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click to enlarge See if Jason Reddicks Switching Off will avoid the - executioner at Saturdays Art Wars III.
  • See if Jason Reddicks Switching Off will avoid the executioner at Saturdays Art Wars III.

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Thursday

Tonight marks the Vail Film Festival's kick-off in you guessed it the snowy mountain town of Vail. The event runs across various venues through Saturday, with ski-lift loads of films, music and activities occurring throughout each day. Ticket information, movie times and everything else a popcorn lovin' screen addict needs to know can be found at vailfilmfestival.org or by calling 866/476-1092. MS

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Friday

Coneheads, roundheads, lumpyheads unite! Any head is beautiful when it's been shaved to help raise money for childhood cancer research. Come on down to the City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St.) anytime between noon and 9 p.m. today to support the hundreds of locals registered as shavees or barbers in Colorado Springs' St. Baldrick's celebration. There'll be food and drink, as well as live music and dancing. Visit stbaldricks.org or call 328-1312 for more info. KW

click to enlarge Seriously, Gogol Bordello put on a great show. Head to - the Fox Theatre on Sunday if you dont believe us.
  • Seriously, Gogol Bordello put on a great show. Head to the Fox Theatre on Sunday if you dont believe us.

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Saturday

This is an April Fool's joke: Pastor Fred Phelps is returning today to protest the inherent gay-ness of the granite "Kissing Camels" in the Garden of the Gods. This is not an April Fool's joke: Art Wars III will party down at the City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St.) tonight from 5 p.m. to midnight. A $10 ticket buys music, poetry, dance, performance art, an auction and a front-row seat at the Wheel of Death. Squirm with morbid pleasure as the chainsaws, axes and sledgehammers taste canvas again. Visit funktionflux.org for more. MS

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Sunday

Join retired First Congregational United Church of Christ Pastor James White at Poor Richard's Book Store (320 N. Tejon St.) today from 4-5:30 p.m. to get a signed copy of Christianity 101: Tracing Basic Beliefs. White will also give a brief talk at 4:15 p.m., perhaps highlighting his argument that the contemporary church knows little of its roots. Be careful: He just might tell a wonderful tastelessly joke, too. Call 578-0012 for more information. MS

Coming to you live from NYC via Eastern Europe " Gogol Bordello! A gypsy punk group made up largely of immigrants, they put on a crazy-amazing live show. Heading Gogol is Eugene Hutz, a man of fantastic mustache, who I find inexplicably sexy. Catch 'em at the Fox Theatre (1135 13th St., Boulder) tonight for $15. The show starts at 8:30 p.m., and you can find out more by calling 303/443-3399. KL

click to enlarge Ever wanted to see a Cowboy Mouth up close? Head to - Denver on Wednesday to take a look.
  • Ever wanted to see a Cowboy Mouth up close? Head to Denver on Wednesday to take a look.

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Monday

Remember Gogol Bordello's Mr. Hutz from yesterday? Well, he also happens to star in the movie version of Everything is Illuminated (sans mustache), which was written by Jonathan Safran Foer. Turns out, Foer is appearing today for a presentation at the LoDo Tattered Cover (1628 16th St.). Weird how that works out, huh? Anyway, he'll be signing his new novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, about September 11. If it's anything like Illuminated, it's funny and sad and it's going to make the literary world a better place. It kicks off at 7:30 p.m., and you can call 303/436-1070 for more info. KL

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Tuesday

Head to Colorado College's Shove Chapel (1010 N. Nevada Ave.) tonight at 7:30 p.m. to hear Frank Shelton's Distinguished Organist Series Concert, which highlights music that Shelton plans to present in Paris' famed Norte Dame Cathedral in late April. He will sample works from Margaret V. Sandresky, Ralph Simpson, Mozart, Bach and more, with a reception to follow the concert. Both events are free. Call 389-6607 for more information. MS

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Wednesday

The mere mention of cowboy's mouths might be enough to spark another Pastor Fred Phelps' protest reference, but instead let's focus on the band Cowboy Mouth. They'll be rockin' Denver's Bluebird Theater (3317 E. Colfax Ave.) with tunes from their new album, Voodoo Shoppe tonight at 9 p.m. The New Orleans-based bunch had to finish the album's production in Atlanta due to Katrina's fury, and much of the work reflects that tone. Tickets will set you back $16 at ticketweb.com or 866/468-7621. MS

This week's 7Days brought to you by: Kara Luger, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.

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