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14 Thursday

film

Many John Wayne films qualify as classics, but they're hardly historically accurate or culturally sensitive. Neil Diamond's documentary Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian is a remedy for shedding such cowboy-and-Indian stereotypes. Diamond (not the musician, by the way) uses hundreds of clips from silent films, recent blockbusters and everything in between to explore Native American portrayal in cinema. He also features interviews with activists, historians and celebrities including Clint Eastwood. There are two free screenings at 6 and 8 tonight in Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center Screening Room (825 N. Cascade Ave., ifsoc.org). — Leah Barker

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15 Friday

art

If you're at all interested in the Women's Movement, you've got to sit in on the second day of Crossing Boundaries: A Symposium on Feminism & the Arts at CC's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., theideaspace.com) today. Here are a few of the events (all free) on the docket: at 2:30 p.m., a screening of the film The Heretics, with an introduction by renowned filmmaker Joan Braderman; at 4:30 p.m., an artist's reception with May Stevens in the gallery; at 7:30 p.m., leading feminist, writer and activist Lucy R. Lippard's keynote lecture "Bad Girls, Good Times: Feminist Art and May Stevens." — Edie Adelstein

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16 Saturday

zombies

The Fourth annual Zombie Crawl and Dance Party is tonight, so I figured there was no better time to tell you about geek culture singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton's "Re: Your Brains," a message from Bob to his office mate Tom. Everything's good between the two of them, except Bob's a zombie now. "All we wanna do is eat your brains / We're not unreasonable / I mean, no one's gonna eat your eyes." So, with that in mind, hit the Underground (110 N. Nevada Ave., myspace.com/coloradospringszombiewalk) at 7 tonight for makeup help, crawl down Tejon Street at 8, and party back at the bar at 9. — Bryce Crawford

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17 Sunday

stage

In college, I got myself involved in a performance where 15 of us were broken into groups of five, given a $75 prop budget and told to return in three weeks with an original short play in which we'd direct and act. Never mind that I got about two hours of sleep nightly for a month (and don't ask me about the rented bear costume) — it was great, um, fun. Some local actors, writers and directors are poised to find that out for themselves this weekend with a similar project, Four Play. The Manitou Art Theatre (1367 Pecan St., themat.org) held auditions Oct. 6-7, and participants were given only 44 hours to write a short play; four were then selected from the batch; then folks only had four more days to fully produce the work for your viewing pleasure. Catch it at the MAT today at 2, or Friday at 8 or Saturday at 2 or 8; tickets are a creativity-rewarding $20. (Much cheaper than other foreplay on the market.) — Matthew Schniper

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18 Monday

lecture

When the Indy interviewed author Timothy Egan two years ago, the National Book Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winner was working on The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America. Between then and now, he published the title and acquired NYT bestselling status with it. Tonight, he'll impart his knowledge about the massive 1910 forest fire — timely, in light of the recent blazes north of us — for free at 7:30 at CC's Armstrong Theatre (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., coloradocollege.edu), part of the eighth annual State of the Rockies Project. — Kirsten Akens

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19 Tuesday

music

Fred and Toody Cole were punk rock before there was punk rock. The couple met in 1966, when Fred and his draft-dodging band, the Weeds, broke down in Portland en route to Canada. The Weeds subsequently split up after a manager insisted they change their name to the Lollipop Shoppe and the couple naturally headed north to try homesteading in the Yukon. But it was 20 years later that the now Portland-based duo began making waves with the band Dead Moon. Their new trio, Pierced Arrows, continues to play rawboned garage rock with melodies that stick in your head and vocals that make Neil Young sound slick. Be sure to pick up their "split 7" with the Black Lips when you catch them at 9 tonight at the hi-dive (7 S. Broadway, Denver, hi-dive.com) for $10, 21-plus only, with the Blackouts and Vicious Women opening. — Bill Forman

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20 Wednesday

literature

Would you like a little haute culture with that martini? No? How about some stand-up comedy or slam poetry? Hump Day is now Local Talent Day thanks to Word Wednesdays open mic nights at the Speak Easy Vape Lounge (2508 E. Bijou St.). Every Wednesday, poets, singers, comedians and actors are invited to sign up before 8 p.m. Call or text 581-9673 for more information, or click here. — Claire Swinford

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