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25 Thursday

literature

Things you probably don't know about children's author Jan Brett: She tools around the country on a rockin' tour bus painted to look like her book The Easter Egg; it takes her about a year to write a 32-page story; she has sold roughly seven times more books (35 million) than there are hairs on the average human body (5 million); and at 5 tonight, she's speaking and signing at Borders (1710 Briargate Blvd., 266-1600). Show up early for a ticket, and after, head to Colorado College to check out Washington state poet laureate Samuel Green at 7 in the Gates Common Room (1025 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu/news_events). — Bryce Crawford

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26 Friday

community

When Tibetan Buddhist monk Khen Rinpoche Lobzang Tsetan was just 15, he set out on a journey from his home village in Ladakh, India, to Shigatse, Tibet, to enter the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. On the two-month trip, he walked over 800 miles, the majority of it barefoot. Now he lives in the U.S., and makes appearances to raise funds for the monastery and for a school in his village. You can meet the man recognized as a "high lama" at a slate of five local events. The first begins with a reception and buffet at 6 tonight, followed at 7:30 by a talk, "Uniting Wisdom and Compassion," both in CC's Packard Hall (5 W. Cache la Poudre Ave., bodhimindcenter.org). Tonight's event is free, but a $20 donation is suggested, and preferred seating is guaranteed with a $25 pre-payment. — Jill Thomas

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27 Saturday

stage

"You can put me down on the list of people who find [our act] difficult to describe. ... It's a little bit of a hybrid between a sketch show and a really strange play." That's what half of The Cody Rivers Show, Andrew Connor, told us this time last year when he was in town for Meanwhile, Everywhere. Now, Connor and odd cohort Michael Mathieu are back with Right Back Where We Finished, playing at 8 tonight and at 2 on Sunday at the Manitou Art Theatre (1367 Pecan St., themat.org). This time around, for $20 a person, expect "sprints between precocious youths, game theory, pioneer-era linguistics, ants and prairie dogs." — Matthew Schniper

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28 Sunday

Disney

Although the cryogenically obsessed may believe otherwise, Disney on Ice has little to do with its beloved leader's quiescently frozen cranium. For while Walt slumbers in sub-thermal peace, a bevy of anthropomorphic animals and Pixar favorites will keep skating their way into the hearts of America, and more specifically, around the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd.). Today's shows are a culmination of this year's four-day run — full schedule at worldarena.com — with tickets ranging from $11 to $53. Please note that children will not be admitted due to the tremendous amount of drinking and carousing that goes on at these things. Ha ha, just kidding, bring the whole family! — Bill Forman

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29 Monday

music

Smile Empty Soul's first album, back in 2003, was billed as being "indebted to the alternative sounds of the early '90s." The California band's recent single, "Don't Ever Leave," seems to suggest that's still true: "I love it when you rip my heart away / When you hold it in my face so I can see / I love the way you bring to my knees / Don't ever leave me alone." If you've got an appetite for melodic, melodramatic rock that could've been on The Crow soundtrack, drop into the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com) at 7:30 to see SES and Soil, along with openers Black Sunshine and Aesthetic Delirium. It's all-ages, of course; cost is $12, or $15 at the door. — Kirk Woundy

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30 Tuesday

music

I listened to Michael Bublé pretty steadily through college; It's Time was on heavy rotation at the restaurant I worked at for four years. "Quando, Quando, Quando" still reminds me of polishing glasses and mopping, but somehow it's not so bad. And the real "Bublé experience" promises more, according to his ultra-swoony Web site. So buy one of the remaining tickets (running from $49.50 to $89.50) for his 8 o'clock show tonight at the Pepsi Center (1000 Chopper Circle, Denver, tickethorse.com). — Edie Adelstein

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31 Wednesday

lecture

We see politically oriented forums and presentations throughout the year, so for one to stand out, it takes a lot: for instance, three Colorado governors sharing the same stage. That happens at 7:30 tonight in CC's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu). Richard Lamm (1974-87), Roy Romer (1987-99) and Bill Owens (1999-2007) will take part in a free panel discussion, "Governing Colorado: Former Governors Speak," to share their experiences, memories and insights. As an added twist, the moderator will be Colorado College President Dick Celeste, who also happens to be former governor of Ohio (1983-91). If 2010 candidates Scott McInnis and John Hickenlooper are smart, they'll be in the audience. — Ralph Routon

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