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Your Must See Must Do: Your guide to the weekend in the Colorado Springs area

May 1, 2014 Updated: May 2, 2014 at 11:42 am


-Cinco de Mayo events start today and go through the weekend. More here.

-Cinco de Mayo is a perfect time to celebrate tequila with margaritas. Here are some tips how to make the perfect one.

-Thirty-five of the world's best bull riders compete at Broadmoor World Arena. Events start tonight.

-Artist Wendy Mike's new show starts tonight. More here.

-"American Idol" runner-up Crystal Bowersox performs at Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts. More here.

-Chihuly exhibit opens tonight at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center for a members-only preview. The exhibit opens to the public Saturday. More here.

-"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" opens nationwide. Here's a review, or click here for dates and times.

-Put on your art lover's hat for a walking visit through First Friday Downtown from 5 to 8 p.m. You'll be there for the unveiling of five 2014 Art in Storefronts, a clever COPPeR project to fill vacant storefront windows with curated art displays. Check out 10 E. Bijou St., 12 E. Bijou St., 14 E. Bijou St., 125 E. Bijou St. and 127 E. Bijou St. and meet the artists. There's live music by Burn the Maps, and the galleries, shops and restaurants throughout the area will be open. Also on tap for art-filled Friday is a reception from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave., for The Mural Project's "Liber'ez L'Art Community Murals" and photos by the public of the area's parks and trails. Details: free, and, 634-2204.

-Ah, sweet harmonies are emanating from Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. The best in women's four-part a cappella harmony can be heard during the Sweet Adelines International Region 8 Convention and it's open to everyone. Competitions start at noon Friday and Saturday and the Show of Champions is 8 p.m. Saturday. Details: $20, $15 seniors and students; 799-4138, tickets

-So us your awesome Colorado photos here. There's a $500 prize involved in our photo contest.


-This is the weekend that, for 75 years, has signaled the beginning of spring and summer events in Canon City. The high point of the Music and Blossom Festival is Saturday's 1 p.m. "Music Man" marching band parade down Main Street. Open at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, the festival has a well-known crafters' area, as well as vendors, a kids' zone, a carnival and live entertainment. Details: free,

-A whole new world of knowledge could open up at the 2014 Children's Day Festival sponsored by the Japan-America Society of Southern Colorado. There's an opportunity to practice origami (paper folding) and shuji (calligraphy) and to play Japanese musical instruments and Japanese games. Kids who wear kimonos, martial arts uniforms and yukata can walk the runway in a fashion show. Activities from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Arts Center on the Colorado College campus, 825 N. Cascade Ave. Details: Free, 264-1770,

-Car lovers, rejoice. It's the first First Saturday Car Show of the season at First & Main Town Center, Powers Boulevard and South Carefree Circle. Different car clubs are featured each month through October. Ogle the cars and sample breakfast goodies from Whole Foods from 8 to l0 a.m. in the west parking lot near Dick's Sporting Goods. Details: Free, firstandmain

-A day with the family outdoors in the Colorado sunshine - along with s'mores from the solar oven, pond critters, dinosaur fossils, a wizard, bugs, pizza and lessons about recycling - are all part of the Fountain Creek Nature Center Family Fun Day, 320 Peppergrass Lane in Fountain. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Details: $5, $4 members, $1 coupon at the nature center, free for active duty military families; 520-6745,


-Christian artist Jeremy Camp has turned the lows and the highs in his life, including the death of his first wife to ovarian cancer and his never-wavering faith, into Dove Award-winning songs filling 11 albums. Camp and his second wife, Adie, bring their live and unplugged "I Still Believe Tour" to Springs First Church of the Nazarene, 4120 E. Fountain Blvd., at 6 p.m. Details: $25-35, 596-5119,

-Wookies, Ewoks and Jedi, your day is here; May the 4th be with you. "Star Wars Day," complete with costumes and a language all its own, will be celebrated with a Geeks Who Drink trivia competition at 6 p.m. at McCabe's Tavern, 520 S. Tejon St. Trivia covers the original "Star Wars" trilogy, episodes IV, V and VI. There's a six-person max for each team with a $5 admission for each player. Details: geeks

-The season finale of the Taylor Memorial Concert Series, community concerts endowed since 1928, is "Reincarnations," by the Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble. Featuring works by Claudio Monteverdi, Ralph Vaughan Williams, David Del Tredici and others. The concert is 3 p.m. at Grace and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 601 N. Tejon St. Details: Free, 328-1125,

Compiled by Linda Navarro,, 636-0374


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