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8 Thursday

film

Especially in the wake of women's health controversies across the nation, we tend to focus more on what's happening on the home front rather than what's happening internationally concerning women. But tonight, to celebrate International Women's Day, Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu) is hosting No Woman, No Cry at 7:30 in the screening room. For free you can view the film, which follows four at-risk pregnancies of women around the world. — Molly Mrazek

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9 Friday

stage

The Guardian said the play was "almost unbearable to endure and yet so compelling ..." The Los Angeles Times called its creator, Philip Ridley, "an undeniably clever craftsman bent on sheer sensationalism." Ridley himself described the production as "an exercise in reinvigorating empathy." They're all referencing Mercury Fur, Ridley's 2005 post-apocalyptic vision that, originally, his longtime publisher refused to print. It features a group of London kids surviving the streets by slinging illicit material and throwing parties for the rich where dark fantasies are realized. THEATREdART's (128 N. Nevada Ave., theatredart.org) finishing its run this weekend; catch it at 8 tonight for 10 bucks. — Bryce Crawford

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10 Saturday

special events

The ocean, from this landlubber's point of view, is a mythical thing. My first and only experience with it was bewilderment, followed by utter enchantment. The closest I've been able to come since was the dark and dreamlike diaries of artist Paul Gauguin's life in Tahiti, titled Noa Noa (which may have been fabricated to boot). As such, to have a bit of Polynesia in the high-and-dry country is not only eminently exotic, but downright essential. Hit up the 2012 Lu'au at Disabled American Veterans (6880 Palmer Park Blvd., 510-4056) from 5:30 to 9 tonight for food, music, dancing and crafts, all hosted by the Halau Ilima Polynesian Dance School. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. — Edie Adelstein

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11 Sunday

food and drink

Participating in the chef-media competition at last year's Colorado Restaurant Association Pikes Peak Chapter Hospitality Expo at The Broadmoor (1 Lake Ave., ppcra.org), I had the honor of helping win Best Overall Champion de Cuisine with TAPAteria's chefs. I'll be cooking with one of them again (who's now with Conscious Table) from noon to 3 today at this 17th annual event, whose $30 tickets benefit the United Way, ProStart and the Pikes Peak Community Foundation. Watch us and nine other teams sweat, Iron Chef-style, in between sampling from more than 50 local food and drink houses. I may lose, but you simply can't. — Matthew Schniper

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12 Monday

music

Every time I hear Chris Isaak's name, I have two visions pop in my head from The Chris Isaak Show, in which he plays a fictionalized version of himself. In the first, a woman lies on a round, rotating bed (seriously, that's all I remember). In the second, Isaak joins KISS' Paul Stanley for a clean-faced and awfully peppy rendition of "Rock and Roll All Night." I can't promise he'll do that song tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com), but I am sure you'll get to hear others of the 55-year-old's hits, such as "Wicked Game" and "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing." Tickets run $53 to $63 for the 7:30 show. — Kirsten Akens

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13 Tuesday

health

Health care as an industry lies in great turmoil, from our city level on up, but as a matter of importance, it's never waivered. Analyzing and disseminating health information is a medicine like any other, which is why you might consider stopping by today's "A Conversation on LGBT Health" at the Colorado Springs Pride Center (2508 E. Bijou St., tinyurl.com/89m3f72). From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the free lecture will share the results of a recent comprehensive study conducted to "discover and document the state of LGBT health and wellness in Colorado." Topics cover where LGBT people feel safe speaking openly to a doctor, where they have faced barriers in accessing care and more. — Edie Adelstein

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14 Wednesday

food and drink

After attending Sunday's CRA Expo, take time out from 5:30 to 7:30 tonight to find out why feasting on rich, sugary foods like many of those highlighted there should be reserved for such special occasions. Nutritional therapist Lois Pratt and her husband Bryan (friends of mine) will present the free lecture "The Original Menu — Evolution or Revolution" at the Woodland Park Library (218 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, fatburnerscafe.com), which looks at benefits of a Paleolithic Diet as well as "political implications regarding the food we eat." It's heady stuff, really focused on the gut — not about weight loss per se, but true health. — Matthew Schniper

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