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26 Thursday

literature

Most students at one time or another learn to hate the authors of their textbooks. Super genius Raymond Chang shared part of the blame for the year I spent flunking AP Chemistry (worst test grade: a 14 percent). The next year, college English rolled in with a purple book co-authored by poet X.J. Kennedy, which brought a happy ending. For me, his textbook acted as a veritable Bible for all that is superlative in this language. Kennedy will read a few of his own works at 7 tonight as part of Colorado College's Visiting Writers Series in the Gates Common Room (1025 N. Cascade Ave.). For more on the free talk, call 389-6853 or visit coloradocollege.edu. EA

27 Friday

music

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On the Mitguards' fourth album, Something True, the Manitou couple drifts easily from breezy western swing ("Dancin' at the Sagebush") to haunting balladry ("Moonlight" is as achingly beautiful as a Townes Van Zandt classic). Chris is a gifted songwriter, Deb's mandolin and accordion parts are gracefully understated, and the couples' harmonies sound just right. They'll be celebrating the new release with a performance at 7 tonight at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (730 N. Tejon St.) along with guest artists Brian Hofflander and Don Richmond. Tickets for the all-ages show are $8 in advance (at Tejon Street Music, 330 N. Tejon St., 634-2228), $10 at the door; call 659-3152 for more. BF

28 Saturday

literature

Each year, the Pikes Peak Library District hosts its Mountain of Authors program, providing exposure and education for local authors, at East Library (5550 N. Union Blvd.). But this year's keynote speaker doesn't need the hype. Springs resident Beverly Lewis, nationally known for fiction works that often draw on her roots in Amish country, has authored more than 80 books and has been on the New York Times bestseller list. She'll speak from 6 to 7 p.m. today and then sign books at a closing reception. The free event starts at 1 p.m. with expert-filled panels on publishing followed by words and pictures, an author showcase and then Lewis. No reservations or registration. For more, call 531-6333 ext. 1315, or go to ppld.org/blogs/ppld/?p=855. RR

29 Sunday

children's theater

Here's what's happening at the World Arena (3185 Venetaucci Blvd.) all weekend: a Disney On Ice Show called Disneyland Adventure, which features "everyone's favorite super family," the Incredibles, taking a trip to Disneyland. In short: Disney/Pixar characters go to Disneyland and meet other Disney characters. Marketing students, are you paying attention? Feed the beast/Mouse by purchasing your own ticket, starting at $16, for today's 1:30 p.m. show. (Note: Tickets start at just $11 for Thursday's opening-night performance.) They're available at ticketswest.com or 866/464-2626, or The Citadel mall, King Soopers or the World Arena box office. KW

30 Monday

lecture

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The name Khen Rinpoche Lobzang Tsetan may not mean much to you, but I assure you he's a big deal and a very special visitor. The Tibetan Buddhist monk and scholar established the Siddhartha School in Ladakh, India, and at His Holiness the Dalai Lama's request, became the abbot of the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. Good news for us: He'll be in town from March 26 through April 2, taking part in daily free events, such as today's 6 to 8 p.m. traditional Tibetan art opening in the Inner Space at Poor Richard's (322 N. Tejon St.). Catch a talk on Buddhist views of love, compassion and forgiveness on Friday, take part in a guided mediation on Saturday, or schedule a private consultation (offering suggested) by calling 649-7235. Visit downtowninnerspace.com for more. RC

31 Tuesday

lecture

I read this totally awesome conspiracy book recently that reported secret Nazi bases on Antarctica. If anyone bears the credentials to debunk this, I'm guessing it is geophysicist Robin Bell: She's headed eight major research expeditions to the region. In reviewing her published research, I'm seeing more stuff about "tectonically controlled subglacial lakes" than "Fhrer's dark ice cave." At 7:15 tonight, Bell will present "Antarctica's Subglacial Lakes Beneath a Changing Polar Ice Sheet" in CC's Armstrong Theater (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.). Call 389-6607 for more on the free talk. MS

1Wednesday

hot oiled men

It may be April Fools Day, ladies, but I don't make this stuff up: At 9 tonight the Chippendale's International All Male Revue will take the stage at SoDo Night Club (527 S. Tejon St.). I know you'll want to be sitting front and center. Here's the PR teaser: "Picture a group of ripped hunks on stage willing to push themselves beyond human endurance to please the audience." Oooo, I didn't realize dancing in a thong could be quite so taxing. Get your sweaty little hands on a ticket for $15 in advance, $20 at the door, or $35 for a VIP pass. Call 314-0420 or visit chippendalestickets.com for more. JT

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

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