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The English Beat

4 Wednesday


Since its opening last November, Rawkus (3506 N. Academy Blvd., has dipped into numerous genres, combining a heavy DJ presence with everything from hard rock to hip-hop to an over-the-top Daft Punk tribute. The club has also had success with '80s pop acts like the English Beat, who return tonight after packing the venue less than six months ago. Frontman Dave Wakeling has lost neither his talent nor charm, leading his current lineup through razor-sharp renditions of "Save it for Later," "Mirror in the Bathroom," and other hook-ridden ska-pop hits. Tickets for the 18-plus show are $22.50 and up, with California Celts opening at 8. — Bill Forman

Indy Music Awards Festival

5 Thursday


Things I've learned at the previous two Indy Music Awards Festivals (, our celebration of local music and local musicians: rapper Black P is a super nice dude with a flow like puzzle pieces coming together; watching bands you voted into the top spot is almost as good as rocking up there yourself; and some teenagers are better at guitar than I am at anything. See what the free party might show you tonight; the time is 6:30, the location downtown on Tejon Street (and neighboring 21-and-over venues). — Bryce Crawford

Comedian Bill Burr

6 Friday


Family Guy pinned it with the gag about "Breaking Bad is the best show you've ever seen, except maybe The Wire," and we've only got four episodes of it left until it's all over, so there's no better time to tap into the fervor. You can do so by checking out the stand-up routines of two actors who've appeared regularly on the program, both coincidentally performing tonight. First, Bill Burr (Kuby) hits the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., at 7:30 for $28.50. Then, Steven Michael Quezada (Gomie) does 8 and 10:30 shows at Loonees Comedy Corner (1305 N. Academy Blvd., both tonight and Saturday, for $12. You do the meth ... I mean, math. — Matthew Schniper

Comic Art Fest

7 Saturday


When the Ben Afflecks of the world take up Batman's cape, what's a fan left to do? Return to the source material of course. Take yourself downtown today for the third annual Comic Art Fest, happening at Escape Velocity (19 E. Bijou St., and S.P.Q.R. (17B E. Bijou St.), from 1 to 5. Catch demos, sketches, Q&A panels, an art auction and activities for kids with 20 local and regional artists, many of whom are also participating in S.P.Q.R.'s Comic Art Show, which opened last night. They include Langdon Foss (of Get Jiro! with Anthony Bourdain) and Zach Howard (who has worked on numerous projects for DC Comics). — Edie Adelstein

Second Sunday Mesa Junction Art Bash

8 Sunday


Keep the arts train rolling and mosey south to Pueblo for the free Second Sunday Mesa Junction Art Bash, which promises arts, crafts and food vendors, as well as all-ages arts activities, like Pueblo's Cup and Bowl gallery's hand-building and paperclay demonstrations. The action runs from 1 to 5 at the Rawlings Library (100 E. Abriendo Ave.), and is just one of the dozens of events organized by the cultural activists at the Pueblo Performing Arts Guild. Check out for information on their First Friday extravaganzas, Backstage Pass parties and seasonal shindigs, like the Yule Love It Downtown Holiday Art & Shopping Crawl. — Edie Adelstein

Cellist Charles Curtis

9 Monday


There are probably thousands of testaments to the brilliance of cellist Charles Curtis, but here are three that stand out to me: He went directly from Juilliard graduation to Princeton University faculty; he's performed at Carnegie Hall (at age 19) and at CBGB, Tonic and the Knitting Factory; and he's collaborated with poetry-rock trailblazers with names like King Missile and Dogbowl. To hear his "A Listener's Music: Performative Listeners & the Performance of Listening" recital at 7 tonight, register at It's a free event (though tickets are required, and currently sold out) at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs' GOCA 121 (121 S. Tejon St.). — Kirk Woundy

Sacred Art Tour

10 Tuesday


The Drepung Gomang Monks travel the world, sharing Tibetan Buddhist teachings and details about their refugee community in South India. Yesterday kicked off their six-day Sacred Art Tour (, a visit to the Springs that includes a blessing and potluck at 6 tonight at Unity Church in the Rockies (1945 Mesa Road). But perhaps the highlight will happen from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, when the monks will turn millions of grains of colored sand into an intricate healing mandala at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (730 N. Tejon St.). At the 5 p.m. closing ceremony Thursday, the monks will sweep away their work in recognition of life's impermanence. — Kirsten Akens

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