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Must Do Must See: What's happening around Colorado Springs during St. Patrick's Day weekend

March 13, 2014 Updated: March 14, 2014 at 3:16 pm
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Five-year-old Jesse Parks blows a green trumpet at Copper the clown during the St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Colorado Spring on Saturday, March 17, 2012. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)

Just some of your options in the Pikes Peak region over the next few days, March 14-20:


Hear the best of the area's young Shel Silversteins and Henry David Thoreaus in the city-sponsored high school championship Lyrical Lounge City Slam Poetry Competition at 6 p.m. Friday at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St. It's free, but $3 donations are suggested. Details: 385-6857,

When you think of Led Zeppelin, it's hard not to recall Jimmy Page's grinding guitar and Robert Plant's acid vocals. Think "Whole Lotta Love." "Heartbreaker." Relive the legendary tunes of ZOSO: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, which the Chicago Sun Times said was "the closest to the original of any tribute," when it comes to Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $15, $20 day of the show, both with ticketing fees. Details: 476-2200,


Happy green St. Patrick's weekend. The St. Patty's Parade kicks off at high noon, but there's downtown action all morning long, starting with a 50K bike ride at 8:30 a.m. - 32.5 miles long for top riders, 23.5 miles for intermediates and a 10.7-mile family course. All start at McCabe's Tavern, 520 S. Tejon St. Runners of the 5K take off at 10 a.m., starting and ending at Acacia Park. The Leprechaun Fun Run to benefit the Uncle Wilber fountain in Acacia Park is at 11. Then the 100-unit parade parties its way down Tejon Street from St. Vrain Street to Vermijo Avenue with the grandstand at Pikes Peak Avenue. Parking meters will be working. Details:

Ready for a little Hawg action? The motorcycle season roars into town with a Show and Swap Meet from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Freedom Financial Expo Center, 3650 N. Nevada Ave. Also on tap: a Harley giveaway, Sunday's 1 p.m. Colorado Tattoo Competition, a beer garden and music by Jake Loggins and Friends. Admission is $9, $6 for over 65 and free for kids under 12. Details: 487-8005,


You know that song, maybe better than you know "The Addams Family." "They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky. They're all together ooky, The Addams Family." The touring production of the Broadway musical will bring that catchy tune, that kooky family and more extravagant costumes and over-the-top song-and-dance numbers than Thing could shake a finger at to Pikes Peak Center with "The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy." It opens Tuesday. ... 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $38-$58, 799-4139, More info here.


Gazette Publisher and President Dan Steever is featured at Pillar's Institute of Lifelong Learning's "Behind an Icon" series at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Penrose Carnegie Library Reading Room, 20 N. Cascade Ave. He'll speak about his career and the role newspapers can play in communities, including ours. It's $10. Details: 633-4991,


As part of its celebration of 20 musical years, the Black Rose Acoustic Society brings master guitarist/singer/songwriter Patty Larkin to Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., for an evening of storytelling and songs, 7 p.m. Thursday, $20. This helps set the stage for the group's April 11 anniversary open stage and jam session. Details: 528-6119, blackrose

It's good, kinky fun at the opening of the latest TheatreWorks production. At least, that's what The New York Times called David Ives' play "Venus in Fur" after it debuted on Broadway in 2011. And while, yes, there is a scantily-clad woman on stage in a dominatrix-style role, there's much more beneath the surface of this two-person show set in the world of New York City theater. More info here.


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