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20 Thursday


The thrill is most definitely not gone. And even though B.B. King's stage performances aren't especially kinetic these days — the man is 85 years old, after all — what other opportunity will you get to witness a genuine blues legend in action? The undisputed King and his faithful Lucille will hold court tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.,, with tickets ranging from $55 to $65. Colorado Springs' own prodigal son, John-Alex Mason, gets the good times rolling at 7:30. — Bill Forman


21 Friday


Editor's Note: Mysticon has been canceled. Look for COSine, a completely unaffiliated sci-fi con happening the same three days at the same location (

When local artist Myles Pinkney signed his 2011 Wizards & Mystics calendar and other of his fantasy art at a local Barnes & Noble in December, he signed for six hours. If you missed that amazing tournament of autographs, your next chance to catch him will be at this weekend's three-day Mysticon faerie fest at the Crowne Plaza (2886 S. Circle Drive, Pinkney will be the featured artist sharing his wares and knowledge amid other fantasy-realm-related activities such as practical magic and mask-making workshops, music by Tuatha, and two costume balls (one for dancing white fairies tonight and another for those more devilishly inclined on Saturday). Tickets range from $15 to $60. BYOW. (Wings, yo.) — Kirsten Akens


22 Saturday


Aside from performing on TV, in film and on and off Broadway in large-scale productions, movement artist (read: mime) Bill Bowers is famous for having studied under legendary artist Marcel Marceau and developed a number of critically acclaimed shows of his own. In January 2007, the Manitou Art Theatre (1367 Pecan St., brought in Bowers for the autobiographical It Goes Without Saying, and in October 2005 they hosted him for Under a Montana Moon, a show that addresses the theme of silence. Contrary to that topic, feel free to get the word out about tonight's exclusive 8 o'clock reprise of Moon, preceded by a 6:30 dessert reception. Tickets are $50 and benefit the creation of a new MAT show with Bowers' help. — Matthew Schniper


23 Sunday

community art

A flock of winged deer have landed in Manitou Springs. It's not another sign of the apocalypse, but a temporary art installation by local artist De Lane Bredvik and part of "Imagine Streetscape," a project to recognize a bit of Manitou Springs Fire Department history. You see, the firemen used to gather in the fire house — adorned with deer taxidermy — to smoke and play poker around a pot-bellied stove. Today, they will re-enact it at the Manitou Springs Heritage Center (517 Manitou Ave., 685-1454) at 3 p.m. Throughout the rest of the month, Bredvik will add to the installation of "Deer Angels" banners by hoisting up images of historic firemen, the stove, a fire bell and the original fire house façade. — Edie Adelstein


24 Monday


People say that The Lion King is loosely based on Hamlet, but I'm not seeing it. Sure, Scar does the old toss-the-dad-lion-into-a-herd-of-dusty-wildebeest shtick, like the scene in the play's Act 1. Then there's the wild cavorting done by Simba and Nala while the classic "Is Your Cat in Heat Tonight" swoons in the background, much like Act 2, Scene 3. But there's a serious lack of poisoned blades and Oedipal desire. So for the real thing, grab $13 and hit UCCS' Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater (3955 Regent Circle, at 7 tonight, as well as Tuesday and Wednesday, and enjoy a live broadcast of the Royal National Theatre in Great Britain getting its tragedy on. — Bryce Crawford


25 Tuesday


Back at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., for the first time since last April, Silverstein promises to satisfy fans of its trademark post-hardcore blend of screams, high-adrenaline guitars and rhythms to match. Listen for an updated lyrical sensibility that owes just as much to revolution as to heartbreak, if last month's Transitions EP (in advance of its fifth album, due out later this year) is anything to go by. Snag tickets for the all-ages affair ahead of time for $17; $20 at the door. Arrive by 6 to catch Miss May I, the Chariot, A Bullet for Pretty Boy, and Forty Fathoms. — Claire Swinford


26 Wednesday


With what happened in Tucson a couple weeks ago, freedom of expression is the topic du January in the political sphere. But in the art world, of course, it's a constant, with works emerging all the time that may offend, shock — and, in some cases, be censored. Spurred by recent examples, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., is hosting a Public Forum on Art Censorship in its Music Room at 5:30 tonight. It's free to attend, and features five guest speakers, including FAC president/CEO Sam Gappmayer and City Councilor Jan Martin. — Kirk Woundy

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