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click to enlarge 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 through April 12.
  • 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 through April 12.


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.

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, through March 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.

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.

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, through March 30.

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, through April 12.

Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 Cresta Road, 475-6110 ext. 232. Free. Featuring District 12 Student Art Exhibit, works by K-12 students from every school in the district, March 18 to April 4. Opening reception and awards presentation, Tues., March 18, 6:30 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, through March 30.

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 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, through March 30.

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, through April 14.

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, through March 25.

CSU-Pueblo Fine Arts Gallery, Art/Music Bldg., 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, 719/549-2404, chass.colostate-pueblo.edu/art. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Featuring annual Student Art Exhibit through April 4.

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.

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.

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.

PPCC Downtown Studio Gallery, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 502-4020, ppcc.edu. Open Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Presenting Icons & Whispers: Domestic Dioramas, works by Rian Kerrane and Daisy McConnell, March 14 to April 15. Opening reception, Fri., March 14, 5-7:30 p.m.

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 Spherical Cube, tactile pieces by Timber Kirwan, through March 28. Discarded, a series of photograms by Ethan Jantzer, through March 28.

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.

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 481-0475, trilakesarts.org. Featuring Metro Denver Artist's Invitational, a multimedia exhibit with works by 16 Denver area artists, through April 19. The Beauty of America, works in watercolor and acrylic by Earl Blois, through March 29 in the Lucy Owens Gallery. Opening reception, Fri., March 14, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

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, through March 30.

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
Red Mango Art Classes, Red Mango Gallery & Gifts, 1823 N. Corona St., 633-7060, pattyb2500@yahoo.com. Registration required. "A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words," Sat., March 15, 1-4 p.m. "The Wonder of Wood," Sat., March 29, 1-4 p.m. "Color My World," Sat., April 5, 1-3 p.m. "Hanging in There," Sat., April 12, 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
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.

First International Support Women Artists Day (SWAN) is seeking women artists (visual, musical, literary) to participate in the day's activities at the Gill Foundation Bldg., 315 E. Costilla St., on March 29. Contact anirose@livingstonesunlimited.com or visit swanday.org for details.

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.


Civic Opportunities
Springs Coalition to Save Darfur, Downtown YMCA, 207 N. Nevada Ave., 200-5353, hope4humanity@hotmail.com. Join forces with individuals and organizations throughout the region to discuss how to end the violence in Sudan. Thurs., March 13, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

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. Sat., March 15, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

click to enlarge Commonwheel Artists Gallery, 102 Caon 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, through April 14.
  • Commonwheel Artists Gallery, 102 Caon 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, through April 14.

St. Patrick's Day Parade Peace Marchers, starting at St. Vrain and Tejon streets, 632-6189, dynamic@ppjpc.org. Show your support for peace at the St. Patrick's Day parade. Ride or march in front of the "peace bus" or cheer them on in your green peace-sign T-shirt (available for a $15 donation). Sat., March 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

St. Patrick's Day Seven Potluck, Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, 315 E. Costilla St., 632-6189, dynamic@ppjpc.org. After the St. Patrick's Day parade, enjoy a potluck dinner and panel discussion with the St. Patrick's Day Seven. Sat., March 15, 5:30 p.m.

Soda Springs Park Playground Design Meeting, Manitou City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. Children and adults are encouraged to join this meeting to help plan a new playground. Sat., March 15, 10 a.m. to noon.

"Five Years Too Many: An Interfaith Peace Witness for Iraq," CC's Shove Memorial Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., 291-9898, rootstopower.org. Free. Individuals of all faiths are invited to demonstrate their commitment to calling for peace and the end of the Iraq war. Tues., March 18. Candlelight vigil, 6:30 p.m. Interfaith service, 7:30 p.m.

Sustainable Living Workgroup Meeting, Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission, 214 E. Vermijo Ave., 632-6189. Will discuss the role of the group in the Green City Coalition and Earth Day plans. Wed., March 19, 12:30 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
Pikes Peak Workforce Center Networking Groups, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 667-3730. Open to any individual seeking new employment. 50+ Group, Thurs., March 13, 20 and 27, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Executive Group, Mon., March 17, 24 and 31, 10 a.m. to noon. Professional Group, Wed., March 19 and 26, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Veterans' Group, Wed., March 26.

American Business Women's Association: Spring Fling, Franciscan Retreat and Conference Center, 7740 Deer Hill Grove, 433-2727, cswen.org. $69. Join this half-day of personal and professional development for women with breakfast, networking, speakers and breakout seminars. Fri., March 14, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 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-$15. Sue Breeze will discuss "Tips for Making Your Next Presentation Shine." Fri., March 14, 7:15-9 a.m.

Colorado Republican Women, Colorado Springs City Hall, Academy Room, 212 E. Kiowa St., 520-5088. Free. Meet Jeff Crank and Bentley Rayburn at this Republican candidate forum for the 5th Congressional District. Tues., March 18, 5:30 p.m.

Ikebana Chapter Meeting, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 599-5552, trilakesarts.org. $5, members free. Learn about the art of Japanese flower arranging and using fans in arrangements. Wed., March 19, 12:30 p.m.

Emotions Anonymous Support Group Meeting, Another Life Foundation, 801 N. Weber St., First Floor Conference Room, 216-7238, anotherlifefoundation.org. Free. A support group for individuals battling with mental illness and suicidal behaviors. Thursdays through June 26, 10-11 a.m.

Senior Community 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.

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.

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
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 2000 Academy Award-winner Gladiator starring Russell Crowe. Sat., March 15, 7-10 p.m.

What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire, BAC's Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861 ext. 10, thebac.org. $5 suggested donation. This documentary focuses on "a middle-aged white guy" coming to grips with "oil depletion, climate change, mass extinction, population overshoot and the demise of the American lifestyle." Wed., March 19, 7-9:30 p.m.


Food & Drink
Powers Liquor Mart Events, Powers Liquor Mart, 5847 Palmer Park Blvd., 596-4700. Free, pre-registration is required. Offering "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.

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.

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

Vegetarian & Organic Wine Pairing Dinner, The Margarita at PineCreek, 7350 Pine Creek Road, 598-8667. $55. Featuring a multi-course vegetarian meal paired with wines. Thurs., March 20, 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
"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.

Celebration Conscious Living Store Events, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 634-1855, celebrationstore.com. Offering "Abundance is Your Birthright," March 13. "Chris Douglas Lecture," March 14. "Intro to Dr. Pearl's The Reconnection," March 19. "Breakthrough Breathwork," March 21. "Divination on the Full Moon: Crystal Ball Gazing at the Equinox," March 22.

"The Physics of Life and Medical Marijuana," UCCS University Center, #116A, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 527-8036. Free. Associate professor of biology Robert Melamede will look at the positive effects of marijuana on aging and illness. Fri., March 14, 9:30-11 a.m.

Sacred Hoop Ministry Events, Yurt at 1515 County Road 21, Woodland Park, 687-4335, sacredhoopministry.org. Offering "Crystal Bowl Meditation," Fri., March 14, 7-9:30 p.m. "Shamanic Training: Soul Revival Class," Fri.-Sat., March 15-16. "Shamanic Journeying Group," Fri., March 21. "Reiki Level One Hands-on Training," March 29-30.

"Introduction to Gentle Yoga," Yoga Journeys Studio, 709 N. Nevada Ave., #201, 477-9511, yoga-journeys.net. Free. Learn the basics of a beginner's Kripalu yoga class through Q&A and practice. Fri., March 14 or 28, 11 a.m. to noon.

Benet Hill Center Events, 2577 N. Chelton Road, 633-0655 ext. 31. "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.

"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.

Soul Meditation, 2663 Cinnabar Road, 488-0548, spiritually@gmail.com. Free. Awaken and empower your mind with a meditation on "Soulful Lifestyles" followed by a lunch. Sun., March 16 and 23, 10 a.m. to noon. "Soulful Sensuality," Sun., March 30, 10 a.m. to noon.

Women's Vision Circle, Angel's Crossing, 717 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 328-0990, heartsonginternational.com. Join through laughter, vision and a potluck dinner as you share your hearts and spirits. Wed., March 19, 7-8:30 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.

"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.

click to enlarge 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.
  • 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.

"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
Gardening in the Pikes Peak Region, CSU Extension Office, 305 S. Union Blvd., 636-8923. $8/class, $55/series. Presenting "Soil: Still Your Best Friend," Thurs., March 13, 6:30 p.m. "Yes, You Can Grow Tomatoes in the Pikes Peak Region," Tues., March 18, 2 p.m., and Thurs., March 20, 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 13, 20 or 27. "Job Shop: Guided Job Search," March 18. "Self Employment: The Driver's Seat," March 25.

"Three Generations Living & Working in El Paso County," Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St., 636-1225. Retired railroad man Art Crawford will share his family history and history of the Midland Railway, the trolley system and current rail transportation. Fri., March 14, 11 a.m.

"Women's History Celebration: Marie Curie," Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd., 488-0080, wmmi.org. $4-$8, members free. Marie Curie's achievements won her two Nobel prizes. See Susan Marie Frontczak portray the scientist as she brings her story to life. Sat., March 15, 1-3 p.m.

"Buffalo Soldiers," Penrose Library, Carnegie Reading Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333, ppld.org. Free. Members of the 10th U.S. Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers, Inc. will give a brief history on African-American soldiers. Sat., March 15, 2 p.m.

Frank Codero on the St. Patrick's Day Seven, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St., 633-7717, asuuc.net. Free. Frank Codero of the Des Moines Catholic Worker community will be joined by members of the Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission for this talk on last year's St. Patrick's Day parade. Sun., March 16, 9 a.m.

PILLAR Lifelong Learning Classes, various locations, 633-4991, visitpillar.org. "AARP " Driver Safety Program," Mon.-Tues., March 17-18. "Traveling by Amtrak," Tues., March 18. "Oil, the World Energy Situation and Global Warming," Wed., March 19. "The Heart of Life," Thurs., March 20.

English Language Classes for Adults, D-11 Adult and Family Education Office, 917 E. Moreno Ave., 328-2975. $30. School District 11 offers a variety of day and evening classes for English-language learners. Registration on Mon., March 17, 9 a.m., and Tues., March 18, 6 p.m.

"The Business of Being Born," CSU-Pueblo's Occhiato University Center, Multicultural Center, Pueblo, 719/549-2810. Free. Presenting an informal discussion with Mary Hund-Snyder, a nurse midwife, and women who have had homebirths on their views of the birthing industry. Tues., March 18, noon.

"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.

"West Coast Pelagic Birding," Colorado Division of Wildlife, 4255 Sinton Road, 531-7076, aikenaudubon.com. Free. Learn about pelagic birding what it is and what you need to know to do it successfully. Wed., March 19, 7-8:30 p.m.

Small Business Development Center Classes, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3844, cssbdc.org. "Payroll 101 & Employee vs. Contractor," March 18. "Funding Your Business," March 20. "QuickBooks Pro Advanced," March 25.

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.

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
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. "Open Mic Goddess Poetry Night," Mon., March 17, 7-9 p.m. "Occult Science Class," Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. Westside Women Business Owners Group, Thurs., March 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Kate Keeley will sign Molly Finn and the City Under the Sea, Sat., March 22, 1-4 p.m. "Socrates Caf: Self and Ego," Mon., March 24, 7-8:30 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. One-year Anniversary show. Second and fourth Saturdays. Sat., March 15, 9-11 p.m.

An Evening of Women's Poetry, CSU-Pueblo's Occhiato University Center, Hearthwell Lounge, Pueblo, 719/549-2810. Free. Presenting guest poet Kim McKee accompanied by Ken Willson. Winners of the Southern Colorado Women's Poetry Contest will be announced. Mon., March 17, 7 p.m.

Alan Gottlieb: Visiting Writers Series, CC's Palmer Hall, Gates Common Room, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607. Free. CC alumnus Alan Gottlieb will read from his novel Ultimate Excursions. Thurs., March 27, 7 p.m.

Poor Richard's Bookstore Events, 320 N. Tejon St., 578-0012, poorrichardswebsite.com. Free. Laurie Wagner Buyer will sign her book Spring's Edge: A Ranch Wife's Chronicles, Tues., April 15, 6:30-8 p.m.

Great Books Discussion, Penrose Library, Second Floor Conference Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333 ext. 1206, greatbooks.org. Free. Discussing books from The Seven Deadly Sins Sampler. Second Thursdays, 6:45-9 p.m.


Music
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.

Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., 471-4361. Free. Presenting this premier group of young Colorado musicians. Free childcare. Fri., March 14, 7 p.m.

Jason Ricci & New Blood, Merlinos' Belvedere, 1330 Elm Ave., Cañon City, 275-5558, jasonricci.com. $13-$18. The band mixes blues, rock, funk, eastern and jazz into its own eclectic sound. Fri., March 14, 7-10 p.m.

BlackHawk, Cowboys, 25 N. Tejon St., 596-1212. $15. Hear this trio of popular country music artists, who came to fame in the mid-'90s. Sat., March 15.

"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.

St. Patrick's Day with Ceol Cil, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 481-0475, trilakesarts.org. $12-$15. This popular local group will take you on a tour of Celtic sounds from traditional Irish and Scottish dance music through Ireland's favorite ballads. Sat., March 15, 7:30 p.m.

Sensuous Chopin, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org. $15-$52. Featuring piano prodigy Yuja Wang. Sat., March 15, 8 p.m., and Sun., March 16, 2:30 p.m.

Joleen Bell Benefit Concert, Benet Hill Center, 2577 N. Chelton Road, 232-2875, blackroseacoustic.org. $15 donation. Featuring Chuck Pyle, Phil Volan, Palmer Divide, The Mitguards, Jim Adams Blues Band, Joe Uveges, Willson & McKee, Adam Gardino, Lila Mori, Ken Miller, The Storys, Acoustic Eidolon and more. Proceeds benefit musician Joleen Bell who was seriously injured in an accident. Sun., March 16, 2:30 p.m.

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. Girlyman, Fri., June 29, 7:30 p.m.

Jazz in the Springs, Mr. Biggs Event Center, 5825 Mark Dabling Blvd., 391-8556, wc-productions.com. $45-$55. Presenting nationally renowned saxophonist Marion Meadows and keyboardist Brian Simpson. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region. Sat., March 22, 8:30 p.m. to midnight.

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.

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

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

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
Signature, Manitou Art Theater, Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 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.

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 13-15, 8 p.m.

Steel Magnolias, CSU-Pueblo, Hoag Recital Hall, 2200 Bonforte Blvd., 719/289-0292, sctcpueblo.com. $7-$10. Presenting a play about six Southern women set in a beauty shop. March 13-15 and 20-22, 7:30 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. Wed.-Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sat., 2 p.m., and Sun., 4 p.m. Playboy of the Western World, April 24 to May 3.

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 14-16, 7 p.m.

Sangre de Cristo Ballet Theatre, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org. $6-$8. Presenting The Firebird, Les Sylphides and three other contemporary performances. Fri., March 14, 7:30 p.m., and Sat., March 15, 2 p.m.

High Upon Mount Olympus, Doherty High School Auditorium, 4515 Barnes Road, 596-1134. $7-$10. DanceQuest presents a Greek mythology-inspired ballet featuring dancers of all ages. Sat., March 15, 7 p.m., and Sun., March 16, 2 p.m.

The Last Supper: A Living Picture, Village Seven Presbyterian Church, 4055 Nonchalant Circle South, 574-6700. Free. Presenting a timeless story based on Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting of Christ's 12 disciples. Childcare provided for children birth to 3 years. Sun., March 16, 5 p.m.

Beautiful Chaos, CC's Packard Hall, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 382-5347, coloradospringsconservatory.org. $10. Colorado Springs Conservatory presents a student collaboration with the Ballet Society of Colorado Springs. Tues.-Wed., March 18-19, 7 p.m.

World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, worldarena.com. Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, Fri., March 21, 8 p.m. Harlem Globetrotters, Sun., April 6, 2 p.m. The World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions, Sat., May 10, 2 and 7:30 p.m.

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.

click to enlarge 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 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.

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.

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.

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

dance parties & workshops
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.

Pikes Peak Traditional Dance, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St., 578-8979, geocities.com/pptdcontra. $4-$8. Learn easy dances set to live music. All ages welcome and no partner needed. Sat., March 15, 7:30-10 p.m. Beginners' lesson at 7 p.m.

Saturday Night Dance, International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave., 633-0195. $7-$9. Featuring live bands playing a variety of music including ballroom, country, Latin and polka. Sat., March 15, 7:30-11 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 22, 7:30 p.m. Instruction for new dancers, 7 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.

Dance and Fitness Classes, Springs Salsa and Dance Fitness, 2506 W. Colorado Ave., 520-1201, springssalsa.com. $10/one week unlimited classes. "Tease 101" classes, Fridays, 8:15 p.m. "Zumba" classes, Mondays through Saturdays, morning or evenings. "Pole Dancing," $99, Saturdays, April 5 to May 3.

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.


Recreation
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 13-14.

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.

Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, Reservations: 520-6387. Offering "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 "Wheels of Misfortune: The Unlovable Animals," March 15. "Natural Egg Dyeing," March 22. "Spring Break Nature Camp," March 24-28.

Widefield 5K Walk & 5 Mile Run, Fountain Creek Regional Park, 320 Peppergrass Lane, Fountain, Doris Schommer: 391-3515, cc.wsd3.org. Join this 5K along Fountain Creek Nature Trail. Sat., March 22, 8:30 a.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.

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.

"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. Sat., April 19.


Special Events
Magic of Two, Antlers Hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave., 389-1251 ext. 104, peakedu.org. $85. This fundraising dinner will feature an awards ceremony and dancing to the music of Phat Daddy. Proceeds benefit Peak Education's youth development and academic programs for at-risk teens. Fri., March 14, 6:30 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 Catholic Charities. Sat., March 15, 6 p.m.

St. Patrick's Day Party, Gold's Gym parking lot, 7655 N. Union Blvd., 548-8400, goldsgym.com. Free. Gold's Gym will host a party at its new location with food, drink and interactive video games for the kids. Sat., March 15, 1-5 p.m.

All Breed Rescue Bowl-A-Thon, Mr. Biggs Family Fun Center, 5825 Mark Dabling Blvd., haveanicedog.org, Register: 264-6460. $30. Have fun, win prizes and help a great cause. Proceeds benefit All Breed Rescue & Training. Sun., March 16, check-in, 1:30 p.m.; bowling, 2-4 p.m.

Rockin' in the Rockies Career Fair, Doubletree Hotel World Arena, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., 444-5034. Over 60 area employers will be present to meet job seekers. Tues., March 18, 10 a.m. to 3 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 April 12; Launch April 19, 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
Storytelling with Mary Mashburn, McAllister House Museum, 423 N. Cascade Ave., 635-7925. $3. Enjoy a tour, refreshments and stories for children ages 6-11 with the "Fairy Godmother of the Arts." Must be accompanied by an adult. Sat., March 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kids in the Kitchen, Carmichael Training Systems, 110 S. Sierra Madre St., 213-1164. Free. A one-day event to empower youth to make healthy lifestyle choices with fun activities for kids and resources for parents including a jump rope station, tumbling area, recipes, gardening tips and more. Sat., March 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Learning Station in Concert, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2886 S. Circle Drive, 578-0682, learningstationmusic.com. $7/ind., $25/family 4-pack. Child Care Connections presents this live, interactive musical production from the nationally acclaimed performing trio The Learning Station. Sat., March 15, 2-3:30 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.

Single Parents Day Celebration, RetroMoto Toys, 738 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-2475. An all-day open house with refreshments. Fri., March 21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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.

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

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
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.

Pikes Peak Library District Board of Trustees is accepting applications through March 31 for a vacancy on its Art Evaluation Committee. Committee members review works submitted by local artists for exhibit at all PPLD facilities. Call 531-6333 ext. 2332 or e-mail charnish@ppld.org for more.

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.

Rocky Mountain Field Institute is looking for people to serve as volunteer crew leaders for restoration workdays in the Garden of the Gods. Training including rock retaining-wall construction will be provided. Workdays are scheduled for April and May. Call 471-7736 or visit rmfi.org for more.

Rocky Mountain Field Institute is accepting applications for Earth Corps 2008, a service opportunity to help restore wilderness areas in the west and learn about wilderness conservation. Application deadline is April 4 for sessions June 4 to July 3 and July 14 to Aug. 12.

Pacific Intercultural Exchange is seeking host families in El Paso County for English-speaking exchange students ages 15-18. PIE works to match students with families who have similar interests and lifestyles. To learn more, call 866/546-1402.

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.

click to enlarge Womens History Celebration: Marie Curie, Western - Museum of Mining & Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd., - 488-0080, wmmi.org. $4-$8, members free. Marie - Curies achievements won her two Nobel prizes. See - Susan Marie Frontczak portray the scientist as she brings - her story to life. Sat., March 15, 1-3 p.m.
  • Womens History Celebration: Marie Curie, Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd., 488-0080, wmmi.org. $4-$8, members free. Marie Curies achievements won her two Nobel prizes. See Susan Marie Frontczak portray the scientist as she brings her story to life. Sat., March 15, 1-3 p.m.

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 Watch Your Step: Sidewalks through March 23. More Big Beautiful Things, an exhibit of contemporary sculpture, through March 30.

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, through May 1. 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.

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.

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, through March 29.

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.

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, through April 12.

Translations Gallery, 773 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 303/629-0713, translationsgallery.com. Featuring Plumage, new works by Deborah Kruger in fiber and encaustic, through March 15. Artist's closing reception, Sat., March 5, 2-4 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 Terry Dwight Coleman (Don't Give Up, Don't Give In), March 13. Linda Fairstein (Final Jeopardy) and Jennifer Fox (Your Child's Strengths), March 14. James Sheehan (The Law of Second Chances) and Amy Irvine (Trespass: Living at the Edge of the Promised Land), March 18. Pam Anderson (The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight & Eating Great) and Bill McKibben (The Bill McKibben Reader: Pieces from an Active Life), March 19.

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
2008 Rocky Mountain Harmony Sweepstakes, Iver C. Ranum High School, 2401 W. 8th Ave., Denver, harmony-sweepstakes.com/denver.html. A capella vocal groups from around the region will compete to go to the national championships. Sat., March 15, 7 p.m.

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

Walden Chamber Music Society of Colorado, SteamPlant Theater, 220 W. Sackett Ave., Salida, 719/395-2097. $8-$15. Presenting a unique multimedia program of works by Erik Satie and Arnold Schoenberg. Sun., March 16, 3 p.m.

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. "(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 Nunsensations: The Nunsense Vegas Revue, through March 23. A Year with Frog and Toad, through May 2. 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.

Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver, 720/946-1388, buntport.com. Presenting Starship Troy, featuring a new episode every week, through April 23. Rocky Horror Picture Show, a live version of the film classic, March 25 to April 23.

Comedy Works, 1226 15th St., Denver, 303/595-3637, comedyworks.com. Presenting 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.

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.

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