After the explosion of comic book and graphic novel tales splashed across the big screen, comic book art has become so mainstream that you don't have to be a teenage boy to appreciate it. The Comic Art Fest, which is now in its third year, kicks off with a gallery show and opening at 6 p.m. Friday at The Modbo, 17 c E. Bijou St. Then, from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, check out the celebration of the art form, with a special nod to Colorado artists, at Escape Velocity Comics, 19 E. Bijou St. This year more than 15 local and regional professional artists will be on hand, including Langdon Foss, Zach Howard, Matt Campbell and Stan Yan. And be sure to check out the Q&A panels, an art auction and art activity area. Free. Details: 578-8847, escapevelocity comics.com
Sure, it's not high falutin' arty stuff. But you've gotta love the skill and sheer physicality of mixed martial arts. And sponsored by No Mercy Extreme Fighting, you know that Annihilation 47 live MMA Fights will have some action. The two professional fights and two female fights kick off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Colorado Springs City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Details: 660-3234, nmefighting.com
Take a Popsicle Bike Ride, a 6-mile family ride from America the Beautiful Park up the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail and back after having a Popsicle treat. It's from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday and there's time for a picnic in the park afterward, 126 Cimino Drive. Free. Details: 355-3573, kidsonbikes.net
Charles Curtis is an internationally acclaimed cellist of new and experimental music, who ArtForum has called "one of the great cellists." He's worked with the pioneers of American avante-garde in works that blend the properties of performance, installation and sound art. See him in "Sound as Experience: Cellist Charles Curtis in Concert" at 7 p.m. Monday at GOCA 121, 121 S. Tejon St., Suite 100. Free, but reservations required. Details: 255-5134, uccs.edu/goca
See a story on the UCCS champion of the "Sound as Experience" series Monday on the Entertainment page of the Family section.
Take a walk on the Bach side at 5 p.m with the Wednesday Night Art with Mayor Bach: Art on the Streets. Meet at the US Bank, 6 S. Tejon St. You'll learn about this year's 11-piece collection public sculpture, which grace the streets of downtown. through May.
Havoc and Prodigy - that's the duo Mobb Deep - are considered the creme de la creme of the East Coast hip hop community. They're certainly doing something right because they have become one of the few rap duos to sell more than 3 million records. Catch their 20th anniversary tour with Alchemist, Boldy James, Boogz Boogetz and others at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rawkus, 3506 N. Academy Blvd. Tickets are $22.50-$85. Details: 596-0000, rawkusnation.com
Wednesday Night Art with Mayor Bach: Art on the Streets. rescheduled. 5-6 p.m. Meet at the US Bank, 6 S. Tejon St. Free. Guests will learn more about the winning pieces and artists, as well as the entire 11-piece collection gracing the streets of downtown through May.