Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Four ways to stay both entertained and safe this week

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 2020 at 1:00 AM

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To encourage social distancing during the spread of COVID-19, we are altering our regular “Event Horizon” section for the foreseeable future. While many local events have been canceled, we will clue you into at least one local online experience — this week: painter Emily Sullivan's new online show at The Machine Shop — and recommend some fun things you can do at home or safely out and about. Please continue to support local arts during this difficult time.

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Space Force

When the Trump administration announced the addition of a new military branch, the Space Force, many people thought it would be a passing whim. However, Space Force is here to stay and Netflix wasted no time in launching a comedy about the new organization, complete with a star-studded cast that includes Steve Carell and John Malkovich. Deadpan humor, governmental ribbing and affectionate military mockery make this an uplifting watch for a variety of audiences. Launching May 29 on Netflix.

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The Hilarious World of Depression

Podcast host and radio personality John Moe has spent years living with depression and learning how to cope and thrive. His new book combines the story of his struggles, and insights he has gained through years of interviews with others like him. Humorous — often darkly so — and deeply empathetic, Moe’s book is an inspiration for those working through their own battles with depression, and enlightening for the people in their lives who love them. If the book isn’t quite enough, Moe also has a podcast of the same name you can check out. Available now from most book retailers.

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Get Sleepy

World events and strange, endless days are making it harder and harder for many adults to settle down and sleep each night. Creators of the Get Sleepy podcast have cultivated a soothing series of bedtime stories for adults, complete with relaxing music, soothing narration, calming subliminal messages and tranquil ambient sounds. The episodes run anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and the stories are often engaging enough to keep your mind from racing to other topics, yet not so deeply engrossing that you find yourself straining to stay awake to listen to the end. Available on most podcast platforms.

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Yard Pong

It’s safe to say the days of beer pong are over for a while — tossing a ball of questionable cleanliness into communal beer cups is not the best idea during a pandemic. Yard Pong, however, allows you to play the famous frat party game in the great outdoors using collapsible “buckets” filled with water or sand to hold them steady, and tennis balls. Plus, the elimination of alcohol means the whole family can play. You can pick up various versions of the game at most retailers or create your own with a dozen cheap 5-gallon buckets and any ball you like. Oh, and feel free to drink a clean, personal container of beer while you play.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

A drive-in movie and other ways to spend your week

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2020 at 1:00 AM

To encourage social distancing during the spread of COVID-19, we are altering our regular “Event Horizon” section for the foreseeable future. While many local events have been canceled, we will clue you into at least one local online experience — this week: two new exhibits at Kreuser Gallery — and recommend some fun things you can do at home or safely out and about. Please continue to support local arts during this difficult time.

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Car Seat Cinema

FH BeerWorks (2490 Victor Place) is bringing back the days of the drive-in movie. The brewery has an enormous “backyard” that is perfect for parking and kicking back to check out flicks from the safety of your car — social distancing will be strictly enforced. No beer can be consumed or sold during the show, but you can purchase to-go packs of their favorite brews to take home for a nightcap and they even deliver it to your car. You are welcome to bring non-alcoholic beverages. Also on the docket at FH Beerworks: Drive up to the backyard on Fridays for an 18+ live comedy show, featuring a new lineup of professional, regional comedians every week. Standup comedy: 8 p.m. Fridays, $15 per car. Car seat Cinema: 8:30 p.m. Saturdays, $15 per car; facebook.com/FHBeerworksEast.

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Son of a Hitman

If you’re a fan of actor Woody Harrelson, you may or may not know he is the son of infamous hitman Charles Harrelson, who died in a Colorado prison in 2007 while serving two consecutive life sentences for the murder of a U.S. district court judge. Blending true crime and pop culture, journalist Jason Cavanagh explores the senior Harrelson’s other alleged crimes and digs deep to find out if there are other unknown murders to the deceased hitman’s credit. Available on most podcast platforms.

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The Tourist Attraction

Colorado hasn’t been home to an ocean in about a hundred million years, but that doesn’t mean you can’t cozy up in the backyard or lounge on the balcony with an easy-breezy beach read. Sarah Morgenthaler’s The Tourist Attraction takes you away to Moose Springs, Alaska, a friendly tourist town that has altogether bored diner owner Graham Barnett as he cooks up daily specials in a life of mediocrity. Enter charming and reluctant tourist Zoey Caldwell and you have the recipe for an easy-to-read summer romance novel that is sure to entertain. Available via most book retailers.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Four ways to enjoy your safer-at-home week

Posted By on Wed, May 13, 2020 at 1:00 AM

To encourage social distancing during the spread of COVID-19, we are altering our regular “Event Horizon” section for the foreseeable future. While many local events have been canceled, we will clue you into at least one local online experience — this week: ROLL Bike Art Festival's exciting virtual preview event — and recommend some fun things you can do at home. Please continue to support local arts during this difficult time.

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Shakespeare for Squirrels

Author Christopher Moore is known for his humorous takes on historic tales, be it an affectionate retelling of the early days of Jesus Christ in Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff or a rather absurd rendition of Shakespeare’s King Lear as told by the beloved character Pocket in the book Fool. In Shakespeare for Squirrels, Pocket makes a new appearance, this time in the world of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The aspiring jester finds himself in the center of a variety of catastrophes as he works to save a young damsel from execution and solve the mystery of the death of another jester in the realm of the fairy king.



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Avatar: The Last Airbender

Although an animated series from 2005 might seem like old news, to the fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender, the latest decision to stream the entire series on Netflix is a refreshing gift in troubled times. The show, which only ran for three years on Nickelodeon, has an incredibly devoted following that has long praised the show’s maturity, character development and cultural inclusivity. It follows young Avatar Aang, the lone survivor of his nation, and a cast of unique characters as they work to end war and elude Zuko, a disgraced prince seeking to restore his honor by capturing the Avatar. Available May 15.

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The 27 Club

Are you a conspiracy theorist or a person obsessed with bizarre coincidences? Do you love the history of popular music? The 27 Club is here to take you deep into the rabbit hole of a pop cultural phenomenon — musicians throughout history who died at the age of 27. Host Jake Brennan explores the lives of the unfortunate artists who died young and often at the height of their fame, including Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin and Amy Winehouse. Even if you’re not on board with the idea that something deeper and more cosmic is going on, it’s a pretty rad deep dive into music history that’s worth your time. Available on most podcast platforms.

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The Elder Scrolls: Greymoor

If you’re going to be staying home as much as possible, you might as well spend your time playing in one of the most expansive and engrossing online universes around. This iteration of the popular Elder Scrolls takes you deep into the mountains of Western Skyrim, where you’ll work to save Tamriel from enslavement by the cruel Vampire Lord. At a time when our sense of isolation is at its peak, Elder Scrolls has millions of players online ready to virtually team up with you to slay boredom and bad guys. Available on PC May 26.
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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Stay safe at home with these four fun ways to pass the time

Posted By on Wed, May 6, 2020 at 1:00 AM

To encourage social distancing during the spread of COVID-19, we are altering our regular “Event Horizon” section for the foreseeable future. While many local events have been canceled, we will clue you into at least one local online experience — this week: Inside Out Youth Services' virtual, all-ages Queer Prom — and recommend some fun things you can do at home. Please continue to support local arts during this difficult time.

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Those Who Remain

Real-life fears can be momentarily forgotten as you dive into the terrifying realms of Those Who Remain. This psychological horror game puts you in the middle of Dormont, a town rife with secrets, mysterious disappearances and something much darker. You’ll play as Edward, a man who has the misfortune of stopping in Dormont as he works to deal with his own dark secrets. Be ready for lots of jump scares and disturbing visuals — it might be good to have a friend on the headset with you. Available May 15 on most gaming platforms.


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Officer Clemmons

There is a lot of love and nostalgia for Mr. Rogers these days but the kindly neighbor wasn’t the only star of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood to make a memorable impression. François Clemmons played the character of Officer Clemmons, one of the few consistent black characters in children’s programming in a time when representation was limited. In this memoir, Clemmons shares his life outside the neighborhood, including his traumatic childhood, his sexual identity as a gay man and his other creative projects. Available now.

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Humanitou

Describing himself as an unintentional journalist, Adam Williams first launched Humanitou as a website in 2017, where he interviewed artists, local leaders and other guests, and published their portraits. In March 2020, Williams transitioned the project into a podcast where listeners can now get to know many of the fascinating people who live in the Pikes Peak region — and those who are just passing through. Listen now at humanitou.co.

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Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics

Psychedelics have made the news recently as scientists continue to study the potential benefits to those suffering from depression, addiction and other mental health challenges. Have a Good Trip explores the science of psychedelics, as well as their place in pop culture and history. Beloved comedians such as Adam Scott, Nick Offerman and Sarah Silverman also share stories of their encounters with hallucinogens through re-enactments, animated clips and first-person interviews, adding more levity to the topic.
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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Four ways to escape while staying at home this week

Posted By on Wed, Apr 29, 2020 at 1:00 AM

To encourage social distancing during the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are altering our regular “Event Horizon” section for the foreseeable future. While many local events have been canceled, we will clue you into at least one local online arts experience — this week: SOLA Gallery's monthly studio video tours — and recommend some fun things you can do at home. Please continue to support local arts during this difficult time.

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Colorado Book Award Finalists

On May 1, Colorado Humanities will stream more live readings by finalists for the 2020 Book Awards. This week: romance and sci-fi/fantasy. Pre- or post-reading, check out some of the finalists for yourself. Lauren Connolly’s romance novelette Remembering a Witch steps into the paranormal with a love that is destined to be; An Illusion of Thieves by Cate Glass explores a rich fantasy world and the trials of a woman overcoming oppression; The Legend of Carl Draco by Gary Reilly meets a man with strange, supernatural powers, and his mysterious assailants. Any of these or the other finalists’ works should give you a much-needed escape from the day-to-day. Find details at coloradohumanities.org. Books available via most book retailers.


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My Brother, My Brother & Me

Please do not be intimidated by the 500-episode backlog of this long-running podcast. You can hop in anywhere, including the most recent episode, and still thoroughly enjoy the antics of brothers Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy (also famous for their Dungeons & Dragons podcast The Adventure Zone). These three nerds field listener questions and offer often-dubious advice, while relating back to their own lives with sparkling hilarity. These days, we all need a good laugh, and the McElroys always, always provide. Available on most podcast platforms.

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Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection

Move over Indiana Jones. Nathan Drake, a globe-trotting treasure hunter, is here to offer us an exciting, playable experience as we uncover the buried mysteries of the world. Good news for gamers who have missed out on this series: The first three Uncharted games are free to download on the PlayStation store (via the PlayStation Play at Home Initiative) until May 5. Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception represent some of developer Naughty Dog’s most beloved titles. See playstation.com for download details.

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The Case Against Adnan Syed

In 2014, the NPR podcast Serial captured the attention of a nation as it investigated the 1999 death of 18-year-old Hae Min Lee, with a special focus on the man accused of (and imprisoned for) her murder: Adnan Syed. This new docuseries from HBO explores the case in more depth, and offers a unique look at the way Serial has influenced Syed’s continuing fight for freedom. Join the conversation about one of the nation’s most publicized mysteries. Available on Hulu.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Watch, listen, read and play: Four ways to spend time at home this week

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2020 at 1:00 AM

To encourage social distancing during the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are altering our regular “Event Horizon” section for the foreseeable future. While many local events have been canceled, we will clue you into at least one local online arts experience — this week: Knobhill Urban Arts District's livestream art party — and recommend some fun things you can do at home. Please continue to support local arts during this difficult time.

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COS Creatives: Jim Jackson and Birgitta DePree

The dynamic duo behind the small-but-mighty Millibo Art Theatre present an afternoon of entertainment and insight via a livestream show. Jim Jackson and Birgitta DePree will put on a short performance, then talk about their experiences as performers, the challenges faced in this social isolation era, and the creative ways they’re continuing to make art. The show is free, but the Indy and the Millibo are both currently accepting donations. Csindy.com/donate; boxoffice.printtixusa.com/themat/donate. 4:30-6 p.m., facebook.com/csindependent, free

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Teenage Therapy

With so much going wrong in the world, the trials and tribulations of the average teenager might seem rather trivial to adults — and that perception is a mistake. The Teenage Therapy podcast is hosted by five young adults, and it tackles tough topics relevant to some of the toughest years of growing up and many that are especially relevant right now. Tune in to learn how teens are navigating quarantine, the pain of missing out and fear of an uncertain future. It’s a program that every adult, parent or not, should check out and use to build empathy for a generation of youths who desperately need compassion and guidance in the days ahead. Available on most podcast platforms.

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Girl Crushed

Inclusive young adult fiction is still a bit difficult to come by these days, but author Katie Heaney is helping change that with her debut young adult novel Girl Crushed. Protagonist Quinn Ryan has just been dumped by her first love and best friend right as she enters her senior year of high school. When she tries to move on with another girl, she finds herself longing for her ex, who just might want her back, too. Heaney’s writing is smart, funny and refreshing. Her insight into the awkwardness and heartache of teenage love is incredibly relatable, making this a great read for teens and nostalgic adults alike. Available now via most book retailers.

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Seven Wonders Duel

Two-person board games can grow old fast if there isn’t a lot of variation in the gameplay or strategy. Enter Seven Wonders Duel, a card-drafting strategy game with multiple avenues to victory. Players build up a civilization utilizing resource cards that allow them to advance their military or science guilds and build up their “wonder.” Seven Wonders Duel is easy to master within the first few plays, and each game passes pretty quickly. If you really dig it, there are expansions you can add on later to increase the fun and variety of play. Available now via most game retailers.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Four ways to spend your week indoors, including indie film from Kimball's Peak Three Theater

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2020 at 1:00 AM

To encourage social distancing during the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are altering our regular “Event Horizon” section for the foreseeable future. Instead of pointing you toward local events (many of which have been canceled), we will instead discuss a local artist or organization each week — this week was a look at artist Lisa Fabiano's colorful abstract works — and recommend some fun things you can do at home. Please continue to support local arts during this difficult time.

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Kimball’s Peak Three Theater

Our beloved local movie theater is now offering indie film fans an amazing opportunity to catch virtual screenings of movies you won’t find scrolling through the standard streaming platforms. If you love foreign films, quirky independent comedies and fascinating documentaries, Kimball’s is bringing them to you like they always have — just in your living room instead of the theater. On the list this month are The Roads Not Taken, And Then We Danced, The Whistlers and several other options. Most films can be rented for $12 and under, and the money helps support the independent theater during the COVID-19 closure. Available now at kimballspeakthree.com.

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How Did This Get Made?

The bad films, the so-bad-they’re-good films and the confusing cinema wasteland that lies in between is the subject of this humorous podcast that attempts to answer the question, “How did this get made”? Hosts Paul Scheer, June Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas team up with a new guest each week to dissect Hollywood’s weird, confusing and just plain awful films with humor, affection and a whole lot of mockery. No movie is off-limits for the crew, not even beloved favorites with rabidly protective fanbases that include the hosts themselves — which leads to some pretty rowdy debates. Available on most podcast platforms.

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Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family

In the 1970s, Colorado Springs couple Don and Mimi Galvin became an incredibly rare phenomenon — six of their 12 biological children were diagnosed with schizophrenia. Author Robert Kolker tells the true story of how the Galvins struggled to raise their children in an era when little was known about schizophrenia and few services were available. With gentle honesty, Kolker gives readers an inside look into the pain, love, struggle and growth the family experienced, and the contributions their family made to the way we understand the science of schizophrenia today.

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Hellpoint

Outer Space and horror seem to go hand-in-hand when it comes to movies and video games, and absolutely no one is complaining. After all, space is already pretty terrifying — adding a few bloodthirsty critters and limited escape options can only make it more so. Hellpoint is a dark and creepy RPG set in the ruins of a space station that is now filled with creatures from another dimension ready to make you regret your decision to visit. Your character must learn how these beings appeared on the once great hub, while trying to survive their desire to shred you like a block of cheese. Available for PC on April 16.
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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Three fun ways to spend your week at home

Posted By on Wed, Apr 8, 2020 at 1:00 AM

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To encourage social distancing during the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are altering our regular “Event Horizon” section for the foreseeable future. Instead of pointing you toward local events (many of which have been canceled), we will instead discuss a local artist or organization each week — this week was the remarkable success of the area's first Virtual First Friday art walk — and recommend some fun things you can do at home. Please continue to support local arts during this difficult time.

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The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show
Iliza Shlesinger has long been a comedian who utilizes personas, voices and physical comedy as part of her culture-lampooning standup routines. That makes her latest effort, a brand-new sketch show on Netflix, a natural and fitting next step in the evolution of her comedic career. Prepare for plenty of hilarious skits related to pop culture, relationships, womanhood and the digital world. Available now on Netflix.

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Strange Arrivals
Take a deep dive into one of the most famous tales of alien abduction in U.S. history. Strange Arrivals tells the tale of Betty and Barney Hill, a couple whose reports of alien abduction catapulted them to fame in 1963 and profoundly shaped public perceptions of alien encounter stories ever since. Relying on real-life interviews, reports and hypnosis sessions, host Toby Ball takes the listener on a journey of possibility. Available now on most podcast platforms.

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Splendor
Break away from traditional board games and nonstop screen time and try your hand at Splendor, a chip-and-deck-building game that requires strategic thinking and thwarting your fellow players. Each player — a Renaissance merchant — races to collect cards and jewels and convert them to points to achieve the winning score before their opponents. Beautifully designed with tactile game pieces and sturdy cards, Splendor is easy to learn and incredibly fun to master. Recommended for ages 10+; 2-4 players (just remember to play 6 feet apart). Available to order from most game or comic shops.
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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Four fun things to do to help you engage your brain this week

Posted By on Wed, Apr 1, 2020 at 1:00 AM

To encourage social distancing during the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are altering our regular “Event Horizon” section for the foreseeable future. Instead of pointing you toward local events (many of which have been canceled), we will instead discuss a local artist or organization each week — this week was Kreuser Gallery and its online exhibits — and recommend some fun things you can do at home. Please continue to support local arts during this difficult time.

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Unorthodox (2020)
In this moving Netflix series, young Esty leaves everything she’s ever known when she rejects her arranged marriage and her Hasidic orthodox community to start a new life in Germany. Navigating her new, secular world is challenging, and it only becomes more complicated when her estranged husband travels to Germany to retrieve her. The series is loosely based on a book by Deborah Feldman titled Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots. With only four episodes, it is easily bingeable and well worth your time. Available now on Netflix.

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake (2020)
Although Final Fantasy 7 came out 23 years ago, it has endured the test of time as the fan favorite of the series — and a favorite of video games in general. It has made its way through multiple PlayStation console upgrades and now it has been updated for the PlayStation 4 as what developer Square Enix is calling a “reinterpretation” of the original. That means new graphics, new combat style and more story. However, the characters everyone loves, like protagonist Cloud Strife, and the storyline that captivated gamers, will remain. This hefty, episodic game fills two discs, so there is ample content for play. Demo available now on the PlayStation Store, full game releases on April 10.

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Deacon King Kong (2020)
In a 1960s Bronx neighborhood, a drunken deacon known as “Sportcoat” turns vigilante and shoots the most infamous drug dealer in the projects. It doesn’t sound like the beginning of a humorous, oddly heartwarming tale about community connection, but that’s exactly the type of story that bestselling author James McBride creates. Deacon King Kong is not just notable for its lovable — and sometimes not-so-lovable — characters, but for the broad and varied viewpoints it offers the reader about how other people experience the world around them.

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Lore
Storytelling meets history in this deeply engrossing podcast created and hosted by writer Aaron Mahnke. He weaves folklore that connects humans across time and cultures with the real stories that shape it. Listeners are guided on a journey where they encounter the mythology behind creatures such as vampires and werewolves or the true crime stories of human villains such as Elizabeth Báthory and H.H. Holmes. Not only is the podcast fascinating, it’s strangely soothing. Mahnke’s calm narration is accompanied by the musical talents of pianist Chad Lawson, creating a listening experience that is as relaxing as it is illuminating. Available for free on most podcast platforms.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Four ways to enjoy spending time at home this week

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2020 at 1:00 AM

To encourage social distancing during the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are altering our regular “Event Horizon” section for the foreseeable future. Instead of pointing you toward local events (many of which have been canceled), we will instead discuss a local artist or organization each week — this week was G44 Gallery and the innovative way it's displaying an exhibit of Betty Ross works — and recommend some fun things you can do at home. Please continue to support local arts during this difficult time.

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The Boy from the Woods (2020)
Once a feral child found in the woods with no family or memory of his earliest years, the man now known as Wilde still lives a life of solitude, spending most of his time outdoors and away from people. When a woman from the nearby town goes missing, however, lawyer Hester Crimstein prevails upon Wilde to use his knowledge of the woods to help find the young woman. He soon finds himself back in a society that never truly accepted him, and now struggles to find his way. As new layers are added to the mystery of the missing woman and yet another girl disappears, Wilde becomes embroiled in scandals and secrets that hinder his search — and time is running out. By Harlan Coben; price varies; available at most book retailers and in digital format.

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Behind the Bastards
Dark humor abounds in this informative podcast that shares fascinating profiles of some of history’s most vile villains. Before he entered the world of podcasting, host Robert Evans worked in Iraq and Ukraine as a journalist, and covered far-right extremism here in the United States. His episodes reflect his journalistic research skills, and he provides a reading list in the show notes for each podcast. That way, you can take a deep dive into the topic and vet his sources for yourself. Available on most podcast platforms.


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Animal Crossing: New Horizons (2020)
Nintendo’s hit video game series has thrived for 19 years, and fans have eagerly awaited the latest release after the game was delayed until March 20. Now it’s here, and its hours of open-ended play couldn’t come at a better time, considering so many people are stuck at home looking for ways to kill time. Your customizable character lives on a desert island with tons of resources and plenty of anthropomorphic animal friends. Build up the community and complete tasks in a world that reflects the time of day and season of your real-life environment. You can also play with others on the same system or online. Digital download available for those self-isolating. Playable on Nintendo Switch.

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The Invisible Man (2020)
AMC Theaters is working to make some new releases available to be streamed online from your own home. It may not be the big, big screen but the food is cheaper, you can pause the flick to go to the bathroom, and no one has to wear pants. The newest take on the classic The Invisible Man story stars Elizabeth Moss of The Handmaid’s Tale as Cecelia Kass, a woman who escapes her abusive relationship with a scientist only to become relentlessly tormented by an unseen force. As her life devolves into chaos, she and others around her begin to question her sanity and her claims. $19.99 on amctheaters.com.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Four socially distant ways to spend your time this week

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 2020 at 1:00 AM

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To encourage social distancing during the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are altering our regular “Event Horizon” section for the foreseeable future. Instead of pointing you toward local events (many of which have been canceled), we will instead profile a local artist or organization each week — this week was Peaks and Pasties, celebrating its 12th anniversary — and recommend some fun things you can do at home. Please continue to support local arts during this difficult time.


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McMillion$ (2020)
Fans of McDonald’s annual Monopoly-themed game love to collect its peel-off stamps in hopes of winning prizes ranging from menu items to cash. However, there was a time when the biggest prizes — cars, electronics and a grand prize of $1 million — never found their way to real customers. Instead, they were diverted via a cleverly orchestrated scam crafted by an ex-cop who seized an opportunity. McMillion$ is a thoroughly binge-worthy six-part series that explores this underreported fraud from start to finish with a nice dose of nostalgia to boot. Available on HBO.

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Strange Planet (2019)
If you’re on pretty much any social media platform, you’ve likely been treated to cartoonist Nathan W. Pyle’s endearingly formal aliens making keen observations about the most mundane aspects of existence. The former BuzzFeed writer first launched the comics on Instagram, and the clever mix of relatable experiences delivered in deadpan technical language has been a huge hit. Pyle’s new book combines old favorites with never-before-seen comics to deliver the levity, empathy and joy we could all use right now.

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Doom Eternal (March 20, 2020)
Slay the demons that have invaded Earth with an arsenal of wildly overpowered weapons including a flamethrower and a shotgun with a “meat hook” attachment. Doom Eternal is as unapologetically gory as its predecessors with a new class of demons and a new 2-on-1 battle mode that delivers a multiplayer experience on six different maps. The developer promises more to come as far as multiplayer maps, adding even more hours of game time to the estimated 20-plus hours available on the main campaign. Available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC.

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Catch and Kill (2019-2020)
On Feb. 24, 2020, disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was convicted of rape in the third degree and criminal sexual acts in the third degree. He was sentenced to 23 years in prison, leaving behind more than 80 accusers and numerous allegations of rape, assault and coercion. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronin Farrow pursued the story for two years and his podcast shares the stories of the many sources who helped bring Weinstein’s crimes into the open — and Weinstein himself to justice. Available on most podcast platforms.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

A huge, collaborative dance showcase, plus more events this week

Posted By on Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 1:00 AM

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Under the Canopy

March 15, 5 p.m., Doherty High School, 4515 Barnes Road, $20, danceinthesprings.com/tickets

Dance might be classified as an art, but when it comes to the training and athleticism required to be a successful dancer, it is really much more akin to an Olympic sport. For those who wish to make dance their future, training begins when the aspiring dancer is quite young and continues as they grow. They spend hours in the studio each day, pushing their bodies to the limit for a chance to perform.

This Sunday, you can witness the exceptional efforts of young, trained dancers in Under the Canopy, a three-act performance presented by Connexus Dance Collective, Colorado Youth Ballet and The National Honor Society for Dance Arts chapter of Colorado Ballet Society. The evening will feature contemporary dance and classical variations in three separate acts.

The first act will be particularly special in that it includes choreography created by students and will be entirely student-led. The second act will feature recognizable variations from famous ballets including Swan Lake and Coppelia.

“This is the first time NHSDA’s student-led performance will be part of the Colorado Youth Ballet and Connexus’ March production,” says Colorado Ballet Society and Colorado Youth Ballet founder and director, Patricia Hoffman. “We are elated to showcase both classical variations and original and powerful new choreography with our Colorado Springs audience.”

The third act will offer two new contemporary pieces. The show’s titular piece, “Under the Canopy,” was inspired by life in the rainforest, particularly birds.

“My goal has been to give the students very unique, yet fun, characters to explore this year and the idea of birds came to mind. After researching many kinds of birds and different areas of the world, the rainforest stood out and that led us to create ‘Under the Canopy,’” says Laci Landry, a Colorado Ballet Society instructor and manager of Connexus. “The work is beautiful, colorful, and a little silly.”

Students performing in the show have expressed excitement about the opportunity to share their skills in both dance and choreography composition with the community. As young dancers, their opportunities to dance beyond the walls of the studio are often limited to recitals for their families or dance competitions. To perform in front of a broader audience is exciting.
“There are not many opportunities in Colorado Springs for young artists to showcase their work in performance and/or choreography and it’s so important to support these young local dancers,” says Landry.

An Evening of Art and Fashion

March 12, 5-8 p.m., Colorado Co-op, 315 N. Tejon St., free, facebook.com/pg/textileswest

Explore the beautiful handwoven textiles and garments created by the late Jane Webb, a celebrated fiber artist whose collection is now in the care of Textiles West. The evening will also feature new collages by Kat Jorstad and mixed-media paintings by Sara Howsam. While you’re there, shop the Colorado Co-op collection and receive a 20 percent discount on one item. The proceeds support the Jane Webb Scholarship Program, which helps Textiles West offer discounted rates on classes for young women.

King Lear

March 13, 7-9:15 p.m., The Next Us, 525 N. Cascade Ave., $7-$14, pay what you can on Sundays, counterweighttheatre.com

Counterweight Theatre Lab breathes new life into a classic Shakespearean tragedy. King Lear’s descent into madness over the betrayal of daughters Goneril and Regan, and the estrangement of daughter Cordelia, is told with a shifting cast of actors. The lead, King Lear, remains the same throughout. The remaining characters, however, are played by new actors in each scene. There are even opportunities for the audience to dictate who will take the next role. The constant shift ensures that each new audience receives a performance unlike the last. The play is performed on weekends through March 22 and Sundays offer a pay-what-you-can admission.

2020 St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 14, noon to 3 p.m., Downtown Colorado Springs, free, csstpats.com

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the Pikes Peak region’s unofficial entry into spring, featuring outdoor festivities and fun athletic events that bring everyone out of their winter caves — even when it’s snowing. The parade begins at noon and is completely free (unless you pay for bandstand observation). However, if you want to get your fit on, you can show up a bit early and choose from three athletic options. At 10 a.m., there’s a 5K that loops through downtown ($30) and a kids’ fun run ($10). For those who love to cycle, you can show up at 9 a.m. and choose from three different courses that range from family-friendly to, as the promoters put it, “grueling” ($40). Visit csgrandprix.com to register for any or all of the above.

Spring Maker Market

March 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pike Peak Makerspace, 735 E. Pikes Peak Ave., free, pikespeakmakerspace.org

Located an easy walk from the downtown St. Patrick’s Day festivities awaits the Spring Maker’s Market. Shop unique, handmade items including jewelry, art and bags created with care by local artisans. It’s a great place to have a little fun supporting local artists before or after hanging out at the parade. The market will also have three amazing food trucks parked on-site, including a pie truck in honor of Pi Day. That’s right, don’t let the early St. Patrick’s Day party make you lose sight of the opportunity to eat pie in the name of mathematics.
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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Puerto Rican history and culture celebrated with new TdA play, plus more events this week

Posted By on Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 1:00 AM

JONATHAN ANDUJAR
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Puerto Rican Nocturne

March 13, 7:30 p.m., weekends through March 29, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St., $15, theatredart.org

On July 25, 1978, pro-independence activists Carlos Enrique Soto Arriví, 18, and Arnaldo Darío Rosado Torres, 24, were killed by Puerto Rican police on Cerro Maravilla Mountain in Puerto Rico. Government officials framed the incident as an act of self-defense, a heroic police action to combat terrorism, as both young men had traveled to the mountaintop to sabotage the island’s communication towers. Puerto Rican citizens, however, were unsatisfied with the story. There were numerous inconsistencies in the reports provided by the officers and witness testimony directly contradicted the official version.

In the years that followed the deaths of the two young men, a new investigation revealed that they were accompanied up the mountain by an undercover police officer and ambushed by heavily armed officers when they reached the top. Subsequently, the incident was reframed as an extrajudicial execution and many of the involved parties were convicted of various crimes for their involvement in what is referred to today as the “Cerro Maravilla massacre”.

Written by Puerto Rican playwright Jon Marcantoni and presented by THEATREdART, Puerto Rican Nocturne tells the story of the aftermath of this tragic time in Puerto Rican history through the perspectives of Gonzo, a fervently patriotic undercover officer and Adria, the mother of one of the murdered boys. Nocturne follows Gonzo as he loses control of his carefully constructed narrative of the events while simultaneously accompanying Adria on her journey to come to terms with her profound grief at the loss of her son and her search for a way to move forward. It also explores the complex social and political actions of the time, including the problematic role that the United States government played in the cover-up of the incident.
For THEATREdART president Jonathan Andujar, there are other nuances to the performance that make it a meaningful production.

“I selected to produce Puerto Rican Nocturne because it was the first time that I felt my culture was presented in a realistic, relatable way. It recounts a piece of Puerto Rican history that is devoid of stereotypes and appropriation of Puerto Rican culture,” says Andujar.

While the play has deep cultural significance for those who have ties to Puerto Rico and its independence, Andujar says its overarching themes are relatable to all individuals. It addresses the complex issues of injustice, power, tyranny, conspiracy and complicity that are relevant today, right here in the United States.

“Audiences should attend this play because the themes of misguided patriotism, grief, and moving past a tragedy are themes everyone can connect to,” says Andujar. “It’s for everyone, not just for a niche culture. This play has a lot of support in the Latinx community. It’s a community event, not just another play.”

Puerto Rican Nocturne runs on weekends through March 29. It will be performed in English and accompanied by Spanish subtitles.

Bikes Brews Learn

March 5, 6-9 p.m., Lulu’s Downstairs, 107 Manitou Ave., free, colobikelaw.com

Despite the intermittent snow squalls and bitterly cold winds rocking the city as of late, spring is indeed returning to Colorado. Longer days and warmer temps mean that more bikes will be on the road soon and it’s important for motorists and cyclists alike to know the laws in order for everyone to stay safe and share the road. Brad Tucker of ColoBikeLaw.com will share everything you need to know about Colorado’s bike laws, as well as safety tips and updates about cycling advocacy. Bring your most pressing cycling questions and a little beer money.
HEATHER MCKINNON
  • Heather McKinnon

The Mighty Mandala

Opening reception, March 6, 5-9 p.m., Art 111 Gallery & Art Supply, 111 E. Bijou St., free, artgallerycoloradosprings.com

The mandala has endured in art, architecture and religion for centuries. The creation of a truly beautiful mandala requires a keen awareness of space, placement, geometry and design and the results of the time and effort required are breathtaking. Heather McKinnon’s mandala art is an intricate, vibrant and engrossing example of such efforts. She uses small rows of brilliantly colored dots to create geometric shapes and hypnotizing patterns, a feat that is made more impressive by the fact that she does her work freehand with no set plan for how the pattern will evolve. The complex detail makes each piece eye-catching and engaging while the liberal use of color — and even glitter on some pieces — adds a touch of whimsy and joy.

Hindsight 2020

March 6, 5-8 p.m., Alvarez Gallery and Art School, 218 W. Colorado Ave., free, facebook.com/calvart

The beauty of the human body is celebrated in the arts, but there is one particular part that reigns supreme in its universal appreciation. Inspiring Renaissance artists and rappers alike, the gluteus maximus — butt, bottom, booty — has had a powerful influence on arts and culture, inspiring songs, poetry, paintings and films. It also happens to be the theme of Alvarez Gallery and Art School’s first group show of the year. Hindsight 2020 will feature art that celebrates the posterior in a variety of mediums. It’s an exhibit that all derriere aficionados can truly get behind.

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2020 Taste of Pikes Peak

March 8, noon to 3 p.m., The Broadmoor, Hall B, 15 Lake Circle, $45, tasteofpikespeak.com

Buckle in to your most elegant stretchy pants and prepare yourself for an afternoon of culinary decadence. More than 80 local restaurants and vendors will pack the Broadmoor Banquet Hall, each offering sumptuous samples of their signature dishes. The portions are generous, plentiful and all-you-can-eat, so come prepared with an empty stomach and an adventurous spirit. Between bouts of scarfing down tasty eats, you will also be able to check out a craft cocktail competition, a chef competition and a silent auction. Drop an extra $20 for VIP access and you’ll be able to get in an hour earlier — hello brunch!
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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Artist Rebecca Belmore's insightful retrospective exhibit, plus more events this week

Posted By on Wed, Feb 26, 2020 at 1:00 AM

REBECCA BELMORE
  • Rebecca Belmore

Facing the Monumental is on display through May 30 at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., $5-$10, fac.coloradocollege.edu

Multimedia artist Rebecca Belmore’s work is internationally revered for the attention it calls to pressing political and social issues, as well as the care with which she treats each subject. Her new exhibition at the Fine Arts Center, titled Facing the Monumental, is the first showing of her art in the United States, featuring works in photography, sculpture and mixed-media from throughout her 30-year career.

“Her art asks us to consider where we are, and what we face in our future,” says Wanda Nanibush, exhibition curator and Art Gallery of Ontario’s curator of Indigenous art. “These works, seen in isolation, are beautiful. The facts they address, the questions they ask and the violence they reflect on — that is what is political.”

A member of the Lac Seul First Nation (of the Anishinaabe people), Belmore examines through her creative endeavors the plight of Indigenous women navigating a colonized world — or being ignored by it altogether. Her 2014 piece “1181,” for example, involved Belmore hammering 1,181 nails into a tree stump throughout the course of one day outside of the Hart House student center at the University of Toronto, while dressed in a construction vest. Each nail represented a murdered or missing Indigenous woman, and Belmore closed her performance piece by repeating the number over and over to the crowd.

Other works, like “Tower” and “tarpaulin,” ask the audience to consider the cruel conditions of homelessness. “Tower” is a sculpture made of 15 feet of shopping carts stacked atop one another with brown clay pouring and puddling onto the floor. It accompanies “tarpaulin,” a dirt blanket draped in the shape of a human.

Attendees will be able to explore this, as well as photography, more sculptures and media installations. The exhibition includes 14 major works, each striking in both message and execution.

“Belmore’s powerful works reveal a compelling duality: her lyrical representations of human dignity, the beauty of youth, a sleeping subject, the power of water or the quieting effect of snow are all images that exist in contrast to the turmoil of our world,” says Nanibush.

Visiting Artists: Jane Lackey and Thomas Lane

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6 p.m., 5225 N. Nevada Ave., free, uccspresents.org

New Mexico-based artists Jane Lackey and Thomas Lane will share insights about their new site-specific installation Seat of Learning. This expansive art project encompasses multiple mediums and explores our perceptions of storytelling, time, memory and movement. The inspiration? A single vintage school desk. Learn how the project evolved and how UCCS students participated in its development. A reception will follow the lecture. The installation will be on view through July 18.

For the Love of Black Women

5-11 p.m., 18 S. Nevada Ave., $12-$15, goldroomlive.com
Local poet and storyteller Patrice Diechelle presents an event dedicated to showcasing the many talents of Colorado Springs’ black female artists and performers. The evening will open with a networking social hour that allows attendees to mingle and relax before a program filled with performances in dance, comedy and poetry. Attendees will also be able to check out photography and take in a short play. Come out and honor the creative efforts of our city’s creative black women.

Colorado Short Circuit Film Festival

5-10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., $8-$70, csc.eventive.org

Creating a good, engaging short film is no easy feat. It takes hard work, strong direction and talented acting to tell entire stories in mere minutes. The fourth annual Short Circuit Film Festival will screen more than 40 short films over two days, in genres such as horror, experimental, drama and comedy. Movie lovers can attend the whole weekend or break up their viewing into blocks featuring their preferred genre. VIPs will have the opportunity to attend a filmmaker meet and greet at the Principal’s Office Study Hall. Order a drink, snag some fresh popcorn and settle in for a marathon of shorts.

Leap Day Cleanup

9-11 a.m., 1704 S. 21st St., free, tinyurl.com/r85qnto
Bear Creek Dog Park is one of the coolest places for dogs to roam in the state of Colorado. The fully fenced, enormous play area clocks in at 25 acres and includes a long stretch of Bear Creek. However, any place that welcomes 100,000 visitors each year needs the occasional helping hand, particularly when those visitors like to poop wherever they choose. The Friends of Bear Creek Dog Park invite the community to help them with a Leap Day clean-up to gather trash and remove pet waste left behind by less-conscientious pet parents (or incredibly sneaky pups). Buckets, gloves and bags are all provided — all you have to do is show up with a can-do attitude.
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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Celebrate Black History Month, plus more events this week

Posted By on Wed, Feb 19, 2020 at 1:00 AM

ANTHONY CHAVEZ
  • Anthony Chavez

Black History Program

4-6 p.m., Stargazers Theatre, 10 S. Parkside Drive, donation-only event, facebook.com/weronebody

Black History Month is coming to a close, but its calendar of events is still filled with great ways to celebrate, honor and learn. For seven years, local community group OneBody Ent has celebrated by organizing a free day of music, entertainment and education called the Multi Cultural Black History Program. “The reason we created this event is to provide entertainment for our community and create a platform for them to display their talents while learning at the same time,” says DeAndre “Dee” Smith, who organizes the event with his wife Jennifer.

The event, hosted by The Reminders, packs quite a bit into two hours, including poetry, fashion, reenactments and dance — and with special performances by E De La and Ashley Cornelius! and sounds by DJ Craftmatic. There also will be activism opportunities, local goods and even a few tasty treats. Smith says attendees can expect to have a lot of fun while also being educated. They’ll also get to check out the city’s talented artists. Participants come from diverse backgrounds, and local youths have a chance to participate via a historic reenactment.

“The most exciting thing is working with the youth and their families,” says Smith. “Seeing them from the beginning when they first get their part until the day of the event — watching how they progress from getting the part and not knowing anything about the historical figure to embodying the role and becoming the person onstage.” 

OneBody Ent does a lot of work in the community in addition to the Black History program. It hosts community barbecues and organizes a back-to-school weekend complete with a presentation called “History of Colorado: Honoring Heroes in Our Community,” which includes awards for community members who are making a difference. It also has weekend backpack and haircut giveaways and a girls group called Raising Queens with a Mission, and collaborates with the Touch a Life Foundation, whose mission is to end child trafficking. 

The community has definitely caught Smith’s vision. The event has successfully grown from humble roots — Smith says the first year had 45 attendees and 25 of them were participants — to a standing-room-only event. 

“We are very grateful for our community’s support,” says Smith. “If it wasn’t for their love and support, there wouldn’t be a OneBody Ent.”

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Buffalo Soldiers

2 p.m., Cheyenne Mountain Care Center, 835 Tenderfoot Hill Road, free, tinyurl.com/DMoore-CS

Assigned to the frontier following the Civil War, the Buffalo Soldiers were fierce infantry and cavalry regiments tasked with controlling Native Americans and protecting settlers moving westward. They also built roads and strung telegraph lines and protected surveyors as they mapped out the land. Dennis Moore of the Buffalo Soldiers Community Memorial Committee will share their story in a presentation including facts and photos. Don’t worry if you if you can’t make it to Thursday’s presentation. You can still catch it at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Manitou Springs Heritage Center (517 Manitou Ave.).

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Carnivale Weekend

CarniBall, 6-9 p.m., Memorial Hall, 606 Manitou Ave., $27.50, tinyurl.com/qv5up8h

Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-off, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Soda Springs Park, 1016 Manitou Ave., 75¢ tastings, manitousprings.org/carnivale-weekend

Parade, 1 p.m., Saturday, Memorial Park, 502 Manitou Ave., free

We’re a long way from the Big Easy, but Manitou Springs brings Mardi Gras close to home every year with its Carnivale weekend. The event opens Friday evening with live music and dancing at the CarniBall Masquerade, complete with masks, Cajun-inspired food and costumes. On Saturday, Feb. 22, the celebration moves to the streets with a parade filled with colorful decor, costumed citizens, vibrant puppets and, occasionally, a fair bit of snow. Saturday also includes the Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-Off and, best of all, this year’s theme is inspired by Lord of the Rings in honor of the late artist and beloved community member Charles Rockey. Don your favorite elf ears and dwarf beards — but maybe leave the One Ring at home.

Una Familia Grande: The Conejos Neighborhood Project

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10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 215 S. Tejon St., free, RSVP at cspm.org/event/conejos

The Pioneers Museum is launching a new exhibit this weekend, Una Familia Grande: The Conejos Neighborhood Project. Learn about the history of the once-thriving Latino neighborhood that experienced rezoning, acquisition and eventual destruction in 2005 to create America the Beautiful Park. Its past is shared by former residents and through artifacts and photos. Opening day will feature live music and dance performances, storytelling, a family craft project and a chance to visit Chadbourn Community Church, the last remaining neighborhood structure.

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An Impactful Luncheon

11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2550 Tenderfoot Hill St., $10 + backpack items, tinyurl.com/sebb3vc

The Woman’s Club of Colorado Springs is hosting a community luncheon to create awareness about human trafficking. Attendees can make a difference in the lives of survivors by contributing items to special backpacks. Bring travel-size toiletries, hoodies, knit pants, socks and other items for girls and young women 13 and over — plus a $10 donation to help cover shipping. They have provided a specific list at womansclubofcoloradospringsgfwc.org. The club notes that such items are incredibly helpful to young women who are rescued from trafficking situations and have very little to call their own. In addition to a presentation by local nonprofit Restore Innocence and the service project, lunch will be served.

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