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25 Wednesday


Just over 75 years ago, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org) was built with $600,000 from Alice Bemis Taylor, who also donated her expansive collection of Southwestern and Native American art. Pieces from that collection, such as clothing, moccasins and cradleboards from Plains tribes, make up Honoring a Legacy: Selections from the Taylor Museum Collection of Native American Works, which officially opened last Saturday. Take in the works, many of which have never been on display before, anytime from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. It's free for FAC members, $10 for non-members. — Molly Mrazek


26 Thursday


Though a news release from the American Numismatic Association begins "Let's face it: Bartering is no picnic," the people of Volos, Greece disagree. "Wherever you wander through the market area, one thing you won't need in your pocket is money," reads an April 11 report from the BBC. "From jewellery to food, electrical parts to clothes, everything here is on sale through ... an exchange system." Historically, the definition of money has varied widely — different riches for different britches, if you will — so catch the whole recap at The History of Money at the Money Museum (818 N. Cascade Ave., money.org). A free opening reception starts at 5 tonight, where someone will win a 2,000-year-old coin or a 19th-century token. Otherwise, daily admission is $4 to $5. — Bryce Crawford


27 Friday


The last time I saw WYNOT Radio Theatre was at the pleasant but cozy Springs Ensemble Theatre. In many ways, the tiny venue works for the creative crew that brings old-time radio to life. But this April run of A Case of Mail Order Murder, at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., wynot-radio.com), puts it on the type of stage and before the size of audience it deserves. If you want to LOL for real, buy your $15 ticket for tonight's 8 o'clock show now. And if you don't, well, someone else will get to revel in the nostalgic brilliance that is WYNOT. — Kirsten Akens


28 Saturday


Your desk calendar may have acknowledged Arbor Day yesterday, but my guess is that it has failed to let you know that today is World Tai Chi and Qigong Day. (Damn calendar, always ruining your day.) That's where we come in, to let you know about the free Tai Chi and Qigong demonstration and healing tutorial starting at 10 this morning, to be followed by a community potluck. It's happening at the labyrinth outside Shove Chapel on the Colorado College campus (1010 N. Nevada Ave., taichicoloradosprings.com), courtesy Springs Chi and the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs. Your koan (of sorts) for the day: "one world ... one breath." — Matthew Schniper


29 Sunday


"It's 1940 in Colorado Springs, time for a wedding, and life couldn't be better — and all is not what it seems." That describes Karen Burnett Hamer's new interpretation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet: The curtain opens on Pikes Peak Avenue downtown, in an era when the "Capulet World News Agency" ruled the town. Shakespeare has been rendered (read: butchered) many times, but Tin Roof Productions promises a "dynamic, new production of this iconic story." The show began Friday and runs through May 13; Friday and Saturday performances are at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Theater (420 N. Nevada Ave., tinroof-productions.com); tickets are $5 to $15. — Sara Michael


30 Monday


They haven't yet achieved a legacy comparable to the White Stripes', but the Black Keys are rapidly getting there. The Akron garage-rock duo's Danger Mouse-produced El Camino album debuted at No. 2 last December, selling more than 200,000 copies in its first week. And like Jack White, frontman Dan Auerback has shown himself to be a talented producer in his own right, working with artists like Hacienda and Dr. John, whose newly released Locked Down debuted higher on the charts than any album in his five-decade career. Based on rapturous early reviews of the current tour, their performances at the 1stBANK Center (11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield, 1stbankcenter.com) will not disappoint. This evening's 7:30 p.m. show is the first of a two-night run, with tickets at $55/adv, $59/dos, and the Arctic Monkeys doing opening honors. — Bill Forman


1 Tuesday


It's a perfect match at tonight's ChitChat dual lecture. First, Jarod Charzewski, artist of the clothing-based Scarp Project 2012 installation going up at GOCA in a few days; next, Jansen Fangio of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, on costuming. Both use the textile arts in different ways, from purpose to design and beyond. Arrive at GOCA 121 (121 S. Tejon St., galleryuccs.org) for a snacks-and-spirits reception at 6:30, then settle in for the talk at 7, part of GOCA's fun series of mash-up lectures on "contemporary culture and DIY topics." UCCS students get in free, while GOCA members and others are urged to donate $5 and $10, respectively. — Edie Adelstein

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