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click to enlarge Made in Taiwan: A Photo Exhibition of an Authentic - Taiwan, CCs Cossitt Hall, 906 N. Cascade Ave. Free. - Featuring photographs from the Taiwanese Culture - Center including natural scenery, culture and the arts, - social evolution and concern for human rights, through - Feb. 9. Call 389-6606 for more.
  • Made in Taiwan: A Photo Exhibition of an Authentic Taiwan, CCs Cossitt Hall, 906 N. Cascade Ave. Free. Featuring photographs from the Taiwanese Culture Center including natural scenery, culture and the arts, social evolution and concern for human rights, through Feb. 9. Call 389-6606 for more.

Art Shows & Galleries
American Numismatic Association Money Museum, 818 N. Cascade Ave., 632-2646. Open Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Free. Featuring The Die Is Cast: Money of the Ancient World through September 2007. Visit money.org for more.

*Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Featuring Wild Mongolia, by Barbara Davies in the Avenue Gallery, through Feb. 27. Colorado Gold: Tapping Colorado's Creative Mother Lode in the Hagnauer Gallery through March 3. Visit thebac.org for more.

Bella Art & Frame, 366 Second St., Suite B, Monument, 487-7691. Featuring works by Colorado artists Barbara Roeming and Becky Carver through Feb. 17. Visit bellaartandframe.com for more.

The Bridge Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 232-9368. Open Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., noon to 3 p.m. Free. Featuring Sleepless Dreamstate: A Sculptural Installation, works by Laura McCracken through Feb. 25. Opening reception, Fri., Feb. 2, 5-9 p.m.

Coburn Gallery, CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Featuring Braingirl, a nine-episode animated series about a mutant-cute girl who wears her insides on the outside, through Feb. 4. Exhibit includes nudity and adult themes.

Colorado Springs Airport, 7770 E. Drennan Road, 550-1917. Featuring 2007 First Quarter Art Exhibit, works by Kathryn Wallace, David Twede, Jerry Rhodes, Tom Woodward and local school children, through March.

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990. Featuring A Day in the Life of Fannie May Duncan, through March. Visit cspm.org for more.

Commonwheel Artists Gallery, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Potters for Peace Benefit Show, works by Nicaraguan potters, through Feb. 19. Call 685-1008 or visit commonwheel.com for more.

*Cottonwood Artists' School, 25 Cimino Drive, 520-1899. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring the 10th Annual Student Art Show, through Feb. 20. Opening reception, Fri., Feb. 2, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Visit cottonwoodartistsschool.com for more.

El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N. Union Ave., Pueblo, 719/583-0453. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $3-$4 for non-members. Featuring Colorado 1870-2000: Then and Now II, photos by John Fielder and William Henry Jackson, through April. Opening reception, Sat., Feb. 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

*FAC Modern, 121 S. Tejon St., Suite 100, 634-5583. Open Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $3.75-$7.50 for non-members. Featuring Spring Forward, works of Colorado Springs artists Dan Britton, Pard Morrison, Laurel Swab and Rita Zimmerman, through March 4. Katrina: Catastrophe and Catharsis, March 9 to April 29. Portraits from the Golden Age of Jazz, May 5 to June 24. Visit csfineartscenter.org for more.

Fireplace Gallery of Colorado, 5755 Industrial Place, 574-3224. Presenting the Colorado Springs Art Guild, featuring original oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, sculpture and other media through March.

Gunter-Wolff Gallery, 2605 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9494. Open Mon. and Wed.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring the slab-built ceramic vessels of craftsman Dave Meyers through February. Opening reception, Sat., Feb. 10, 5-7 p.m. Visit gunterwolffgallery.com for more.

Heebee Jeebees, 318A E. Colorado Ave., 635-0620. Open Mon.-Fri., noon to 6 p.m. and Sat.-Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Gallery grand opening featuring Better Homes & Icons, works by Heather Oelklaus thru March 31. Opening reception, Fri., Feb. 2, 5-8 p.m.

The Nook, 2821 Dublin Blvd., 265-8980. Open Mon., 6:30-10:30 a.m. and Tues.-Sun., 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Featuring the works of Joe R. Luciano, Barbara J. Davies and Dottie Lirette through April.

*OpticalReverb at Phantom Canyon, 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 684-9439. Featuring G.M.F. 80819, a series by artists from Green Mountain Falls, P.C. Superheroes, illustrations by Alex Sena and Mutinous Continuum, works by Drew Stofflet, Tim Davis, J.P.Z., Kim Polomka and Richard Ward and more, through March 1.

OpticalReverb at the V Bar, 19 E. Kiowa St., 684-9439. Featuring Reticulated Microphobia, paintings by Jeff Jag, through Feb. 10.

Orly's Art Gallery & Custom Framing, 730 S. Tejon St., 630-3371. Open Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sat., 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring works by Sparky LeBold, Desmond O'Hagan, Michael Ome Untiedt, Thomas J. Owen and Tim Diebler.

Pikes Peak Library District Galleries, 531-6333. East Library featuring The Courage to Remember: The Holocaust 1933-1943, Feb. 2-28. Opening reception, Sun., Feb. 4, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Free workshop, Tues., Feb. 13, 4:30-6 p.m. Briargate Branch featuring Colorado Women's Hall of Fame. Fountain Branch featuring Teri Brown's Whimsy Series. Fountain Branch featuring Children of Niger. Penrose Library featuring Colorado Springs Chorale Golden Anniversary. Visit ppld.org for more.

*Plantera Group Gallery, Plantera Group, 731 N. Weber St., 886-0456. Open Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri., 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring A Man's Perspective, works by Chris Fielder, Michael Pointer and Ray Shaw to benefit the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, through April 28.

Rubbish, 17B Bijou St., 231-9839. Open Fri. and Sat., 5-10 p.m. Free. Featuring paintings by Shannon Dunn and Davoth through February. Opening reception, Fri., Feb. 9, 5-10 p.m.

Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3-$4, free to members. Featuring works by Ann Moore, Richard Tyler, Joe Adamich and the Southern Watercolor Society through Feb. 3. Tradicon Mexico, featuring three galleries of work by Mexican and American artists, Feb. 10 to May 5. Opening reception, Fri., Feb. 23, 5-7 p.m. The Legend of Chromes, works from the Museo Soumaya de Mxico, Feb. 23 to April 21. Viva La Revoluci'n! Money of the Mexican Revolution, Feb. 23 to April 21. Visit sdc-arts.org for more.

Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 444-1012. Open Wed., Fri. and Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Maestros de Mexico: Continuity Amidst Challenge, handmade jewelry and hollowware by designers of the Mexican Silver Renaissance benefiting CASA, through March 17. Opening reception, Fri., Feb. 2, 5-8 p.m. Panel discussion, CC's Worner Campus Center, WES room, Fri., Feb. 2, 12-2 p.m. Visit smokebrush.org for more.

UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3567. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat., 1-4 p.m. Featuring The Way We Live Now and other artist books from the Polly and Mark Addison Collection, through March 16. Student Art Exhibition, April 6 to June 1. Water Media International XV, June 15 to Aug. 3. Visit galleryuccs.org for more.

Wayne Lambert Gallery, 2423 W. Colorado Ave., 471-1574. Open Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring original platinum/palladium photographs of the Southwest and Mexico.

Woodland Park Public Library Gallery, 218 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 686-8562. Open Tues.-Thurs., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., weekend hours vary. Featuring Capricorn Rising, acrylic paintings, photos and multimedia pieces created by Julianza Shavin-Katz as a memorial to her late father, Jan. 16 to March 31.

art events Muralist Leo Tanguma, Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Watch artist Leo Tanguma as he paints a community sculptural mural in the Hoag Gallery celebrating Hispanic culture in the U.S. Runs Feb. 3 to April 28. Reception, Fri., Feb. 23, 5-7 p.m. Call 719/295-7200 or visit sdc-arts.org for more.

"Bad (He)art Night: Bad Valentines," UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. $5. The Bad Art Night series continues with doilies, pink paper, glitter, glue and pictures of Justin Timberlake for creating cards and shrines to those you love or hate. Sat., Feb. 3, 5-7 p.m. Call 262-3567 or visit galleryuccs.org for more.

"Curatorial Voices in Contemporary Art: Carlos Basualdo," Fine Arts Center, Music Room, 30 W. Dale St. Free. Presenting Carols Basualdo, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Mon., Feb. 5, 6 p.m. Adam Lerner, founder and executive director of The Lab at Belmar. Wed., April 11, 6 p.m. Call 262-4612 for more.

*"Made in Taiwan: A Photo Exhibition of an Authentic Taiwan," CC's Cossitt Hall, 906 N. Cascade Ave. Free. Featuring photographs from the Taiwanese Culture Center including natural scenery, culture and the arts, social evolution and concern for human rights, through Feb. 9. Call 389-6606 for more.

Pikes Peak Weavers Guild, Mountain View Church of Christ, 1060 E. LaSalle St. Featuring "A Journey into Fabric and Handwoven Dolls" presented by Janet Anzlovar. Fri., Feb. 9, 9 a.m. Visit pikespeakweavers.org for more.

*Carnivale Puppet and Costume Workshops, Business of Art Center's Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. Free. Public art group Concrete Couch will help participants with masks, costumes and giant puppets for the parade. Feb. 10-11, noon to 4 p.m. Call 761-1853 or visit concretecouch.org for more.

Auditions & Entries
Peak Ballet Theatre will hold auditions for its spring production A Midsummer Night's Dream on Sat., Feb. 3 at 810A Arcturus Drive. Call 632-7511 or visit thepeakballet.org for audition forms, times, rehearsal schedule and performance dates.

Fremont Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Jean Whitmore, will begin rehearsals for its spring program, A Tribute to Mozart, on Sun., Feb. 4. If you play the violin, viola, cello or string bass, you are invited to join rehearsals at the Wells Fargo Bank, Penrose Branch, Conference Room. Call The Fremont School of the Arts at 784-3400 for more.

Blue Spruce Gallery will host an open theme show "Cabin Fever" on Feb. 3 and invites artists to interpret the theme in any media. Entries are available at Commonwheel Artists Co-op in Manitou Springs, Fremont Center for the Arts in Canon City and Blue Spruce Gallery in Florence. Call 719/784-1339 for more.

Leadership Pikes Peak is seeking nominees for its annual leadership awards including the Community Inspiration Award, the Modeling the Way Community Leadership Award and the Makepeace Community Trustee Award. Nominations are due Thurs., Feb. 8. Call 632-2618 or visit leadershippikespeak.org for more.

The Jean Ciavonne Poetry Contest is open to all fourth and fifth grade students in the Pikes Peak Region. This year's theme is "Flights of Fancy: Poems from Your Imagination." Winners receive, $25, a book and a Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration poster. Entries must be postmarked by Feb. 10. Call 531-6333 ext. 2405 for more.

Commonwheel Artists Cooperative currently has an opening for a three-dimensional artist (excluding pottery) for its shop and gallery in Manitou Springs. Submit an application and photos or CD of your work by Mon, Feb. 12. Call 685-1008 or visit commonwheel.com for more.

The City of Colorado Springs is requesting photos of functional art in park settings (seating, bike racks, picnic tables and shelters, fencing, wall, signage murals, play features) to be incorporated in a catalog for use by the City Parks Department and private park developers. Closes Feb. 15. Call Jennifer Jones at 385-5265 for more.

click to enlarge Cottonwood Artists School, 25 Cimino Drive, 520-1899. - Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring the 10th - Annual Student Art Show, through Feb. 20. Opening - reception, Fri., Feb. 2, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Visit - cottonwoodartistsschool.com for more.
  • Cottonwood Artists School, 25 Cimino Drive, 520-1899. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring the 10th Annual Student Art Show, through Feb. 20. Opening reception, Fri., Feb. 2, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Visit cottonwoodartistsschool.com for more.

The El Paso County Fair Queen Committee is seeking qualified candidates to serve as Fair Queen in 2007. Contestants must be female, 18 to 22 years old and never married. Applications are due by Feb. 16, 3 p.m. Call 520-7880 or visit elpasocountyfair.com for an application packet and more.

Manitou Springs Carnivale Parade is seeking musicians, human-powered floats, giant puppets, highly individualized costumes, and anyone and anything entertaining and non-motorized for the family-friendly parade on Sat., Feb. 17. Participants meet at Memorial Park at 12:30 p.m. Call 685-4317 for more.

Colorado Youth Theatre is seeking young people ages 8-18 for the play "Flapper." Auditions will be held at the Lon Chaney Theater, 221 E. Kiowa St. on Sun., Feb. 18, 2-5 p.m. Call 210-1074 or visit coloradoyouththeatre.org for more.

CHANGE, a subgroup of TESSA, is seeking two- and three-dimensional works for Finding Our Voices, an art exhibit for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. All survivors, allies and supporters are encouraged to submit entries by March 1. Call 761-6002 or e-mail revjenb@gmail.com for more.

The Mizel Museum is sponsoring its sixth annual bookmark competition entitled "Building Bridges Between People and Places" for students in grades K-2 and 3-6, through March 15. Call 303/394-9993 ext. 3 or visit mizelmuseum.org for entry forms and more.

Pikes Peak Arts Fest is seeking fine artists and artisans to participate in the Third Annual Pikes Peak Art Fest to be held at the Pikes Peak Center on June 8-10. Submit three slides or digitals by March 30 (or Feb. 15 for early-bird discount). Call 290-1981 or e-mail maricahefti@cs.com for more.

Civic Opportunities
Relay for Life Kick-Off, Sky Sox Stadium, 4385 Tutt Blvd. The American Cancer Society will present a rally to sign up teams for the Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs and Briargate relays. Tues., Feb. 6, 6:30-8 p.m. Call 636-5101 opt. 3 or visit cancer.org for more.

Breakfast with the Chamber, Wyndham Hotel, 5580 Tech Center Drive. $20-$30. Meet Richard Myers the new Police Chief and hear his vision for the future. Tues., Feb. 8, 7:30 a.m. Call 575-4382 or visit coloradospringschamber.org for more.

Fort Carson Restoration Advisory Board Meeting, Elkhorn Catering & Conference Center, Building 7300, Fort Carson. Learn about environmental restoration and ongoing site cleanup projects at Fort Carson. Thurs., Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m. Call 526-8004 for more.

24th Annual Heart Ball, The Broadmoor Hotel, 1 Lake Ave. Join the American Heart Association for an evening of vintage Hollywood glamour with cocktails, dining, auctions and dancing to the music of The Martini Shot. Sat., Feb. 10, 5:45 p.m. Call 635-7688 for more.

Colorado Conference on Volunteerism & Service Learning, Antlers Hilton, 4 S. Cascade Ave. $20-$185. Presenting a three-day conference entitled Reaching New Heights: Through Commitment to Ethics, Professionalism and Leadership. Wed.-Fri., Feb. 21-23. Call 955-0765 or visit ccov.org for more.

Clubs & Organizations
Sports Corp "Hot Stove League" Baseball Lunch, Penrose House Garden Pavilion, 1661 Mesa Ave. $25-$30. Presenting ESPN's Dave Campbell, Goose Gossage and more. Tues., Feb. 6, noon. Call 634-7333 ext. 1009 for more.

The Colorado Springs Branch of the American Association of University Women, Biaggi's Ristorante, 1805 Briargate Pkwy. $9. Monthly meeting presenting Dr Debbie Evercloud on "Securing the Economy and the Environment for our Children." Refreshments included. Sat., Feb. 10, 2 p.m. Call Jeanne Marsh at 590-7237 for reservations by Feb. 6.

Colorado Springs Chess Club, Acacia Apartments cafeteria, 104 E. Platte Ave. All who enjoy chess are welcome. Meets Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Call Richard Buchanan at 685-1984 for more.

The UFO Institute Colorado Springs Chapter, Penrose Public Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Monthly meetings at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month at the Police Operations Center, 705 S. Nevada Ave.

GFWC Woman's Club of Colorado Springs, CC's Slocum Hall Commons, 130 E. Cache la Poudre St. Free. Presenting speakers from the community and refreshments. Meets the second Wednesday of every month September through April at 2 p.m. Call Kathy at 590-1436 for more.

Trout Unlimited Cheyenne Mountain Chapter, Colorado Division of Wildlife, 4255 Sinton Road. Free. Featuring speakers and programs on topics including protection of cold water fisheries, fly fishing, conservation and the environment. Meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month. Visit cmctu.org for more.

Empower Colorado, First Church of the Nazarene, 4120 E. Fountain Blvd. A support group for families of children with a mental illness. Meets the second Saturday of the month. Call 559-7679 for more.

Emotions Anonymous Support Group, Pikes Peak United Way, 518 N. Nevada Ave. Meets at 3:30-4:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month. Call 573-7846 for more.

Recovery Incorporated, Briargate Branch Library, 9475 Briar Village Point. Offering a self-help group for people with depression, anxiety, obsessions or other psychological issues. Meets Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. Call 393-5316 for more.

Adult ADD/ADHD Support Group of the Pikes Peak Region, Vanguard Church, 3950 N. Academy Blvd. Donations accepted. Meets Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Call 351-7951 for more.

Senior Community Service Employment Program, 1510 N. Hancock Ave. Offering paid training for persons 55 and older. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call AARP at 635-3579 for more.

The Breakfast Club for Singles 50+, SilverWood Hotel, 505 Popes Bluff Trail. $14. Meets 9 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month, offering outdoor activities and social events. Call 260-0651 for reservations and more.

Sno-Jets Ski Club Events, Howard's BBQ, 3350 N. Chestnut St. Club meets Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Offering ski trips, biking, hiking and other activities. Visit snojets.org or call 577-7669 for more.

Lunch Break, Fellowship Hall of First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou St., $7.50. For all women in the workplace, a buffet luncheon with speakers addressing the theme Wednesday Matinee: Encouragement for Life's Reel Dramas through April. Meets first and third Wednesdays of the month, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Call 884-6234 by Monday prior for reservations.

WINGS provides therapist-facilitated support groups for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse in which survivors are believed, accepted and no longer alone. Women's groups meet Mondays and Tuesdays. Men's group is developing a waiting list. Call 800/373-8671 or visit wingsfound.org for more.

El Paso County Democratic Club, Democratic Headquarters, 25 N. Iowa St. Meets the second Saturday of each month, 9 a.m. Call Mark at 548-9114 for more.

Film & Video
A Film Society Screenings, Fountain Valley School, 6155 Fountain Valley School Road, Fri., Feb. 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and The Place, 13990 Gleneagle Drive, Thurs., Feb. 15, 7 p.m. This month's theme is Black Heritage Films and a Valentine's Day encore film. Visit altarnet.net for more.

French Cin Club, CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave. Free. Presenting a tribute to French actor Grard Depardieu with Danton (1983), Feb. 5. Balzac: A Life of Passion (1999), Feb. 12. La femme d' cot (1981), Feb. 19. Cyrano de Bergerac (1990), Feb. 26. Germinal (1993), March 5. Showings at 6:30 p.m. in French with English subtitles. Call 389-6519 for more.

Senior Lunch and a Movie, Pikes Peak Library District. Bring a lunch and enjoy a movie. Showing The Da Vinci Code, Ruth Holley Branch, Feb. 8, noon. The Lake House, East Library, Feb. 28, noon. Call 531-6333 for more.

Food & Drink
First Thursday Wine Tasting, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. $10-$14. Featuring "Wines to Pair with Chocolate," Thurs., Feb. 1, 5-8 p.m. Call 634-5583 or visit csfineartscenter.org for more.

Wild Oats Classes, 3180 New Center Point. Offering Natural Therapy for Healthy Aging, Feb. 1. Cooking with Janell, Feb. 3. Gluten-Free Store Tours, Feb. 6. Eating Well Cooking Class, Feb. 7. Call 622-1099 for more information.

Powers Liquor Mart Events, Powers Liquor Mart, 5847 Palmer Park Blvd. Free. "Old World Vs. New World" Wine Tasting, Feb. 1. "Wines of the World" Tasting, Feb. 3. "New World Wine" Tasting, Feb. 10. Spanish Wine Tasting, Feb. 17. Microbrew Tasting, Feb. 22. "Wines of the World" Tasting, Feb. 24. Pre-registration is required. Call 596-4700 for more.

Chefs Catalog Retail Store Classes, 5070 Centennial Blvd. $60. Classes with chefs from The Broadmoor, Craftwood Inn and more. Super Bowl Appetizers and Beer, Feb. 2. Valentines Fondue for Two, Feb. 13. Entertaining at Home, Feb. 20. Italian Foods & Wines, Feb. 27. The Art of Preparing Duck, Feb. 28. Call 272-2700 for more.

The Blue Star Events, 1645 S. Tejon St. Offering "Freestyle Cooking Classes" with Chef James Davis, Saturdays, 8:30-10:30 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Beer, Feb. 3. Call 598-7565 or visit thebluestar.net for more.

Experience Wine Classes, Mimi's Caf, 7133 N. Academy Blvd. Offering Sunday wine tastings, "A Friendly Introduction To Wine," Feb. 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $40. "Wine and Chocolate," Feb. 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $45. "You're So Sweet," Feb. 25, 5:30-8 p.m. $45. Call 282-8688 for more or visit experiencewine.net.

Candy Making Classes, CSU Cooperative Extension Office, 305 S. Union Blvd. $10. Presenting simple candy making techniques, high altitude guidelines, and demonstrations on preparing taffy, meringues, caramel, brittle and chocolate-covered cherries. Tues., Feb. 6, 6-8 p.m. Call 636-8920 for more.

"The Omnivore's Dilemma: Searching for the Perfect Meal in a Fast-Food World," Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave. Free. Michael Pollan explores the ways in which the industrialization of food has obscured our connection to the natural world. Thurs., Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. Visit coloradocollege.edu for more.

Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Bash, Ritz Grill, 15 S. Tejon St. Featuring a Cajun dinner, crawfish boil and music by Head Full of Zombies. Tues., Feb. 20, 4:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Call 635-8484 for more.

Chef's Gala and Silent Auction, Broadmoor West, Rocky Mountain Ballroom, $95. Featuring an appetizer, entre and dessert competition between the area's finest local chefs. Proceeds benefit the Colorado Springs Chorale. Sun., Feb. 25, 5-8:30 p.m. Call 634-3737 or visit cschorale.org for more.

click to enlarge OpticalReverb at Phantom Canyon, 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., - 684-9439. Featuring G.M.F. 80819, a series by artists - from Green Mountain Falls, P.C. Superheroes, - illustrations by Alex Sena and Mutinous Continuum, - works by Drew Stofflet, Tim Davis, J.P.Z., Kim Polomka, - Richard Ward and more, through March 1.
  • OpticalReverb at Phantom Canyon, 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 684-9439. Featuring G.M.F. 80819, a series by artists from Green Mountain Falls, P.C. Superheroes, illustrations by Alex Sena and Mutinous Continuum, works by Drew Stofflet, Tim Davis, J.P.Z., Kim Polomka, Richard Ward and more, through March 1.

16th Annual Wine Festival, Garden of the Gods Club, Broadmoor Hotel and Paragon Culinary School. $30-$175. The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center presents Pinot Noirs from Around the World with seminars, tastings, dinner, auctions and more. Fri.-Sat., March 9-10. Call 634-5583 or visit csfineartscenter.org for more.

Health & Healing
Celebration Store Events, Celebration Conscious Living Store, 2209 W. Colorado Ave. Offering "The Archangel Michael Speaks," Feb. 2. "Celtic Spirit," Feb. 3. "Our Sacred Connection: How Do You Experience the Divine?" Feb. 10. "Your Dreams Are a Living Essence," with Kathryn Neher, Mon., Feb. 12, 7-9 p.m. "Deeksha," Feb. 16. "Emotional Freedom Technique," Feb. 23-25. Visit celebrationstore.com for more.

"Menopause and Chinese Medicine," Monument Library, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument. Free. This free lecture explores acupuncture as a relief from the symptoms of menopause. Sat., Feb. 3, 10-11:30 a.m. Call 598-9200 for more.

Zen Meditation, Woman's Club of Colorado Springs, 20 Mesa Road. $20, discount for CC students. Learn and explore Zen meditation and practice. Sat., Feb. 3, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call Andrew at 287-6141 for more.

Smooth Changes Therapies Events, 4935 N. 30th St. #180. "EFT Intensive Workshop," Feb. 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. "EFT Tapping Group," Feb. 7 and 21, 6-8 p.m. and March 7 and 21, 6-8 p.m. Reservations required. Call 271-6089 or visit smoothchanges.com for more.

"Past Life Exploration," Unity Church in the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Road. Explore your past lives and create greater understanding, awareness and healing. Sundays in February, 6:30-8 p.m. Call 232-2499 or cohypnotherapy.com for more.

Beginning Reiki, 19410 Glencannon Way, Monument. Learn to heal yourself on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. Fri., Feb. 9, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 488-2493 for reservations and more.

African-American Family Health Fair, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St. Offering free health screenings and tests, demonstrations, information and more. Everyone welcome. Sat., Feb. 10, noon to 3 p.m. Call Memorial HealthLink at 444-2273 for more.

Woman's Story Spirituality Group, Mount St. Francis, St. Francis of Assisi Parish Ministry Center, 2650 Parish View. Pursue your inner spiritual journey with other women in these bi-monthly meetings. Bring a journal or notebook. Sun., Feb. 11, 2-3:30 p.m. Call Sister Marilyn Uhing at 598-5486 for more.

Fairie Moone Events, 1518 N. Academy. Free readings with Sharon Karson, Tuesdays 2-6 p.m. and Wednesdays, 3-7 p.m. Offering "Color Healing Series," Feb. 13, 7-9 p.m. "Pathworkings," Feb. 20, 7-8 p.m. "Essential Oils," Feb. 27, 7-9 p.m. Call 591-0236 for more.

"Be Still and Know That I Am God," Trinity United Methodist Church, 701 N. 20th St. Free. Presenting an opportunity to prepare your heart and mind for the season of Lent. Sat., Feb. 17, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 633-9295 for more.

"Building Your Own Herbal Formulations," Sage Woman Herbs, 308-A South Eighth St. $15-$20. Learn about proper dosing, indications and contraindications and make your own herbal formulas. Sat., Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 473-9702 or visit sagewomanherbs.com for more.

"Transform Your Life" Meditation Class, CC's Worner Campus Center, Room 216, 902 N. Cascade Ave. $8 suggested donation. Offering guided meditation and Buddhist teachings. Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Call 303/813-9551 or visit meditationincolorado.org for more.

Weight Management Classes, Peak Nutrition, 606 S. Tejon St. Offering classes on intuitive eating providing motivation, support and tools to make a new start. Taught by a registered dietitian. Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Call 548-9859 for more.

First Congregational Saturday Movement Practice, Founder's Room, 20 E. St. Vrain St. Donations accepted. Building community through movement and dance. Childcare provided. Saturdays, 9-10 a.m. Call 291-3120 for more.

Sacred Communitas Center Events, 1353 S. Eighth St., Suite 102. Goddess Embodied Women's Circle, $10. Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. Creative Abundance Circle, $10. Mondays, 7-9 p.m. Call 210-1085 or visit innercraft.com for more.

Memorial Hospital HealthLink Classes, HealthLink offices, 5360 N. Academy Blvd., Suite 220. Register for a variety of classes from childbirth classes to yoga, massage and smoking cessation. Call 444-2273 or visit memorialhealthsystem.com for more.

Celebrate Recovery, Westside First Church, 520 N. Walnut St. Join the road to recovery with this Christian-based support program. Saturdays, 7 p.m. Call 473-7113 for more.

Falun Gong Group, Monument Valley Park, directly behind the Fine Arts Center at 30 W. Dale St. Free training, e-books and e-video. Graceful exercises to meditation music, every Sunday, 2-3 p.m. Newcomers welcome. Call Joyce at 282-9236 for more.

Yoga for Problem Areas, Haven Wellness Spa, 4749 N. Academy Blvd. $5, introductory class. Focus on hips in February, and the back in March. Meets Thursdays, noon to 1 p.m. Call 264-9553 for more.

Special Needs Yoga, Yoga Journeys Studio, 709 N. Nevada Ave., Suite 201. Offering yoga for those with physical challenges cancer recovery, joint and muscle limitations, fibromyalgia, heart disease and more. Tuesdays, noon to 1:30 p.m. Call 578-8093 for more.

Yoga and Coffee, Java Buddha Coffee House, 2631 Colorado Ave. $5. Learn Ashtanga, Hatha and Vinyasa yoga from certified instructors. Call 633-5282 for times.

Insight Buddhist Meditation, Rocky Mountain Insight, 2525 W. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite A. Silent sits on Sundays, 9-10 a.m. and Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Orientation for first timers, Wednesdays, 6:15 p.m. Guided loving kindness sits on Fridays, noon to 1 p.m. Mindful Movement and Meditation, first and third Saturdays, 9-10 a.m. Call Carol at 473-7609 for more.

Lectures & Learning
"Science & Spirituality: Breaking Common Cognitive Ground," CC's Palmer Hall, Gates Common Room, 1025 N. Cascade Ave. Presenting Arthur Zajonc, researcher of atomic physics and quantum mechanics. Thurs., Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m. Call 389-6607 for more.

Gardening in the Pikes Peak Region, CSU Extension Office, 305 S. Union Blvd. $8. Presenting "Catalogs and Orchids: A Gardener's Cure for the Winter Blues," Feb. 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m. "CENTsational Landscapes: Where To Spend Your Landscaping Dollars," Feb. 6, 2-4 p.m. or Feb. 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Call 636-8923 to register.

District Eleven Community Education Classes, various locations. Offering "Beginning German" and "Teen Nutrition," Feb. 1. "Yoga" and "Getting Out of Debt," Feb. 5. "Spanish 1," Feb. 6. "Beginning Spanish for School Personnel," "Pilates-Yoga Fusion," and "Belly Dance," Feb. 7. Call 520-2384 or visit d11.org/communityed for more.

"Landscaping for the Pikes Peak Region," Phelan Gardens, 4955 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. $10-$35. Presenting a four-session workshop on Landscape Design, Hardscape, Plant Selection and Successful Turf and Ground Covers. Feb. 3, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 574-8058 for more.

Rendezvous with a Comet, Challenger Learning Center, 10215 Lexington Dr., Suite 110. $18-$20. Act as astronauts and mission controllers on a daring exploration of comets. Sat., Feb. 3, 9 a.m. to noon. Call 598-9755 or visit clccs.org for reservations.

Free Computer Classes, Pikes Peak Libraries. Offering 55+ Beginning Mouse, Feb. 5. Beginning Excel, Feb. 6. Internet Basics, Feb. 8 and 14. Intro to Microsoft Word, Feb. 12, 13, 21 and 24. Intermediate Microsoft Word, Feb. 15. 55+ Word Processing Basics, Feb. 15. Word Processing Lab, Feb. 22. Finding Information, Feb. 21. 55+ Computer Basics, Feb. 22. Beginning Yahoo E-mail, Feb. 28. eBay 101, Feb. 28. Call 389-8968 for reservations and more.

"Religion and the Arts in America," CC's Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St. Free. Presenting professor, author and feminist Camille Paglia. Tickets available at the Worner Campus Center Information Desk. Tues., Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m. Call 389-6607 for more.

Renaissance Academy Events, 2760 Fieldstone Road. Free. Presenting "Choking on Growth: Our Misguided Quest for Prosperity," with local filmmaker and sustainability expert Dave Gardner. Tues., Feb. 6, 6:30-8 p.m. Call 475-2510 for more.

"Starting a Small Business," $15. Featuring workshops presented by SCORE. Peterson Air Force Base, Feb. 7, May 2, Aug. 1 and Nov. 7. Fort Carson, Feb. 8, May 8, July 31 and Nov. 13. Schriever Air Force Base, Feb. 27, May 15, Aug. 28, Nov. 20. Call 636-3074 or visit coloradospringsscore.org for more.

Western Museum of Mining & Industry Events, 225 N. Gate Blvd. Open Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Presenting "Messages in Stone: Colorado's Colorful Geology," with Colorado's State Geologist Dr. Vince Matthews. Thurs., Feb. 8, 7 p.m. Call 488-0880 or visit wmmi.org for more.

"Five in a Bed: Tales of Early Colorado Hotels," Old Colorado City Historical Society, 1 S. 24th St. Presenting a slide show by Mary Humphreys on the history and current state of eight old hotels. Fri., Feb. 9, 11 a.m. Call 636-1225 for more.

"The U.S. and Latin America: Winds of Change," Broadmoor West, 1 Lake Ave. $30-$35. The Colorado Springs World Affairs Council presents a lecture by Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow on U.S. relations with Latin America. Fri., Feb. 9, noon. Call 579-8443 for reservations by Mon., Feb. 5.

The Small Business Development Center Classes, UCCS CITTI Building, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Offering "NxLevel Business Planning Program," Feb. 12. "Drop Dead Marketing Ideas," Feb. 14. "Basics of Bookkeeping," Feb. 15. "Avoiding Commercial Real Estate Land Mines," March 7. Call 262-3844 or visit cssbdc.org for a complete schedule and more.

"Railroads, Mines and Mills of Ute Pass Area," Community Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, 103 Pawnee Ave., Manitou Springs. "Some Urban Walk Stories," with Leslie Bergstrum, Sun., Feb. 11, 3 p.m. "William Bell as a Railroad Spy," with Lew Archer, Sun., Feb. 25, 3 p.m. "Garden of the Gods Trading Post, Past and Present," with David Maddox and Linda Landes, Sun., March 11, 3 p.m. "The Cliff House: Mountain Hospitality at Its Finest," with Deborah Harrison and Betty Jo Cardona, Sun., March 25, 3 p.m. Call 685-4205 for more.

Curiosity Unlimited Series, University Center at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Room 303. $25 for entire series. Lectures on the second Friday of each month at 10 a.m. "Teaching African American History," Feb. 9. "Why is Most of the Universe Missing?" March 9. "Current Trends in Math Research," April 13. "Jane Austin Visits Country Houses," May 11. For more call 598-3020 or visit uccs.edu.

"Should You Start Your Own Business" $15. Featuring workshops presented by SCORE. Penrose Library, Feb. 13, March 6, April 17, May 8 and June 19. East Library, March 29 and May 29. Call 636-3074 or visit coloradospringsscore.org for more.

"Oil and Gas: Fuel for the Current Rockies Boom," CC's Palmer Hall, Gates Commons, 1025 N. Cascade Ave. Presenting "Renewable Energy Possibilities: Offsets to Traditional Sources," with Randy Udall, director of the CORE in Aspen, Tues., Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m. "Adjusting to the End of Cheap Oil: What Should the U.S. and the Rockies Do?" with Matthew R. Simmons, author of Twilight in the Desert, Mon., March 5, 7:30 p.m. Visit stateoftherockies.com for more.

click to enlarge Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou - Springs, 685-1861. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Free. Featuring Wild Mongolia, by Barbara Davies in the - Avenue Gallery, through Feb. 27. Colorado Gold: Tapping - Colorados Creative Mother Lode in the Hagnauer Gallery - through March 3. Visit thebac.org for more.
  • Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Featuring Wild Mongolia, by Barbara Davies in the Avenue Gallery, through Feb. 27. Colorado Gold: Tapping Colorados Creative Mother Lode in the Hagnauer Gallery through March 3. Visit thebac.org for more.

Pikes Peak Library District Events, various library locations. Offering book clubs, story times and programs on writing, business, languages, computers, parenting, crafts, film, history, animals, theater and more for children, teens, adults and seniors. Call 531-6333 or visit ppld.org for times and locations.

The West Center for Intergenerational Learning, 25 N. 20th St. Offering classes from CPR to belly dancing and photography. Also offering trips and summer camps. Call 385-7920 for more.

Sheppard Art Institute, Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave. Fees vary. Offering classes through a nonprofit with the mission of providing opportunities to study art and culture. Call 282-2706 for more.

PILLAR Lifelong Learning Classes, various locations. Offering "Enlivening Your Writing" and "Valuing Old Books and Book Collecting," Feb. 1. "Energy Medicine," Feb. 2. "The South Pacific, New Zealand and Hawaii," Feb. 3. "AARP Driver Safety Program," Feb. 5-6. "Using MS Excel for Home Tasks (Intermediate)," Feb. 6-7. "Our Chakra System," Feb. 7. Call 633-4991 or visit visitpillar.org for more.

Literary Events
"Where is the Poetry in Poetry?" CC's Worner Center, Room 213, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St. $10, members free. Bring an original poems with 15 copies to this critiquing workshop hosted by Poetry West. Sat., Feb. 3, 10 a.m. to noon. Call 634-2367 for more.

Colorado College Visiting Writers Series, Colorado College, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St. Free. Featuring readings by internationally known authors and poets. Camille Paglia, Tues., Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m. James Salter, Thurs., Feb. 8, 7 p.m. Tony Moffeit, Sat., Feb 24, 7:30 p.m. Azar Nafisi, Fri., March 30, 7:30 p.m. David Mason, Thurs., April 5, 7 p.m. Peter Matthiessen, Wed., May 2, 7 p.m. Call 389-6606 or visit coloradocollege.edu/news_events for more.

Adult Great Books Reading & Discussion Group, Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Free. Discussing The Nose by Nikolai Gogol. Thurs., Feb. 8, 6:45-9 p.m. Call 531-6333 ext. 1206.

Blue Streak Poetry Open Mic, Rico's Cafe and Wine Bar, 320 N. Tejon St. Free. Come read your poetry or listen. Mon., Feb. 12, 7-9 p.m. Call 200-4268 for more.

Reader's Passport, Pikes Peak Library District, all locations. Free. Participants (16 years and over) read six books to receive a free book. A book will also be donated to a nonprofit of the reader's choice. Runs through March 31. Sign up in local libraries or visit ppld.org for more.

Pikes Peak Writers Conference, Wyndham Hotel Colorado Springs, 5580 Tech Center Drive. $295-$350. Presenting a journey into the world of commercial fiction with speakers that include authors, agents and editors. April 20-22. Call 531-5723 or visit ppwc.net for more.

Music

acoustic Friends House Concerts, 730 Polaris Drive. $20. Presenting Patty Larkin, Sun., Feb. 18, 7 p.m. Erika Luckett, Fri., March 9, 7:30 p.m. Call 329-1644 or visit house-concerts.org for more.

classical Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $12-$50. Presenting Gershwin's Greatest Hits, including Porgy and Bess, An American in Paris, Strike Up the Band and Rhapsody in Blue. Sat., Feb. 3, 8 p.m. Call 884-2110 or visit csphilharmonic.org for more.

Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble, Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave. Free. Presenting The Art of Ensemble Singing, CVAE high school vocalists will join with high school chamber ensembles. Sat., Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m. $5-$10. Location TBA. Visit cvae.org for more.

Rocky Mountain Music Alliance Series, Forestgate Presbyterian Church, 970 Northgate Road. $18-$22. Pianist Michael Baron. Sat., Feb. 10, 7 p.m. Michael Baron and Renato Premezzi, piano duo. Sat., April 21, 7 p.m. Call 484-0192 for more.

Pikes Peak Philharmonic, Radiant Church, 4020 Maizeland Road.$5-$8. Music Director Roger Sebby and the philharmonic present Month of Romance, music of Dvorak, Johann Strauss, Mancini and more. Sun., Feb. 11, 3 p.m. Call 685-6468 or visit www.pikespeakphil.org for more.

Pueblo Symphony, Hoag Recital Hall, CSU-Pueblo. $20-$25. Some Enchanted Evening, Sat. Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m. Cello Passion, Sat., March 10, 7:30 p.m. Season Finale, April 21, 7:30 p.m. Call 719/545-7967 for more.

Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, Saturdays at Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave., and Sundays at First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave. $10-$15. Featuring Children's Chorale and The Chamber Orchestra, March 3-4. Season Finale, May 5-7. Friday at Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo. Call 633-3649 for more.

Pueblo Symphony for Kids, Hoag Recital Hall, Pueblo. $10. For Kids, By Kids: Back to Broadway, Sat., March 17, 7:30 p.m. Call 719/545-7967 for more.

St. Andrew's Recital Series, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Cañon and Manitou avenues, Manitou Springs. $5 suggested donation. Chamber Music Recitals featuring Concertos, Bach for Violin and Oboe, Brandenburg #6, April 4, 7:30 p.m. Call 475-2396 for more.

jazz Pikes Peak Jazz & Swing Society Sunday Jazz Affair, Olympian Plaza Event Center, 975 S. Union Blvd. $5-$7. Featuring music of the Broadmoor Penrose Room Trio with vocalist Lila Mori, dancing, door prizes and cash bar. Sun., Feb. 11, 2-5 p.m. Call 685-9451 or visit ppjass.org for more.

other music Bob Marley Birthday Bash, Jose Muldoon's 222 N. Tejon St. Featuring reggae with Basil Reid from Jamaica, Jamaican jerk wings and Jamaican beer. Sat., Feb. 2, 9:30 p.m. Visit josemuldoons.com for more.

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Focus on the Family Auditorium, 8685 Explorer Drive. $15. Presenting the popular gospel music quartet in concert. Fri., Feb. 2, 7 p.m. Visit itickets.com for more.

Manitou Art Theater Events, Venue 515, Business of Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. $8. Featuring Michael Stanwood and Dexter Pane performing an all-ages concert. Sat., Feb. 3, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 4, 2 p.m. Call 685-4729 or visit themat.org for more.

Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Joe Ely and Guy Clark in Concert, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $49.50-$65. The foursome will perform classic folk, country and rock favorites. Thurs., Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. Call 520-7469 or visit pikespeakcenter.org for more.

An Evening of Asian Treasures Concert, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $12-$15, children under 5 free. Featuring Guzheng Artist Wu Fei, Gamelan Tunas Mekar Orchestra, Denver Taiko Drums and Chinese folk dancers. Sat., Feb. 10, 7 p.m. Call 287-7624 or visit cscci.org for more.

House Concert Series, Old Town GuestHouse, 115 S. 26th St. $10-$12. Featuring romantic favorites with The Storys, Feb. 14, 7 p.m. The original music of Joe Uveges, March 16, 7 p.m. Call 632-9194 or visit oldtown-guesthouse.com for more.

Performances
Star Bar Players Events, City Auditorium, Lon Chaney Theater, 221 E. Kiowa St. $12-$15. Presenting Sam Shepard's True West directed by David Plambeck. Feb. 2-3, 9-11. Shows at 2 and 8 p.m. Call 573-7411 or visit starbarplayers.org for more.

Arsenic and Old Lace, USAF Academy, Arnold Hall, 2303 Cadet Drive, Suite 12. $7-$10. Presenting the farcical comedy, Arsenic and Old Lace, set in 1930s Brooklyn. Sat., Feb. 3, 7-9:30 p.m. Call 614/499-0445 for more.

Stand Up Comedy Night, Thunder & Buttons II, 2415 W. Colorado Ave. Presenting an evening of fun and laughter. Mondays, Feb. 5-26, 7:45 p.m. Call 447-9888 for more.

Truth, Justice or the American Way, CSU-Pueblo, Life Science Auditorium, Pueblo. Free. Presenting improvisational and classic sketch comedy of The Second City comedy troupe. Seating is limited. Not recommended for children. Fri., Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m. Call 719/549-2975 for more.

Speak of Be Spoken For, Shove Memorial Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave. Free. Join poet Ruth Forman, Rev. J. Alfred Smith, Sr. and jazz musicians Encompass in an evening designed to lift up African American spiritualities in unity. Fri., Feb. 9, 7 p.m. Call 389-6607 for more.

Damon Runyon Theater Events, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo. $12-$32. Featuring The Wizard of Oz, based on the 1939 movie. Dinner option available. Feb. 9-25. Call 719/564-0579 or runyontheater.org for more.

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, Old Town GuestHouse, 115 S. 26th St. $65. Featuring Death of King Edmund and a gourmet dinner, Feb. 9 and March 9, 7:30 p.m. Murder Aboard the Titan and a gourmet dinner, Feb. 23 and March 23, 7:30 p.m. Call 632-9194 or visit oldtown-guesthouse.com for more.

Theatreworks Events, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive. $22-$25. Featuring The Syringa Tree, Feb. 1-11. The Importance of Being Earnest, March 1-18. The Caucasian Chalk Circle, April 19-28. Wed.-Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sat., 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sun., 4 p.m. Call 262-3232 or visit uccstheatreworks.com for more.

FAC Main Events, 30 W. Dale St. Featuring Little Shop of Horrors, Feb. 16 to March 11. The Complete History of America ... Abridged, March 30 to April 15. Into the Woods, May 11 to June 3. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Call 634-5583 for tickets and more.

Pikes Peak Center Events, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Presenting If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, based on the popular children's story. Feb. 9, 7 p.m. Jesus Christ Superstar, Feb. 13-14. David Copperfield: An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion, March 13. Aida, April 13-14. Call 520-7469 or visit ticketswest.com for more.

Children's Playhouse Series, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo. $6-$25. Presenting If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Sat., Feb. 10, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Russian American Kids Circus, Sat., Feb. 24. Lazer Vaudeville, Sat., March 31. All shows 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call 719/295-7222 for more.

Thumbelina, Louisa Performing Arts Center, Colorado Springs School, 21 Broadmoor Road. $7-$12. Derby Dance & Music will present an original ballet choreographed by Nancy Derby and Valerie Morris. Sun., Feb. 11, 2 and 5 p.m. Call 475-0625 or visit derbydance.com for more.

Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo. $20-$95. Presenting Jesus Christ Superstar, Thurs., Feb. 15, 8 p.m. Capitol Steps, Wed. Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. Romeo and Juliet, Sat., March 10, 4 p.m. Glenn Miller Orchestra, Fri., April 13, 7:30 p.m. Call 719/295-7200 for more.

click to enlarge FAC Modern, 121 S. Tejon St., Suite 100, 634-5583. - Open Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 9 a.m. to - 10 p.m., and Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $3.75-$7.50 for - non-members. Featuring Spring Forward, works of - Colorado artists Dan Britton, Pard Morrison, Laurel Swab - and Rita Zimmerman, through March 4. Visit - csfineartscenter.org for more.
  • FAC Modern, 121 S. Tejon St., Suite 100, 634-5583. Open Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $3.75-$7.50 for non-members. Featuring Spring Forward, works of Colorado artists Dan Britton, Pard Morrison, Laurel Swab and Rita Zimmerman, through March 4. Visit csfineartscenter.org for more.

Manitou Art Theater Events, Venue 515, Business of Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. $15. Featuring 10 Minutes Max, a taste of vaudeville, Feb. 15-17, and 22-24, 8 p.m. Six Women Playwriting Festival, April 19-22. Call 685-4729 or visit themat.org for more.

Opera Theater of the Rockies, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $15-$75. Presenting the opera Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck, along with the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale and Colorado's Classical Youth Ballet. Sat., March 3, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Call 520-7469 or visit ticketswest.com for more.

Recreation
Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road. Free. Offering "Nature Explorer: Furry Friends," Feb. 1. "Making Tracks with T-rex," Feb. 3. "Valentine Cookie Decorating," Feb. 10. "Nature Explorers: Whose Clues?" Feb. 15. "Searching for Orion," Feb. 16. "Winter Birds at Bear Creek," Feb. 17. "Bear Creek Young Naturalists: Hands-On Science," Feb. 24. Call 520-6387 for more.

Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain. Offering "Nature Hike at Clear Spring Ranch," Feb. 3. "Twos & Threes Outdoors: Duck, Duck, Goose," Feb. 8. "Just Ducky," Feb. 10. "Nature Adventures: Rodent Friends," Feb. 14. "Telescope Workshop 101 & Star Party," Feb. 16. "This Bird's a Hoot," Feb. 24. "Nature Adventures: Tracks and Trails," Feb. 28. Call 520-6745 for more.

Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. $5-$40. Featuring more than 100 athletes from 15 countries competing for 12 medals. Wed.-Sat., Feb. 7-10. Call 576-2626 or visit ticketswest.com for more.

Red Rock Canyon Guided Tours, Highway 24 and South Ridge Road. Free. Offering two-hour and longer guided hikes on easy to moderate trails. Every Saturday, 9 a.m. Call 685-5089 for more.

Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road. Fall hours: Wed.-Sun., 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sun., 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Offering a free climbing wall, children's programs, guided hikes, lectures, hands-on activities and more. Call 385-6086 or visit cheyennecanon.org for a calendar of events.

dance parties & workshops International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave. $9-$10. Dance to live music including big band, country, Latin and more. Sat., Feb. 3, 7:30-11 p.m. Ballroom dances third Friday of the month, 8-11 p.m. Call 633-0195 or visit internationalpolkaclub.org for more.

Ballroom and Latin Dance Classes, Dance Colorado Dance Studio, 612 S. Tejon St. $48-$60. Learn Latin technique, tango, country waltz, east coast swing, salsa, ballroom bootcamp and more. Lessons beginning each month. Ask for the introductory special. Call 473-1395 or visit dancecolorado.net for more.

Ballroom, Latin and Swing Dance, Social Elegance, 2109 Templeton Gap Road. $7. Open dancing, every second and fourth Saturday, 7-9 p.m. Beginner through advanced classes available. Call 632-4055 or visit socialelegance.net for a schedule and more.

Springs Salsa and Dance Fitness, 2506 W. Colorado Ave. Offering nightclub-style salsa dance instruction and specialty dance fitness classes. Mention the Independent to receive your free group class. Call 649-8294 or visit springssalsa.com for more.

Dances of Universal Peace, Unity Church in the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Road. By donation. Offering devotional chants and circle movements from many cultures and religions on the third Friday of the month, 7-8:30 p.m. through May. Call 575-0152 for more.

Scottish Country Dancing, 315 E. Costilla St. $5 per month. Featuring basic, intermediate and advanced instruction on social dance of Scotland. Meets the first three Wednesdays of the month, 7-9 p.m. Partner not required. Call 494-0563 for more.

Broadmoor Waltz Club Basic Ballroom Dance Lessons, Austin Bluffs Community Church, 5090 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Also presenting classes on Thursdays, 6-7 p.m. at the Hancock Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock St. Free. Must have a partner. Call 598-2885 or visit broadmoorwaltzclub.com to register.

Ballroom Dance Classes, Downtown YMCA, 207 N. Nevada Ave. Learn swing, salsa, waltz, tango, foxtrot and more. Open to members and non-members. Registration on-going. Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. Call Arthur at 634-3029 for more.

Soma Studio Events, "The Circle," a class for women building community using ritual, song, movement and art, $18. Feb. 3, 2-3:30 p.m. Call 291-3120 or visit somamovement.org for more.

Special Events
Mother and Daughter Sleepover, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road. $60 pair, $25 additional child. Spend the night at the zoo and enjoy learning about the animals and each other. Sat., Feb. 3, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call 633-9925 ext. 112 or visit cmzoo.org for more.

Carnivale Warm-Up Party, Townhouse Lounge, 907 Manitou Ave. $5 suggested donation. Featuring prize raffles and live rock 'n roll from the Big Ivory Ticklers. Proceeds will fund the Manitou Springs Carnivale parade. Feb. 3, 9 p.m. Call 685-5503 for more.

Chinese New Year and Asian Festival, Phil Long Expo Center, $6-$8, children under 5 free. Featuring Chinese and Asian entertainment and foods, teahouse activities, Chinese cinema and a "Chinatown" marketplace. Sat., Feb. 3, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 287-7624 or visit cscci.org

For the Love of Children, Circle Baptist Church, 801 N. Circle Drive. $5. The Family Attachment Center presents its annual fundraiser featuring a concert by Colorado Springs Children's Chorale and a silent auction. Sat., Feb. 10, 4-9 p.m. Call 632-3204 or visit familyattachmentcenter.org for more.

Rockin' Sock Hop, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake. $12-$15. Featuring a Valentine's dance with music from the '50s and '60s. Prizes for best costumes, hula hoopers, dancers and craziest socks. Sat., Feb. 10, 7-10 p.m. Call 481-0475 for more.

Manitou Springs Carnivale Parade, Manitou Avenue. Presenting Manitou's annual family-friendly Mardi Gras-style celebration with music, floats, costumes and giant puppets. Starts with the Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-off in Soda Springs Park at 11 a.m. To join the parade, gather in Memorial Park at 12:30 p.m. Parade begins at 1 p.m. After-parade family entertainment and refreshments at the Business of Art Center's Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave. Sat., Feb. 17. Call 685-4317 or visit manitousprings.org for more.

Youth & Family
Imagination Celebration Events, Celebration Place, The Citadel Mall, 750 E. Citadel Drive. "A Mouse in the House," Feb. 3, 10:30 a.m., $1. "African Dance & Drum," Feb. 3, 1 p.m., $1. "Art Attack," Feb. 6, 13 and 20, 10 a.m., $18. "Chinese New Year Banners," Feb. 17, 10:30 a.m., $1. "Adinkra Quilt Block Making," Feb. 24, 10:30 a.m. Reservations required. Call 597-3344 or visit imaginationcelebration.org for more.

Teen Cultural Competency Training, Colorado Springs Assets for Youth, 1506 N. Hancock Ave. $25. Offering a three-session workshop for high school students to explore what it means to live in a diverse society. Tuesdays, Feb. 6-20, 7-8:30 p.m. Call 635-8300 or visit csay.org for more.

Drumming Fun, Pikes Peak Libraries. Celebrate Black History Month with drummer Bob Hall playing African rhythms. Ruth Holley Branch, Feb. 10, 1:30 p.m. Briargate Branch, Feb. 17, 1:30 p.m. Fountain Branch, Feb. 24, 10 a.m. Sand Creek Branch, Feb. 25, 1:30 p.m. Call 531-6333 for more.

A Show of Hands!, Pikes Peak Libraries. Learn American Sign Language with Tamara Brody as she shares the story of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Monument Branch, Feb. 10, 1:30 a.m. East Library, Feb. 11, 2 p.m. Old Colorado City Branch, Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m. Palmer Lake Branch, Feb. 17, 10:30 a.m. Cheyenne Mountain Branch, Feb. 17, 1:30 p.m. Penrose Library, Feb. 18, 1:30 p.m. Ute Pass Branch, Feb. 24, 10:30 a.m. Call 531-6333 for more.

Volunteer Opportunities
Pikes Peak Library District is seeking volunteers for many positions including tutors, language aides, community outreach assistants, stockroom clerks, bookstore clerks, hold processors and more. Applications available at ppld.org and at all libraries.

The City of Colorado Springs is seeking volunteers to plant and maintain flowerbeds as part of the "2007 Springs in Bloom" program. Call 578-6649 or visit springsgov.com for more.

Bear Creek and Fountain Creek Nature Centers are recruiting volunteers age 18 and older to help people enjoy the parks and nature centers. Attend the next volunteer orientation at Bear Creek Nature Center on Sat., Feb. 3, 1-3:30 p.m. Call Paula Megorden at 520-6388 for more.

Council for Educational Travel, USA seeks loving homes to host foreign exchange students who are attending area high schools. Community Coordinators needed too. Call Karin Bugatti at 888-9CETUSA for more.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is seeking volunteers to serve as mentors to local youth as part of a new program. Go for walks, play in the park, watch movies, play board games, cook food and share other positive experiences with kids each week. Call 633-2443 or visit bbbscolo.org/pikespeak for more.

Memories in the Making, a program of the Alzheimer's Association, is looking for artists to volunteers in facilitating small art groups for people with Alzheimer's disease. Call Susan at 684-2030 for more.

American Numismatic Association is seeking museum docents, administrative support and customer service volunteers. Call 482-9814 or e-mail volunteer@money.org for more.

The Salvation Army has a variety of volunteer opportunities available. Call 636-5266 or visit tsacs.org for more information.

Care & Share Food Bank needs volunteers to help with hunger-relief projects throughout southern Colorado. Call 528-1247 or visit careandshare.org for more.

American Cancer Society is seeking good drivers in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas to help those who need rides to treatments. One-hour training provided. Call Stephanie Wilson at 488-3748 for more.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is seeking volunteers to be a voice in court for an abused or neglected child. No legal experience is required. Call 447-9898 ext. 1008 or visit casappr.org for more

Teller County Regional Animal Shelter in Divide is seeking volunteers to learn dog-training techniques and work with shelter dogs. Call 686-7707 or visit tcrascolorado.com for more.

Pikes Peak Family Connections needs volunteers for its Nurturing Parenting Program and KPC Kids' Place respite nursery. Internships and work study positions also are available. Call Alpha at 442-6337 for more.

Memorial Health System is seeking volunteers for various areas of the hospital. Call 365-5298 or visit memorialheathsystems.com for more.

click to enlarge Plantera Group Gallery, Plantera Group, 731 N. Weber St., - 886-0456. Open Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m. to - 5 p.m., Fri., 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring A Mans - Perspective, works by Chris Fielder, Michael Pointer and - Ray Shaw to benefit the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak - Region, through April 28.
  • Plantera Group Gallery, Plantera Group, 731 N. Weber St., 886-0456. Open Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri., 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring A Mans Perspective, works by Chris Fielder, Michael Pointer and Ray Shaw to benefit the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, through April 28.

All Breed Rescue & Training is seeking foster or adoptive homes for dogs, and volunteers for special events, office work, maintenance, fundraising and volunteer coordination. Call 264-6460 or visit haveanicedog.org for more.

Easter Seals Southern Colorado is seeking volunteers for collating and mailing newsletters, office work, special events and other tasks. Call 574-9002 or visit co-so.easterseals.com for more.

Indigo Mountain Nature Center, a Lake George sanctuary for captive-born wildlife is seeking volunteers with a variety of skills, including construction, maintenance and fundraising. For more call 748-5550 or visit indigomtn.org.

Safe Place Animal Rescue is seeking volunteers to assist with finding homes for pets of the terminally ill. Visit safeplaceco.org or call 638-1424 for more.

Dreampower Animal Rescue is seeking volunteers to give pets temporary homes until adopted. All food and veterinary care provided. Call 390-7838 or visit dreampower-arf.com for more.

Another Life Foundation is hosting Volunteer Mentor meetings on recognizing and preventing suicidal behavior. Meets at 3:30-4:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month. Call 573-7846 for more.

Colorado Reptile Humane Society needs volunteers to observe, clean, feed and socialize reptiles in the shelter, and to staff adoption and education tables. Must be 18 years or older. Call 303/776-2070 or visit corhs.com for more.

Earthseeds Project, volunteers needed to assist with office work and in communications, fundraising, online research, local events and more. Call 636-3637 or visit earthseeds.net for more.

Women's Resource Agency, 2220 E. Bijou St., Suite 2E. Volunteers needed in several areas, including workshop facilitation, computer class instruction, event planning and more. Call 471-3170 for more.

Odyssey Healthcare Hospice, 4465 Northpark Drive. Seeking volunteers for caregiver support, in-patient visits, office support, phone calls and bereavement follow-up. Call 573-4166 for more.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts & Conference Center, 30 W. Dale St. Seeking volunteers in various areas. Call Daniella at 477-4351 or 634-5581 for more.

The Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo. Seeking volunteers in various capacities. Call 719/295-7200 for more.

Starsmore Discovery Center, volunteers needed at the North Cheyenne Cañon Park. Hours are flexible and the work is fun. Call 578-6146 for more.

Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care, 5450 Tech Center Drive, Suite 120. Caring volunteers needed to visit patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families, assist with administrative duties and bereavement support. Call 265-1109 for more.

Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care, 825 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite 600. Volunteers needed to support patients and families in their homes and long-care facilities. Volunteer musicians also needed for inpatient care. Visit pikespeakhospice.org or call 633-3400 ext. 603 for more.

TESSA is seeking volunteers to assist with administrative duties, victim advocacy, counseling, crisis management and more. Call 785-6809 for more.

Ellicott Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, seeking tax-deductible contributions to help feed and provide medical care for wildlife in rehabilitation. Call 683-8152 or visit ellicottwildlife.com for more.

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art Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Featuring Bebe Alexander: Constructives, through March 25. Arvada Artist's Guild 48th Annual Membership Exhibition, through March 25. Marie Gibbons and Jimmy Sellars: Residual Memory, through April 11. Call 720/898-7200 or visit arvadacenter.org for more.

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder, 303/443-2122. Featuring works by Halim Al-Karim, Kris Cox and Christopher Morris, Feb. 9 to May 19. Opening reception, Fri., Feb. 9, 6:30-8 p.m. Visit bmoca.org for more.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, 720/913-0169. Featuring Inspiring Impressionism, Feb. 23 to May 25. Gee's Bend: the Architecture of the Quilt, April 13 to July 6. Charles Deas: Telling Tales to 1840s America, May 17 to Aug. 10. Visit denverartmuseum.org for more.

Lakewood Cultural Center Events, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood, 303/987-7845. Featuring 100 Years at the Park: 10,000 Years on the Plateau through Feb. 16. Kitchen Goddess through March 23. Faces of Creativity: Portraits of Artists, Musicians and Poets by Photographer George Pickow through April 27. Visit lakewood.org for more.

film I Have Never Forgotten You, Mizel Museum, 400 S. Kearney St., Denver. Presenting a film about the life and legacy of legendary Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal. Tues., Feb. 13, 7 p.m. Call 303/394-9993 ext. 4 or visit mizelmuseum.og for more.

Boulder International Film Festival, Boulder Theater, Boulder Public Library and other venues, Boulder. $8-$10 per film, $295 VIP pass. Featuring over 50 films from around the world as well as workshops, panels and parties. Thurs.-Sun., Feb. 15-18. Call 303/449-2283 or visit biff1.com for more.

IMAX Film Festival, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. Featuring six favorite films, selected by viewers, from those shown during the theater's 23-year history, through March 15. Call 800/925-2250 or visit dmns.org for more.

literary Tattered Cover Book Store Events, at Historic LoDo, Colfax and Highlands Ranch. Presenting Peter Russell and Ingrid Newkirk, Feb. 1. Vikram Chandra, Feb. 2. Kevin Holdsworth, Feb. 3. Joey Porcelli and Clay Fong, Feb. 5. Jacqueline Tobin, James Slater and Kay Salter, Feb. 6. Edward W. Wood, Jr. and Kris Radish, Feb. 7. Visit tatteredcover.com for more.

music Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood. $26. Featuring the Nova Scotian band Grand Drangement, Sat., Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. Love Letters from Paris, Jeremy Sortore singing French love songs, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m. Call 303/987-7845 or visit lakewood.org for more.

Tommy Castro Band, Merlino's Belvedere, 1330 Elm Ave. Canon City. $20-$25. Featuring national blues act, the Tommy Castro Band with George & Cal. Feb. 9, 7:15 p.m. Call 719/275-5558 for more.

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Presenting Music with a View: Mercury Ensemble, Thurs., Feb. 22, 7 p.m. Call 720/898-7200 or visit arvadacenter.org for more.

The Denver Folk and Roots Music Festival, Denver Center for Performing Arts, Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 950 13th St., Denver. $40-$75. Presenting the Taj Mahal Trio and other acts. Sat., March 31, 6 p.m. Call 303/777-1003 or visit swallowhillmusic.org for more.

North Fork Bluegrass & Roots Music Festival, various venues, Hotchkiss. $20-$50. Featuring bluegrass, folk, acoustic blues, honky-tonk and old-time music in a family setting with performances, jams, workshops and camping. June 8-10. Call 970/872-8000 or visit northforkbluegrass.com for more.

recreation & learning Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton. Free admission day for Colorado residents, Fri., Feb. 2. Call 720/865-3580 or visit botanicgardens.org for more.

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St., Denver. "Planning and Designing Your Water-Smart or Xeriscape Garden," with Jocelyn Chilvers and Greg Forman. Sat., Feb. 3, 10 a.m. to noon. Free admission day for Colorado residents, Mon., Feb. 19. "Choosing, Adjusting and Maintaining Your Sprinkler System," with Brent Meecham, Wed, Feb. 28, 7-9 p.m. Call 720/865-3580 or visit botanicgardens.org for more.

Falcon Wanderers Volksmarch Walk, Recreation Office, 575 Ash St., Cañon City. Free. Sponsoring a 5K and 10K walk. Sat., Feb. 10. Start between 9 a.m. and noon. Call 372-3541 or visit angelfire.com/co4/fw for more.

The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300. Presenting Kids Bowl II, Feb. 3, 10 a.m. Movie and a Martini featuring When Harry Met Sally, Feb. 10, 6:30 p.m. The Horse in Fine Art, through March 21. Art and the Animal, Feb. 3 to April 1. Showing the film Beavers through October 2007. Visit thewildlifeexperience.org for more.

Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway, Denver. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring a lectures series with "Peace Pipe: The Calumet in Native Diplomacy before Lewis and Clark," Tues., Feb. 20, 1 and 7 p.m. Call 303/866-3682 or visit coloradohistory.org for more.

performances New Denver Civic Theater, 721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver. Presenting Pure Piaf, with Alex Ryer as Edith Piaf, through Feb. 25. Thurs.-Fri., 8 p.m. Sat., 8 p.m. and Sun., 5:30 p.m. Call 303/309-3773 or visit denvercivic.com for more.

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Featuring the Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Subject Was Roses, through Feb. 25. The comedy Queen of Bingo!, Feb. 6-18. The Dinosaur Play, a children's show, Feb. 13 to May 4. The Dinosaur Play, a children's tale, through May 4. Call 720/898-7200 or visit arvadacenter.org for more.

Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood. $21. Featuring the musical 42nd Street, Feb. 9-25. Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Call 303/987-7845 or visit lakewood.org for more.

Buell Theatre, 950 13th St., Denver. $25-65. Presenting Legends!, a catfight comedy with Joan Collins and Linda Evans, Feb. 6-18. The Taffetas, a musical about a 1950s-era sister act, Mar. 10 to Aug. 5. Call 303/893-4100 or visit denvercenter.org for tickets and more.

Aurora Fox Theatre, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora. $20-$22. The Physically Handicapped Actors & Musical Artists League will present Our Town by Thorton Wilder through Feb. 4, Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Call 303/739-1970 or visit phamaly.org for more.

Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver. $4-$6. Featuring Trunks Season 2: Still Uncoordinated, a comic-book themed children's play, every other Saturday through May 5 at 1 and 3 p.m. Call 720/946-1388 or visit buntport.com for more.

The Avenue Theater, 417 17th Ave., Denver. $12-$25. Featuring Right On, America, a late night comedy show. Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 2 to March 10, 10:30 p.m. Call 303/321-5925 or visit avenuetheater.com for more.

Free for All Series, Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street, Denver. Presenting free performances from the Denver Center for Performing Arts on a first-come, first-served basis. Mrs. Warren's Profession, March 14. Pure Confidence, March 21. Tickets released at 4:30 p.m. Performances at 6:30 p.m. Visit denvercenter.org for more.

special events 48th Annual Colorado Garden & Home Show, Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver. $10-$12, children 12 and under free. Featuring the latest in gardening, landscaping and home improvement ideas, products and services. Feb. 3-11. Call 303/932-8100 or visit gardeningcolorado.com for more.

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