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22 Thursday

art

Colorado Springs native, longtime resident and artistic minimalist Pard Morrison employs a unique method to apply color to his sculptures: He bakes layers of pigment onto his aluminum in a process called patination. (Think patina, only with primary colors.) Check out Morrison's rainbow-hued works at Cheyenne Mountain Heritage Center (1118 W. Cheyenne Road, cmheritagecenter.org) in his new solo show, Home Grown. The exhibit opens with a reception from 7 to 9 tonight and is up for free viewing through May, Tuesdays through Thursdays (and Saturday, May 1) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Edie Adelstein

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23 Friday

music

How would you like your acoustic guitar tonight? With a side of red beans 'n rice? Then head to Front Range Barbeque (2330 W. Colorado Ave., frbbq.com, $5) to hear Chris Barron — the solo artist formerly known as the Spin Doctors frontman — play at 7:30. Or would you prefer a heaping helping of fingerstyle? That would mean Trace Bundy, the "acoustic ninja," at 8 at Stargazers Theatre (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com, $12-$15). Or might we tempt you with complementary didgeridoo and vocal harmonies in four languages? That could only be Bones and his 7 o'clock CD release concert at the Business of Art Center (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, thebac.org, $12, or $3 for kids under 12). Kirk Woundy

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24 Saturday

stewardship

With Earth Day celebrating its 40th birthday, there's only one thing to say: Gaylords love Mother Earth! Originally founded by U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day brings the conservation conversation again this year. Between 10 and 3, head over to CC's LEED-certified Edith Kinney Gaylord (see?) Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave.) for entertainment, children's activities, food, environmental presentations and art, not to mention a rumored city-wide tree-hug-off. And from 9 to 2 on May 1 give up your residential recyclables in the north parking lot of University Village (5400 N. Nevada Ave., pikespeakearthday.org) for $5 per vehicle. — Bryce Crawford

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25 Sunday

stage

The thing I remember most about watching Oklahoma! as a child is my sister and me driving our mom crazy with less-than-stellar renditions of "The Farmer and the Cowhand" and the signature musical number, "Oklahoma!" The way I see it, it's her fault for deciding her children should develop a strong appreciation for musical theater at a young age. Rekindle your own appreciation for $12 at 2 today with the Damon Runyon Repertory's presentation of the classic at the Runyon Theater (611 N. Main St., Pueblo, runyontheater.org). Performances also run at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday (with a $35 dinner option at 6). — Gabby Allard

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26 Monday

literature

If Bill McKibben’s 2007 talk at Shove Chapel inspired you to change your light bulbs, make the trip to Denver tonight for a renewal of inspiration. Inarguably, our planet’s climate is changing, and McKibben will be at the LoDo Tattered Cover (1628 16th St., tatteredcover.com) tonight to tell you all about it for free. At 7:30 he’ll speak and sign in support of his new book, Eaarth: Making Life on a Tough New Planet. If you can’t make it tonight, McKibben will speak at 7:30 Tuesday at Boulder’s First United Methodist Church (1421 Spruce St., boulderbookstore.indiebound.com); tickets to that event are $7. — Nick Chambers

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27 Tuesday

stage

Though stamped all over tourist swag in Costa Rica, the phrase "pura vida" — meaning "pure life" and speaking to the Ticos' supposed penchant for deliberate, celebratory living — does capture at least a little of what it means to be Costa Rican. To learn much more than a phrase can convey, attend tonight's free, 7 o'clock performance of Clavo D'Olor in CC's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu). Latin American performer Ofir León will "present a Costa Rican perspective" on the character of Ophelia from Hamlet, in Spanish with English translation. According to a release, the "piece is an interpretation of femininity within family, societal and cultural structures." — Matthew Schniper

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28 Wednesday

music

Few realize that Emerson Lake and Palmer (or ELP), known for '70 hits like "Lucky Man," just missed a chance at becoming HELP — or Hendrix, Emerson, Lake and Palmer. As the story sadly goes, Jimi Hendrix died shortly before the English rock group was set to jam with him in 1970. At 7 tonight, catch two-thirds of the still-famous trio at "An Intimate Evening With Keith Emerson and Greg Lake" at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com). They'll be performing acoustic takes on the music of ELP as well as their earlier bands, the Nice and King Crimson; it's billed as an "unplugged prelude" to a reunion concert by ELP in the U.K. this July. Tickets are $32 to $42. — Jill Thomas

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