Here's a look at some of the top happenings around Colorado Springs and the Front Range in the next few days:
- Get ready, get set, gas up the car, it's Denver Arts Week (denver.org/denverartsweek), a perfect time to travel north to celebrate Denver's cultural scene with more than 300 events Friday through Nov. 14. Art galleries, performing arts, museums, the Denver Film Festival, the opera and theater. The Santa Fe Art District alone (artdistrictonsantafe.com), which shuts down the street Friday, has more than 80 galleries and shops and a juried exhibition of the best of the district's art over the past year. Free Night at the Museums on Saturday invites everyone in at 20 of the city's top museums from 5 to 10 p.m., with shuttles taking folks from museum to museum. A sneak preview Saturday of the Denver Art Museum's highly anticipated Andrew and Jamie Wyeth exhibition will have a small admission, but the rest of the museum is free. During the week the Cherry Creek North galleries will offer classes and demonstrations, including how to purchase your first collector's piece. Opera Colorado's production of Verdi's incredible "Aida" opens Saturday at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.
- After the Veterans Day Parade down Tejon Street, stop by the Poor Richard's Complex, 320-324 1/2 N. Tejon St., to sing happy 40th birthday and enjoy some cake and ice cream as the popular restaurant/toy store/book and gift store celebrates and unveils its new facade. Party time all day starting at 11 a.m., and Richard Skorman will host the fun. The new Wands and Wishes characters from "Frozen" and "Cinderella" will be on hand as they're added to the Poor Richard's kids' birthday parties schedule.
- Heavy metal headbangs as Machine Head, with lead singer and guitarist Robb Flynn, turns it into a Rawkus night starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, 3506 N. Academy Blvd. Tickets $22.50-25, rawkusnation.com.
- Ahh, the beauty as thousands of lighted lanterns float through the nighttime sky across southern El Paso County. The Lantern Fest returns to Pikes Peak International Raceway, 16650 Midway Ranch Road, Fountain, on Saturday. Gates open at 1 p.m. with lantern launch around 6 p.m. Tickets and parking specifics on thelanternfest.com. $40 through Friday, $50 Saturday, kids 3 and under free, $5 ages 4 to 15. Parking $5 cash. See The Lantern Fest: Colorado Springs on Facebook. FYI: Event lantern chasers traverse the flight path to pick up spent lanterns.
- Get your groove on at Saturday's Groove Fest with Denver's Soul School and local saxophonist and recording artist Tony Exum Jr. at what has developed into an excellent venue, The Gold Room, 18 S. Nevada Ave. 7 p.m. $15, $20, goldroomlive.com.
- Two legends of the photo world open an exhibition/retrospective, on display through Nov. 30 at GO-SEE Venue at Godec's Photo Supply, 25 S. Sierra Madre St., 634-8833. Bob Jackson, known for his work as a Gazette photographer but renowned as the Pulitzer winner for his photo of Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, and rock 'n' roll photographer Larry Hulst are featured. godecsphoto.com.
- The soothing baroque "Elements," with works by Rebel, Bach and Telemann, make up the program for the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs' weekend concerts, 7 p.m. Saturday at Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave., and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave. Music Director Thomas Wilson offers a preconcert lecture 45 minutes preceding each concert. Soloists Elisa Wicks, violin, and Angie Burtz, oboe. Tickets $25, $20 seniors/military, $5 youth, chamberorchestra ofthesprings.org, 633-3649.
- Rastafarians rejoice, it's Sublime with Rome with The Expendables as reggae/ska punk takes over the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., at 8 p.m. Sunday, doors open at 7. Sublime had years of major success until the 1996 heroin OD of vocalist/guitarist Bradley Nowell. Since Nowell owned the rights to the group's name, the group changed to Sublime with (guitarist) Rome Ramirez in 2010. $35, $40 at the door, axs.com/events/289668/sublime-with-rome-tickets.
- These Colorado Springs women weren't to be messed with, and thanks to the "Jailbirds for Justice," area women were able to cast their votes on Tuesday. League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region offers a special Meet the League open-to-the-public program where local history specialist Chris Nicholl will introduce stories of suffragettes Dr. Caroline Spencer, Natalie Gray and Berthe Arnold. They were among the women who in 1917-19 led suffrage protests at the White House demanding the right to vote. They had to fight off mob attacks, arrest and imprisonment until the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified on Aug. 18, 1920. Nicholl, who works for Pikes Peak Library District, tells more in the program at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the newly renovated East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. Free, RSVP to Sharon LaMothe, firstname.lastname@example.org, 473-7083.
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