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11 Thursday

film

If a coal company was offering you badly needed money to mine your property, specifically via the environmentally devastating process of mountaintop removal, would you sell? One rural Kentucky resident in the poignant documentary film Deep Down is faced with this decision, while another key character fights to keep her community intact. See how the battle unfolds tonight for free at 6 or 8 p.m. in Colorado College's Cornerstone Screening Room (825 N. Cascade Ave., ifsoc.org). If you miss both showings, catch the flick when it plays on PBS as part of the Independent Lens series on Nov. 23. — Matthew Schniper

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12 Friday

art

Rubbish Gallery just got booted by its landlord, but art still has a foothold in the Bijou Street alley, thanks to the Modbo (17C E. Bijou St., themodbo.com). Actually, tonight, the gallery will even carry the water (or alcohol) for 15C, its still-darkened neighbor bar, with an opening reception for Troy DeRose's Playing Nice show. A member of the Modbo Collective and a graphic designer by trade, DeRose has created an assortment of pieces that tweak the concept of self-restraint. The gallery opens at 5:30, and at 9 — because the Modbo just doesn't know restraint, itself — the Hopeful Heroines will provide musical accompaniment. — Kirk Woundy

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13 Saturday

art

Starting today, you'll get the chance to snoop around 15 studios and peek into the creative minds of local artists. All right, snooping isn't encouraged, but an intimate experience is the gist behind the free, eighth annual Pikes Peak Studio Tour (pikespeakstudiotour.com). You can meet 20 local artists (some of whom will be briefly shacking up with other artists), including Julie Sprinkle, Carole Reece, Laszlo Palos and Julie Kirkland. Guide yourself through the locales from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today or 11 to 4 tomorrow with an online map. — Edie Adelstein

13 Saturday

music

It's a pretty unusual conductor who doesn't use a baton and goes simply by "Z." Meet Shizuo Kuwahara, who has won awards around the world and is the second of five music-director finalists to try out with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Kuwahara will lead the symphony at 8 tonight at 2:30 tomorrow at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org), performing pieces by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Bartók. Tickets run from $12 to $57. — Leah Barker

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14 Sunday

sports

Ice-skating tigers are a diverse and interesting lot. The Sumatran tiger is the king of the Arabian Cartwheel, kicking off with his back leg and flying majestically through the air, tongue dangling to the side. The Siberian tiger favors an alliterative philosophy, sticking mainly to toe loops, triple axels and twist lifts. The Bengals look best in blue, and often opt for spangles over sparkles (but never after Labor Day). So with all this in mind, enjoy Colorado College's free skate-and-autograph session, Skate with the Tigers, at 12:45 today at the Colorado Springs World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd., cctigers.com). — Bryce Crawford

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15 Monday

music

Gordon Lightfoot ought to have our respect, for the single reason that he is the only person who can sing about "Gitche Gumee" and still make that song send chills. To his credit, the man's earned 15 Juno Awards, and his tunes have been covered by the likes of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. Of the three, Lightfoot is the only one you can still see live (singing, I mean; I know Elvis is the fry cook at an Arby's in Las Vegas, N.M.), and at 8 tonight he will perform at the Springs' own Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com). Tickets range from $43 to $68. — Claire Swinford

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16 Tuesday

music

For those whose tastes run toward the more twee end of the indie-pop spectrum, Canadian band Stars might well be your cup of tea, or maté, or whatever it is you people drink. Fronted by Broken Social Scene refugees Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan, Stars reflect the mellifluous vocal stylings of bands like the Beautiful South and Belle & Sebastian, with just a hint of Morrissey thrown in for good measure. The no-less-sensitive sounds of Denver's Carbon Choir kick off this 8 p.m. show at the Bluebird Theater (3317 E. Colfax Ave. Denver, bluebirdtheater.net). Tickets are $20.75 in advance, $25 at the door, and you must be at least 16. Remember to bring along some Coldplay so you can calm down during the drive home. — Bill Forman

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17 Wednesday

art

Things are changing at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center. Longtime executive director Maggie Divelbiss is stepping down at the end of the year, with new hire Bill Mercer filling the role. But the institution's 43rd annual Own Your Own Holiday Art Show & Sale is carrying on as scheduled, offering fine arts and crafts by local and regional artists at reasonable prices. Head to the Sangre (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, sdc-arts.org) from 5 to 7 tonight for a free public reception to usher in Own Your Own, as well as four new other exhibits for the winter. — Edie Adelstein

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