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2 Thursday

lecture

"My research focuses on the application of modern ideas in elementary-particle theory to cosmology and astrophysics." So says University of Chicago professor and theoretical astrophysicist Michael S. Turner, the man who coined the term "dark energy," referring to that which supposedly comprises two-thirds of the universe. Hear him deliver "Dark Side of the Universe: Beyond Stars and the Starstuff We Are Made Of" for free at 7:30 tonight in Colorado College's Packard Hall (5 W. Cache la Poudre St., coloradocollege.edu). Note that I made no Star Wars or Pink Floyd references. You're welcome. — Matthew Schniper

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3 Friday

art

Tonight's an art extravaganza, so I won't dally. First up: Bonnie Waugh and Nina Peterson at Modbo and S.P.Q.R. (17B and 17C, E. Bijou St., themodbo.wordpress.com), respectively. Both highly talented painters, their exhibits open with a reception from 5:30 to midnight. Next, self-taught artist Ryan Rosburg at Marmalade at Smokebrush (219 W. Colorado Ave. #210, smokebrush.org). Rosburg hand-blows glass sculptures in the shape of human hearts and hands, some more anatomically creative than others. Drop in between 5 and 9. In Old Colorado City, hit Domino (10 S. 25th St., domino80904.com) for a solo show by Colorado artist Mike Fudge, who draws and paints slick, organic motifs that recall Native American, Indian, psychedelic and graffiti styles. Get a first look between 4 and 8. Anything you can't make tonight will be on display through most or all of the month. — Edie Adelstein

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4 Saturday

sports

I'll never forget the Saturday night of Nov. 12, 1977, when a co-worker took me to my first college hockey game: Colorado College vs. the University of Denver in the old Broadmoor World Arena. It was a life-changing experience, seeing what a real rivalry looked and sounded like. (Octopus thrown on the ice, scuffles in the stands, chants such as "CC sucks," and "Can't spell DUMB without DU.") Emotions today remain strong as ever, and at 7 tonight the Tigers and Pioneers meet for the 283rd time to wrap up their regular-season series at the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd., 520-7469, worldarena.com). Tickets are $14 to $40, but it's advisable to get them ahead of time, because a sellout is likely. — Ralph Routon

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5 Sunday

kids & family

When I was in the fourth grade, my parents took me to see The Little Mermaid On Ice; I thought there could not be a better show in the whole world. Some fourth-grader will be similarly awestruck today by the stage incarnation of the hit show Phineas and Ferb: The Best LIVE Tour Ever! playing at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., ticketswest.com). Tickets run $19 to $62. If you're looking for something more low-key (and less corporate), the St. George and the Dragon puppet show plays four times this weekend, including at 1 and 3 today, at the more intimate Millibo Art Theatre (1367 Pecan St., themat.org); tickets are $10. — Molly Mrazek

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6 Monday

music

When it comes to ska and reggae, Americans and Brits have been ripping off, or, if you prefer, paying homage, to Jamaican music for decades. Along the way, the music has gotten watered down with enough pop-punk to make the Anglo-American version sound even more generic than nature had intended. Still, that hasn't stopped the Expendables from continuing on for well over a decade and touring with plenty of higher-profile stoners. After describing the California band's music as "forced, cookie-cutter and hackneyed," Absolute Punk went on to conclude that "the Expendables clearly have a foot in the door. It's not one that should probably be there though." Still, your mileage may vary, in which case you can go see them at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com) with MTHDS, Through the Roots and Fortunate Youth. Doors open at 7, with tickets $18/adv, $20/door, all ages. — Bill Forman

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7 Tuesday

history

Hasan Davis doesn't need to pretend he's someone else to draw a crowd. According to his website, Davis rebounded from a tough adolescence — punctuated by not one, but two expulsions from college — to earn his law degree, a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship and a spot on the federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice. But he also re-enacts the even more striking story of Angus Augustus Burleigh, a 19th-century slave turned soldier, educator and minister. Today, as part of Colorado Humanities' Black History Live tour, Davis will perform two local shows for the general public: 1:30 at Pikes Peak Community College's Centennial Campus Theater (5675 S. Academy Blvd.), and 5:30 at Stargazers Theatre (10 S. Parkside Drive). Both are free. — Kirk Woundy

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8 Wednesday

lecture

While I associate "virtual reality" with bad '80s sci-fi, Jaron Lanier (Silicon-valley prodigy, scientist, artist and musician) reportedly coined the term and continues to consider "media technology as a grand exploration of unimagined human potential." One of Time's 100 most influential people of 2010, Lanier will be speaking on how technologies like the Xbox Kinect have reinvented virtual reality, and what can be anticipated in the tech future. The hour-long free lecture will begin at 7 at CC's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu). — Sara Michael

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