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4 Thursday


Colorado College is inarguably the place to be tonight, and here are three reasons why: author T.R. Reid, the movie Dirt! and the seventh annual BaoBao Festival. Reid, award-winning Washington Post reporter and author of The Healing of America, will speak in Gates Common Room (1025 N. Cascade Ave., at 7:30. Dirt! looks at the environmental, social, political and economic importance of soil; it plays at both 6 and 8 in the Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., Lastly, BaoBao features West African drumming, music, storytelling and dance from 7 to 9 at Packard Hall (5 W. Cache la Poudre St., with former members of the Ghana National Dance Ensemble. Entry to each event is free. — Matthew Schniper


5 Friday


If there's such a thing as your average Denver band, the Jim Jims is not it. The group is steeped in the minuteman tradition of vintage SST Records — last year's Bottom of the City EP boasted seven songs in about 15 minutes — and the joyless division of early '80s post-punk. (Frontman Adam Martin does a good Ian Curtis impersonation when he wants to.) Also performing on tonight's bill at the Rocket Room (230 Pueblo Ave., is the Kesstronics featuring Izzy Zaidman, who, according to club owner Dave Cantrell, "used to play with Wayne [Hancock], and I think was the guy that almost killed his bandmate." Well, all right! Showtime is 8ish. — Bill Forman


6 Saturday


"Why did you show that one-sided, politically controversial film?" "Why do some of the films have strong language or intense situations?" "Why are there sponsor logos at the start of some of the films when there are already sponsors in the intro video?" Even without answers, the Banff Mountain Film Festival Tour's FAQs give you the gist of the gig. Tonight is the Springs' night to host an assortment of Banff's acclaimed adventure, environment and mountain culture movies, starting at 7 at Stargazers Theatre (10 Parkside Drive, Your $15 supports the Rocky Mountain Field Institute and gets you four hours of viewing. Expect beautiful scenery and a lot of dudes; another FAQ is, "Why aren't there more women in the films?" — Kirk Woundy


7 Sunday

film/children's theater

The producers of the Academy Awards admit they're trying to give viewers more reasons to watch this year. They've upped the number of Best Picture nominees from five to 10 (including blockbusters like Avatar) and nearly enrolled Sacha Baron Cohen as this year's host until the Academy nixed the idea. Too "unpredictable." Still, there should be a few surprises, so join the Colorado College Film Union for hors d'oeuvres, desserts and a free Oscar Watching Party beginning at 5 in the Worner Campus Center (902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607). And if you're craving a dose of broad comedy (sans Cohen) beforehand, take the family to see local clown Jim Jackson in the NASA-themed A Nose for Space at the Manitou Art Theatre (1367 Pecan St., Tickets are $10 for shows at 1 and 3. — Jill Thomas


8 Monday


Jason Derülo may or may not owe much of his success to Auto-Tune and Imogen Heap (whose 2005 song "Hide and Seek" makes up the core of Derülo's hit "Whatcha Say") but the 20-year-old R&B dancer, singer and producer — who has also written songs for Diddy, Lil Wayne and Cher (not really) — seems well on his way to establishing himself as a performer in his own right. See him at 8 tonight at the Thirsty Parrot (32 S. Tejon St., Tickets run $8 to $12. — Bryce Crawford


9 Tuesday


The latest booking coup from the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., is Ozomatli; tonight's performance is part of its tour of surprisingly intimate venues. This past November, the Los Angeles group headlined Denver's Ogden Theatre, which is about three times the size of the Sheep. Arguably the most ethnically and musically diverse group to emerge from the jam band circuit, Ozomatli got its start back in 1995. Happily, its fusion of funk, reggae, hip-hop, New Orleans R&B — and whatever else the band chooses to play — has stood the test of time. The all-ages show starts at 8, with Orgone opening, and the $20 ticket price is pretty much a steal. — Bill Forman


10 Wednesday


Stories of struggle and immigration are as American as they come, but the French lay claim to some of those tales as well. Welcome, directed by Philippe Lioret, takes viewers through the tribulations of Bilal, a Kurdish refugee finding his way across Europe trying to join his girlfriend in England. The last barrier in Bilal's journey: the English Channel, across which Bilal must swim. The film won Best Picture at France's 2010 Lumiere Awards, and apparently features a standout film debut by Firat Ayverdi as Bilal. At 7 tonight, see it at the Lon Chaney Theater (221 E. Kiowa St.,; seats are $5 to $6. — Nick Chambers

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