers and homeless people to alleys and trains. He's even painted a porta-potty. On his Facebook page, Alvarez pays homage to the late Ken Auster for inspiration, saying "Through his work I learned to find romance in the mundane." By appointment, The Machine Shop, 4 S. Wahsatch Ave., free, 359-6966, — Griffin Swartzell


11 Thursday

MarchFourth Marching Band and Diego's Umbrella
  • MarchFourth Marching Band and Diego's Umbrella

Portland's heavily percussive and ambitiously theatrical MarchFourth! would be altogether unnecessary if Colorado's Itchy-O Marching Band were to trade their LED-enhanced, Ninja-graced, avant-funk for something more akin to gypsy jazz-rock and carny-barker shtick. Of course, Itchy-O would never go there, but MarchFourth! happily will, which is good news for fans of gravelly Tom Waits-style vocals and overblown cabaret spectacle. The Phoenix New Times likened them to "Sergeant Pepper leading a freaky Cirque du Soleil performance from the bandstand or European Gypsy camps stumbling upon the rhythms of Brazilian jungle tribes." You can see for yourself tonight at Stargazers, with Diego's Umbrella opening. 7 p.m., 10 S. Parkside Drive, $15, — Bill Forman


13 Saturday


Neurotic gardeners are like Chuck Norris; they don't sleep, they wait. Like right now, they're scheming over springtime tasks, just as soon as the ground warms enough. Maybe you're meant to be one of them. Start by upping your yard cred today at one of two concurrent skill shares. A Pikes Peak Beekeepers Association member will present an "Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping" at Phelan Gardens, while master gardeners will offer a Seed Starting Workshop at the Colorado State University Extension Office, the cost of which includes a take-home seed tray. 10 to 11 a.m., 4955 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., free,; 10 a.m. to noon, 17 N. Spruce St., $30, — Matthew Schniper


13 Saturday

Write Your Heart Out
  • Write Your Heart Out

So you're a writer; a free-thinking, emotionally charged, lyrical master. That's great, but now what? Don't take this the wrong way, but you're not unique. The good news is that there's a plethora of like-minded peers offering plenty of resources to help polish your prose. One such resource is Pikes Peak Writers' annual Write Your Heart Out event. If you haven't committed to attending a PPW conference yet, or are just interested in programs to better your craft, this preview event is exactly what you're looking for — featuring six local presenters, book signings, giveaways and more. 1 to 5 p.m., Marriott, 5580 Tech Center Drive, free (space is limited), — Craig Lemley


13 Saturday

Studio A64 Grand Reopening
  • Studio A64 Grand Reopening

It's hard to believe that Colorado Springs has had cannabis clubs for three years. Today, Studio A64 is celebrating its three-year anniversary and grand reopening under its new leadership. From the ribbon cutting to closing, owners Ambur Rose, Captain Abner "Voodoo" Marrero and Janine Lee Choung have planned a day of entertainment. Expect food, raffles, door prizes and, of course, plenty of cannabis. Later, look for live comedy with The Thompson Boys. And word is, if the Dab Girls aren't your thing, there will be an all-male revue with The Locker Room upstairs. 10 a.m. to 1 a.m., Studio A64, 332 E. Colorado Ave., $5, 21+, — Griffin Swartzell


14 Sunday

Cripple Creek Ice Festival
  • Cripple Creek Ice Festival

It takes a special kind of artist to create a beautiful work that will eventually melt away into the earth. But for nine years now, ice sculptors have converged upon the mountain mining town of Cripple Creek to do just that. The Cripple Creek Ice Festival is a Colorado favorite, featuring glimmering sculptures carved with precision from unassuming blocks of ice. A family-friendly outing, many of the pieces are interactive, allowing viewers to touch and even climb the structures — one actually has a slide. Adults will enjoy the ice bar and liquor luge (and perhaps a gamble or two in the nearby casinos). This year's theme is quite fitting given the location: The Old West. There are plenty of other things to do while you're up there, so gather the clan and make a day of it. Feb. 13 to 15 and 20 to 21, Bennett Avenue, Cripple Creek, free; free parking and free shuttle from the Heritage Center on Highway 67, — Bridgett Harris

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