Weekend activities in and around Colorado Springs: Beatrix Potter, urban living, Silent Disco, board games

By Linda Navarro Updated: April 12, 2018 at 11:39 am • Published: April 12, 2018 0
photo - Hands of man playing electric guitar. Bend technique. Low key photo. Letter box format
Hands of man playing electric guitar. Bend technique. Low key photo. Letter box format

Here's a look at some of our favorite events happening around Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak region and beyond the next few days.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

Opening weekend for The Women's Theatre Festival featuring local performers and playwrights, Millibo Art Theatre, 1626 S. Tejon St. The theme: #SHOUT #WHISPER #LAUGH by Cyndi Parr, Marisa Hebert, Leslie Duggin, Carrie Printz and Gayleen Gardner. Local poets Nico Wilkinson and Kaleena Kovach. Tickets: themat.org or 465-6321

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

"Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Musical" is an ambitious all-ages delight, with a cast of 53 and an orchestra, Sunrise Players at Sunrise Church, 2655 Briargate Blvd. Tickets: sunriseplayers.com

THURSDAY-SATURDAY

Opening weekend as the Theatre Department at Pikes Peak Community College goes Greek with Euripides' tragedy "Trojan Women" through April 21. After the war, Greek conquerors chose women as slaves. PPCC Centennial Theatre, 5675 S. Academy Blvd., free, 7:30 p.m., ppcc.edu

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

The annual Earl Klugh's Weekend of Jazz at The Broadmoor features Vanessa Williams, Bob James Trio, West Coast Jam and other jazz headliners, Broadmoor International Center, weekendofjazz.tix.com

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

A whole weekend of board games. 700 of them. If that sounds like gaming heaven to you, it's the Pikes Peak Gamers Board Game Convention in Manitou Springs Memorial Hall, 606 Manitou Ave.. The invitation is to go tabletop Gaming With Altitude in this inaugural event. Tickets and schedules at pikespeakgamers.com

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

It's Colorado College student musical theater, and they're staging the Tony Award-winning "The Light in the Piazza." By chance, a young American meets a worldly Italian man, and the girl's mother strongly objects. What secrets is the American mom hiding? Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St., free, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, coloradocollege.edu

FRIDAY

Author Marta McDowell, who teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden, presents "Beatrix Potter's Garden Life" in a community meeting of the Broadmoor Garden Club, 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. Free but reservations required: email Amyo43@comcast.net.

SATURDAY

Experience downtown living during the Downtown Urban Living Tour, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Six locations, four are new construction. Start the tour at any of the locations: 30 Boulder Crescent; 22 N. Spruce St.; 9 S. Weber St.; 210 Pueblo Ave.; Blue Dot Place, 412 S. Nevada Ave.; or ECO Apartments, 333 E. Colorado Ave., where hard hats and flat, closed-toe shoes are required for stair climbing. $15, downtowncs.com

SATURDAY

As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, survivors and their allies are featured in artwork, "Art as Transformation: Finding Our Voices 11th Annual Art Show." Noon-4 p.m., Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave. Free.

SATURDAY

It's back, the popular Silent Disco at the Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. This time it's Prom Redux in your prom best beneath the interactive "Beach Front" lighted art in the courtyard. Put on wireless headphones and dance to your choice of music, 8-11 p.m. $10. Food trucks outside. coloradocollege.edu

SATURDAY

Local bands and costumed characters are in the spotlight in the Superhero Musician's Showcase, 5 p.m. at The Ancient Mariner, 962 Manitou Ave. Headliners Sabbatar, Cut Throat Queens and Insurgence. Costume contests: kids at 6:30 p.m., adults at 10:30 p.m. tinyurl.com/yb3uf9uy

SUNDAY

A perfect way to sample offerings from local restaurants and 15 local breweries, the 23rd annual Pikes Peak Food, Wine & Beer Expo, noon-4 p.m. at Broadmoor World Arena. For ages 21+. Tickets $45, broadmoorworldarena.com

SUNDAY

It's all about space exploration, music and costumes as the Woodland Park Wind Symphony performs "Space - The Final Frontier Concert." Cosplay costumes and refreshments at 6 p.m., the concert at 7 p.m. with Holst's "Mars" and "Jupiter," "Star Trek Through the Years" and "Fanfare." Free, Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Ave., woodlandparkwindsymphony.com

SUNDAY

Ola Gjeilo's "Sunrise Mass" is performed in X-VOX Generations Joined in Song by the Chamber Singers of the Colorado Springs Choral Society, the Summit Ensemble of the Children's Chorale and singers from area high schools and colleges. 3 p.m., $10, $5 for students, at Ent Center for the Arts, uccspresents.org

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