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15 Thursday

Award-winning photographer and mountaineer Jim Keen will sign his collection of panoramic images of the high country, Colorado Rocky Mountain Wide this evening at 5:30 at Chinook Bookshop, 219 N. Tejon St. (635-1195.) Let this be your ease-in to Keen's slide presentation at All Souls Unitarian, 7:30 N. Tejon St., next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Call 635-5330 for details on the discussion.

Also in the arty vein is the opening tonight at Plantera Group Inc., 517 S. Cascade Ave. The corporate offices frequently feature exhibits by local artists, and this collection highlights Bill Burgess, Pat Dagnon and Elizabeth Stanbro. The show hangs through Sept. 30, and tonight's opening reception begins at 4 p.m. Call 886-0456.

16 Friday

Bare floors no more ... the Fine Arts Center presents the annual Navajo Rug and Indian Auction today and tomorrow. Items include Two Grey Hills, Ganado, Yei and other weaving styles, plus pottery, jewelry, sandpaintings and other Native art. Call 634-5581 Ext. 321 for details.

Free blues rock in Acacia Park downtown today -- Rocket 88 and the Historical Renovators in the bandshell from 5 to 9 p.m. Rootsify yourself.

Also free is the Acoustic Semi show, conveniently beginning right about the time the music in the park stops, over at Utopia Cafe, 117 E. Bijou St. The band recently toured the northwestern United States, playing with Leftover Salmon in Telluride and at the Bonnaroo Music Festival. Call 633-1080 for details.

17 Saturday

click to enlarge This Navajo necklace and other Native finery will be on - sale at the Fine Arts Center on Friday and Saturday
  • This Navajo necklace and other Native finery will be on sale at the Fine Arts Center on Friday and Saturday

You may never need to know how to build a tipi, but, as with most things in life, you just never know. So it's better-safe-than-sorry and give-it-the-old-college-try today up at Helen Hunt Falls, at Park & Rec's Tipi Building and Ute Heritage Workshop. Sure, you'll learn how to turn a lifeless hide into a stylish home, but as an added bonus you'll also learn how to paint in the symbolic Native styles with natural paints, hear traditional music, learn Ute rituals and tipi etiquette and spend the day in lovely North Cheyenne Canon. Admission is free but you must register -- 633-5701.

There's new live dead people to tell the story of the Springs at today's installment of the Evergreen Cemetery Historic Reenactment and Walking Tour, which benefits the restoration of the Evergreen Chapel. Actors representing General Palmer and other famous characters from the city's past perform along the trail from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with the last tour leaving at 12:30. Call 630-7328.

The Colorado State Fair begins today, which means for you endless amounts of joy and delight. "Endless," thereby meaning that there is simply not enough room here to detail the extravaganza of fun -- visit http://www.coloradosfair.com or call 800/444-3247.

They run 13 miles up; they run 13 miles down. They wear special shoes and really short shorts. They all live in paralyzing fear of some local berrunner named Matt Carpenter, the Lance Armstrong of the mountain. This is all for the Pikes Peak Ascent, the uphill race that's part of the Triple Crown of Running. It begins today at the Barr Trailhead in Manitou at 8 a.m. Visit http://www.pikespeakmarathon.org.

Artists incorporate "home" in their demonstrations of wheelthrowing, painting, drawing, printmaking and other forms of expression at the Fine Arts Center's (30 W. Dale St.) community hands-on art day today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Make your own paper, sculpture and sun prints, or have your portfolio expertly critiqued. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. Call 634-5581 to find out more.

18 Sunday

If you've never been to the Catamount Institute near Woodland Park, you're missing out. It's beautiful, peaceful and the perfect place to Create a Nature Journal with naturalist/author Ann Zwinger. Spend the day in the pines learning how to express yourself while recording your observations. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a gourmet lunch served. Register for this or a future journaling workshop by calling 471-0910.

20 Tuesday

James Twyman is a peaceful guy, one of the most peaceful around, so we've heard tell. Best-selling author of Emissary of Light and traveling singer-songwriter, Twyman brings his program of peace, music and unity all over the world. Today he will sing his peace prayers, discuss his international peace quilt for kids and the message of psychic children, the topic of his latest book, at the Business of Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave. Tickets are $15; call 471-4556. The program begins at 7 p.m.

-- Kristen Sherwood

We Got the Beatle

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Traveling exhibit of John Lennon's artwork to make three-day pit stop downtown

Beginning tomorrow, a traveling exhibition featuring the artwork of late former Beatle John Lennon will hang in the lobby of the Antlers Adam's Mark Hotel for three days. Titled In My Life, the show was organized by Lennon's wife, artist and musician Yoko Ono, and will benefit the Children's Diabetes Foundation.

The Independent spoke to Yoko Ono about the exhibit and life in New York after 9/11.

Indy: How did this touring show of John Lennon's work come together?

Yoko Ono: It came together because after John's passing I had to promote all his albums and unreleased songs. Then after I put out Milk and Honey, I thought I had to do something about his artwork. So I got in touch with some people who set up a program for me, I selected the artwork, and that's how it started over 10 years ago. And now it's a very popular show.

Indy: Does the show always benefit the Childhood Diabetes Foundation?

YO: No, but on principle, whenever we do a show in a town, we make sure it benefits a local charity and the organizers choose the charity.

Indy: There are some erotic prints in the show. They were banned in England in the '70s and continue to be controversial for their explicit content.

YO: Yeah, some people feel like they have to keep those pieces in the back room or something. But the people organizing it know what's best for each town. I don't know why the pieces are still so controversial [laughter]. I mean, I do know why. I tell you, it even embarrasses me. At the time it was the '60s and I was an artist, and for me it was just a normal thing to do. It was great -- the lines were beautiful, whatever. Now it's a different thing because the whole world is looking at it, not just artists and art-world people. So it's a bit embarrassing, but that's OK. That's what it is.

Indy: Some people say John's artworks are just doodles and sketches.

YO: I know. They can say whatever they like. Even if it's Mondrian -- a lot of people said, "Oh, that's just squares and color" and what's that? You know, you can say anything you want. I mean, Picasso -- what about those ugly women? John's work is extremely important in the sense that it communicates with people directly. You don't need the art-world critics to tell you how to appreciate it. And that's very much like his songs, too, you know. It's a working-class thing, and I like that. I like the fact that he's really giving a lot of inspiration and encouragement to people who didn't necessarily go to art school but want to do a show or something. People say: John did that, so I could, too. And that's good.

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Indy: The anniversary of September 11 is coming up, and I wonder what your response has been as an artist?

YO: Not as an artist, but as a human being. We're still in shock in a way. It was a big thing because this country was never attacked before. So I think we're feeling it still, and it will probably take a long time to heal. But we are going to heal.

-- Noel Black

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In My Life: The Artwork of John Lennon

Antlers Adam's Mark Hotel, 4 South Cascade Ave.

Friday, Aug. 16, 5-9 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 17, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 18 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

$2 donation suggested at the door. Call 888/ART-1969

Here, Queer, and Drinking Beer

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PrideFest goes all out

It's been 10 years since Colorado's Amendment 2 debate brought the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities together for a local common cause, and this year the Pikes Peak Gay and Lesbian Community Center celebrates with Pride Worldwide, A Family Reunion.

This current incarnation of PrideFest is bigger than ever, which means way more stuff to do. In addition to the vendors and speakers in Acacia Park, the festival features live bands in the bandshell all day, a beer garden near Uncle Wilber, and this year, more activities for kids, like a giant slide, face painting and sumo suits.

Of course, the famous parade will again wind south from Tejon and Cache La Poudre to the park, resplendent with drag queens, dance troupes and other sequined and spangly moving formations. For those with a sense of humor, sometimes the best part of the fest is watching the protesters along the parade route -- red-faced and overly shocked. It's pleasant and reassuring to see their anger drowned by thousands of accepting, caring revelers.

Sort of Colorado Springs evolution in action, if you will.

-- Kristen Sherwood

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Pride Worldwide: A Family Reunion

Sunday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Acacia Park, Bijou and Tejon streets

Free, 471-4429

http://www.ppglcc.org

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