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Your guide to Colorado Springs: Must Do Must See Feb. 21-27

February 20, 2014 Updated: February 21, 2014 at 12:38 pm
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A few entertainment highlights and options over the next week around Colorado Springs:

FRIDAY

Teachers, it's your turn to shine. The Colorado Springs Conservatory's popular Jazz Nite returns at 7 p.m. Friday with the conservatory's Faculty Jazz Band: Wayne Wilkinson on guitar, Josh Birkhimer on drums, Tom Fowler on sax and Andy Burtschi on bass. Adult admission is $15, which includes a glass of wine. Students are $5. The conservatory is located at 415 S. Sahwatch St. Details: 577-4556, colorado springsconservatory.org

Gamers, it's your weekend. Three days of Easter Eggs and Triple-A's await at GalaxyFest's Fremont Game Room hosted by Gaming Events, with Pathfinder Societies, role-playing games, board games and other table top games. Action starts at 10 a.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and runs until late night at the Antler's Hilton Hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave. Players need a weekend or daily pass in order to game. Passes are available online or at the door. Details: 955-5600, galaxyfest.com

- Also, comedian Colin Quinn is in town, playing the Fine Arts Center. More here.

- Past meets past at Victor Steampunk Festival, 10 a.m., Friday - Sunday

SATURDAY

Bring out your hidden artist at the free February Family Adventure Day on Saturday at Bemis School of Art, 818 Pelham Place, behind the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Bemis artists will help novices discover unusual art materials and hands-on activities to ignite creativity you might not know you have. It's for all ages, all skill levels and it's fun. It runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Details: 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org/bemisEvents.asp

A day for horse lovers: Colorado Springs Horseman's Day runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Norris-Penrose Events Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road. Learn all about horses or just brush up on your equine knowledge. Demonstrations, educational sessions, veterinary information, vendors, a petting zoo and, kids, your very own stick-horse rodeo. It's a free event hosted by Colorado Equine Veterinary Services. Details: 749-9500, coloradosprings horsemansday.com

Artist Tracy Miller steps away from her familiar paintings of horses and Western wildlife for a two-woman show with Kearston Corey, "Animals of Africa," which opens Saturday and runs through March 22. "We thought it would be interesting to show African wildlife in the American West," Miller said. Colors in this show are bold and vivid, the animals grand. Tracy Miller Studio Gallery is located at 16 Ruxton Ave. in Manitou Springs. Hours are 1-4 p.m. Sundays, closed Wednesdays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment other days. Details: 650-0827, tracymillerfineart.com

- Chamber Orchestra of the Springs will perform Beethoven, 7 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday

SUNDAY

A heavy-duty musical experience rolls into The Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave., at 7 p.m. Sunday: headliners Escape The Fate with Eve To Adam, New Years Day, Discount Cinema. Get ready for one award-winning Las Vegas group with publicized personnel problems; a New York City-based quartet with a new album as well as tour dates and festivals with Daughtry and Kid Rock; a punk and emo group working through personal heartbreak songs in an upbeat way; and a young group finishing its debut EP. Tickets $20, $22 day of show. Details: 227-7625, blacksheeprocks.com

- Sound encouters by the Veronikia Quartet, 2 p.m., Sunday

THURSDAY

Meet the Steep Canyon Rangers up close and personal from North Carolina. And there's no question why their name sounds familiar: These Grammy winners, PBS pledge-drive spotlight artists and concert favorites have partnered with banjo player Steve Martin. Yes, thatSteve Martin, the funny man. Bluegrass fans recognize the Rangers as the International Bluegrass Music Association's Entertainers of the Year for "Nobody Knows You." Onstage at 7 p.m.Thursday at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, they'll also focus on new material, for instance, "Tell the Ones I Love." Tickets are $17 plus processing fee. Details: 476-2200, stargazerstheatre.com

- Dining review: Cozy setting, hearty fare at Heart of Jerusalem

- Classical music for the waning winter and coming spring

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Compiled by Linda Navarro

linda.navarro@gazette.com, 636-0374

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