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10 Wednesday

lecture

Tonight brings the free 7:30 appearance of Ezra Klein at Colorado College's Gates Common Room (1025 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu). Klein's a 28-year-old political columnist for the Washington Post and Bloomberg, described in a recent Columbia Journalism Review profile as "impossibly young, infuriatingly accomplished, and impressively wonky." (Tonight's talk is titled "Where Economics and Politics Meet.") He's already received a warm local greeting: In 2007, Springs resident Michelle Malkin wrote that she'd "just as soon share a stage, physical or virtual, with Respectable Liberal Blogger Ezra Klein as I would ... an overflowing vat of liquid radioactive waste." — Bryce Crawford

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11 Thursday

lecture

"As Colorado's water consumption reaches the limits of its allotments under interstate compacts and treaties, intensive water management will become even more critical." That's Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory J. Hobbs Jr., speaking on our state's water future in the Citizen's Guide to Colorado Water Law, which he authored. It's no surprise that conservation's at the heart of the message, making Hobbs the perfect, high-profile choice to wrap up GOCA's "H20: Water, Culture & Politics" series at 7 tonight in UCCS' Centennial Hall Auditorium (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., uccs.edu/goca). Catching the lecture affords another chance to see artist Eric Tillinghast's "Rain Machine" installation if you haven't already. Visit water2012.org for more on statewide educational events. — Matthew Schniper

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12 Friday

art

No October would be complete without some mention of the sacred and profane. That translates into local art shows this way: Devotional Realms: The Happening at the Downtown Studio Art Gallery at Pikes Peak Community College (100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., ppcc.edu/departments/art/ppcc-art-gallery) and The Tell-Tale Heart at Sabi (330 N. Institute St., tinyurl.com/9gpw4lq). The former features artwork by Margaret Kasahara, Carol Dass, LeRad, Lance Green and others, all of whom worked with a set space and were asked to create a "sacred, inspirational, significant" work inside it. From Sabi, artists like Phil Lear, Tylan Troyer and Lexi Harris responded to Edgar Allan Poe's ghostly heart story. Both open tonight — the sacred at 5, the profane at 7 — with live music by Grant Sabin at Sabi and the New Vintage Trio at PPCC. — Edie Adelstein

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13 Saturday

learnin'

Science wasn't my thing in school: I remember sitting in high school chemistry, eyelids drooping, trying to decipher the gibberish of balancing chemical equations. The Colorado Springs Cool Science Festival translates all that into layman's terms, to "show the FUN in science." The week-long festival kicks off with today's Cool Science Carnival at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.), and includes science-film screenings, seminars on Antarctic discovery (in collaboration with the United States Antarctic Program) and workshops around town, like "Money Science," where you can learn about the art of counterfeiting. Go to csscp.org/csfestival2012 for the full schedule, as events run through Oct. 21. — Celine Wright

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14 Sunday

music

It's tempting to dismiss Atlanta's Bastard Suns as a compendium of clichés: ska-punk bluster, skateboard-strewn videos, playful odes to pot and, during one reggae breakdown, a fake Jamaican accent of minstrel-show proportions. Trust me, there's nothing quite like seeing a white boy singing about "de white mon," especially when he's stomping around like he's in an old Shirley Temple plantation movie. But don't sell these bastards short: In their best moments they can sound a lot like the Dropkick Murphys, provided you've had enough Jamesons. Knockout and No Bueno! kick off their 8 p.m. show at the all-ages Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com) with tickets going for $10 in advance, $12 at the door. — Bill Forman

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15 Monday

community

You may have gotten your spiritual fix for the week singing hymns at service yesterday morning. But if not, consider attending the Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs' Community Discussion on Religious Freedom tonight. Featuring a fascinating panel — Focus on the Family founder Dr. James Dobson, former Promise Keepers chair Bishop Phillip Porter, Colorado College political science professor Timothy Fuller and attorney L. Martin Nussbaum — this free event at Holy Apostles Catholic Church (4925 N. Carefree Circle, 866-6510) will focus on the philosophical foundations of religious freedom and the States' role in shaping said freedom around the world. — Kirsten Akens

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16 Tuesday

stage

Sometimes commercials are important — for instance, in 1938, when radio listeners tuned in to what they thought were alerts about a Martian attack. Without the usual breaks advertising Wonder Bread or Campbell's Soup, the show was given the authority of a live breaking news broadcast, causing panic (verklempt ladies and fleeing gentlemen and the like). And yet, it was just Orson Welles' hour-long adaptation of H.G. Wells' book War of the Worlds. Colorado Springs' UFO Institute will be doing their own re-enactment of the broadcast — incorporating local roads and communities and such — at 7 tonight at the Penrose Library (20 N. Cascade Ave., ppld.org) as a rehearsal for a live Internet radio re-enactment on the 74th anniversary of the original broadcast, Oct. 30. It's free, but if you forget it's fiction and scream, you might get shushed by a librarian. — Kirsten Akens

lecture

Back in 2001, media journalist Michael Cieply talked to PBS about what the new culture in Hollywood, the glut of accountants, meant for the movies: "Well, it's the end of creativity. There's just no question about it. To be a movie executive is not a creative job. You are really in a commodities business." And he hadn't even watched seven versions of Saw be created yet. But it's that knowledge the New York Times reporter will bring to his free, 6 o'clock lecture tonight, called "The Arts and the Times," in Colorado College's Worner Campus Center (902 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu). A free 4 p.m. reception in the Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave.) will precede the lecture. — BC

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