Here are some of your entertainment options in the coming days around Colorado Springs:
A Gaelic sound comes to the mountains when Solas arrives this week with its own special brand of traditional Irish with-a-twist music and hard-hitting social commentary. The group is 10 albums strong with a new one out this year. The Celtic sounds will be wafting from Stargazers Theatre and Events Center, 10 South Parkside Drive, with doors open at 6 p.m. and show at 7 p.m. Advance tickets $20, $25 the day of the show. Details: 476-2200, star gazerstheatre.com
A mysterious person or thing is killing the wolves on a Kentucky mountain. The woman who knows the dangerous secrets of Big Foley Mountain, author Carolyn Wall ("Sweeping Up Glass"), gives a reading from her works and salutes the winners of the All Pikes Peak Reads Writing Contest. The students in Pikes Peak Community College's Writing Center's "My Voice - Our Future" competition will read their award winners from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday in the Carnegie Reading Room at Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., free. Details: 531-6333, ppld.org.
The manly men of the Colorado Springs Fire Department have bravely gone pink during October, sometimes wearing pink tu-tus as well as donning "Firefighters Support the Fight" breast cancer awareness T-shirts as part of their duty uniforms. Two of the shirts will be auctioned right off the firefighters' backs at the 2014 Firefighter Calendar Release Party. And there will be flexing and ab crunches aplenty as the calendar models autograph their months from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, upstairs at The Thirsty Parrot, 32 S. Tejon St. Admission is $25 or $10 without a calendar. Dancing follows. Details: 884-1094, thirstyparrotcos.com.
Some people are just natural storytellers. And The Story Project seems to have a knack of finding them. In this event, photographer Don Jones, Rosemary Lytle of the NAACP State Conference, Megan Sanders, formerly of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and poet and filmmaker MJ Sullivan share their real-life stories. It runs from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave. Admission is $5. Details: smokebrush.org
Something special from the Colorado College Music Department is planned Tuesday with the Visiting Distinguished Composer's Concert. Works by Jennifer Barker and Sharon Farber will be performed by CC faculty and student musicians as well as local musicians. Also scheduled: pieces composed by Jan Jiracek and Fred Lerdahl, Susan Grace and Steven Beck, and performances by the Quattro Mani piano duo. It's 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St., free. Details: 389-6607, coloradocollege.edu.
Get ready, Halloween is coming one night early with Hemlock and special guests Sanguine Addiction, Malakai, Night Of The Living Shred and Last Words Of The Apocalypse. Frequently on the bill with Slayer, Hemlock teams with the popular locals at 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Black Sheep Monster Halloween Mosh, 2106 E. Platte Ave., $8, $10 at showtime. Details: 227-7625, blacksheeprocks.com.
It's Halloween appropriate as "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" opens for a three-night stage run. Presented by Black Box Theatre, 1367 Pecan St. on the city's west side, it may make audience members look over their shoulders when they leave. It's at 7-9:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Too scary for kids under 12. Tickets are $10. Details: 330-1798, peakradar.com. For other Halloween related events, go to our list on coloradosprings.com.
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