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11 Thursday

art

Have you ever had a thing for the sensitive all-state football player who spends his time painting watercolors? Relive your past or current fantasies at the Squash Blossom (2531 W. Colorado Ave., 632-1899) opening reception from 4 to 8 tonight for The Artist and His Students. The exhibit features Thomas J. Owen, former fullback and local oil, acrylic and mixed-media artist and instructor, alongside 18 of his former and current Pikes Peak Community College pupils. Admission is free, and Owen, the recipient of more than 60 national and international awards, will be there to tackle questions and praise. — Nick Chambers

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12 Friday

children's theater

Isn't that just the way of it? Growing up, you and I enjoyed the laissez-faire Frog and the Grumpy Old Men-like Toad through the magic of the Caldecott- and Newbery-honor winning, puke green "An I CAN READ Book" books. Today's kids get the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical A Year With Frog and Toad. Actually, I'm not sure who's making out better. Either way, at 6 tonight, take your pajama-clad kiddies down to the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) for some song and dance. Tickets run $8 to $15, though if that's too steep, there's always the televised opening ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics. — Bryce Crawford

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13 Saturday

music

I once caught a show by the band Henry Cow in which horn player Tim Hodgkinson removed his mouthpiece and began blowing it into a fishbowl. The Bottesini Project will not be doing that tonight (sorry) at the Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., thebottesiniproject.com), but the group will definitely be letting its free-jazz flag fly. Named after Giovanni Bottesini — who was pretty much 19th-century Europe's answer to Charles Mingus — the Denver-based ensemble features saxman Paul Riola, who recently recorded an album with Wilco guitarist Nels Cline. The creativity and musicianship here is top-flight but also accessible, so you don't have to be an avant-squonk aficionado to appreciate it. Showtime is 8; tickets are $5 for students, $7 for normal people. — Bill Forman

Fresh from the recent International Blues Challenge in Memphis — which hosted Springs artists Big Jim Adam and Austin Young — comes Soulmate, a blues band based out of Shillong, India. I have to say that Soulmate's frontwoman, Tipriti "Tips" Kharbangar, is a whole lot prettier than Big Jim, and geography aside, the band's take on electric blues is way more Beale Street than Bollywood. Go see for yourself tonight at Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave., amusiccompanyinc.com), and be sure to get there by 7 so you can catch Saptak and Grass It Up (featuring the Indy's own Jay Patel and David Jeffrey) debuting their raga/bluegrass collaboration. Tickets are $12 in advance, $17 at the door. Or super-size it with a full Indian buffet for $25 advance, $32 day-of. — Bill Forman

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14 Sunday

howlin' good times

Yes, today is the day to celebrate love. So, if you've been scrambling for the perfect romantic outing to go with that "Three Wolf Moon" T-shirt you bought for your beloved, we've got your ticket. The Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center (Divide, 687-9742, wolfeducation.org) is offering a special Valentine's Day Wolf Tour at 2 p.m. You'll get to meet the resident animals, hear the wolf-love story of Chinook and Nikita, receive a rose to place on Chinook's gravesite, and share a "traditional" wolf howl. If that doesn't bring out the animal in your date, try warming up back at the center with hot chocolate, spiced apple cider and Valentine desserts. Just remember, wolves can't have chocolate. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for kids. — Jill Thomas

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15 Monday

free stuff

Why do we have such a draw to free stuff? A neighbor of mine once set a urinal against a tree with a "free" sign taped on it and I swear, that thing was gone by the end of the week. Better than a urinal, how about free admission to museums in Denver? Courtesy of the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District, all Colorado residents get in gratis once or twice a month to places like the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, the Denver Zoo and today's free day spot, the Denver Botanic Gardens (1005 York St.). Visit scfd.org for a 2010 schedule of free days. — Edie Adelstein

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16 Tuesday

art

Back in 2007, Bently Spang, a Northern Cheyenne artist and activist, hosted the incredible Teckno Powwow II: The Return of the Funk, a one-night extravaganza of traditional Native American dance, modern breakdance and Spang himself in a glittering cowboy Elvis suit. Really, it was a crazy and wonderful experience. Spang will speak at 4:30 this afternoon (in plain clothes, no doubt) at CC's I.D.E.A. Space in the Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu/ideaspace) for "Story Salon #2: Collecting Stories." It's a free lecture about Native American ledger art, part of the Seeing Stories exhibit there. — Edie Adelstein

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17 Wednesday

film

Ever tried prosecuting Yugoslavian war criminals? It's not as easy as it may sound. Come see international war crimes prosecutor Hannah Maynard (Kerry Fox) fight against a corrupt legal system and dole out justice in the intense legal thriller, Storm at 7 tonight at the Lon Chaney Theatre (221 E. Kiowa St., 502-7057). German director Hans-Christian Schmid has already picked up several awards for Storm, including the Amnesty International Film Prize and the Audience Award at the Trieste Film Festival. Toyland, a 2009 Academy Award-winning short, will precede it. Admission is $5 to $7. — Nick Chambers

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