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13 Thursday


It's likely impossible to top the 1966 film version of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, which earned Academy Award nominations for every credited member of its cast (including Liz Taylor and Richard Burton). Still, the Edward Albee play is such an exquisitely rendered minefield of marital discord that it never grows irrelevant. See the Star Bar Players' incarnation of the caustic classic at 7 tonight at the Lon Chaney Theatre (221 E. Kiowa St., starbarplayers.org) for a refresher course on how not to fight with your loved ones. Tickets are $12 to $15 and available through the group's website or at the door. Shows will run Thursdays, Fridays and weekends through May. — Jill Thomas

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14 Friday


Survival Story, the Flobots' third album (and first since the runaway success of their "Handlebars" single) entered the charts at No. 44 back in March, which speaks well for their chances of not being relegated to one-hit-wonder status. But just in case, the Denver alt-hop artists are offering some powerful incentives for fans to catch their current tour. A video called "5 Reasons to Go to a Flobots show" finds them promising free hugs from guitarist Andy Rok, homemade peanut butter sandwiches (to the first three people who ask) from viola player Mackenzie Roberts, and the opportunity to sing the Gummi Bears theme song with vocalist Brer Rabbit. All this and more at 8 tonight at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com) for $18 ($20 day-of). — Bill Forman

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15 Saturday


After her old-time string band, the Reeltime Travelers, was chosen by T Bone Burnett to appear on the soundtrack for Cold Mountain, Martha Scanlan toured with Ralph Stanley and Alison Krauss, expanding her following among traditional folk and bluegrass fans. Scanlan's subsequent solo album, recorded in Levon Helm's barn studio (the legendary Band drummer also appears on the record) is a strong showcase for the Tennessee artist's poignant yet powerful songwriting. Catch her at 7 tonight at theLoft (2501 West Colorado Ave., #301, myspace.com/theloft719) for $20. The Genuwines open. — Bill Forman

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16 Sunday


This weekend, Pueblo goes to the cowboys: It's the Wild Wild West Festival, coupled with the Professional Bull Riders' Pueblo Invitational event at the State Fair Events Center. The festival, from Thursday through today in and around the Arkansas Riverwalk, includes activities, carnival rides and entertainment for $2 admission (wildwildwestfestival.com, 719/242-2800). The bull riding (8 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday, and 5 p.m. today) showcases 40 of the world's best competitors, with tickets from $10 to $80 per show (ticketmaster.com, 520-9090). — Ralph Routon

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17 Monday


According to the new book Weird Colorado, Nikola Tesla, on a fall night in 1899, knocked out power to all of Colorado Springs, catching a generator on fire, while producing a lightning bolt and thunder clap audible from Cripple Creek. The Serbian-American pioneer of radio and radar certainly left a legacy of mystery, which is why locally authored books like Lightning in His Hand: The Life Story of Nikola Tesla come in handy. The special collections office at the Pikes Peak Library District will release a republished and updated version of the long out-of-print work at 4 p.m. today in Penrose Library's Carnegie Reading Room (20 N. Cascade Ave., ppld.org); actor Richard Marold will re-enact Tesla's arrival here exactly 111 years ago. — Matthew Schniper

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18 Tuesday


"Every car guy dreams of stumbling across a find like this one; an abandoned 1932 Ford, in any body style, miraculously preserved by the dry desert air." So writes Englewood painter Dav3 Kurz of his painting of a rusty Ford flanked by flowering cacti. Kurz specializes in hyper-realistic images of classic cars, hot rods and vintage roadsters. He's also one of the artists showing at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, sdc-arts.org) this summer; its batch of shows, Rock-N-Rods, includes rock 'n roll photography and open-road-inspired art. Kurz's work is up now, but the other exhibits have varying opening dates, so check online. — Edie Adelstein

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19 Wednesday


Everything I know about The Wizard of Oz is summed up here: ruby slippers; a yellow brick road; something about balls, brains and zombies; and flying witch monkeys that melt in your mouth and not in your hand. All that to say — as you suspected — I've never seen it. Because I know I'm not alone out there — guys? — I recommend a hearty dose of tonight's (and tomorrow's) 7:30 musical performance of The Wizard of Oz at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com). Tickets are $32.50 to $52.50 and will make you a part of the house that gets brought down. Bryce Crawford


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