Like 12 snapshots blurred by time and memory, Colorado Springs painter Lindsay Hand explores nostalgia and life recalled in her new body of work, "Stardust." The losely rendered oil paintings are "deconstructed through technique and color, reveal layers in process and concept, all together resulting in an exhibit sweet and honest in its portrayal of life's moments." It opens from 5:30 p.m. to midnight Friday at the Modbo, 17 c E. Bijou St. And at neighboring S.P.Q.R., 17 c E. Bijou St., are works by well-known local painter Phil Lear and Christian Medovich, whose new work was inspired by Tom Waites' "Murder in the Redbarn." Free. Details: 633-4240, themodbo.com.
A chemistry magic show. A visit from Leroy Chiao, former NASA astronaut. A laser laboratory tour. All that and a whole lot more scheduled when the Colorado Springs Science Festival kicks off a nine-day science extravaganza with Cool Science Carnival Day. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Events will be held at venues through the region - both days and evenings. Many events are free. Details: 632-4352, cscoolsciencefestival.org.
They've just crowned the winner of TV's "America's Got Talent" and now it's the fourth annual Colorado You Got Talent. They'll be singing, dancing, juggling and doing their best comedy to try to snag the title of Colorado's Performer of the Year. The state finalist youth competition starts at noon and adults at 6 p.m. Sunday at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive. It costs $12 to see the spectacle. Details: 476-2200, stargazerstheatre.com
DAvid Mason Book reading. colorado poet laureat The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Kraemer Family Library will host Colorado Poet Laureate David Mason in conjunction with UCCS All Campus Reads. This presentation entitled "The Ludlow Massacre in a Narrative Poem: Lessons for the Present" features Mason discussing reading selections from the book "Ludlow: A Verse Novel." Light refreshments will be served. Third floor apse of Kraemer Family Library, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Oct 8, 2013: 7:30 pm - 9 pm (Tue) 255-3124
So you always wanted to write the great American novel? Here's Everything You Need to Know About NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). In November, writers everywhere take on the annual task of writing 50,000-word novels in just 30 days. But first all you have to get ready. Learn all about NaNo and its rules in this free online workshop presented by Pikes Peak Writers at 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Details: 930-7323, pikespeakwriters.com.
You won't have to go to Rio to samba your night away. It's the second Hootenanny for the Arts in downtown Colorado Springs and a Brazilian Carnivale - both sponsored by COPPeR, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region. Guesses are that clothing at The Mansion, 20 N. Tejon St., might be just a tad less revealing than Carnivale, but be prepared for anything: cirque acrobats, dancers, martial arts capoiera performers. The $50 admission benefits COPPeR and First Take Youth Film Project. It's at 6-11 p.m. Wednesday. Details: 634-2204, coppercolo.org
Who would have thought that the goose-bump-inspiring "God Bless America" was, in fact, the subject of political infighting, anti-Semitic backlash and a nasty little fight between composer and performer. Music scholar Sheryl Kaskowitz tells the inside story from her book, "God Bless America: The Surprising History of an Iconic Song" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Colorado College's Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St. No charge. Details: 389-6000, coloradocollege.edu.