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3 Thursday


A lot of dirt, and more than a few band members, have passed under the bridge since frontman Jeff Hanna and drummer Jimmie Fadden formed what would become one of the most influential bluegrass-tinged country-rock outfits ever. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, who first came to prominence with 1972's revered Will the Circle Be Unbroken collection, boasts a current lineup whose four members have cumulatively racked up more than a century with the band. In addition to keyboardist Bob Carpenter, the group also features hugely talented multi-instrumentalist John McEuen, whose beautiful banjo-driven instrumental "White Russia" will give you chills. Tickets are $33 to $43 for this 7 p.m. show at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., — Bill Forman


4 Friday


Warren Miller Entertainment is synonymous with winter sports, and locally, the Pikes Peak Center is synonymous with Warren Miller Entertainment. So it follows that Like There's No Tomorrow, WME's 62nd annual winter-sports film, will play at the downtown venue (190 S. Cascade Ave., during this first weekend of November. We get three showings: tonight at 8, then tomorrow night at 6 and 9. Tickets (available at Colorado Ski & Golf, and the Pikes Peak Center box office) run $21, but come with a voucher for a free lift ticket at Winter Park, and other sweet deals. — Kirk Woundy


5 Saturday


First, they're not Chippendales. They have far too much flair for that. Second, they're not strippers (though no one would complain). They're the Stage Door Johnnies, a male burlesque trio out of Chicago. Bazuka Joe, Ray Gunn and Jett Adore describe themselves as being like "a Chicago-style hot dog ... 100 percent pure beef pleasure, and too classy for catsup." Sounds like just what Colorado Springs needs. Watch the Johnnies, as well as our own Peaks & Pasties and other performers, at 9 tonight at Stargazers Theatre & Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, Tickets for this 21-and-up show run $12 to $15. — Edie Adelstein


6 Sunday


Each year, I'm more impressed by the growth that Ormao Dance Company shows in its annual performances. This year's fall concert, which opened at 7:30 last night and will happen again at 2 today at the Colorado Springs School's Louisa Theater (21 Broadmoor Ave.,, features three new works by guest artist Chung-Fu Chang, local Ila Conoley and director Jan Johnson. Johnson says that although the choreographers went into development without a cohesive idea, their dances all turned out to focus on the human condition and reflect how "everyone's struggling a little bit" right now. Tickets cost $17 in advance, $20 at the door. Children 11 and younger are free. — Kirsten Akens


7 Monday

food and drink

Considering I've got a six-liter Methuselah of St. Bernardus above my desk, I was plenty happy to hear it's one of the Belgian beers offered at the $60 Indian dinner at Adam's Mountain Café (934 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, Tonight's 6 o'clock dinner features brews from Val-Dieu, Ommegang, St. Louis and Pauwel Kwak, all courtesy of Swirl Wine Emporium ( Pair that with chutneys, masalas, samosas and paneers from Adam's, and you're looking at more than just dinner — you're looking at a religious experience. — Bryce Crawford


8 Tuesday


Google "Chuck Asay," and you'll find lines such as "batshit rightwing cartoonist." Meanwhile, writer Terry Marshall seems to have no problem being called a "bleeding heart liberal activist." The two "polar opposites," as described on Marshall's website, have collaborated on a novel, Soda Springs: Love, Sex and Civil Rights? and will discuss their partnership and other seemingly controversial issues from 5 to 8 tonight in the free talk "When Cultures Collide," at CC's Gates Common Room (1025 N. Cascade Ave., — Kirsten Akens


9 Wednesday


Dave Gardner has spent years turning his own personal crusade into a film, even while fighting the battle against uncontrolled growth, running for City Council in Colorado Springs, and otherwise making a living. Tonight, Gardner unveils his film GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth with its Colorado premiere at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with sustainability-related displays by local groups in the lobby. The film starts at 6:30, and will be followed by a panel discussion led by Gardner and including Indy columnist John Hazlehurst. Your $10 donation will benefit the Sierra Club. — Ralph Routon

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