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10 Thursday

music

"The Rap Pack, but there's no mobsters, champagne and stacks." So says the earnest hip-hop group Tanya Morgan, which started when two members in Cincinnati and Brooklyn met on okayplayer.com message boards, and traded files with a third on AOL Instant Messenger. "Thank Gotti" they did, because the crew (downsized to a duo for this tour and a new album), along with TiRon and DJ Low Key, are performing at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com) at 8 tonight. It's $12 ($10 if you're 21-plus), which is hardly a stack. Also tonight: Blues Traveler's frontman showcases his side project when John Popper and the Duskray Troubadours play SODO Nightclub (527 S. Tejon St., sodonightlife.com). The 18-plus show starts at 9, and tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Entry to the VIP after-party meet-and-greet at McCabe's Tavern is $65 a pop(per). — Eric Calder

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11 Friday

wine

For local winos (oenophiles, I mean), hopes of weekend retreats to Napa Valley have recently been crushed like so many grapes, due to high airfares and soaring gas prices. (Thanks, Gadhafi.) At least the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's 20th annual Wine Festival of Colorado Springs kicks off tonight at The Broadmoor (1 Lake Ave., csfineartscenter.org). Themed on the wines of Spain, the fest opens at 5:30 with "The Spanish Wine Experience," a discussion and tasting for $30. To sample 300 varieties, stay for the Grand Tasting & Wine Market Auction at 7. Prices for that run $65 for FAC members and $75 for non-members. — Matt Ruppert

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12 Saturday

music

There are tons of reasons to be excited about the band Solas coming here tonight. For the Irish among us, it's an excuse (as though one were needed) to carry on the celebration started by this morning's St. Patrick's Day Parade. For others, it may be the band's eclectic but awfully catchy take on Celtic music, or the fact that Solas violinist Winifred Horan used to play with the god-like Pierce Turner. And for anyone else, there are all those over-the-top but well-deserved critical accolades, like the Boston Herald calling them "the first truly great Irish band to arise from America." They're at Stargazers (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com) at 7:30, for $25 in advance or $30 at the door (with a $15 discount for students and military). And unlike many St. Patrick's events, it's all-ages. — Bill Forman

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13 Sunday

feline festivities

Just last week I marvelled over how graceful an animal the common house cat is. This was, of course, after I turned around from washing dishes, responding to the sound of guttural feline hacking, just in time to watch one of my black long-hairs projectile vomit off the top of my food cupboard. Spectacular! What poise! High marks for chunkiness and range! Anywho, if you too just love cats, catch this second day of the International Cat Association's cat show at the City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St., coloradocatsclub.org). From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, view more than 40 breeds; entry runs $3 to $6, and bringing two food items for Care and Share saves you $2. — Matthew Schniper

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14 Monday

music

Lyrics about money, fast cars and hos don't get laid over Sweatshop Union's beats. This "hip-hop collective" would much rather speak to world issues and ethical struggles. And guess what? They don't suck — rather the opposite. Melding old-school rap sampling with dope electronic beats and a laid-back rhyme style, these award-winners out of British Columbia have produced five albums and toured the world. They just dropped a record called The Bill Murray EP, which they're sure to draw on tonight at their 9 o'clock all-ages show at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com). Tickets are $10. — Claire Jencks

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15 Tuesday

stage

Say what you want about ol' Bill Shakespeare, but the dude knew relationships. Here's a line from his A Midsummer Night's Dream, uttered by Lysander in an attempt to soothe his fiancée Hermia, whose father has forbid her to marry: "Ay me, for aught that I could ever read, / Could ever hear by tale or history, / The course of true love never did run smooth ..." And then the whole thing ends with the character Puck trying to convince the audience it was all a dream. So, if you're in the mood for Bill's take on imaginary angsty lust, hit the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, sangredecristoarts.org) tonight at 7:30. Tickets are $25. — Bryce Crawford

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16 Wednesday

art

March is a weird month. Things are shifting: the seasons, the NCAA brackets ... even the March axioms are a little shifty. (Lions to lambs? What happened?) Call it superstitious or observant, but just be aware of the changes afoot and bring your sharpest perception back to Pueblo tonight for March Madness at Wireworks Coffeehouse (103 S. Union Ave., 719/543-3000). Bonnie Waugh, L. Savas Razo and Desirae Garcia contributed, and the results are beautifully striking, from Waugh's moody, red paintings to Razo's gorgeous photograph, "Clarity." Stop in any day between now and the end of this lunar cycle. — Edie Adelstein

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