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27 Wednesday

Tamarix ramosissima
  • Tamarix ramosissima

For you environmentally conscious folk, the existence of Tamarix ramosissima probably isn't news, but you may not be aware of the full impact of this invasive salt cedar tree. Today at Colorado College's Gaylord Hall, join Shane Heschel, professor of botany, as he discusses the physiological makeup of this wetland species, and how it out-competes native flora for soil moisture. He'll go over management strategies, and the effectiveness of clearing Tamarix from our riparian areas. Heschel's research focuses on invasive plants and their water use, so he is the go-to source for Tamarix info in the area. Reservations for this lunch and lecture are required; email to RSVP. Noon-1:30 p.m. 902 N. Cascade Ave. $17. 389-6249. — Alissa Smith


28 Thursday

The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence
  • The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence

What's in a name? Does a name grant some greater destiny, or is any theme the product of chance and human bias? Is every Watson doomed to be the under appreciated sidekick, every Eliza a consoling love, every Merrick a hamstringing adversary? Explore these ideas in Springs Ensemble Theatre's current production, The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence. Directed by SET member Sarah S. Shaver, this 2014 Pulitzer finalist follows four Watsons: Dr. John Watson, from the Arthur Conan Doyle novels; Thomas A. Watson, assistant to Alexander Graham Bell; Joshua Watson of the "Dweeb Team"; and the WATSON supercomputer of Jeopardy! fame. Dates through Feb. 7. Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, 4 p.m., 1903 E. Cache La Poudre St., $10-$15, — Griffin Swartzell


30 Saturday

Church Fire
  • Church Fire

Church Fire may soon grow weary of being perceived as Denver's answer to Swedish electro-geniuses The Knife. But hey, if you're going to endure comparisons to anyone, it might as well be an act so weirdly virtuosic that most musicians wouldn't even try to venture into similar terrain. The duo's focal point is Shannon Webber, whose eye-catching theatricality complements her by turns eerie, twitchy and beautiful vocals. Meanwhile, the relatively low-key synthesist David Samuelson oscillates and arpreggiates his way through arrangements that recall the UK's best post-punk standard-bearers. Catch them at Flux Capacitor tonight on a bill with Justice Profit, Morlox and Blarney Mumble. 8:30 p.m., 3530 Chelton Loop, $5-$7 (suggested donation), — Bill Forman

Art Class

30 Saturday

Comic Art Drawing Class
  • Comic Art Drawing Class

Comics are a near-ubiquitous thing for children. Whether it was Sunday Morning or superheroes, every kid on my block read 'em, at least a little — and we all drew one or two of our own. But they're tricky things, comics, and drawing skills aside, getting everything right is no mean feat. Take a few tips from Gunther Goltz, founder of local Start a Cult Studios. He's teaching a comic book drawing class at Mountain Fold Books for ages 12 and up today. Bring your own pencils, pens, erasers and paper; rulers will be provided. RSVP early; seats are extremely limited. 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 121 E. Costilla St., $15, — Griffin Swartzell


30 Saturday

Basics of Cast-Iron Cooking
  • Basics of Cast-Iron Cooking

So many areas of the culinary world draw fanatics. Gadget and equipment people are just one category, including people who worship stuff like the Big Green Egg or, in this case, love cooking in cast iron. To its credit, cast iron does conduct heat rather well and can move from stovetop to oven with ease, and it's damn durable. You also avoid potential troubles with non-stick coatings coming off and supposedly harming you and you get added iron in your diet. Learn more about how to cure, clean and cook with them, even over campfires, at the "Basics of Cast-Iron Cooking" class at Fountain Creek Nature Center. Reservations required at 520-6745. 9 to 10:30 a.m., 320 Peppergrass Lane, Fountain, $8 ($10 non-members), — Matthew Schniper


30 Saturday

World Dance Festival
  • World Dance Festival

A late Saturday night on Tejon might convince you that the art of dance has been forever lost in a fervor of twerking and accidental group dry humping on crowded club floors. However, there's a wealth of talented dancers throughout our fair city who cannot wait to prove otherwise. For one night only, the Black Box Theatre presents the World Dance Festival, featuring a diverse, multi-cultural array of Colorado Springs dancers as they perform Bollywood, Polynesian hula, Indian temple dancing, belly dancing and other styles. The costumes are detailed, the music is authentic, and the dancers love to engage the crowd as they show off their skills and share their love of their chosen style. It's sure to be a super fun time and you won't have to deal with any strangers grinding their foreparts on your backside in the name of dance. 8:15 p.m. $10-$15. 1367 Pecan St.; — Bridgett Harris


1 Monday

Final Works
  • Final Works

Those who are looking for a powerful musical performance in a small package need look no further than Hausmusik, our local string quartet. Made up of Rebecca Lee, Jacob Klock, Catherine Hanson and Jennifer Yopp, Hausmusik's members boast some serious connections to the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and the Colorado Springs Symphony — among others. Today, these talented musicians are putting on a show of Final Works, the last compositions ever written by Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert. What's more, your ticket also gets you a catered meal from Garden of the Gods Gourmet. Not a bad deal. 6:30 p.m. Grace and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 601 N. Tejon St. $50. 310-7924, — Alissa Smith

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