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23 Thursday


I'll try to refrain from making any Johnny-Five jokes while I write this, but I can't make any promises. (Did you know that he's got a fan-built website?) Ahem — Colorado Short Circuit #3 will take place at 6:30 tonight at the Lon Chaney Theater (221 E. Kiowa St., and it has nothing at all to do with Steve Guttenberg or a sentient robot. It is, in fact, an invitational short film series spotlighting local and international talent, perhaps best remembered for Nos. 1 and 2, which took place in January and June of this year. Admission is again free. — Matthew Schniper


24 Friday


A guy raised in a middle-class white family finds, at age 32, that his real dad is black. In fact, his ancestors include a 54th regiment Civil War soldier, a Negro League baseball star — and a pair of still-living grandparents who can explain how he came to be separated from all of them. The kicker of this real-life story? It happened to a writer and theater professional who was willing to share it. Michael Fosberg is the man, Incognito is the title, and the Harvey House Auditorium at the University of the Rockies (555 E. Pikes Peak Ave.) is the place. The nationally touring, one-man show, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is free, but you must RSVP to 442-0505 ext. 1672. — Kirk Woundy


25 Saturday


It's a pretty good jump from the Music Street Tavern, which is where Cedric Burnside & Lightnin' Malcolm played when they were first featured in these pages back in January, to CC's Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.,, which is where they'll be performing at 8 tonight. That kind of exponential growth should get them to Madison Square Garden by year's end. But the main draw here, really, is Robert "Wolfman" Belfour, who was mentored by Cedric's granddaddy RL Burnside, who was tight with T-Model Ford, who played here last Friday. (It's a small world, or maybe it's just that Mississippi is a small state.) Tickets are $12 to $45 for the Jook Joint Thunderclap, with our own wayward son John-Alex Mason rounding out the bill. — Bill Forman


26 Sunday


Mozart may have been the puerile man-boy of his time (he once wrote a ditty called "Leck mich im Arsch" as a family joke), but his Abduction From the Seraglio makes classical seem sexy. It's a stirring intro to the Colorado Springs Philharmonic's 2:30 p.m. performance of Strauss' A Hero's Life, on this first weekend of the 2010-11 season at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., We'd say the same about Aaron Copland if we could, but Appalachian Spring makes us think of Quakers. If you missed yesterday's 8 p.m. performance, you can still hear all three today for $19 if you order tickets by Sept. 24 through the Philharmonic's Pick 2 promotion; regular cost ranges from $16 to $55. — Claire Swinford


27 Monday


To give you an idea of how much passion Author Fest of the Rockies ignites in area wordy types, just hit boutique winery, D'Vine Wine (934 Manitou Ave., #108, Manitou Springs, and catch the kickoff party at 6 tonight. D'Vine has created wines specifically for the event — It Was a Dark and Stormy White and Well Read Red — and is looking to keep the party going nigh on through eight of the clock. Later in the week, look for banned-book readings, and a Jane Austen movie night. — Bryce Crawford


28 Tuesday


Pointing fingers accuse Lance Armstrong of doping, but until it's proven true, he's still one of the best athletes of our time. Let's hope this fairy-tale life stays pure, so we can all revel in its inspiration. One great way to refresh yours is to attend a lunch presentation by Armstrong's mom, "Raising a Champion: The Lance Armstrong Story as Told by His Mom Linda Armstrong" from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort (3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, Tickets for this Kids on Bikes nonprofit fundraiser are $40, and you must RSVP by Sept. 25. — Edie Adelstein


29 Wednesday


Come "Have a Beer With an Engineer!" From 5 to 9 tonight, you have the chance to support an awesome cause while drinking Bristol brews and listening to Colorado bluegrass band High Atmosphere. This inaugural fundraiser for the Colorado Springs chapter of Engineers Without Borders will benefit its Suncallo Water Project, which will bring a clean water system to the Aymara community in the mountains of Bolivia. Head to Hillside Gardens & Nursery (1006 S. Institute St., with $5 to join in. — Leah Barker

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