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Peak FreQuency performs Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire op. 21

12 Wednesday

music

Modern music owes so much to Arnold Schoenberg, and the best way to understand this is to hear his compositions performed. Schoenberg created the 12-tone technique and the term "developing variation," on top of introducing atonality into his music successfully. All of which sounds very abstract, so allow yourself to be illuminated with Peak FreQuency's Ich fühle Luft von anderem Planeten/I feel air from another planet: The Second Viennese School and German Expressionism, a free concert happening at 7:30 tonight at the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater (3955 Regent Circle, uccs.edu/~peakfreq). The ensemble will play Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire op. 21. — Edie Adelstein

Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed

13 Thursday

learning

The ancient ball court game played by the Maya was pretty simple: Players would hit a hard rubber ball with their hips in a huge court, trying to put it through one of two small rings. But it was heady stuff: Both winners and losers could be sacrificed afterward. And that's just one reason to visit the groundbreaking Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, dmns.org, $5-$22), where you can see artifacts, and let kids learn history, hands-on. The museum's open every day, and the show's up through Aug. 24. — Edie Adelstein

The Breath I Take The Breath I Give

14 Friday

art

Given the titles "Considering the implication of flesh" and "Trying to impress members of the opposite sex," you wouldn't easily guess that Michael Dowling has actually painted a bowl of fruit and vase of flowers, respectively. Exactly what you'll find at G44 Gallery (1785 S. Eighth St., Suite A, g44gallery.com) tonight might also surprise you, in his new exhibit The Breath I Take The Breath I Give. It opens between 6 and 8, and hangs through May 3. So far we've seen images of a skull and hummingbirds (above) and a white-footed rabbit. This should be fun ... — Matthew Schniper

St. Patrick's Day Parade

15 Saturday

holiday

I love the St. Patrick's Day Parade because it means, even more than the twitches of one Punxsutawney rodent, that sumer is icumen in. Now in its 30th year, the parade down Tejon Street (csstpats.com) will kick off from St. Vrain Street at noon, with some 30,000 nuts in green expected to fill the streets. Before that, though, there's the St. Patty's Sports Expo on Friday at the Pikes Peak Center; the 50K bike ride on Saturday morning; and the 5K and Leprechaun Fun Run following in the hours after. Suck on that, winter — you fickle-weather schizo. — Bryce Crawford

Tattoo Competition

16 Sunday

tats

Eager to show off your wicked ink before pool season starts? Check out the 22nd annual Tattoo Competition at the Freedom Financial Services Expo Center (3650 N. Nevada Ave., pro-promotions.com/pro-events/ctat). Categories include best color, best portrait, best Asian-themed, most traditional, and best cover-up (see contest details online). Or skip the participation and enjoy the show. It's part of the weekend-long Old School Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet, and $9 for adults ($6 for 65-plus, free for children under 12) will get you into all the attractions today brings. — Griffin Swartzell

10 Years at the Black Sheep

17 Monday

music

It's been 15 years since Knoxville, Tennessee's 10 Years first got together. By 2005, the post-grunge outfit had topped the alt-rock charts with "Wasteland," a Pearl Jam-influenced single their label milked for all it was worth by releasing three accompanying videos. In the years since, the alt-metal band has abandoned its dreadlocks, Mohawks and, in the case of its current acoustic tour, electric guitars. You can catch 10 Years tonight at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., doors at 8, all ages, $18/adv, $20/door, blacksheeprocks.com), where local post-grunge fans can decide whether the unplugged approach equals bliss or blasphemy. — Bill Forman

Twelfth Night

18 Tuesday

stage

Four hundred years after it was written, Shakespeare's Twelfth Night is still a stage standard. The Bard's high prose and tales of love's many obstacles are sweetened with bawdy humor the kids won't understand, and the plot is tied to the lost holiday for which the play is named, on which men would dress as women, servants as their masters, and vice versa. The Aquila Theater Company of New York City will be presenting its own more accessible take on the play at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, sdc-arts.org) at 7:30 tonight. Tickets are $27 for members, $30 for non-members. — Griffin Swartzell

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