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click to enlarge Groove in the Garden

15 Wednesday


No doubt about it, the creative sector is a wave of the economic future. The Pikes Peak region sees $72 million from its arts and cultural institutions, according to the recent "Arts and Economic Prosperity IV" report. Which is why something like Groove in the Garden is so important. This concert series held at Hillside Gardens (1006 S. Institute St., hillsidegardens.net) kicks off at 6:30 tonight with BJ Estares and Route 61. Admission costs $5 (and includes a drink) and goes straight back into the city, via the local business and band. For Hillside's full rain-or-shine concert schedule, along with those of a dozen other entities, see p. 31. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge Primus

16 Thursday


If you're a fan of helium-damaged vocals, convoluted bass playing and Frank Zappa-meets-Chili Peppers arrangements to match — and who among you isn't? — you've probably already got your tickets to see Primus tonight at the City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St., 8 p.m., $39.75, ticketmaster.com). Mind you, this is not just any Primus tour — it's a "3D-enhanced live musical performance," which means you'll get to stare at the San Francisco trio through paper glasses. And if all that weren't enough, you'll also get to listen in Quad Surround Sound to what critic Joe Gore once dubbed "thrash-funk meets Don Knotts, Jr." — Bill Forman

click to enlarge The Nipple Showing

17 Friday


The Nipple It! website will cover your screen in digital skin bumps with the click of a mouse; nipplesatthemet.com has a picture of "all the nipples on view in the permanent collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art." (Please note: "updated regularly.") And "tittooing" — the surgical darkening of areolas — is now apparently a thing in England. There's just no shortage of teat-related ephemera in this world, so it only makes sense that Commonwheel Artists Co-op (102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, commonwheel.com) would open a free exhibition, at 5 tonight, called The Nipple Showing ... Of course, this one's more a comment on the apparent fact that "women do not have the freedom to find bras that display what nature has created," but whatever, we'll take it. — Bryce Crawford

click to enlarge Buddha's birthday

18 Saturday


It's 2,557 years later, and as with J.C., folks are still celebrating the Buddha's birthday. For those unfamiliar, the observance is called Vesak, which "marks the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana, or passing away of the Buddha's physical body." It's like a bris meets a funeral! OK, far from it really, but find out what it's really like from 2 to 4 today at Marmalade at Smokebrush (219 W. Colorado Ave. #210, smokebrush.org) with local teachers who represent various traditions. They'll tell stories, guide meditation, and host Bhagavan Kirtan chanting and children's activities alongside music and a food sampling. The suggested donation is $5. — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Take a Peak Chicken Coop Tour

19 Sunday

urban homesteading

Asked about why he puts on the annual Take a Peak Chicken Coop Tour, host John Conner laughs and says that, well, it's because he's crazy. Between 9 and 5 yesterday and today, other like-minded community members will caravan to 34 local, backyard chicken coops to get a look at what it takes to care for, and benefit from, chickens in an urban setting. If you've already made your own crazy decision to go to this free, fourth-year event — which has quadrupled in size since the first year — pick up a tour map from 712 N. Cedar St. or Buckley's Homestead Supply (1501 W. Colorado Ave.), or find it at takeapeakcooptour.com. — Matthew Grieson

click to enlarge A photo by Abigail Kreuser

20 Monday


There are some partnerships so fundamental to the fabric of society (peanut butter and jelly, mac and cheese, Bert and Ernie) that separating them could cause catastrophe. Today, enjoy the irreplaceable pairing of art and coffee at Marika's Coffee House (739 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, marikascoffeehouse.com), where photographs by local artist (and coffee roaster and gallery owner) Abigail Kreuser are on display. Her show opened with a 5 p.m. reception Friday, but the works will be displayed for the next 30 days. — Miguel Bustamante

click to enlarge Author Page Lambert

21 Tuesday


According to her website, you'll usually pay at least $72 an hour to receive coaching, editing and/or "book doctoring" services from author Page Lambert. Today, you can glean some of her wisdom for free. For its May "Write Brain" workshop, Pikes Peak Writers is bringing in the novelist and memoirist to speak on "Manifestation of Yearning: The Flesh & Blood Factor of Good Storytelling." This paean to the power of physical detail runs from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight, in the Carnegie Room of Penrose Library (20 N. Cascade Ave., pikespeakwriters.com). — Kirk Woundy


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