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1 Wednesday

music

When the Hooten Hallers were last through the Triple Nickel Tavern (26 S. Wahsatch Ave., 555nickel.com) in December, tickets were $2. At tonight's 9 o'clock show, also featuring Teaadora and the Cloacas, they're $5. If that doesn't show an atmospheric rise and burgeoning success, this guy doesn't know what does. After all, we're talking about a duo that Indy writer Chris Parker describes as "crackl[ing] like Jiffy Pop, producing a swampy garage-blues stomp." There's some country twang to the boys as well, plus a four-piece drum kit played from a standing position. You best see 'em now; next time it might cost you $8. — Matthew Schniper

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2 Thursday

stage

Even if Love's Labor's Lost is one of Shakespeare's more obscure pieces of theater, that still would place the comedy high in the ranking of Best Use of the English Language, like, ever. The story: Four men swear off sex for their studies. Four women arrive soon thereafter. Hilarity ensues, with all the eccentricity and grandiloquent banter you'd expect of the Bard. TheatreWorks' out-of-doors version opens at 7:30 tonight at Rock Ledge Ranch (3105 Gateway Road; theatreworkscs.org). The show runs Tuesdays through Saturdays through the 25th, with a final performance on the 26th. Tickets are $35, and a review of the show will post to the IndyBlog next week. — Wyatt Miller

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3 Friday

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Grandma got run over by a reindeer, but have you heard how jolly old St. Nick was run over by Joe the Cabdriver, a 350-pound striptease artist? Yeah, we thought as much. Learn the story tonight at the Zodiac (230 Pueblo Ave., superhappyfuntimeburlesque.com) with Super Happy Funtime Burlesque's The Poorly Timed Xmas Special. In this 18-plus naughty musical comedy show, Satan and the Tooth Fairy complicate Joe's attempt to deliver Santa's presents. Luckily, some ladies are on hand to assist. Tickets are $10. Doors open at 8, show starts at 9. — Sara Horton

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4 Saturday

drink

The most important thing to know about the Craft Lager & Small Batch Festival — which dispenses drinks of the hard, soft and light varieties from the flats of Manitou Springs' Memorial Park (502 Manitou Ave., craftlagerfestival.com) — is that you can buy a firefighter an all-day pass for $20. Technically, firefighters could also buy themselves an all-day pass for that cost (while we mortals pay $30 for a half-day session, or $40 for all day). But considering that no one needs access to breweries, distilleries, live music and food like someone who's fought a 100-foot-high tornado of fire, it's clearly the way to go. — Bryce Crawford

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5 Sunday

art

"Art" is usually talked about in flowery language, as restorative to the soul, invigorating to the senses, etc., but today it's also a way to escape the heat. (Let's face it, that's what's on everyone's mind.) So take yourself to cooler climes and the 27th annual Mountain Arts Festival, which began yesterday and continues from 10 to 5 today, giving you a second chance to peruse the 80-odd vendor booths vetted by the decades-old Mountain Artists collective. It's free, at the Ute Pass Cultural Center (210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, themountainartists.com). — Edie Adelstein

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6 Monday

music

Whether you love them, hate them, or just find them really bizarre, Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er of the South African rap-rave duo Die Antwoord are undeniably unique. In less than three years, their steady torrent of outrageously brilliant videos — "Enter the Ninja," "Evil Boy," "Rich Bitch," "I Fink U Freeky," "Baby's on Fire" — have all left an indelible impression, as have their bigger-than-life pop hooks, performance-art personalities, and thick Afrikaner accents that are surprisingly well-suited for hip-hop wordplay. Catch their 16-plus show at Denver's Ogden Theatre (935 E. Colfax Ave., ogdentheatre.net) at 8 tonight. Tickets are $26.50/adv, $30/door, and sure to be worth every last rand. — Bill Forman

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7 Tuesday

art

When you're staring down the barrel of an eight-hour workday, that morning cup of coffee can be downright medicinal. If you find yourself getting your fix today at Raven's Nest Coffee (330 N. Institute St., ravensnestcoffee.com), you might stop for a second and take in some other medicine courtesy of the photography of Kjersten Halvorsen, on display this month. Not only does her art promise to please the eye, you might find a little emotional wellness in these images as well — Halvorsen is a registered psychotherapist. — Jeff Koch

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