Here's a look at some of our favorite events happening around Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak region and the rest of Colorado the next few days.


- The big tent in the Citadel mall parking lot is filled with a "water circus" and contortionists. Cirque Italia, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., tickets $30-40, cirqueitalia.comRead our preview.


- Lyric baritone Robert Sims, acclaimed for interpretations of African American spirituals, has performed in concert at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. He sings with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Brink and the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale as part of the Shivers Concert Series, 6:30 p.m. at Hotel Elegante. Pre-concert social hour and artist reception follows the concert. $55, Free workshop for students, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.

- An evening of laughs with comedian Tom Papa, 7:30 p.m., Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St. Tickets: $36, csfineartscenter.orgRead our preview.


- A sure sign of ski season: Warren Miller's 68th ski and snowboard film, "Line of Descent." A who's who of winter athletes travel the world for their sports. 8 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $24.75.


- The bears are out. Big, sort-of-bad bears. Silly bears. Bear families in their running gear. Have no fear. Wear your favorite bear suits for the 3K Bear Fun Run/Walk starting with some pre-run bear actitivities at 10 a.m., at Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road. It's a goofy charity fun run/walk to benefit the nature center. First-time runners will get a bear suit to keep. Returning runners can register at a discount. $10-60.

- An opportunity to thank local vets at the annual Veterans Day Parade, Boulder Street to Vermijo Avenue down Tejon Street, 9:30 a.m. Read our preview.

- Come visit Garden of the Gods when the full Beaver Moon lights up the sky just as it reaches the closest distance to Earth. Join the Full Moon Hike at 6:30 p.m. from the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center,1805 N. 30th St.

- A quiet time in this noisy world, a Forest Meditation of "mindful walking and meditation" hosted by Catamount Institute and Rocky Mountain Insight, 11 a.m. to noon, 740 W. Caramillo St. All experience levels, children 11 and older. $10 donations support Catamount Institute's nature programs.

- See the creative work of the young new filmmakers of the Youth Documentary Academy when they premiere their productions, seating before 6:30 p.m. at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. Donations $10, $4 for students. Reserve seats:

- The timeless beauty of Puccini's "La Boheme" opens Opera Colorado's season with performances through Nov. 15 at Denver's Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Ticket availability:

- They're going for the laughs at the Hunger Games Improv Laffoff with competitors Improvasaurus, Improv Colorado and Stick Horses in Pants. The fun benefits Care & Share Food Bank. Show time 7:30 p.m. at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive. Tickets $10 plus ticketing fee,

- Army at Air Force football at Falcon Stadium, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, CBS-SN/740 AM. Air Force has beaten Army 18 times in 20 games. Watch for the flyovers before the game. Game preview here.


- Sometimes when memory is lost, the past comes alive in the creative expressions shown in art. Opening reception for the month-long Alzheimer's Association Memories in the Making Art Exhibit is 2-4 p.m. at East Branch Library Gallery, 5550 N. Union Blvd. Music by the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale. Proceeds from art sold will go to the association for the search for a cure for dementia.

- The late Jerry Teske was a beloved member of the area music community, and his "Joy of Living" will be celebrated by one of the groups he helped found, Abendmusik, at 3 p.m. with music written or arranged by him. Free. Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave.

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