Author Dave Philipps examines the emotional conflict surrounding iconic wild mustangs in a lecture "Wild Horses in Crisis," 7 p.m., Cornerstone Arts Center, Colorado College, 825 N. Cascade Ave. Free. Book signing follows.

Opening night for "Intimate Apparel" by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, running through Feb. 25 at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College,


Yummy "CAKE!" and it's funny as can be, too. Five works by local comedy writers tackle that sweet subject as The MAT turns 16. Check out the latest fun from Lauren and Mark Arnest, Steve Emily, Warren Epstein and Jeff Harms through Feb. 24 at Millibo, 1626 S. Tejon St. There's a cake-off Saturday with slices to taste. Tickets: 465-6321,


Romantic city Loveland leads into Valentine's Day week with its Loveland Fire and Ice Festival combining ice sculptures and fireworks with a full festival of activities, 5-10 p.m. Friday,opening at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Daydreaming about spring? Great ideas, gardens and visits with the experts at the Home & Landscape Expo, 2-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road. $4 admission, under 18 get in free,

Ice sculptors turn the town into a medieval "Renaissance in Ice" for the Cripple Creek Ice Festival, this weekend through Feb. 18. Fun on the ice slide and at the ice bar. Meet the artists from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. All the info:

Dress the part if you'd like, and meet pop culture authors and actors from movie and TV at GalaxyFest, all weekend at The Antlers hotel. Kids' Day Sunday.


A city celebration of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games fills downtown for the opening of the games along with entertainment, food and athletes, 5-10 p.m. Free.

Colorado Mountain Club hosts a Backcountry Film Festival, a Winter Wildlands Alliance "celebration of the human-powered experience and a gathering place for the backcountry snowsports community," 7 p.m., doors at 6:30, at The Ute & Yeti, 21 N. Nevada Ave. $15,

Acclaimed Gypsy-jazz guitarist Aaron Walker headlines his quartet at Black Rose Acoustic Society, Black Forest Community Center, 12530 Black Forest Road., 7-10 p.m., $10. Emily Barnes will open.


A musical treat, the Ute Pass Chamber Players Founders' Concerto Festival, a "rivalry between solo instruments and a 26-piece orchestra." Soloists Guy Dutra-Silveira, Clark Wilson and Barb Riley-Cunningham. 3 p.m., High View Baptist Church, 1151 Rampart Range Road, Woodland Park. Free, donations accepted. If there's snow, the concert moves to Monday. Check

Learn all about them and try to spot them in their natural habitat during the popular Bighorn Sheep Day in Garden of the Gods Park starting at 10 a.m. A free family day.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year for the 2018 Year of the Dog. The annual festival at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a Taste of China, Taste of Asia and a teahouse. Admission $6, student and military discounts. Info: 287-7624. There's also a cultural experience with dancing, food demonstrations, games and prizes at Asian Pacific Market, 615 Wooten Road, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.,

Over in Manitou, they're thinking Mardi Gras with the annual Carnivale Parade and Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cookoff. Want to put on your beads and march in the parade? Meet at 12:30 p.m. beside the Stagecoach Inn on Manitou Avenue. The cooking competitors will be whipping up gumbo all morning, with $1 samples available after judging around 10:45 a.m. in Soda Springs Park.

The celebrated dancers with Keigwin + Company celebrate Leonard Bernstein's centennial at Ent Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m.


Corned beef sandwiches and a Jewish film series, the perfect teaming for a special Temple Shalom night, 1523 E. Monument St. A deli dinner ($24) inspired by the film short "A Reuben by Any Other Name" leads off at 5 p.m. with free screenings also including "The Last Blintz" and "Joe's Violin" at 6 p.m. For reservations, 634-5311 or email

Some of the films are controversial, many are filled with indigenous issues, most all provide educational experiences at the Native American One Nation Film Festival. The work of independent and student filmmakers is featured from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Stargazers Theatre, $20, $15 for students,

Edith Makes a Paper Chain plays a benefit concert for Concrete Couch art works and community projects, 6-9 p.m. at Bristol Brewing Co., 1604 S. Cascade Ave. Opening the evening in the gym is the Concrete Couch Jam Band. $10 suggested donation.


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