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Things to do around Colorado Springs this weekend: Motorcycles and tattoos, romantic music, human library, sandhill cranes, French wine

March 7, 2018 Updated: March 9, 2018 at 6:24 am
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Here's a look at some of our favorite events and happenings around Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak region and beyond in the next few days.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY

Savor "The Wines of Southern France" at wine seminars, a grand tasting evening and a wine dinner, all to benefit the Colorado Springs Conservatory. The Colorado Springs Wine Festival at The Broadmoor and Garden of the Gods Club. coloradospringsconservatory.org/2018-wine-festival-tickets-sale

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

"Cat Ballou" starred Lee Marvin and Jane Fonda in 1965 and was filmed partly at Buckskin Joe near Canoñ City. Jim Jackson of Millibo Art Theatre turned his multi-part melodrama of one-person plays into the "Canon City Trilogy" and stages a repeat of Part II, "Royal Buckskin," this weekend through March 25. It's the recollections of a 9-year-old dishwasher on the set of the Western in Jackson's childhood hometown. Shows 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, 1626 S. Tejon St., tickets $18-25, themat.org.

FRIDAY

Oh the scenes and characters they create. Shadow dance company Catapult, "America's Got Talent finalist," Friday at Pueblo Memorial Hall, pueblomemorialhall.com.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

Grandpa Bredo is still frozen and still in the Tuff Shed. Celebrate one of Colorado's strangest events, the 17th annual Frozen Dead Guy Days at Nederland with food, beer and bands, frozendeadguydays.org

Thousands of sandhill cranes fly into the San Luis Valley to feast before soaring away to breeding grounds. See all the cranes, ducks and geese in a beautiful mountain setting. Photography workshops and tours are full, but there's much nature to see March 9-11 at the Monte Vista Crane Festival, mvcranefest.org

SATURDAY

Since 1992, women of African/Caribbean heritage in the area have worked to preserve the cultural awareness of African diaspora. Their work will be celebrated with dance, arts and crafts and storytelling during Sankofa Culture Day, part of Women's History Month at the Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At the same time, the museum opens a Sankofa exhibit. cspm.org $5 suggested donation

Concert pianist Leon Gurvitch, a professor at Germany's Brahms Conservatory, performs "L'Chayim: To Life," presented by Temple Beit Torah, 7 p.m., 522 E. Madison St. He will be joined by Tim Blake, percussion; Pat Abbott, string bass; and Tom Fowler, tenor and soprano sax. A reception follows. $20. For information: 573-0841.

Bring your own acoustic instruments - washboards, recorders, jugs, harmonicas, guitars or just your voices - and jam with nature and the volunteer folk band Pepper Grass. 10 a.m., Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain. $2 donation. elpasocountynaturecenters.com

Take the plunge. Go jump in the lake at Country Club of Colorado for Special Olympics Colorado with check-in at 11 a.m. and a "freezin' for a reason" wet attack at 1 p.m. Join the Polar Plunge at bit.ly/2Bra3VZ $75 minimum pledge.

They're living books, people from diverse walks of life who can be "checked out" at the library for conversations. During the Human Library at East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., 1-5 p.m., 15 human "books" will be available for 20-minute conversations. It's a free experience. For the book catalog: ppld.org/human-library

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

The beauty of "Great Romantic Serenades" by Brahms, Strauss and Dvorak comes alive in performances by the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, 7 p.m. Saturday at Broadmoor Community Church, 315 E. Lake Ave., with a pre-concert talk by PPCC Music Department Chairman William Malone 45 minutes prior. The Sunday concert is 2:30 p.m. at First Christian Church, 15 E. Platte Ave. Tickets $20-25, $5 for youth, chamberorchestraofthesprings.org

The Motorcycle/Car Super Show and Colorado Tattoo Competition returns, this time at Altered Reality Event Center, 3960 Palmer Park Blvd., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. $12-15, children 12 and under get in free. pro-promotions.com/pro-events/mss

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