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12 Wednesday


"If you enjoy the rush of emotions experienced while watching the show on television, just imagine the possibilities if you were actually in the audience watching it live." Your Plinko tingling yet? Then answer the call of the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.,, $34 to $45) and come on down to The Price Is Right Live. If you're 18 or older and want a shot at getting on stage, arrive three hours ahead of the 7:30 start and register at the box office. Inconvenient, perhaps, but a small price to pay for a chance to win ... A NEW CAR! — Kirk Woundy


13 Thursday


It's not all because of "Love Shack," but that's a big part of it. The B-52s' longest-lived single totally eclipsed the Athens, Ga., group's previous hits ("Rock Lobster," "Planet Claire," "Private Idaho"), and has helped keep the venerable party band playing sizeable venues despite the release of just one new album in the last 20 years. Anyone with a soft spot for pop smarts, campy theatrics and New Wave nostalgia should make sure to catch them tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., Showtime is 8, with tickets ranging from $38 to $48. — Bill Forman


14 Friday


Today marks the opening of not one, but two, new galleries. Mardosz Fine Art (109 S. Corona St., has set up shop right next to Cottonwood Center for the Arts and features its owner's work, as well as that of "prominent Colorado artists" like Eric Michaels, Richard Dahlquist and Dean Mabe. G44 Gallery (1785 S. Eighth St., honors its entrance to the scene with a solo exhibit by Wisconsin artist Greg Schoeneck. Attend both free openings tonight, Mardosz between 5 and 8 and G44 between 6 and 10. — Edie Adelstein


When it comes to authors, the ultimate dual for social media queen would come down to Anne Rice and Margaret Atwood. Rice reigns on Facebook, regularly interacting with her followers, but Atwood rules the Twitterverse, posting on everything from publishing to politics. Pikes Peak Library District selected the 72-year-old's novel The Year of the Flood as its 2012 All Pikes Peak Reads title, and Atwood will be at CC's Shove Chapel (1010 N. Nevada Ave.) at 7 p.m. to talk the "importance of personal and environmental stewardship" in a bit more than 140 characters. VIP tickets to meet Atwood at 5 are $50 (, but the talk is free. — Kirsten Akens


15 Saturday


News flash: Famed PBS painter Bob Ross is alive, well and working for the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Who else would look at The Pines of Rome and think, "Gee, what that symphony really needs is more trees"? You see, after you're done perusing the free art, inventions and eccentricities of Imagination Celebration's What IF ... Festival — happening in part from 10 to 4 at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., — stay for the Philharm's free Screen on the Green, beginning at 8 p.m., in which a 25-foot screen set up on the north lawn will live simulcast Josep Caballé-Domenech's season opener in arboreal splendor. — Claire Swinford


16 Sunday


Guys, Coolio would effing love crafts: "Ain't no party like a folk-art party, 'cause a folk-art party don't stop!" See? That's why you should probably throw on the gingham threads and just wild-out at the last day of the three-day Holly Berry House Folk Art Festival at Rock Ledge Ranch (3202 Chambers Way, Tickets for the 9 a.m. fundraiser run $4 to $8, and get you quilts, wall hangings, Christmas presents, live music and antiques. As Snoop would say, "I got actors in the Orchard House 'terpreting history, and they ain't leavin' till 6 in the evening." — Bryce Crawford


17 Monday


In Andy Benoit's season preview for the Atlanta Falcons, the respected New York Times writer says they "may have been the only team that went into this past April's draft without a single obvious hole to fill on either side of the ball," and predicts an NFC title game appearance. Contrast that with his look at the Denver Broncos: "The Broncos are a much better team than they were a year ago, but that doesn't mean they'll run away with the division." (Clearly, he's forgotten that Mr. Bailey's nickname is "Championship.") We'll just see how it goes when Denver's first 2012 Monday night game kicks off at 6:30 tonight, on ESPN. #GoBroncos — Bryce Crawford


18 Tuesday


They're like the Harlem Globetrotters ... of China! OK ... not so much, really at all, except for the fact that the Golden Dragon Acrobats of China are world-renowned, now in their 34th year of touring the U.S. And they do greatly entertain arena-size crowds, but with super-busy and physically demanding acrobatic routines, rather than b-ball skills. At 7 tonight, they're juggling, flipping, spinning and otherwise ing-ing through the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.,; tickets are $22 ($12 under 13). — Matthew Schniper

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