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38th Annual Christmas Arts and Craft Fair, a show and sale hosted by the Palmer Lake Art Group, with proceeds benefiting art scholarships. Oct. 1-2. Palmer Lake Town Hall, 42 Valley Crescent, Palmer Lake, palmerlakeartgroup.com.

A Day of Cuban Art & Music, as part of Sangre's Cuban-themed exhibits, an afternoon of art discussions with exhibit curators and artists, Cuban music and more. Sat., Sept. 10, noon to 5 p.m. Free. Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org.

Annual Holly Berry House Folk Art Festival, a weekend of handcrafted folk art for the holidays, as well as antiques for sale, a quilt exhibit, silent auction and live music. Sept. 16-18. $2-$6. Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, 30th Street and Gateway Road, 578-6777, rockledgeranch.com.

Annual Fall Seconds Sale, the gallery's yearly clean-up sale as the potters empty out their studios with discounted wares. Sat., Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cup and Bowl Gallery, 116 Midway Ave., Pueblo, 719/404-3469, cupandbowl.org.

FAC 75th Anniversary Season — Opening Gala, a celebration to cap off the FAC's big birthday year and usher in a new exhibition season, with a black-tie dinner, followed by dancing and a ceremony honoring Susie Burghart and Rich Tosches (you know, Ranger Rich). Sat., Sept. 10, 5:30 p.m. $150. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org.

First Friday Art Walk — Pueblo, monthly art celebrations encompassing multiple galleries, a handful of coffee shops, the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center and other businesses. First Friday of every month, 5-9 p.m. Union Avenue, Downtown Pueblo, visualartistspueblo.com.

First Friday ArtWalk, a chance to intimately tour a dozen galleries, with opportunities to meet artists, see new works, enjoy refreshments, demonstrations and more. First Friday of every month, 5-8 p.m.; through Dec. 2. Old Colorado City, between 24th and 27th streets on West Colorado Avenue, 520-9494, bestartontheavenue.com.

Fourth Annual Butterflies and Friends gala, a night to raise money for the Colorado Springs Rotary Club's Community Service Fund, and its metal butterfly art project, which distributed butterflies to artists to beautify and then install around town. RSVP by Sept. 12 for the Sept. 17, 5:30 p.m. event. $75. Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, 800/428-8886, artsandfriends.org.

Front Range Open Studios, a self-guided tour through eight studios in the Tri-Lakes/Black Forest area to watch artists as they sculpt marble, work with metal and glass, weave, paint and more. Sept. 17-18. frontrangeopenstudios.com.

The Manitou Springs Chair Project, a large-scale community piece of artwork in which 1,000 chairs will be lined down Manitou Avenue from the Business of Art Center (513 Manitou Ave.) to Tubby's Turnaround (1106 Manitou Ave.) Sun., Oct. 9, 6-9 a.m. 685-1861, manitouchairproject.org.

Monument Art Hop, an evening of extended business hours for more than 15 establishments, which offer special deals on merchandise, art openings with appetizers and artist demonstrations and more. Third Thursday of every month, 5-8 p.m.; through Sept. 15. Downtown Monument, between Beacon Light and Front streets, Monument, monumentarthop.org.

Pikes Peak Studio Tour, a self-guided tour through 11 studios in the area, where artists will show their work spaces and offer pieces for sale. Nov. 12-13. 201-1027, pikespeakstudiotour.com.

Plate & Palette, an afternoon on a self-guided tour through OCC businesses enjoying good food and fine art. Sun., Oct. 16, 1-6 p.m. Old Colorado City, between 24th and 27th streets on West Colorado Avenue, 520-9494, shopoldcoloradocity.com.

Public Free Day, free general admittance to the galleries and docent tours. Third Tuesday of every month, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org.

Street Beat, Summer Arts Festival, an alternative street performance, with live music, dancing, storytelling, clowns and circus acts. Held in downtown Pueblo, Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.; Thursdays, 5-8 p.m.; Fridays, 6-8 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3-8 p.m. Through October. pueblopag.org.

"The TENacious Tangerine Fling" Super Fun Fundraiser Gala, a night of cocktails, food, an auction and cabaret performances to benefit the Manitou Art Theatre. Seating limited. Sat., Sept. 24, 7 p.m. $50. Manitou Art Theatre, 1367 Pecan St., 465-6321, themat.org.

Pikes Peak Arts Council 11th Annual Awards for Excellence Celebration, an awards show honoring local excellence in music, dance, theater, poetry and visual arts, along with a lifetime achievement award to be given to Wayne and Mary Mashburn. Fri., Sept. 23, 5:30 p.m. $10 general admission, $35 VIP. Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, 475-2465, stargazerstheatre.com.

"Spirituality in the Garden," a panel discussion with local horticultural and spiritual leaders. Wed., Sept. 28, 2 p.m. Downtown Studio Gallery at Pikes Peak Community College, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 502-4040, crosspollinationcollab.com.

Third Friday in Manitou Featured Artist, a special show featuring multimedia steampunk art by Gary Weston. Fri., Oct. 21, 5-8 p.m. Artist's Edge Gallery, 1107C Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, artistsedge.org.

To the Nines, the Business of Art Center's annual fundraiser with an art auction. Fri., Nov. 18. BAC, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, thebac.org.

What IF! Festival of Innovation and Imagination, a truly all-ages creative adventure with booths, demonstrations, live performances and hands-on activities by and for locals from all walks of life. Boasting everything from urban gardening to garage tinkering, studio art to robots, this is local imagination at its most vibrant. Sat., Sept. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. whatif-festival.org.

Woodland Park Art Walk, an evening of art receptions, demonstrations and other activities at a dozen Woodland Park art galleries including the Seven Arrows Gallery, the Woodland Park Arts Alliance and others. Third Friday of every month, 4-7 p.m. 302-2282, woodlandparkarts.com.

Classes

"Creative Connections: Connecting at the Heart with Yourself and Others through Creative Expression," a workshop with Tamara Ryan Brody. Thurs., Sept. 15. Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, thebac.org.

Fall Bemis School of Art classes, honoring Bemis' 90th year, a new batch of classes for all ages and levels, covering art history, drawing, watercolor, ceramics, drama and more. Go online for a calendar and registration. Bemis School of Art, 818 Pelham Place, 475-2444, csfineartscenter.org.

Paint the Town classes, a chance to learn from local artist Bev Selby and guest instructors. Cost includes all materials and instruction. Paint the Town, 7844 N. Academy Blvd., 321-8531, paint-the-town.com.

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center fall classes, offering courses on drawing, painting, theater, dance, fitness and more, for all ages and skill levels. Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org.

Solar Etching Workshop, a class with Ramona Lapsley. Sat., Sept. 10. Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, thebac.org.

Exhibits

Artist's Edge Gallery, 1107C Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, artistsedge.org. All Together Now, an all-media juried exhibit. Sept. 10-30. Opening reception, Sat., Sept. 10, 5-8 p.m. Maniboo, an all-media juried exhibit. Oct. 15-31. Opening reception, Sat., Oct. 15, 5-8 p.m.

Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, thebac.org. Bemusement Park, work by Billie Allor and Stan Baldwin. Also on display: Selections from the BAC Collection. Through Sept. 18. Un Cafecito, an exhibit featuring art from local college students exploring the concepts of displacement and home. Sept. 23 to Oct. 16. Low Tech: High Art, an invitational exhibit curated by local artist Carol Dass featuring photographs shot with toy cameras. Also on display, At Close Range, paintings by Mark Kreger about children and social issues. Oct. 28 to Dec. 10.

CC's Coburn Gallery, Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6606, coloradocollege.edu/ideaspace. Working American: The Human Experience of the Colorado Coalfield Strike of 1913-1914, a historical exhibit about the life of Colorado coal miners around the turn of the 19th century, and the events that led up to the Ludlow Massacre. Through Sept. 28. "The Legacy of Ludlow and the Colorado Coal Field War " lunch and lecture, with a reading from Ludlow by David Mason. Thurs., Sept. 8, 12:15 p.m. $15, reservations required. The St. John's Bible, an exhibition of 17 illuminations from the St. John's Bible, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Benedictine monks of St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minn. Held in collaboration with Benet Hill Monastery. Oct. 18 to Nov. 7. Opening reception with a lecture by James Cutsinger, professor of Theology and Religious Thought, University of South Carolina, Wed., Oct. 19, 7 p.m. "Lecture on Saint John's Bible," a presentation by Michael Patella, O.S.B, Chair of Committee on Illuminations and Text, Member of Saint John's Abbey and University. Thurs., Nov. 3, 7 p.m.

The Coffee Exchange, 526 S. Tejon St., 635-0277, thecoffeexchange.com. Exuberance and Being, a collection of photographs by NLMoore. Sept. 9-30. Open house reception, Fri., Sept. 9, 5-7 p.m. Day of the Dead, an exhibit of photography and mosaics by husband-and-wife team Dennis and Debbie Nejtek. Oct. 7-31. Open house reception, Fri., Oct. 7, 5-7 p.m. 3-D Graphics, a showcase of interactive digital art, representative and advertising pieces and more, all created by graphic design students at Pikes Peak Community College. Nov. 4-30. Open house reception, Fri., Nov. 4, 5-7 p.m. America and the World, a collection of photography by David G. Smith. Dec. 2-31. Open house reception, Fri., Dec. 2, 5-7 p.m.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org. Sandzén in Colorado, a collection of paintings by Sandzén, a Swede who came to America and captured the Rocky Mountains as a Kansas resident, and later, a professor at the Broadmoor Art Academy. Oct. 1 to Jan. 8. Katja Loher's Miniverse, video art projections examining the plight of bees, as part of the city-wide Cross Pollination project. The videos are projected through liquid or glass and onto large balloons, giving them a dreamy, sculptural effect. Sept. 10 to Dec. 4. 75 Years, closing out the FAC's anniversary year, a look at the institution's permanent collection, which contains works by Georgia O'Keeffe, John Singer Sargent and Dale Chihuly, plus "artists associated with the Broadmoor Art Academy, and one of the strongest collections of Hispanic and American Indian art in the nation." Through Dec. 31. Fantastic Menagerie: Work of Jessica Freyre-Cuebas, a collection of Freyre-Cuebas' wood engravings and linocuts featuring animals that embody human emotions and characteristics. Opens Oct. 22. Coalescence: Photographs by Barbara Sparks, a showcase of photographs by the Colorado resident, who studied with Myron Wood and captured scenes from Turkey, New Mexico, Guatemala, Italy and other places from around the world. Dec. 17 to Feb. 19.

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990, cspm.org. Behind the Lens: Photography in the Pikes Peak Region, an exhibition of photography from five notable regional photographers: William Henry Jackson, Laura Gilpin, Harry L. Standley, Stan Payne and Myron Wood. Framing Community/Exposing Identity: Iconic Images Capturing Life at the Foot of Pikes Peak, an exhibition of more than 150 photos from the collections of the museum and the Pikes Peak Library District.

The Commons Gallery, Depot Arts Building, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 232-9368, thebridgeartgallery.com. Campbell, Cantrell & Van Pelt, featuring paintings by Renee Reiko Campbell, mixed media works by Craig Cantrell and "photo quilts" by Rhonda S. Van Pelt (who is also a freelancer for the Indy). Through Oct. 2.

Commonwheel Artists Co-op, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1008, commonwheel.com. Outside, an exhibit featuring landscapes by Michael Baum and sculptures by Laszlo Palos. Through Sept. 12. Pikes Peak Studio Tour Preview, a chance to see paintings, drawings, sculpture, glass work, photography and more, from artists who will open their studios for a tour later this year. Sept. 16 to Oct. 17. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 16, 5-8 p.m. Wood, Paint, Clay — See How They Mix! an exhibit featuring works by David Gonzales, Dave Koeller and Larry Fox. Oct. 21 to Nov. 13. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 21, 5-8 p.m. Annual Holiday Market, a show and sale of fine arts and crafts by more than 50 Colorado artists. Nov. 18 to Dec. 31. Open house, Sat., Dec. 10, noon to 4 p.m.

Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave., 520-1899, cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com. Dog Dayz of Summer, a show devoted to pets and summer. Through Sept. 14. The Courageous & Beautiful: Artists Coming Together for the Cure, an exhibit of personal stories and encounters with breast cancer. Held in partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Southeastern Colorado. Dia de los Muertos, an all-media art show juried by Rodney Wood featuring work based on the Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations. Oct. 28 to Nov. 23. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 28, 5-8:30 p.m.

Cup and Bowl Gallery, 116 Midway Ave., Pueblo, 719/404-3469, cupandbowl.org. The Unique, featuring sculpture by new gallery member Rick Morris. Through Sept. 30. Octoberfest — The Art of Beer Steins, a show featuring both an artist, Mikki Raub, and an item, the beer stein. Oct. 7-31. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 7, 5-8 p.m. Plates and Platters, featuring a selected artist, Neely Cardinal, and a selected item, the platter. Nov. 4-30. Opening reception, Fri., Nov. 4, 5-8 p.m. Annual Christmas Sale, featured artists: Linda Cates, Kuky Harrington, Maria Hughes and Laura Lester; featured item: gift baskets. Dec. 2-31. Opening reception, Fri., Dec. 2, 5-8 p.m.

Domino, 10 S. 25th St., 963-8916, domino80904.com. Manipulated, fashion photography by Alberto Leopizzi. Through Sept. 30. Works by Sophia Zayn, a solo show by Zayn, who is 11 years old. Oct. 7-31. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 7, 4-8 p.m. Everything's Fine, a series of abstract paintings by Neil Fenton. Nov. 4-30. Opening reception, Fri., Nov. 4, 4-8 p.m. Works by Amy TerKeurst, illustrations and collage "with a modernist take" by TerKeurst. Dec. 2-31. Opening reception, Fri., Dec. 2, 4-8 p.m.

Downtown Studio Gallery at Pikes Peak Community College, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 502-4040, ppcc.edu/departments/art/pppcc-art-gallery. Chrysalis, a PPCC faculty show featuring works by Laura BenAmots, Ann McKean, Lance Timco and others, responding to the concepts of a chrysalis and cross pollination, as part of the city-wide Cross Pollination project. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 9, 5-7:30 p.m. Through Oct. 7. Femme Forms, in conjunction with the city-wide Cross Pollination project, an exhibit of four artists responding to the idea of "femme forms." Oct. 21 to Dec. 15. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 21, 5-7:30 p.m.

Fare Bella Studio and Gallery, 16 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 720/226-4315. Works by Karen Anderson, a collection of Anderson's bright watercolors. Through Sept. 30. Photography by Bree Filler, a collection of photographs of urban artwork and street scenes taken by Filler. Through December.

GOCA 121, 121 S. Tejon St., #100, 255-3504, galleryuccs.org. Formal Elements, an exhibition of work exploring "line, form, space, color and texture" from the two Colorado artists Patrick Marold and Pard Morrison. Through Sept. 16. Ways of Knowing: Rori Knudtson & Laleh Mehran, a unique, two-gallery exhibit in which four artists explore concepts of space. Here, Knudtson and Mehran work with video, photography and installations. Oct. 7 to Dec. 16. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 7, 6-9 p.m.

GOCA 1420, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 255-3567, galleryuccs.org. HIVE, as part of the city-wide Cross Pollination collaboration, an art show devoted to bees and honey, with encaustic (wax) paintings, honeycomb sculptures, video art and more. Through Oct. 5. Mountain Ghosts, a campus-wide, site-specific sound art piece by Halsey Burgund that functions by prompts and collected information on a smartphone app. Sept. 8 to Nov. 24. Opening reception, Thurs., Sept. 8, 6-8 p.m. Ways of Knowing: James Griffioen & Yumi J. Roth, a two-gallery exhibition exploring the ways four artists interpret space. Here, Griffioen and Roth work with large-scale photography and installation. Oct. 21 to Dec. 16. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 21, 5-8 p.m.

Green Horse Gallery, 729 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-0636, greenhorsegallery.com. Untethered Coalescence, a solo show featuring works by Juel Grant, who mixes drawing, painting and sculpture into "a singular unified expression." Oct. 21 to Nov. 30. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 21, 5 p.m.

Hayden Hays Gallery at The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Circle, 577-5744, haydenhaysgallery.com. New Impressionism, a solo show of paintings by Alexandr Onishenko. Through Sept. 22. Larisa Aukon Show Sept. 29 to Oct. 23. Opening reception, Thurs., Sept. 29, 4:30-8:30 p.m.

Hunter-Wolff Gallery, 2510 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9494, hunterwolffgallery.com. Anniversary Exhibit, a celebration of Hunter-Wolff's sixth birthday. Oct. 7 to Dec. 1. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 7, 5-8 p.m.

Marmalade at Smokebrush, 219 W. Colorado Ave., #210, 444-1012, smokebrush.org. Michael Brooks Arnsteen: Illustrated Conversations, a series of environmental drawings "that attempt to illuminate the conversation that happens between the artist and the surrounding environment(s)." Through Sept. 30. Odium Theologicum, an exhibit of paraphernalia from the fall of the Twin Towers, curated by Don Goede. Items include office papers, a World Trade Center operational manual and more, along with a video installation. Through Sept. 30. Gone to the Dogs, a show of dog portraits in conjunction with Pawtober Fest and to benefit the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. Beyond Marmalade, paw prints will be painted on sidewalks throughout downtown to raise awareness of animal health and wellness. Oct. 7-31. First Friday opening, Fri., Oct. 7, 5 p.m., featuring live dog portrait painting by various artists, as well as music by Crystal and the Curious. Resonance & Rhythm, a show of artwork by local artist practitioners and healers, featuring Earth, Water, Air & Fire. Nov. 4-30. A full weekend of health, wellness and arts programming with Judy Piazza, Kat Tudor & Crystal Bliss, Fri., Nov. 4, through Sun., Nov. 6. The Bees Have It, as part of the city-wide Cross Pollination project, a small show of bee photos by Rob Miskowitch and Indy arts editor Matthew Schniper. Through Dec. 31.

Modbo, 17C E. Bijou St., 633-4240. +1 Monochromatic Show, a juried exhibit of monochromatic works by members of the Modbo Collective. Other artists in the show have works in S.P.Q.R. Sept. 9-30. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 9, 5:30 p.m.

Pueblo Art Guild Gallery, 1500 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/543-2455, puebloartguild.com. Annual Southwest Show. Through Oct. 21. Pueblo Art Guild/Southern Colorado Photography Society Photo Show. Oct. 28 to Dec. 16. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 28, 6-8 p.m.

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org. Café XII: The Journeys of Writers and Artists of Cuba, an unconventional ongoing art show that features work by Cuban writers and artists based on the communal aspects of Cuban coffee shops. Through Sept. 10. Cuba in the Southwest: The Art of Leandro Soto, a solo show of Soto's work. Soto started the Café artist collective, which is also at Sangre. Through Oct. 8. woman.embodied, a multimedia exhibit recognizing the strong presence women have in art; with an emphasis on women artists from Cuba. Through Oct. 15. 100 Cuban Artists, a collection of photographs by Carlos Manuel Cardenes, who captured the visages of fellow Cuban artists in Miami. Through Oct. 22. Representing the West Art Exhibition & Sale, Sangre's ninth year hosting this special exhibit devoted to Western art. Sept. 22 to Oct. 29. Free public reception, Thurs., Sept. 22, 5-7 p.m.

S.P.Q.R., 17 B E. Bijou St., 633-4240. +1 Monochromatic Show, a juried show of monochromatic paintings. Modbo Collective artists showing their monochromatic paintings next door, at the Modbo. Sept. 9-30. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 9, 5:30 p.m.

Film

12th Annual Pikes Peak Lavender Film Festival, the return of the long-running fest celebrating quality films dealing with LGBT lives and issues from around the world. Sept. 23-25. CC's Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., 633-5600, pplff.org.

Best of Indie Spirit Film Fest 4, a screening of several short and feature films from the last ISFF (including Der Sandmann, which won "Best Of" at the fest), hosted by the Independent Film Society of Colorado. Thurs., Sept. 15, 6 p.m. CC's Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., ifsoc.org.

Cinemaholics, weekly film screenings with free popcorn and drink specials. Go online for updates. Tuesdays, 9-11:30 p.m. Free. Shuga's, 702 S. Cascade Ave., 328-1412, shugasblog.com.

Deaf Jam, two screenings of this film about a group of deaf teens who put together a series of poetry slams using American Sign Language. Thurs., Oct. 6, 6 and 8 p.m. CC's Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., ifsoc.org.

Free Minds Film Festival, an inaugural fest for films that promote "the ideas of a free society," with screenings and speakers. Hosted by the Young Americans for Liberty: UCCS Chapter. Oct. 7-9. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 800/990-8227, freemindsfilmfestival.com.

Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival, a new year for the longest-running women's film festival in North America, featuring films dealing with the lives of women, held at Colorado College at Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.) and the Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave.), as well as the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.). Nov. 4-6. rmwfilmfest.org.

Seven Beauties, an R-rated, 116-minute German comedy about a petty thief who lives off of the profits of his seven sisters. Fri., Sept. 9, 6:30 p.m. Free. Manitou Springs Public Library, 701 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-5206, manitousprings.colibraries.org.

Third Annual Castle Rock Film Festival, a fest devoted to student, short and feature-length films from the expanded Rocky Mountain Region (that includes actors and screenwriters residing in, or films produced in, the region). Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. castlerockfilmfestival.com.

Troop 1500, a documentary about a Girl Scout troop in which all the mothers are serving time in prison for serious crimes, and how they reconnect with their daughters. Thurs., Dec. 1, 6 and 8 p.m. CC's Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., ifsoc.org.

Warren Miller, high-adrenaline winter sport films. Nov. 4-5. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, skinet.com/warrenmiller.

We Still Live Here, a documentary about the modern day Wampanoag nation in southeastern Massachusetts, which is steadily regaining its native language through the help of one linguist looking to revive their culture. Thurs., Nov. 3, 6 and 8 p.m. CC's Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., ifsoc.org.

With a Friend Like Harry, a 117-minute, R-rated drama about Harry and his high school friend Michel. Fri., Sept. 23, 6:30 p.m. Free. Manitou Springs Public Library, 701 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-5206, manitousprings.colibraries.org.

Literary events

At the Table with Poetry West, a weekly poetry-writing, -reading and -critiquing session. Sundays, 5 p.m. Poor Richard's Book Store, 320 N. Tejon St., 578-0012, poorrichardsdowntown.com.

BYOB Poetry, a free open-mic poetry reading for all ages. Last Friday of every month, 8 p.m. Modbo, 17C E. Bijou St., 633-4240.

Colorado Springs Writers Reading Series, an open mic for writers, with three to five minutes allotted for each author to share his or her short story, novel excerpt, poetry or non-fiction work. A featured writer will speak at each event. Second Friday of every month, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Donations appreciated. Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, cswritersreading.blogspot.com.

Jane Austen and Co., a group that explores the work of Jane Austen, as well as films and literature inspired by her work; life in Austen's time; and more. First Wednesday of every month, 7 p.m. Manitou Springs Public Library, 701 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-5206, manitousprings.colibraries.org.

The Story Project, monthly true, live storytelling based on a theme. Second Friday of every month, 7 p.m.; through Dec. 9. Marmalade at Smokebrush, 219 W. Colorado Ave., #210, 444-1012, smokebrush.org.

Word Wednesdays, an open mic session for poets, comedians, actors, singers and other performers to share their work. Search the event on Facebook for more. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. V Bar, 19 E. Kiowa St., 313-0683.

Writers Group, weekly meetings with improv exercises to hone your skills. Thursdays, 7 p.m. Barnes & Noble - Briargate, 1565 Briargate Blvd., 266-9960, barnesandnoble.com.

Performing arts

Comedy & Improv

Doug Benson, Wed., Sept. 21, 7 p.m. $20-$25. Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave., 227-7625, blacksheeprocks.com.

Josh Blue, Sat., Sept. 10, 8 p.m. $18-$23. Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, 476-2200, stargazerstheatre.com.

Busch Light Bob & Tom Comedy All-Stars Bus Tour, Mon., Sept. 26, 7 p.m. $20-$25. Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, 476-2200, stargazerstheatre.com.

Improv Colorado, family-friendly comedy. Fri., Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m. and Fri., Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m. $5-$8. Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 445-9510, improvcolorado.com.

Improv Jam, a night of all-ages improv games with Improv Colorado. Thurs., Sept. 29, 8:17 p.m. Shovelhead Saloon, 4130 Highway 85/87, 392-2665, improvcolorado.com.

Ritz Comedy Blitz, a two-hour night of stand-up featuring "the best regional comedians." Drink specials are included as well. First Wednesday of every month, 9 p.m. Ritz Grill, 15 S. Tejon St., 635-8484, ritzgrill.com.

Stick Horses in Pants, Fri., Sept. 16, 7 p.m. $10-$12. Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 481-0475. Sat., Sept. 24, 8 p.m. $5-$8. The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., 577-5775, thestickhorses.com.

Concert music

Note: For info on upcoming popular music events, visit our Indy music pages.

The American Scene, the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs' first concert of the season, featuring selections from Kurt Weill's Down in the Valley and Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring. Sat., Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Broadmoor Community Church (315 Lake Ave.); Sun., Oct. 9 at 2:30 p.m. at First Christian Church (16 E. Platte Ave.). Pre-concert lectures will be held Saturday at 6:15 p.m. and Sunday at 1:45 p.m. chamberorchestraofthesprings.org.

Friends House Concerts, featuring Kelly Joe Phelps & Corrine West, Sat., Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m. ($25); Cheryl Wheeler with Jill Sobule, Sun., Dec. 4, 7 p.m. ($30). Send a check made out to the artist's name for tickets to Friends House Concerts, P.O. Box 38943, Colorado Springs, CO, 80937. 385-0031, house-concerts.org.

Lyricism and Timeless Beauty, a full-scale performance by the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, featuring selections from Ralph Vaughan Williams' Five Variants of "Dives and Lazarus," Strauss' Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Major, and much more. Sat., Nov. 19, 7 p.m., Broadmoor Community Church (315 Lake Ave.); Sun., Nov. 20, 2:30 p.m. at First Christian Church (16 E. Platte Ave.). Pre-concert lectures will be held Saturday at 6:15 p.m. and Sunday at 1:45 p.m. chamberorchestraofthesprings.org.

Peak Frequency Sonic Arts Festival, a series of "musical events and interdisciplinary sonic adventures" with happenings and concerts from notable musicians and artists including: Miya Masaoka, Ron Miles, Pamela Z and UCCS students and faculty. Through Oct. 15. $10. UCCS Heller Center for the Arts and Humanities, 1250 N. Campus Heights, 255-4155, uccs.edu/~peakfreq.

Requiem, a premiere of this work, as well as others, by Karen Peace and performed by the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble. Proceeds benefit Pikes Peak Hospice and the Colorado Springs Conservatory. Sun., Oct. 16, 2:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., 471-8522, karenpeacecomposer.com.

Second Saturday, skits like Saturday Night Live, done Conservatory-style. Sat., Nov. 12. Colorado Springs Conservatory, 1600 N. Union Blvd., 577-4556, coloradospringsconservatory.org.

Steps in Time: Tommy Tune and the Manhattan Rhythm Kings, Sun., Nov. 13, 2 and 7 p.m. Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org.

U.S. Air Force Academy Band 2011-2012 Chamber Concert Series, a series of recitals featuring different AFA music students at each performance. Mon., Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m., Mon., Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m. Free. Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/544-3520, sdc-arts.org.

Dance performances

Ballet Hispanico: Espiritu Vivo, a performance by this group, which aims to keep Latino culture alive and celebrated through modern dance mixed with classical ballet. Tues., Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org.

Burlesque & Boylesque Teaser, a performance by Peaks and Pasties. Fri., Sept. 23, 10-11 p.m. Underground, 110 N. Nevada Ave., 578-7771, peaksandpasties.com.

Golden Dragon Acrobats, traditional and modern meet in this performance by an award-winning troupe that melds ancient acrobatics with flashy costumes, music new and old and dance. Sat., Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m. Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org.

"Have Tassels Will Travel," a one-woman, improvisational play about the life of Satan's Angel, a burlesque legend known for her fire tassels. Expect burlesque and variety performances by others, including members of Peaks and Pasties. Fri., Sept. 16, 8 p.m. Zodiac, 230 Pueblo Ave., 632-5059, peaksandpasties.com.

Nutcracker — The Ballet, a performance by the Sangre de Cristo Ballet, led by artistic director Misha Izotov. Dec. 1-4. Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org.

A Nutcracker Ballet, a performance of this holiday favorite by the Colorado Youth Ballet. Tues., Dec. 20, 4 and 7 p.m. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, pikespeakcenter.com.

The Nutcracker, a performance of this holiday classic by Ballet Idaho and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Nov. 25-27. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, pikespeakcenter.com.

TaTa Flambé: A Night of Classic Burlesque, a performance by burlesque legend Satan's Angel, along with members of Peaks and Pasties and ladies from Denver, Pueblo, New Mexico and Minnesota. Sat., Sept. 17, 8 p.m. $15-$18. Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, 476-2200, peaksandpasties.com.

Stage

Butte Opera House, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 877/689-6402, butteoperahouse.com. Vampire of Cripple Creek, an original Halloween show about strange happenings in Cripple Creek, followed by an all-new olio. Sept. 30 to Oct. 30. The Christmas Donkey, a fun family holiday play about an eccentric old man who turns out to be Santa Claus. Followed by a Christmas olio. Dec. 2-31.

Colorado Springs Conservatory, coloradospringsconservatory.org. Amahl and the Night Visitors, a production of this classic holiday story by the Conservatory. Dec. 2-3. CC's Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org. Lovers Leapt, a tribute to 9/11 through a short play by Leslie Bramm, done in front of paintings depicting the World Trade Centers by Joellyn Duesberry. Sun., Sept. 11, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.

Damon Runyon Repertory Theatre, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, 719/564-0579, runyontheater.org. Little Shop of Horrors, Oct. 15-30. The Canterville Ghost, Fri., Nov. 4 and Sun., Nov. 6. White Christmas, Dec. 10-18.

Fine Arts Center Theater Company, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org. Assassins, a production of this musical following nine individuals who attempted to assassinate or actually assassinated U.S. presidents from Lincoln to JFK. Sept. 29 to Oct. 23. A Year With Frog and Toad, a family show that "contains slapstick comedy and lots of cookie eating." It portrays a year in the life of the cheerful Frog and the grumpy Toad. Dec. 1-23.

Impossible Playhouse, 1201 N. Main St., Pueblo, 719/542-6969, impossibleplayers.org. Night of the Living Dead, a thrilling horror play with elements of black humor. Oct. 7-22. Every Christmas Story Ever Told, as the name suggests, a mash-up of Christmas stories, by three actors. Dec. 2-17.

Iron Springs Chateau, 444 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-5104, pikes-peak.com/attraction/15.aspx. The Irish Eyes Have It, a melodrama with a sing-along intermission and a vaudeville-style olio revue afterward. The play follows the story of a working girl in New York City who tries to get out from underneath her boss' thumb, and finally gets rescued by a reporter. Through Oct. 1.

Madcap Mysteries Dinner Theatre, A Pirate's Death for Ye, Sat., Oct. 15, 6 p.m. Holidays are Murder, Fri., Dec. 2, 6 p.m. Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 481-0475, trilakesarts.org.

Manitou Art Theatre, 1367 Pecan St., 465-6321, themat.org. Poet in Motion, a magical show by dancer, juggler and physical comedian Peter Davison. Oct. 1-2. 52 Pick Up, the number of cards in a deck equals the number of scenes in one couple's relationship. Cards chosen from that night's tossed deck will dictate the direction of the show. Oct. 13-23. The Wright Stuff, a Kids First play by Steven Cole Hughes about the Wright Brothers and the mechanics of flight. Nov. 5-6. The Great Goddess Bazaar, a performance dealing with female archetypes, "the masks we all wear" and walking in another's shoes. Nov. 10-13. Four Play, a special collaboration in which four new theater pieces will be developed in 164 hours, start to finish. Nov. 18-27. Return of the Christmas Mouse, a Kids First play that tracks "everybody's favorite holiday rodent" as he looks for the perfect Christmas gift. Dec. 3-18.

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, pikespeakcenter.com. Blue Man Group, a "theatrical explosion" with music, comedy and technology. Oct. 25-27. Lil' Pete and the Coyote, an Over the Moon Family Theater performance about a boy who wanders away from his family farm and out onto the plains. Sun., Nov. 6, 2 p.m. Menopause — The Musical, a production of this Broadway hit about four women at a lingerie sale who share their woes, from sex to hot flashes. Nov. 8-9. Young Frankenstein, a production of this play based on the Mel Brooks movie. Nov. 30 to Dec. 1.

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org. The Secret Garden, a production of this children's classic by the Missoula Children's Theatre and more than 50 local students. Sat., Sept. 17.

Springs Ensemble Theatre, 1903 E. Cache la Poudre St., 357-3080, springsensembletheatre.org. Coronado, a production of a Dennis Lehane play following the stories of people caught in strange situations that ask them how far they will go for love. Oct. 13-30.

TheatreWorks, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive, 255-3232, theatreworkscs.org. The 39 Steps, a production based on a classic Hitchcock film, done with a cast of only four. Sept. 15 to Oct. 9. Prologue Series — a presentation by UCCS film chair and professor Robert von Dassanowsky on the works of Hitchcock and TheatreWorks' production of The 39 Steps. Sun., Sept. 25, 2:30 p.m. Church, a play by Young Jean Lee in which four ministers give highly unexpected services. Oct. 27 to Nov. 6. Prologue Series — Young Jean Lee discussing her life and art. Sun., Oct. 30, 2:30 p.m. Women of Will, a "guided tour" of the women of Shakespeare — Juliet, Rosalind, Desdemona, Lady MacBeth and others — by scholar Tina Packer and noted actor Nigel Gore. Nov. 9-13. Prologue Series — a discussion with Tina Packer. Sun., Nov. 13, 2 p.m. Peter Pan, a production of this classic fairy tale, with a twist: an original adaptation by TheatreWorks artistic director Murray Ross. Dec. 1-23. Prologue Series — eggnog and discussion with Ross, who will talk about his adaptation. Sun., Dec. 11, 2:30 p.m.

World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 520-7469, ticketswest.com. Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor's radio show comes to town. Oct. 29.

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