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22 Wednesday

film

Watch the trailer for Unacceptable Risk: Firefighters on the Front Lines of Climate Change and you'll see some stunning footage of wildfires — all too familiar to our collective memories. The Boulder-based Story Group's short film, as part of its Climate Change series, tracks a quartet of Colorado firefighters, who will be on hand after the screening to further address how fires have changed in recent years, due to increased fuel loads and more extreme weather situations. The free screening and chat is from 7 to 8:30 this evening at the Millibo Art Theatre (1626 S. Tejon St., thestorygroup.org). RSVP required, bit.ly/1GKb1uo. — Matthew Schniper

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23 Thursday

comedy

Improvisational comedy is hard. It's even harder when you can't devolve into cheap innuendo. Hence my respect for Atlanta-based comedy troupe Improvasaurus (facebook.com/improvasaurus). They are headlining the Night of Family Friendly Comedy at 7:55 at Cottonwood Center for the Arts' David H. Lord Theater (427 E. Colorado Ave., cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com), with standup by openers Aaron Owens, Micah Jeub and Matt G. The Improvasaurus crew has a great sense of playfulness, even when things get a little weird. Check out a few of their videos on YouTube; I certainly did. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. — Griffin Swartzell

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24 Friday

sports

Air Hockey, arguably one of the world's fastest sports, calls for "amazing deceptiveness, pinpoint accuracy and split-second timing," according to the Air Hockey Players Association. Surely you've taken a swipe or two at the puck, but you wouldn't stand a chance against those taking the table at 10 a.m. today at the 2015 AHPA Air Hockey World Championship at Chapel Hills Mall (1710 Briargate Blvd.). Experience the joy of victory, or more likely the agony of defeat by taking on professional table titans after an amateur competition. The event is free to the public, registration and general information is at theahpa.com/registration.html. — Craig Lemley

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25 Saturday

history

On Feb. 20, 1862, a force of some 2,500 Confederates met U.S. Army regulars and Union volunteers in present-day New Mexico in the Battle of Valverde. Included was Captain Theodore H. Dodd's Independent Company, Colorado Volunteers, raised near Cañon City the previous fall. At one point, a group of Texas lancers charged Dodd's Company, now formed into a hollow square. "The Texans were quickly repulsed, many of them being tumbled out of their saddles in a few minutes," William Clarke Whitford wrote in 1906 in Colorado Volunteers in the Civil War. "These Colorado volunteers, under fire for the first time, fought like seasoned veterans." Relive the enlisting of Dodd's Company today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry (225 Northgate Blvd., wmmi.org). Admission is $4 to $8. — Bryce Crawford

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26 Sunday

sports

Today marks the final day of the Rocky Mountain State Games, which has run the past two weekends at locations throughout town, hosting athletes of all ages and abilities. Today, that even includes dogs, who will compete in agility courses at the Norris Penrose Event Center from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You want bows and arrows? Find archery at Memorial Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pitches, wickets and creases? Memorial will also host cricket matches throughout the day. Something on wheels? Inline speed skating happens at Skate City from 6 a.m. to noon. And if last week's article on stand-up paddleboarding piqued your interest, stop by Prospect Lake between 1 and 6 p.m. All events except basketball and track and field are free for spectators. Visit bit.ly/1IYxJS6 for more information. — Edie Adelstein

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27 Monday

music

He's still got the big band, if not the big hair, and he's still a pretty big deal. In fact, after tonight's return visit to the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., 799-4139), Lyle Lovett & His Large Band will be heading up north to headline Red Rocks, no small feat for a skillfully offbeat artist who scored his only Top 10 country single ("Cowboy Man") in 1986 and his last gold record (the all-covers Step Inside This House) in 1998. Like many artists from his era, the Texas alt-country pioneer focuses more on touring these days than recording. But his dry humor is still sharp — Lovett named the final album of his Curb Records contract Release Me — and his fanbase is as loyal as ever. Showtime is 8 p.m., tickets are $36.50 and up. — Bill Forman

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28 Tuesday

music

The Manitou Chamber Music Festival & String Quartet Program kicked off last week, but there's still plenty of opportunities to enjoy it. Start with tonight's 7:30 faculty concert, Nationalization, featuring works by Beethoven, Kodaly and Chausson, and performed by the program's esteemed faculty, including violinist Jerilyn Jorgensen and pianist Cullan Bryant — the program's founder/director and artistic director, respectively. Nationalization is the third of four faculty concerts, all taking place at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church (800 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, manitouchambermusicfestival.com). Check online for information about student performances by those participating in this two-week mentoring program for young chamber musicians. Tickets are $20, $10 for students. — Edie Adelstein

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