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21 Thursday


Whether or not Irish poet Eamon Grennan actually said the following — it's hard to verify — it's a hell of a sentiment: "I have — it's a toothache quality, a kind of pain — the ambition to make a sentence that is full; that has not gone limp, hasn't stopped while it still has some elasticity in it." Awesome. If it is him, I'd love to hear the guy order a burrito. Anyway, catch him for free at 7 tonight in Colorado College's Gates Common Room (1025 N. Cascade Ave., as part of CC's Visiting Writers Series. — Bryce Crawford


22 Friday


"Before I show you the teaser and the trailer, do beware, both have blood, gore and Billy Zane in them." That's the U.K.'s Filmstalker blog on Evil in the Time of Heroes, which shows at 8 tonight, following an assortment of shorts at 6, at the Lon Chaney Theater (221 E. Kiowa St.). Can it get better? Only if you see all of the Independent Film Society of Colorado's Two Nights of Horror. Thursday night brings Aaah! Zombies!! and Primal at 6 and 8, respectively. Tickets for individual movies (and the shorts collection) are $6, but you can get a day pass for $10 and a two-day pass — which comes with free popcorn and a beer discount — for $15. See — Kirk Woundy


23 Saturday


My friend's reaction to a picture I made entirely of Philippine seashells made all the hours I worked on it worthwhile. If you're not so compelled to be crafty, but still searching for something meaningful, there are two alternative gift fairs going on this weekend to help you out. Each sale offers unique, fair-trade handicrafts from nonprofits all over the world. The one at First Christian Church (16 E. Platte Ave., 633-8888) started yesterday, but it's open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, along with one at the Broadmoor Community Church (315 Lake Ave., 576-4530), open from 9 to 4. — Leah Barker


24 Sunday


OK, so it's a bit late to toss your hat into the ring as a potential successor to outgoing Colorado Springs Philharmonic music director Lawrence Leighton Smith. But it's not too late to see Leif Bjaland, the first of the five finalists for the position, conducting Brahms, Chabrier and Schumann at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., Today's 2:30 p.m. concert is an encore performance — the same repertoire as last night's 8 o'clock program — and each will also feature pianist Yeol Eum Son. Post-performance audience surveys will be taken into consideration when the search committee makes its final decision. — Bill Forman


25 Monday


When Native American author Sherman Alexie won the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction earlier this year, one of the judges said War Dances, his latest book, "taps every vein and nerve, every tissue, every issue that quickens the current blood-pulse." The New Yorker calls him one of the Top 20 writers for the 21st century; you probably best recognize him from his 1998 film Smoke Signals. Visit his website for an overwhelming amount of other accomplishments and praises, all of which will add up to you probably not wanting to miss his free, noontime lecture at CSU-Pueblo's Massari Arena (2220 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, 719/549-2586) today. — Matthew Schniper


26 Tuesday


Tie on your blue bandanas and pull out the Chinatown-esque fonts, all you little cycosSuicidal Tendencies is here. Nearly 30 years old and still "suicidal after all these years," these purveyors of a punk-meets-nü metal sound will hit the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., at 7:30 tonight with local outfits Malakai and the A-Holes. Bring $25 to the all-ages show and demand some vintage ST, like "I Saw Your Mommy" and "You Can't Bring Me Down." — Edie Adelstein


27 Wednesday


I could crack a slew of jokes in this blurb — because, really, an event called "Balls Out Bowling" is designed for that. But then I might overlook the facts that DJ Chris Diablo hosts this music-infused event between 8 and midnight every Wednesday at Classic Lanes 300 (1867 N. Circle Drive,, and that it's all-ages. (Just keep the kids away from the beer pong tourney and drink specials.) Besides, as a woman, it's not like I have a pair to go "balls out" with under the alley's blacklights — just a super-sweet, vintage royal blue, ahem, ball. — Kirsten Akens

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