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4 Thursday

booty lecture

Museum rats, archaeology buffs and diehard Indiana Jones fans who can ignore the latest film in the franchise: Pry your eyes away from the History Channel long enough to attend a 6:30 p.m. lecture at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org). Sharon Waxman, Oxford scholar of Middle Eastern and European politics and culture, will discuss her new book, Loot: The Battle Over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World. As the name nicely indicates, Waxman will speak on the value of cultural exchange and the conflicts present in the studies of antiquity and artifacts. Tickets range from $17 (for members) to $25. — AM

5Friday

art

June's arrived; take advantage of one of our more pleasant times of the year, weather-wise, by strutting out for a few First Friday openings. A collection of kinetic and wind-inspired artwork titled BREEZE opens at Smokebrush Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave., smokebrush.org). Terra Verde (208 N. Tejon St., edificegallery.com) will host The Great Escape: New Works by Holly Hinkle, 30 new collage pieces by the Nocturnal Mockery star. For hard-edged paintings and funky watercolors by some Indy art department staffers, tour A Hot Mess at HeeBee JeeBeeS Tattoo Parlor (318A E. Colorado Ave., myspace.com/heebeejeebeestattoos). In Manitou Springs, you'll find openings at the Business of Art Center (513 Manitou Ave., thebac.org), Mountain Living Studio (741 Manitou Ave., mountainlivingstudio.com) and Commonwheel Artists Co-op (102 Cañon Ave., commonwheel.com), offering Under Pressure: An Invitational Printmakers' Art Weekend. All events run somewhere between 5 and 8 p.m. and are free. Check out our listings section (p. 46) for more art openings. — EA

6 Saturday

dance

Being an avid (but rather terrible) swing dancer, the movements of jazz hold appeal for me. I'll never attempt anything braver than the pretzel, though — while learning a more complicated step, I was kicked in the face by my partner, sending my fedora and consciousness skidding together across the floor. It'll be much safer to catch the Colorado Jazz Dance Company's Reunion Concert at 7:30 tonight in Colorado College's Armstrong Theatre (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 651-4688). The show features current students as well as four now-professional alumni dancing 17 choreographed numbers. There is no cover charge, though donations are welcome. — AM

vino

Funny how many Memorial Day weekends around here bring nasty weather, but come June, everything's fine. If that script prevails again today, there's no better way to spend a sunny afternoon than the annual Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival at Memorial Park (500 Manitou Ave., 685-5089), from noon to 6 p.m. For $30 ($5 discount for active or retired military), you get a wine glass and tastings from at least 24 Colorado wineries, and the first 1,500 people also get a free wine tote. If you taste a wine and love it, you'll be able to buy bottles or even cases. There's live music from Jake Loggins, George Whitesell & His All Stars, and the Woodies, plus food and gift booths. And don't forget the sunblock. — RR

7 Sunday

fishin'

I've lived in Colorado for three years, and often feel an irksome sense of guilt for how little I have taken advantage of the state's outdoor opportunities. Colorado's Free Fishing Days, which run today and Saturday, may be just the sort of incentive homebodies like me need. In an effort by the Division of Wildlife to foster an interest in fishing, Colorado residents and visitors, usually charged $31 and $61, respectively, may fish without purchasing a license. However, other restrictions, such as possession limits, will still be enforced. And in designated wildlife areas, Habitat Stamps ($5, wildlife.state.co.us/fishing) are required. — VL

8 Monday

high-altitude mystery

I can say with certainty that the two times I've hiked and two times I've taken the cog up Pikes Peak, I've haven't spotted any frozen dead guys. Which is not to say they're not there. In fact, there's a mystery surrounding a postcard depicting a dead-lookin' dude sprawled in a rocky snowbank and bearing the words "Frozen to Death on Pike's [sic] Peak Aug. 21, 1911." That very postcard will be the topic of the Pikes Peak Posse of the Westerners history program at 6 tonight at the

Colorado Springs Masonic Hall (1150 Panorama Drive, 473-0330). Pikes Peak Library special collections manager Tim Blevins will present his findings on whether the photo is authentic or a hoax (oh, you wacky faux ice cadavers!), and detail the research methodology he employed so as to flaunt his wicked library prowess. The program's free, but an accompanying catered dinner runs $15. — MS

9 Tuesday

music

In Frances Hodgson Burnett's 1911 novel, The Secret Garden, a horticultural retreat cures a child of her sickly pallor and unpleasant demeanor. The same could happen for you, maybe, during the Secret Garden's free summer concert series (420 S. 19th St., coloradosecretgarden.com), which begins this evening with a performance by local acoustic duo The Storys. You'll also find a lush garden setting, complete with heart-fluttering waterfalls, ponds and gazebos, plus wine, beer, grilled treats and the psychic reverberations of the countless weddings performed on this very site. The garden opens at 6:30 p.m., music from 7 to 9. — BF

10 Wednesday

equine action

Last year, we reported that show jumping is Europe's second-most-televised sport, behind soccer. The good news is that the stat, apparently, is still true. The bad news is that in America, well ... we've got NASCAR, with its fiery crashes and wholly disturbing milk-glugging celebrations, as a stubborn No. 2. Check out what we're missing at the 27th annual

Colorado Summer Classic Horse Shows (coloradoclassichorseshows.com), starting at 8 this morning at the Norris-Penrose Event Center (1045 W. Rio Grande St.). They actually run today through Sunday, and then again from the 17th to the 21st. (The signature Grand Prix competitions are scheduled for the 13th and 20th.) You can get in for as little as $5, a price you know NASCAR can't touch. — KW

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