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16 Thursday

literature

Aubrey Hirsch gets a red chili pepper for "hottness" at ratemyprofessors.com, but when she's not lecturing she writes poetry and fiction that attract attention far beyond the horny undergrad set. The Pushcart Prize nominee opens Colorado College's Visiting Writers Series at 7 tonight in Packard Hall (5 W. Cache la Poudre St.). Read some of her crisp, candid poetry ahead of time at madswirl.com, or visit coloradocollege.edu/dept/EN/visitingwriters. Unlike Hirsch's MFA classes at Chatham University, this event is free and open to the public. — Claire Swinford

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17 Friday

community

Oktoberfest was initially started in 1810 in Munich, Germany to celebrate the marriage of Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen to Crown Prince Ludwig, later the King of Bavaria, Duke of Franconia, Duke in Swabia and Count Palatinate of the Rhine, or, as he was better known, L-wig. As king, he quelled rioters' upset over a tax on beer by dropping the price 10 percent. Unfortunately, a similar discount you shan't find — though there'll be plenty of barley-loving folk — at the 13th annual Rocky Mountain Oktoberfest. Party hard for $5 to $6 at the Ute Pass Cultural Center (210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, woodlandparkchamber.com). — Bryce Crawford

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18 Saturday

community

Little-known fact about the aforementioned L-wig: As much as he loved stopping riots, he loved Christmas. OK, I made that up, but Christmas is big deal in Germany — it is where the idea of Christmas trees came from. And you can shop with the holiday in mind at the 32nd annual Holly Berry House Folk Art Festival from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site (3202 Chambers Way, hollyberryhouse.com/folk-art-festival.html). For $2 to $6, you can shop wares made by more than 175 artists. The weekend fest started yesterday and continues from 10 to 4 tomorrow. — Edie Adelstein

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19 Sunday

music

Apart from a couple members of Pavement and the annual Stockton Asparagus Festival, Chris Isaak's California hometown isn't known for a whole lot. Which is why the musically inclined youngest son of a forklift driver and factory worker drove west to San Francisco and began gigging heavily at Haight Street venues like Nightbreak and the I-Beam. Those clubs are gone now, but after a massive hit called "Wicked Game," a couple of TV series and more than a dozen albums, Isaak remains as talented as ever. He's also got nice suits and great stage patter. See and hear him at 7 tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com), for $53 to $65. — Bill Forman

music

Leon Russell is mostly known as the ghostly troubadour who once performed with George Harrison and Eric Clapton while scoring his own hit with the song "Tight Rope." Next month, he's releasing The Union, a collaborative album with Elton John that features a portrait of the two handsome lads on its cover, proving once again that there are, in fact, second acts in America. At 8 tonight, Russell will perform at Stargazers Theatre & Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com) for just $35. — Bill Forman

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20 Monday

food and drink

Today marks the first day of Local Food Week, inside of which 14 independent eateries across the city will pair with 14 area food producers to run nightly local food specials. See a list of participants at peaktoplains.com, as well as a calendar of other events leading up to a recipe challenge potluck from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sept. 26 at Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado (2605 Preamble Point). The central goal of this annual event is to highlight and promote the quality of our local goods as well as the sustainability of eating local and in season when possible. — Matthew Schniper

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21 Tuesday

music

Colcannon is here! Not the traditional Irish mashed potatoes and cabbage dish that you might be thinking of, but rather Colorado College's distinguished ensemble-in-residence from Boulder. The Irish music band was outstanding when teaching me the penny whistle during my first college class, and, as impressively, has produced eight CDs, played all over the country and won both an Emmy and a Parent's Choice Award along the way. Their free annual concert is at 7:30 tonight in CC's Armstrong Theater (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., colcannon.com). — Leah Barker

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22 Wednesday

film

You'll see roller-skating scenes, a Simon Says table game and a Sonny Bono look-alike, but 1981 isn't just a time capsule-novelty; it's a comedy nominated for four Canadian Oscars, including Actor in a Leading Role. That'd be Jean-Carl Boucher, the kid who talks himself into trouble while trying to fit in at a new school. The Independent Film Society of Colorado screens 1981 at 7 tonight at the Lon Chaney Theater (221 E. Kiowa St., ifsoc.org); it also shows Jaffa, an intense film about forbidden love in Israel, at 6 on Thursday, Sept. 16 at Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave.). Tickets for each are $5 or $6. — Kirk Woundy

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