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A weekend of fun: Model trains, dancing construction workers, cheese festival, coffin races

October 25, 2017 Updated: October 25, 2017 at 12:58 pm
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Hundreds of races and spectators crowded Historic Downtown Manitou Springs for the 2012 Emma Crawford Coffin Race Saturday, October 27, 2012. Michael Ciaglo/The Gazette

THURSDAY

It's raw; it's the street. Grass Roots Project dancers from Boulder perform the stark realities of today's life in "Beautiful Human Lies, " set to hip hop, electronica and music by stars including Beyoncé, Nas and Groove Armada. Grass Roots' founder is veteran hip hop dancer-choreographer Rennie Harris. 7:30 p.m., Cornerstone Arts Center at Colorado College, 825 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu, free.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

Opening weekend for C.S. Lewis' "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," performed by the Academy of Community Theatre. Travel into Narnia to meet a mystical lion at 6:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, at Colorado Springs Charter Academy, 2577 N. Chelton Road, $10-15, actcolorado.net/act2/tickets/

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

He's the movie music man and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic performs the music of "Mr. Adventure: John Williams" as part of October Arts Month. Hear "Star Wars," "Indiana Jones" and "Harry Potter" favorites among others at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Josep Caballé-Domenech, conductor. Tickets: csphilharmonic.org

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

Three days of jazz, the Friends of Colorado Springs Jazz Party, runs all weekend at The Antlers hotel, csjazzparty.com.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

The giant literary MileHiCon draws sci-fi aficionados for three days of cosplay, celebrities including authors Jason Heller, Jane Lindskold and Eric Flint, artist Carrie Ann Baade and a host of speakers and performers. Hyatt Regency Hotel - Tech Center, 7800 E. Tufts Ave. All the info at milehicon.org.

FRIDAY

L.A. punk rocker John Doe, a founding member of "X" who added a solo career, offers an intimate house-concert evening of music and memories at Western Jubilee Recording Co., 433 E. Cucharras St. Seats limited. Doors at 6:30 p.m., concert at 7:30. $50, tinyurl.com/y97kp5cy

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

Opening weekend for the First Company staging of the award-winning novel of wartime bravery "Number the Stars." During World War II, Danish people helped hide the country's Jewish population until they could escape by fishing boats to Sweden, which was neutral. Shows are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 5. First United Methodist Church Theatre, 420 N. Nevada Ave., $12-15, students $5. fumc-cs.org

SATURDAY

COFFIN RACE
Hundreds of races and spectators crowded Historic Downtown Manitou Springs for the 2012 Emma Crawford Coffin Race Saturday, October 27, 2012. Michael Ciaglo/The Gazette 

All the sort-of-deceased Emmas and their 70 costumed teams take off through downtown Manitou for the crazy 23rd Emma Crawford Coffin races, starting with a parade at noon. Parking problems so shuttle from Coronado High School and Rock Ledge Ranch in Garden of the Gods. After party in Soda Springs Park. manitousprings.org.

SATURDAY

Grownup Halloween fun at the annual Mystery Bash at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St. Prizes for the best costumes. Food trucks, entertainment, performers. 7:30 p.m. $15, $20 at the door, csfineartscenter.org

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

Dillard's is one of the anchor stores at the Chapel Hills Mall. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)

The model trains are headed up the tracks to Chapel Hills Mall. Train Expo Colorado (TECO) will have operating model train layouts and two history days about the Santa Fe Railway (12:30 and 1:30 p.m.) in the mall's event center across from Dick's Sporting Goods on the lower level. Also featured: a scavenger hunt for kids, train-track laying clinics and rock painting. And lots of little trains. Show times 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, $6, $9 for families, tecoshow.org .

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

The witches are taking over Millibo Art Theatre and have planned the ultimate party... until amnesia hits. "Which Witch is Which" is 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday . $12.1626 S. Tejon St. themat.org

SUNDAY

The headache-inducing Manitou road construction as you've never experienced it, complete with dancers.

Take a drive-through along Manitou Avenue between Ridge Avenue and Crystal Park Road at either 12:30 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. for Ormao Dance Company's In the Zone Arts Month ArtPOP 2017. As you drive along, the company's dancers will perform beside the construction, using workers' uniforms, heavy equipment and machinery as props. It's another creative project of choreographers Jan Johnson and Shawn Womack, who won awards for their PrePress newspaper production.

SUNDAY

There's lots of Halloween fun all around town. See the list here in GO! An east-side favorite is the annual Harvest Party with candy, costumes and family fun coming up from 4 to 6 p.m. at Gateway Church, 5605 N. Marksheffel Road. Free.

SUNDAY

Have a cheesy sort of day and that's a fragrantly good thing. The Colorado Artisan Cheese Festival in Pueblo has something for every cheese lover and samples for holiday cheese boards, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. handcrafted artisan cheeses paired with Colorado wines and beer. $20 tickets on sale at coloradocheesefest.com and there's a cheese tray to take home. Pueblo Community College, Fortino Ballroom, 900 W. Orman Ave.

COMPILED BY LINDA NAVARRO, THE GAZETTE, 636-0374, linda.navarro@gazette.com

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