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8Thursday

music

Perhaps the calendar says we're two weeks into fall, and Colorado Springs already has had a few freezing nights, but there's no reason to let such details get in the way of plans for an End of Summer Bash tonight at Nosh (121 S. Tejon St., nosh121.com). The festivities start at 9 with sets by Grant Sabin and the Revelators, Grass It Up and Jeremy Vasquez. There's a $10 cover at the door, but Nosh will have menu specials as well as seasonal drinks to enhance the occasion. Wait, you say, what if it's really un-summerlike, one of those nights in the 30s? Not to worry. Nosh has extra space, for those who might not be aware, so if needed the bash will move inside. — RR

9Friday

music

XL Recordings president Richard Russell has managed to assemble a pretty amazing roster of artists, including M.I.A., the White Stripes, the Raconteurs, Dizzee Rascal and Thom Yorke. But based on recent comments, the musician he's most excited about is his latest signing, Gil Scott-Heron (see "Harlem renaissance," April 30, 2009, at tiny.cc/rcmbu). Legendary for deeply felt anthems like "Winter in America" and "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," the Harlem-based genius recently recorded "New York is Killing Me," the final track for his forthcoming XL debut, and it's rumored to be amazing. You can bring yourself up to speed tonight when Scott-Heron's Amnesia Express makes a rare stop at Colorado College's Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., coloradocollege.edu). Tickets are $20 ($15 for students) and showtime is 8. — BF

10 Saturday

comedy

Dan Lannin says tonight's Improv Colorado show at Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs) will be pretty typical: "short scenes, games, competitions, you name it, all based on the audience suggestions." So if you've never seen Lannin and Co. before, or have been jonesing to put strangers in awkward situations, tonight is your night. The 8 o'clock show costs just $5 (cash only at the door), and promises to be devoid of dirty humor. Oh, and if you've seen Improv Colorado before, expect at least one noteworthy change: Lannin says a ninth performer has been added for the evening. — KW

11 Sunday

classical music

America has been called "the land of second chances," and the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs takes that to heart as it launches its 2009-10 concert season this weekend. If you missed last night's kick-off, which featured a pre-concert lecture at 6:15 and concert at 7 at Broadmoor Community Church (315 Lake Ave.), you get a second chance today to hear works by Tchaikovsky, Bohuslav Martinu and Rebecca Clarke. This afternoon's repeat of the concert begins at 2:30 at First Christian Church (16 E. Platte Ave., 633-3649). Tickets are $5 to $17, available at the door, at 633-3649, or at chamberorchestraofthesprings.com. Keep in mind: It may be un-American to miss this performance. — JT

12 Monday

lecture

Robyn Ochs is an activist, writer, educator on bisexual issues and possessor of a pretty kick-ass last name (German for, and sounding like, "ox"). Brett-Genny Beemyn, director of the Stonewall Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, says "Robyn has probably done more than any other person in the U.S. and perhaps even the world to educate the general public about bisexuality." I say she's a powerful speaker talking at 8 tonight in Gates Common Room at CC's Palmer Hall (1025 N. Cascade Ave., robynochs.com) about how people form their personal identity and how it relates to the development of bisexuality. — BC

13 Tuesday

dance

It's terrifically hard not to be impressed by folks who can make music with their feet, even if it is only via bottle caps nailed to their shoes. But tonight, Tap Dogs, an Australian tap-dancing troupe, will kick the eclectic dance up a notch, combining theater, dance and rock music. The show, performed by dancers from a small steel town in northern Australia, has toured the world to widespread acclaim and received an Obie Award in 1997. Showtime is 8 at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, sdc-arts.org), and tickets are $15 to $40. — JK

14 Wednesday

the final frontier

Heinlein Society president David Silver first discovered legendary sci-fi author Robert Heinlein in 1954, at the age of 11. After reading Rocket Ship Galileo, he became a lifelong enthusiast of the man whose works turned into movies like The Brain Eaters (1958) and Starship Troopers (1997). As part of his duty to preserve Heinlein's legacy (which includes charitable tenets like donating blood), he'll present "Have Spacesuit, Will Travel: Robert Heinlein and the Intersection of Space and the Arts" at 7 tonight in CC's Gaylord Hall (902 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu). The free talk comes in conjunction with the Pikes Peak Library District's All Pikes Peak Reads 2009 campaign. — MS

Contributors: Bryce Crawford, Bill Forman, John Knight, Matthew Schniper, Ralph Routon, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.

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