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1 Thursday

literature

Charles Baudelaire instructed us to get drunk, and he didn't care if it was on wine, virtue or poetry. It's not Friday yet, so save the wine for tomorrow night, and let's face it — virtue is overrated. It's better you go get sauced for free on the poetry of the widely published Jim Moore, author of Lightning at Dinner, who will read along with the senior poets of Colorado College at 7 tonight in the Gates Common Room (1025 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu). Moore was unable to make a previously scheduled reading earlier this year, which explains your déjà vu. — Nick Chambers

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2 Friday

stage

At 8 tonight — and every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night through April 18 — catch the opening of Theatre 'd Art's final full-length production of the season, Between Time and Timbuktu, at the Osborne Studio Theater (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., theatredart.org). Mostly written by Kurt Vonnegut, or inspired by his earlier works but rearranged, or ... ah, here's Vonnegut: "This book is said to have been written by me. And I did write it, too, pretty much ... But it would never have occurred to me to put my words in this particular order." Catch this "space fantasy" for $10; it's only $5 for students with ID and free for UCCS folks. — Bryce Crawford

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3 Saturday

dance

Here's the premise: Dancers who grew up and trained locally and have gone on to perform professionally around the world return home to share CC's Armstrong Hall stage (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., csdance.org) for a night. That night happens to be tonight, at 7:30, and the show is aptly being called Success of the Springs II — because, yes, the folks from the Colorado Springs Dance Theatre hosted a sell-out SSI in 2007. Tickets to enjoy everything from jazz and modern to ballet acts are $15 to $25, and available through ticketswest.com or the college's Worner Center desk (902 N. Cascade Ave.). — Matthew Schniper

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4 Sunday

children's theater

In Hans Christian Andersen's original The Little Mermaid, our be-flippered protagonist attempts to avoid a fate of dissolving into sea foam by trading her voice for a pair of legs that will bleed a lot and always make her feel like she's walking on sword blades. Then she has to make doe eyes at the prince and secure love, or it's all back to sea foam anyway. So, with that in mind, enjoy the Manitou Art Theatre's (1367 Pecan St., Manitou Springs, themat.org) friendlier adaptation, Big Little Mermaid, today at 1 and 3 p.m., (if you didn't see it yesterday at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m., that is). The show costs $10 and involves talking fish, mysterious messages and, yes, squirting books. — Bryce Crawford

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5 Monday

indie rock

One of indie rock's more original and gifted institutions, Spoon was birthed back in 1993 by Austinites Britt Daniel and Jim Eno, whose musical inclinations have never exactly screamed Texas. Maybe it's the Anglo and Teutonic influences — the group named itself after a song by Krautrock icons Can — or maybe it's just because Austin's weird. In any case, 2010's self-produced Transference continues a minimalist approach to melodic pop that doesn't skimp on hooks or harmonies. You can catch them for $25 at 8 tonight or tomorrow at the Ogden Theatre (935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, ogdentheatre.net). Openers Deerhunter and Micachu & the Shapes round out this 16-plus event. — Bill Forman

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6 Tuesday

film

If we're being honest, every married person has to admit that at one time or another they've wondered, "God, what have I gotten myself into?" In the award-winning film Arranged, it's a question with an extra layer of meaning. Two young teachers — an Orthodox Jew and a Muslim of Syrian ancestry — discover they share something in common: Both are facing marriages arranged by their families. As they each seek to balance their religious and cultural values with the pressures of the modern world, they start to bond in an unlikely kinship. Catch the film's one-night-only screening at 7 tonight at the Business of Art Center's Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, ifsoc.org). Tickets are $5 or $6. — Jill Thomas

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7 Wednesday

art

Even though local curator Gerry Riggs passed away early last year, his mark on the community endures through his work. Fahrenheit 2010: Established Regional Ceramists, which opens tonight at the Warehouse Restaurant and Gallery (25 W. Cimarron St., 475-8880), features ceramics by 15 Colorado artists who participated in two previous shows curated by Riggs, one in 1994 and one in 2000. Artists including Randy Bowen, Mark Wong, and Ken and Tina Riesterer have all reunited for Fahrenheit 2010 under the direction of Smokebrush curator Holly Parker. Drop by tonight for the opening reception from 5 to 8, or visit sometime through April 29. — Edie Adelstein

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