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3 Wednesday

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Preachers do not normally use Biggie, Tupac, T.I., or Lil Wayne as examples in their sermons. Eric Thomas, aka the ET Hip Hop Preacher, brings the cultures of hip-hop and preaching together to help troubled youths find their "full potential" through his nonprofit organization and a handful of other outreach programs he started. The high school dropout — now pursuing his PhD at Michigan State — spits at 7 tonight at the Occhiato University Center Ballroom at Colorado State University-Pueblo (2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, colostate-pueblo.edu/speakers) as part of CSU-P's Distinguished Speaker series. Admission is free for all those who love to drop a sick beat. — Kiki Lenihan

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4 Thursday

drink

For beer nerds, this is about as good as it gets: Eric Salazar, brewer of New Belgium sour and wood-aged beers, presenting a free hour-long talk titled "From Grain to Glass." While he speaks, you buy by the beer to sample from six special and limited NB offerings, including a wild ale fermented with peaches, the Super IPA and a cask version of the popular Trippel. (Spwee!) It's all happening at 7 tonight at Front Range Barbeque (2330 W. Colorado Ave., focusonthebeer.com) as part of Focus on the Beer's Meet the Brewer series. — Matthew Schniper

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5 Friday

art

While searching online for more information on being naked — didn't find a thing — I stumbled across a Catholic message board asking if viewing nudity in popular culture is a sin. One response to the afflicted soul: "I don't know if it is a mortal or venial sin, but I would keep confessing it all the same. That way you will receive the grace of the Holy Spirit to give you strength to resist the temptation in the future." So if you're of a like mind, I'd avoid tonight's 6:30 opening of Susan Shapard Biggs' photography show Interpretations of the Body. Held at Marmalade at Smokebrush (219 W. Colorado Ave., #210, smokebrush.org), the evening will include dance by Ormao Dance Company, music by Moonhoney, body painting and, more than likely, a nipple or two. — Bryce Crawford

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6 SatuRday

music

A lot of folks here in the good ol' U.S. of A. haven't yet realized it, but today's best purveyor of Americana hails from Canada. Corb Lund lives up in Alberta, where he roped cattle on his family's ranch before going on to win a Juno Award (Canada's answer to the Grammys) and score a No. 1 album this past August with Cabin Fever. From the hilarious "Bible on the Dash" to the devastating "One Left in the Chamber," it's the rock-inflected country musician's best album to date. And with his whip-smart band the Hurtin' Albertans along for the ride, Lund's return visit to Chico Basin Ranch (22500 S. Peyton Hwy., Peyton, chicobasinranch.com) is a must-see. There'll be a late-night bonfire, camping, and food available; no alcohol will be sold, but you can bring your own. Showtime is 7 and tickets are $21.50, plus an extra $15 per vehicle if you want to camp out. — Bill Forman

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7 Sunday

auras

Metaphysics: a branch of philosophy concerned with explaining the fundamental nature of being and the world. Sound intriguing? Check out the Celebration Metaphysical Fair at the Colorado Springs Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St., celebrationfair.com). Celebrating its 100th staging, it bills itself as both the largest and oldest metaphysical fair in the U.S. On the roster: Keynote speakers Dannion Brinkley and Gary Douglas, both best-selling authors in the field of spirituality; live music; and booths featuring Tarot readings, astrology, foot reflexology and more. The fair kicked off Friday and continues through tomorrow, with general admission running $3 to $5. (Certain events require higher priced tickets.) — Celine Wright

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8 Monday

lecture

Not only are Sarah Ruhl and I the same age, but we grew up about 15 miles from each other. I feel like we could be sisters. Of course, she'd be the successful one, with a MacArthur Fellowship, a finalist nod for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and a bunch of Tony noms for her Broadway play In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play). Whether or not you saw the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's production of In the Next Room in February (pictured), you should plan to hear the prolific playwright speak about her craft at 7:30 tonight as part of TheatreWorks and UCCS' Department of Visual and Performing Arts' free Prologue series at the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theatre (3955 Regent Circle, theatreworkscs.org). Now that I think about it, forget I ever mentioned the two of us in the same sentence. — Kirsten Akens

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9 Tuesday

lecture

About 150 years ago, William Jackson Palmer was sitting captive by Confederate forces, having been caught scouting for Gen. George McClellan following the Battle of Antietam. He was sent to Castle Thunder, a famously brutal prison. But Palmer was soon freed in a prisoner exchange, and the rest is Colorado Territory history. For more details on Palmer's Civil War life, attend today's 11:30 Lunch & A Look at the Garden lecture at Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center (1805 N. 30th St., gardenofgods.com). It'll be led by Dave Wallace, who will be in period costume. The lecture is free, but lunch is up to you; RSVP to 219-0108. — Edie Adelstein

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