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21 Wednesday


"Work from the heart and you might accidentally find your purpose," says local painter Joseph Rottenbacher, who's holding his debut exhibit, Accidentally on Purpose, from tonight through Feb. 27 in City Hall's Citizen Art Gallery (107 N. Nevada Ave.). Rottenbacher's a Los Angeles transplant and University of Colorado at Colorado Springs grad, self-taught in art and abstract expressionist in style. Entry to the show is free from 8 to 5 weekdays, and tonight's opening reception runs from 5:30 to 7; private viewings may be arranged at 970/371-5914. — Matthew Schniper


22 Thursday

dice and drink

Porters, pies and Pictionary? Ales and Apples to Apples? Craft beers and Cataan? Macrobrews and Monopoly? No, no, no, and hell no — I can see why it's called Boards & Brews. CK Comics and Collectibles is bringing board games to Manitou neighbor Kinfolks (950 Manitou Ave., from 7 to 9 tonight and coming Thursday nights. The bar features beer from locals such as Red Leg and nationals like Speakeasy, all of which pair well with savory pies provided by Mountain Pie CO. Every beer and pie nets you a raffle ticket for prizes from CK. Remember: Drunk Jenga is good for you. — Griffin Swartzell


23 Friday


Genre fiction categories like science fiction, fantasy and horror tend to get blurry, especially when they're celebrated at mega-conventions alongside comic book artists, TV series creators and anime characters. All of which makes the COSine Science Fiction Convention something of an anomaly. You won't find furries or Harley Quinns posing for photos, but you will find talented authors like Connie Willis, who's racked up eight Nebula Awards, 11 Hugo Awards and 11 Locus Awards. There'll also be an art auction and dealers room, a group reading of a "very bad novella" called The Eye of Argon, and something called an Angry Birds Game and Dance with "live-action angry birds" (which technically don't count as furries). The conference runs from Friday through Sunday at the Hotel Eleganté (2886 S. Circle Drive) and you can find a full schedule and ticket info at — Bill Forman


24 Saturday


Nicki Runge says that as a deaf person, she grew tired of "having to choose between viewing the action or the interpretation" in theater performances. So she formed the Rocky Mountain Deaf Theatre company, which integrates American Sign Language directly into its productions; voice interpreters follow along. See her vision in practice as Runge plays all the titular characters in RMDT's Six Women in Search of a Perfect Play, running Friday and today at 7:30 and Sunday at 2:30 in the Music Room at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., Tickets are $15 to $20. — Kirk Woundy


25 Sunday


Pablo Sáinz Villegas is a heartthrob with a guitar, and not in a kind of American Idol way. Like, in a national-treasure-of-Spain way. A master of classical Spanish guitar, Villegas has performed: for the Dalai Lama and the Spanish Royal Family; everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center; and with the likes of the New York and Copenhagen philharmonics. This weekend, including today at 2:30, he'll join fellow Spaniard, conductor Josep Caballé-Domenech and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic for Boléro, a concert featuring the Ravel classic as well as selections from Massenet, Rodrigo and Palomo. Come to the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., an hour prior for a preconcert lecture. Tickets run $28 to $70. — Edie Adelstein


26 Monday


In Bag It, regular Colorado guy Jeb Berrier pledges to stop using plastic bags — which gets him thinking about single-use plastic stuff and our "culture of convenience" and the 800 pounds of plastic waste generated by the average American annually. He tracks a day in the life of a plastic bag, and explores the negative effects of plastic on birds and sea creatures as well as our food supply, somehow managing to tell this heavy story while maintaining an upbeat and hopeful tone. Bag It screens at 6:30 tonight at Benet Hill Monastery (3190 Benet Lane in Black Forest,, donations welcomed), a presentation of the Rocky Mountain Women's Film Institute. — Mary Jo Meade


27 Tuesday


Kristin Van Loon and Arwen Wilder both hail from Chicago, and met studying at Colorado College. Later, in Minneapolis, the two formally established themselves as a performance group of two known as HIJACK, which has traveled the world dancing, teaching and even publishing a chapbook. Now, as part of Colorado College's week-long "What's My Line?" multidisciplinary festival (which we cover in part on the facing page) they will return to discuss HIJACK in today's free 3 o'clock talk, "Eye Sockets/Hip Sockets — visual art as inspiration and compositional strategy for choreography" at CC's Cornerstone Art Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., The two also performed yesterday, and will repeat it tomorrow. — Edie Adelstein

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