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4 Wednesday


Although Blue Man Group has been toiling away since the late '80s, it has only truly arrived with the advent of the 2014 BuzzFeed quiz querying which member you are. (Though commenter Mark D. Fairchild asked the real question: "Did I really just take this quiz?" I kid.) The ubiquitous turquoise trio has made a dynasty out of non-verbal performances with splash zones, music to warrant an extensive discography, and a "blissful party atmosphere." Plus, all the endorsements one could want from a certain never-nude who you know would have taken the quiz above very seriously. Catch tonight's 7:30 show at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., Tickets run $37.50 to $60 plus fees. — Edie Adelstein


5 Thursday


"I served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam, an experience that made me realize the folly and horror of war. Uncle Sam turned me into a peace activist." That's how author, educator, activist and peace scholar David Cortright introduces you to his blog at He's the director of policy studies at the Kroc Institute and chairman of the board of the Fourth Freedom Forum at Notre Dame University, and he'll be speaking tonight at CC. His topic: "Cooperative Nonmilitary Responses to ISIS and Global Terrorist Threats." It's free, and it starts at 7 at Slocum Commons, 130 E. Cache la Poudre St. — Mary Jo Meade


6 Friday


Lately, you can't read anything about Cheyenne Jackson without coming across the following litany: The 30 Rock actor got divorced; got help for his alcoholism; got some, as shown in a 52-second video of him, as puts it, "yanking his chain"; and got married again last September. Now the velvet-voiced Broadway heartthrob comes to the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., for Cheyenne Jackson: American Songbook, a performance with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. At 8 tonight, Thomas Wilson will conduct the orchestra while Jackson sings. Tickets run from $21 to $63, and yes, now we've mentioned his history, too. — Bryce Crawford


7 Saturday


" ... I am loyal and just and in others I trust/I am the sheep." So reads one Chinese horoscope for 2015, the year of the sheep, which technically begins Feb. 19. Thousands of years of tradition inform many positive prognostications for this year, including a predominant energy of harmony. So follow the pack to the City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St., for the Colorado Springs Chinese New Year Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, where for $5 to $6, you'll enjoy Asian entertainment and food, a market and much more. Just remember: You are not the walrus, you are the sheep. — Matthew Schniper


8 Sunday


Not only does Immanuel Lutheran Church boast Colorado's largest theater pipe organ, it also has the wisdom to stake a claim to the catchy phrase, "Pizza & Pipes Party." Leave your baggies at home and instead just bring a freewill donation to the church (846 E. Pikes Peak Ave., to enjoy "good-times melodies" on the organ, plus short silent movies and pizza, popcorn and soda, all meant to celebrate Valentine's and Presidents' days. Denver organist Jim Calm — that's a name well-suited for virtually any kind of piping activity — will start playing at 3. — Kirk Woundy


9 Monday


It's no secret that Colorado used to be part of New Spain. We exist on a cultural thread that goes from southern Canada to Colombia to old Spain. Want proof? Just ask noted santero Charles Carillo tonight at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, He and DMNS anthropology curator Chip Colwell are giving a tour and in-depth conversation on the museum's Spanish traditional art collection. The event is at 6:30 and costs $20 for members, $25 for non-members. For bonus points, ask about how La Christa Negra ties Esquipulas, Guatemala, to Chimayó, New Mexico. — Griffin Swartzell


10 Tuesday


The 2008 Louder Than a Bomb youth poetry slam competition in Chicago featured one Nate Marshall, who had returned for his sixth and final performance there. Among other participants, Marshall was filmed in the months leading up to the event, and the resulting 2011 documentary Louder Than a Bomb won numerous awards and earned a rare 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Since then, Marshall has graduated from Vanderbilt, penned a chapbook, and made a living writing poetry, rapping and educating. This is a guy who incorporates a well-placed "villanelle" mention into his rhymes, along with "my ego is Langston Huge." Hear his free talk at 7 tonight as part of Colorado College's Visiting Writers Series at the Gates Common Room (1025 N. Cascade Ave., — Edie Adelstein

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