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24 Wednesday

art

Politics has never been more rife with symbolism. There are chairs, binders, laughs, barbells, backward-facing caps ... All the better for artists, cartoonists and other creative types, like those who contributed to each of the three political exhibits that opened last week at the Business of Art Center (513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, thebac.org). Encompassing painting, drawing, photography, they'll be up through Dec. 1. But if all that blue and red makes you green, hit the BAC Friday from 5 to 11 p.m. for the opening of the Future Fossil art group, the relaunched Mothma collective, which promises all manner of art new, underground and emerging. — Edie Adelstein

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25 Thursday

music

While Phil Keaggy regularly dismisses the story that Jimi Hendrix once called him the best guitarist in the world, the persistence of that rumor speaks to the excellence of his playing, as do numerous subsequent Dove Awards and Grammy nominations. The fact that he can write and sing like Paul McCartney doesn't hurt, either. The Ohio native was still a teenager when his band Glass Harp recorded at Electric Ladyland Studios, and while he's long since traded acid rock for contemporary Christian fare, Keaggy's original music is as vital and engaging as ever. Hear for yourself tonight in the geodesic splendor of Stargazers Theatre (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com). Tickets for the 7 o'clock concert are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. — Bill Forman

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26 Friday

art

Her face is unforgettable, though she goes by many names: La Flaca, La Huesuda, La Pelona, and, most often, La Muerte. Starting tonight and lasting until Nov. 27, Cottonwood Center for the Arts (427 E. Colorado Ave., tinyurl.com/cwmuertos) pays homage to Lady Death in a Día de los Muertos exhibit. Tonight's 5-to-8:30 reception includes traditional dancing, a fashion show, local music, and authentic food from the "Tamale Lady" and Cake Crumbs Bakery. As Octavio Paz describes, the Mexican has no qualms surrounding death and "jokes about it, caresses it, sleeps with it, celebrates it." So come get in touch with Lady Death, make sugar skulls, and enjoy. — Kiki Lenihan

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27 Saturday

pre-Halloween

'Tis the season for the screaming, so start today off at Manitou Springs' Emma Crawford parade down Manitou Avenue (manitousprings.org) at noon, followed by a bunch of loonies racing coffins down the same street. When fully sated from the planned sidewalk sale, consider your night: music or muertos? The Colorado Springs Philharmonic will do music from some of Tim Burton's best in its Sleepy Hollow and Other Tales; tickets start at $19, while the show starts at 8 at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org). Or tango your way to the Day of the Dead party at 8 at Marmalade at Smokebrush (219 W. Colorado Ave., #210, smokebrush.org), where tickets run $15 to $20. — Bryce Crawford

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28 Sunday

stage

Performer Bill Bowers has been on the Millibo Art Theatre's stage (1367 Pecan St., themat.org) so many times in recent years that the international actor calls it an "artistic home." Warm audience receptions are surely a part of that feeling, so prepare to welcome Bowers back for his latest work, Beyond Words, playing for a final time at 2 today, after shows at 7 p.m., Thursday, and 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday. This comedic and dramatic play, part monologue and part miming, continues Bowers' thematic exploration of silence while examining the expectations of males in our society. The Thursday performance is $15, while all others are $20. — Matthew Schniper

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29 Monday

music

As of this writing, tickets are still available for Bob Dylan's shows tonight and tomorrow at the 1st Bank Center (11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield, 1stbankcenter.com). That could change, of course, in which case those $45-and-up seats will be fetching whatever online resellers can get. But is the ever-mercurial Dylan even worth seeing these days? Hard to say, but he does have Charlie Sexton on lead guitar, has taken to playing a lot of grand piano, and is generally avoiding songs from the new Tempest album in favor of crowd-pleasers like "Highway 61 Revisited," "Tangled Up in Blue," "Ballad of a Thin Man," "All Along the Watchtower" and "Blowin' in the Wind." Exactly how recognizable those songs will be, given Dylan's croaky croon and penchant for radical reinvention, is anyone's guess. Showtime is 7:30, with Mark Knopfler opening. — Bill Forman

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30 Tuesday

literature

Don't think Colorado College's Visiting Writers Series will skip out on the Halloween fun. Tonight's speakers are Jess Walter, National Book Award finalist for his novel The Zero (uncovering the psychological effects of 9/11 through the eyes of a cop) and science-fiction writer Maureen McHugh of After the Apocalypse and China Mountain Zhang. They'll be discussing literature and the undead. Not sure how these two coalesce? Neither are we, but note that costumes are encouraged, and it all unfolds at 7 in Bemis Hall (920 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu). A perfect location, since the old building is like CC's miniature version of Hogwarts, and I swear it's (slightly) haunted. — Celine Wright

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