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13 Wednesday

Sustainnovate: Sustainable Mobility Summit
  • Sustainnovate: Sustainable Mobility Summit

Telsa Motors has now surpassed 325,000 preorders for its upcoming Model 3, which won't even ship until 2017. If that's any indication of interest in green machinery (it is), then the timing couldn't be better for today's Sustainnovate: Sustainable Mobility Summit at UCCS's Berger Hall. The event's packed with presentations and a couple workshops (registration required; meal options too), plus it features a large indoor and outdoor expo to show off all kinds of innovative products and concepts. Learn about everything from UCCS's own battery research to bike planning and biodiesel. 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., free, 255-3089. — Matthew Schniper


15 Friday

Food Truck Friday
  • Food Truck Friday

Today is Day of Silence, a student-led vow of silence to recognize the effects of anti-LGBT bullying in schools across the nation. But this year is a little different, Inside/Out Youth Services wants the community to talk about it. So consider today Food Truck Friday, hosted by IOYS, because nothing brings people together for discussion like food. A product of the group's Wednesday night cooking program, this event will feature food from The Local food truck, operated by Seeds Community Cafe, with IOYS youth working the kitchen and dishing the goods. Join your friends and allies and add to the volume of what's sure to be a "joyous racket." 3:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m., 412 S. Tejon St., food prices vary, find more info via IOYS's website or Facebook page. — Craig Lemley


15 Friday

"Same Tree, Different Day"
  • "Same Tree, Different Day"

Take a photo of something every day for a year and the way you see it will change. Local photographer Mike Pach did just that. In January 2015, he noticed how beautiful a tree outside his kitchen window looked covered in ice and snow. So he took a photo. Then, he did it again the next day, then the next day, and so on until a full year had passed and he had 365 photos of that tree. Today — Arbor Day, appropriately enough — he's doing a presentation on his experience and how a little art project turned into "a metaphor for life." To accompany the presentation, Pach has arranged for refreshments, including Bristol beer and wine from Sovereignty Wines, which will be served gratis from the event start until they run out, in case environmental awareness isn't reason enough to show. Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr., free, — Griffin Swartzell


16 Saturday

Rocky Mountain Women's Film Institute's Shorts Night
  • Rocky Mountain Women's Film Institute's Shorts Night

If you happen to be a film lover, you know the deep value of a well-executed short, a style that allows you to consume massive amounts of cinema without chaining yourself to the couch all weekend like some common Netflix binger (that's next weekend's agenda). Tonight, at the Rocky Mountain Women's Film Institute's Shorts Night, you can not only catch a slew of award-winning films from festivals all over the world, you can do it with a crowd of fellow screen aficionados, which will provide ample opportunities for debate, dissection and reminiscing after the theater has gone dark. We should mention your $30 ticket includes complimentary popcorn and candies, which is a steal in itself, considering modern concession prices. Booze and dinner fare are available for purchase as well, which means you're pretty much in movie heaven — good food, good booze, and of course, good film. Doors at 6:30 p.m., screening at 7:30 p.m., Stargazers, 10 S. Parkside Drive, $30, — Bridgett Harris


16 Saturday

Dr. Atomic
  • Dr. Atomic

When John Adams' composition "American Standard" was released in 1975 on Obscure Records, the label's name may have seemed prophetic. The New Englander's early works were heavily influenced by minimalist composers like Steve Reich and Philip Glass, back at a time when the latter was still working as a New York City cab driver. But four decades later, Adams and Glass are the go-to composers when symphony orchestras are looking to add more contemporary flair to masterworks-heavy repertoires. This weekend, conductor Josep Caballé-Domenech and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic tackle Dr. Atomic, the 2005 opera by Adams and librettist Peter Sellars that explores the Faustian elements in the life of Manhattan Project leader Robert Oppenheimer. Tonight's 7:30 concert will be reprised Sunday at 2:30, with pre-concert lectures beginning one hour before each performance. Pikes Peak Center, 190 South Cascade Avenue, $21-$63, — Bill Forman


19 Tuesday

Harry Potter's World: Renaissance, Science, Magic and Medicine
  • Harry Potter's World: Renaissance, Science, Magic and Medicine

Hey, you, what is your Hogwarts house? Odds are, you had as quick an answer for that as you would for "what's your favorite color?" The magic of Harry Potter has influenced each of us in its own way, but did you know that our own world's magic influenced Harry Potter first? Right now, The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum has one neat exhibit, Harry Potter's World: Renaissance, Science, Magic and Medicine, which highlights the historical and scientific influences that created such Hogwarts subjects as astrology and alchemy. Learn a little bit about these renaissance traditions and how J.K. Rowling integrated them into everyone's favorite series. The exhibit is only on display through May 21, so accio your broomstick and get moving! 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St.,, 385-5990 — Alissa Smith


20 Wednesday

  • 4/20

Hold off on the wake-and-bake and head to Acacia Park for the Cannabis Patient Rights Coalition's march at 10 a.m. to take a stand on access to medicinal marijuana. You can cut loose afterward at several events. On the westside, Club Pothole is hosting a day filled with live music and street performers, plus a community clean-up with free joints for participants aged 21 or older. Both Speakeasy Vape Lounge and The Lazy Lion are hosting a plethora of live musical acts today as well. The Dab Lounge, however, has Denver comedians Brent Gill and Byron Graham to make patrons laugh the weed out of their pipes. If you don't smoke but still want to celebrate, head up U.S. 24 to Ute Pass Brewing Co. in Woodland Park and try the four hemp beers that go on tap today — all THC-free, of course. Don't forget to check with your favorite dispensaries; they'll likely have sales or deals today. Note that most events are for ages 21 and up. Most events ages 21+, check for full lineups. — Griffin Swartzell

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