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30 Wednesday


When the Indy spoke to Mac Lethal in 2012, the rapper made a few things clear: He knows his grammar, he hates littering, and he'd be glad to put his martial arts skills to use on Chris Brown. Nowadays he's performing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, receiving epic voicemails from Tech N9ne, and looking to start writing his next book. Basically, there's a lot more going on here than with your average gangsta. See the man himself (of the "Twista-league" spit speed) at 7 tonight at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.,, $12/advance), where his all-ages show will open with locals Che Bong, A Black Day and Big Ro. — Edie Adelstein


1 Thursday


Crocuses are blooming, wildflowers are peeking out, and today's the day the North Slope Recreation Area reopens. Crystal Reservoir and the North and South Catamount lakes, which also serve as reservoirs for the Springs, open for fishing — on the banks or in non-gas-powered boats — mountain biking, hiking and picnicking (tell the ants!). The entire recreation area on Pikes Peak (5069 Pikes Peak Highway, Cascade, 385-7325) is your playground. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through May 23 and expanded after that. Admission is $4 per person for 16 and older; young ones get in free. — Robert Meyerowitz


2 Friday


Hollywood is saturated with high-dollar CGI scored by Hans Zimmer and his disciples. Take a break from the booming brass and digital vistas with Silent Film Fridays at the City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St., 886-0088). Tonight's show begins at 8 and will feature the Buster Keaton short The Balloonatic and Laurel & Hardy's Habeas Corpus. Enjoy some 1920s comedy amped up with live music from the Aud's Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Suggested donation is $5, but 17 and under get in free. — Griffin Swartzell


3 Saturday

sports and recreation

While rodeo at the Broadmoor itself might be slightly more compelling — can we get a Humps-N-Horns meet-and-greet at the Penrose Room? — this weekend we're treated to rodeo at the Broadmoor World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd., The Professional Bull Riders' Rumble in the Rockies event starts at 8 p.m. Friday, then resumes at 6:50 p.m. today and concludes with a third installment at 1:50 Sunday. Tickets run from $18 to $103 daily — cheaper, no doubt, than if our five-star resort hosted "the toughest sport on dirt." — Kirk Woundy


4 Sunday

geeks and grog

May the Fourth be with you on this Star Wars Day, when you'll celebrate by hitting a specially themed Geeks Who Drink pub quiz at McCabe's Tavern (520 S. Tejon St., at 6 tonight. Titled Let the Wookiee Win, the quiz's topics will range across the original three films — leaving aside the $200 million monstrosity currently being filmed in Abu Dhabi and set for release in December 2015 — and count as the first time the Denver-based company has taken on the Holy Grail of Nerdom. Tickets are $5 per person, and teams are limited to six people. — Bryce Crawford


5 Monday

go green

If you aren't honoring your Mexican amigos by toasting a number of margaritas to them today for Cinco de Mayo — might I suggest the new U.S. motto: "All of your holidays are belong to us to justify our heavy drinking" — then consider passing over the bottle to participate in the inaugural Colorado Springs Commute Week, running citywide today through Friday. The much more sober week is aimed at promoting alternative transportation such as walking, biking, carpooling, busing and burro riding. (Yep, made that last one up.) Visit for details on free shuttles, a commuter challenge, giveaways and more. — Matthew Schniper


6 Tuesday


Dr. Carl Raschke may come off as something of a blowhard — his website features the tagline, "Exploring thought-spaces that no one has explored before ..." — but he raises interesting points. For instance, there's his postulation that "secular liberalism" is having a tough time coming to grips with the religious fervor in the Middle East, a "deep-reaching, global trend," he wrote in his 2012 book Postmodernism and the Revolution in Religious Theory. Get more of that at 5:30 tonight with "Holy Ignorance: Religion, Politics, and the Crisis of Globalization," his talk at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs' University Center (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., Admission is free, with free parking in Lot 3. — Bryce Crawford

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