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click to enlarge Death By Stereo, in another cheery glamour-shot photo. - Share their misery on Monday at the Bluebird Theater.
  • Death By Stereo, in another cheery glamour-shot photo. Share their misery on Monday at the Bluebird Theater.

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Thursday

Rarely do theatergoers risk getting wet while taking in a performance. But then, rarely, if ever, is there a pool onstage, as there is with Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses, which debuts tonight at the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater (3955 Cragwood Drive). Adding to the contemporary feel is real, actual humor in a show about Ovid's myths of Roman gods and man. Until the curtain falls on April 15, performances run at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, with Saturday matinees at 2 (except on April 8), and Sundays at 4. Tickets are $10, available at 262-3232 or uccstheatreworks.com. JJ

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Friday

The whole world wants to know the lay of the land in the Mid East these days even George Clooney, with his film Syriana. Join Imad Moustapha, Syrian ambassador to the U.S., at the CC Slocum Commons (130 E. Cache La Poudre St.) at 2 p.m. to discuss Syria's position on Iraqi and Lebanese affairs. Call 389-6607 for more information on this free event. MS

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Saturday

Rush like you've never rushed before to the 2006 World Sport Stacking Championships, taking place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at the Denver Coliseum (4600 Humboldt St., Denver). Competitors will "stack and unstuck specially designed high-tech cups." Wow ... all for $5. Visit worldsport stackingassociation.org for more information, or call 303/917-4171. MS

The House Jacks are a bit difficult to explain. They call themselves a "rock band without instruments," but I liken them to a Bobby McFerrin-derived boy band. See, they make everything from chest-pounding ballads to almost industrial rock, all by their sweet-lookin' selves. Figure it out for yourself when they come to CC's Packard Hall (5 W. Cache La Poudre St.) at 7:30 tonight. Tickets are $15 (or free with CC ID), and can be snagged at the Worner Center desk (902 N. Cascade Ave.). Call 389-6607 for more. KL

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click to enlarge Listen to Floetry, a duo of beautiful voice and colorful - hair, at the Gothic Theatre on Sunday.
  • Listen to Floetry, a duo of beautiful voice and colorful hair, at the Gothic Theatre on Sunday.

Sunday

As part of an ongoing effort to bring orchestral music to the masses, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic is performing tonight at Sunnyside Christian Church (2025 N. Murray Blvd.), an intimate setting sure to engage audiences. Like yesterday's 8 p.m. performance, today's 2:30 p.m. counterpart features award-winning soprano Shauna Keene belting out Mozart's "Exsultate, jubilate," famous for the joyous "alleluia" finale. Tickets are $20 (less for seniors and students) and available at 520-7469, ticketswest.com or at the door. JJ

Funky divas, anyone? Importing more neo-soul than U.S. Customs normally allows, Floetry performs at the Gothic Theatre (3263 S. Broadway, Englewood) at 8 p.m., with co-soulstress Goapele opening. Dig it: Marsha Ambrosius is Floetry's singer, while Natalie Stewart provides the spoken-word, or "floacist" element. Together, they're a force of baby-makin' rhythms that can't be beat. Tickets are $27.50, and you can find out more at ticketweb.com or 866/468-7621. KL

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Monday

You know a hardcore band is on the right track if they've released four albums, all of which have some form of the word "death" in them. Death by Stereo's 2005 release, Death for Life, is the latest in the morbidly themed litany. (Someone should tell them that we get it, already.) Tracks like the raging "Forget Regret," and "This Curse of Days" tap the whole Euro-metal thing. DBS is playing at the Bluebird Theater (3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver) with Reno Divorce, October Episode and Casket Life. (What is it with these guys?) The show kicks off at 8 p.m. and costs $8 pre-sale, or $10 day of show through ticketweb.com or 866/468-7621. KL

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Tuesday

Tired of maintaining the evil Kentucky bluegrass called "the lawn"? The non-native grass has persevered for few good reasons, and the Manitou Springs Public Library (701 Manitou Ave.) wants to help you kick the habit. Tonight from 7 to 8:30, master gardener Becky Elder presents "Alternatives to Bluegrass (the lawn, not the music!)" on proper ways of retrofitting your lawn. The certified permaculturist is also the owner of Blue Planet Earthscapes, and can teach you a thing or two about water particularly, how to save it. The talk is free and at the library. Call 685-5206 for reservations and more info. VM

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Wednesday

When contemplating Buckethead, one has to wonder what came first: the name or the ever-present KFC bucket on his head. The enigmatic guitar virtuoso, who also wears a Japanese kabuki mask, claims to have been raised by chickens, which prompts the next question: Tribute to heritage, or morbid reminder of the Colonel's holocaust? Despite such silliness, Buckethead's virtuosity and lightening speed has made him one of the most respected guitarists going. See the bizarre for yourself tonight at the Fox Theatre (1135 13th St., Boulder) at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $17 on the day of show, available at foxtheatre.com or at 303/443-3399. JJ

This Syrian-stacked week brought to you by: Josh Johnson, Kara Luger, Vanessa Martinez and Matthew Schniper.

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