Here are some of the top entertainment options in the Pikes Peak region May 16-22:
- Ian Harris is the thinking person's comic, and he'll be performing 8 p.m. Friday at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Tickets $20-$25, csfineartscenter.org. With a stand-up act initially rich with impressions of celebrities (he's credited with the first Christopher Walken impression in 1993), Harris' repertoire has evolved to include topics he knows are usually studiously avoided in polite conversation. Religion, ghosts, alternative medicine, Bigfoot, psychics (even though his mom works as one) - he finds it all ridiculous, and he's not afraid to tell you so. Read more here.
- The public can help pay tribute to valor this weekend as fallen peace officers are remembered. At 10 a.m. Friday the names of two peace officers - Colorado Department of Corrections Director Thomas Clements and FBI agent Jack Coler - will be added to a list of 28 area officers killed. Those 30 names will be part of a proposed Pikes Peak Region Peace Officers' Memorial on the east side of Memorial Park near the war memorials, a new site replacing one in America the Beautiful Park. A Valor Run starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, at the memorial site; cost is $25, $30 on race day. Saturday night is the Peace Officers' Memorial Ball at the Marriott Hotel, 6 p.m.; cost is $80. Details: The Pikes Peak Region Peace Officers' Memorial on Facebook.
- A sure sign it's time to think gardening, barring any more white stuff: the Horticultural Art Society's Annual Plant Sale. H.A.S. Demonstration Garden in Monument Valley Park, Cache la Poudre Street and Glen Avenue, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Details: 357-9427, hasgardens.org
- World-class athletes are competing this weekend at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs with aspirations of eventually qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics. The eight-team FIVB World Championship NORCECA Qualifying Tournament began in earnest Thursday at SportsCenter I at the OTC, and the United States' men's and women's volleyball teams both saw action. The competition is a qualifier for the men's and women's FIVB World Championships. Read more here.
- From a simple block of wood, art appears. Hundreds of those pieces of art will be on display during the 31st annual Woodcarving & Woodworking Show, Sale & Competition hosted by the Pikes Peak Whittlers, who will also give demonstrations. Whittle away some time from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Shrine Club, 6 W. 33rd St. Details: $3, seniors and military $2, kids under 12 and Scouts in uniform free. Details: Pikes Peak Whittlers on Facebook, 590-8694
- Get your hands grubby at the first gardening expo at First and Main Town Center, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, in the field behind the Fox and Hound Pub and Grille, 3101 New Center Point Drive, free; firstandmaintowncenter.com. Five hand-picked vendors will be on-site. Read more here.
- Here's a Family Fun Day with something extra special - tigers and lions and leopards and baby bears. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, stop by for special events and wildlife viewing opportunities at Serenity Springs Wildlife Center, 24615 Scott Road near Calhan. Details: $10, $5 for military with ID, 347-9200, serenityspringswildlife.org
- Experience "Beautiful Chaos" - a showcase of the area's talented young student musicians and dancers. Presented by the Colorado Springs Conservatory, whose students composed the music, the sixth annual event is a collaboration with dancers from Ormao Dance Company, The Ballet Society of Colorado Springs,Revolution Dance Academy and Kemper Dance Academy; 7 p.m. Sunday at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S Parkside Drive. Details: $5-10, 577-4556, http://tinyurl.com/lo8ea2j or csconservatory.org
- Vroom vroom - hot, fast cars might be just the recipe for Sunday. Billed as a Colorado car culture event, Revvolution of the Rockies is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Pikes Peak International Raceway, 16650 Midway Ranch Road south of Fountain. Some highlights: people's choice car show, a booming bass competition, participatory drag race and team events. Details: $10 per car, some charges for event participation, revvolution.com
They've been around in various iterations since the 1980s, and now Suicidal Tendencies - at times the punk band favored by skateboarders - is in concert at Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave., at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Also called a "father of crossover thrash," the group has one original member, leader Mike Muir. Details: $25, $28 day of show; 227-7625, blacksheeprocks.com
Compiled by Linda Navarro