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27 Thursday


Fun with blood and numbers: Two Nights of Horror III will show four films at Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., between tonight and tomorrow. Tonight, the Colorado-made psychological thriller The Inner Room goes on at 6, followed at 8:30 by the hillbillies-with-chainsaws flick Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. Same times on Friday: unassuming volunteers gone wild with I Didn't Come Here to Die, followed by the "seriously awesome" (in the words of our regular reviewer Justin Strout) Troll Hunter. Prices range from $6 (single tickets) to $15 (full passes), less for CC students; see trailers and more info online. — Matthew Schniper


28 Friday


Results from random Googling of three photographers featured in Low Tech High Art, a show of photos taken with toy cameras, at the Business of Art Center (513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, C. Gary Moyer has shown from SoHo to San Francisco, and was recently published in Professional Photographer magazine. Mary Ann Lynch was recognized four times in the 2011 International Photography Awards. And Michelle Bates' Plastic Cameras, featuring work from National Geographic photographer James Balog, among others, has been declared "the definitive book" on toy camera photography. Moral of the story: Tonight's free show opening, between 5 and 8 and done in tandem with At Close Range, an exhibit of oil paintings by Westminster's Mark Kreger, is worth attending. — Kirk Woundy


29 Saturday


There are events that help fill out a weekend, and events so unique that people circle the date on the calendar every year. Manitou Springs has its share of both, but none in the latter group that can top the Emma Crawford Coffin Races down Manitou Avenue. Today, for the 17th year, masses will see the noon parade starring 50 competing coffins, followed by the competition itself (roughly 1 to 3 p.m., free, The wide variety of "coffins" and their vehicles, not to mention the team members' fashions and the "Emma" impersonators, always entertain. And after the festivities, downtown watering holes will offer specials, while businesses join in the Emma Crawford Estate Sidewalk Sale. — Ralph Routon


30 Sunday


I have to admit, every year around Halloween I get less enamored with the phrase "trick or treat." The tricks are never pleasant (smashed pumpkins, car eggings and such), and the treats just make jeans tighter around the belly. This year, however, I'm heading to the Halloween Bash at Fit Body and Pole (5531 Powers Center Point,, where I'll have a chance to learn some nifty chair and pole tricks and, in the process, burn some calories from any treats I may sample while there. The female-only festivities begin at 5 p.m., cost $15 (and a snack to share), and include fun photos of you in your sexy costume, whether vampire, witch or Snooki. — Kirsten Akens




Any haunted house that says its hours run from "dusk to die" is clearly not effing around, and the Haunted Mines (225 Northgate Blvd., is just such a house. Located at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry — and technically opening at 7 tonight, though earlier arrival is recommended — the Mines take you indoor, outdoor and underground, all for $15. Otherwise, do the indoor Rocky Mountain Haunt Fest (3910 Palmer Park Blvd.,, where its Ghouls Gulch and Delirium Haunted House ($15 for one, $25 for both) scare people "because they deserve it" and are powered by "creatures that can show up on time, work weekends, and have a love of Halloween." — Bryce Crawford




According to some surprising news out there on the webs, Cyndi Lauper refuses to talk about her age. (Her reported response: "What am I, a car?"). But really, the person who made masturbation the subject of an '80s superhit is probably allowed to lie all she wants. (You knew that about "She Bop," didn't you?) These days, Cyndi's on to more soulful pursuits, touring for her 2010 Memphis Blues album. She stops at 8 tonight at the Ogden Theatre (935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, For $30, you can see the legend herself, in all her timeless glory. — Edie Adelstein


2 Wednesday

sports and recreation

You get a free margarita each time you participate in the weekly 5K or 10K with the Muldooniacs Running Club (5710 S. Carefree Circle, But if that isn't enough incentive to join this newly formed group, wait until you've run 12 times, and you'll get a T-shirt that's almost magical: It'll earn you a free margarita whenever you visit either José Muldoon's — east-side or downtown. So grab your running shoes and your friends and head to José's between 5 and 6 p.m. for an outing on the nearby Homestead Trail. — Ellie Cole

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