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28 Thursday


Colombian filmmaker Carlos César Arbeláez earned the best new director nod at the San Sebastian International Film Festival last September for The Colors of the Mountain. Set in his home country near the Panamanian border, it shows guerrilla forces overrunning the gorgeous scenery — and jeopardizing the soccer-playing young boys within it. Catch the story at 6 tonight in Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., Seats are $4 ($2 with CC ID). — Matthew Schniper


29 Friday


Ardis Publishing co-founder Carl Proffer supposedly once said, "Russian literature is better than sex." The folks at TheatreWorks have tried their best to make others believe it in the series of plays, lectures and workshops they've dubbed "Russian Spring." To cap it all off, at 8 tonight, UCCS' Osborne Studio Theater (3955 Regent Circle, will house Dear Writer, Dear Actress, a reading of romantic correspondence in letters between playwright Anton Chekhov (whose play, The Seagull, is currently running at TheatreWorks) and his actress girlfriend and — spoiler alert — eventual wife Olga. Tickets are $10 and seating is limited, so reservations are "essential." (Though if you can't get in tonight, there are four more performances this weekend.) — Eric Calder


30 Saturday


Aside from costume craziness; music by Grant Sabin, Dear Rabbit and Bud Ford; steampunk burlesque by Peaks and Pasties; vaudeville by Lynx; door prizes and an auction, today's 8 p.m. Unsurpassable Prince and Paupers Steampunk Ball is a benefit to help pay the medical bills of local Myles Pinkney, the nationally known sci-fi and fantasy artist who fell ill and landed in intensive care about a month ago. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 (cash) at the INKQB8TOR's door (228 S. Sierra Madre St., — though we hear they're going fast, so get yourself to HeeBee JeeBeeS, 318 E. Colorado Ave., and purchase them now. — Kirsten Akens


1 Sunday


Just last month, All Things Considered (on that wicked NPR) highlighted 28-year-old Tristen, a folk-pop singer out of Nashville. The story mainly considered the schism between pop hooks and smart writing, with the eventual conclusion that Tristen actually delivers both. After listening to "Baby Drugs" and "Matchstick Murder," I've gotta say she does, and more likably than the dramatic song names would betray. Those 21 and up can catch her at 8 tonight at the Triple Nickel Tavern (26 S. Wahsatch Ave., with Edith Makes a Paperchain for $5. — Edie Adelstein


2 Monday


The San Francisco Giants are World Series champions. Blech. I had to rewrite that sentence four times after defaulting to "The Giants resemble ..." and "The Giants aren't nearly as coordinated as ..." So if you, too, think of the Giants with a mix of anxiety and creeping nausea, skip tonight's Colorado Springs Sky Sox game against the Fresno Grizzlies, the Giants' top farm team, at 6:05 at Security Service Field (4385 Tutt Blvd., The $7 to $12 tickets will get you a prime view of the Sox doing this year's impression of a punching bag. — Bryce Crawford


3 Tuesday


If you need a reminder that most people suck at taking pictures, check out the post-bender snapshots that show up glowingly tagged on Facebook. Luckily, there are professionals who know how to capture true greatness, as you'll see when the Pikes Peak Library District and the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum present Behind the Lens: Photography in the Pikes Peak Region. This limited time engagement captures the beauty of the area through the photography of William Henry Jackson, Laura Gilpin, Harry L. Standley, Stan Payne and Myron Wood. The exhibit, which opened Saturday, will be on display for months during normal business hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays) at the always-free Pioneers Museum (215 S. Tejon St., — Matthew Ruppert


4 Wednesday


As Nathen Maxwell once told me in an Indy interview, "When you come to a Flogging Molly show, if you can't move, dance and have fun, then, you know, you might wanna figure something out." The group's part-time Denverite is right: While I'm not a huge fan of the Celt-punk band's recorded output (love "Within a Mile of Home," not crazy about the rest of it), they definitely kick ass live. It's also great to see more bands starting to play our long-neglected City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St., 385-5969, They're with the Drowning Men for $26, the show's all-ages, and doors open at 7. — Bill Forman

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