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15 Thursday

stage

Gustave is an ex-mercenary Belgian cabaret singer. Nhar is mute. Together, they are apparently indescribably funny, delivering a brand of "ultra-deadpan physical comedy" that explains the goofy show name Cabaret Terrarium. Gustave and Nhar are actually a New York-based theater duo called Harrington & Kauffman, and they'll bring said show to Buntport Theater (717 Lipan St., Denver, buntport.com) at 8 tonight, Friday and Saturday. To experience the adventure kicked off by Norwegian archeologists finding a man in a block of ice — which one Fringe Festival reviewer called "at once absurd and sweet, smart and silly" — you'll need $13 to $16 for a seat. — Matthew Schniper

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16 Friday

food art

My first experience of food's endless literary possibilities began with my big brother teaching me to spell objectionable words using alphabet soup. Now UCCS and the Pikes Peak Library District are devoting an entire free festival to celebrating creative ways to eat your words. Tonight from 6 to 7:30, sample, sip and judge entries in the Edible Book Festival at the UCCS Kramer Family Library (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 255-3068). The festival's fare will feature edible art entries inspired in some way by books (think Grapes of Wrath). Prizes will go to winners in five categories: culinary, literary, artistic, professional and student. To compete, drop off your entry before 6. — Jill Thomas

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17 Saturday

choral music

Here it is: the single show in which you can catch everything from cathedral favorites like Mendelssohn's "The Witches' Chorus" to opera favorites like Verdi's "Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves" to Broadway hits like "Luck Be a Lady Tonight" from Guys and Dolls. Only the 120-voice Colorado Springs Chorale, complete with a 65-piece orchestra, can pull off such a large-scale presentation with enough aplomb to deserve the title Choral Gold II. Hear many more choral favorites at 8 tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., cschorale.org). Tickets range between $16 and $49. — Matthew Schniper

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18 Sunday

more choral music

I guarantee this is one thing you won't see at the Velvet Hill Show Chorus concert tonight: a veterinarian/comedian stripping down to a pair of black tights and tap shoes, mechanically dancing to "Here Comes Santa Claus" by Goofy. It sounds like an acid trip, but that actually happened at the Kevin Fitzgerald stand-up show at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com) earlier this month. Statements like, "Did I just black out?" followed by "Is this insanity or genius?" probably won't accompany tonight's choral performance at 8, but there is a post-concert "afterglow" scheduled, so make of that what you will. $5 suggested donation. — Edie Adelstein

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19 Monday

icon worship

The first time I saw Willie Nelson live, it was 1973 and he was playing by himself for a group of college football coaches and media. One drunken coach hollered out, "So, Willie, how many songs have you actually written?" Willie calmly shot back, "Well now, how many do you think I've written?" The coach answered, "Oh, 12 or 15. So how many is it?" Willie said, "Hmm, about 700," shutting up the coach for good. No telling how many thousand songs Nelson has written by now, but he and his Family will be here at 7 tonight at the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd., worldarena.com). The last time I saw him, five years ago, he started slowly but was his old self for the last 45 minutes, which alone was worth it. Tickets are $35 to $52. — Ralph Routon

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20 Tuesday

reggae

Hats off to Tommy Dorr, whose ongoing campaign to save the City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St.) continues this evening with a reggae fest featuring Savannah, Ga.'s Passafire; Lincoln, Neb.'s Cornerstone Dub; and Denver's own SlaughterHouse Rootz. The local musician deserves credit for trying to keep the historic, 87-year-old venue from going the way of the Springs' public trash cans and police helicopters. Doors open at 7, so you can indulge in tasty snacks and alcoholic beverages before the show at 8. Tickets are $18 online at brownpapertickets.com, $25 day of, or $33 if you want to partake in a 6:30 p.m. meet-and-greet. If you're under 16 and don't have fake ID, stay home. — Bill Forman

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21 Wednesday

film

In an interview with the Ocean Preservation Society, former dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry equated the Japanese tradition of large-scale, systematic dolphin slaughter to old American "traditions" like slavery and denying women the right to vote. "When traditions inflict harm on 'human rights,' it is time to rethink one's tradition. All dolphin and porpoise meat is many times more toxic than allowed by Japan's own health laws." At 8 tonight, look for his Oscar-winning documentary The Cove at CC's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu). An introduction from environmental ethics instructor Marion Hourdequin precedes the free screening. — Bryce Crawford

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