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5 Thursday

music

At its extremes, electronic music can be kind of a drag. In one realm, you've got a generation of "serious" composers intent on taking the atonality of musique concrte to create something even more unlistenable. At the other pole are electronica groups predisposed toward pop music that's just one ecstasy hit away from tedium. Bob Gluck, an actual pianist with recognizable jazz tendencies, doesn't fit into either category. Using software of his own creation, the upstate New York professor will play for free at 7:30 tonight in CC's Packard Hall (5 W. Cache la Poudre St.). A highlight: the premiere of "Faith," a new work from former Nonesuch artist Neil Rolnick that features acoustic piano, pre-recorded material and live electronics. Glow sticks optional; call 389-6607 for more. BF

6 Friday

art

It may have decreased its space dramatically, but Smokebrush (218 W. Colorado Ave., #111), lives on between the walls of the Chapel of Art in the Depot Arts District. And in the spirit of keepin' on, it's unveiled a new show, Fusion, opening from 5 to 8 tonight. Featuring works by graffiti art gods Futura and Saber along with local talents, it's definitely worth a visit anytime between now and the show's close March 27. Because if graffiti has taught us anything, it's that some of the best art is hidden just around the corner. Don't call it a comeback. For more, visit smokebrush.org or call 444-1012. EA

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At 8 tonight, Flash Cadillac gathers at the Boulder Theater (2032 14th St., Boulder) to play its '50s-style songs in a 40th anniversary concert. It starts with an "alumni" set including some former members such as Springs musician Dwight Bement, then a "varsity" set with the current group, followed by a jam for as long as anyone wants to play. Tickets are $25 each at the door, at bouldertheater.com or by calling 303/786-7030. As original bass player Warren Knight was saying recently, "It could be magic." RR

7 Saturday

musical theater

When Phantom of the Opera national touring star Doug LaBrecque was last in town for Andrew Lloyd Webber and Friends in October 2006, conductor Thomas Wilson told me that "Doug has the freest male Broadway voice I've ever heard ... [he] just knocks everyone over." Indeed, LaBrecque certainly commanded attention. The good news: he returns at 8 tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) for the Colorado Springs Philharmonic's presentation of Broadway Here and Now, with cohorts Anne Runolfsson and William Michals. The show will feature selections from favorite Broadway shows like Wicked, Chicago and, of course, Phantom. Tickets run $10 to $50, available at 520-7469; visit csphilharmonic.org for more. MS

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Fishbone the ska-psych-soul-your-genre-here group that once roamed L.A. dives with the likes of Jane's Addiction and the Red Hot Chili Peppers is still very much alive and kicking. I saw the band a couple years ago and was amazed how vital its music remains. Even if you only know the hits the hyperventilated "Party at Ground Zero" and Sly Stone-cum-gospel "Everyday Sunshine" the live experience will bring you happily up to date. And of course it has nothing to do with race that this band is still playing clubs while the considerably less gifted Chili Peppers continue to pack arenas. Denver's Synthetic Elements open at 8 tonight at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.). Tickets for the all-ages show are at ticketweb.com for $15. BF

8 Sunday

children's theater

Grab your favorite (or least favorite, if he or she is afraid of clowns or puppets) child and head to the Manitou Art Theater (1367 Pecan St.) at either 1 or 3 today (or 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. Saturday) for Busker and Me. The MAT's Kids First Series presentation follows circus clown Jim Jackson and his mischievous dog, who must learn a trick to save the show and escape further punishment from a harsh ringmaster. Expect magic, juggling, puppetry and milk and cookies after the show. All tickets are $9 and can be purchased at the box office one hour before the show or at themat.org. Call 685-4729 for more. RC

9 Monday

lecture/comedy

Since a caveman told the first dinosaur doo-doo joke, we've been trying to amuse each other. Now Laurence Maslon, co-creator of the PBS series Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America, will share selected clips and comedian interviews from the show which highlights talents like Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, George Carlin, Carol Burnett, Billy Crystal and Steve Martin and covers 100 years of comedy. Catch his presentation at 7 tonight in the screening room at CC's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave.), but get your free ticket at CC's Worner Campus Center (902 N. Cascade Ave.). Call 389-6607 or visit coloradocollege.edu for more. JT

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10 Tuesday

art

This is probably old, irritating, Jeopardy!-style news, but humans are said to have at least 11 senses, not just five. We sense heat, time and pain, and possess structures to pick up on as much. With that in mind, we are all more than prepared to take in Stratified Senses & Sensualities An Installation Exhibit to Inspire the Senses at PPCC's Downtown Studio Gallery (100 W. Pikes Peak Ave.). If you couldn't make the opening reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, visit today; the show runs 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays, through April 3. Call 502-4040 or visit ppcc.edu for more. EA

11 Wednesday

film

What do you get when you combine Russ Meyer, Ed Wood and all of those really awful movies that were mocked on Mystery Science Theater? The free premiere of local indie film When Women Rule the World, happening at 8 tonight at SoDo (527 S. Tejon St.). Brace yourself: The "erotic, science fiction, slapstick, adult contemporary comedy" follows Queen Promise Cuious as she sets into motion a plan to castrate the enslaved men of her planet to create a race of hermaphrodites. This is not a joke. View the trailer and get more info at poeticjusticeproductions.com, and if you're heading to the screening, try to bring a witty robot. RC

This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Rhiannon Conley, Bill Forman, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper and Jill Thomas.

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