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The Trail Running Series has grown from its humble beginnings to feature 60 to 70 participants at most events, with some drawing over 100.

TOP PICKS

April 16, 7 p.m.: Red Green. Comedian Steve Smith, aka Red Green, will perform at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center as a part of his "I'm Not Old, I'm Ripe" tour. The show will focus on Green's life: the twists, the turns, the insights and wisdom, and the people he met along the way. How did all of this happen? When did duct tape become a driving force for his creativity? All of these questions and countless you've not thought of will be answered. Tickets are $54 and are available at gotmine.com. Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mount Rushmore Road.

April 16, 6 p.m. and April 18, 6:30 p.m.: Jill Cohn. Seattle songwriter Jill Cohn will tour in the Black Hills for her 11th album, "Heartstrings Touching Ground, on April 16 in the Naked Winery, 430 Mount Rushmore Road, Custer, and April 18 in the Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St. Both shows are free and will showcase her soulful folk/Americana style, from road songs to ballads. The album was produced by Grammy Award-winning Producer Malcolm Burn, who has credits with Bob Dylan and Daniel Lanois and won a Grammy for his work on Emmylou Harris' "Red Dirt Girl." For more information, call 605-673-2733 for the Naked Winery show or 394-6139 for the RCPL show. 

April 20, 7:30 p.m.: Home Free. The country a capella group Home Free will perform at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center on April 20. The group won NBC's "The Sing-Off" and hit No. 1 on the iTunes Country chart and No. 4 overall with their 2014 album "Crazy Life." The group recently made their debut at the Grand Ole Opry, released their third album and performed on Kenny Rogers' Christmas album. Admission ranges from $22 to $147. Purchase tickets at gotmine.com. Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mount Rushmore Road.

CONCERTS

April 14: Rascal Flatts/Jana Kramer, Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls

April 14: Steppenwolf, Badlands Pawn Gold & Jewelry, Sioux Falls

April 15: The Lil' Smokies, The Back Porch & B&B Bar, Spearfish

April 15 and 16: Trap Kit, Firehouse Wine Cellars

April 21: Texas Hippie Coalition, Zbar and Nightclub

April 22: Jaisikka Nada, Firehouse Wine Cellars

April 23: Jesse Wilson, Firehouse Wine Cellars

April 23: Bad Bad Hats, The Garage

April 28: Colt Ford, Deadwood Mountain Grand

April 29: Bill Price, the Dahl

April 29: Emily Lloyd, Firehouse Wine Cellars

April 29 and 30: Shake Rattle and Roll Tribute to Elvis, Deadwood Mountain Grand

April 30: Aces & Eights, Firehouse Wine Cellar

May 7: Hairball, Knuckle Saloon, Sturgis

May 11: Heart, Deadwood Mountain Grand

May 11: S. Carey Trio, The Garage

May 13: Amanda Conway/Mystery Pills/Linda Boyle/Steve Thorpe, The Seed Theater

May 19: Florida Georgia Line, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

May 20: John Craigie, The Seed Theater

GALLERY

Until April 27: "Senior Art Show." The Black Hills State University senior art show will run through April 27, with an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today. The exhibit is free and open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Matthews Art Gallery, 612 Main St., Spearfish.

Until April 30: The Black Hills Arts Association will serve as the April Artists of the Month at the Sturgis Public Library. Their work will be on display during regular library hours. Sturgis Public Library, 1040 Harley-Davidson Way, Sturgis.

CHEAP THRILLS

April 15, 5:30 p.m.: Emerging Artists. The Dahl Arts Center will host an Emerging Artists event from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. This week's artists are Harland Allen, Kim Bachmann and Linda Boyle. Refreshments will be available. Admission is free. 713 Seventh St. Visitors are asked to use the Kansas City Street entrance.

FAMILY

Until April 29: "What Number, Please? The History of Telephones." The Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center will open a new temporary exhibit on the history of the telephone, with various vintage phones and items related to telephony. Admission is free. There will be a family-friendly public reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. Tri-State Museum, 415 Fifth Ave., Belle Fourche.

Until May 2: "Mini Masters." A children's art exhibition created through local child care preschool programs will be on display in the Bruce H. Lien Cultural Cafe & Gallery at the Dahl. A reception for the artists and their families will be held at 5 p.m. April 12. The Dahl, 713 Seventh St.

STAGE

April 14-16, 7:30 p.m.: "The Pillowman." The Black Hills State University Theatre Department will open its new Black Box Theatre in Woodburn Hall with the dark drama "The Pillowman." The show concerns a fiction writer living in a police state being interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a number of bizarre murders. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for senior citizens, $5 for BHSU faculty and staff and free for BHSU students with a Buzz Card. For more information, call 605-642-6268. Black Hills State University, 1200 University Blvd., Spearfish.

April 14-16, 7:30 p.m.: "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." Stevens High School will perform Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" this weekend. The show concerns the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors from the Book of Genesis. Admission is $10. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 394-4016. Stevens High School, 1200 S. 44th St.

NEXT WEEK

April 23, 10 a.m.: Thunder Run. The Black Hills Runners Club Trail Running Series gets off to a start with the Thunder Run, an 8.4-mile run through Black Hills National Forest's Victoria Lake area. Pre-registration is $15 for youth and BHRC members and $20 open registration. Registration is $20 for youth or BHRC members and $25 open registration on the day of the race. To sign up or find directions, visit bhrctrails.com. Intersection of Victoria and Thunder roads.

April 22-24: "Youth and Family Services Kids Fair." The Rushmore Plaza Civic Center will become a giant playground for the YFS Kids Fair. The event will have more than 75 booths of hands-on activities, games and live entertainment for everyone from babies to pre-teens. The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 342-4195. Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, 444 Mount Rushmore Road.

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