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7 Thursday


Thinking of a career change? Sarah Willis is living proof that sometimes, it takes a few tries to find the thing that's just right. She bounced from acting to photography to janitorial work before finding her calling as a novelist. And when most writers struggle to get their first book published, Willis' 2001 debut novel Some Things That Stay was named as a New York Times' Notable Book of the Year and made into a movie. Come hear her free talk at 7 p.m. at Colorado College's Gates Commons Room (1025 N. Cascade Ave., as part of CC's Visiting Writers Series. — Leah Barker


8 Friday


Don't mistake this weekend's Celebration Metaphysical Fair for a bunch of vendors peddling crystals and incense. OK, they'll be there, but so will 50-some psychic readers and healers and more than 20 speakers leading workshops and special presentations. Topics range from harnessing energy from sound to dream interpretation to just being yourself. (Can't argue with that.) Skeptics may scoff, but the business of alternative healing and spirituality is clearly alive and well. The fair starts at 1 p.m. today and runs through Sunday at the City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St., Tickets are $5 per day or $14 for a weekend pass. — Edie Adelstein


9 Saturday


All my memories of Jean Racine's masterpiece Phèdre are doubly distorted by language gap and sleep deprivation. From my 8 a.m. college French class, I remember it mostly as the histrionic tale of a Greek queen who falls in love with her stepson, who ends up being killed by a Cthulhu-esque sea monster, at which point the queen delivers her own maundering eulogy and then poisons herself. Of course, the version I read was the original 17th-century behemoth. Perhaps if it had been National Theatre Live's free-verse translation by Ted Hughes, it would have left a more stirring impression. TheatreWorks will host viewings of the production, which showcases the best of British theater for a broadcast audience, on a 9-by-16-foot screen at 2 and 7 p.m. today (and 7 p.m. the Thursday and Friday prior) in the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., Tickets run $13 to $15 for non-members, and are gratis for UCCSstudents. — Claire Swinford


10 Sunday


Admit it, you're excited: Michael Bolton is coming to the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.,! Mike Judge, I think, speaks for all of us, with the line he gave Bob Slydell in Office Space: "I love his music. I do. ... For my money, I don't know if it gets any better than when he sings 'When a Man Loves a Woman.'" And of course, Bolton resets the bar wherever he goes, like this season of Dancing With the Stars, where judge Bruno Tonioli called Bolton's effort "probably the worst jive in 11 seasons." So grab tickets from $45 to $95, and celebrate the man's entire catalog at 7 tonight. — Bryce Crawford


11 Monday


National Public Radio may still skew left of FOX News, but it's pretty far removed from the "liberal media" tag that was affixed to it back when right-wing Republicans were fighting to cut its federal funding. In fact, a page on NPR's website includes a graph showing the "balanced" outlook of its audience, along with the assertion that listeners are "well educated, affluent and influential" — not "crazy liberals" — and that to presume otherwise is "blasphemy." Certainly, the announcers sound fair and balanced, none more so than Scott Simon. The Weekend Edition host speaks at 7 tonight at Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., for $26, $20 for students and KRCC members. Oddly, Simon's local appearance falls exactly on the nine-year anniversary of his Wall Street Journal op-ed, "Even Pacifists Must Support This War." Might be worth asking about. — Bill Forman


12 Tuesday


Pikes Peak Behavioral Health Group may have changed its name to AspenPointe, but the organization's work is still the same. And its third annual Heroes of Mental Health Luncheon will once again highlight efforts of individuals working in the mental health and substance abuse treatment arenas. Today's event at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort (3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, features a keynote by New York Times best-selling author Mary Karr, who has shared her life's struggles and path to recovery in three memoirs, The Liars' Club, Cherry and, most recently, Lit. The lunch runs from 11:30 to 1, and tickets, available online or by calling 314-4316, cost $35 per person. — Kirsten Akens


13 Wednesday


"The Fat and the Furriest." "Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Three Times." Lame Garfield film sequels? No, these titles are actually episodes of The Simpsons penned by Joel H. Cohen, not to be mistaken for Joel (no H.) Cohen who did write Garfield or Joel Coen of the Coen brothers dynasty. Why does this trivia matter? Because Emmy-winning Joel H. Cohen will deliver "The Business Tao of Homer: Lessons in Creativity and Innovation From The Simpsons" at 7 tonight in CSU-Pueblo's OUC Ballroom (2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, Here's your chance, at no cost, to have someone justify all those hours you've spent on your couch. — Matthew Schniper

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