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5 Thursday

nostalgia

They call me the Indy's old-timer, but this nostalgia act pre-dates even me. Those who can recall the 1950s, though, probably have a special place in their memory for the Rat Pack, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Joey Bishop, who combined songs with tawdry humor to rule the Vegas scene. At 7:30 tonight, the much-acclaimed, touring The Rat Pack is Back tribute show comes to the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.), bringing back the characters and their voices, music, big-band sound and funny skits, reportedly with stunning authenticity. Tickets are $32.50 to $52.50 at ticketswest.com or 520-SHOW (7469). RR

6 Friday

art

This month's First Friday Artwalk (from 5 to 8 p.m., roughly) is a busy one. In brief: The FAC Modern's featuring local curmudgeon Tom McElroy in the multimedia show AtomicElroy's Hometown; the Smokebrush is looking to liquidate inventory (from vintage theater seats to art) prior to its downsizing with Blue Light Special (also open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.); the Business of Art Center's bustin' out both Post-Apocalyptic Whimsey (clay art from Ron Koehn and Paul Dahlsten) and the Art of Healing (various healing-themed works by five locals paired with local alternative-healing business booths); and Cottonwood Artists' School is displaying a juried, members-only all-media exhibit comprised of 35 artists' works in its second-to-last-show at their 25 Cimino Drive location. Contact the galleries for more. MS

7 Saturday

theater

Sex, intrigue, mystery, money, more sex. No, it's not the latest 007 installment, it's Theatre 'd Art's new performance, The Billion Dollar Snatch. This adaptation of Troy Conway's 1968 novel opens tonight at the Osborne Studio Theater (3955 Cragwood Drive). The play follows Rod Damon, newest member of the Coxemen and famous sexologist, as he tries to rescue 28 missing VIPs and recover a billion dollars. The Billion Dollar Snatch will play every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night at 8 until Feb. 22. Admission is $10, $5 for students with a valid ID and free for UCCS students. Visit theatredart.org for more. RC

7 Saturday

dance

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This isn't your grandma's ballet. And it's not So You Think You Can Dance, either. Hubbard Street 2, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's junior company, is dedicated to bringing together and nurturing young, cutting-edge choreographers. Hip-hop, jazz, ballet, improv the company's influence reaches across every dance floor and comes back to its own unique set of moves. Witness said moves at 7:30 tonight in Colorado College's Armstrong Theatre (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.) Tickets range from $15 to $25 (free with CC ID) and can be purchased at the Worner Campus Center information desk or ticketswest.com. Call 389-6607 for more. RC

8 Sunday

kids' theater

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When I was small, Officer Friendly came to school to teach us about "stranger danger." The best part was the film with Patch the Pony (who wore an awesome eye patch) and warned us, "Neigh, neigh, from strangers stay away." This comes galloping back as I encourage you to take your children to see Wiley & the Hairy Man. Go figure. Fortunately, it's safe: just a folk tale told with puppets about a boy who outwits a hairy swamp creature. If you missed yesterday's performances at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., you have two more chances to meet the Hairy Man at 1 and 3 today at the Manitou Art Theatre (1367 Pecan St.). Tickets are $9. Call 685-4729 or visit themat.org for more. JT

9 Monday

television

If you're cranky because you couldn't root for the home team in this year's Super Bowl, we've got just the thing to scratch that competitive itch. Today and tomorrow, the 133rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will be taking place at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Why should you care? Because Colorado Springs' very own Annie, a champion Weimaraner, and her owner, veterinarian Lou Novosad, will join 2,499 other dogs in the race for the Best in Show title. You can watch every hairy detail from 6 to 7 tonight on USA Network and 7 to 9 p.m. on CNBC, as well as from 6 to 9 p.m. tomorrow back on USA. KA

10 Tuesday

music

In this "new era of responsibility," we're going to be asked to do more with less. People say there's beauty in that, but if you've got your doubts, see Colorado College's Bowed Piano Ensemble tonight. This internationally renowned group of student, faculty and staff will again make sweet music by gathering around a single grand piano and plucking at it like vultures at a carcass. But, you know, beautifully. The show begins at 7:30 at Packard Hall (5 W. Cache la Poudre St.), and is free. But you do need a ticket, available at Worner Campus Center's information desk (902 N. Cascade Ave.). KW

11 Wednesday

music

Twice now, New York Times writers have composed 500-word concert reviews in praise of a band they refuse to name. Sure, they offered hints, telling readers how the group hails from Toronto, how the lead singer is named Pink Eyes and weighs a whole lot, how they kind of sound like Poison Idea or maybe Fugazi. But not a single clue when it comes to the band's name, except to say that it's unprintable. But really, it's not. Watch: Matador Recording artistes Fucked Up play for $10 at 8 tonight at Denver's Larimer Lounge (2721 Larimer Street). Was that so hard? At least spell it F---ed Up next time. I mean, really, how fucked up can you get? Call 303/291-1007 for more on this 21-plus show. BF

This week's 7 Days contributors: Kirsten Akens, Rhiannon Conley, Bill Forman, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.

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