offering Zen meditation sessions Monday evenings from 6:10-8 p.m. (newcomers please arrive at 5:45); Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 a.m.; and Saturdays 6-8 a.m. (winter).
a new exhibit from local creators of fused glass sculpture and watermedia and batik paintings.
There are some partnerships so fundamental to the fabric of society (peanut butter and jelly, mac and cheese, Bert and Ernie) that separating them could cause catastrophe. Today, enjoy the irreplaceable pairing of art and coffee at Marika's Coffee House (739 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, marikascoffeehouse.com), where photographs by local artist (and coffee roaster and gallery owner) Abigail Kreuser are on display. Her show opened with a 5 p.m. reception Friday, but the works will be displayed for the next 30 days. — Miguel Bustamante
The Nipple It! website will cover your screen in digital skin bumps with the click of a mouse; nipplesatthemet.com has a picture of "all the nipples on view in the permanent collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art." (Please note: "updated regularly.") And "tittooing" — the surgical darkening of areolas — is now apparently a thing in England. There's just no shortage of teat-related ephemera in this world, so it only makes sense that Commonwheel Artists Co-op (102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, commonwheel.com) would open a free exhibition, at 5 tonight, called The Nipple Showing ... Of course, this one's more a comment on the apparent fact that "women do not have the freedom to find bras that display what nature has created," but whatever, we'll take it. — Bryce Crawford
Opening reception, fri., May 17, 5 p.m.
a solo show of work from Sandy Friedman, whose work she describes as, "the interaction of color, texture and shapes."
It's 2,557 years later, and as with J.C., folks are still celebrating the Buddha's birthday. For those unfamiliar, the observance is called Vesak, which "marks the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana, or passing away of the Buddha's physical body." It's like a bris meets a funeral! OK, far from it really, but find out what it's really like from 2 to 4 today at Marmalade at Smokebrush (219 W. Colorado Ave. #210, smokebrush.org) with local teachers who represent various traditions. They'll tell stories, guide meditation, and host Bhagavan Kirtan chanting and children's activities alongside music and a food sampling. The suggested donation is $5. — Matthew Schniper
seeks young vocalists (elementary through post-graduate) to audition for its Young Artists Intensive Training Program, running July 10-August 7, 2013 at Colorado College. Email to set up audition appointment; visit web site for program details.
a 5k and 10k run/walk to the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun. Both courses take you through the zoo, and it's the only day of the year foot traffic is allowed on the road to the shrine. Pre-registration recommended. $10-45
a chance to skip cleaning the house and clean up Cheyenne Cañon trails instead. Ages 12 and up; free lunch provided. RSVP by May 16.
a chance to help fund multiple sclerosis research. Choose between a one- or three-mile walk, and participate in food, fun and a doggie fashion show in the park after completing the course. Handicapped parking passes available.
a morning of multi-level tennis activities for kids age 14 and under. Rackets provided.
a walking tour through this 1890's Victor cemetery with a local historian. Proceeds benefit the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. $10
a rare chance to see inside the operations of this fascinating local charity, which rescues and heals injured wild birds and animals.
a catered lunch presentation on this emblematic painter of the Southwest by local artist and author Rosemary Scheuering. Sponsored by the Pikes Peak branch of the National League of American Pen Women. RSVP required by May 15.
a class from the Colorado Springs Police Department on personal safety and methods to "increase awareness and prevent criminal confrontation." Free