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3 Thursday

film

Just as you start to believe your self-pity is warranted, count on seeing a documentary that proves you wrong. Daniel Birman filmed a truly tragic story in Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story. This doc surrounds the murder Cyntoia Brown committed at 16, and her experience within a criminal justice system that tried her as an adult. In short, abusive substitute parents stole her youth; the courts, the rest. Screenings at Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu) begin at 6 and 8. Admission is free — which, for at least another half-century, is something that can't be said for Cyntoia. — Eric Calder

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4 Friday

art

According to early 20th-century Italian Futurist painter and composer Luigi Russolo, noise was absent from the world until the Industrial Revolution. Before that, he argues, the only exceptions were short spurts of music and sounds from natural occurrences like waterfalls and storms. For curator Valerie Brodar, Russolo's manifesto highlights the historical and hard-to-believe undercurrent for the art show Breaking the Sound Barrier: sonic art 1860-2011. At the opening from 6 to 9 tonight at GOCA 121 (121 S. Tejon St., galleryuccs.org) and through April 15, 14 artists will display their take on audio art. — Edie Adelstein

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5 Saturday

music

To all six people who've ever wondered how classical music might sound if the conductor was totally hammered: Have we got an event for you. Tonight brings the Battle of the Batons, wherein nine well-known locals will take turns conducting the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. The competition, such as it is, promises to be a knock-down, drag-out affair between people like business leader Phil Lane, news anchor Lisa Lyden and young actress Mallory Hybl. Catch their "barely rehearsed orchestral tours de force" at 8 at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) for $12 to $18. Bring earplugs if you must, but also a critical eye — your judging will help determine a winner. — Kirk Woundy

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6 Sunday

kids

Tired of taking the kids to the movies just to see overly computer-generated animation, combined with needless 3-D? (Did I say Tron: Legacy?) There'll be no need to don those pesky glasses at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) for Disney Live: Mickey's Magic Show. This family spectacular will feature all the kids' favorites, including Minnie, Jasmine, Belle, Alice of Wonderland, Donald and Goofy. See the afternoon show at 12:30, or later at 3. Tickets range from $19 to $55. — Matt Ruppert

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7 Monday

film

Monday mornings are never the most uplifting of times, so why not continue the festivities after work, and swing over to the Stargazers Theatre and Events Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com) for the latest installment in the World War II Film Festival? Coming Home Alive is the fourth film in the series, which is organized by the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum to coincide with its current WWII exhibits. Curtains open at 6:30 for the true story of Rishel "Rick" White, an American POW in Germany struggling to do the film title justice. Admission is a $5 donation per person, plus one non-perishable food item. And remember, your office Mondays will never suck as bad as Rick's did. — Claire Jencks

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8 Tuesday

music

Jazz has always had its fringe strains: The avant-garde expressions of Lester Bowie and Ornette Coleman, the punk-jazz explorations of James Chance & the Contortions, the illbient inclinations of DJ Spooky. The Dead Kenny G's are most closely associated with their more famous collaborators — Les Claypool, Charlie Hunter and Stanton Moore — although the Seattle trio avoids the virtuosity-for-the-sake-of-it that can drive those artists dangerously close to the brink of '70s fusion. Instead, this sax-and-keyboard-dominated band unleashes the ungodly forces of free jazz and pure punk, tethered with outrageous and sometimes intelligent humor. Now approaching its seventh year, the group insists it can't disband while Kenny G still lives. The show starts at 9 at the Fox Theatre (1135 13th Street, Boulder, foxtheatre.com) with Supercollider and Nuns of Brixton opening. Tickets are $8 advance, $10 door, an additional $2 if you're under 21. (Hey, life is hard.) — Bill Forman

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9 Wednesday

lecture

Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin has been through a lot, but he still may deserve the title of Most Tone-Deaf U.S. Politician. In 2006, when racial tensions were boiling, he said, "This city will be a majority African-American city. It's the way God wants it to be." When asked in 2007 why the post-Katrina murder rate was so high, he said, "It's not good for us, but it also keeps the New Orleans brand out there." At 7 tonight, he'll probably address neither topic in a free (and likely wildly optimistic) talk, titled "New Orleans Revival: Rainbow After the Storm," at the Occhiato University Center (2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, colostate-pueblo.edu) on the Colorado State University-Pueblo campus. — Bryce Crawford

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