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).
According to her website, you'll usually pay at least $72 an hour to receive coaching, editing and/or "book doctoring" services from author Page Lambert. Today, you can glean some of her wisdom for free. For its May "Write Brain" workshop, Pikes Peak Writers is bringing in the novelist and memoirist to speak on "Manifestation of Yearning: The Flesh & Blood Factor of Good Storytelling." This paean to the power of physical detail runs from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight, in the Carnegie Room of Penrose Library (20 N. Cascade Ave., pikespeakwriters.com). — Kirk Woundy
Heard of the game "Consequences"? Or "Exquisite Corpse"? You have. You and your surrealist friends have folded a piece of paper into segments, and you've each drawn part of a figure, without seeing what everyone else has done. Then you've unfolded it and admired your weird creation. (And probably ate/drank/smoked something mysterious.) No? Well, that game is the conceit behind Senior Show 2013 now at GOCA 1420 (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., galleryuccs.org), wherein upcoming University of Colorado at Colorado Springs graduates (including new Business of Art Center curator/gallery manager Patrick Bohnen) show their stuff. It's free to visit, and up through May 25, Wednesdays through Saturdays. — Edie Adelstein
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
a chance to win gift certificates and tickets from the Community Partnership for Child Development, for using web clues to find a chair hidden somewhere in the city.
Sibling artists Spencer and Mackenzie Donovan lost most of their artwork when their mother's home burned in the Waldo Canyon Fire. That left the Utah pair to start all over again, and paint what has now become Recovery After the Fire, opening today at the Business of Art Center (513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, thebac.org). Recovery will debut with a batch of other exhibits, including Black Testament, a solo show from local artist Dáreece Walker, who won the visual art component of Colorado Springs RAW: Artists of the Year. Hit the BAC at 6 tonight for an opening reception, and keep in mind that both shows will remain up through mid-June. — Edie Adelstein
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
The Sisters of Loretto ain't playin'. You've got Sister Mary Ann McGivern, who, according to the New York Times, in 1987 stormed the annual meeting of defense contractor Honeywell to accuse the company of "fueling the arms race" in "the hope for profit." Then you've got Sister Jacqueline G. Wexler, who the same newspaper says took on the Vatican, in 1967, to win autonomy from the church for Webster College, a Catholic women's school in Missouri. They're lively ladies, and the El Pueblo History Museum (301 N. Union Ave., Pueblo, historycolorado.org) pays tribute to that heritage with the traveling exhibit Sisters of Loretto: 200 Years Working for Peace, Acting for Justice. Adult admission today, or any Tuesday through Saturday until July 27, is $5. — Bryce Crawford$4-5
Emmett Culligan is a pretty busy guy. When not visiting orphans in Myanmar, he's building sculpture that makes you feel the hardness of the earth in your muscles. And along with 11 other Colorado artists (including Pard Morrison, Robert Mangold and Patrick Marold), he's outfitting the Denver Botanic Gardens (1007 York St., Denver, botanicgardens.org) with 3-D outdoor work as part of Catalyst: Colorado Sculpture, which debuted this week and will be up into next January. Go online for a schedule of artist-led tours, studio visits, demonstration talks and more. Admission is free for members, $9 to $12.50 for nonmembers. — Matthew Grieson
Punxsutawney Phil is catching hell for fraudulently predicting an early spring (Ohioans are pissed), but there are surer signs of warmer days out here, beginning with the First Friday ArtWalk in Old Colorado City (bestartontheavenue.com). From 5 to 8 tonight, and once a month through December, galleries along Colorado Avenue will debut work, lay out refreshments, and host artists who chat or demonstrate their craft. The vernal trend continues downtown, with the opening of Historical Curiosity: Works by Trevor Thomas in S.P.Q.R. (17B E. Bijou St.). Thomas' classically inspired work includes a rendition of Caravaggio's lush "Boy With a Basket of Fruit." See Thomas, and Reba Lee Savageau and Tom Vail, in the adjacent Modbo (17C E. Bijou St., themodbo.com) at 5:30. — Edie Adelstein
Sticks and strings come together on Mondays with the Knitwits & Hookers, a local group of crafty and hilarious knitters and crocheters. (Meetup details vary; find them on Facebook at tinyurl.com/knitwitsandhookers.) Its project posts on ravelry.com tell the story: a woven ball of knitted loops; winter hats with knitted beard attachments; a lovely, yet unexpectedly challenging "lacy cap-sleeve top" with the note, "DONE. OH MY GOD I NEVER WANT TO KNIT THIS AGAIN." Even if scarves and potholders are more your game, give this group a try; maybe you can make your own bearded beanie. — Edie AdelsteinFree
I'll wager that your regular workout doesn't include aspects like "basic melee weapons training," "how to sneak up on zombies and hooligans" or "basic parkour." Sucks for you. Maybe you wanna check out the Zombie Hero Workout that's launching on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. (as soon as 15 of you zombie enthusiasts sign up at helpzombies.com) in Palmer Park (3650 Maizeland Road). Local creator Kevin Bond calls the $30-per-month program a mix of 60 percent fitness and cardio, 30 percent zombie info and preparedness, and 10 percent self-defense. Shuffle and moan your way through his website for all the details. — Matthew Schniper
A newly developed section of town will offer a weekly reproach to slothful mammals when the University Village Colorado Running Club premieres tonight at the University Village shopping center (5230 N. Nevada Ave., uvcrunningclub.com). Social animals and their well-behaved dogs are welcome to walk, jog or run any of three different routes: one on-site loop of a single mile, or two others running north or south on the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail for four or six miles round-trip, respectively. Check in by SmashBurger starting at 5:15. — Eric CalderFree
Take me back to the robot. To the days when dancing happened low, on cardboard, and floor rocking turned seamlessly into the back spin, then the freeze; to the days when "Rapper's Delight" was going strong and loud on every Conion ghettoblaster. Breakdancing is candy to the senses, the streets' ballet, and tonight local B-boy crew Soul Mechanics wants to feed your sweet tooth at Ormao Dance Company (10 S. Spruce St., ormaodance.org). Let the Mechanics take you back to the age of LL Cool J, Run DMC, and the Beasties with a free public dance jam happening tonight, and every Monday and Wednesday, at 9. — Miguel Bustamante
Should you have any free time on this particular Tuesday (or any third Tuesday of any month), head to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org) for Public Free Day. Even if you aren't a member, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. access to all first floor galleries is gratis. This month showcases contemporary works, Native American artifacts and the current stars of the FAC's permanent collection: some of the newly acquired artwork from the Vogel Fifty Works for Fifty States gift. Especially buoyant is the cheerful Mexican Popular Ceramics show, while Seductive Gesture: Figurative Drawing from the American Collection is sensitive and intimate. Docent-led tours start at 10 and 11 a.m. as well as 1 and 2 p.m. — Edie Adelstein