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ZydoGrass Mardi Gras Party at Front Range Barbeque

6 Wednesday


"If you put accordion and rub-board with any music, it's going to sound like zydeco." But, continues Grass It Up member (and Indy salesperson) David Jeffrey, if you put accordion and rub-board with bluegrass music, it's also going to sound like American history: "Both are music traditions that are passed on by rote and usually performed for large groups with audience participation." The fusion is inspired, Jeffrey assures, and you can experience it at 7:30 tonight at the 13th annual ZydoGrass Mardi Gras Party, with members of Tribe and Grass It Up, at Front Range Barbeque (2330 W. Colorado Ave., no cover, — Kirk Woundy

Chingy, otherwise known as Howard Bailey Jr.

7 Thursday


Not long after Nelly made the world safe for Southern hip-hop, another St. Louis rapper rose from obscurity and into the spotlight. Chingy, aka Howard Bailey Jr., was chosen as opener on Nelly's 2002 tour, after which the younger emcee scored a No. 2 hit with "Right Thurr," its bouncy production and heavy drawl following closely in Nelly's footsteps. A string of gold and platinum records soon followed — along with a well-publicized falling-out between the two artists over who deserved custody of the Southern accent. In recent years, Chingy's been more low-profile, but he returned to form last year with "We N Hurr (Real Niggas in Paris)." You can catch his 18-plus show this evening at SoDo (527 S. Tejon St., for $15/adv, $20/door. — Bill Forman

Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball at Cottonwood Center for the Arts

8 Friday


Two cultural titans collided last weekend in New Orleans: Mardi Gras and the Super Bowl. Well, actually just the Super Bowl happened. Mayor Mitch Landrieu pushed Carnival back a week to accommodate the big game. Landrieu, according to the New York Daily News, didn't want to overburden the local police with two extravaganzas at once. Fair enough, but there won't be any sporting event to interfere with tonight's Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball and closing reception, kicking off at 5 at Cottonwood Center for the Arts (427 E. Colorado Ave., For a $5 donation, you get to party in your best mask with food, drink and entertainment from steampunk dance group Vagabond Misfits and jazz/funk outfit Thelonious Funk. — Edie Adelstein

Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring at the Pikes Peak Center

9 Saturday


From the Martha Graham Dance Company's performance of the original in 1944 at the Library of Congress, to Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman playing a heart-stopping sectional arrangement for President Barack Obama's first inauguration, Appalachian Spring has enjoyed a deservedly high profile. The Colorado Springs Philharmonic continues that tradition when it takes up Aaron Copland's composition at 8 tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.,, $23 to $54). As Isadora Bennett first wrote of it in the Christian Science Monitor, the Pulitzer Prize-winning piece "implies, in its title, not Spring in the Appalachians, but the 'Spring' of a young America, looking toward new frontiers with an ecstasy of high hopes." — Bryce Crawford

GalaxyFest II: Wrath of the Con mostly happens at the Antlers Hilton

10 Sunday


Holy nerd bomb! Where to start ... a zombie crawl and carnival, Stormtroopers, anime, 24-hour gaming, body painting, sci-fi burlesque, kilt blowing (I'm still part blind from last year) and celebrity guests like Babylon 5's Claudia Christian and Mortal Kombat's Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... yes, I could only be talking about GalaxyFest II: Wrath of the Con at the Antlers Hilton (4 S. Cascade Ave., The action started Thursday and continues through tonight, likely past midnight. Tickets range from $10 to $100 depending on age, multi-day passes, VIP packages, etc. Check the website for programming details and much, much more. — Matthew Schniper

You and Not Your Gifts, an art show of works by Emily Hines

11 Monday


According to her bio, Emily Hines grew up with a single parent and one sibling in a household of "eccentric misbehaving pets" and "an incredible quantity of odd items rescued from trash cans, thrift stores and yard sales and flea markets." That mishmash clearly informs her mixed-media art, which combines delicate linework with patches of sewn fabric, needles and paint. That may sound busy, but when you see her solo show You and Not Your Gifts, up now through March 9 at Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs,, you'll see just how elegant it truly is. Visit Gifts, along with the rest of the Business of Art Center, any day except Tuesdays. — Edie Adelstein

Dreamgirls is coming to the Pikes Peak Center

12 Tuesday


I've always wanted to be a backup singer. You know, like one of the Supremes shoop-shooping behind Diana Ross in the '60s. But I was kicked out of my junior high choir, quashing my dreams early on. Instead I soothe my inner Florence Ballard with TV shows like American Idol. Which is also where I came to have serious respect for the chops of Idol finalist Jennifer Hudson. The lovely Ms. Hudson was one of the stars of the 2006 Dreamgirls film, and though she won't be at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.,, $38-$58) at 7:30 tonight (or at the same time tomorrow) for the travelling stage production, you still can be, recalling all the musical fun of the Motown era. — Kirsten Akens

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