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click to enlarge Woodland Park Public Library Gallery, 218 E. Midland - Ave., Woodland Park, 687-8562. 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 - father, though March 31. Visit opticalreverb.com for - more.
  • Woodland Park Public Library Gallery, 218 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 687-8562. 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 father, though March 31. Visit opticalreverb.com 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. Visit money.org for more.

Artists Lair Gallery and Studio, 2766 Janitell Road, 576-5247. Featuring Faces and Figures, a father-daughter show with Nethery and Aubrey Wylie, Feb. 17-22. Opening reception, Feb. 17, 4-8 p.m.

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. Works by Tiffany Busch in the Common Gallery through February.

Coburn Gallery, CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Featuring Nicking the Never, works by Marina Zurkow, Feb. 20 to April 14. Opening reception, Thurs., Feb. 22, 4:30 p.m. Senior Studio Art Majors Exhibit, April 24 to May 14. Opening reception, April 26, 4:30 p.m.

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 Mae 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. Soul Works, flame-worked Italian glass by Jannine Scott and contemporary paintings by Robin Anderson, Feb. 23 to March 19. Opening reception, Fri., Feb. 23, 5-8 p.m. 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. 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.

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. 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. 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.

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.

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 High Country Artists, works of 17 local artists in oil, pastel and watercolor, through March 2.

Pikes Peak Library District Galleries, 531-6333. Fountain Branch featuring Whimsical Abstracts, geometrical abstracts in watercolor and oil by Teri D. Brown, through Feb. 27. East Library featuring The Courage to Remember: The Holocaust 1933-1943, through Feb. 28. Briargate Branch featuring Colorado Women's Hall of Fame. Visit ppld.org for more.

Pikes Perk Coffee Cafe, 1616 S. Eighth St., 634-7375. Open Mon.-Fri., 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., 7 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun., 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Featuring Regarding Red Rock Canyon, photos by Rhonda S. Van Pelt, through June 30.

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.

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 Tradicon Mexico, three galleries of work by Mexican and American artists, through 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. Visit smokebrush.org for more.

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 481-0475. Featuring Colorado Art Education Association Annual Exhibit 2007, an annual showcase of artwork created by teaching artists in Colorado. Visit trilakesarts.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.

Velez Gallery, 220 N. Tejon St., 630-3710. Open Mon.-Sat., 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sun., noon to 4 p.m. Featuring Hopi Kachina Dolls, traditional one-piece dolls carved from cottonwood root, through Feb. 21. Visit velezgalleries.com 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, 687-8562. 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 father, though March 31. Visit opticalreverb.com for more.

art events CMHS Advance Studio Art Exhibit, Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 Cresta Road. Free. Thurs., Feb. 15, 5:30-7 p.m. Call 475-6110 for more.

"What's the Big Idea?" Series, CC's Worner Campus Center, Gaylord Hall, 902 N. Cascade Ave. Presenting artist Marina Zurkow discussing her artistic endeavors including multi-media installations, film, animation, performance art, sculpture and graphic design. Thurs., Feb. 22, 4:30 p.m. Call 389-6607 for more.

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., though April 28. Reception, Fri., Feb. 23, 5-7 p.m. Call 719/295-7200 or visit sdc-arts.org for more.

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

Auditions & Entries
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.

Girl Scouts Wagon Wheel Council is conducting a search for the oldest living Girl Scout to honor as part of the 95th Birthday of Girl Scouting. If you know a former Girl Scout age 85 and older, contact Kristy Milligan at 597-8603 ext. 42 by Fri., Feb. 16.

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.

The Rep at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center will hold auditions for Stephen Sondheim's musical Into The Woods on Feb. 19-20, 6-10 p.m. Seeking strong singer/actors aged 16 and up. Call 477-4387 for an appointment.

CHANGE, a subgroup of TESSA, is seeking two-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 Pikes Peak Branch of the National League of American Pen Women is seeking entries for its Flash Fiction Contest. Submit works of 100 words less related to the theme "In Your Back Yard" by March 1. Call 495-2702 or visit nlapwcolorado.org and click "Pikes Peak" 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. Call 290-1981 or e-mail maricahefti@cs.com for more.

Civic Opportunities
Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation Mardi Gras, The Broadmoor, Broadmoor Hall A, 1 Lake Ave. Celebrate Mardi Gras with cocktails, dinner, casino games, live jazz and prizes. Proceeds benefit Flight for Life. Fri., Feb. 16, 6 p.m. Call 776-7060 for more.

"Protecting Water Quality," CC's Slocum Hall Commons, 130 E. Cache la Poudre St. The League of Women Voters of Colorado presents some of the latest approaches to protect rivers, lakes and streams. Sat., Feb. 17, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Call 473-7083 or visit lwvppr.org 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.

The City of Colorado Springs is seeking citizens to serve on the Asset Naming Board and the Investment Advisory Committee. Both positions are at-large and require only an interest in city affairs. To apply, send a resume and cover letter before Fri., Feb. 23 to City Council, Attn: Marti Devine, P.O. Box 1575, Colorado Springs, CO 80901. Call 385-5453 for more.

9th Annual Memories in the Making Fundraiser, Broadmoor International Center, 21 Lake Circle. $120. The Alzheimer's Association presents their annual art auction and dinner. Proceeds will support the group's mission, programs and services. Sat., May 12, 6-10 pm. Call 266-8773 or visit alzco.org for more.

Clubs & Organizations
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4125 Constitution Ave. $24 per year. A low-cost, nonprofit, weight loss support group. Thurs., Feb. 15, 9-10:30 a.m. Call 550-1226 or visit topsmary-go-rounds.org for more.

Colorado Springs Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society, Police Department Falcon Substation, 7850 Goodard St. Free. Presenting Fort Carson's lead archaeologist Mark Owens. Tues., Feb. 20, 7-9 p.m. Call Phil Williams at 594-0176 for more.

Colorado Mountain Club Pikes Peak Group, All Souls Unitarian Church, 730 N. Tejon St. Free. Presenting Eric Greene, director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, on avalanche forecast and safety. Tues., Feb. 20, 7:30-9 p.m. Call 635-5330 or visit cmc.org/cmc/ppg for more.

No Kidding, India Palace, 5644 N. Academy Blvd. Holding a Colorado Springs Meet & Greet for this social club for childfree adults. Sat., Feb. 24, 6 p.m. RSVP to denvernokidding@yahoo.com by Fri., Feb. 23. Visit geocities.com/denvernokidding for more.

Central Colorado Wilderness Coalition Meeting, Beidleman Environmental Center, 740 W. Caramillo St. Potluck dinner, 6 p.m. Meeting 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thurs., March 15. Call John Stansfield at 303/660-5849 or e-mail jorcstan@juno.com for more.

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.

click to enlarge Pikes Peak Library District Galleries, 531-6333. Fountain - Branch featuring Whimsical Abstracts, geometrical - abstracts in watercolor and oil by Teri D. Brown, through - Feb. 27. East Library featuring The Courage to - Remember: The Holocaust 1933-1943 through Feb. 28. - Visit ppld.org for more.
  • Pikes Peak Library District Galleries, 531-6333. Fountain Branch featuring Whimsical Abstracts, geometrical abstracts in watercolor and oil by Teri D. Brown, through Feb. 27. East Library featuring The Courage to Remember: The Holocaust 1933-1943 through Feb. 28. Visit ppld.org 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.

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 Screening, The Place, 13990 Gleneagle Drive. This month's theme is Black Heritage Films and a Valentine's Day encore film. Thurs., Feb. 15, 7 p.m. Visit altarnet.net for more.

2012: The Odyssey, Memorial Recreational Building, 230 George Drive, Pueblo. Free. Screening a film about the quickly approaching "end-date" discussed with a mix of science, mysticism and common sense. Fri.-Sat., Feb. 16-17. Call 671-4349 for more.

Double Feature: Grey Gardens & The Beales of Grey Gardens, Rawlings Public Library, InfoZone News Museum, 100 E. Abriendo St., Pueblo. Screening Grey Gardens, the 1975 documentary that has become a cult classic, and its newly released sequel. Sat., Feb. 17, 6-9:30 p.m. Call 719/562-5604 for more.

Harry and Greta, Louisa Performing Arts Center, The Colorado Springs School, 21 Broadmoor Ave. Free. This short film is retelling of the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel. Sun. Feb. 18, 4 p.m. Call 633-9373 for reservations and more.

French Cin Club, CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave. Free. Presenting a tribute to French actor Grard Depardieu with 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 Lake House, East Library, Feb. 28, noon. Call 531-6333 for more.

Food & Drink
Wild Oats Classes, 3180 New Center Point. Offering Gluten-free Baking Class, Feb. 17, 3 p.m. Eating Well Cooking Class, Feb. 21. birthNETWORK Meeting, Feb. 21. Fillet Your Own Fish, Feb. 23. Kids Wild about Cooking, Feb. 24. Eating Well Cooking Class, Feb. 28. Senior Breakfast, Feb. 28. Intro to Tai Chi/Qigong, Feb. 28. Call 622-1099 for more.

Powers Liquor Mart Events, Powers Liquor Mart, 5847 Palmer Park Blvd. Free. Spanish Wine Tasting, Feb. 17. Microbrew Tasting, Feb. 22. California Wine Tasting, Feb. 24. Wines of the World Tasting, March 1. Italian Wine Tasting, March 3. Beer Tasting, March 8. New World Wine Tasting, March 10. St. Patrick's Day Tasting, March 17. California Wine Tasting, March 24. Microbrew Tasting, March 29. Wines of the World Tasting, March 31. Pre-registration is required. Call 596-4700 for more.

Hansel and Gretel's Candy Tour, Patsy's Candies, 1540 S. 21st St. Free. Offering tours of the candy factory with costumed performers from the Opera Theater of the Rockies. Sat., Feb. 17, 1 and 2 p.m. Call 633-9373 for reservations.

The Blue Star Events, 1645 S. Tejon St. Offering cooking classes Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon, $40. Oysters, Feb. 17. Salmon, Feb. 24. Beer, March 3. Wine tastings, Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., $20. Wineries associated with Wine Spectator Top 100, Feb. 21. Fortified Wines, Feb. 28. Call 598-7565 or visit thebluestar.net for more.

Experience Wine Classes, Mimi's Caf, 7133 N. Academy Blvd. Offering Sunday wine tastings, "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.

Chef's Catalog Retail Store Classes, 5070 Centennial Blvd. $50-$60. Classes with chefs from The Broadmoor, Craftwood Inn and more. Entertaining at Home, Feb. 20. Italian Foods & Wines, Feb. 27. The Art of Preparing Duck, Feb. 28. Dim Sum, March 6. Greek Cuisine, March 7. Taste of the Southwest, March 8. Irish Cuisine, March 16. New Ideas for Vegetarian Dishes, March 23. Call 272-2700 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.

Spanish Wine Dinner, La Belle Vie, 1685 S. Eighth St. $65. Southwest Wine & Spirits invites you to sample Spanish wines paired with a six-course meal. Fri., Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m. Call 471-9849 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.

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 "Oneness Deeksha," Feb. 16. "Guide to Holistic Living in Southern Colorado Kick-off Party," Feb. 16. "Emotional Freedom Technique: Tapping on Acupuncture Points," Feb. 17-18. "Find Prosperity in 2007: Chinese Year of the Boar," Feb. 19. "Emotional Freedom Technique," Feb. 23-25. "Kundalini, The Evolutionary Energy of the Universe," Feb. 26. Visit celebrationstore.com 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.

Autobiography of a Modern Prophet, ECKANKAR Center, 1685 W. Uintah St. Free. Offering a book discussion. Sun., Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m. Call 633-0453 or visit eckankar.org for more.

Discovering Spirit in Sound, Dancing Hearts Yoga Studio, 2828 W. Colorado Ave. Donation. Offering the peaceful and healing vibrations of chant followed by meditation. Sun., Feb. 18, 4-5 p.m. Call 390-1611 for more.

"Your Personal Bodyguard," Panera Bread Meeting Room, 7344 N. Academy Blvd. Free. Dianne Steward, an MS volunteer, will discuss safety in the home. Tues., Feb. 20, 10-11:30 a.m. Call Linda at 638-1700 for more.

Ash Wednesday Taiz Service, First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain St. Free. Presenting a service of readings, chants, and silence. Open to all faith traditions. Wed., Feb. 21, 7-8 .m. Call 635-3549 for more.

Black History Month Mental Health Awareness Fair, Otis Park Community Center, 731 N. Iowa Ave. Free. Providing screenings and information to build awareness of mental health in the African-American community. Sat., Feb. 24, 12-3 p.m. Call 573-7846 for more.

"Contemplative/Centering Prayer Workshop," Trinity United Methodist Church, 701 N. 20th St. $30. Presenting a workshop for strengthening the contemplative dimension of your life. Sun., Feb. 25, 1:15-5:15 p.m. Call 633-0655 for more.

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

Smooth Changes Therapies Events, 4935 N. 30th St. #180. "EFT Healing Group," Feb. 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.

World Peace Organization Meetings, 703 Arrawanna St. World Peace Prayer meetings, first Sunday of the month, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Introduction to Nichiren Buddhism, second Thursday of the month, 7 p.m. Call 635-8968 or visit sgiusacos.org for more.

"Cultivating Attention I," 1923 W. Colorado Ave. This meditation course is the first in a series covering the six supports for practice, purpose, methods and daily life practice. Tuesdays through March 27, 7-9 p.m. Call 290-9789 or visit movetowisdom.com for more.

Satsang and Meditation, Siva Mandir, 128 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs. $5 suggested donation. Meditation followed by Kirtan, a reading and an Aarti service. Wednesdays through May 2, 7:15-8:30 p.m. Call 229-4290 for more.

"Migraines and Chinese Medicine," East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. Free. North Springs Acupuncture presents information on traditional Chinese medicine practices that can help relieve migraine symptoms. Sat., March 17, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 598-9200 for more.

Taketina Practice Groups, Manitou Wellness Center, 725C Manitou Ave. Donations only. Have fun and challenge yourself with polyrhythms. Sundays, 4-5 p.m. Call 685-1480 or visit taketina.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.

"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 with instructor Pat Tegler. 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.

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 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 through April 28.

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
Gardening in the Pikes Peak Region, CSU Extension Office, 305 S. Union Blvd. $8. Presenting "Gardening for Newcomers to the Pikes Peak Region," Feb. 15. "Three-Season Vegetable Gardening & Secrets to Amending," Feb. 20 and 22. "Soil & What Every Homeowner Should Know about Irrigation," Feb. 27 and March 1. Call 636-8923 to register.

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

The Small Business Development Center Classes, UCCS CITTI Building, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Offering "Basics of Bookkeeping," Feb. 15. "Legalities of Starting a Business in Colorado," Feb. 28. "QuickBooks Pro Intro," March 1. "Avoiding Commercial Real Estate Land Mines," March 7. Call 262-3844 or visit cssbdc.org for a complete schedule and more.

"African Americans and Tourism in Colorado: A Historical Perspective," Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St. Free. Presenting Modupe Labode, chief historian for the Colorado Historical Society. Sat., Feb. 17, 2 p.m. Call 385-5990 or visit cspm.org for more.

Antique Workshops, The Antique Mall of Colorado Springs, 1024 S. Tejon St. $10. Offering "Understanding Antique Values," Feb. 17, 9:30-11 a.m. Call 520-1415 for more.

"Hansel and Gretel: Opera, Fairy Tale and Literature," The Colorado Springs School, 21 Broadmoor Ave. Free. CC professors will discuss the history of Hansel and Gretel in preparation for the Opera Theatre of the Rockies' upcoming performance. Reservations recommended. Sun., Feb. 18, 2 p.m. Call 633-9373 for more.

"Never Again? Why Genocide Happens in the 21st Century," Bemis Great Hall, 920 N. Cascade Ave. Free. The Colorado College chapter of STAND presents journalist and humanitarian Rebecca Tinsley speaking on her experiences in Darfur Tues., Feb. 20, 7:30-9 p.m. Call 914-420-9395 for more.

Renaissance Academy Events, 2760 Fieldstone Road. Free. Presenting Ed Ward from Strategic Financial Partners on how to develop and implement a retirement strategy that works for you. Tues., Feb. 20, 6:30-8 p.m. Call 475-2510 for more.

"Managing Your Life," Women's Resource Agency, 2220 E. Bijou St. Free. Learn techniques to avoid stress, control your time and have a better quality of life. Thurs., Feb. 22, noon to 1 p.m. Call 471-3170 for reservations.

"Communalism: Through Collaboration African Americans Can Overcome Crippling Obstacles of Slavery," UCCS University Center Room 116, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Free. Presenting African-American history researcher La Vonne Neal. Fri., Feb. 23, 4 p.m. Call 262-3613 for reservations.

Western Museum of Mining & Industry Events, 225 N. Gate Blvd. Open Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Presenting Earth Science and Nature Workshop with Professor Steven Wade Veatch. Sat., Feb. 24, 10 a.m. Call 488-0880 or visit wmmi.org for reservations.

"Railroads, Mines and Mills of Ute Pass Area," Community Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, 103 Pawnee Ave., Manitou Springs. "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.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week Event, CC's Slocum Commons, 130 E. Cache la Poudre St. Free. Author and Palmer High School graduate Courtney Martin will show the movie Thin and lead a discussion. Mon., Feb. 26, 4 p.m. Call 389-6606 for more.

Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: The Frightening New Normalcy of Hating Your Body, CC's Loomis Lounge, 1104 N. Cascade Ave. Courtney Martin will read from her upcoming book and lead a Q&A session. Mon., Feb. 26, 7 p.m. Call 389-6606 for more.

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

Curiosity Unlimited Series, University Center at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., Room 303. $25 for entire series. Lectures on the second Friday of each month at 10 a.m. "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, 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.

"Restoring Global Health," CC's Palmer Hall, 1025 N. Cascade Ave. Free. Presenting Allan Savory, founder of Holistic Management International, to discuss how our interactions with living systems affect global health. Thurs., March 29, 7:30 p.m. Call 389-6603 for more.

"Understanding Gems," Doubletree Hotel World Arena, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. The Referral Institute of Colorado is sponsoring a full-day workshop to improve your ability to interact with clients. Thurs., March 29. Call 491-6686 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.

PILLAR Lifelong Learning Classes, various locations. Offering classes on photography, poetry, music, film, finances, religion, health, history and more. Call 633-4991 or visit visitpillar.org for more.

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.

Literary Events
"The Novel Plotter's Toolbox," Cottonwood Artists' School, 25 Cimino Drive. Giles Carwyn will present simple tricks, techniques and templates to increase the pace and tension in your stories. Tues., Feb. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Call 531-5723 or visit ppwc.net for more.

Colorado College Visiting Writers Series, Colorado College, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St. Free. Featuring readings by internationally known authors and poets. 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.

"Screenwriting A to Z," Hooked on Books, 3918 Maizeland Rd. Jim Ciletti presents a workshop on how to write a great screenplay. Limited to eight writers. Tues., Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m. Call 634-2367 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

Dos Amricas, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake. $10-$12. Featuring Argentine virtuoso guitarist Alejandro Dvila, and Cañon City guitarist and composer, Jim Bosse. Sun., Feb. 18, 3 p.m. Call 481-0475 for more.

Friends House Concerts, 730 Polaris Drive. $20. Presenting Erika Luckett, Fri., March 9, 7:30 p.m. Zoe Lewis-Solo, Sat., Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m. Call 329-1644 or visit house-concerts.org for more.

classical

The Miracle of Mozart, Grace Episcopal Church, 601 N. Tejon St. $7.50-$15. The Veronika String Quartet will perform classical pieces as well as a work by Colorado composer Charles Eakin. Sat., Feb. 17, 8 p.m. Call 576-2626 for tickets and information.

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.

Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $12-$50. Presenting pianist Joyce Yang, a Van Cliburn Silver Medalist performing classical pieces. Sat., Feb. 24, 8 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 25, 2:30 p.m. Call 520-7469 or visit csphilharmonic.org 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.

Pikes Peak Philharmonic, Radiant Church, 4020 Maizeland Road. $5-$8. Music director Roger Sebby and the Philharmonic present Music of the British Isles with the Colorado Skye Pipe Band, March 25, 3 p.m. Call 685-6468 or visit www.pikespeakphil.org 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.

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

jazz

Third Annual Jazz Caf, Liberty High School, 8720 Scarborough Drive. $2-$5. Featuring performances by both LHS jazz bands and refreshments. Thurs., Feb. 15. Caf opens at 6:30 p.m. Performances at 7 p.m. Call 234-2200 for more.

other music

Music on the Mesa, Unity Church in the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Road. $10-$12 individual, $20 family. Unity's music director and local vocal instructor Connie Castro will perform. Sat., Feb. 17, 7:30-9 p.m. Potluck dinner, 6:15 p.m. Call Noreen at 495-0645 for more.

Patriotic Celebration, First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. Free. James Steven Harter conducts the Chancel Choir in a performance honoring our nation's uniformed personnel. Sun., Feb. 18, 5 p.m. Call 471-4361 for tickets and information.

CSU Faculty Recital, CSU-Pueblo, Capps Capozzolo Academic Center for the Arts, Hoag Hall, 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo. Presenting Todd Sizer on tuba and Aaron Turner playing percussion. Tues., Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m. Call 719/549-2539 for more.

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

Performances
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.

Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass, East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. Free. Actor Fred Morsell will depict Douglass, an American slave, and his journey to freedom as part of Black History Month. Sun., Feb. 18, 2 p.m. Call 531-6333 for more.

Step Afrika, CC's Armstrong Theatre, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St. $15. Presenting a step-dance performance integrating traditional African dance with the dance made popular by African American fraternities and sororities. Mon., Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m. Call 389-6606 or visit coloradocollege.edu 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. Featuring - Spring Forward 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. Featuring Spring Forward through March 4. Visit csfineartscenter.org for more.

High School Musical, Lon Chaney Theater, 221 E. Kiowa St. $10-$12. Alleycat Theatrics will give four performances of their musical production. Tues., Feb. 20 and Thurs., Feb. 22, at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Call 209-1484 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. 22-24, 8 p.m. Six Women Playwriting Festival, April 19-22. Call 685-4729 or visit themat.org for more.

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

Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo. $20-$95. Presenting Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, Feb. 23-24, 8 p.m. Russian American Kids Circus, Feb. 24, 11 a.m. and 2 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.

Children's Playhouse Series, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo. $6-$25. Presenting 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.

The Vagina Monologues, UCCS Upper Lodge, 1010 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. $10. This performance by students and faculty is part of the V-Day College Campaign. Thurs., Feb 22, 8 p.m., Sat., Feb. 24, 1 p.m. and Sun, Feb. 25, 6 p.m. Call 262-4323 for more.

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

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

Loonees Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd. Presenting Master Hypnotist Jac Rene, Feb. 27 to March 11. Call 591-0707 or visit loonees.com for more.

Theatreworks Events, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive. $22-$25. Featuring 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.

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.

Pikes Peak Center Events, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Presenting David Copperfield: An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion, March 13. Aida, April 13-14. Call 520-7469 or visit ticketswest.com for more.

Recreation
Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road. Free. Offering "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 "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.

Great Backyard Bird Count, National Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Join an event spanning the U.S. and Canada. Simply count the highest number of each bird species in an outing and enter your tally. Fri.-Mon., Feb. 16-19. Visit birdsource.org/gbbc for more.

Second Annual Bighorn Sheep Day, Garden of the Gods Visitor Center, 1805 N. 30th St. Free. Featuring a presentation, nature walks and children's activities about Colorado's state mammal. Sat., Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 635-7506 ext. 130 for more.

"After the Hayman Fire," Colorado Division of Wildlife, 4255 Sinton Rd. Free. Join Dr. Linkhart when he discusses the effect of the Hayman fire on the Flammulated Owl population. Wed., Feb. 21, 7-8:30 p.m. Call 531-7076 for more.

Class 5A state basketball tournament, World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. $6-$8. Hosting a potion of the state's "Sweet 16" boys and girls basketball showdown. Wed.-Thurs., Feb. 28 to March 1, 2:20, 4:10, 5:50 and 7:30 pm. Tickets available at the box office on game day. Visit chsaa.org 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

Illustrious Illusions, Celebration Place, The Citadel Mall, 750 E. Citadel Drive. Presenting a masked ball with exhibition dances every hour. Sat., Feb. 17. Kids' dance, 4:30-6 p.m. Teen dance, 6-7:30 p.m. Adult dance, 7:30-9 p.m. Call 475-0498 or visit dragonswing.org for more.

Colorado Ballroom Dance, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St. $5. Basic instruction followed by dancing the waltz, fox trot, rumba, samba, tango, swing, salsa, disco and cha-cha. No partner required. Sat., Feb. 17, 7:30-9:30 p.m., New dancers, 7 p.m. Call 598-8624 for more.

International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave. $9-$10. Dance to live music including big band, country, Latin and more. Sat., Feb. 17, 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.

Special Events
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. Parade participants meet in Memorial Park at 12:30 p.m. Parade begins at 1 p.m. After-parade family entertainment at the Business of Art Center's Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave. Sat., Feb. 17. Call 685-4317 or visit manitousprings.org for more.

Doherty Dinner Theater, Doherty High School, 4515 Barnes Road. $10-$14. Presenting a pasta dinner, silent auction and music by vocal students. Proceeds will support DHS vocal music programs. Sat., Feb. 17, 5 p.m. Call Kari Dahlin at 531-7532 for tickets and more.

Front Range Mardi Gras, Front Range BBQ, 2330 W. Colorado Ave. Featuring Cajun food, Creole cooking and Zydeco music. Mon. Feb. 19, 6-10 p.m. Call 632-2596 for more.

Addy Awards 2006, Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Rd. $75. The Pikes Peak Advertising Federation invites you to a pirate-themed gala honoring excellence in advertising. Formal attire or a costume required. Sat., Feb. 24, 6 p.m. Visit PPAF.org for more.

Brazilian Carnaval Celebration, Brazilian Capoeira, 3228 N. Nevada Ave. $7-$9. Celebrate Carnaval with performances, music, workshops and Brazilian food. Sat., Feb. 24, noon to 10 p.m. Call 231-6833 or visit capsprings.com for more.

Purim Carnival and Silent Auction, Temple Shalom, 1523 E. Monument St. Free. The Temple Shalom Religious School PTO invites you to celebrate the Purim Carnival. Proceeds benefit the temple's educational programs. Sun., Feb. 25, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 634-5311 for more.

NAACP Founder's Day Celebration, Friendship Baptist Church, 633 E. Dale St. Free. Come celebrate the NAACP Founder's Day. Activities include speeches, music and more. Sun., Feb. 25, 3 p.m. Call 475-7255 for more.

13th Annual Spay Day, Humane Society Pikes Peak Region, 610 Abbott Lane. $15-$30. Offering certificates for low-cost cat neutering and spaying. Certificates are redeemable at area vet clinics. Available through Feb 27. Visit hsppr.org for more.

Mature Workers' Job Fair, Pikes Peak Workforce Center, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave. The Senior Resource Council presents a job fair for older workers and business interested in employing them. Fri., April 27, noon to 4 p.m. Call 260-0744 for more.

Youth & Family
Restorative Justice Training, UCCS Beth El College of Nursing, 3955 Cragwood St. $50-$250. This workshop will highlight the Australian model of restorative justice, an alternative to suspension and expulsion in schools. Fri.-Sun., Feb. 16-18. Call 440-1983 to register.

Drumming Fun, Pikes Peak Libraries. Celebrate Black History Month with drummer Bob Hall playing African rhythms. 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? 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.

Imagination Celebration Events, Celebration Place, The Citadel Mall, 750 E. Citadel Drive. "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.

Car Seat Safety Checks, Babies 'R' Us, 3555 Citadel Drive South. Free. Safe Kids Colorado will offer child safety seat checks and demonstrations. Sat., Feb. 17, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call Memorial Health System's Healthlink at 444-CARE to schedule an inspection.

Childbirth Educator Training, ABC, 5664 N. Academy Blvd. Offering training to teach different types of childbirth education courses. Sat.-Sun., Feb. 17-18, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call 331-1292 or visit birthingtouch.com for more.

Alliance Breastfeeding Center Classes, 5664 N. Academy Blvd. Offering "Cloth Diaper Workshop," Feb. 20. Call 268-1888 or visit nursingzone.com to register.

An Evening with Dr. Charles Fay, Red Rocks Community College, 5420 Miller St., Arvada. $30. Kids' Pages invites you to listen to the internationally recognized Dr. Charles Fay discuss easy-to-learn parenting techniques. Fri., Feb. 23, 7-9 p.m. Call 303-277-0053 or visit kidspages.org 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. Call 531-6333 ext. 2223 for more.

Front Range Wildlife Center is seeking graphic design and web page design help. This is an opportunity open to students building a portfolio as well as experienced designers. Small compensation provided. Ends Feb. 26. Call 964-7826 for more.

Working Together Against Abuse is seeking donations for its thrift store at 3632 W. Colorado Ave. Men's, teen's and children's clothing, household items, toys and books are especially needed. Call 328-1389 for more.

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

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.

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.

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 is seeking homes for adoptable lizards, snakes, turtles and tortoises. 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 Leslie Herzog at 634-5581 ext. 312 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.

Out of Town

art Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Featuring Bebe Alexander: Constructives and 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, through May 19. 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.

Mizel Museum, 400 S. Kearney St., Denver. Featuring Representing the Unspeakable: 10 "Glocal" Artists Interpret Genocide through April 27. Call 303/394-9993 or visit mizelmuseum.org for more.

film 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.

Secrets of Making IMAX Films, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. $12-$15. Featuring a screening of Dolphins followed by a talk with Dr. Alejandro Acevedo-Gutierrez about challenges he and the crew faced in making the film. Thurs., Feb. 22, 7 p.m. Call 800/925-2250 or visit dmns.org 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 Emily Rapp and Mike Befeler, Feb. 15. Joan Collins, Feb. 16. Laura Prichett, Richard Knight and Jeff Lee, Feb. 17. Ralph Nader and Jenifer Madson, Feb. 19. Dr. Richard Talbert, Feb. 20. Kimberly Stewart, Feb. 20. Byron Katie and Stephen Mitchell, Feb. 21. Anthony Signorelli, Feb. 22. Visit tatteredcover.com for more.

music

Mid-Winter Bluegrass Festival, Northglenn Ramada Plaza, I-25 and 120th Ave., Denver. Featuring a variety of bands, workshops, beginner jams and a vendor fair. Feb. 16-18. Call 800/494-0317 or visit seamanevents.com 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.

Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood. $26. Featuring 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.

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

Conference on Inclusive Education, Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, 7800 E. Tufts Ave., Denver. $70-$340. PEAK Parent Center presents a national conference for parents and educators on successfully educating children, including those with disabilities. Thurs.- Sat., Feb. 15-17. Visit peakparent.org for more.

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St., Denver. Free admission day for Colorado residents, Mon., Feb. 19. Hosting the world's leading garden experts in a series of lectures. James Reveal, Feb. 20, 7 p.m. Suzy Bales, March 8, 7 p.m. Holly Shimizu, April 5, 7 p.m. Julie Moir Messervy, Aug. 4, 11 a.m. Mary Irish, Oct. 18, 7 p.m. Richard Hartlage, Nov. 8, 7 p.m. "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.

The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300. Presenting The Horse in Fine Art through March 21. Art and the Animal through April 1. Showing the film Beavers through October. 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.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. $6-$10. Featuring Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World, an exhibit exploring the life and work of the scientist, inventor and diplomat. March 2 to May 20. Call 303/322-7009 or visit dmns.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. The Call 303/309-3773 or visit denvercivic.com for more.

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Featuring the comedy Queen of Bingo! through Feb. 18. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Subject Was Roses through Feb. 25. The Dinosaur Play, a children's show, through May 4. Buckets and Tap Shoes, March 3, 7:30 p.m. Capitol Steps, March 4, 2 p.m. Call 720/898-7200 or visit arvadacenter.org for more.

Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood. $21. Featuring the musical 42nd Street, through Feb. 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, through Feb. 18. Heartbeat, Feb. 28 to March 3. The Taffetas, a musical about a 1950s-era sister act, March 10 to Aug. 5. Call 303/893-4100 or visit denvercenter.org for tickets and more.

Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver. $4-$6. Featuring Trunks: A Live Comic Book, a children's play, every other Saturday through May 5 at 1 and 3 p.m. Starship Troy, a live sitcom, every other Tuesday and Wednesday through May 23, 8 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 through 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.

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