Updated: February 13, 2014 at 9:33 am
On Valentine's Day night, bluesman Otis Taylor brings his storytelling style to Crystola Roadhouse, 20918 E. U.S. 24, outside Woodland Park. For those who haven't already discovered Taylor's award-winning music, the surprise will be his raw but lyrical look at injustices dealt to Native Americans, African-Americans, the homeless and those facing tyranny. His sound is termed "Trance Blues," a combo of jazz, rock, funk, folk and Americana. Taylor built a local fan base as a popular entertainer at the 2012 Jazz Under the Bridge. Catch up with him at 8 p.m. Friday, tickets $23. Details: 576-5945, amusiccompanyinc
For other things to do Friday, go to our Valentine's Day events list on Page 12.
Bighorn sheep are one of the reasons Colorado is Colorado, and this is a special opportunity to see them where they live. It's Bighorn Sheep Day on Saturday at Garden of the Gods Visitors Center, 1805 N. 30th St. Bring binoculars and you can also check out the star attraction's mountain habitat through the center's high-power telescopes. Cookies and cider. Guided nature walks. Children's activities and crafts. It's all free, a gift from the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau, and runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Details: 634-6666, visitcos.com
Cartoon characters take over the main street in Cripple Creek this weekend and next for the annualCripple Creek Ice Festival.Watch as sculptors turn tons of ice blocks into wacky, familiar characters and create sled runs and even an icy liquor run.Bennett Avenue will also be lined with vendors, a beer garden and other activities from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.Saturday and Sunday and again Feb. 22-23. The sculptures will be there until they melt. Free. Details: visitcripplecreek.com
Go Irish on a Sunday afternoon with FullSet's traditional music from the Emerald Isle. This is a young Celtic group with age-old sounds. They take the stage at 3 p.m. Sunday at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive. Tickets: $21 plus ticket fee, $25 plus ticket fee at the door. Details: 476-2200, stargazers theatre.com See story on Page 5.
Winter daydreams of camping, that ultimate RV, fishing and hunting? Check out what's new at theRV and Sport Showat the Event Center at Rustic Hills, 3960 Palmer Park Blvd. The expo runs all weekend: 1-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5, $4 for seniors and military, ages 12 and younger free. Details: 800-756-4788, ext. 12, rjpromotions.com.
Some of the meanies of the ring will be smacking it down Tuesday at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., when the WWE arrives for a 7 p.m. show. This WWE Smackdown crew is expected to include Sheamus, Big E Langston, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and The Wyatt Family. Tickets range from $18.50 to $100.50. Details: 576-2626, ticketswest.com
The group takes its name from the city it called home when Manhattan Transfer founder Tim Hauser turned from cabbie to musical-quartet artist nearly 40 years ago. The group brings its Broadway musical sounds to Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., at 7 p.m. Thursday. Tickets: $39.25-43.75. Details: 576-2626, ticketmaster.com See story on Page 4.
Compiled by Linda Navarro, firstname.lastname@example.org, 636-0374