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click to enlarge Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat
  • Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat

7 Wednesday: kids

"I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny," said the Cat in the Hat. "But we can have lots of good fun that is funny!" What follows is a sweetly entertaining kind of chaos, the product of Theodor Geisel's timeless brilliance. This stage version of the Dr. Seuss classic, presented by Imagination Celebration, kicks off at 5:30 tonight in the Pikes Peak Center lobby (190 S. Cascade Ave., imaginationcelebration.org, pikespeakcenter.com) with hands-on projects, activity stations and surprise guests. The show, by Childsplay of Tempe, Arizona, follows at 6:30, with tickets from $9 to $19. The production is aimed at kids pre-K through fourth grade, who are encouraged to come dressed for the occasion in their favorite jammies. — Mary Jo Meade

click to enlarge Sadistik
  • Sadistik

8 Thursday: music

Cody Foster was doing admission interviews for psychology Ph.D. programs when he realized he'd be happier devoting himself to a career in hip-hop. Hard to say how that'll work out for him financially, but the 28-year-old Seattle native is at least beginning to make a name for himself as Sadistik. Signed to the very credible east coast label Fake Four, Foster has a moody approach to hip-hop that earns points for its pronounced psychedelic and shoegazer influences, as well as for coaxing underground-rap heavyweights like Sage Francis and Tech N9ne to appear on his tracks. You can catch him tonight on a bill with Ceschi, Sapient, Graves 33, and Early Adopted at Flux Capacitor (3530 N. Chelton Loop). Tickets are $10, and showtime is 7 p.m. — Bill Forman

click to enlarge Body Mind Spirit Celebration
  • Body Mind Spirit Celebration

9 Friday: spirituality

If you've ever wanted to delve into the mysteries of the metaphysical, your opportunity has arrived. Kismet, perhaps? Today at 1 p.m., for a mere $5 in admission, set yourself to wandering amongst more than 100 healers, readers and exhibitors at the Body Mind Spirit Celebration at the City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St.). Readings of every type, from star charts to palmistry, are a flat $20 for 20 minutes, and you can also join in on any number of free lectures or unique workshops throughout the day. Can't make it out today? Fear not — the expo runs all weekend long. For more information and a full list of events and presenters, guide yourself to celebrationfair.com. — Bridgett Harris

click to enlarge Steampunk Fashion Show and Fundraiser
  • Steampunk Fashion Show and Fundraiser

10 Saturday: fashion

Steampunk fashion has brought Victorian aesthetics — corsets, tailcoats and fancy hats, to name a few — back to the modern eye and given them new life with wood, leather and brass accoutrements. But Victorian influences have also endured in the world of fetish sexuality, both in terms of dress and behavior. So it makes sense the Springs' favorite fetish club and art gallery, Voodoo Leatherworks (2422 Busch Ave., voodooleatherworks.com) is hosting a Steampunk Fashion Show and Charity Fundrasier tonight from 4 to midnight. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local nonprofit LeatherMagick (leathermagick.org). Expect performances from psychobilly band Terrible Tom & the Dingbatz and more. Ages 21+ only. Tickets are $20, and include food and drink tickets. For more information, go to on.fb.me/1KxXPuq. — Griffin Swartzell

click to enlarge Reynolds Ranch Harvest Festival
  • Reynolds Ranch Harvest Festival

11 Sunday: celebration

The Reynolds Ranch on the north end of town has been a part of the Colorado Springs landscape since Sara and Joseph Reynolds built a little red farmhouse in 1881. Today, it's the site of the Western Museum of Mining and Industry (225 North Gate Blvd., wmmi.org, 488-0880). Celebrate the history of the ranch and enjoy the harvest season at the second day of the Reynolds Ranch Harvest Festival, today at 10 a.m. A $5 admission fee gets you in to an afternoon of harvest activities for all ages, including pumpkin picking, cider pressing, hay-riding and more. For those more halloween-inclined, there will be scary stories in the museum and limited daylight tours of the Haunted Mines horror attraction. For more information, go to bit.ly/1MbygNG. — Griffin Swartzell

click to enlarge Venetucci Pumpkin Ale
  • Venetucci Pumpkin Ale

12 Monday: beer

Despite the proliferation of pumpkin beers widely available in liquor stores, some of the brews quite good, our town remains rabidly loyal to Bristol Brewing Co.'s (1604 S. Cascade Ave., bristolbrewing.com) Venetucci Pumpkin Ale. It commands lines around the block annually during the pre-sale and even contentious price hikes at select stores once scarcity hits. Your best bet to pin down a pair of bottles (the limit) is to hit today's 5 p.m. draught release party in the Ivywild School tasting room. Pints off tap during the event are unlimited, but mind your tolerance. — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Passport to Northern Italia Cesari
  • Passport to Northern Italia Cesari

13 Tuesday: charity

Attention foodies and animal lovers: Cancel any standing plans and spend the evening with pizza, wine and puppies. Tonight at 6 p.m., Pizzeria Rustica (2527 W. Colorado Ave., pizzeriarustica.com) hosts the Passport to Northern Italia Cesari wine dinner benefiting the National Mill Dog Rescue. Enjoy Scallop Ceviche & Octopus Carpaccio, Lamb Sausage & Roasted Eggplant Pizza and three more courses — each paired with a selected wine — even more with a wine expert on-site to discuss the pairings, and discounts on the featured wines via Coaltrain at the end of the evening. A seat at the table runs $59 plus tax; find the whole menu online. — Craig Lemley

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