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11 Wednesday

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  • Drawing Conclusions

Art fans, you have one week left to make it down to Kadoya Gallery in Pueblo to catch local artist/author Tom Taylor, who has many names. He's also got a reputation — back in 2013, his Consider Your Confine collection was added to the Fine Arts Center's permanent collection. Just two years before, his installation "Let's Talk About Sex" was pulled from the Colorado State Fair before jurors had the chance to view it. But Kadoya has a collection of his newest works, dubbed Drawing Conclusions, a collection of two dozen new pieces, formed despite assorted health obstacles. Don't forget to pick up the catalog, A Lifetime Drawing Conclusions: Tom Taylor aka The Poet Spiel aka Thoss W. Taylor, on sale at Kadoya as part of the show. 119 Central Plaza, Pueblo, kadoyagallery.com. — Griffin Swartzell

Steampunk

13 Friday

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  • STEM Punk Vintage Space Mixer

You may not have a Victorian gown hanging in your closet, but if you have time to paste some old clock gears onto a top hat, you should head down to tonight's STEM Punk Vintage Space Mixer. This steampunk-themed, adults-only party includes such activities as zeppelin races, steampunk costume crafting (so you don't find yourself without proper attire next time), Victorian cocktail tasting, prizes and a tea duel. Don't know what a tea duel is? Neither do we. Good news is that the TESLA Steampunk Group will be around to demonstrate. If all that doesn't sound spiffing enough, you'll also get to explore the Space Foundation Discovery Center's interactive exhibits, which is where the "space" part comes in. Gotta love a little learning with your libations! 7 to 10 p.m., 4425 Arrowswest Drive, $20, 576-8000, spacefoundation.org/events/calendar. — Alissa Smith

Words

13 Friday

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  • Spelling Bee

Between spell check and autocorrect, it might seem like basic spelling skills could become a lost art. But autocorrect ducks up, and some misspellings are so far out in the weeds that even spell check can't help. But tonight, if you've got it, flaunt it at Mountain Fold Books' spelling bee. If words like refrigerator, schottische and pitchblende seem too easy, grab an adult beverage or two and see how things go. Two bucks from every participation fee will go to Mountain Fold, and the rest will go into a prize pot for the winners. Or, just show up and get inspired to better master your language. 7 to 9 p.m., 121 E. Costilla St., free to watch, $6 to participate, mountainfoldbooks.org. — Griffin Swartzell

Gardening

14 Saturday

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  • Gigantic Annual Spring Plant Sale

Today's the second day of the Horticultural Art Society's Gigantic Annual Spring Plant Sale, taking place at the demonstration garden in Monument Valley Park. The event runs through Sunday and features an abundance of selections for your garden. Stay water-friendly with xeric options and native species, and look to get a jump on your food growing with organic herb and veggie starts. You'll also find shrubs, grasses and vines. Many local gardeners wait until May 15 to plant, presuming the last frost to have come and gone, so the timing to shop couldn't be better. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily, corner of Mesa Road and Glen Avenue, free entry, hasgardens.org. — Matthew Schniper

Stage

14 Saturday

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  • Clown Bar

You know the scene: A grimy city full of punks and criminals, a private detective sits at his desk with a cigarette between his lips, a dame walks in, there's been a murder and it's probably raining. Now, imagine all that, but replace the cast of characters with clowns. Believe it or not, that is the premise of Adam Szymkowicz's Clown Bar, a truly unique "clown noir" play, which will be brought to ridiculous life by Springs Ensemble Theatre tonight and for the next two weekends. What's even better than a clown murder mystery? Add some burlesque (by Peaks and Pasties, no less), live music (by a different band each week) and audience participation. Dress in your best rainbow wig and/or detective trench coat to take part in the fun. 9 to 11 p.m., Zodiac, 230 Pueblo Ave., $15, 357-3080, springsensembletheatre.org. — Alissa Smith

Music

15 Sunday

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  • Lost in Space

For science-fiction TV aficionados, the title Lost in Space may trigger distant memories of an old-school robot frantically waving its arms and shouting "Danger, Will Robinson!" But for patrons of the Pikes Peak Philharmonic, "Lost in Space" will be the final installment in a season of "Lost..." concerts (the previous one being "in Thought," "in Battle," "at Sea," and "in the Wilderness"). Repertoire will include Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra — which accompanied 2001's iconic "ape's weapon turns into spaceship" scene — as well as Jerry Goldsmith's Star Trek Through the Years and John Williams' Close Encounters. Ironically, Williams' sprightly theme for Lost in Space will not be performed, which is probably for the best. 3 p.m. (pre-concert lecture at 2:15), Mitchell High School, 1205 Potter Drive, $10/adult; $8/seniors; $5/military, students, and ages 13-18; kids 12-and-under get in free with paying adult; 685-6468, pikespeakphil.org. — Bill Forman

Film

18 Wednesday

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You really want to go see unReal. Really. Not convinced yet? Here's what you need to know: unReal is a sick new mountain biking flick produced by the legendary Teton Gravity Research. (Check out the trailer online at tetongravity.com/films/unreal for a taste of its mind-blowing cinematography — but only if you can stomach the fact that no female bikers make an appearance.) You can see it at the tried-and-true watering hole, Ivywild School, but here's the catch: All proceeds will go to a good cause. Aw man! Your $10 entrance fee will support Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates' building the Missing Link trail between Barr Camp and Jones Park on the flank of Pikes Peak. Seriously, go. It'll be unreal. 7:15 p.m., Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., $10, 368-6100, facebook.com/medicinewheeltrailadvocates. — Nat Stein

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