Here's a look at some of our favorite events happening in the next few days around Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak region and the rest of Colorado.
- Girls night out road trip! It's moviedom's dancing, stripping Magic Men Live Thursday in Pueblo's Memorial Hall (pueblomemorialhall.com) and then Saturday in Denver's Bellco Theatre (bellcotheatre.com, axs.com).
- A horror film festival sure to creep you out, combined with a Zombie Crawl. This scary - think "Night of the Living Dead" and "Creature from the Black Lagoon" - three-night festival held by Independent Film Society of Colorado features indie films, an Iron Bird beer release, prizes for the best costumes, at the Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St. Free admission, beverage donations support the film society.
Film schedule: timgillcenter.org/event/horror2017;
Zombie Crawl: tinyurl.com/ya4rhxyk
- Don't call the cops. Those blood-curdling shrieks downtown will be coming from the VR Terror Tours bus parked at 20 N. Tejon St. and only the bravest will be taking virtual reality horror trips. A full schedule of terror, through Halloween: PG rated Ticket to Terror and R rated Dead Sexy or ages 21+Live Horror. $35-40. www.vrterrortours.com/
- Alison Krauss and David Gray will perform at the Pikes Peak Center, one day after playing Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison. in Colorado Springs this fall as part of a new tour. See axs.com for tickets. Kraus, whose latest album, "Windy City," topped bluegrass charts, is the most-awarded female artist in Grammy history with 27 wins.
- A special chorale performance dedicated to Sylvia Hutson, the late general manager and a Chorale singer for 30 years: Reformers & Rebels Concert: Music for a Changing Time. Colorado Springs Chorale and Chamber Singers, music that celebrates revolutions. 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., refreshments after the performance, $15, $5 for students, cschorale.org/reformers-and-rebels
- Three Americana bands on Campfire Caravan Tour, The Lil Smokies, The Brothers Comatose and Mipso, Ivywild School, tinyurl.com/ya33f5et.
- It's time for the annual metaphysical/alternative health Body Mind Spirit Celebration Fair, 1 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St. Lectures, demonstrations, healers, vendors, food. $5 admission.
- Ten acres of pumpkins and a full day of outdoor family activities, including an antique tractor exhibit, hayrides and food trucks, Pumpkin Festival at Chatfield Farms, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, presented by Denver Botanic Gardens. $8, $6 for children. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. botanicgardens.org.
- Go along on a Soul Journey with mezzo-soprano Jennifer DeDominici and the Chamber Orchestra. Works by four composers, including the orchestral world premiere of Ingrid Stölzel's "Three Whitman Songs," the words of poet Walt Whitman. Pre-concert talk by the composer 45 minutes before each concert. Performances at 7 p.m. Saturday, Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave., and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave. $25, student admission $5, chamberorchestraofthesprings.org
- Opening weekend for four new-season exhibits, Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, csfineartscenter.org
- All about science, and it's way cool. The Cool Science Carnival takes over UCCS (University Hall) with things that blow up, astronomy, robots, lasers, drones and chemistry shows, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tiniest scientists have their own Preschool Curious Kids Lab. Science fun at locations all week concluding Oct. 21 with a Makers Fair at Library 21c. The week's schedule: coolscience.org/festival-events.html
- Female artists are in the spotlight this month, beginning with Women of the Rockies, reception 2-5 p.m. Saturday, show through Dec. 15, Kathleen Murphy's Art Etc., 18 E. Rio Grande St. Featured: Freida Davis, Adana Dysart, Patricia Gaffney, Lori Goede, Jennifer Hanson, Carolyn Intemann, Sandra Jones, Shirley Paterson, Jacqueline Pearson, Terri Sanchez, Jill M. Spear, Rhonda S. Van Pelt, Roberta Westrick and Gretchen Wieshuber. 424-6502 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- All those photos you shoot with your phone, an expert will be here to help make them even better. Travel photojournalist Ron Stearn has special tips to share for the best in iPhone/Android Smartphone Photography, 1:30-3 p.m. at Green Box Arts Learning Center, 6990 Lake St., Green Mountain Falls. Free. No registration needed.
- It was a burro barn in the 1800s so, appropriately, it's burro day again at today's 725 Manitou Ave. resident, Manitou Brewing Co. Come Run with the Burros for a free 5k jog/walk around Manitou's trails. Check in at 10 a.m., running action - with cooperative burros - at 11 a.m. starting from the Manitou Library. Some burros might even be available to rent, and the experts will be there with helpful hints. Spectators welcome. tinyurl.com/ybp2q23a
- Take a look at all the interesting things going on as the Fine Arts Center and Colorado College celebrate the alliance of these historic institutions with the community. They're inviting everyone to an open house at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., to enjoy the sunny facility and live music, art demonstrations, hands-on art, yoga and other activities. Free. csfineartscenter.org
- The newest local comic event, Pikes Peak Comic Con, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., makes its debut on the Pikes Peak Community College Rampart Campus. Open to the public. The fun teams with Colorado Springs' Christmas Unlimited, supporting PPCC families in need at the holidays. Bring new board games and Legos for $6 off the $12 admission or get $2 off $12 admission for school supplies and new and gently used toys. Cosplay, comics, games, a Hulk Smash of an auto, TRON Flying Disc challenge, costume parade. info: store.galaxyfest.org/tc-events/ppcc
- The popular Downtown Sunday Market in Acacia Park comes to a festive end this week with a Fabulous Fall Season Finale. Regular vendors and special ones with tempting early holiday gift selections, a Pumpkin Patch and music by the Tenderfoot Bluegrass Band. Shopping, several food offerings and fun from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
THURSDAY, OCT. 12
- Actor and three-time Grammy Award-winning musician Kris Kristofferson plays the Pikes Peak Center. For tickets, call 1-888-929-7849 or see axs.com, pikespeakcenter.com. Kristofferson, 81, has recorded 30 albums, including three with country music icons Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, as part of The Highwaymen. Kristofferson's silver screen credits include "A Star is Born," "Lone Star," "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" and, more recently, "Fast Food Nation" and "He's Just Not That Into You."
- Opening night, "Afterlife: a Ghost Story," Springs Ensemble Theatre. Read our preview here.