Reserve your space now for the Pikes Peak Library District Regional History Symposium on the Cripple Creek Labor Wars. It's free and lasts a full day on Saturday, June 5, at the Penrose Public Library, but reservations are required. Learn about the historic strike of 1903-1904 and its violent fallout, including deaths, dislocations, the destruction of property, the destruction of organized labor in the region and the ultimate decline of the Cripple Creek Mining District. Call 531-6333, ext. 2253 for more.
Tonight, bust out those hoop earrings and finger cymbals and catch Gypsy Swing Revue at the Black Forest Open Stage (corner of Black Forest and Shoup roads in Black Forest). This guitar/upright bass/violin quartet serves up a piping hot helping of what is variously described as "hot Gypsy jazz," "Parisian swing," and "happy jazz" -- essentially a continentalized mlange of Gershwin, Ellington and other faves from the '30s and '40s. The fun starts at 7:30; admission is $4 for the general public and $2 for Black Rose Acoustic Society members. Check out www.blackroseacoustic.org.
Take a field trip today to local natural jewel Aiken Canyon to peek at some wildflowers. This guided hike through the Aiken Canyon Preserve will be led by a botanist who knows the region (and ostensibly the wildflowers, what with being a botanist and all). The group will gather at 9 a.m. and hike till noon, and there's no cost. Give a call to 719/632-0534 to R.S.V.P. with your name, telephone number and the number of people in your party.
Out at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the annual plant sale is today, tomorrow and Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The zoo's own no-water garden features heat- and drought-tolerant regional perennials, so take a peek at it while you're there.
Over in Manitou, chill with the Manitoids at the annual Celebration of the Arts, all weekend in both Memorial and Soda Springs Parks. There'll be arts, crafts, food booths and entertainment, plus lots of tie-dye, long flowing skirts, bubble blowing and peace signs. Guaranteed. Call 685-5089 for more.
Honor and celebrate the lives of those who have passed away this year at the Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care's Commemorative Live Butterfly Release at Hillside Gardens. Names of the deceased will be read as butterflies are released, and music and refreshments will be provided. Families and friends are invited to come and remember their loved ones from 10 to 11 a.m. at 1006 S. Institute, just south of Fountain.
This evening, kick off a summer of blues, blues, blues. Pikes Peak Blues Community will launch its 13-week Paint the Town Blue summer concert series tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 at Acacia Park. Scheduled to rock are Springs locals Blues Bullies. The show will move to the Wayfarer (520 S. Tejon St.) if there's rain. For the rest of the Paint the Town Blue schedule or for more information, check out www.pikespeakblues.org.
It's a gigantic bucketful of Schubert tonight at the Louisa Performing Arts Center at the Colorado Springs School (21 Broadmoor Ave.) as a bevy of local performers get together for A Celebration of Schubert. This theatrically designed presentation is the last of the 2003-2004 Thursday Night Recital Series and will combine song, chamber music, piano solo and spoken word to illustrate the short life of this brilliant, syphilitic composer. Tickets are $15 or $10 for students and seniors and are available by calling 475-9747, ext. 110.
Much-lauded Boston singer/songwriter Peter Mulvey storms into town tonight for an evening of acoustic pyrotechnics for Friends House Concerts. Witness some "Walt Whitman-like catalogues of images that blend into cinematic visions of love and corruption." There's a $10 artist donation for the show, and you can find out more by calling 329-1644 or by heading over to www.house-concerts.org. Tickets are going fast and are limited; make reservations now.
Angry comic commentator Lewis Black of TV's The Daily Show brings his Rules of Enragement show to the Boulder Theater tonight, 2032 14th St. in, yep, Boulder. The show's for all ages, tickets are $32.50 and it starts at 8 p.m. Call the box office at 303/786-7030 for reservations.
Pedal your keister up to Fort Morgan today to take part in the Windmill Classic. This local bike ride will wend its way through scenic Morgan County on a ride of 100, 62, 50 or 25 miles. Along the way you get to see windmills, prairie, livestock, Jackson Lake State Park and tons of wildlife, in addition to the Lycra-clad rear end of whoever's biking in front of you. Registration is required for the event. Contact the Fort Morgan Chamber of Commerce at 970/867-6702 for more.
-- Aaron Retka