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15 Thursday

film

So you're one of the slackers who missed April's fourth annual Indie Spirit Film Festival. That's OK — the organizers are loving, forgiving film freaks who want not for you to be forever ignorant of the fest's greatest gems. Hence tonight's 6 o'clock Best of Indie Spirit 4 showing at Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., ifsoc.org). On display for $4 ($2 with CC ID) are the winners of Best Short (Cold Sore), Feature (Der Sandmann) and Student Short (Marble Rye), adding up to two hours of international cinematic excellence. Think you can make it this time? — Matthew Schniper

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16 Friday

special events

This weekend brings the 36th observance of those International Association of Fire Fighter members who have given their lives in the line of duty. Families from across the country will descend upon Colorado Springs and the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial at Memorial Park (1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., iaff.org) to pay their respects. The official ceremony kicks off tomorrow at 1 p.m., while the unofficial recognition will begin this evening along Tejon Street, when fire fighters take over the pubs and bars and raise glasses to their brethren. — Kirsten Akens

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17 Saturday

special events

"From the climbing wall and giant slide for kids to the authentic German brats, beer and wine, you will find something for everyone at our Rocky Mountain Oktoberfest." So promises the Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce, and sure enough, there's even live music at the Ute Pass Cultural Center (210 E. Midland Ave., woodlandparkchamber.com, $5 to $6 entry, free for under-20) Friday and today. However, if you're not crazy for cover bands and polka, try Aspen Valley Ranch (1150 S. West Road, Woodland Park, ppcf.org/MOTS), where the inaugural Mountain of the Sun Music Festival will run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Almost a dozen Americana acts will play before Crooked Still's 7 o'clock appearance on the main stage. Tickets are $25 to $30, with kids 12 and under admitted free with paid adult. — Kirk Woundy

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18 Sunday

music

Spanish-born Josep Caballé-Domenech has conducted performances all over the world, and now he begins his new role of musical director in Little London. He and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic take the stage at 2:30 today for the second and final performance of their opening weekend: With Titan, "JCD" will conduct the orchestra for Mahler's Symphony No. 1 and Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org). Seniors and students with a valid ID pay $12, and adults pay between $19 and $57. — Ellie Cole

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19 Monday

stage

Did you know "Weird Al" Yankovic has three Grammys? Alan Jackson only has two. Granted, the country god has outsold the satirist by some 30 million records, but still, Alfred Matthew Yankovic's been no slouch, and that run continues with The Alpocalypse Tour, hitting the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) at 7:30 tonight. On a side note, I tried to channel my inner Lisa Czelatdko and score the $40 tickets for free by saying I was their City Council representative, but the box office people just told me they'd still never heard of me, and would I please stop leaving voicemails with the spelling of my last name. — Bryce Crawford

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20 Tuesday

lecture

We all can remember being blown away by movies with a powerful message. For me, a good example would be Stand and Deliver, a 1988 film about a schoolteacher in a volatile Los Angeles high school. It starred Edward James Olmos, who earned an Academy Award nomination for his stirring performance. The actor-director, also named by Hispanic Magazine as America's most influential Hispanic-American, comes to Pueblo today to deliver a 7 p.m. talk, titled "We're All in the Same Gang," as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series at Colorado State University-Pueblo. If he's as good at the OUC Ballroom (2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, free admission, colostate-pueblo.edu) as he is on the big screen, it would be well worth the drive. — Ralph Routon

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21 Wednesday

art

Katja Loher's video installations feel as much like sculpture as they do video art. This is mostly because the Swiss artist projects her works onto balloons, or through glass or liquid. But the quality of her film feels highly textural as well. In her piece, "Why Did the Bees Leave?" on display now at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org), there's a sparkling clarity to the environment in which human figures form words with their bodies and re-create the dances of bees. Examine Loher's efforts, part of Katja Loher's Miniverse, any day but Mondays through Dec. 4. Admission is free for members and $8.50 to $10 for nonmembers. — Edie Adelstein

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