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17 Thursday

holiday

We're all a little bit Irish today, and our Best Of voters attest that the finest place to be Irish around here is Jack Quinn Irish Alehouse & Pub (21 S. Tejon St., jackquinnspub.com). Expect a whole day of Celtic-style rock and acoustic music, as well as Celtic Steps Irish Dancers and the Phantom Piper; a $5 cover starts at 5 p.m. Another option: Pikes Peak Highlanders bagpipe performances at 5 and 6 p.m. at Frankie's Bar & Grill (945 N. Powers Blvd., frankiesbargrill.com). Otherwise, click here for St. Patty's bar parties that run the gamut of genres, from DJs and hip-hop to rock and country, hardcore to folk. — Edie Adelstein

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18 Friday

stage

So I might have a harmless man-crush on Cory Moosman after seeing him in the FAC Theatre Company's The Producers last month. Yes, he was just that damn good. Tour his website, rickluger.com, to get a feel for how brilliant his WYNOT Radio Theatre productions are. The latest installment, The Smoking Gun Affair, promises to continue spoofing the radio entertainment era with serial sketches, amusing commercial segments and more. Star Bar presents the show, which opens at 8 tonight and runs weekends through April 3 at the Attitudes Center for the Performing and Visual Arts (1502-1504 N. Hancock Ave., starbarplayers.org). Seats are $6 to $15. — Matthew Schniper

art

Saint Drogo sits in a coffee mug, ensconced in a coffee can. As portrayed by artist Jerry Vigil, St. Drogo clutches his own mug in one hand and gives the peace sign with the other. It's a fitting altar for the patron saint of coffee, and proof that religious art doesn't have to be stiff. Vigil is a santero, or a maker of saint sculptures, which are called santos in the Spanish Colonial art tradition. He will show his work with eight other Colorado Springs and Denver santeros and santeras as part of Saint Makers at Cucuru Art Gallery and Café (2332 W. Colorado Ave., cucurugallerycafe.com). The show opens from 5 to 8 tonight and will be on display for your gratis perusal through May 1. — Edie Adelstein

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19 Saturday

fitness

Fitness partiers rejoice: Zumba, the hit Latin dance-exercise enterprise, has really made it to our podunk village. While you might have taken a class already, you've probably never experienced a Zumba Mega Party. Grab your Banana Boat self-tanner and hip-hugger sweatpants and head to the City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St., zumba719.com) for a community session complete with the beats of DJ Francis — the personal DJ of the original Zumba mastermind, Beto Perez himself — at noon. Tickets are $20 online, $25 at the door. — Claire Jencks

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20 Sunday

stage

Although the story of Corrie ten Boom is promisingly reminiscent of Schindler's List, it's not directed by Steven Spielberg (mostly because Spielberg directing ballet would just be weird). The dance professionals of Ballet Magnificat! and the Ballet Society of Colorado Springs present Hiding Place. This performance is inspired by the fascinating true spiritual story of ten Boom, a World War II Holocaust survivor who was sent to a concentration camp after she and her family were suspected of harboring Jews in their house. Catch the 2 p.m. show at Sunrise Church Connection Center (4005 Lee Vance View, 272-7078) for $10. — Matt Ruppert

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21 Monday

music

A bassist I know mastered his instrument simply by playing along to the English Beat's debut album. It was a smart move, really, given how perfectly English Beat singles like "Mirror in the Bathroom," "Save it for Later" and "Twist & Crawl" managed to transform ska revivalism into something infectious, sophisticated and ridiculously syncopated. After just three albums, the band split, with members resurfacing in General Public and Fine Young Cannibals. But singer/songwriter/guitarist Dave Wakeling has since resurrected the English Beat franchise, while managing to keep its music as authentic and alive as ever. The band's at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com) at 7 p.m., for $20 in advance, $25 at the door, all-ages. — Bill Forman

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22 Tuesday

election

The best free theater tonight will be the performances of eight strong mayor candidates at the Citizens Project- and Independent-hosted Mayoral Forum. In addition to making opening and closing statements, each candidate will field a question from KRCC, the Gazette and the Indy. If there's time (the auditions will run from 5:30 to 7), they'll also brave questions from the peanut gallery. Tomorrow, candidates for City Council will meet at the same time and place — Stargazers Theatre and Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, citizensproject.org) — for their own forum, which may include discussion of the ballot measures, too. — Eric Calder

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23 Wednesday

music

Let's face it: Latin music sounds best when it's sung in Spanish. And it sound even better when it's sung by Juanes, who's attained crossover success without abandoning his native tongue. In fact, he'd be Colombia's biggest legal export if it weren't for Shakira, who barely edged him out of the top spot on Latin charts when his extraordinary P.A.R.C.E. album came out this past December. Like a more universally accessible Caetano Veloso or a less drugged-out Manu Chao, Juanes mixes elements of rock, pop, reggae and tropicalia in a way that's emotionally resonant and musically engaging. Tonight, he plays a 16-plus show at the Fillmore Auditorium (1510 Clarkson St., Denver, livenation.com) at 7:30, for $47.50 in advance or $50 at the door. — Bill Forman

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