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If you're a member — or would consider becoming a member — of the Green Cities Coalition, check out its second Birthday Bash from 5:30 to 7:30 tonight in the Penrose Library's Carnegie Room (20 N. Cascade Ave., During this celebration of the Springs' sustainability community, you're invited to share ideas over a potluck, and to partake in free wine and New Belgium beer. For an enlightening time, RSVP to Steve at, and go ahead and sign yourself or your organization up with the GCC if you've realized it's past time to do so. — Nick Chambers




Since much modern music contains countless technological blips and alterations, it's often pleasant to encounter just a guy and his guitar, and to hear songs that pretty much anyone can cozy up to. St. Paul, Minn.-based folk singer and songwriter John Gorka is just this type of guy. His witty lyrics and catchy melodies show 40-plus years of experience that have earned him wide respect among his peers. Gorka takes the stage at 8 tonight for an all-ages show at Stargazers Theatre (10 S. Parkside Drive, Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 at the door. — Lora Elliott




He's on the science team that will launch NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover in 2011; he won the 2006 Carl Sagan Medal, awarded by the American Astronomical Society (and hung with Sagan back in the day); among book projects, he wrote Lonely Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life. I, of course, could only be talking about Denver Museum of Nature & Science astrobiology curator David Grinspoon. (Duh?) Since nothing else really need be said about him (except to check out his zany Web site,, go hear him speak at 2 today in the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., Tickets are $7, or $5 for members. — Matthew Schniper




You could sit at home, waiting for the NFL's Pro Bowl to come on, anxiously anticipating your favorite player's performance in this always-competitive contest. You could do that, but it's the Pro Bowl, so your favorite player isn't playing in this meaningless exhibition for fear of getting hurt. Instead, culture up and at 2:30, go see the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs perform Unmatched Elegance at First Christian Church (16 E. Platte Ave., Music from composers Haydn, Respighi, Elgar and Mendelssohn will be featured this afternoon (same as last night's 7 o'clock performance at Broadmoor Community Church). Tickets are $17 for adults, $12 for seniors and $5 for students. — Bryce Crawford




Some of us can't dance. Most of us can't bend our bodies into shapes that would make a pretzel jealous. Members of Momix, the Connecticut-based and internationally regarded dance company, can do both. At 7:30 tonight, make your way to the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (201 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, to see these dance illusionists — using lights, shadow, human body and all — perform their rare mix of gymnastics, ballet, puppetry and more. The show starts at 7:30, and tickets are $25. — Lora Elliott




We all have our burdens, and Colorado filmmaker Dan Jacobson admits in his documentary, Looking for Roots, Finding Flowers, that he felt burdened by his responsibility as a Jew to remember his heritage and his family lost in the Holocaust. So Jacobson chose to run from his history — until his grandfather took him on a trip to Romania, where the elder man had lived before being sent to Auschwitz. At 7 tonight at Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs,, follow them back to the village the grandfather hadn't seen for 63 years. Hal Jacobson, Dan's father and the film's producer, will attend the screening. Admission runs $5 to $6. — Jill Thomas




A few years ago, I attended a lecture by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison. Inspirational, to say the least, she came via CC's Cornerstone Arts Initiative, which has brought notable speakers for eight years. This year the school's outdone itself again, and if I were you, at 7 tonight, I'd be at the Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., for "Art, Culture, Politics: An Evening with David Henry Hwang, Tony Kushner and Suzan-Lori Parks." Hwang is the first Asian American to win the Tony Award for Best Play for his M. Butterfly; Kushner, of Angels in America fame, has both a Pulitzer and a Tony to his name; and Parks is the first African American woman to earn a Pulitzer for Drama (Topdog/Underdog). Go, listen to the three friends talk about the future of playwriting, and soak up some of their professional ju-ju. — Kirsten Akens

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