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13 Thursday

music

"If there's anybody I know how to play guitar like, it's Edge," says Under a Blood Red Sky guitarist Ted Gravlin. This turns out to be a fantastic coincidence, since Gravlin plays guitar in a U2 tribute band. Yes, whereas typical U2 cover bands pattern themselves after Toto, Ted Nugent and Timbaland, the Denver-based Under A Blood Red Sky came up with a winning strategy by approximating the sound of U2. The quartet has even played Red Rocks and is also fond of standing in front of them, sporting fine mullets. Come to the Thirsty Parrot (32 S. Tejon St.) at 8 tonight for some good old-fashioned flag-waving. Tickets are $10 advance, $15 at the door. Call 884-1094 for more info. BF

14 Friday

food & drink

An ancient Roman philosopher said, "He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it." Now, thanks to Colorado Springs Teen Court, helping prevent a crime can be as simple as sipping wine and munching hors d'oeuvres. The organization is holding its Holiday Wine Tasting and Gourmet Food Fest from 6:30 to 9 tonight at Norris-Penrose Event Center (1045 W. Rio Grande St.). Proceeds benefit the peer-run court that helps keep first-time teen offenders from ending up in trouble again. To purchase the $50 tickets, visit Sovereignty Wines (1785 S. Eighth St.) or call 389-0906. JT

15 Saturday

art

Rembrandt painted a fascinating portrait of an artist in his studio. The scene: a lone painter staring at a huge canvas mounted on an easel. The painting in progress faces the artist, so we will never know what it looks like, but still, this is a rare invitation into the creative process of an artist. Here's another: Sixteen locals have opened their studios and homes for the sixth annual Pikes Peak Studio Tour, running today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and tomorrow from 10 to 5. A group exhibition by the artists is also on display at the Smokebrush Gallery. Visit pikespeakstudiotour.com or call 634-5475 for a list of locations. EA

16 Sunday

music

Beijing-born pianist and University of Colorado at Boulder faculty member Hsing-Ay Hsu made her stage debut when she was 4 years old. Since that time, she's played internationally in prestigious venues, winning awards and garnering much acclaim. At 2:30 today, she returns to the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) for the Magic of Mozart, which follows Saturday's 8 p.m. performance. Hsu will play Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20, as well as Brahms' Variations on a Theme by Haydn and Schumann's Symphony No. 1. Tickets run $10 to $50, and doors open an hour early for a pre-show lecture; call 884-2110 or visit csphilharmonic.org for more. EAA

17 Monday

music

Civets, as we all know, are exotic carnivores that look like the furry results of forbidden mating between the canine and marsupial families. Of course, most of us are familiar with them as the source of Vietnamese caphe cut chon, which translates to fox-dung coffee, the tasty result of Asian palm civets excreting partially digested coffee cherries. Civet is also the name of the Orange County female punk band that plays at 7 this evening at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.). It sounds like a cross between Bikini Kill and Motorhead, if such a thing is possible. Tickets are $12. Call 227-7625 or visit sodajerkpresents.com. BF

18 Tuesday

music

If you go to tonight's installment in Colorado College's Distinguished Organist Series, prepare to be wowed by Sophie-Veronique Cauchefer-Choplin's derring-do. Not only is she considered one of the best improvisers of her generation, but she's apparently fearless in the dressing room: "Sitting in the gallery," an attendee of a 2005 performance wrote at theorganmag.com, "I was able to see the console and suddenly realised [sic] that Sophie-Veronique was pedalling with quite substantial heels!" If this sounds like an irresistibly wild time, visit Shove Memorial Chapel (1010 N. Nevada Ave.) at 7:30; the show is free, sponsored by the series and the chaplains' office. Visit coloradocollege.edu or call 389-6607. KW

19 Wednesday

outdoors

It's hard to think of any local group that has done more to help preserve the area's quality of life than the Trails and Open Space Coalition, which continues to pursue its noble goals of preserving open space (think Red Rock Canyon) and developing greenways and trails. The group will have its annual meeting tonight, free and open to the public, at 7 in the Colorado Springs Senior Center (1514 N. Hancock Ave.). The agenda will include reports and presentations from various city, county and state agencies, perfect for anyone wanting to become more educated and involved. For more information, go to trailsandopenspaces.org or call 633-6884. RR

This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Elizabeth Anderson (EAA), Bill Forman, Ralph Routon, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.

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