People become very large when they're viewing an art show filled with tiny things. "Little" is capable of producing a powerful effect, making people "intensely aware of his or her own space," say organizers of "The Small Works Show." Think small at the opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave. Jurors were Jessica Hunter Larsen, I.D.E.A Space curator, and artist Sarah Milteer. Admission is $3 suggested donation. Details: 520-1899, cottonwoodcenterfor thearts.com
A wall of coffee mugs. Take one down. Have a cuppa tea. Nothing unusual except for these exceptional mugs. They're ceramicist Mark Wong's "Mug Shots." Wong fashioned his work after a tea ceremony in which a mug is hand-picked, admired as a special "vessel" of beauty and then smashed when it's empty. In "Mug Shots," Wong describes in his artist statement, none of the mugs are destroyed, but the portrait itself is when a part is missing. Over the next year, that portrait will change over and over in Mabel's Cafe in Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs. The opening of the "Mug Shots" installation is 4-7 p.m. Friday. Free. Mugs are $15. Details: 685-1861, themac.org
"Dancing with the Stars" celebrity pros Val Chmerkovskiy and Chelsie Hightower quickstep from the land of the mirror ball to the Air Force Academy, bringing the flashy dance routines and eye-popping costumes from the show. "Ballroom With a Twist" hip hops and jives into Arnold Hall,2302 Cadet Drive, at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Also on the bill are finalists from "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance." Tickets, $30-45. Details: 333-4497 or ticketmaster.com.
Local writers or those who wannabe have an opportunity to spend the day learning from Erin Healy, who has edited 12 of Ted Dekker's novels and worked with a long list of other writers before collaborating with the thriller-fantasy writer as she turned writer for "Kiss." Healy, a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the Academy of Christian Editors, is featured at the Sixth Annual Peak Writing Conference, which kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday with "Write Strong, Finish Well." Check it out at First Evangelical Free Church,830 N. 30th St. $75 at the door. www.eventbrite.com
The Colorado State University at Pueblo Piano Trio offers a soothing Sunday afternoon of Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Shostakovich when they perform a chamber music recital at 2:30 p.m. at First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave. Featured are Daniel Brandt, who is violin artist-in-residence at CSU Pueblo; Zahari Metchkov, assistant professor of piano; and Norah Joy Clydesdale, cello instructor. A freewill offering will be taken. Details: 696-9176, theclydesdalemusicstudio.com/719
So, you wonder, where have we seen him before? Answer: When it comes to Food Network TV programing, where have you not? Alton Brown, who became famous with his dry and appealingly scientific "Good Eats," has appeared on "Cutthroat Kitchen," "Food Network Star," "Iron Chef America" and "The Next Iron Chef." Brown brings his unique POV to Pikes Peak Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday with "The Edible Inevitable Tour," a combination of comedy, food, talk-show carrying-on and live music. Tickets: $27.50-$128. Details: 520-7436 ticketswest.com
Compiled by Linda Navarro, firstname.lastname@example.org, 636-0374