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16 Thursday

food & drink

Last month, zagat.com listed 30-year public-television celebrity chef Martin Yan's San Francisco restaurant as one of the 17 hottest openings for 2012. According to Zagat, M.Y. China's menu "will feature the modern-day cuisine of Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing, much of which will be prepared in plain sight in a full exhibition kitchen." But you need not fly to San Fran to see Yan: From 2:30 to 4 p.m. today, the Master Chef will be in town demo-ing his mad skills for free at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery (1545 Briargate Blvd., ferguson.com/homeowner). — Kirsten Akens

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17 Friday

music

While M.I.A. clearly had the press wrapped around her middle finger, Randy Travis' Super Bowl behavior generated a few headlines of its own last week. Following a night in jail, the Texas troubadour issued an apology "for what resulted following an evening of celebrating the Super Bowl." According to news reports, police found the musician at 1:30 in the morning, parked in front of a church, with an open bottle of wine. Now, if that's not a party, I don't know what it is. Join in the revelry at 7:30 tonight, for $32.50 to $62.50, in the relative safety of the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com). You'll get to hear Travis sing his hit "Better Class of Losers" once more, with feeling. — Bill Forman

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18 Saturday

music

Unlike Randy Travis, Leigh Nash hasn't been recently arrested. Nash, of '90s lite rock group Sixpence None the Richer, has traversed further and further into the Christian music realm. That doesn't guarantee civil obedience, sure, but I can't quite picture she of "Kiss Me" fame violating an open-container law. So when Nash performs, with Stephanie Pauline opening, at 8 tonight at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com) expect all the sweetness — cloying or otherwise — she's known for. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. — Edie Adelstein

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19 Sunday

stage

In high school, I wrote a two-minute play for my drama class' adaptation of the Neo-Futurists' "30 plays in 60 minutes" idea. (It was a story about a boy being unaware that his bus-bench mates could hear "Barbie Girl" being played on his iPod.) Similar to that model, but with more talent, the Millibo Art Theatre (1367 Pecan St., themat.org) presents its annual Ten Minutes MAX. The variety show of sorts promises theater, music, dancing, comedy and more, all in 600-second acts. Performances started Thursday and run through today, with another weekend of shows starting Feb. 23; tickets are $20, $12 on Thursdays. — Molly Mrazek

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20 Monday

history

In his 1966 Hall of Fame induction speech, Ted Williams famously called out the total lack of Negro League players in the Hall "who are not here only because they weren't given a chance." It was five more years before those players who played separately and unequally were so honored. Of course, the first idea was to award them something other than full Hall membership. But further and better attempts at recognition brought a permanent exhibit about the Leagues, and now its traveling version hits the library at Colorado State University-Pueblo (2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, colostate-pueblo.edu). The Pride and Passion: The African American Baseball Experience is open through March 16 and features lectures, special events and 1,000 square feet of memorabilia that Teddy Ballgame would just love. — Bryce Crawford

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21 Tuesday

food & drink

Wanna learn the proper method for sampling spirits versus wine? Yes, there is one, and those partaking in the inaugural Curious Palate Tasting Club event, from 5:30 to 7 tonight at newly opened Soirée (1003 S. Tejon St., coloradospringsvenue.com), will learn it. Local importer Gov Vaughn presents a historical lecture and whiskey tasting via four distinct samples from Kentucky distiller Four Roses Bourbon, followed by a Mint Julep — all snack-paired, for $25. Following this launch, the second Tuesday of each month will present a new focus, ranging from tequila and sake to beer and wine. RSVP for this one by Sunday, Feb. 19. — Matthew Schniper

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22 Wednesday

stage

With Colorado's Republican caucus behind us, it seems some good ol' GOP-bashing is in order. As part of his "Live from the Starving Ear" 50-states tour, satire songwriter Roy Zimmerman will make a stop at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, theliberalstore.com) for an evening of insightful songs of "Hope, Struggle, and Change." The goal: to ignite sparks from the liberals and progressives of the nation for the upcoming 2012 presidential race. Doors open at 6 tonight for the 7 o'clock show; tickets are $15. — Sara Michael

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