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4 Thursday

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

The civil rights movement is one that now spans generations; the names and events in the news and the issues people of color face are still all too familiar. And as we watch groups like Black Lives Matter take on a bigger role in the movement, one can't help but think of those who rose before them in the 1960s. Stanley Nelson's The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, screening tonight as part of RMPBS' Community Cinema, documents the rise of the Black Panther Party and the crucial role they played at a turning point in civil rights and American history. The film will also air on RMPBS in late February. 7 p.m., free, Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St., — Craig Lemley


5 Friday

Dressy Bessy
  • Dressy Bessy

Just as the loosely knit "Denver Sound" scene spawned Southern Gothic acts like 16 Horsepower and Slim Cessna's Auto Club, the Denver-founded Elephant 6 collective brought us the more psychedelic pop-inclined sounds of Neutral Milk Hotel, Olivia Tremor Control and, less famously, Dressy Bessy. Led by frontwoman Tammy Ealom and Apples in Stereo guitarist John Hill, the reunited Dressy Bessy are finally back with Kingsized, their first studio album in seven years. Due out this coming Friday on much-loved indie label Yep Rock, it'll be accompanied by a 27-city tour that includes tonight's show at Flux Capacitor. Fellow Mile High dwellers The Born Readies and the Springs-based Cheap Perfume open. 8 p.m., $5-$7 donation, 3530 N. Chelton Loop, all-ages, — Bill Forman


5 Friday

20.16 Art Show
  • 20.16 Art Show

Tattoos are art, and paintings are art, but it can feel like there's a dividing line between the two in terms of public acceptance. That said, all the tattoo artists I've ever worked with have decorated their work area with paintings and drawings of their own. But whether the canvas is traditional or human skin, Fifth Element Gallery and Tattoo Studio is all about the art. Swing by today or tomorrow for the opening, to check out or pick up something a little less permanent and a little more affordable than a tattoo, as part of the 20.16 art show. To keep it affordable, owner Joe Collins has asked that every piece be sold for $20.16. 5-11 p.m., 3856 Village Seven Road, free, — Griffin Swartzell


5 Friday

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony
  • Bugs Bunny at the Symphony

Looney Tunes has a long history with classical music. The iconic short, "What's Opera, Doc?" features Elmer Fudd singing "Kill da wabbit!" over the iconic Wagner piece, "Ride of the Valkyries," part of his expansive "Der Ring des Nibelungen" cycle. It's just one of many love letters the cartoons wrote to great composers. Tonight and tomorrow, come to the Pikes Peak Center to see conductor George Daugherty and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic return the love with Bugs Bunny at the Symphony. They'll be playing classical selections with the corresponding Looney Tunes cartoons projected in sync. It's a great chance to share classic culture with the whole family. 7:30 p.m., 190 S. Cascade Ave., $21-$66 plus fees, — Griffin Swartzell


6 Saturday

Winter Beer Fest
  • Winter Beer Fest

In a way, all beer fests are alike, in that a bunch of breweries show up to sample you and you drink a fair amount, take in some food and music too, and possibly wear a pretzel as an accessory. But there's quite a difference from the mega show that the Great American Beer Festival is as compared to one of those summer-in-the-park events or Woodland Park's humble Winter Beer Fest, now in its sixth carbonated incarnation, at the Ute Pass Cultural Center. BierWerks acts as the hosting outfit and Carmen will serve tapas. Make sure to buy tickets in advance, as they're half-off online. 2-6 p.m., 210 E. Midland Ave., $35 ($17.50 early), — Matt Schniper


6 Saturday

Victorian Masque Ball
  • Victorian Masque Ball

Saturday night is a good time to dress up and go dancing, but maybe not the kind you're thinking of. Tonight, the Gold Camp Victorian Society is hosting their annual Victorian Masque Ball, so we're talking waltzing. The music will be provided by The 4th Artillery Quadrille Ensemble and Shelby Evanoika, known for playing classic tunes at all sorts of throwback gigs in the region. You'll also get a chance to win some door prizes while feasting like nobility on hor d'oeuvres and drinks. Victorian dress is encouraged, so dust off that bustle! What? You don't have a bustle? That's all right, a gown or a tux will do just fine. 6-11 p.m. Double Eagle Hotel & Casino, 442 Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, RSVP suggested, $45 per person,, 689-0907. — Alissa Smith


7 Sunday

Super Half 2016
  • Super Half 2016

Here's your game-day game plan: You're going to consume beer. You're going to eat guacamole and hot wings in copious amounts. You're going to lounge in the living room and yell loudly at the television even though the players can't actually hear you. But first? You're going to earn that wanton bodily destruction by running your ass off at Colorado Springs' super Sunday tradition, the Super Half Marathon and Game Day 5K. Knock out three miles or 13 miles and earn yourself a brag-worthy tech shirt and the right to party with impunity all day long. The first 600 half-marathon finishers will even get cool medals that double as bottle openers. But wait. There's more. This little jaunt across the city is followed by an after-party at Jack Quinn's, with breakfast and beer specials so you can pre-game post-run. Go Broncos! 10 a.m., Plaza of the Rockies, 121 S. Tejon St., $25-$70, — Bridget Harris

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