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16 Wednesday


It's been almost a year and a half since Holly Parker left Smokebrush Gallery to pursue her own artwork and independent curating. Now Parker's well on her way, with shows scheduled at Soireé Events & Celebrations this fall and GOCA 121 next year or the year after. Right now, she's exhibiting at Earthen Artisan House (2611 W. Colorado Ave., earthenartisanhouse.com) through the month of May. Between 10 and 6 today, catch her and her Layer Labyrinth and Meditative Scape series, the latter of which explores "the space, structure and sensation of the quantum physical distortion of space and time within the experience of meditation." — Edie Adelstein

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17 Thursday


Not long after watching a video of ukulele phenom Jake Shimabukuro playing "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," I went to Tejon Street Music and bought myself a used baritone uke. Now, after hearing him in person at SXSW, I may never pick up the instrument again. What the Hawaiian-born 35-year-old does with four strings — sans vocals, effects or bandmates — is both daunting and inspiring. You can expect equally intricate versions of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" during his show tonight at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com). Tickets are $20/advance, $25/door, and showtime is 7, with the Kailin Yong Peace Project Trio opening. — Bill Forman

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18 Friday


Jerry Rhodes serves as Joint Staff Air and Missile Defense Liaison to NORAD. Naturally, he also creates ceramic art that sometimes combines "African and Polynesian tribal components ... into a loosely symbolic presentation." Find other surprises with Artifacts at Commonwheel Artists Co-op (102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, commonwheel.com), which opens from 5 to 8 tonight with work by Rhodes, as well as Deborah Hager and Lisa Messinger. It's part of Third Friday in Manitou Springs, where you can also enjoy new shows at Mountain Living Studio, Black Cat Books and safron of Manitou, and more. — Kirk Woundy

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19 Saturday


If your idea of a concert involves you and a few hundred sweaty compatriots passing each other overhead while listening to music characterized using terms beginning with "post-," "nu-," or "alt-," then this might not be the show for you. Then again, maybe a symphonic evening at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com, $19-$57) is the perfect change of pace. Come see conductor Josep Caballé-Domenech's season farewell at 8 tonight (or 2:30 tomorrow) with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, celebrated with a big hit from the '90s — that is, the 1890s — Mahler's Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection." — Jeff Koch

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20 Sunday


Cattle Decapitation and self-immolation may sound like a fun combination, but tonight you'll have to choose between the two. While the aforementioned California deathgrind band is chopping up the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com, 7 p.m., $10/adv, $12/door, all ages), German pyromaniacs Rammstein will be lighting up the Denver Coliseum (4600 Humboldt St., denvercoliseum.com, 8 p.m., $44.50-$84.50). Actually, the fact that Rammstein is still playing a 10,000-capacity venue is kind of surprising, given that the group's biggest impact in the U.S. was 1997's industrial-strength single "Du Hast" and the novelty of musicians who set themselves on fire during live shows. Either way, be careful out there. — Bill Forman

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21 Monday


You're invited to Colorado College's Commencement, even if you don't know someone who's graduating. You can attend because it's free and open to the public, but you may want to attend because class of '99 alum Abigail Washburn is the speaker. The bio on her website describes her as "a singing, songwriting, Illinois-born, Nashville-based clawhammer banjo player," but Washburn is also a regular on festivals circuits and at big events, like the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. It all takes place at Armstrong Quad (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., coloradocollege.edu/commencement) at 8:30 a.m. — Molly Mrazek

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22 Tuesday


About early journalist Jacob Riis, President Theodore Roosevelt said, "The countless evils which lurk in the dark corners of our civic institutions, which stalk abroad in the slums ... have met in Mr. Riis the most formidable opponent ever encountered by them in New York City." The Danish-American often sparked social reform with his graphic pictures of city slums, and it's the possibility for that kind of change that curator Blake Milteer will discuss at 6 tonight, at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org). The free lecture will also include a deeper look at the works in the Depression Era Photographs exhibition. — Bryce Crawford

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