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19 Thursday

film

Two good reasons to attend the free, sixth installment of The Greater Colorado Short Circuit in Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center's screening room (825 N. Cascade Ave., ifsoc.org) tonight: Logorama and Conditional. The first won the Oscar for Best Short Film, Animated in 2010, featuring a police chase through a Los Angeles constructed out of corporate logos. The second is local filmmaker Pete Schuermann's latest effort — cast, filmed and edited locally — a very personal, emotional and excellent short film about forgiveness and regret. Other featured works hail from around the state and country. The socializing starts at 6:30, the films at 7. — Matthew Schniper

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20 Friday

art

Last year the Indy spoke with local artist Laura BenAmots, who interviewed soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, and developed a series of paintings and drawings expressing their trials. After more than a year in the making, Battle Portraits: Wounded Lions Wounded Lambs is now on display in its entirety for the first time at the Business of Art Center (513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, thebac.org). At tonight's 5 o'clock opening reception, the BAC will also release a Battle Portraits catalog, the first in what it hopes will be an ongoing publishing venture. The show will be on display through Feb. 23. — Edie Adelstein

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21 Saturday

community

You thought the new year's goodness ended three weeks ago, but oh no, we keep that party going all year long ... or, at least until 10 this morning, when you get to pound rice with the Japan-America Society of Southern Colorado for free. It's mochitsuki time, boys and girls: the making of mochi, a sticky, pounded-rice dessert. The New Yorker warns, "In Japan, people occasionally suffocate while eating it." But since we're not in the Land of the Rising Sun, and instead at CC's Worner Campus Center (902 N. Cascade Ave., japanamerica.org), I'm pretty sure the only adversity to overcome will be finding an affable pounding partner. — Bryce Crawford

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22 Sunday

music

Those who miss getting their fix of Lawrence Leighton Smith at the Colorado Springs Philharmonic (who left due to illness, but is feeling better these days) will be delighted to share the inaugural "Sundays With Larry" music appreciation session with their young adult friends, today from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Conservatory (415 S. Sahwatch St., coloradospringsconservatory.org). Oh, sorry, did we just imply that classical music is only for the aged? Look again. The workshop series, running fourth Sundays now through May (when it's actually the third Sunday), is geared to "young adults and adults," but we're assuming old adults can come too. Cost is $25 per presentation, or $100 for the series of five. Call 577-4556 to reserve your space. — Claire Swinford

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23 Monday

stage

I've always loved to sing. In the driver's seat of my car. Beneath the pelting beat of my shower. Basically, anywhere I'm alone, because, frankly, I'm tone deaf. And for this reason, I'm insanely jealous of people who can sing, especially those who can rip one out a cappella. The local Velvet Hills Show Chorus, part of the Sweet Adelines International Choruses, would fall in this category. So while I may be watching reruns of Glee this evening, instead of attending the group's 7 p.m. Open House at Covenant Presbyterian Church (2845 Parliament Drive, velvethills.org), you women who are privileged enough to have a voice like a swallow should go meet some of your compatriots. Kirsten Akens

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24 Tuesday

history

Analyzing the personal secrets of American heads of state is a popular pastime, but has anyone ever studied the presidential correlation between going by one's initials and being a ladies' man? JFK is the most well-known example, but he certainly wasn't the first, as the Pillar Institute's "Affairs of the Heart" demonstrates in dramatic fashion. With a presidential impersonator and historically accurate letters and documents, it's FDR — and Eleanor, and Lucy and Margaret — wait, who? — as you've never seen them before. Program's at 1:30 p.m. at the Pillar Institute (202 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.); reserve your $15-$20 seats by calling 633-4991. — Claire Swinford

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25 Wednesday

snow

In the past three years, American teams have mustered only two third-place finishes in the free Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships. Meanwhile, teams from Canada, Lithuania and Mexico (!) have taken first places. (To get a sense of how serious this stuff is, image-search Team Mexico's "Alebrije" from 2011; it depicts three mythological beings in one enormous sculpture.) Make the drive to Breck's downtown today, or sometime before the 28th, to watch the teams at work — five from the U.S., 10 from other countries. It's a lot cheaper and closer than the Olympics. — Kirk Woundy

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