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8 Thursday

climbing/film

If you enjoy spending your free time "blitzing Kwangde Shar in Nepal," "crushing brawny off-widths in Zion," or "freeing the Beckey Route on Elephant's Perch," then you are probably one of the stars of local adventure filmmaker Chris Alstrin's new rock and ice climbing movie, The Continuum Project. Alstrin shot his fourth film entirely in high-definition, and it makes its Colorado Springs premiere at 7 tonight in the south theater of Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607). Tickets are $10, or $5 with a CC ID. — Nick Chambers

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9 Friday

figure skating

For years, actually decades, Colorado Springs audiences enjoyed watching local kids, teens and even adults performing in group numbers for ice shows at the old Broadmoor World Arena. Now that concept has risen to a higher level in the skating world with the rise of synchronized skating, which involves 16-member teams doing intricate programs. So what better place for the World Synchronized Skating Championships than the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd., 2010synchroworlds.com), with 23 teams in the short program starting at 6 p.m. today and the free program at 3 p.m. Saturday. Tickets range from $17 today to $22 Saturday, less for seniors or for all-event passes. Teams will come from as far away as Russia, Sweden, Finland, Germany and Australia, with some nations including the United States with two berths. — Ralph Routon

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10 Saturday

stage

Among items on the prop list for Galaxy War 3012: Gummi Worms, toy light sabres, Tang containers, scepter with alien heads, lava lamp and "a wand of some kind." Yup — that's community theater for ya, in this case, Off Broadmoor Community Theatre (italics theirs), a local troupe comprised of professional script writers, directors, actors and musicians, according to offbroadmoor.com. Attend either a 2 or 6 o'clock performance of said futuristic play for $15 (12-and-under free) at First United Methodist Church (420 N. Nevada Ave.) today, and watch Prime Minister Krastapan battle Queen Delexendra for rule of the galaxy, Gummi Worms and all. — Matthew Schniper

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11 Sunday

poetry

In one of his last official poetic acts since having been ordained the Pikes Peak poet laureate almost two years ago, Aaron Anstett will throw a party for the underappreciated literary form from 3 to 5 this afternoon. To celebrate National Poetry Month and the release of this year's edition of Poetry While You Wait — a free collection of poems from 40 area writers that's distributed in waiting rooms and other public places — join the revelry and a reading in the Carnegie Room of Penrose Library (20 N. Cascade Ave., pikespeakpoetlaureate.org). Then watch for an announcement and inauguration of the 2010-12 Poet Laureate at the library April 24. Both events are free (or maybe we should say "unfettered" or "disencumbered"). — Jill Thomas

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12 Monday

children's theater

Since 1977, Nate the Great has bragged that he's found "lost balloons, books, slippers ... even a lost goldfish." The goldfish claim, in particular, sounds curious, and I don't think any of the 25-plus Nate the Great books actually features him finding one. Could it be that Marjorie Weinman Sharmat's "pint-size young detective" has padded his résumé? You may not get to ask him at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., ticketswest.com) tonight, but it's probably worth seeing this Nate the Great performance anyway: The kids can wear pajamas, enjoy hands-on activities and meet "special guests" before the 7 o'clock show, and can eat milk and cookies afterward. Plus, Random House definitely has documented Nate finding money boxes, cookie recipes and a giant turkey before ... so he's not a total fraud. Tickets are $6 to $13 for this literacy-based musical put on by TheatreworksUSA and presented by Imagination Celebration. — Kirk Woundy

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13 Tuesday

music

Described as purveyors of "self-consciously cute, indie-pop-collides-with-marching-band music" by stereo-kill.net, the nine members of Mount Righteous destroy eardrums and small rodents with sousaphones, trumpets and marching drums, to name a few instruments, not to mention "the power of eight harmonized voices lifted in jubilant abandon." Engineered by John Congleton (who also worked with the Polyphonic Spree), Mount Righteous' self-titled debut album was called "one of the year's most impressive freshman efforts" by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. So catch the band at 7 tonight at Rubbish Gallery (17B E. Bijou St., rubbishgallery.com) for a suggested donation of $3-$5. — Bryce Crawford

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14 Wednesday

film

Pretty much everyone has been chased by police and pimps through the streets of Slovenia at one point or another. In the case of Alexandra, the 23-year-old heroine of A Call Girl, the dilemma stems from a client who happens to be a U.N. ambassador dropping dead from a heart attack. The 2009 drama (originally titled Slovenka) has been a festival hit for writer/director Damjan Kozole and star Nina Ivanisin, and will screen tonight at 7 p.m. at the Lon Chaney Theater (221 E. Kiowa St., ifsoc.org). Tickets are $5 for students and BAC members, $6 for the general public. — Bill Forman

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