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9Thursday

theater

Heading into Easter weekend, expect nary a chocolate bunny at the Manitou Art Theatre (1367 Pecan St., themat.org). That's where Rebecca Buric is performing Signature, a seriously serious one-woman play that puts a schoolteacher named Aida in the target of a Serbo-Croation War sniper as she walks home with her child. Signature earned Best Original Production honors from the Pikes Peak Arts Council last year, so if you missed it the first time around, consider buying a ticket for opening night — Thursday shows feature a $3 to $8 discount off the usual $18 ticket price. Otherwise, visit any Thursday through Sunday (except April 12) through April 26. — KW

10 Friday

climbing, film

One might presume that a film titled Luxury Liner: The First Ascent of Supercrack might contain a soundtrack heavy on the "bam chicka wao-waos," if you get my drift. But one would be incorrect. The Supercrack in focus at 8 tonight in Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., alstrinfilms.com) belongs not to a gyrating human, but a 300-foot vertical slab of sandstone in Southeast Utah's Indian Creek. The area is now internationally renowned for rock climbing, thanks to a handful of Colorado Springs pioneers who assisted Earl Wiggins on his first ascent in 1976. The film pairs a recent reunion at the crack with archival footage; $10 tickets are available at Mountain Chalet (226 N. Tejon St.) or the door. — MS

theater

Hey b-boys: If you dig the term "robot," as opposed to those clunky, out-of-fashion words like "automaton" and "android," then you owe a debt of thanks to Karel Capek. The Czech writer popularized the term in his 1920 sci-fi play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots), which explores man's relationship with technology, la inexpensive robot labor that threatens humanity's relevance. Think utopia, backfired ... with robots! At 8 tonight, and each Friday through Sunday until April 19, Theatre 'd Art will continue mechanically tackling the text at the Osborne Studio Theatre inside UCCS' University Hall (3955 Cragwood Drive, theatredart.org). Tickets are $10 ($5 students, free for UCCS students), a fair price considering all the technology being exploited to put the show on. — MS

11 Saturday

art

Been lost without Cottonwood Artists' School? Celebrate its new life, new name (Cottonwood Center for the Arts) and, most importantly, its new digs (427 E. Colorado Ave., cottonwoodartistsschool.com) from 4 to 6 this evening. The occasion is a sneak peek at its retrospective of the art of Carol Ettenger, appropriately titled Thresholds, Crossroads and Dead Ends. The center's official grand opening celebration is planned for April 24 and 25, and the show will run in the space through May 9. — JT

12 Sunday

music

Atlanta's Chris Duarte Group is a power trio — because, after all, there's no such thing as a power quartet — making its way to Stargazers Theatre (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazertheater.com) at 7 tonight. While the Texas-born Duarte's own music leans toward straight-ahead blues rock, his session work has been strangely varied (Alan Parsons, Talking Heads, etc.). "Some of the blues nazis out there might take umbrage and launch into vituperations of lengthy verbosity," he blogged a while back, "but I care not ..." Duarte's guitar solos are just as blustery, but a lot less formal. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. — BF

13 Monday

soul searching

On a spring afternoon in 1995, visiting the Civil War battlefield of Antietam, Md., my life changed. Standing where 23,000 soldiers died on that war's bloodiest day, I was overcome with powerful emotions — including the distinct feeling that I had died there. It changed my outlook permanently about reincarnation. If you wonder about such things, learn more from well-known author and regression therapist Dr. Linda Backman at 7 tonight at the Celebration Conscious Living Store's community room (2207 W. Colorado Ave., celebrationstore.com, $5 donation). She'll be signing books and speaking about her approaches to "healing through past lives and the time between." — RR

music

Buckcherry didn't start out as the kind of band you'd vote Most Likely to Evolve. But songs like "Broken Glass," which dealt with war in a much more intelligent way than Kid Rock ever will, signaled the L.A. trash-rock outfit's move away from its Aerosmith-wannabe origins. Avenged Sevenfold, meanwhile, is more inclined toward guttural metal, at least until those pop choruses kick in. Rounding out this 6:30 show tonight at the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd., worldarena.com) are Drowning Pool and Rev Theory. Yes, it's four bands for 40 bucks, with a lineup that will appeal to just about anyone who's ever worn a Mtley Cre or Megadeth T-shirt. — BF

14 Tuesday

weaving

Here's something that's sounds better the more you think about it: "Traditional Scottish Weaving, Straight from the Horse's Mouth," at the Penrose House (1661 Mesa Ave., 440-2080), at 6:30 tonight. It's a free lecture by Norman Kennedy, a traditional Scottish singer and handloom weaver who received a 2003 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship. Kennedy will oversee a traditional "waulking," in which the audience will help shrink wool while singing together. RSVP by April 13. What, is this still not doing it for you? OK, go to hang out and get a good look at the Penrose House — the grounds are beautiful, the history pretty cool, and the art collection amazing. — EA

15 Wednesday

bling

These are dark days for the dollar. The historic photograph of a German woman burning stacks of post-World War I Papiermarks haunts our minds. Well, my fearful Americans, you may find comfort in knowing that some of our money still holds value. The Money Museum (818 N. Cascade Ave., money.org) is currently showing an extremely rare Olsen specimen 1913 Liberty Head "V" nickel. The nickel, one of only five of its kind, is worth $3 million. See it between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday before summer's end; admission is $4 to $5 (members free). Boy, if I had a "V" nickel for every financial crisis that threatened to end the American way of life ... — RC

Compiled by: Edie Adelstein, Rhiannon Conley, Bill Forman, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.

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