Updated: January 23, 2014 at 9:22 am
Sure, it's still pretty chilly, but "The Home & Landscaping Show" will get those green thumbs itching with hundreds of products, ideas and services. Plus, Ahmed Hasson, host of HGTV's "Yard Crashers," will conduct landscaping seminars and sign autographs at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. The show runs 4-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Colorado Springs Event Center, 3960 Palmer Park Blvd. It's $5, $4 seniors and military, free for 12 and under. Details: 1-800-756-4788, rjpromotions.com.
Strife sometimes spurs greatness. In men. And sometimes in art. In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, "Voices Lifted for Freedom: Music of the Civil Rights Movement" examines the music that reflected and underscored the movement. It starts at 2:30 p.m. in the Carnegie Reading Room of the Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs lecturers Sarah Clay and Jennifer Polopous-Meredith will lead the exploration. It's free, but registration is required. Details: 389-8968, ppld.org
It may be 2014 in Colorado Springs, but it's 4712 on the Chinese lunar calendar and time to ring in the Year of the Horse. At this annual Chinese New Year celebration Sunday in the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., there's a combination of yo-yo demonstrations, the lion dance, mahjong, calligraphy, kung fu, traditional dances and music and lots of food. Running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., it's a cultural experience. Tickets are $5, $4 for military and students, children under 5 free. Details: 287-7624,cscci.org.
They're tweens or teens. Sometimes they write the music, other times they play it. "Young Geniuses"are in the spotlight Tuesday at St. George's Anglican Church, 217 E. Pikes Peak Ave. City Strings will perform works by Arriaga, known as the "Spanish Mozart," who composed string quartets when he was 16. Also featured: Felix Mendelssohn's "String Quartet in F minor." Mendelssohn was 13 when he wrote his first published work. The 7 p.m. concert is $20, $15 for students 16-22 and military, and children 15 and under accompanied by a paid admission are $10. Details and tickets: 686-6231, coloradohaus musik.com
His stand-up special "Buried Alive" is a hit on Netflix. He's going strong as Tom Haverford on NBC's "Parks and Recreation." Rolling Stone labeled him "the funniest man under 30." And he has a book deal to tell all about dating. So here he is, Aziz Ansari, kicking off a six-stop tour Wednesday at Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Why a mini-tour? His Tumblr handle might give a clue: "Aziz is Bored." He's ready to make everyone laugh at 7 p.m. and tickets are $38.50. Details: 576-2626, pikespeakcenter.com
Compiled by Linda Navarro, email@example.com, 636-0374