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click to enlarge Paragon Art Gallery, Cedars Jazz Club, 3125 Sinton Road, - 578-5744. Open Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Presenting - Frost and Fire, works by Julianza Shavin, through April 29.
  • Paragon Art Gallery, Cedars Jazz Club, 3125 Sinton Road, 578-5744. Open Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Presenting Frost and Fire, works by Julianza Shavin, through April 29.


Art Shows & Galleries
Academy Frame Company, 7620 N. Academy Blvd., 265-6694. Featuring Diversity of Art, works by Kelvin Taylor, Alan Bacarella, Cindy Jolly, Jose Zamora, Jamian Berry and Joan P. Berry, through March 31.

American Numismatic Association Money Museum, 818 N. Cascade Ave., 632-2646, money.org. 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 Medal is the Message through May.

Arati Artists Gallery, 2425 W. Colorado Ave., 636-1901, aratiartists.com. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 4 p.m. Featuring Works by Gail Necker, three-dimensional vessels combining fibers, natural elements, basketry and gourds, through March 31. Opening reception, Fri., March 7, 5-8 p.m.

ARTSpace Gallery, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St., 385-7900. Open Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Featuring Faces of India, photos by Robert E. Bixler capturing the diverse expressions of Indian culture, March 7-23.

Art on South Main Cooperative Gallery, 205 S. Main St., Pueblo, 719/542-6838, artonsouthmain.com. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 4 p.m. Featuring Honoring the Sacred, through March 31. Opening reception, Fri., March 7, 5-8 p.m.

The Beacham Gallery, 2002 Monteagle St., 390-6685. Open Sat.-Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Inside/Out Youth Services Benefit Art Show, works by Barb McAdams, DeLane Bredvik, Kay Kahn, Frederick Lyle Morris and Sam Michellas, through March 31.

Black Cat Books, 720 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, 685-1589. Featuring Batik Designs, works by Andrea Archer, through March 31. Opening reception, Fri., March 7, 7-9 p.m.

The Bridge Gallery, Depot Arts Building, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 232-9368. Open Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 3 p.m. Featuring Metaphor, works including clay sculpture, paintings, drawing and mixed media, March 7-30. Opening reception, Fri., March 7, 5-8 p.m.

Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, thebac.org. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. Featuring mixed-media works by Chris Price and Kim Sayer-Newlin through April 9. Photography by Dave Goude through April 8. Wunderkind 2008, March 7 to April 12. Opening reception, Fri., March 7, 5-8 p.m.; The BAC's 20th Anniversary Kick-off Celebration, 8-10 p.m.

Coburn Gallery, CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607, theideaspace.com. Open Tues.-Sat., 12:30-7 p.m. Featuring Vickie Meguire: Body of Pattern Exhibit, paper kimonos that evoke and negate the presence of a body, through April 8.

The Coffee Exchange, 526 S. Tejon St., 635-0277. Fallen Apples Productions presents Life Through the Lens, a new look at nature by photographer Bruce Rieger, through April 4.

Colorado Springs Conservatory, 1430 N. Hancock Ave., 382-5347. Open Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sat., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featuring Juanita Canzoneri: Mosaics, music-themed mosaics and other new works, March 7-30. Opening reception, Fri., March 7, 6-8 p.m.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581, csfineartscenter.org. Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring Impressionist and Modern Masters, works from the New Orleans Museum of Art, through March 9. Life as a Legend: Marilyn Monroe, May 3 to July 5.

Commons Gallery, Depot Arts Building, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 201-1177. Open Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 3 p.m. Featuring Scenes from a Dream: Somnabulation, black-and-white photography by Charles Knoeckel, March 7-30. Opening reception, Fri., March 7, 5-8 p.m.

Commonwheel Artists Gallery, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1008, commonwheel.com. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Meditation Therapy, works by Roger Tolzman and Gary King, March 7 to April 14. Opening reception, Fri., March 7, 5-8 p.m.

Cottonwood Artists' School, 25 Cimino Drive, 520-1899. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring Watercolor Exhibit, works by over 15 studio artists and instructors, March 7-25. Opening reception, Fri., March 7, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Duryea Fine Art, 1003 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9050, duryeafineart.com. Open Wed.-Sun., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring Dream Trees, a series of imaginary trees by Bill Duryea, through March 31.

Eichman Gallery, Park State Bank and Trust, 710 W. Hwy. 24, Woodland Park, 687-9234. Open Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat., 9 a.m. to noon. Featuring Quilts, artistic quilts by Sherry Noonan Carr and historical quilts from her family, through March 21. Artist's reception, Fri., March 7, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

FAC Modern, 121 S. Tejon St., #100, 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $3.75-$7.50 for non-members. Featuring Altered Space: 21st Century Installation Art, through April 27.

Gallery Two-Ten, 210 E. Cimarron St., 632-2132. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring works by local and regional artists including John Baker, Laura Bigger, Chris Conklin, Susan Hinton, Deb Komitor and others.

Heebee JeebeeS, 318A E. Colorado Ave., 635-0620. Open daily, noon to 6 p.m. Featuring Through the Eye of the Camera, black-and-white prints by Bryan Briscoe-Smith, through March 29.

Hunter-Wolff Gallery, 2501 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9494, hunterwolffgallery.com. Open Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring The Joy of Art, works by Katherine McNeill, Terrie Lombardi, John Sherman, Janelle Cox, Kenneth Shanika and others, through April 30.

Laura Reilly Gallery, 2616 W. Colorado Ave., #4, 471-1360, laurareilly.com. Featuring Night and Day, cityscapes, night scenes and winter landscapes by impressionist painter Laura Reilly.

Montage Salon & Spa, 3564 N. Academy Blvd., 574-3205. Open Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Featuring Fine Art Photos, works from Shikai Photography, through March 31.

OpticalReverb Gallery at The Creative Flow, 4 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-2430, opticalreverb.com. Presenting A Ruxton Statement, featuring Justin Eagles, D.K. McDonald, Brett Wilson, Brenda Wheatbrook and others, through April 20.

OpticalReverb at Phantom Canyon, 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 387-7212, opticalreverb.com. Presenting Penman, works by Gary Blehm; The Divine Life, works by Spika; and Bridging the Gap, works by William K. Polley, Ken Nord, Halo and Jason Herzog, through April 20.

OpticalReverb at Stones, Bones and Wood, 6970 E. Lake St., Green Mountain Falls, opticalreverb.com. Featuring Lakeside Paint Storm, works by Ken Nord, Lance Butcher and Will K. Polley, though April 20.

click to enlarge Colorado Springs Conservatory, 1430 N. Hancock Ave., - 382-5347. Open Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and - Sat., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featuring Juanita Canzoneri: - Mosaics, music-themed mosaics and other new works, - March 7-30. Opening reception, Fri., March 7, 6-8 p.m.
  • Colorado Springs Conservatory, 1430 N. Hancock Ave., 382-5347. Open Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sat., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featuring Juanita Canzoneri: Mosaics, music-themed mosaics and other new works, March 7-30. Opening reception, Fri., March 7, 6-8 p.m.

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

Paragon Art Gallery, Cedars Jazz Club, 3125 Sinton Road, 578-5744. Open Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Presenting Frost and Fire, works by Julianza Shavin, through April 29.

Rubbish Gallery, 17B Bijou St., 440-5638. Open Fridays, 5-10 p.m. Featuring works by Ursen Black, Robert Snowdon and Streeter Wright.

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org. Open Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Preschool Fridays, 9-11 a.m. $3-$4, members free. Featuring Christo and Jeanne-Claude, through April 19. Richard Hansen: Some Rocks, Some Water, through May 3. SK Cothren: Captured Earth, Kate Leonard: Shallow Water and SW Pisciotta: Nature on the Grid, through May 10. Shelter: Beauty, Sustainability, Function, through May 17. Everyday is Earth Day in the Buell Children's Museum, through May 31.

Second Street Art Market, 366 Second St., Monument, 488-2506, secondstreetart.com. Featuring Art to Feed Your Soul through March 31.

Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 444-1012, smokebrush.org. Open Mon.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Featuring Ikebana: The Art of Japanese Flower Design, March 7-9. Spherical Cube, tactile pieces by Timber Kirwan, March 7-28. Discarded, a series of photograms by Ethan Jantzer, March 7-28. Opening reception, Fri., March 7, 5-8 p.m. Art Walk weekend, Sat.-Sun., March 8-9, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Squash Blossom Gallery, 2531 W. Colorado Ave., 632-1899, squashblossom.com. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring fine art and jewelry by local and regional artists including Donna Dellacroce, Mariya Zvonkovich, Tom Owen, Rick Young, Sherry Sander, Robert Deurloo and others.

UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3567, galleryuccs.org. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat., 1-4 p.m. Featuring Dario olman: Heart of Perspective, Making of the Film through April 5.

UCCS University Center Exhibit Space, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3000, uccs.edu. Featuring Faces of India, a photographic exhibit by Robert E. Bixler, March 7-30. Opening reception, Fri., March 7, 5-7 p.m.

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.

WeUsOur Artist's Market, 10 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9702. Featuring A Date with a Train, works by Tylan Troyer, Jennifer Koen and more, through March 27.

art events
The Business of Art Center's 20th Anniversary Kick-off Celebration, BAC's Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, thebac.org. $12. Enjoy beverage tasting stations, see the unveiling of Harriet Lee's design for a 20th Anniversary tile mural, bid in a silent art auction and join a trivia quiz on the BAC's history. Fri., March 7, 8-10 p.m.

Pastels Class, SRDA, 230 N. Union Ave., Pueblo, 719/545-8900, jstarkeyart.com. $25/month. Jill Starkey will lead this class on pastel varieties, paper, method, color theory and drawing. Thursdays, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

Sheppard Art Institute Classes, Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., Kang Lee: 282-2706. Offering classes in oil painting, basic drawing, colored pencils, watercolor painting, pastels and raku pottery. Classes for children and adults begin in March.

"Wine & Roses" Hunter-Wolff Gallery Grand Re-opening, 2510 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9494. Free. Visit the gallery in its new Old Colorado City location. Sat., April 19, 5-8 p.m.


Auditions & Entries
Christo and Jeanne-Claude Art Lecture and Reception, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Drive, Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org. Free. Meet the artists behind the proposed "Over the River" art project, an installation that would suspend miles of fabric over the Arkansas River in Southern Colorado. Thurs., March 6, 6-9 p.m.

Commonwheel Artists Co-op is seeking a metalsmith jeweler and a wall artist for its cooperative gallery. Visit Commonwheel, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, or commonwheel.com for an application. Due Mon., March 10. Call 685-1008 for more.

Mayor Lionel Rivera has announced the call for nominations of high school students for the 2008 "Mayor's 100 Teens." Nominees must demonstrate a commitment to volunteerism, leadership and academic success. Submission deadline is March 14. For a nomination form visit springsgov.com and click the "Mayor's 100 Teens" link.

CHANGE: Creating Community Healing, Action & Education is seeking entries in "Finding Our Voices," an April art show honoring Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Works may include painting, poetry, drawing, photography, needlework, sculpture, collage, multimedia, music and dance. Entries due March 15. Contact 785-6811 or mlindsay@tessacs.org for more.

The Pride Center's OutWord Writing Group is seeking entries from local gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons for inclusion in its LGBT anthology. Guidelines are available at ppglcc.org or call 352-2007. Entries accepted until March 21.

The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center announces a call for entries of art films to be exhibited during the center's Hollywood and film-themed exhibits in the summer of 2008. Films must be no longer than 20 minutes including credits. Submissions are due March 28. Visit sdc-art.org or call 719/295-7200 for more.

Pikes Peak Arts Council is seeking entries in the fourth annual Pikes Peak Art Fest to be held at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. on June 13-15. Entry deadline is March 31. For entry forms and information call 260-1981 or visit pikespeakartscouncil.org.

El Paso County Nature Centers are requesting entries in the 2008 "No Child Left Indoors" Logo Contest. Entry deadline is March 31. Call 520-6745 or go to elpasoco.com/parks for rules and information.

The Beacham Gallery is conducting an open artists' call for its May "Inside/Out" Art Benefit. No hanging fees, review fees or commissions are required. Contact mable1002000@aol.com or 390-6685, or visit the gallery at 2002 Monteagle St. for details and forms.

Art on South Main Cooperative Art Gallery is conducting an open artists' call for new members to exhibit at its gallery in Pueblo. Call 719/542-6838 or visit artonsouthmain.com.

The Colorado Springs Conservatory is currently enrolling for spring-semester classes and workshops in Music and Theater Studies for children ages 3 through 19. Call 577-4556 or coloradospringsconservatory.org for more.


Civic Opportunities
Health Care Town Hall Meeting, Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 460-0580. Join state Representative Michael Merrifield and state Senator John Morse to discuss the health care system and common questions and concerns. Sat., March 15, 8-9:30 a.m.

Greening the State Democratic Convention, Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, 315 E. Costilla St., 576-3366. Attend a brown-bag lunch with Parry Burnap, who is working on greening the National Democratic Convention, to learn how we can do the same with the state convention to be held here. Wed., March 15, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Indy Hour: Downtown Development and More, Poor Richard's Bookstore, 324 N. Tejon St., 577-4545. Free. Join this talk with Independent executive editor Ralph Routon. Thurs., March 27, 5-6 p.m.

ONE The Campaign to Make Poverty History, Panera Bread Community Room, 7344 N. Academy Blvd., one.org. Free. Meet like-minded people and learn what you can do to help end extreme poverty. Meets the first Sunday of the month, 1:30-3:30 p.m.


Clubs & Organizations
Silicon Mountain Macintosh User Group, Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., 494-8347, smmug.org. Free. Mark Pimental will discuss using Safari 3. Thurs., March 6, novices, 6 p.m.; meeting, 7 p.m.

click to enlarge The Best of the Taos Mountain Film Festival, Tri-Lakes - Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, - 719/481-0475, trilakes.org. $12-$25. Two days of - feature films, shorts and guest speakers. Fri.-Sat., March - 7-8, 6 p.m.
  • The Best of the Taos Mountain Film Festival, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 719/481-0475, trilakes.org. $12-$25. Two days of feature films, shorts and guest speakers. Fri.-Sat., March 7-8, 6 p.m.

CHANGE, Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 785-6811, milindsay@tessacs.org. Meetings for survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault, family members concerned about personal violence, and allies dedicated to creating community awareness and healing. Thurs., March 6, 5:30 p.m.

By Gones Meeting, Penrose Cancer Center, Rooms A/B/C, 2222 N. Nevada Ave., 776-5221. Inviting all current and retired associates and volunteers to this potluck dinner and gathering. Entertainment by Tom O' Boyle. Fri., March 7, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Silicon Mountain Macintosh Special Interest Groups, Voelker Training Room, 5026 N. Academy Blvd., 570-7294, smmug.org. Free. Get answers and tips related to Mac computers. Sat., March 8, Mac users, 10 a.m. to noon; OS X group, noon to 2 p.m.

Pikes Peak Landlords & Investors Group, Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Road, 684-9010. $10. Featuring a monthly meeting and presentation. Tues., March 11, 6:30-9 p.m.

GFWC Woman's Club Meeting, CC's Slocum Commons, 130 E. Cache la Poudre St., 590-1436, womansclubofcoloradosprings.org. Free. Come learn about the role the club plays in the community especially in helping women and children. Wed., March 12, 2 p.m.

Pikes Peak Neighbors, Patty Jewett Clubhouse, 900 E. Espanola St., 559-3942. $15. This meeting and luncheon for local women will feature a spine and posture workshop. Wed., March 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Better Business Bureau: "Buzz with the Bs," Caddie Shack Restaurant at Valley Hi Gold Course, 610 S. Chelton Road, RSVP: infobbbsc.org. $12. Sue Breeze will discuss "Presentation Tips for Everyone." Fri., March 14, 7:15-9 a.m.

Pikes Peak Radio Amateurs Association, 282-8554, ppraa.org. This club encourages interest in HAM radio, plans special events, participates in search and rescue efforts and more. Meets the second Wednesday, 7-9 p.m.

WINGS, 800/373-8671, wingsfound.org. Offering therapist-facilitated support groups for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse in which survivors are believed and accepted. Women's groups on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Men's group, Monday nights.

NSCA Weightlifting Club, National Strength and Conditioning Association, 1885 Bob Johnson Drive, 632-6722. Free. Join others who train and compete in the sport of weightlifting. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 4:15-5:45 p.m.

Pikes Peak Flotilla 1 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, CSPD Sand Creek Division Command Station, 4125 Center Park, 391-2181. The public is invited to a monthly business meeting on the fourth Thursday, 6:30 p.m., excluding November and December.

The Breakfast Club, Embassy Suites, 7290 Commerce Center Drive, 591-7994. Meet singles ages 50+ for a monthly breakfast and other activities such as hikes, dances, board games and more. First Saturday of the month, 9-11 a.m.

"Guys That Believe: Bible and God Stuff," Starbucks Coffee, 4465 Centennial Blvd., 963-5530. Free. Join other men in this Bible and life discussion. Saturdays, 8 a.m.

Air Force Academy Toastmasters, DeVry University, 1175 Kelly Johnson Blvd., 494-2777. Free. Learn to be a better speaker. Visitors welcome. Mondays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Senior Community Service Employment Program, 1510 N. Hancock Ave., 635-3579. Offering free work search assistance and possible training and referrals for persons 50 and older through AARP. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Man-to-Man Prostate Cancer Support Group, Memorial Administrative Center, Classroom B, 2420 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 636-5101 opt. 3. Free. Open to all prostate cancer survivors regardless of treatment location, and their spouses or partners. Meets the first Monday of the month, 5:30-7 p.m.

National Organization of the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Colorado Springs, NAMI Office, 510 E. Willamette Ave., Suite A, 473-8477, namicoloradosprings.org. Free. A support group for families of persons with mental illness. Meets first and third Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.

Epilepsy and Seizure Disorder Support Group, Disability Services of Colorado, 225 S. Academy Blvd., #104, 574-9002. Free. Offering weekly support meetings for individuals affected by epilepsy and seizure disorders and their families. Third Tuesday of the month, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 866/768-2232, ccfa.org. Free. Colorado Springs support group meets the second Tuesday of the month, 7-9 p.m.

Socrates Caf, Monument Branch Library, 1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, 488-2370. This adult group discusses philosophy, religions, spirituality and humanity's common threads. Meets Tuesdays, 1 p.m.

Blazer Ski Club, Valley Hi Golf Course Clubhouse, 610 S. Chelton Road, 577-7755. Offering weekend bus ski trips, golf, hikes, social events and dinner meetings for mature adults. Meets Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m.

Stroke Club, Disability Services of Colorado, 225 S. Academy Blvd., #104, 574-9002. Free. This group, for survivors of stroke and their families, has guest speakers as well as social gatherings. Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

SnoJets Ski Club, Howard's Pit BBQ, 3350 N. Chestnut St., snojets.org. The club offers activities for those over 21 including skiing, bike rides, camping, dancing, rafting and more. Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.

Medical Marijuana Support Group, Front Range Americans for Safe Access, 957 E. Fillmore St., 439-0817. Learn if marijuana can help you and how to become legal. Meets every third Thursday, 6:30 p.m.


Film & Video
If These Walls Could Talk, CSU-Pueblo, Occhiato University Center, Multicultural Center, Pueblo, colostate-pueblo.edu. Free. This film highlights issues surrounding abortion by focusing on the lives of three women from different decades. Thurs., March 6, pizza dinner at 5 p.m.; screening at 6 p.m.

Journey to Community Film Series, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St., 633-7717, asuuc.net. Free. Enjoy free popcorn and a screening of the 1985 Academy Award-winner Out of Africa with Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. Sat., March 7, 7-10 p.m.

The Best of the Taos Mountain Film Festival, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 719/481-0475, trilakesarts.org. $12-$25. Two days of feature films, shorts and guest speakers. Fri.-Sat., March 7-8, 6 p.m.

Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections, Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, 315 E. Costilla St., 473-4455. Free. Malfunctioning voting machines, vote miscounts and voter suppression will be featured in this documentary screening and discussion sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Independent. Sat., March 8, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Motherhood Manifesto, CSU-Pueblo, Occhiato University Center, Multicultural Center, Pueblo, colostate-pueblo.edu. Free. As part of Women's History Month, watch this film on the challenges of working mothers, followed by a discussion entitled "The Feminist Movement Helpful or Hurtful?" Tues., March 11, noon.

Indymedia Newsreal Brown Bag, Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission, 214 E. Vermijo Ave., 471-3405, ppjp.org. Clips of today's people power actions that the corporate media won't show. Tues., March 11, noon to 1 p.m.

The Big Buy: Tom DeLay's Stolen Congress, Barkman Branch Library, 1300 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, 719/544-3753. Veterans for Peace Chapter #129 invites members and the public to a showing of this documentary followed by discussion. Tues., March 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.


Food & Drink
Powers Liquor Mart Events, Powers Liquor Mart, 5847 Palmer Park Blvd., 596-4700. Free, pre-registration is required. Offering "Wines of the World Tasting," Fri., March 7. "Classic Varietals of the World," Sat., March 8. "St. Patrick's Day Beer Tasting," Thurs., March 13. "Organic Wine Tasting, Sat., March 15. "Wines of the World Tasting," Sat., March 22. "Portuguese Wine Tasting," Thurs., March 17. "Wines of the World Tasting," Sat., March 29.

"Holy Moley: 15 People for Dinner in 2 Hours," Garden of the Gods Gourmet, 2528 W. Cucharras St., 471-2799, godsgourmet.net. Free, RSVP required. Learn how to feed a group with a short timeline. Sun., March 9, 1-2:30 p.m.

"Healthy Kids Cooking Class," Whole Foods Market, 7635 N. Academy Blvd., RSVP: 531-9999. Free. Registered dietitian Martha Rosenau will show how to make simple, nutritious snacks that even picky eaters will love in this hands-on cooking class. Wed., March 12, 6 p.m.

Blue Star Events, 1645 S. Tejon St., 632-1086. Wednesday Wine Tastings, $20. "Irish Whiskey," March 12, 6:30 p.m. "Wines of Spain," March 19, 6:30 p.m. "Wines of Washington," March 26, 6:30 p.m.

Cooking and Wine Event, DreamMaker Bath 7 Kitchen Showroom, 3205 N. Hancock, 636-2444. RSVP by March 12. Gourmet cooking demo with Hethyr Pletsch, and wine tasting & pairing with wine sommelier Janeene Young. Sat., March 15, 4 p.m.

Tasty Tuesday, Garden of the Gods Gourmet, 2528 W. Cucharras St., 471-2799, godsgourmet.net. Free. Enjoy snacks and samples of the latest offerings. Tues., March 18, 5:30-7 p.m.

"Overcoming Food Guilt," Whole Foods Market, 7635 N. Academy Blvd., RSVP: 531-9999. Free. Registered Dietitian Martha Rosenau will sift through the myths around good and bad foods and help you to feel good about the choices you make. Tues., March 25, 6 p.m.

Green Drinks, The Coffee Exchange, 526 S. Tejon St., 964-3935, greendrinks.org. If you are interested or involved in "green" issues join this social networking and collaboration group of environmentally-minded people. Second and fourth Thursdays, 5-7 p.m.

Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz, Jack Quinn's, 21 S. Tejon St., 385-0766, Mondays, 8 p.m.; McCabe's Tavern, 520 S. Tejon St., 633-3300, Wednesdays, 8 p.m.


Health & Healing
Celebration Conscious Living Store Events, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 634-1855, celebrationstore.com. Offering "Natural Cures for the Ears, Nose and Throat," March 6. "Reiki Second Degree Workshop," March 8. "Open Forum: Clarify Your Life Purpose," March 10. "Abundance is Your Birthright," March 13. "Chris Douglas Lecture," March 14.

BodyTalk Access: Alternative Health Lecture, Community for Spiritual Living, 3685 Jeannine Drive, 510-9076, bodytalksystem.com Free. Michael McKibban will teach techniques to enhance health. Fri., March 7, 7-9 p.m.

Nurture Night for Women, Women's Associates Building, 1015 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 510-5096, insightjourney.com. $25. Come and enjoy an informal evening of being pampered and time to nurture your own body, mind and spirit. Sat., March 8, 6 p.m.

click to enlarge Gallery Two-Ten, 210 E. Cimarron St., 632-2132. Open - Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Featuring works by local and regional artists including - John Baker, Laura Bigger, Chris Conklin, Susan Hinton, - Deb Komitor and others.
  • Gallery Two-Ten, 210 E. Cimarron St., 632-2132. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring works by local and regional artists including John Baker, Laura Bigger, Chris Conklin, Susan Hinton, Deb Komitor and others.

Family Connections Lecture, Penrose Library, Carnegie Reading Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 633-8110. Hear the story of Lisa Seaman and Doug Bursnall, who along with five other Type 1 diabetics, climbed one of the world's highest peaks. Sponsored by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Memorial Hospital for Children. Sat., March 8, 4-5:30 p.m.

Sacred Hoop Ministry Events, Yurt at 1515 County Road 21, Woodland Park, 687-4335, sacredhoopministry.org. Offering "Mask Workshop: Whose Face Is It Anyway?" Sat., March 8, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. "Crystal Bowl Meditation," Fri., March 14, 7-9:30 p.m. "Shamanic Training: Soul Revival Class," Fri.-Sat., March 15-16.

"Deeksha/Oneness Blessing," Unity Church in the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Road, 578-9742, deekshalady.com. Still the chatter of your mind. Sun., March 9, 1 p.m.

"Woman's Story Gathering: The Life of Mother Cabrini," Mount St. Francis, St. Francis of Assisi Church Ministry Center, 2650 Parish View, 598-5486 ext. 7739. Learn about the first American citizen elevated to sainthood. Sun., March 9, 2-4 p.m.

Health Lectures, East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd, Addie: 598-7287. "My Labs Are Normal, But I'm Still Sick," a discussion with the Thyroid Focus Group, Tues., March 11, 5:20-6:20 p.m. "Your Breath Can Heal You," a discussion of current breathwork techniques with Kris Cassady, Tues., March 11, 6:30-8 p.m.

Benet Hill Center Events, 2577 N. Chelton Road, 633-0655 ext. 31. "Book of Revelation," Wednesdays, March 12 to April 30. "Senior Day of Enrichment: Mongolia Asia's Wild West," Fri., March 14, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. "Contemplative Prayer Retreat," March 28-30.

"Neuroscience: Understanding Brain Function and Dysfunction," St. Francis Health Center, Fifth Floor Summit Room, 825 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 477-1515, dbsacoloradosprings.org. Lori Driscoll, CC assistant professor, will give a presentation in celebration of Brain Awareness Week. Thurs., March 13, 1-2:30 p.m.

"Past Life Exploration," Celebration Community Room, 2207 W. Colorado Ave., 232-2499, cohypnotherapy.com. $40, pre-registration required. Uncover and explore past life memories and use this information for greater understanding and healing. Sat., March 15, 1-4 p.m.

Gentle Strength Wellness & Herb Shop Events, 4831 Barnes Road, 533-0707. "Spring Solstice Open House," March 22, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Buddhist Meditation Classes, High Plains Church (education building in back), 1825 Dominion Way, 303/813-9551, meditationincolorado.org. $10/class. Offering guided meditation and teachings with Buddhist nun, Gen Kelsang Losel. Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m.

Yoga Classes, Yoga Journey Studio, 709 N. Nevada Ave., #201, 231-6825, kathyarose@aol.com. $10/class, first class free. Offering Gentle Beginner or Refresher Yoga, Monday or Fridays, 2 p.m. Moms 'n' Tots, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.

"All About Alzheimer's: An Introduction to the Disease," Alzheimer's Association, 2135 Bolt Ave., 266-8773. Learn about the differences between Alzheimer's and other dementias, and normal memory loss due to aging. Third Tuesdays, noon to 1:30 p.m.

Celebrate Recovery: Hurts, Habits and Hangups, Radiant Church, 4020 Maizeland Road, 597-4402. Free. Christ-centered, 12-step ministry. Fridays through Dec. 26, 7-9 p.m.

Alcohol Recovery, Red Cloud Serenity Club, 8020 Ute Pass Ave., Cascade, 720/684-1212. Donations accepted. Attend this 12-Step Recovery meeting place with a full meeting schedule. See rcserenity.org for times.

CommuniDance, First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain St., 291-3120, somamovement.org. Building community through movement and dance. Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.

Buddhist Meditation, Rocky Mountain Insight, 2525 W. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite B, 473-7609. Silent sit on Sundays, 9 a.m., (orientation 8:15 a.m. on first Sundays) and Wednesdays, 7 p.m. (orientation, 6:15 p.m.). Guided loving-kindness meditation, Fridays, noon. Mindful Movement and Meditation, first and third Saturdays, 9 a.m.

"Exploring the Ancient Christian Faith," Agia Sophia Coffeeshop, 2902 W. Colorado Ave., 473-9238. Free. Discussion with Father Anthony Karbo of Holy Theophany Orthodox Church on the ancient Christian faith and its relevance today. Fourth Sunday of every month, 7-9 p.m.

12-Step Celebrate Recovery Meeting, Springs Rescue Mission, 5 W. Las Vegas St., 622-6879. Free. Christ-centered, 12-step study. Celebrate Recovery workbook provided. Mondays through Dec. 22, 7-8 p.m.

Yoga for Special Needs, Downtown, Pat: 375-1922. Offering a gentle class designed for those with physical challenges. Tuesdays, noon to 1 p.m.

"Yoga that You Can Do" Classes, WellPath Resources, 720 N. Main St., #335, Pueblo, 719/821-9200, wellpathresources.com. $10/each, $30/four. Mondays, 5:30-6:45 p.m., or Sundays, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Zen Buddhist Meditation, CC's Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., 684-0210. Free. Silent meditation with the Springs Mountain Sangha. Newcomers welcome. Mondays, 6:10-7:15 p.m.

World Peace Organization Meetings, 703 Arrawanna St., 635-8968, sgiusacos.org. 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.

Faerie Moone Events, 1518 N. Academy Blvd., 591-2419, faeriemoone.com. "Essential Oils Class," Wednesdays through May 7, 6-8 p.m.

Conversations with God Study Group, 475-2068. Free. Featuring "New Thought" spiritual readings and discussion. Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m.

Memorial Hospital HealthLink Classes, 5360 N. Academy Blvd., #220, 444-2273, memorialhealthsystem.com. Classes from baby basics and parenting, to yoga, massage and more.


Lectures & Learning
"Ancient Wisdom, Modern Lives Why the Greeks Still Matter," CC's Worner Campus Center, Gaylord Hall, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Free. Presenting professor and author John Riker. Thurs., March 6, 3:30 p.m.

"Canine Body Language and Communication," Humane Society's Education Room, 610 Abbott Lane, 473-1741 ext. 114, hsppr.org. $15. A special seminar for humans only on canine body language and communication. Thurs., March 6, 6:30 p.m.

"The New International Relations of Asia: Implications for the United States," CC's Palmer Hall, Gates Common Room, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Free. Presenting professor David L. Schambuagh. Thurs., March 6, 7:30 p.m.

Gardening in the Pikes Peak Region, CSU Extension Office, 305 S. Union Blvd., 636-8923. $8/class, $55/series. Presenting "Turf: The Carpet for Your Garden," Thurs., March 6, 6:30 p.m. "Soil: Still Your Best Friend," Tues., March 11, 2 p.m., and Thurs., March 13, 6:30 p.m.

Pikes Peak Workforce Center Events, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 667-3730, ppwfc.org. Presenting "Rsum Writing: Rsum & Portfolio Design," March 6, 13, 20 or 27. "Self Employment: The Driver's Seat," March 11 or 25. "Job Shop: Guided Job Search," March 18.

Small Business Development Center Classes, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3844, cssbdc.org. "The Power of E-mail Marketing," March 6. "Create Wealth," March 12. "QuickBooks Pro Advanced," March 25.

"Landscaping for the Pikes Peak Region," Phelan Gardens, 4955 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 574-8058. $10/class, $35/day. Featuring a full day of classes on creating and maintaining landscaping in Colorado. Sat., March 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"Understanding Amache: Victorian Era Cheyenne Woman," Colorado Springs Pioneers Musuem, 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990. Free. Archaeologist Dr. Bonnie Clark will tell the complex story of Amache Ochinee Prowers, one of the most fascinating women of Colroado in the nineteenth century. Sat., March 8, 2 p.m.

Uranium Mining Exhibit and Lecture, Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd., 488-0880, wmmi.org. $4-$8, members free. Open Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring Back to the Future: Uranium, an exhibit on the history of uranium mining in Colorado, through April 26.

Torah-based Bible and Kabbalah Classes, Manitou Springs, 685-0999, cityofluz.com. Join on-going evening and Internet classes for Jews and non-Jews. Visit Web site for times and details.

"Walk the Talk," Breakfast, Patty Jewett Clubhouse, 900 E. Espanola St., 632-2618, leadershippikespeak.org. $20. Leadership Pikes Peak presents Brenda Smith on "Leaving Your Footprint in Your Community," March 18, 7:30-9 a.m.

Voices of America Lecture Series, CSU-Pueblo, Hoag Recital Hall, Pueblo, 719/549-2810. Free. Professor James Loewen, May 12, 2008.

Senior Resource Development Agency, 230 N. Union Ave., Pueblo, 719/545-8900, srda.org. Sign up now for February classes including computers, aerobics, games, arts and crafts and more.

PILLAR Lifelong Learning Classes, various locations, 633-4991, visitpillar.org. Offering classes on nature, music, film, books, finances, religion, health, history and more.

District 11 Community Education Classes, various locations, 520-2384, d11.org/communityed. Offering classes in foreign languages, dance, business, crafts, yoga, computers and more.

Pikes Peak Library District Events, 531-6333, ppld.org. 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.

The West Center for Intergenerational Learning, 25 N. 20th St., 385-7920. Offering classes from CPR to belly dancing and photography.


Literary Events
Poor Richard's Bookstore Events, 320 N. Tejon St., 578-0012, poorrichardswebsite.com. Free. Kathryn Porter will talk about her book Too Much Stuff and ways to unclutter your life, Thurs., March 6, 7-8:30 p.m.

Authors Cara Black and Libby Hellmann, Briargate Branch Library, 9475 Briar Village Point, 531-6333. Free. Cara Black, author of the Aimee LeDuc series, and Libby Hellmann, author of the Ellie Foreman series, will discuss their latest books and give tips on the writing process followed by a book signing. Fri., March 7, 1 p.m.

Open Mic Rap and Hip-Hop Night, PPCC Downtown Studio Campus, Student Commons, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 502-2091. Featuring rap, hip-hop, slang, spoken word, poetry and free verse. Try your own compositions or read from the greats in a relaxed atmosphere. Fri., March 7, 7-9 p.m.

Barnes and Noble Bookstore Events, 1565 Briargate Blvd., 266-9945, bn.com. Featuring Joyce Michal signing The Confirmation of a Dream, Sat., March 8, 1 p.m.

Borders Events, Borders-Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd., #209, 266-1600. David Colten will sign his book Lie with the Devil, Sat., March 15, 2 p.m.

Black Cat Books Events, 720 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, 685-1589. Nancy Atherton will sign Aunt Dimity: Vampire Hunter, Sat., March 15, 1-4 p.m. "Occult Science Class," Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m.

"luvsaverb" (It's Not Just Poetry) Open Mic and Discussion, Village Inn Restaurant, 5790 S. Carefree Circle, 233-1698, luvsaverb.com. Free. All are welcome to listen or share. Discussion on "Relationships: Pros and Cons." Second and fourth Saturdays, 9-11 p.m.


Music
Firefall, Thirsty Parrot, 32 S. Tejon St., amusiccompanyinc.com. $14-$19. Hear one of the "most popular and enduring" bands of the 1970s. Thurs., March 6, 8 p.m.

In Harmony with The Arc: Community in Concert, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 471-4800 ext. 106, thearcppr.org. $10. Bring the entire family to this celebration with Dotsero, The Verdict, Mixed Emotions, Sierra Step Team and more. Proceeds benefit The Arc's programs assisting people with developmental disabilities. Fri., March 7, 7 p.m.

Johnny Winter and the Jake Loggins Band, Crystola Bar & Grill, 20918 E. Hwy. 24, Woodland Park, 687-7879, amusiccompanyinc.com. $30-$30. Hear rock/blues legend Johnny Winter along with local favorites, the Jake Loggins Band. Tickets purchased for the Silver Moon venue will not be honored at the new location. Contact Silver Moon for a refund. Fri., March 8, 9 p.m.

Clarinet Concert, Forestgate Presbyterian Church, 970 Northgate Blvd., 484-0192. $15. The Rocky Mountain Music Alliance presents a recital featuring Mark Nuccio, associate principal clarinetist with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Sat., March 8, 7 p.m.

The Many Colors of Dr. Seuss, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org. $15-$52. Colorado Springs Philharmonic will present a concert that follows a boy and his dog experiencing different emotions portrayed through color, movement and music. Sun., March 9, 2:30 p.m.

click to enlarge Laura Reilly Gallery, 2616 W. Colorado Ave., #4, 471- - 1360, laurareilly.com. Featuring Night and Day, - cityscapes, night scenes and winter landscapes by - impressionist painter Laura Reilly.
  • Laura Reilly Gallery, 2616 W. Colorado Ave., #4, 471- 1360, laurareilly.com. Featuring Night and Day, cityscapes, night scenes and winter landscapes by impressionist painter Laura Reilly.

Wet, Wild and Wolfy, Pulpit Rock Church, 301 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 473-8152. Donations accepted. Young Concert Artists of Colorado Springs will perform works by Handel, Franz Strauss, Mozart and others. Sun., March 9, 3 p.m.

March Jazz Event, Olympian Plaza Event Center, 975 S. Union Blvd., 685-9451, ppjass.org. $5-$10. Showcasing the next generation of jazz players from the Broadmoor Academy of Music plus dancing, cash bar and buffet. Sun., March 9, 2-5 p.m.

Chamber Recital Series, 556-9916. Presenting the USAF Falconaires combo. CSU-Pueblo, Hoag Recital Hall, Pueblo, Mon., March 10, 7:30 p.m., and CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St., Tues., March 11, 7:30 p.m.

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center Performing Arts Series, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org. Presenting The Count Basie Orchestra, Tues., March 11, 7:30 p.m. I Love a Piano: The Music of Irving Berlin, Wed. April 2, 7:30 p.m. Chanticleer, Sun., May 4, 4 p.m.

Songwriter's Circle, Benet Hill Center, 2577 N. Chelton Road, 570-7148. Free. The Black Rose Acoustic Society will sponsor this workshop for songwriters at all levels of the craft. Thurs., March 13, 7 p.m.

"Ladies Sing the Blues," Castaways Inn, 107 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 576-5945, amusiccompanyinc.com. $22-$50. Featuring Jill Watkins, Lila Mori, Erica Brown and Juanita Stroud Martin. VIP dinner available. Sat. March 15, 8 p.m.

Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org. $15-$52. Presenting Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, March 15-16. How's the Weather? Sun., April 6, 2:30 p.m. Paganini Violin Concerto No. 1, April 12-13.

Friends House Concerts, P.O. Box 38943, 329-1644, house-concerts.org. Presenting Catie Curtis, Sun., March 16, 7 p.m., $20. Chris Smither, Fri., April 11, 7 p.m., $25.

Pikes Peak Center Concerts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, ticketswest.com. Etta James, Fri., March 28, 7 p.m. Art Garfunkel, Sat., March 29, 7:30 p.m. B.B. King, Wed., April 9, 8 p.m. The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Fri., April 11, 7 p.m. America, Thurs., July 3, 7 p.m.

World Arena Concerts, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, worldarena.com. Volunteer Jam: The Charlie Daniels Band, .38 Special and Shooter Jennings, Wed., May 28, 7:30 p.m.


Performances
CC Faculty Dance Concert, CC's Armstrong Theatre, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607. $2-$5. Presenting faculty and student choreography and dancers along with guest artists from Taipei Artists Village, Taiwan. Thurs.-Sat., March 6-8, 7:30 p.m.

Comedian Jon Reep, Pikes Peak Center Studio Bee, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW (7469), pikespeakcenter.org. Presenting the winner of Last Comic Standing 5, Fri., March 7, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.

Cats, Arnold Hall Theater, U.S. Air Force Academy, 2302 Cadet Drive, 333-4497, ticketmaster.com. $27-$47. Presenting the musical based on the book by T.S. Eliot with music by Andrew Lloyd Weber. Fri., March 7, 8 p.m., and Sat., March 8, 2:30 and 8 p.m.

Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Mitchell High School, 1205 Potter Drive, 328-6684. $5. Presenting the musical based on the award-winning 1970s children's cartoon series. Fri.-Sat., March 7-8, 7 p.m. Saturday matinee, 2 p.m.

Pollyanna, First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., 471-8522 ext. 245. $12/ind., $30/family. Presenting a performance by the First Company theater group. Fri.-Sat., March 7-8, 7 p.m., and Sun., March 9, 2:30 p.m.

Wit, Damon Runyon Theater, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, 719/564-0579, runyontheater.org. $8-$36. Featuring the Pulitzer Prize-winning play about an English professor diagnosed with cancer, Fri.-Sun., March 7-9 and 14-16, 7 p.m.

Proof, The Impossible Playhouse, 1201 N. Main St., Pueblo, 719/542-6969, impossibleplayers.org. $5-$10. Presenting the award-winning Broadway hit about mathematicians and family. March 7-8 and 12-15, 8 p.m.

Saturday Night Barely Alive, Colorado Springs Conservatory, 1430 N. Hancock Ave., 382-5347, coloradospringsconservatory.org. $5. An evening of original student theater and music. Sat., March 8, 7 p.m.

Canopy!, Louisa Performing Arts Center, 21 Broadmoor Ave., 471-9759. $15-$17, kids under 12 free. Presenting the Ormao Dance Company's spring concert with works by five different choreographers. Sat., March 8, 8 p.m., and Sun., March 9, 2 p.m.

Signature, Manitou Art Theatre, Theatre at Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., 685-4729, themat.org. $16. Presenting a one-woman show exploring issues of innocence and guilt in a time of war starring Rebecca Buric. Thurs.-Sat., March 13-15, 8 p.m., and Sun., March 16, 2 p.m.

The Odd Couple, Butte Theater in Cripple Creek, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 719/689-6402, butteoperahouse.com. $9.75-$14.75. Thin Air Theatre Company presents Neil Simon's comedy, The Odd Couple, through March 22. Thurs.-Sat., 7 p.m., and Sat.-Sun., 1 p.m.

Theatreworks, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive, 262-3232, theatreworkscs.org. $12-$22. Featuring Dal Al-Harb and 9 Parts of Desire, two contemporary plays from the heart of the Middle East, March 13 through April 6. Playboy of the Western World, April 24 to May 3.

FAC Theatre, SaGaJi Theatre, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org. $26-$31. Presenting Fuddy Meers, March 21 to April 6. Beauty and the Beast, May 9 to June 1. Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Imagination Celebration Family Theater Season, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, imaginationcelebration.org. $8-$15. Presenting The Velveteen Rabbit, Sun., March 30, 2 and 4 p.m. If You Give a Pig a Party, Mon., April 21, 7 p.m.

Damon Runyon Theater, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, 719/564-0579, runyontheater.org. Bell, Book and Candle, April 4-6. Tuna Christmas, April 11-13. Always ... Patsy Cline, May 2-4 and 9-11. Dinner option, 6 p.m.; show, 7 p.m. Sunday matinee, 2 p.m.

Arnold Hall Theater, U.S. Air Force Academy, 2302 Cadet Drive, 333-4497, ticketmaster.com. Presenting Blast, $25-$45, April 5, 7:30 p.m. I Love a Piano, $20-$35, April 16, 7:30 p.m.

World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, worldarena.com. Harlem Globetrotters, Sun., April 6, 2 p.m. The World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions, Sat., May 10, 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, pikespeakcenter.org. Comedy & Pet Theatre, Thurs., April 10, 7 p.m.

dance parties & workshops Ballroom and Latin Group Classes, Dance Colorado, 612 S. Tejon St., 473-1395, dancecolorado.net. $20-$52/4-5 weeks. Thurs., March 6, 7 p.m. "Salsa," Fri., March 7, 7 p.m.

Country-Western Dance Party, The Carriage Stop, 2700 Robinson St., 598-8624. $1-$5. roncounts.com. Learn a variety of dances with licensed instructors. Singles and families welcome. No smoking or alcohol. Sat., March 8, 7:30 p.m. Instruction for new dancers, 7 p.m.

Ballroom Dance, International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave., 633-0195. $7-$9. Featuring live music. Sat., March 8, 7:30-11 p.m.

Colorado Ballroom Dance, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St., 598-8624, roncounts.com. $5. Basic instruction of a dance rhythm and steps, then dance time. Waltz, fox trot, rumba, tango, salsa and cha-cha. Singles welcome, casual dress. No smoking or alcohol. Sat., March 15, instruction, 7 p.m.; dance, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Waltz Lessons, Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., 632-8091. Free, registration required. Members of the Broadmoor Waltz Club will lead traditional waltz practice sessions. Thursdays, 5-7 p.m.

"Ladies' Night Out" Burlesque, Rock your Yoga, 127 E. Bijou St., 661-4483, blendyourlife.com. $10. Join other women and try a little shake and shimmy to burlesque tunes. Fridays, 8-9:30 p.m.

English Country Dance, The Carriage Stop, 2700 W. Robinson St., 494-0563. $3. No partner required. Dancers ages 10 and over welcome. First and third Saturdays, 2-4 p.m.

English Country Dance, Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., 494-0563. For those 55+. Mondays, 1:30-3 p.m.

Swing Lessons, Southside Johnny's, 528 S. Tejon St., 444-8487. Free. Learn to swing dance. Mondays, 8 p.m.

Ballroom Dance Classes, The Studio, 3020 W. Colorado Ave., Leslie: 635-7230. $30 for 5-week session. Learn basic ballroom dances and steps. No partner necessary. Fridays, 7-8 p.m.

Ballroom Dance Classes, Downtown YMCA, 207 N. Nevada Ave., Arthur: 634-3029, ppymca.org. Learn swing, salsa, tango, cha-cha, foxtrot, waltz and more. Open to members and non-members with all levels of dance experience. Registration on-going. Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Dance and Fitness Events, Springs Salsa and Dance Fitness, 2506 W. Colorado Ave., 520-1201, springssalsa.com. Registering now for "Intro to Pole Dance," "Salsa 101," "Yoga Booty Ballet," "Zumba," "Masala Bhangra" and more.


Recreation
Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, Reservations: 520-6387. Offering "Fun with Puppets," March 8. "Beekeeping School," March 15. "Nature Explorers: Rabbits, Pikas and Hares," March 20. "Chocolate Bunny Walk," March 22. "Birds of Prey from Pueblo Raptor Center," March 29.

Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, Reservations: 520-6745. Offering "Birds of Prey," March 8. "Nature Adventures: What Great Teeth You Have," March 12. "Wheels of Misfortune: The Unlovable Animals," March 15. "Natural Egg Dyeing," March 22. "Spring Break Nature Camp," March 24-28.

"America's Boating Class," Dorene: 632-8129, ppflotilla@hotmail.com. Pre-registration required. Pikes Peak Flotilla of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will present an 8-hour class for novice and experienced boaters. Saturdays, March 8 and April 19.

U.S. Future Stars National Championship, Olympic Training Center, Sportscenter I, 1 Olympic Plaza, usaboxing.org. $2-$5. The nation's top male and female boxers will compete in this amateur boxing event. March 9-14.

click to enlarge Canopy!, Louisa Performing Arts Center, 21 Broadmoor - Ave., 471-9759. $15-$17, kids under 12 free. - Presenting the Ormao Dance Companys spring concert - with works by five different choreographers. Sat., March - 8, 8 p.m., and Sun., March 9, 2 p.m.
  • Canopy!, Louisa Performing Arts Center, 21 Broadmoor Ave., 471-9759. $15-$17, kids under 12 free. Presenting the Ormao Dance Companys spring concert with works by five different choreographers. Sat., March 8, 8 p.m., and Sun., March 9, 2 p.m.

Pikes Peak Ascent & Marathon Registration, pikespeakmarathon.org/entry.htm. Races will fill up quickly. See Web site for entry details. Wed., March 12, 8 a.m., noon, 12:30 p.m., and 1 p.m.

Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road, 385-6086, cheyennecanon.org. Open Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Offering "Habitat, Habitat," 11 a.m. "Wildlife Tracks and Signs Walk," 1 p.m. "The Journey of Starsmore," 2 p.m.

St. Patrick's Day Runs, Acacia Park, 115 E. Platte Ave., Carol: 635-8603, csgrandprix.com. Offering a 5K run through downtown Colorado Springs and a "Leprechaun Fun Run." Sat., March 15, 5K race 10 a.m.; fun run 11 a.m.

Cheyenne Mountain State Park Guided Hikes and Programs, Cheyenne Mountain State Park, 410 JL Ranch Heights, www.parks.state.co.us/parks/cheyennemountain, 576-2016. Offering guided hikes, kids' programs and naturalist-led talks.

Women's Fitness Solutions, various locations, Trish: 217-0987, health.groups.yahoo.com/group/womensfitness/. Join other women for outdoor activities. First and third Sundays.


Special Events
BaoBao Festival, CC's Bemis Hall, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., baobaofest.org. Free. Former members of the Ghana National Dance Ensemble will host a night of African dance, drumming, singing and storytelling. Thurs., March 6, 7 p.m.

Operation Smile Benefit Concert, CC's Worner Campus Center, Gaylord Hall, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607, operationsmile.org. $5. Colorado College's Club Med invites you to hear a capella groups Room 46, Ellement and the Back Row and bid at a silent auction. Proceeds benefit children in developing nations needing facial reconstructive surgery. Thurs., March 6, 7 p.m.

International Day of Women Celebration, Meadows Park Community Center, 1943 S. El Paso St., 440-7877, planetadeevaproductions.com. Free. Honor and celebrate women everywhere with poetry, dance, singing and more. Featuring performances by Ahora Dance company, local school children and others. Fri., March 7, 4-6 p.m.

Gallery of Living Art, First Lutheran Church, 1515 N. Cascade Ave., 632-8836, flccsc.org. Free. Presenting scripture readings, music by a 70-voice choir, and 80 cast members recreating life-size representations of thirteen sacred works of art. Fri., March 7, 8 p.m., Sat., March 8, 4 and 7 p.m., and Sun., March 9, 3 p.m.

Safe Passage 13th annual Fundraising Dinner, Antlers Hilton, 4 S. Cascade Ave., 636-2460, safepassagecac.org. $95. Enjoy cocktails, fine dining and jazz music at this "Roaring Twenties"-themed event. Funds will support programs to help sexually abused children heal. Sat., March 8, 6 p.m.

Empty Bowls Benefit Dinner, CC's Bemis Hall, 920 N. Cascade Ave., 934-3157. $10 (paid at Worner Campus Center). Support the CC Community Kitchen and raise awareness of hunger and homelessness. You'll receive a handcrafted bowl and homemade soup to fill it while you enjoy an evening of live music. Sun., March 9, 6-8 p.m.

Florence Nightingale Awards Banquet, Sheraton Hotel, 2882 S. Circle Drive, 262-0300, cosnightingale.org. This awards banquet will recognize excellence in care by local nurses. Fri., March 9, 6:30-10 p.m.

Assistance League Brown Bag Sale, Bargain Box Thrift Store, 211 E. Costilla St., 596-5520. $5/bag. Fill a brown bag with the "best bargains in town." Proceeds benefit Operation School Bell. Sat., March 8, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Mon.-Wed., March 10-12, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Thurs., March 13, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

St. Patrick's Day Parade, downtown beginning at St. Vrain and Tejon Streets, csstpats.com. See bands, floats, bagpipes, hundreds of marchers and all things Irish. Sat., March 15, noon.

St. Patrick's Day Gala, Doubletree World Arena Hotel, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., 866-6422. $95. Including live and silent auctions, a buffet of Irish foods and dancing to the music of One More Shot. Proceeds benefit Marian House and programs of Catholic Charities. Sat., March 15, 6 p.m.

Rocket Building and Launching, Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, 31001 Magnuson Ave., Pueblo, 719/671-2407. $9. Build your own rocket at the museum, and then launch it at the Hudson Ranch. Rocket building March 8; Launch March 15, 9 a.m.

"Silent Night" Coffee & Conversation, Starbucks Coffee, The Promenade Shops at Briargate, 1885 Briargate Parkway, 265-6264. Inviting the deaf community, interpreters, families and those who love stories for coffee, hot chocolate, conversation, activities and more. Sundays, 4-10 p.m.; children's story time (ASL interpreted), 4-5 p.m.

Youth & Family

Youth Job Fair, Pikes Peak Workforce Center, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., ppwfc.org. Job fair of area employers including those with summer jobs and volunteer opportunities for youth ages 14 to 21. Fri., March 7, 1-6 p.m.

Children's Playhouse Series, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org. Presenting The Velveteen Rabbit, Sat., March 8, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. If You Give a Pig a Party, Sat., April 26, 11 a.m. and 2 pm.

"Child & Public Safety in Colorado Springs: Stranger Danger," Renaissance Academy, 2760 Fieldstone Road, 475-2510. Free. Police Officer Dave Husted will share neighborhood safety advice with young children and their families. Tues., March 11, 6:30-8 p.m.

Parent Lecture Series: Title I Students, Bristol Elementary School, 890 N. Walnut St., RSVP: 328-4038. Dinner will be served. March 18, April 24 and May 12.

Spring Break Nature Camp, Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, 520-6745. $120, scholarships available. Offering outdoor adventures for kids in grades 1 to 5. March 24-28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Spring Break Performing Arts Workshops, Colorado Springs Conservatory, 1430 N. Hancock Ave., 382-5347, coloradospringsconservatory.org. Offering sessions in music and theater for children 8-12 years old. March 24-28, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

CC Gifted & Talented Student Summer Programs, Colorado College Education Department, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6146, coloradocollege.edu. $210. Program runs June 16 to July 4. Application deadline, March 10.

Children's Story Times, Manitou Springs Public Library, 606 Manitou Ave., 685-5206, manitousprings-co.gov. Enjoy weekly stories, fingerplays and songs for children birth through 5 years. Thursdays, 10:30-11 a.m.

Junior Jazzercise, Apex Tae Kwon Do, 5563 Powers Center Point, 649-0500, springsinshape.com. Ashley Lawless will lead kids ages 6-12 in high-energy, non-competitive dance and fitness routines set to music. Saturdays, 1:30-3 p.m.

Free Thoughts-Free Kids Group, 210-9332, freethinkerscs.com. Join science, ethics and nature-related activities with the Freethinkers of Colorado Springs' new group for parents and kids. Promotes humanist principles and critical thinking. Events and meetings, first Sunday of the month.

"Mothersong," Unity Church, 1945 Mesa Road, 471-0520. $5-$10, kids free. Offering a multicultural sing-along for families with children 0-3 years old. Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.


Volunteer Opportunities
"A Child's Voice in Court," Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), 701 S. Cascade Ave., 447-9898 ext. 1008, casappr.org. Find out how you can make a lasting difference in the life of an abused or neglected child at this open house. Tues., March 11, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The Pikes Peak Council of Governments is seeking volunteers for its Coordination Committee on Specialized Transportation. The committee advises PPACG on coordination of transportation services including those required under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Visit ppacg.org for details. Applications due March 14.

The City of Colorado Springs is seeking volunteers to adopt a flowerbed for the 2008 Springs in Bloom program. Flowerbed adopters will be responsible for planting and maintaining the bed throughout the summer. Flowers will be provided free of charge. Go to springsgov.com or call 578-6649 by April 3.

Care and Share Food Bank is seeking organizations to lead food drives, host a speaker at their workplace or civic group and visit Care and Share for a tour. Call 296-8032 or visit careandshare.org for more.

Academic Foundation for International Cultural Exchange is looking for people to work as community representatives as well as host families for foreign exchange students. All students are ages 15-18 and speak English. Call Anne Ring at 866/462-3423 for more.

Stitches from the Heart needs volunteers to knit, crochet or quilt blankets, sweaters and hats for babies in need. Items are donated to hospitals across the country. Patterns available. Yarn donations are also welcome. Call 866/472-6903 or visit stitchesfromtheheart.org for details.

Safe Place is seeking volunteers for their pet placement assistance program for terminally ill people. Responsibilities include poster distribution, mailing and placement of pets. Call 359-0201 for more.

Suicide Prevention Partnership is looking for volunteers to answer its telephone hotline. Applications must be 18 years or older and complete 32 hours of training. The organization asks for a 12-hour commitment each month. Call Mary at 573-7447 for more.

Pikes Peak Urban Gardens is seeking schools, businesses, organizations and neighborhood groups to assist with the development of community gardens throughout Colorado Springs. Call 651-3416 or visit ppugardens.org for more.

Explorer Elementary School in Academy School District 20 is looking for volunteers to work in the Peach Patrol, its literacy program. Mentors work one-on-one with first- and second-grade students following easy-to-use individualized lesson plans developed by the teacher. Contact Donna at 234-4429 for more.

American Cancer Society is seeking volunteers for its Cancer Resource Center and Road to Recovery programs. Responsibilities include helping people with information, comfort items and wigs and driving patients to and from treatments. Training provided. Call 636-5101 for more.

Project Angel Heart needs volunteers to deliver nutritious, medically appropriate meals to people with life-threatening illnesses as part of its "Cruise for a Cause" program. Call 800/381-5612 to volunteer for a 90-minute shift.

The Western Museum of Mining & Industry is seeking volunteers to lead tours, help with special events, maintain the grounds and staff the front desk. Call 488-0880 for more.

Rocky Mountain Siamese Rescue needs temporary foster placements for cats or kittens rescued from shelters. Food, litter and all vet visits provided. Have fun and save lives. Call 651-2180 or visit co.siameserescue.org for more.

The Southern Colorado Pajama Program is seeking donations of new pajamas and books to deliver to children in need living in group homes and foster care. Call Collette at 201-1497 or visit pajamaprogram.org for more.

Teller County Regional Animal Shelter, a no-kill animal shelter in Divide, seeks volunteers to walk or groom dogs, play with cats, run errands, work in the office and more. Call 686-7707 or visit tcrascolorado.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.

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.org for more.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts & Conference Center, 30 W. Dale St. Seeking volunteers in various areas. Check csfineartscenter.org for a current list of volunteer opportunities. E-mail volunteer@csfineartscenter.org 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.

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

Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is looking for volunteers for the Supervised Exchange and Parenting Time Program, which protects children from witnessing parental disputes. Call 447-9898 or visit casappr.org for more.

Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center needs volunteers to assist riders with disabilities during riding lessons. Training is provided and experience with horses is not required, but helpful. The age limit is 14 and older. Call 495-3908 or e-mail volunteer@pptrc.org for more.

Girls Scouts of Southeastern Colorado is seeking volunteers who want to make a difference in a girl's life. Share your skills whether you have an hour, a day, a weekend or more. Looking for women and men of all ages and backgrounds to help. Call 543-4690 ext. 102 for more.

Memorial Health System needs volunteers who want to make a difference as patient/family escorts, pediatric playroom helpers, weekend or evening information desk attendants, public-event volunteers and more. Call 365-5298 for more.

Catamount Institute is looking for volunteers to further its mission of "inspiring ecological stewardship" through educational programs. Positions include working with youth, marketing and communications, fundraising, online research, office work and events. Call 471-0910 ext. 107 for more.

Chins Up is looking for foster parents to provide safe and loving homes to neglected or abused children. Training, support and financial reimbursement is provided. Call Jennifer at 327-2013 or visit griffithcenters.org for more.

Odyssey Healthcare/Hospice is seeking volunteers for patient visits, caregiver respite, phone contacts, office support and bereavement calls and visits. Those with massage therapy, Reiki, pet therapy and music therapy skills are needed. Call 573-4166 for more.

Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care, 5450 Tech Center Drive, #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.

Colorado Reptile Humane Society is seeking homes for adoptable lizards, snakes, turtles and tortoises. Call 303/776-2070 or visit corhs.org for more.

Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care, 825 E. Pikes Peak Ave., #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.

REACT (Radio Emergency Associated Communication Teams) is seeking new volunteers to assist in emergencies by furnishing radio communication in cooperation with authorities and other organizations. Call 440-1933 or visit elpasocountyreact.org for more.

All Breed Rescue & Training needs volunteers to help put together fundraisers like bowl-a-thons, poker nights, wash-a-thons, gala events and more. Call Chris at 210-4238 for details.


Out of Town
art galleries & events

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, arvadacenter.org. Free. Featuring Uzi Buzgalo, showcasing the importance and beauty of non-audible language, through March 9. Watch Your Step: Sidewalks through March 23. More Big Beautiful Things, an exhibit of contemporary sculpture, through March 30.

Art/Works: Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities, Metropolitan State College of Denver, Tivoli Hall, 900 Auraria Pkwy., Denver, 303/575-0005, phamaly.org/artworks.html. Free. This statewide symposium will bring together artists, art organizations, employers and others to explore career opportunities in the arts. Sat., March 8, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Blue Spruce Gallery, 205 W. Main St., Florence, 719/784-1339. Featuring a juried photography exhibit of works by local and regional artists. Opening reception, Fri., March 7, 5-7 p.m.

Byers-Evans House Museum, 1310 Bannock St., Denver, 303/620-4933. Free. Open Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featuring Myron Wood: Photographs of the West, works by the renowned Colorado Springs photographer, March 7 to May 1. Opening reception, Fri., March 7, 5-9 p.m. Evening showing, Fri., April 4, 5-9 p.m.

Chicano Humanities & Arts Council Gallery, 772 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 303/571-0440, chacweb.org. Presenting Primavera es Comencio Nuevo, works by Stevon Lucero, Michael Penny, Robert Martinez and Robert Maestas, through March 29. Opening reception, Fri., March 7, 6-10 p.m.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, 720/865-5000, denverartmuseum.org. Featuring Inspiring Impressionism, masterpieces by Manet, Degas, Monet, Renoir and others, through May 25.

Gilmore Art Center, 2119 Curtis St., Denver, 303/483-3422. Featuring Black Eyed Peas & Grace: Black Art History Exhibit, folk art pieces by Janie McGee reflecting black history from 1900s to the civil rights movement, through March 12.

Habitat Gallery and Studio, 828 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 303/534-9740, habitatgallery.com. Featuring R-E-S-P-E-C-T: A Community Celebration of Women's History Month, a group exhibit by over 15 artists, March 7-29. Opening reception, Fri., March 7, 5:30-9 p.m.

Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood, 303/987-7845, lakewood.org. $24. Presenting Woven Harmony, abstract works by textile artist Rebecca Bluestone, through March 31. A one-week residency culminating in a multimedia stage presentation by Rebecca Bluestone and classical guitarist Robert Bluestone. Fri., March 7, 7:30 p.m.

Museo de Las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Dr., Denver, 303/571-4401, museo.org. Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat-Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Space Invaders, art that blends physical, aesthetic and social questions to create multidimensional results, through June 8.

Radius Gallery, Lakewood Heritage Center, 801 S. Yarrow St., Lakewood, 303/987-7850, lakewood.org. Featuring Parallel Pathways, a retrospective of the lifetime work of ceramists Rodger Land and Mark Zamantakis, through May 30.

Sandra Phillips Gallery, 744 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 303/573-5969, thesandraphilipsgallery.com. Featuring Critical Encounters, Todd Walker's groundbreaking experimentation in digital photographic manipulation, March 7 to April 12. Melanie Walker will present an overview of her father's work, Tues., March 11, 6:30-8 p.m.

The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300, thewildlifeexperience.org. $4.95-$7.95, kids 2 and under free. Featuring Visions of the Boreal Forest, a fine art exhibit, through May 18. The Art of Robert Bateman, works by the internationally renowned wildlife artists, through June 1.

film & video

Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., 303/322-7009. Presenting The Alps and The Living Sea on the IMAX screen, $4-$8, through June 12.

The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300, thewildlifeexperience.org. Showing the film Whales on the Extreme Screen through April, and Australia: Land Beyond Time through August.

literary

Tattered Cover Book Store Events, at Historic LoDo, Colfax and Highlands Ranch, tatteredcover.com. Presenting Abraham Livingston (Driver's License: Memoirs of a Driver's License Examiner) and CJ Lyons (Lifelines), March 6. Kent Haruf and Peter Brown (West of Last Chance), March 7. Benjamin Black (The Silver Swan), March 10. Susan Arnout Smith (The Timer Game), Michael P. MacDonald (Easter Rising), and Richard Grant (God's Middle Finger), March 11. Stephanie Barron (A Flaw in the Blood), March 12.

University of Denver Writers Series, Newman Center, Gates Concert Hall, 2344 E. Illif Ave., Denver, ticketmaster.com. $38-$49. Presenting Anna Quindlen, Tues., March 18, 7:30 p.m.

music

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, arvadacenter.org. $12. Featuring Windy Peak, Thurs., March 6, 7 p.m.

Illusions in Sound: Part Two, Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St., Denver, 303/648-6280, grooveticket.com. This two-part festival features electronic music and art, Sat., March 8.

Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood, 303/987-7845, lakewood.org. $10-$20. Presenting Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra and Arvada Center Chorale. Sat., March 8, 7:30 p.m.

Mercury Caf, 2199 California St., Denver, 303/294-9258, mercurycafe.com. $8. Presenting jazz music and dance with The Informants, March 9. The David Book Swingtet, March 16 and 23. Dressed in Black, March 30. Atomic Pablo, April 6. The Queen City Jazz Band, April 13.

recreation & learning

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St., Denver, 720/865-3500, botanicgardens.org. Colorado Resident Free Day, March 17 and April 22. "Equinox Bash," March 17. Featuring Fruits & Flowers of Asia, original art works on paper featuring plants of Asian origin, through March 30.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., 303/322-7009. $10-$20. Featuring Gold, an exhibit of over 600 geologic and cultural specimens, through June 8.

Denver Zoo Events 2008, 2300 Steele St., Denver, 303/376-6720, denverzoo.org. Featuring "St. Patrick's Day Serpent Festival," March 15-16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mountain Park Environmental Center Events, 9167 Mountain Park Road, Beulah, 719/485-4444, hikeandlearn.org. $5, members free. "Daylight Savings Hike," Sun., March 9, 2 p.m. "(Just Past) Spring Equinox Hike," Sat., March 22, 9 a.m.

The Wildlife Experience, 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker, 720/488-3300, thewildlifeexperience.org. $4.95-$7.95, kids 2 and under free. Featuring Survivor: Jamestown, an exhibit that puts visitors in the shoes of the original Jamestown colonists, through May 11.

performances

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, arvadacenter.org. Featuring Of Mice and Men through March 9. A Year with Frog and Toad, through May 2. Nunsensations: The Nunsense Vegas Revue, March 6-23. House of Blue Leaves, April 8 to May 11. Altar Boyz, April 22 to June 15. Buddy...The Buddy Holly Story, July 5 to Aug. 10.

Buell Theatre, 1050 13th St., Denver, 303/893-4100, denvercenter.org. $25. Presenting Stomp, through March 9.

Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver, 720/946-1388, buntport.com. Presenting tRUNks: A Live Comic Book through April 19. Starship Troy, featuring a motley space crew, through April 23.

Comedy Works, 1226 15th St., Denver, 303/595-3637, comedyworks.com. Presenting Dom Irrera, March 7-8. Greg Fitzsimmons, March 13-15. John Oliver, March 21-22. Tracy Morgan, March 28-29. Bobby Collins, April 4-5.

Denver Center for Performing Arts, 1101 13th St., Denver, 303/893-4000, denvercenter.org. Presenting My Fair Lady, March 26 to April 6. A Chorus Line, May 4-17. 3 Mo' Divas, May 9 to June 29. Sweeney Todd, June 17-29.

The Denver Victorian Playhouse, 4201 Hooker St., Denver. 303/433-4343, denvervic.com. $20-$22. Presenting Stones in His Pockets, a tongue-in-cheek comedy featuring two actors who bring to life 15 characters, through April 5. Sleggin and the Battle of the Mollinduffs, an interactive children's musical, Saturdays through April 5.

Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 950 13th St., Denver, 303/468-2030, operacolorado.org. Presenting Avenue Q, Sept. 9-21.

John Hand Theater, 7653 E. First Place, Denver, 303/893-5438, johnhandtheater.com. $10-$17. Hunger Artists Ensemble Theatre presents The Shape of Things, a play exploring how far people will go to keep love and create art, through March 29.

Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood, 303/987-7845, lakewood.org. Presenting Thoroughly Modern Millie, April 18 to May 4.

Mercury Caf, 2199 California St., Denver, 303/294-9258, mercurycafe.com. $10. Presenting Professor Krill and Marelli's Mental Wizardry, a show centered on the magic of the mind, Fri.-Sat., March 7-8, 7 p.m.

Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver, 303/316-6360, maccjcc.org. $7-8. Denver Children's Theatre presents Sleeping Beauty. Sundays through May 4, 1 p.m. No performances March 23, April 20 or 27.

Theater Off Broadway, 1124 Santa Fe, Denver, 303/777-3292, theatregroup.org. $22-$30. Presenting The Last Session, a musical by Steve Schalchlin and Jim Brochu, March 15 to April 19.

Vintage Theatre, 2119 E. 17th Ave., Denver, 303/839-1361, vintagetheatre.com. $17-$22. Presenting Shot in the Dark through March 16. Dinner with Friends, March 28 to April 20. The Boys Next Door, May 2 to June 1. Crazy Bag, June 6-20. A Streetcar Named Desire, Aug. 22 to Sept. 21. Murderers, Oct. 3 to Nov. 2. The Little Foxes, Nov. 14 to Dec. 14.

West Colfax E-Vent Center, 9797 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303/232-0363. $13-$16. The E Project Theatre Company presents Good Night Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet through March 15.

special events

Museum Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, Victor Elks Club #367, Third Street and Diamond Avenue, 719/689-3522, victorcolorado.com. $5. Enjoy a spaghetti dinner and live auction. Proceeds benefit the Victor Lowell Thomas Museum. Sat., March 8, 6 p.m.

Stand Up for Choice, Denver Marriott City Center, 1701 California St., prochoicecolorado.org. Enjoy a dinner, live auction and comedy routine with Nancy Norton. Proceeds benefit NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado. Sat., March 8, 5:30 p.m.

Salida Circus Anniversary Celebration, Ponderosa Lodge, County Road 240, Salida, 719/539-2730. $6. Featuring the return of the Waltzing McTilders, Madame Tutu's Ballet Class, Circus of All Ages, Friday High Flyers and more. Proceeds benefit Salida Circus Outreach Foundation. Sun., March 9, 2 p.m.

Colorado Women's Hall of Fame Gala, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Seawell Grand Ballroom, Speer Boulvard & Arapahoe Street, Denver, cogreatwomen.org. $90. Help recognize the achievements of extraordinary Colorado women. Tues., March 11.

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