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17 Thursday

restorative justice

"I pray for him every night, so God can let him get out for one year." Those words come from one young kid featured in When a Parent is in Prison, the newest documentary project by Dr. Howard Zehr. Check out a teaser for his Annie E. Casey Foundation-funded project at emu.edu/cjp/prisoner-parent, and you'll believe that by securing Zehr as keynote speaker, the Pikes Peak Restorative Justice Council has guaranteed a great foundation for today's Restorative Justice Conference. The daylong event is open to the public, $60 a ticket, at Beth-El Mennonite Church (4625 Ranch Drive, youthtransformationcenter.org). — KW

18 Friday

labor love

After all his years of harping against the political right, especially the past White House administration, you'd think progressive columnist, author and commentator Jim Hightower might be taking an extended vacation during President Barack Obama's first year. That's not the case, of course. Hightower still has plenty of targets in high places, and all kinds of causes to defend, including the rights of workers and unions. He brings that message, "No Agitation, No Change," to Colorado Springs' Labor Person of the Year awards dinner, starting at 6 tonight in Union Hall (2150 Naegele Road). Tickets are $35 at 635-4611, or you can e-mail charley@ibew.com for more information. — RR

19 Saturday

Greek fun

I'd like to say that, just once, I've gotten through a viewing of My Big Fat Greek Wedding and not thought, "Mmm ... gyros ... baklava ... shish kabobs ... wait, what's a Bundt cake?" Unfortunately, this has never happened. Well, for other lovers of Greek deliciousness, St. John's Greek Orthodox Church (1010 Spruce St., Pueblo, stjohngoc-pueblo.org) has you covered. Today and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the church will host its free Greek Festival to celebrate all things Hellenic: folk dancing, booths selling novelty items, homemade Mediterranean dishes (including loukoumathes, Grecian donuts covered in honey) and a lot more. Except maybe Bundt cake. — BC

20 Sunday

folk art

If you're wondering where old Colorado meets new, the 31st annual Holly Berry House Folk Art Festival has your answer. Not only does it provide a chance to tour the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site (3202 Chambers Way, 633-2026) and visit ranch animals, but it's also putting up some collectible Santas for sale. (Yes!) This year's event hosts more than 160 artists showcasing jewelry, pottery, home décor and more, starting Friday and running through today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit restorations at the ranch, including the buffalo hide tipi. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $2 for children 6 to 12. — JK

21 Monday

books

Make your way to the LoDo Tattered Cover (1628 16th St., Denver, tatteredcover.com) for a book signing and presentation by Jon Krakauer at 7:30 tonight. The celebrated writer will present his new book, Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman, the true story of an NFL pro who left football to enlist in U.S. Army. After two years in the service, Tillman was killed by friendly fire. Like Christopher McCandless in Into the Wild and even himself in Into Thin Air, Krakauer captures a man dispossessed from conventional society and obsessed with ideals all his own. The event is free, but tickets are required. — EA

22 Tuesday

beer and bluegrass

The bad economy has to go a long way to hurt the liquor industry, and the local proof lies in the hoppy pudding of Trinity Brewing Co. (1466 Garden of the Gods Road, trinitybrew.com). Tonight, Trinity releases its Farmhouse Café Blanc, brewed with white coffee from Colorado Coffee Merchants. Adding to the beer cheer is a 7 o'clock performance by Manitou Springs trio, Tenderfoot Bluegrass, a father-and-son-led group known for its harmonies. — EA

23 Wednesday

film

Describing Sita Sings the Blues, tonight's film from the Independent Film Society of Colorado, is a tricky endeavor. It's for adults, though animated. It tells the ancient Indian myth of Ramayana, but combines it with a modern story of betrayal. It's a comedy, but also a musical set to the 1920s jazz of Annette Hanshaw. And, according to Roger Ebert's rave review, "There is a lot more to it than that, involving a monkey army, a lustful king who occasionally grows 10 heads, synchronized birds, a chorus line of gurus, and a tap-dancing moon." I'm out of room to explain, so just go see it. It starts at 7 at the Lon Chaney Theater (221 E. Kiowa St., ifsoc.org). Tickets are $5-$6. You won't be sorry. — JT

Contributors: Edie Adelstein, Bryce Crawford, John Knight, Ralph Routon, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.

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