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15 Thursday

film/climbing

The extreme outdoor community is at it again, promoting its rock porn. This year's Reel Rock Film Tour will exhibit the newest clips of climbers pushing the limits of the sport on obscene rock faces. Organized by a couple Colorado College grads, the heady, nationally touring event will feature a screening of First Ascent: The Series, appearances by professional climbers, and gear giveaways. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at CC's Armstrong Theatre (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., reelrocktour.com) and tickets are available at Mountain Chalet (226 N. Tejon St.) or the Worner Desk at CC. Costs are $10 for community members and $5 for students. — JK

16Friday

music

DMX has definitely put the rap back in rapsheet over the years, but recent transformations may change all that. The mega-platinum emcee, actor, author and martial arts devotee parted ways with Columbia Records and reportedly has both a gospel album and a secular record slated for 2010 release. So maybe it's not so surprising to find him making his way to the Springs as headlining attraction for tonight's 7 p.m. show at the Phil Long Expo Center (1515 Auto Mall Loop, soulclay.com). Tickets are $35 to $55, with 50 percent of the proceeds earmarked for American Charities, a local emergency food and clothing nonprofit. Nine other hip-hop performers, including local hero Black Pegasus, are also on the bill for what could end up being the local hip-hop event of the year. — BF

stage

Based on reviews, audiences either love or hate award-winning playwright Will Eno. If the comic flavor of ironic ennui and densely packed symbolism suit your taste, check out TRAGEDY: a tragedy, which started yesterday and runs through tomorrow at CC's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu/news_events). This drama and dance department production of Eno's 2001 play follows the premise that the sun won't ever rise again, as well as the local TV news team on the story. It's apocalyptic humor to comment on American society, with much more depth, certainly, than my word count allows. Tonight's 8 o'clock show costs $6, or $3 for those with a CC ID. — EA

17Saturday

festival

The first time I was in Japan, I visited a museum that to my understanding, boasted the world's largest taiko drums. These were instruments so large, an average person could probably lay across the middle of one, arms overhead, and still not touch two rims. Sadly, they probably will not make an appearance from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Japanese Cultural Festival and Bazaar at Stargazers Theatre & Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, jassc.org). But the festival does promise traditional dance, music and martial arts demos and shopping for foods and crafts, among other activities. And it's all free. — MS

orchestral music

Bring your cape, space helmet, glowing index finger and fully functional Stormtrooper costume to The Final Frontier concert at 8 tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org). The Colorado Springs Philharmonic, in partnership with the Space Foundation, will be performing pieces from timeless classics like Star Wars, Armageddon, Independence Day and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. While no one specifically encourages dressing up, it seems an opportunity too good to miss; maybe just think about including a suit-and-tie among your accoutrement. Tickets range $14 to $54. — BC

18Sunday

stage

If you've followed The Mat (also known as the Manitou Art Theatre), then in all likelihood you've heard something about Ten Minutes Max, the annual collection of local talent — but with all acts and performances limited to no more than 10 minutes. For the eighth year, The Mat has conducted auditions for the show, which actually runs Oct. 15-18 and 22-25 at the theater (1367 Pecan St., 465-6321, themat.org) just off 21st Street. The Sunday shows are 2 p.m. matinees; Fridays and Saturdays are at 8 p.m. and Thursdays at 7. You never know what you'll get (OK, like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates), from acting and comics to dancing and more, but nobody complains about the $20 ticket, especially if it includes another rendition of emcee character Babette by Birgitta De Pree. — RR

19Monday

femme metal

Hello Kittie! Yes, that's my offensive cat-call to this London, Ontario-based chick metal band that sports enough eyeliner to be mistaken for a wayward musical clan of ring-tailed lemurs. After having already sold well over a million albums in 10 years, the girls are back with In the Black, featuring the single "Cut Throat," which you too can watch on YouTube before exclaiming, "Holy (cuss word of choice), that's a girl's voice?" Yup. If you love being screamed at, this is for you. The $18 ($15 in advance) show starts at 7 tonight at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com). In the words of one screaming fan: Kittie-up! — MS

20Tuesday

lecture

Much like New Year's Day, Christmas and Free Burrito Day at Chipotle, Oct. 24 — also known as United Nations Day — is a time when people everywhere come together as one. In this case, it's to celebrate "the aims and achievements of the United Nations," as Resolution 168 so poetically puts it. In recognition, the local chapter of the United Nations Association is holding a dinner at 6 tonight in CC's Gaylord Hall (902 N. Cascade Ave., 481-1519). This buffet-style event will feature guest speaker Dr. Bernard Amadei, founder of Engineers Without Borders. Tickets are $25; RSVP by Friday, Oct. 16. — BC

21Wednesday

music

It's been one interesting year for Bob Dylan, from the police picking him up for vagrancy in a New Jersey suburb to the announcement of a Christmas album featuring nasal renditions of "Little Drummer Boy" and "Here Comes Santa Claus." There were even reports on National Public Radio and the Huffington Post about Dylan negotiating to be the voice of a GPS navigation system, which, to the relief of commuters everywhere, turned out not to be true. But that often inscrutable vocalizing is hardly in short supply: Dylan tours constantly and his stylistic turn toward blues, folk and even ragtime has brought renewed critical and commercial adoration. (His 33rd album was released in April and debuted at No. 1.) Yes, he's still a legend, and you can catch him at 7:30 tonight in the relatively intimate Magness Arena (2240 E. Buchtel Blvd., Denver, du.edu/events) for a recession-friendly $49.50 to $59.50 ticket price. — BF

Contributors: Edie Adelstein, Bryce Crawford, Bill Forman, John Knight, Ralph Routon and Matthew Schniper.

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