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5 Thursday


It's been roughly a half-century since the most dramatic events of the Civil Rights Movement challenged the makeup of America, but stories of heroism and defiance continue to emerge. One of them is Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock, which screens for free in collaboration with Rocky Mountain PBS and the Independent Television Service at 6 tonight in Colorado College's Cornerstone Screening Room (825 N. Cascade Ave., Fueled by the hateful murder of her mother, Bates challenged institutions and mindsets in Arkansas and as the film's promotions say, she "paid dearly for it." The screening will be followed by a sneak-peek premiere of the first episode of Season Two of the PBS series Downton Abbey at 8. — Matthew Schniper


6 Friday


Things are good for the Pueblo Performing Arts Guild, host of tonight's First Friday Art Walk in the Steel City's downtown and Mesa Junction areas. In each of the past two years, the PPAG has landed $10,000 grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, both of which are going to creation of a multi-use artspace in Pueblo. That's clout to strut upon, so come out from 5 to 9 to see a miniature pottery show at Cup & Bowl Gallery, a student show at SAGE Art Gallery and more. For more information, visit — Edie Adelstein


7 Saturday

children's activities

Fairy tales are often scary or morose affairs, sad stories with gory outcomes wrapped around archaic morals. Some people (yours truly) find them charming that way, but see no fault in updating them for modern tastes. Recycled Fairytales: Creativity Retold, Re-imagined, Renewed does that at the Buell Children's Museum (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, with a four-part exhibition relating the stories of the Brothers Grimm with the importance of environmental stewardship. Part One opens today, and the calendar keeps busy for the next eight months, with receptions, activity days and other events. — Edie Adelstein


8 Sunday


It doesn't get more politically correct than this. I mean, who in the world wouldn't support nonprofits whose mission (at least in part) is animal rescue, in this case National Mill Dog Rescue, Almost Home for Hounds, Animal Rescue of the Rockies and Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region? And for music purists, what could be more satisfying than an evening of live, all-acoustic performances? Put them together, and you have the recipe for Acoustic Karma 2012, presented by Cause 4 the Paws, starting at 3:30 p.m. today at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, For $10 at the door or at the Stargazers website, you can enjoy the music of Terence Green & The Loose Strings at 4, Rawbert at 5:15, Lobo & Sheryl Loggins at 6:30 and 99 Percent at 7:45. — Ralph Routon


9 Monday

party with the gods

As of this writing, tells a pretty sad Breckenridge story: just 45 percent of terrain open, to go along with 15 of 31 ski lifts. Plus, no snow in the weekend forecast. Cue the God of Thunder! Better yet, try his stepson. That'd be Ullr, the winter god of Norse mythology, who is celebrated Jan. 8 through 14 during Breck's 49th annual Ullr Fest ( Today's free events include crowning of an Ullr king and queen, plus a bonfire, while the rest of the week features the Ullympics, a dating game, parade and more. Bring your Viking helmet, your faith in the gods, and a certain fearlessness. — Kirk Woundy


10 Tuesday


Can you make music using brooms, sand and bananas? The performers of the award-winning Broadway show STOMP can. The cast's body-and-ordinary-object percussionists compose their tunes using anything but conventional drumming instruments, forming a chaotic ensemble that deals in bold noise and explosive rhythms. (Your ears will never be the same.) The show opens at 7:30 tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., with performances Wednesday and Thursday also, as part of the Broadway in Colorado Springs 2011-12 season. Tickets run between $30.50 and $50.50. — Sara Michael


11 Wednesday


Bret Mosley would be well worth catching if only to hear his stripped-down covers of State Radio, Blitzen Trapper and Modest Mouse songs. But mix in some fine originals, as well as a uniquely percussive style of dobro playing, and you've got yourself one soulful white boy. The Texas-born Brooklynite's music has been described as "dead center between Hank Williams and the Ohio Players," which is not a bad place to be. You can catch Mosley and Mississippi drummer Zechariah Lloyd Tillotson, who perform together as the Guns, this evening at Front Range Barbeque (2330 W. Colorado Ave., Showtime is 7:30 p.m., admission free. — Bill Forman

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