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7 Thursday

Keep Colorado Springs Queer Open Mic
  • Keep Colorado Springs Queer Open Mic

Last month, the Keep Colorado Springs Queer monthly open mic night hosted performers of all sorts in a standing-room-only space. Poets slammed, guitarists strummed and stand-up comedians tackled topics from feminism to gender identity to sex toys. No, this isn't your grandma's open mic. Tonight's event is an opportunity for the diverse (and diversely talented) LGBTQ community to express their identities without judgment, to share their voices with people who get it, or people who want to get it. In a world that consistently shoves queer voices to the fringes of popular media, events like this are more important than ever. Come support your community and get some free entertainment while you're at it. Sign-up starts at 6:30, but there will be time at the end for those who have been inspired to share. 7 p.m., Mountain Fold Books, 121 E. Costilla St., — Alissa Smith


8 Friday

  • Pollinate

This year's version of the biennial Pollinate citywide arts festival focuses on the idea of "energy" in its myriad forms. Sure, we're a few days in, but there are still plenty of events coming up — check out the festival's Facebook page for a full list. But get started at lunch today at Ormao Dance Company. They're asking visitors to expend a little energy with Lunch Beat! — an hour-long open dance session that includes a take-away lunch. Pre-register online and get your ticket for half price. Just leave your heeled shoes behind — they're not allowed on the dance floor. Noon to 1 p.m., 10 S. Spruce St., $10, — Griffin Swartzell


8 Friday

Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys
  • Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys

More often than not, Zydeco music comes across as a lot less serious than its Cajun cousin. Despite shared bayou origins and accordions, there's a world of difference between the carefree "Don't Mess With My Toot Toot" and the mournful "Jolie Blond." Of course, things aren't always that clear-cut. Take, for example, Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, who'll be making their way up from Louisiana to play the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts this evening. The son of sharecropper musician Delton Broussard, Jeffery favors a sound that's just a shade deeper and rougher than Zydeco crossover acts who make showmanship their first priority. Which is not to say the dance floor won't be full at his show; Broussard does, after all, cover Louisiana legend Tabby Thomas' "I Love Big Fat Women." It's just that when you do sit back down, the music will still command your attention. 7 p.m., 304 CO-105, Palmer Lake, $15/members, $20/non-members, 481-0475, — Bill Forman


8 Friday

  • MacHamlet

Something wicked this weekend comes, but not the evil portended by Macbeth's three witches. In this case, it's a wickedly clever revamp of two very well known theater standards. MacHamlet: An Improbable Bromance is a Shakespearean mashup blending the bard's beloved prose and two of his most tragic characters, Macbeth and Hamlet — which is quite the match made in hell, particularly if you're of the kingly sort. Good old Bill's deeply flawed and slightly (or is it completely?) deranged fallen heroes inexplicably meet and take arms against a sea of troubles of their own making in Volume 1 of Funky's Shakespeare Mashup series, written by Roy Ballard and performed by The Funky Little Theater Co. Catch it for two weekends only and at the very frugal price of $10. 7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8-16, 2109 Templeton Gap Road,— Bridgett Harris


9 Saturday

"Mass Sit-in to Protest Colorado Springs' Systematic Attempts to Criminalize the Homeless"
  • "Mass Sit-in to Protest Colorado Springs' Systematic Attempts to Criminalize the Homeless"

The name "Mass Sit-in to Protest Colorado Springs' Systematic Attempts to Criminalize the Homeless," facilitated by The Coalition for Compassion and Action, says it all. The peaceful protest, one of several held by the group, is in response the city's adoption of the Pedestrian Access Act, commonly known as the "sit-lie" ordinance, that essentially bans sitting and lying on anything deemed a sidewalk in downtown and on the west side. The law goes into full effect today. The controversial decision is one of many that have spurred local groups and activists to demonstrate against city policies — the pro-cannabis club/marijuana and pro-refugee folks are none too happy either, and that doesn't include the Broadmoor land swap deal crowds. So if you want to get involved and see what community activism actually looks like, there couldn't be a better time to do so. Demonstration begins at 9 a.m., Acacia Park, 115 E. Platte Ave., more details via CCA's facebook page. — Craig Lemley


9 Saturday

Prohibition Party and Yellow Kite Release
  • Prohibition Party and Yellow Kite Release

So you're supposed to suss out this year's speakeasy password for Bristol Brewing Co.'s Prohibition Party and Yellow Kite Release by checking their social media for clues that lead to "specific Bristol-pouring accounts around town." So that's at least one beer as a party prerequisite. Then, hit the Ivywild School Gym this evening in proper period attire — no costume, no entry, no whining — to enjoy 33-cent pours of the spring Pilsner, card games and a classic Model A car show outside. 6 to 9 p.m., 1604 S. Cascade Ave., free, — Matthew Schniper


10 Sunday

Yuri's Night
  • Yuri's Night

On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space, when the Soviet Vostok-1 spacecraft completed an orbit of Earth. Twenty years later, NASA launched the first Space Shuttle, Columbia, to orbit the Earth 37 times. Today, commemorate these titanic human endeavors at the Yuri's Night dinner at Space Foundation World Headquarters. It's a charity event — including an online silent auction — for adults 21 and up only. Proceeds will go to the Space Foundation to help reduce the costs of student field trips. 6 to 9 p.m., 4425 Arrowswest Drive, $45 in advance/$60 at the door, — Griffin Swartzell

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