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19 Thursday

music/literature

Don't know how many Guns N' Roses fans read books, but if you're one of them, you can get former drummer Steven Adler to sign your copy of his redemptive rawk-tome, My Appetite for Destruction, at Barnes & Noble (1565 Briargate Blvd., bn.com) between 6 and 7 tonight. For the rest of us, Adler's Appetite will be playing for those 21-plus at 8 at Union Station (2419 N. Union Blvd., myspace.com/unionstation). But the $9.43 show's secret weapon is opener Anchored, a Southern rock band whose awfully catchy "Dirty in Texas" single is gaining traction on hard rock radio. — Bill Forman

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20 Friday

music

If you're a Drag the River devotee, you've probably already made plans to catch the band at the Triple Nickel Tavern tonight. But if you want something a little more down-home and a lot more fucked up, look no further than Front Range Barbeque (2330 W. Colorado Ave., frontrangebbq.com), where Lawrence, Kansas' Calamity Cubes will be taking the stage for a free show at 8. The hyperactive trio's shambolic performances convey what the Holy Modal Rounders might have been like had they grown up within chaw-spitting distance of Split Lip Rayfield while developing an unhealthy affection for deranged cowpunk. And sometimes, that's just what you need. — Bill Forman

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21 Saturday

community/food

One of my favorite local fundraising memories is seeing C.J. Moore, of Kaiser Permanente, dressed as a human-sized broccoli — which just proves you'll never know what may pop up at TESSA's Pasta in the Park. This annual event incorporates an auction, dinner and a wine tasting, music, dancing and the best part: a pasta sauce cook-off complete with themed entries and oft-costumed team members. Tickets are $75 per person for the 5:30 p.m. event held at the Myron Stratton Home campus (2525 S. State Hwy. 115, tessacs.org), and the festivities raise dollars to help those who struggle with domestic and sexual violence in our community. — Kirsten Akens

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22 Sunday

sports

Going to be in Manitou Springs this afternoon? Watch out for vomit. Pikes Peak Marathon weekend (pikespeakmarathon.org) has arrived, with its two separate races. On Saturday, Ascent runners begin at Memorial Park in Manitou Springs at 7 and 7:30 a.m. and finish at the summit of Pikes Peak (13.32 miles) around 1:30 p.m. No worries there. But at 7 this morning, runners will begin the marathon at Memorial Park, and around the 5 p.m. finish-line closing time, when they return to Ruxton and Manitou avenues, some will literally leave it all on the pavement. — Lea Shores

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23 Monday

music

American Idol will begin season 10 next year without Simon Cowell, and rumors about the replacement judges — Ellen quit! Kara's axed (maybe)! Steven Tyler and J-Lo are in! J-Lo's out (supposedly)! — seem to have taken the spotlight away from the lackluster season nine contestants on the American Idol Live Tour. Still, for cougars after Texas hunk Casey James, members of Team MamaSox, and loyal show fans, a trip to the Comfort Dental Amphitheatre (6350 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Englewood, livenation.com) at 7:30 tonight should be well worth it. Lawn four-pack tickets are $24.25 each, while other seats run from $32 to $76.50. — Kelsey Fowler

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24 Tuesday

food

"Contumacy" is a refusal to obey authority, and is listed in the Rule of Saint Benedict as a punishable offense, says Wikipedia. Benedict of Nursia, the namesake for the Benedictine order of monks, wrote the Rule, which the order uses as a lifestyle guide. Presumably, so do the Benedictine fathers who operate the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, which has a 2007 Riesling available by-the-glass at Second Street Art Market and Wine Bar (366 Second St., Monument, secondstreetart.com). There, for $20 every Tuesday starting at 5 p.m., you can get all-you-can-taste of everything offered by the glass. Now then. You know what to do (and not do). — Bryce Crawford

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25 Wednesday

dance

A few years ago, when working in Tanzania, I got a dance lesson from some local Maasai women. Ever since, I've maintained that the best way to learn how to dance is to learn the basics of African dance. At 5:30 tonight, and every Wednesday, you can turn that two-left-footed partner of yours into a more graceful, or at least daring, dancer with beginning lessons at Imagination Celebration (The Citadel, 750 Citadel Drive East, imaginationcelebration.org). The $10 cost will be money well spent for anyone who wants a little more groove in his or her step. — Sarah White

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