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6 Thursday


Think about the dramatic stage presence and energy of a poetry slam, then add in the extra element of body language — more specifically, American Sign Language. Aneta Brodski, a deaf Israeli immigrant to New York, is your spirited protagonist in Deaf Jam, in which she collaborates with a Palestinian slam poet to bring ASL poetry to hearing audiences. The documentary film screens for free at 6 and 8 tonight in Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center Screening Room (825 N. Cascade Ave.,, with one of Brodksi's friends from the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind in attendance to field questions. — Matthew Schniper


7 Friday

spoken word

For all the wordsmiths, poets and passionistas out there: Make sure you're fighting me for a front seat at Joshua Bennett's free performance at 7 tonight at CC's Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., The performance poet from Yonkers, N.Y., has recited at the White House, the Sundance Film Festival and the NAACP Image Awards. But don't let me ramble on about him. I'll let his words, from an event at his former high school, express a little of who the man is: "I grow more accustomed to not remembering the way I used to smile, back when I still read the dictionary for kicks and wore the same red sweatshirt to school every day. I looked like the world's largest pomegranate, like a mascot for love." — Kirsten Akens


8 Saturday


So, here's something you might not have known: "By observing someone's toes you will know a great deal about their past and the experiences they have lived through," reads the website for the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. "Toes reveal how a person copes with their feelings, as well as their thoughts." If you're now abuzz over the thought of a toe reading, you probably belong at the Celebration Metaphysical Fair. Going from 1 to 9 on Friday, 10 to 7 today and 10 to 6 on Sunday, the fair's held at the Colorado Springs City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St., Five bucks gets you workshops, access to a do-your-own-readings table, and vendors of every sort. A little one-on-one, toe-focused communication is just $20 more. — Bryce Crawford


9 Sunday


Even though this is the sixth Author Fest of the Rockies, it is the first such event being run by a standalone nonprofit organization, separate from the Friends of the Manitou Springs Public Library. As such, it's a wee bit smaller this time around, but still offers an opportunity to hear keynotes from four Colorado authors: Erin Blakemore, 2011 Colorado Book Award winner in nonfiction; Stephanie Barron, author of the Jane Austen Mysteries; Matt Moseley, 2011 Colorado Book Award finalist in creative nonfiction; and Barbara O'Neal, six-time RITA winner. Your $75 registration fee includes lunch during the noon to 4 p.m. event today at the Cliff House at Pikes Peak (306 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, — Kirsten Akens


10 Monday

kids and family

There are few things more enjoyable than picking pumpkins in the fall; it's like dyeing eggs at Easter, or stringing popcorn chains at Christmas. A chance to create, follow or resurrect family traditions comes via a visit to the Colorado Pumpkin Patch (17401 Walden Way, northern El Paso County,, which is open at 9 a.m., Monday through Saturday until Oct. 29. Bring a picnic and enjoy a straw slide and maze, a petting zoo, tractor rides and live music on select days. (Visit the website for a schedule.) Tickets run $5 to $7, and kids 2 and under will get in free. The pumpkins are pick-and-pay, ranging from $2 to $8. — Edie Adelstein


11 Tuesday


Mastodon and Daughtry. Wyclef Jean and Wolfmother. Grace Potter and Nickelback. You'd think some of these musicians would rather sing Streisand than show up on an album together. And yet today, one of Universal's labels will release ZZ Top: A Tribute From Friends, which features all of them, plus Mick Fleetwood, Coheed & Cambria and more. Perhaps as amazing: You can still see the genuine article, 42 years into their career together. In fact, ZZ Top, the legends of Texas blues and rock and early '80s MTV, play the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.,, all ages) at 7:30 this very evening, for $45, $65 or $75. — Kirk Woundy


12 Wednesday


Boston rapper Slaine, who opens for hardcore rockers (Hed) P.E. at 7 tonight at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.,, keeps a varying and fairly active Twitter account. Take his Sept. 29 tweet: "First show of the tour tonight at The Yost theater in Santa Ana. My set starts at 9. I plan on being out of control. You should too." Or this, from Sept. 27: "I need to find a good toiletree bag for tour. Where they got them?" Now that Slaine has made it, toothbrush and all, to Colorado, it's time for some spittin' on sex, drugs and (Hed) P.E.'s favorite topic, conspiracies. Catch this all-ages show for $16 to $18. — Edie Adelstein

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