A guide to your weekend and beyond in the Colorado Springs-area.
Lead off the weekend with Latinjazz and salsa sounds courtesy of Dennis Bueno, drummer, percussionist and leader of the Bueno Latin Jazz Project. To say it will be a lively concert at 8 p.m. Friday at Soiree, 1003 S. Tejon St., is a guarantee. Special guest entertainer is Cuban master percussionist Calixto Oviedo, whose wife, Lily Hernandez, will perform several of the salsa numbers. Band members include Bruce Pennington, keyboards; Gary Sanders, electric bass; Marcel Marchetti and Kyle Gregory, trumpets and flugelhorns; Seth Bueno, bongo. Tickets are $11.34. Details: dennisbueno.com
Rock band America relives their heyday at Pikes Peak Center
Tantalizing Cajun smells coming from the Manitou Springs direction signal it's Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cookoff day. Cooking begins at 8 a.m. Saturday and after the judging at 10:45 a.m., it's time to sample the competition fare in Soda Springs Park on Manitou Avenue in downtown Manitou Springs. Two tastings for $1. Then it's time to throw on the Mardi Gras beads - or just throw the Mardi Gras beads - for the Carnivale Parade through downtown, starting at 1 p.m. It's free, of course. Details: manitouspringsgov.com
Hey, kids, how about your own little taste of that hockey action from the Olympics? It's Try Hockey for Free Day at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the World Arena Ice Hall, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. Don't worry, coaches will be there to help with the hockey basics and the equipment is provided. Slip and slide with the best of them and get caught up in the world of the puck. Details: 477-2121, worldarena.com
Absolutely spectacular, take-your-breath-away excitement awaits during the Banff Mountain Film Festival, a collection of international outdoor films at 7 p.m. Saturday at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 Parkside Drive. It's a benefit for the Rocky Mountain Field Institute, a nonprofit "dedicated to preservation and restoration of wildlands and key natural areas." It's $15, plus a ticketing fee, and tickets are expected to sell out in advance. Details: 476-2200, stargazerstheatre.com
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It's a night of alternative with RXP FM's third Spring Fling. It stars Middle Class Rut, touted as having touches of Jane's Addiction, Foo Fighters and Rage Against the Machine in the music. Then there's Brick + Mortar, known for animated music video experimentation; Chain Gang of 1974, with ties to Colorado; and Dinosaur Pile Up, with its popular record critiqued as "bruising." The all-ages Spring Fling starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave., $13 or $15 day of show. Details: 227-7625, blacksheeprocks.com
National Developmental Disability Awareness Month is celebrated with the Achieve with Us Colorado Film Festival, where all films are either written by, star or are produced by people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The collection of short films is shown at 1, 3:30 and 7 p.m. and, says The ARC of the Pikes Peak Region, shows what these individuals can, not can't, do. It's free and sponsored in part by Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 Parkside Drive. RSVPs requested: email@example.com
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Compiled by Linda Navarro