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2 Wednesday

fitness

You might think that "contact improvisation" refers to some sort of Ultimate Fighting Championship strategy. But you'd be wrong. (And let's be honest, it's not the first time.) In fact, it's a kind of partner dance (single dancers welcome) reliant on "touch, momentum, shared weight" and "a shared point of contact." Movement Arts Community Studio (525 E. Fountain Blvd., 963-1809) is the shared learning center where you can experience contact improv, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, following a 6 to 7 p.m. CommuniDance session; both are by donation. — Matthew Schniper

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3 Thursday

kids

Busker wants to join the circus. (If you're a badly behaved puppet dog, wouldn't you?) But the B has some trouble learning his tricks and a narrative arc ensues. That's the conceit behind Busker & Me, the latest offering from the Millibo Art Theatre (1367 Pecan St., themat.org) and clown extraordinaire Jim Jackson, who mans the stage with Busker. Today's show starts at 2 (a "school vacation matinee," remember those?) and costs $10.50. Busker & Me runs through Jan. 6 with daily, and some twice-daily, performances. — Edie Adelstein

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4 Friday

music

Like Suzanne Vega, Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin, John Gorka made his first recordings for Fast Folk, a music cooperative that grew out of the Greenwich Village folk revival of the 1980s. It was the start of a distinguished career that's included high-profile tours and Rolling Stone declaring him "the preeminent male singer-songwriter of what has been dubbed the New Folk Movement." After dabbling with more polished production values, Gorka has returned to a more stripped-down sound well-suited to a singer-songwriter whose musical and lyrical talents ("If these walls could talk / They would say shut up") are always worth hearing. Catch him at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com) at 8 tonight for $20/adv, $25/door. — Bill Forman

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5 Saturday

dance

Whether you're drawn to flamenco for its fancy footwork, intricate musical passages or, like me, the striking mix of pure power and grace that the dancers express, you can get a taste of all of these things today at Marmalade at Smokebrush (219 W. Colorado Ave., #210, smokebrush.org). Learn the finer details of flamenco technique, including palmas (clapping), llamadas (calling) and remates (finishes), at a workshop from 5 to 6:30 p.m., then return for an 8 p.m. show by Denver's María Vázquez and her performing group. Each costs $20/adv, $25/door. — Kirsten Akens

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6 Sunday

sports

According to a 2009 story by the New York Times, the Washington Generals (also known as the New York Nationals, New Jersey Reds, or the Boston Shamrocks, among other monikers) are a completely separate entity from the Harlem Globetrotters. Of course, you would be forgiven for thinking that a 10,000-game losing streak could only come with commingled complicity. Not so, said team founder Red Klotz: "Absolutely not. Not with anybody. None of these owners have told me to lose." Of course, that doesn't mean the Globetrotters won't win anyway. Find out for yourself today, starting at 2, at the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd., worldarena.com). Tickets start at $16. — Bryce Crawford

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7 Monday

stage

Rock of Ages the film has received mixed reviews from critics, but Tom Cruise's role as Stacee Jaxx was dynamic enough to earn him a place on BuzzFeed's "Hollywood's Most Unforgettable Characters of 2012" list. Make of that what you will, but there's no debating that the on-stage version of Rock, an '80s nostalgia musical, is good entertainment, earning five Tony Award nominations. Now you can see for yourself, when it comes to the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) both today and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $38-$58. P.S. Be on the lookout for that codpiece. — Edie Adelstein

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8 Tuesday

drink

In December I attended my first Curious Palate Tasting Class at Soireé (1003 S. Tejon St.), and I'm still fascinated by one tip I picked up: When tasting wine, open your mouth slightly during sniffing to get a full sense of the aromas. I don't know if the same holds for tasting rum, but I'm sure we'll find out at 5:30 tonight at the first of 2013's semi-monthly events. Your $25 fee includes the rums, paired appetizers, and as much information as Soireé owner Michaela Hightower can share about this particular spirit in 90 minutes. Classes are intentionally small, so RSVP ahead of time through coloradospringsvenue.com/events. — Kirsten Akens

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