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23 Thursday

Music

There's something inordinately civilized about heading out after work to catch some great local talent for free in a small theater with fine acoustics and conveniently located happy-hour specials. Such are the joys of the more-or-less monthly Showcase at Studio Bee at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com/showcaseatstudiobee). This evening's concert kicks off at 6:45 with Broken Spoke, the indie-country band profiled in these pages Dec. 8 ("God and country," AudioFile). Next up is Route 61, a group fronted by Southern California transplant BJ Estares, whose excellent musical taste — ranging from John Martyn to Furry Lewis — is reflected in his original songwriting. Closing the show is 2 Hour Delay, featuring the harmonies of four Dixie Chick-obsessed teachers from the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind. You can stay for all three and still be home by 9. — Bill Forman

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24 Friday

Sports & Recreation

Last year's American Bouldering Series National Championship brought a few thoughts from photographer Ben Fullerton. Based out of Boulder, both where the competition was held and USA Climbing is headquartered, Fullerton blogged, "I love climbing comps. They're tons of fun to watch, have tons of energy, and you get to watch some of the strongest climbers out there tear down the walls." This year's battle of the national elite hits our neck of the woods, kicking off at 9 this morning (and continuing tomorrow) at the City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St., absnationals.org). Spectating today's qualifiers is free. Tickets for tomorrow's semi-finals and finals are $12.50, getting you full viewing access to, as the scribbling photog puts it, folks who "crush anything they can get their hands on." — Bryce Crawford

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25 Saturday

Food & Drink

At last year's inaugural Winter Bier Fest at the Ute Pass Cultural Center (210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, bierwerks.com), we giggled like schoolgirls at participating brewery Dry Dock's Cock Bock (or at least pretended to), and I fell for the chocolate-banana-bread-evoking Weizenbock from host outfit BierWerks. Back with 10 breweries for Year 2, from noon to 4 today, the fest will surely feature more flavors to love (and maybe laugh about), as well as music by the Big Valley String Band and a Woodland Park Arts Alliance Wine Tasting option for those not into beer. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. — Matthew Schniper

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26 Sunday

Stage

The story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table has been resurrected in numerous ways. The theatrical musical, Camelot, has everything you could want: deceit, love, betrayal, even a bit of jousting. And this is the last day to catch it at the Damon Runyon Theatre (611 N. Main St., Pueblo, runyontheater.org), which hosted final weekend shows Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. before today's 2 p.m. performance. Tickets run $14 to $22. — Molly Mrazek

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27 Monday

Books

For years, Stephen King sat at a cramped desk in a corner of a dusty attic, staring at his empty bottles — sometimes beer, sometimes Listerine, depending on his level of alcoholism at the time — hoping to coax out enough words to write a novel. If that sounds familiar, there is a solution for you that doesn't involve thoroughly abandoning your probable agoraphobic tendencies. The Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group meets once a month to offer critiques that go deeper than, "I liked it." Find the non-genre-specific group tonight at the Citadel Barnes & Noble (795 Citadel Drive East, csfwg.org) from 6 to 9. Bring your drafts, but feel free to leave the mouthwash at home. — Sara Michael

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28 Tuesday

Music

You've got the rest of 2012 to obsess over Mayan prophecy; tonight, ponder the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats. For it was there, in Matthew 25:31-46, that Jesus explained how, come judgment day, the sheep will inherit the kingdom of heaven whilst the goats suffer the eternal fire of damnation. But before all that happens, their incarnations will mingle one last time here on Earth as New Orleans blackened death metal band Goatwhore consorts with our own beloved Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com). Sharing the bills are former Morbid Angel guitarist Erik Rutan's Hate Eternal, San Francisco "atmospheric death metal" act Fallujah, and Cerebral Bore, a band that's not interesting enough to describe. Doors open at 7:30 to souls of all ages who've got $15 to spare. Bonus points for wearing your Venom T-shirt. — Bill Forman

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29 Wednesday

Dance

Like any art form, dance can be categorized by philosophies. Ballet aligns with the ideal of ethereal perfection, while the Martha Graham route is based in the generation of movement out of the torso, thus exerting an earthly power. Now, burlesque is a totally different ballgame, and one that will be juxtaposed with that of Sansara modern dance company for the mashup show Modernesque, happening at 8 tonight at the Zodiac (230 Pueblo Ave., tinyurl.com/modernesque). Watch as the Springs' own Sansara and Peaks and Pasties give separate performances, then come together for a finale. Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the door. — Edie Adelstein

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