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5 Thursday

literature

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As a native, producer for KRCC's The Big Something, and journalist of all trades, Noel Black's something of a known commodity in the community. That recognition will only expand when, at 7 tonight, Black gives a free talk about Uselysses, his recently released book of poetry, at Colorado College's Gates Common Room (1025 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu). For what to expect, here's a sample from "Something Ron Padgett Said to Me in an Interview": "I tend to agree [that a poem can be anything], / though it's certainly disappointing that poems can't / make people stop being assholes ..." — Bryce Crawford

6 Friday

art

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This is a Friday of milestones. To begin, it's the first ArtWalk of the year in Old Colorado City (bestartontheavenue.com), so hit up places like Cucuru, Domino and the Squash Blossom between 5 and 8 p.m. Head east for the "Grand Opening/(very) 1st Friday Opening" of Sabi (330 N. Institute St., tinyurl.com/shopsabi), hosting works by Phil Lear from 7 to 10. On your way back, celebrate the first birthday of Marmalade at Smokebrush (219 W. Colorado Ave., smokebrush.org), kicking off at 5 with "Spring Awakening" yoga and a Lakota peace pipe ceremony. Then hop to the Modbo (17C E. Bijou St., themodbo.com) for artwork by mother-son team Maggie Quinn and Harley David Young, and to S.P.Q.R. (17B E. Bijou St.) for Art Aloud, a juried show of work inspired by "the written and spoken word." The latter opening, kicking off at 5:30, will feature live readings of the words that influenced the art. Lastly, you can usher in a new generation of high school artists at the Business of Art Center's 13th annual Wunderkind show (513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, thebac.org), opening from 5 to 8 (and pictured above). — Edie Adelstein

7 Saturday

film

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Size matters. If you cannot bear to sit through a Peter Jackson-length saga, try a taste of short and sweet tonight at the third annual Night of Award-Winning Shorts from the Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, rmwfilmfest.org). As a preview and fund-raiser for November's festival, tonight brings nine short films from around the world. See the 20-minute Two's a Crowd, directed in the U.S., or the 9-minute dik, an Australian comedy about parenting and sexual orientation. Tickets are $25, and doors open at 6:30. — Sara Michael

8 Sunday

kids & family

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I believe that everyone has a favorite Disney movie. Not on my list: Pinocchio (too scary) and Dumbo (a little creepy). However, there are plenty of others to choose from, and many of their characters will don skates at 1 and 5 p.m. for the final Colorado Springs performances of Disney on Ice presents 100 Years of Magic at the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd., disneyonice.com). Interestingly, the Disney company has only actually been around for 89 years, but who's counting? The show will feature the old favorites like Mickey and Minnie, as well as some newer Pixar characters — check out the cool costumes from Finding Nemo. Tickets are $15 to $21, with limited VIP and front-row tickets running $27 to $56. — Molly Mrazek

9 Monday

music

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Like Ariel Pink's earliest work, Neon Indian's albums are lo-fi bedroom recordings that sound like they were created underwater, but with a distinct pop sensibility shimmering just below the murky surface. Alan Palomo — Neon Indian's 23-year-old mastermind — also adds plenty of analog synthesizer lines and Commodore 64 bleeps into the mix, and a recent collaborative album with the Flaming Lips has only added to his indie-pop credentials. You can catch Palomo and his friends at an 8 p.m., age 16-and-over show tonight at the Bluebird Theater (3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, bluebirdtheater.net) for $18/adv, $20/door. — Bill Forman

10 Tuesday

music

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Think socially conscious rockin' tonight at Stargazers Theatre and Events Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com): The Sharing a Vision for Generations Benefit Concert helps raise money for scholarships to Native American women. After a VIP reception at 5:30 ($50 in advance, $55 day-of) including food and drink, the Native American Women Warriors (Army veterans from different Native American nations) will perform a dance at 6:30. Colorado's Wendy Woo and Robin Hoch will follow with a music performance, then give the floor to Los Angeles pop/reggae musician Trevor Hall. (Check out his 2009 Matisyahu collaboration, "Unity.") Regular entry is $25 in advance, $30 day-of. — Matthew Schniper

11 Wednesday

announcement

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If you're still reading this paper today, drop it and go get a new Indy. April 11 marks our new foray into Wednesday publication. It's a big change for everyone on staff, meaning new deadlines, a different news cycle and of course, a transition time with a steep learning curve. It'll be worth it, though, if you get more out of your hump days and your weekend planning. So go on, get out of here. — Edie Adelstein

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