Here are some of the top entertainment options in the Pikes Peak region May 30-June 5:
- Academy Boulevard will shake with a pounding, pulsating, throbbing, heavy-duty beat Friday as drum and bass DJ AK1200 makes the scene at Rawkus. Dave Minner has been doing his breakbeat electronic thing since 1989 and he'll deliver it from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at 3506 N. Academy Blvd. $10 or it's $150 VIP. tinyurl.com/nafd22y, 596-0000.
- They can drop names in a big way Friday when the Andy Leftwich Trio is the special acoustic concert treat at the Black Rose Acoustic Society. Leftwich is the fiddler with Ricky Skaggs' band, Cody Kilby was a flatpickin' champ and is a top bluegrass guitarist, and Byron House has played bass with Dolly Parton, Nickel Creek, the Dixie Chicks, and Emmylou Harris. All together they'll be on stage at 7:30 p.m. at Black Forest Community Center, 12530 Black Forest Road $20. blackrose acoustic.org
- The Mitguards have been constants on the local scene since 1997, including at MeadowGrass, and they're releasing their newest CD of original material, their fifth, with a party. Celebrate "Beneath the Roots" with them at 7 p.m. Friday at Millibo Art Theater, 1626 S. Tejon St. On the CD: Chris Mitguard, vocals and guitar; Deb Mitguard, vocals and mandolin; Bob Tudor, piano; Randy Bowen, drums; and Don Richmond, string bass, background vocals, fiddle, electric violin, accordion, organ, pedal steel, high string guitar, electric bass, Weissenborn Hawaiian guitar, trumpet, banjo, dobro. $10. themat.org, 465-6321
-Documentary 'Hanna Ranch' at Ivywild Schoool. More info here.
- Families, take to your wheels for The Great Bicycle Carnival. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday there will be serious endurance challenges, a family fun ride, an obstacle course and crazy kid games. Head west to Bear Creek Park, South 21st Street and Argus Boulevard. $10-30. kidsonbikes.net, 355-3573.
- The Manitou Wine Festival can help you find your signature wine for the summer. It's scheduled 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Memorial Park, 502 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. More details here.
-"Memphis" shows struggle to get black music out in '50s. Shows Tuesday and Wednesday
- Be transported to A Midsummer Nights Music IX: Baroque in the Garden in Hillside Gardens, 1006 S. Institute St. for a Tuesday night musical benefit for the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs. The 6 p.m. event includes DeLalande's "Symphony for the King's Supper" during dinner, with soloists including Jacob Klock, Elisa Wicks and Jennifer DeDominici. Details: $45, chamber orchestraofthesprings.org, 633-3649
THURSDAY, JUNE 5
- For four days and evenings starting Thursday, the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., will house "The Greatest Show on Earth." There are familiar animals, you bet, but get ready for a unicorn, pegasus and woolly mammoth, too. An hour before each Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Legends show, ticket-holders can go onto the arena floor for an animal open house and a close-up look at the circus. Shows: 7 p.m. Thursday and June 6, 3 and 7 p.m. June 7 and 1 and 5 p.m. June 8. Tickets: $15 and 22; $35-80 for VIP, front row and Ringmaster Zone, at King Soopers, the World Arena Box office, Ringling.com, ticketswest.com.
-Outdoor yoga classes aplenty in the Pikes Peak Region. Times and dates here.
-Summer concerts in Colorado Springs-area parks. List here.
-$500 Gazette photo contest: More than 500 submitted so far.
-2014 Gazette Summer Fun Guide