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31 Wednesday

All Hallow's Eve

We've got something for kids, or adults and kids, or adults with kids, or just adults. Well, two somethings, really: the Trick 'r Treat at the Museum event, hosted by the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum (215 S. Tejon St., cspm.org), and a viewing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Club Q (3430 N. Academy Blvd., clubqonline.com). The free former bit, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., gives kids a scavenger hunt, treats and an exploration of the museum's exhibitions. The latter, which starts at 9 tonight, throws in a live cast with the movie, and offers partiers the chance to "make a mess, get wet, [and] throw things at the actors and each other," all for $15. — Bryce Crawford

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1 Thursday

film

Tilonia, India's Barefoot College has been working to empower women and assist with energy, education, health care and water resources in rural communities internationally for the last 40 years. The film Solar Mamas, screening for free at 6 and 8 tonight in the Tim Gill Center for Public Media (315 E. Costilla St., ifsoc.org), centers on one of the college's solar courses and a batch of its remarkable female students. Picture being illiterate and having never even left your village, and having to travel abroad and absorb a solar technology crash-course in six months, with the hope of returning with a trade that makes you self-reliant. Then add patriarchal structures and cultural barriers to the mix ... prepare to be inspired. — Matthew Schniper

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2 Friday

dance

I'm a fan of pole dancing. It's good for the core, it makes you sweat, and it ... wait. What? Oh. Sorry. Apparently Sansara Modern Dance Company is going to be doing a little poll dancing come Nov. 2 and 3, in its new show "Into the Voting Booth." They might actually be doing a little dancing around the polls, while presenting works "from all sides of the political spectrum — right, left, center, neutral, apathetic." So instead of watching campaign television ads all night, how about stimulating your brain at one of three performances, at 8 tonight, or 6 or 9 tomorrow, at Phoenix Multisport (218 W. Colorado Ave., #102). RSVP to hold your $15 to $20 tickets at sansara.movement@gmail.com. — Kirsten Akens

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3 Saturday

beer

As a college student, getting to taste delicious — non-PBR/Keystone — beer isn't far from a miracle. For $25 to $40, the All Colorado Beer Festival at the Freedom Financial Expo Center (3650 N. Nevada Ave., allcoloradobeerfestival.com) today offers all of us the chance to try some of the state's finest in two sessions: 1 to 4:30 p.m., and 6:30 to 10. Breweries such as Bristol Brewing Co., Pikes Peak Brewing Co., Shock Top, and Wynkoop Brewing Co., will pour and raise money for local nonprofits including TheatreWorks, the Empty Stocking Fund and Home Front Cares. A $10 designated-driver ticket is available for unlimited soft drinks and the opportunity for your friends to owe you one. — Kiki Lenihan

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4 Sunday

dance

Art begets art in the best way tonight, as Ormao Dance Company performs inside the galleries of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., ormaodance.org) in conjunction with the FAC's Floyd D. Tunson: Son of Pop exhibition. With performances at 5:30 and 7, the troupe will dance five original works — with music composed by Glen Whitehead — inspired by Tunson's art, exploring ideas of "generations, freedom, cultural awareness, racism, and history." Tickets run $15 to $25, with another trio of shows happening Nov. 9. — Edie Adelstein

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5 Monday

music

Musician Tatsuya Nakatani is called a "percussionist," but that doesn't even begin to hint at the strange things Nakatani can do with sound. Running a homemade bow against the edge of a cymbal, he creates a range of soft and jagged atmospheric tones; scraping along the top of a drum, he produces creepy screeches. Some sounds a bit like Japanese folk music (obvious, yes, given his origin), but the rest just needs to be experienced. See the artist, who's performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Smithsonian Institution, at Marmalade at Smokebrush (219 W. Colorado Ave., #210, smokebrush.org) at 7:30 tonight for $12 to $15. — Edie Adelstein

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6 Tuesday

Election Day

Presidential elections usually don't rival Super Bowls in viewership — in 2008, Barack Obama's win pulled 71.5 million, as compared to the New York Giants' 97.4 million. But they should, especially since you never have to hear Joe Buck call the big political game. So take heed: On this Election Night, the El Paso County Democrats will gather for a viewing party at the Antlers Hilton (4 S. Cascade Ave., antlers.com), where festivities start at 6. County Republicans will be at the DoubleTree Hotel (1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.), starting at 6:30. Both events offer food and a cash bar, but the Dems require a $30 ticket; the GOP folks will let you in free, though they'd love a donation. — Kirk Woundy

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