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click to enlarge Chanticleer, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center Performing Arts - Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc- - arts.org. Sun., May 4, 4 p.m.
  • Chanticleer, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center Performing Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc- arts.org. Sun., May 4, 4 p.m.


Art Shows & Galleries
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.

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 May 23.

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 The Raven: The Poem and an Artist's Paintings, through June 3. Cummins & Cummins, mixed media by William and Linda Cummins, through June 3. Chicago Reflections, works by Karen Winfield, through June 3. Invidnation, contemporary video art, through June 7. Canyon Walls, water media images by Eulalie J. Brown, through June 9.

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, works by over 80 artists including Andy Warhol, Allen Jones, Douglas Kirkland, Richard Avedon and more, May 3 to July 5. Opening reception, Fri., May 2, 5-8 p.m.

The Commons Gallery, The Depot Arts Building, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 314-8526. Free. Featuring Women MUST Rise: Feminist Art Exhibit, works by Jocelyn Nevel, Sarah Milteer and more, May 2 to June 1.

Commonwheel Artists Gallery, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1008, commonwheel.com. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring Carbon & Clay: Conflicting Connections, works by Jeremiah Houck and Daniel Romano, May 2 through June 2. Opening reception, Fri., May 2, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Downtown Bar, 103 Central Plaza, Pueblo, 719/544-1499, thedowntownbar.com. Featuring No Pretty Landscapes, photography by Jennifer Koen and Bobby Valentine, through May 31.

Duryea Fine Art, 1003 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9050, duryeafineart.com. Open Wed.-Sun., noon to 4 p.m. Featuring Painted Gardens, a series of plein air garden paintings by Bill Duryea, through June 30.

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 Dino Art, art from the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center's poster contest, May 5-23. Opening reception, Fri., May 9, 11:30 a.m.

El Tesoro Restaurant & Gallery, 10 N. Sierra Madre St., 471-0106. Open Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Featuring Three Man Art Show, works by George Sanchez, Bernard Sandoval and Marc Shereck, through June 30.

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 Styling the Modern, a collection of large-scale scarves designed by notable artists, May 10 to July 5.

Fare Bella Gallery, 16 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 720/226-4315. Featuring works by 23 local artists including owner Patrice Filler. Art Immersion Saturday, Sat., May 3.

Fine Art Gallery at CSU-Pueblo, 2200 Bonforte Ave., Pueblo, 719/549-2810, colostate-pueblo.edu. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring Senior Art Show, through May 3.

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.

Gertrude's Restaurant, 2625 W. Colorado Ave., 471-0887. Exhibiting Hunter-Wolff Gallery presents Janelle Cox, landscapes and travel-inspired paintings, through Dec. 31.

Green Horse Gallery, 729 Manitou Ave., 685-0636. Open Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Offering live pottery demonstrations with Tina Riesterer and Frank Gray. Art Immersion Saturday, Sat., May 3, noon to 3 p.m.

Heebee JeebeeS, 318A E. Colorado Ave., 635-0620. Open daily, noon to 6 p.m. Featuring Feast, photographic works by Rebecca Tillett, through May 31.

Lasko Fine Art, 113 N. Tejon St., 577-4750, laskofineart.com. Featuring Lew Tilley: The Broadmoor Academy Collection, works by the former USC art professor, May 2-31. Opening reception, Fri., May 2, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Laura Reilly Gallery, 2616 W. Colorado Ave., #4, 471-1360, laurareilly.com. Open Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring Night and Day, cityscapes, night scenes and winter landscapes by impressionist painter Laura Reilly.

Mountain Living Studio, 741 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-0225. Open daily, noon to 5 p.m. Presenting Spring Collection 08, the largest collection of new artists and new works ranging from fine art to jewelry to home dcor. Live music and refreshments. Sat., May 3, 2-7 p.m.

Orly's Art Gallery, 730 S. Tejon St., 630-3371. Featuring Primavera Colorado, the works of artists Sparky LeBold and Ramon Kelley and more with antiques from Rustic Rich's. Opening reception, Fri., May 2, 6-9 p.m.

Rubbish Gallery, 17B Bijou St., 440-5638. Open Fridays, 5-10 p.m. Featuring O' the Webs We Weave, new paintings by Carlita Trujillo, through May 3. Opening reception, Fri., May 2, 5-10 p.m.

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 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.

Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 444-1012, smokebrush.org. Open Mon.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Featuring Laura BenAmots X 3, three collections of erotic artwork, and Misreading the Signs, drawings by Bill Amundson, through May 23. Opening reception, Fri., May 2, 5-8 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 2008 Senior Exhibition, May 2 to June 7. Opening reception, Fri., May 2, 5:30-8 p.m.

Pueblo West Vectra Bank, 154 McCulloch Blvd., Pueblo, 719/544-3753. Featuring works by Crystal Carkhuff through June 8.

The Warehouse Restaurant, 35 W. Cimarron St., 471-1363. Featuring Roads to Existence, a photography exhibit and book signing by local photographer and author Lisa Rhodes. The book tracks Rhodes' travels throughout the world. Sales benefit the Women for Women organization. Fri., May 2, 5-8 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, myspace.com/weusour. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring Coffee Break, paintings by Leo Rivera using coffee as a medium, through May 29.

art events
I.D.E.A. Space at Colorado College, CC's Cossitt Amphitheater, 906 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607, theIDEAspace.com. Free. Featuring Vladmaster Presents, a Viewmaster performance event by artist Vladimir. Fri., May 2, 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Milagros in Motion: Kids Helping Kids, Black Cat Books, 720 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1589. The 5th grade class of Manitou Elementary School will sponsor a silent auction and art walk featuring the art of Peruvian orphans. Peruvian food at Black Cat Books. Proceeds will provide art supplies and lessons to children. Fri., May 2, 4-6 p.m., auction ends May 16.

Mr. Eugene's 80th Birthday Celebration, Back Pages Antiques & Custom Framing Gallery, 297 S. 21st St., 520-1139. Visit artist and fashion designer Mr. Eugene on his birthday for refreshments and a live painting demonstration. Sat., May 3, 1-5 p.m.

First Friday ArtWalk in Old Colorado City, Colorado Avenue between 23rd and 27th streets, 520-9494. Visit galleries, meet artists, see demos, enjoy refreshments and live entertainment. Fri., May 2, 5-8 p.m.

Young People's Art Exhibition, Celebration Place, Citadel Mall, 750 Citadel Drive East, 520-2027, imaginationcelebration.org. Free. Enjoy artworks created by local students in grades 6-12. Middle school exhibit, May 2-10; opening reception, Tues., May 6, 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Open Mosaic Classes, Full Spectrum Art Glass, 828 E. Fillmore St., and Royalty Stained Glass, 5331 Montebello Lane, 389-1337. $13/session. Mosaic workshops for all skill levels by artist and instructor Juanita Canzoneri. Thursdays, May 1, 8, 15 and 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m., and May 4 and 18, 1-3 p.m.

Art Immersion Saturdays, various venues, Manitou Springs, Natalie: 685-1589. Free. Visit local galleries for art demonstrations, opening receptions and entertainment. Monthly May 3 through December, 2-7 p.m.

The Magical Michael Hague: A Book Signing, Celebration Place, Citadel Mall, 750 Citadel Drive East, 387-9015, imaginationcelebration.org. Meet beloved illustrator Michael Hague as he signs his newest books. Sat., May 3, 2-4 p.m.

Artisan's Bazaar, El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N. Union, Pueblo, 719/583-0453. Free. Art show and sale of local handmade crafts benefiting the museum. Sat., May 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Creative Crafters Spring Showcase of Fine Art and Crafts, Lewis Palmer High School, 1300 Higby Road, Monument, 488-3046. Shop over 75 booths of all-local handmade crafts and artistry. Sat.-Sun., May 3-4.


Auditions & Entries
The Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association is holding auditions May 7-10 for the 2008-09 season for brass, woodwind, string and percussion musicians up to 18 years old. $10 fee. Benet Hill Center, 2577 N. Chelton Road. Call 633-3901 for more.

Commonwheel Artists Cooperative is seeking a professional metalsmith jeweler for its shop and gallery. Applications due May 12. Call 685-1008 for more.

Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center is seeking entries in its "Savage Ancient Seas" Dino Art 2008 contest. Prizes will be awarded in categories from pre-school through adults. Entries are due May 23. Visit rmdrc.com for entry forms and rules.

Pikes Peak Christian Artist Festival is seeking artists for a juried fine art festival. This event will be held June 21 and 22 in Woodland Park. Deadline for submissions is May 30. Call 687-6824 or e-mail ranchgusano@msn.com.

Eleventh Muse Poetry Contest is seeking unpublished poems. Prizes range from $25-$100. Send cover sheet, 1-5 unpublished poems and $15 entry fee to: Eleventh Muse, P.O. Box, 2413, Colorado Springs, CO 80901. Due June 1. See poetrywest.org/muse.htm for more.

Old Colorado City Historical Society is seeking arts and crafts of all media, handmade and original for the Arts & Crafts in Bancroft Park, June 21. Call 266-9096.

2008 Citizen's Academy is accepting applications for its 8-week program in September. 385-5906, SpringsGov.com. $40. Join others in a casual setting to learn and discuss our local government and talk to local officials. Applications due Aug. 1

The Colorado Department of Education is accepting nominations for the Colorado Teacher of the Year. Applications are due Aug. 15. Visit www.cde.state.co.us/cdeawards/trtoyinf.htm or call 303/866-6932 for more.


Civic Opportunities
CONO Neighborhood Forum, Regional Development Center, 2880 International Circle, 385-5256. Visit booths, listen to speakers and talk to experts and coalitions on local issues from city transit operations to planning and more. Sat., May 3, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fort Carson Restoration Advisory Board, Elkhorn Catering and Conference Center, Bldg. 7300 off Woodfill Rd., Fort Carson, 526-8004. The public is invited to take part in the clean-up and environmental programs going on at Fort Carson. Thurs., May 8, 6:30 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, 1:30-3:30 p.m.


Clubs & Organizations
Silicon Mountain Macintosh User Group, Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., 494-8347. Free. All classes for Macintosh users with software questions, tips and more, Thurs., May 1, 6 p.m.; SMMUG Special Interest Groups, Voelker Training Room, 5026 N. Academy Blvd., 570-7294, Sat., May 3, 10 a.m. to noon and noon to 2 p.m.

The After-Hours Garden Club, 315 E. Costilla St., 578-9184, ogoeben@msn.com . Meet other gardeners with this meeting focusing on "Shrubs in Our Area." Mon., May 5, 6:30 p.m.

The Better Business Bureau: Buzz with the B's, The Caddie Shack, Valley Hi Golf Course, 619 S. Chelton Road, info@bbb.org. $12. Meet with other business owners and listen to expert speakers for these monthly engagements. Fri., May 9, 7:15-9 a.m.

"No Matter Who Wins, You Win," Pikes Peak Advertising Federation, Phantom Canyon, 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., ppaf.org. $25-35. RSVP by May 7. Sit in on a speaker and luncheon to learn how to use political tactics and endorsements to better your business. Tues., May 13, 11:30 a.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.

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.

click to enlarge The Commons Gallery, The Depot Arts Building, 218 W. - Colorado Ave., 314-8526. Free. Featuring Women MUST - Rise: Feminist Art Exhibit, works by Jocelyn Nevel, Sarah - Milteer and more, May 2 to June 1.
  • The Commons Gallery, The Depot Arts Building, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 314-8526. Free. Featuring Women MUST Rise: Feminist Art Exhibit, works by Jocelyn Nevel, Sarah Milteer and more, May 2 to June 1.

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.

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.

Downtown Toastmasters, City Hall, Academy Room, 107 N. Nevada Ave., 636-3107, downtowntoastmaster.org. Visitors free. Improve your public speaking skills at weekly meetings. Fridays, 12:05-1 p.m.

The Breakfast Club, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2886 S. Circle Drive, 260-0651. Meet singles ages 50+ for a monthly breakfast and other activities such as hikes, dances, board games and more. First Saturdays, 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. First Monday, 5:30-7 p.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.

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.

Colorado Springs Chess Club, Acacia Apartments Building, 104 E. Platte, 685-1984, springschess.org. Free. The club is open for anyone who plays chess. Tuesdays, 7-10 p.m., arrive by 8 p.m. for access to the building.

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. 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, 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. 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. 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.

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. Second Wednesday, 7-9 p.m.


Film & Video
Italian Movie Night: Mafioso, CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607, coloradocollege.edu. Free. The last installment of Italian Movie Night featuring one of the best works in Italian Mafia film. Thurs., May 1, 8:30 p.m.

India Retreat, Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., Children's room, 520-9377. Free. Series of film screenings on the works of author and filmmaker Eckhart Tolle for healing, meditation and discussion. Tues., May 6, 2:30-4:15 p.m.

Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial, East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., Community Room, 531-6333. A screening of the NOVA/PBS documentary of the six-week Kitzmiller vs. Dover School District intelligent design trial. Sponsored by Citizens Project. Wed., May 7, 5:30 p.m.

Movies Without All the Hype, Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., 685-1861, thebac.org. By donation. Join the Business of Art Center on the first Thursday of every month to watch "the best movies you've never seen" followed by discussion. Thursdays through July 3, 6-9 p.m.

Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Pride Center, 2508 E. Bijou St., 355-4078, midnightdepravity.com. $6. Full audience participation is encouraged for showings of this cult-movie classic. Saturdays, midnight to 2 a.m.


Food & Drink
First Thursday Wine Tasting, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Deco Lounge, 30 W. Dale St. 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org. $12-17. This month's selection is Spanish wines provided by Coaltrain Wine and Spirits. Thurs., May 1, 5-8 p.m.

Powers Liquor Mart Tastings, 5847 Palmer Park Blvd., 596-4700. Free, reservations required. "Craft Beer Tasting," Thurs., May 1. "German Wine Tasting," Sat., May 3.

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.

Springs Shebeen, Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 444-1012, smokebrush.org. $25. A night dedicated to South African wine tasting, live jazz and a benefit for the Student Movement for Real Change. RSVP online. Thurs., May 8, 6 p.m.


Health & Healing
Celebration Conscious Living Store Events, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 634-1855, celebrationstore.com. Offering "Drumming Class Series," May 1. "Ancient Mysteries for Today's Spirituality," May 2. "Secrets of Tarot Unveiled," May 3.

National Day of Prayer: Multifaith Gathering, CC's Shove Memorial Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., 389-6639, coloradocollege.edu. Join poet Victoria Heim for an evening of prayer, music and poetry. Thurs., May 1, 7 p.m.

Ancient Mysteries for Today's Spirituality, Celebration Conscious Living Store, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 330-8892, celebrationstore.com. $10 donation. Listen to the words of Rainbow Eagle, a teacher of authenticity, integrity and honor. Fri., May 2, 7-9:30 p.m.

Living Proof Live with Beth Moore, World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 800/254-2022, lifeway.com/women. $55. A two-day seminar concerning women and scripture. Fri.-Sat., May 2-3.

"Healing Our Image of God," Glen Eyrie Conference Center, 3820 N. 30th St., 634-0808. Author Brennan Manning will lead a conference about reconnecting with God. Fri.-Sun., May 2-4.

Community Skin Cancer Screening, Peak Vista Community Health Center, 225 S. Union Blvd., 776-5555. Free. Reserve a time for a free skin cancer screening. Sat., May 3, 8-11:30 a.m.

Sixth Annual Herb Fest, Community for Spiritual Living, 3685 Jeannine Dr., 533-0708, herbassociation.com. Free. Donations of canned food accepted for Silver Key's Senior Pantry. This festival includes a host of vendors and events promoting herbal products and services. Sat., May 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Didgeridoo Class, 2502 W. Colorado Ave., Third floor, 471-1422. $25. Learn to play the traditional aboriginal instrument and experience its healing properties. Sat., May 3, 9:30 a.m. to noon.

"Holistic Medicine for the 21st Century," East Library 5550 N. Union Blvd., 598-7287. Free. Learn alternative cures to thyroid disorders, Alzheimer's and more. Sat., May 3, 12:45-4:30 p.m. "Addie's Journey " Hypothyroidism & Thyroid Cancer Diagnosis," Sat., May 3, 3:15 p.m.

"Love Changes Everything," A Woman's Story Gathering: A Reflection on the Life of St. Therese de Lisieux, Mount St. Francis, 2650 Parish View. Register at 598-5486 ex. 7739. Free. Join others to discuss the life and legacy of St. Therese. Sun., May 4, 2-4p.m.

"What is in Your Nest?" The Wisdom Center of Colorado Springs, PILLAR Classroom, 22 E. Rio Grande St. 597-7775, springswisdomcenter.org. Join this session for healing, awareness and community inspired by the Brazilian Jungle. Potluck to follow. Sun., May 4, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Buddhist Talk: Explore the Boundless Heart of Loving-Kindness, Unity Church in the Rockies, 1945 Mesa Rd., 375-1922. $15. Presenting David Gardiner and Pat Tegler. Mondays, May 5 and 12, 6-7:30 p.m.

"Conscious Evolution," Celebration Conscious Living Store, 2209 W. Colorado Ave. 330-8892 , celebrationstore.com. $10. Learn about the evolution of our identities in a series of healing sessions with Chris Douglas, who apprenticed under Carlos Castaneda. Tues., May 6 and 13, 7-9 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.

Candlelight Yoga, Springs Salsa & Dance Fitness, 2506 W. Colorado Ave., 520-1201, springssalsa.com. Experience yourself at a deeper level and restore your body, mind and spirit all by candlelight. Thursdays, 7:15-8:15 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.

Buddhist Vipassana Meditation, Rocky Mountain Insight, 2525 W. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite B, 473-7609, rockymountaininsight.org. Meditation on Sundays, 9-10 a.m., and Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., with 6:15 p.m. orientation (required if new). Loving-Kindness Guided Meditation, Fridays, noon to 1 p.m.

The Moving Word, First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain St., 291-3120, fccmovement.org. Free. Deepen your relationship with God through dance, scripture and prayer. Saturdays, 9-10 a.m. (No meeting May 3.)

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.

"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, Yoga Journeys Studio, #201, 709 N. Nevada Ave., Pat: 375-1922. Yoga class for those with physical challenges. Tuesdays, noon to 1 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.

"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. Register now for May classes.


Lectures & Learning
Small Business Development Center Classes, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 262-3844, cssbdc.org. "Choosing the Right Business Structure," May 1. "Planning a Winning Website," May 7. "Funding Your Business," May 13. "Basics of Bookkeeping," May 22. "QuickBooks Pro Intro," May 29.
click to enlarge Duryea Fine Art, 1003 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, - 685-9050, duryeafineart.com. Open Wed.-Sun., noon to - 4 p.m. Featuring Painted Gardens, a series of plein air - garden paintings by Bill Duryea, through June 30.
  • Duryea Fine Art, 1003 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9050, duryeafineart.com. Open Wed.-Sun., noon to 4 p.m. Featuring Painted Gardens, a series of plein air garden paintings by Bill Duryea, through June 30.

"Is Darwinism the Only Game in Town?," CC's Gaylord Hall, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607, coloradocollege.edu. Free. Presenting Alex Rosenberg discussing the significance Darwin's theories of evolution. Thurs., May 1, 3:30 p.m.

Pikes Peak Workforce Center Events, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 667-3730, ppwfc.org. Presenting "Rsum Righting: Rsum and Portfolio Design," Thursdays, May 1-29, 2-4 p.m. "Self-Employment: The Driver's Seat," May 6 or 20, 2-3:30 p.m. "Job Shop: Guided Job Search," May 13 or 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"Journey to the Common Good," CC's Shove Memorial Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., 389-6077, coloradocollege.edu. Free. Lecture by preeminent Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann as part of a weekend seminar "The Bible for Those On Their Way." Fri., May 2, 7:30 p.m.

Bob Dylan's "Masters of War:" Stories of a Bad Song, CC's Gates Common Room, Palmer Hall, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607, coloradocollege.edu. Free. Greil Marcus, a foremost music journalist and Bob Dylan authority, critiques Dylan's music and legacy. Fri., May 2, 7 p.m.

"Maintenance is Preservation," Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 473-8108, patdoyle@mac.com. Free, RSVP by May 1. Learn to create an environmentally responsible garden within a historic context. Sat., May 3, 9:30 a.m. to noon.

"Xeriscaping: Creative Landscaping," East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., ppld.org. Learn how to save water and landscape beautifully through xeriscaping. Sat., May 3, 10-11:30 a.m.

"The Arts, the Church and Cultural Transformation," 105 N. Weber St., 597-5256. $30. An all-day seminar and luncheon with Dr. Colin Harbinson on Christianity in art. Sat., May 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"Woven Across Time," Aficionados Luncheon and Lecture, CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607, coloradocollege.edu. $12.50, RSVP by May 5. Lecture by Katie Davis Gardner, curator for the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, about Rio Grande textiles. Wed., May 7, noon.

"Facilitating Collaboration in the Nonprofit Sector," Penrose Library, Adult Meeting Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333 ext. 2335, ppld.org. Learn the basics of business partnerships among nonprofits across sectors at this El Pomar Nonprofit Resource Center Workshop. Wed., May 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Herbal First Aid, Celebration Community Room, 2207 W. Colorado Ave. 330-8892 or 473-9702 , sagewomanherbs.com. $20-25. Learn first aid skills with herbs in emergency situations as well as the Heimlich maneuver. Wed., May 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

"The Evangelical Public Sphere," CC's Bemis Hall, 920 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607, coloradocollege.edu. Free. Author and professor Michael Warner will share his expertise on queer theory in the U.S. and the evangelist voice. Thurs., May 8, 7 p.m.

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

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.

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

District 11 Community Education Classes, various locations, 520-2384, d11.org/communityed. Offering classes in foreign languages, dance, art, business, crafts, singing, movies, 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
Jake Adam York and Aaron Anstett, CC's Jerome P. McHugh Student Commons, 1090 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607, coloradocollege.edu. Free. Listen to readings by two award-winning poets, sponsored by the Visiting Writers Series. Thurs., May 1, 7 p.m.

"The Poetics of Everyday," CC's Worner Campus Center, #213, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 302-2549. Free. Poetry West workshop with writer and instructor Nico Alvarado-Greenwood. Sat., May 3, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Barnes & Noble Book Signings, 1565 Briargate Blvd., 266-9945. Free. Presenting John Perrodin signing Simple Little Words, Sat., May 3, 11 a.m. Author Elizabeth Bublitz signing Pawfriendly Landscapes: How to Share the Turf When Your Backyard Belongs to Barney, Sat., May 3, 1 p.m.

Pikes Peak Poets Performance Workshop & Reading, Penrose Library, Carnegie Reading Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 634-2367. Free. Poet Jim Ciletti will lead a performance practice followed by an opportunity to read original poetry or the poetry of others. All poetry welcome, from rhyme to free verse to rap. Tues., May 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Poor Richard's Bookstore Events, 320 N. Tejon St., 578-0012, poorrichardswebsite.com. Free. Becky Elder signing Raven in the Garden: A Front Range Gardener's Journal, Tues., May 6, 6:30 p.m.

Black Cat Books Events, 720 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, 685-1589. Knitting Group, Sundays, 4-6 p.m. Occult Science classes, Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. Business Group, Wednesdays, 8:45-10:15 a.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.

"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. This week's discussion: Ethnic slurs and other derogatory terms. Second and fourth Saturdays, 9-11 p.m.


Music
CC Chamber Chorus Spring Concert, CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St. 389-6607, coloradocollege.edu. Free. Presenting a wide variety of music with contemporary selections to Renaissance works in this performance. Fri., May 2, 7:30 p.m.

Colorado Springs Conservatory Events, Jazz Nite at CSC, 1430 N. Hancock Ave., $5, Enjoy a club-like setting with CSC students performing jazz favorites, Fri., May 2, 5:30 p.m. Saturday Nite Barely Alive, 1430 N. Hancock Ave., $5, original works performed by advanced music and theater students, Sat., May 3, 7:00 p.m. Senior show and final project musical, Thurs., May 8, 7 p.m.

Back Row Spring Concert, CC's Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., 389-6607, coloradocollege.edu. Free. CC's all-male a cappella group performs all-vocal renditions from artists such as Queen and John Mayer. Sat., May 3, 8:30 p.m.

Soli Deo Gloria Community Choir, First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., 262-0614. Free. Presenting Mozart's Coronation Mass with accompanying orchestra and hand bells. Bring non-perishable food items for Care and Share. Sat., May 3, 7:30 p.m.

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Colorado Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 481-0475, trilakesart.org $12-15. Presenting Spring Creek Bluegrass Band. Sat., May 3, 7:30 p.m.

MidWest Music Fest 3, Calvary Chapel Eastside, 5070 Edison Ave., 332-8119, itickets.com. $10-$50. Hear headliner D.A. Truth and other musicians in the Christian/gospel rap genre at this event hosted by Double Edge Sword Records. Sat., May 3, 5-10 p.m.

Colorado Farm and Art Market Fundraiser, Bristol Brewing Co., 1647 S. Tejon St., 685-2461. The acoustic ensemble Woodworks will provide live music with refreshments provided by The Margarita at Pine Creek. Sun., May 4, 1-4 p.m.

"Vesuvius & More!," CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St. 389-6607, coloradocollege.edu. Free. The Colorado College Concert Band will highlight different instruments with its musical selections. Sun., May 4, 7:30 p.m.

"Fanfare and Fire: Fanfare et Feu," Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 633-3901, ticketwest.com. $14-16. The Colorado Springs Youth Symphony will perform with the Colorado Classical Youth Ballet. Sun., May 4, 3 p.m.

The Little London Winds, Bethel Lutheran Church, 4925 Farmingdale Dr., 570-9800, littlelondonwinds.org. Free. Selections from Sousa, Cohan and more at the concert. Sun., May 4, 6:30-8 p.m.

Chanticleer, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center Performing Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org. Sun., May 4, 4 p.m.

CC Chamber Orchestra Spring Concert, CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6607, coloradocollege.edu. Free. A spring ensemble with works from Beethoven and Vivaldi. Tues., May 6, 7:30 p.m.

CC Students Honors Concert, CC's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St. 389-6607, coloradocollege.edu. Free. Top honors music students perform in a special event. Thurs., May 8, 7:30 p.m.

Pikes Peak Center Concerts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, ticketswest.com. Wilco, Thurs., May 8, 8 p.m. America, Thurs., July 3, 7 p.m.

Mozart & Friends III: An "Organ-ic" Mother's Day Concert, First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Tejon St., 884-2110, csphilharmonic.org. With the accompaniment of the church organ, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic will perform Mozart's concerto. Sat., May 10, 8 p.m., and Sun., May 11, 2:30 p.m.

World Arena Concerts, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, worldarena.com. Carrie Underwood, Tues., May 13, 7:30 p.m. Volunteer Jam: The Charlie Daniels Band, .38 Special and Shooter Jennings, Wed., May 28, 7:30 p.m.

Friends House Concerts, P.O. Box 38943, 329-1644, house-concerts.org. Girlyman, Fri., June 29, 7:30 p.m.


Performances
Indigo Dance Colorado, Mitchell High School, 1205 Potter Ave., 278-8499. Presenting contemporary, jazz and modern dance performances, Fri., May 2, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Incredible Circus MAT, Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-4729, themat.org. $8. Experience twirling, whirling, somersaulting, flipping, swinging, magic, juggling and more. Fri.-Sun., May 2-4 and May 9-11.

I Do, I Do!, Temple Shalom, 1523 E. Monument St., 528-5222. $25-50. Presenting two-character musical about a married couple. Sat., May 3, 6:30 p.m.

Damon Runyon Theater, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, 719/564-0579, runyontheater.org. $5. Presenting Always ... Patsy Cline, May 2-4 and 9-11. Dinner option, 6 p.m.; show, 7 p.m. Sunday matinee, 2 p.m.

Theatreworks, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive, 262-3232, theatreworkscs.org. $12-$22. Featuring Playboy of the Western World, through May 3. Wed.-Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sat., 2 p.m., and Sun., 4 p.m.

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW, pikespeakcenter.org. Rent, Tues.-Wed., May 6-7, 7:30 p.m. Comedian Josh Blue, Fri., May 9, 8 p.m.

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Coronado High School, Performed in the Holmes Middle School courtyard, 2455 Mesa Rd. $6-8, $16 for ticket and boxed dinner. A student production of the classic. Tues.-Thurs., May 6-8, 6 p.m.

FAC Theatre, SaGaJi Theatre, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org. $26-$31. Presenting 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.

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Butte Theater, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 719/689-6402, butteoperahouse.com. $9.75-$14.75. Thin Air Theatre Company presents Shakespeare's popular romantic comedy, through May 10. Thurs.-Sat., 7 p.m., and Sat.-Sun., 1 p.m.

World Arena Events, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, worldarena.com. The World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions, Sat., May 10, 2 and 7:30 p.m. WWE Smackdown and ECW, Tues., May 27, 7:45 p.m.

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-4729, themat.org. $8. Birgitta Dupree and Colorado Springs Conservatory students present this production. Mon., May 12, 7 p.m.

Honesty Always Wins, Iron Springs Melodrama Theatre, 444 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-5104. $9.50-$28.50. A musical-comedy melodrama and optional dinner with sing-a-long intermission, through Oct. 4, dinner at 6 p.m.; show at 8 p.m.

dance parties & workshops
Saturday Night Dance, International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave., 633-0195, internationaldanceclub.org. $9. Featuring live big band, country, Latin and polka music. Music by Claude Wiatrowski's Tune Train. Sat., May 3, 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., May 3, instruction, 7 p.m.; dance, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

May Day Dance, Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St., 592-1648, victoriansocietycs.org. $12-$15. Victorian Society of Colorado Springs invites you to dress in Victorian or Western attire for live music and family fun. Sat., May 3, 1:30-4:30 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., May 10, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Instruction for new dancers, 7 p.m.

click to enlarge Incredible Circus MAT, Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., - Manitou Springs, 685-4729, themat.org. $8. Experience - twirling, whirling, somersaulting, flipping, swinging, - magic, juggling and more. Fri.-Sun., May 2-4 and May - 9-11.
  • Incredible Circus MAT, Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-4729, themat.org. $8. Experience twirling, whirling, somersaulting, flipping, swinging, magic, juggling and more. Fri.-Sun., May 2-4 and May 9-11.

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.

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.

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.

Swing in the Springs, VFW Hall, 430 Pikes Peak Ave., $6. Beginning swing lesson followed by dancing. Sundays, lesson 7:30 p.m.; dance 8 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, 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.

Yoga Booty Ballet, Motion Studies, 4460 N. Chestnut St., blendyourlife.com. $10. Try this new-school hybrid combining meditation, cardiovascular dance, ballet and yoga. Wednesdays, 7-8:15 p.m.


Recreation
Relay for Life, CC's Washburn Field, ccrelay.org. $10. Sign up for a 12-hour walk-a-thon for the American Cancer Society. Fri., May 2, 7 p.m.

CC Garden Work Day, 1210 Wood Ave., 389-6607, coloradocollege.edu. Free. Help cultivate and plant in the CC garden plot behind the President's House. Fri., May 2, 2 p.m.

Take 5 in the Garden 5K/5M Run, Garden of the Gods, 30th Street entrance, 635-8803, csgrandprix.com. Pre-register at Runner's Roost, 107 E. Bijou St. The second race in the Colorado Springs Grand Prix Running Series. Sat., May 3, 8 a.m.

Walk to Fight Arthritis, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, 520-5711, csarthritiswalk.kintera.org. Walk for the Arthritis Foundation in the annual nation-wide event. Sat., May 3.

Hunt Elementary School Golf Tournament, Peterson Air Force Base Golf Course, 328-2900. $60 per person for greens fees, lunch and donation toward Hunt Elementary. Please register in advance. Sat., May 3, 8 a.m.

Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Rd., 520-6387, adm.elpasoco.com/parks. Offering "Wilderness First Aid/First Responder Recertification," May 3-4, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. "Little Wonders: Wonderful Water," Tues., May 6, 2-3 p.m.

Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain, Reservations: 520-6745. $3. Offering "Bird Banding Demo," Sat., May 3, 7-9:30 a.m. "Fountain Creek Nature Adventures: Slithery Snakes," Wed., May 7, 2:30-4 p.m.

Homeward Pikes Peak Golf Classic, Broadmoor Golf Club, 1 Lake Ave. RSVP: 635-8190. Proceeds benefit Homeward Pikes Peak, a nonprofit working to help eliminate homelessness. Wed., May 7, 12:30 p.m.

Top of the Hill Golf Classic, Broadmoor Golf Club, 1 Lake Ave. 632-3855, jlcsgolfclassic.com, $225. Golf and attend multiple celebrations. Proceeds benefit Junior League of Colorado Springs CARE Fair. Fri., May 9, 8 a.m.

Cycling Sundays, McCabe's Tavern, 520 S. Tejon St., sevo74@hotmail.com. Free. Join this community-style gathering for cyclists to talk bikes, watch races and socialize. Sundays, 1-4 p.m.


Special Events
Project Angel Heart: Dining Out for Life, participating restaurants in Colorado Springs, 303/830-0202, projectangelheart.org. Dine at a local restaurant and 25% of the proceeds benefit Project Angel Heart, a home-delivery meal service for those in the area suffering with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses. Thurs., May 1.

2008 Arbor Day Ceremony, south end of Monument Valley Park, 475-0250. Free. Join the city in the planting of two new trees to commemorate Arbor Day and the 31st anniversary of Colorado Springs as Tree City USA. Fri., May 2, 9-9:30 a.m.

Shred Your Cares Away: 4th Annual "Letter Rip" Day, Better Business Bureau, bbb.org. Free. Parking lot of First Presbyterian Church, corner of Weber and Kiowa Streets. Prevent identity theft and shred up to five boxes of documents. Fri., May 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Glam Odyssey: A Fashion Journey Into Bliss & Beyond, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 290-3531. $27-$32. The 50th anniversary of the Ebony Fashion Fair will feature the latest top designer looks and door prizes. Sat., May 3, 8 p.m.

Live Trivia, Overtime Sports Bar & Grill, 2809 Dublin Blvd., 531-6032, otsportsbarandgrill.com. $20 entry fee. Eight rounds of eight questions for individuals or teams. Saturdays starting May 3, 6-8:30 p.m.

Southern Colorado Animal Alliance Fair, parking lot of PetSmart, Citadel Crossing, 571 N. Academy Blvd., 360-7838. Free. Join animal lovers and pets along with area rescue organizations for pet vaccinations, adoption fair, training programs and other events. Sat., May 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun., May 4, noon to 4 p.m.

Bobby Fischer Memorial Chess Tournament, Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1984, colorado-chess.com. Free. Colorado Springs Chess Club presents a tournament open to the public and to members of the U.S. Chess Federation. Sat.-Sun., May 3-4. Registration, Sat., May 3, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Meadows Park Community Center, 1943 S. El Paso, 440-7877. Free. Family entertainment including kids' activities, a fashion show and a dance performance. Mon., May 5, 3:30-6 p.m.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Adam's Mountain Caf, 110 Canon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-3071. $50/ind., $85/couple. Featuring dinner, dance instruction, dancing, music by DJ Miss Vicky and more. Proceeds benefit Manitou Springs Educational Foundation. Mon., May 5, 5-10 p.m.

"Tea & Two," Sneak peek event at CC's new Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 303/285-2960 or wfco.org. $45. High tea and concert annual event by the Women's Foundation of Colorado. Thurs., May 8, 3-5 p.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
Kokopelli Kids' Trail Running Series, Bear Creek Park East, 2002 Creek Crossing, 337-2737, kokopellikids.com. Trail running event designed for kids pre-school to 8th grade. Fri., May 2, 5:30 p.m.

Return to the Moon, Challenger Learning Center, 10215 Lexington Drive, #110, 598-9755, clccs.org. $18-$20, registration required. Join this simulated space mission where astronauts return to the moon to establish a base. Open to those 10 years and older. Sat., May 3, 9 a.m.

Slim Goodbody's "Bodyology," City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., slimgoodbody.com. $6.50. Performer Slim Goodbody teaches about the human body and health through humor and music. Mon., May 5, 10 a.m.

Youth Zone Workshops, Pikes Peak Workforce Center, 2306 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 667-3700, ppwfc.org. Free. "Rsums and Interviewing," Mon., May 5, 12 or 28, 4:30-6 p.m. "Performance and Professionalism," Wed., May 7, 4:30-6 p.m.

Open Studio 101, Open Studio, 2609 W. Colorado Ave., 291-5198. $16. Drop-in art sessions for kids 3+ with Ms. Page the first Saturday of each month. Focus on masters like Warhol and Picasso. Tues., May 6, 9 a.m. to1:30 p.m., 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., 1-2:30 p.m., and 2:45-4:15 p.m.

Just 4 Us: You MAY Play With Your Food, Imagination Celebration, Celebration Place, Upper level of The Citadel. Reserve admission at 387-9015. $18 per month. A month-long weekly gathering for 2 to 5 year-olds to make fun and colorful snacks. Tues., May 6, 13 and 20, 10 a.m.

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

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.

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
Pikes Peak Library District is seeking volunteer tutors to begin training in May. Training sessions will be held Thursdays, May 1-29, 5:30-9 p.m. at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Call 531-6333 ext. 2223 for more.

Friends of Red Rock Canyon is seeking volunteers for Trail Maintenance in Red Rock Canyon on May 3, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Clean up the trails along the canyon and enjoy a light snack and drink. Call 597-9822 or visit redrockcanyonopenspace.org to sign up.

The Peace Corps will host a free informational session at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. discussing recruitment and life as a Peace Corps volunteer. Call 303-844-7016 for more. May 4, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Business of Art Center is seeking volunteers to help with the gallery, gift shop, espresso bar and special events. Call 685-18661 ext. 10 or visit thebac.org for more.

St. Francis Medical Center at Woodmen Road and Powers Boulevard is accepting applications for volunteers in a variety of departments. Orientation and department-specific training is provided. Call 776-5677 or e-mail sandraduve@centura.org for more.

Lions Clubs are seeking donations of used prescription eyeglasses and hearing aids. They'll be refurbished and donated to those in need worldwide. Children's eyewear is especially needed. Donations can be dropped during daytime hours at any neighborhood fire station of the Fire Department Complex at 375 Printers Pkwy.

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.

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.

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.

click to enlarge Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 444-1012, - smokebrush.org. Open Mon.-Fri., noon to 5 p.m. - Featuring Laura BenAmots X 3, three collections of erotic - artwork, and Misreading the Signs, drawings by Bill - Amundson, through May 23. Opening reception, Fri., - May 2, 5-8 p.m.
  • Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 444-1012, smokebrush.org. Open Mon.-Fri., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring Laura BenAmots X 3, three collections of erotic artwork, and Misreading the Signs, drawings by Bill Amundson, through May 23. Opening reception, Fri., May 2, 5-8 p.m.

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.

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.

Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is looking for volunteers to become advocates for children in court as well as volunteers for the Supervised Exchange and Parenting Time Program. No legal experience is needed. Call 447-9898 ext. 1008 or visit casappr.org for more.

Black Forest Animal Sanctuary is seeking homes for 20 hounds from puppies to senior dogs to assist their terminally ill owner. For information on adoption or to make a donation, call 494-0158 or visit bfasfram.org

PEAK Parent Center is recruiting volunteers to help with general office support and answering telephones. Call 531-9400 or e-mail volunteer@peakparent.org for more.

Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care has an immediate need for administrative volunteers to work in its office at 5450 Tech Center Drive, #120, on a regular basis. Caring volunteers also are needed to visit patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Call 265-1109 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 800/287-9252 or visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org for more.

Silver Key Senior Services urgently needs food donations. The Silver Key food pantry is almost empty and many seniors on fixed incomes rely on it when needs like rent and medication limit their ability to afford groceries. Non-perishable food items can be dropped off at Silver Key, 2250 Bott Ave. Call 884-2300 for more.

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

Rocky Mountain Field Institute is looking for volunteer crew leaders to correct erosion and trail damage in the Garden of the Gods. Training will be provided. Workdays are scheduled for April and May. Call 471-7736 or visit rmfi.org for more.

World Heritage is seeking families, couples or single parents who are adventurous, fun-loving and responsible to host a foreign exchange high-school student for the 2008-2009 school year. Call Jose at 800/888-9040 or visit world-heritage.org for more.

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 businesses, organizations and neighborhood groups that want to grow community gardens. A bi-weekly consultation and free seeds will get you started. Call 651-3416 or visit ppugardens.org 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.


Out of Town

art galleries & events
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, arvadacenter.org. Free. Featuring Candyland, works by Heather Billings, through May 4.

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.

Chicano Humanities & Arts Council Gallery, 772 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 303/571-0440, chacweb.org. Presenting Return of the Corn Mothers: A 30 Year Celebration of CHAC, an anniversary art show with works by feminist artists and photographers, workshops and a Cinco de Mayo celebration. Fri., May 2 through Sat., May 31. Grand Fiesta celebration Fri., May 2, 6-9 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.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., 303/322-7009. Featuring Extreme Ice, photography of the world's glaciers by James Balog, through November.

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 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 Spring Passage, paintings by Hugh Daily, Lindsey Wells and Carole Pryharska, through May 10.

Translations Gallery, 773 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 303/629-0713, translationsgallery.com. Featuring Blue, contemporary works by 15 artists through May 3.

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 artist, through June 1.

film & video
Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., 303/322-7009. $4-$8, Presenting Astronaut in the Gates Planetarium, and The Alps and The Living Sea on the IMAX screen, 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
Boulder Bookstore Events, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder, boulderbookstore.com. Presenting Mary Roach (Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex), Thurs., May 1, 7:30 p.m. Carol Sue Tombari (Power of the People), Mon., May 5, 7:30 p.m. Gerry Lopez (Surf Is Where You Find It), Wed., May 7, 7:30 p.m.

Mercury Caf, 2199 California St., Denver, 303/294-9258, mercurycafe.com. Presenting the 20th Annual PODEO (Poetry Rodeo). Sign up to share works with other western writers for free at the caf. Fri., May 2, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Tattered Cover Book Store Events, at Historic LoDo, Colfax and Highlands Ranch, tatteredcover.com. Presenting Lijia Zhang (Socialism is Great), and Robert Alexander (The Romanov Bride), May 1. Sue Whitney (Junk is Beautiful), and Mary Roach (Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex), May 2. Maureen Jabour (Magical Gardens: Denver Region), May 3. Patrick Carman (Atherton: Rivers of Fire), and Cristina Garcia (A Handbook of Luck), May 5. John Gierach (Fool's Paradise), May 6. Sarah Thyre (Dark at the Roots), May 7.

music
Mercury Caf, 2199 California St., Denver, 303/294-9258, mercurycafe.com. $8. Presenting jazz music and dance with Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra, May 4. Atomic Pablo, May 11. The David Booker Swingtet, May 18. Dressed in Black, May 25.

Denver Record Collector's Spring Expo 2008, Ramada Plaza Hotel, I-25 and 120th Ave., 303/455-8408, bigk.com. $2. Over 100 display tables selling music memorabilia, hard-to-find CD's, LP's/45's and more from all genres. Sun., May 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

recreation & learning
Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St., Denver, 720/865-3500, botanicgardens.org. Featuring Urban Nature, through Nov. 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.

Governor's Residence at Boettcher Mansion, 400 E. 8th Ave., Denver, 303/866-3682. School groups are invited to tour the historic mansion free. Each tour is 35-40 minutes long. Tues., May 6, 13, 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver, 303/376-6720, yearofthefrog.org. Celebrating "First Frog Fridays" with special activities and information about the extinction crisis. Fri., May 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also June 6, July 4, Aug. 1, Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5.

Mountain Park Environmental Center Events, 9167 Mountain Park Road, Beulah, 719/485-4444, hikeandlearn.org. $5, members free. "Wildflower Hike," May 10. "Horseshoe Lodge Open House," May 10. "Full Moon Hike," May 17. "Evening Nature Talk; Solar Roast," May 22. "Nature Toddlers," May 23.

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 Jamestown colonists, through May 11.

performances
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720/898-7200, arvadacenter.org. Featuring A Year with Frog and Toad, through May 2. House of Blue Leaves, through May 11. Altar Boyz, April 22 to June 15. Buddy...The Buddy Holly Story, July 5 to Aug. 10.

Avenue Theater, 417 E. 17th Ave., Denver, 303/321-5925, avenuetheater.com. $18-$22. Featuring Almost Denver: The Songs and Failures of Jim Aurora, May 2 to June 15.

The Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., Denver, 303/780-7836, modernmusetheatre.com. $15-$20. Presenting Bee-luther-hatchee, the story of an elusive author and a shocking discovery, through May 4.

Comedy Works, 1226 15th St., Denver, 303/595-3637, comedyworks.com. Presenting DL Hughley, May 2-3. Jake Johannsen, May 8-10. Harland Williams, May 16-17. JB Smoove, May 22-25. Doug Benson, May 28-31.

The Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303/444-7328, thedairy.org. $15-$18. Presenting The Death and Resurrection of Carl Verplank through May 10.

Denver Center for Performing Arts, 1101 13th St., Denver, 303/893-4000, denvercenter.org. Presenting 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 Crimes of the Heart, a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about three sisters in Mississippi, through May 24.

Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 950 13th St., Denver, 303/468-2030, operacolorado.org. Presenting Avenue Q, $20, Sept. 9-21.

Heritage Square Music Hall Children's Theatre, 18301 W. Colfax D-103, Golden, 303/279-7800, hsmusichall.com. $5-$6. Presenting Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, May 3 to Aug. 9. Hansel and Gretel, Aug. 16 to Nov. 15. Saturdays, 1:30 p.m.

John Hand Theater, 7653 E. First Place, Denver, 303/562-3232, firehousetheatercompany.com. $10-$17. The Firehouse Theater Company presents Arcadia, by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Tom Stoppard, through May 17.

Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy., Lakewood, 303/987-7845, lakewood.org. $18-$24. Presenting Thoroughly Modern Millie, the Tony Award-winning musical, through May 4. Kiss Me Kate, May 9-18.

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

New Aurora Fox Studio Theater, 9900 E. Colfax, Aurora, 303/364-9998, nextstagedenver.com. $15-$20. Presenting Falsettos, a quirky musical that follows the exploits of neurotic and bisexual Marvin, through May 10.

Vintage Theatre, 2119 E. 17th Ave., Denver, 303/839-1361, vintagetheatre.com. $17-$22. Presenting 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.

special events
Veteran's Open Mic Night, Mercury Caf, 2199 California St., Denver, 775/830-7204, coloradovets.org. An evening of poetry, personal stories and discussions by veterans of all conflicts. The Colorado Veterans Alliance will also be collecting donations of food, books, DVDs and more for soldiers and Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tues., May 6, 7-9 p.m.

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