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15 Thursday

lecture

You can buy a copy of author Bill Reich's historical book Colorado Railroad Ice Houses on eBay for $9.33, or you can just hit the Palmer Lake Town Hall (42 Valley Crescent, Palmer Lake, palmerdividehistory.org) at 7 tonight and catch the whole thing from the man himself. On behalf of the Palmer Lake Historical Society, Reich will relate his research into the icehouses that used to dot depot stops "to replenish the ice necessary to keep their customers' perishable items from spoiling in transit." The talk is free, and includes refreshments — if desired, I imagine a little extra ice will be no problem. — Bryce Crawford

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16 Friday

art

The Indy first wrote about Liz McCombs back in 2009, when the artist and baker displayed her cute-meets-creepy artwork at Terra Verde. McCombs talked about how she enjoys people touching her artwork, part of the reason she got into jewelry design. Now McCombs is bringing her latest to Commonwheel Artists Co-op (102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, commonwheel.com) for Dreamscapes. Besides her takes on fantasy and imaginary worlds, you'll get those of Phil Wassell, whose trippy, ultra-detailed drawings look like a mixture of Peter Max and Michael Hague. Stop by from 5 to 8 today for an opening reception, or anytime before the show's close April 16. — Edie Adelstein

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17 Saturday

holiday

I’ve barely got the space to tell you all that’s happening on St. Patty’s. There’s the parade down Tejon Street starting at noon. If you’re more a doer than a watcher, there’s Pedaling for St. Pat’s, a $25, 31.7-mile bike ride at 8:30 a.m. beginning at America the Beautiful Park (126 Cimino Drive, csstpats.com), or the 5K on St. Patrick’s Day at 10 a.m., starting from Acacia Park (115 E. Platte Ave., csgrandprix.com) and costing $26 to $30. If boozing’s a priority — and who are we kidding here — at 7 p.m., The Broadmoor’s getting its party on with music, entertainment and one drink for $10 (with proceeds benefiting Friends of Cheyenne Cañon), an Irish dinner buffet for $20 more, plus a full bar in Colorado Hall (1 Lake Ave., broadmoordining.com). Look for more parties and shenanigans in Playing Around here. — Bryce Crawford

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18 Sunday

dance

If you're not ready to abandon Irish-style revelry for the weekend, grab your shillelagh and head to Coronado High School (1590 W. Fillmore St., celticsteps.org) for An Enchanted Evening With Celtic Steps with members of the cast of Lord of the Dance, starting at 6:30, for $11.50 per person. Or if you're feeling a little too green from last night, the Ballet Society of Colorado Springs will host its Winter Showcase at 4 at the City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St., danceinthesprings.com), with performances from Swan Lake and Broadway shows to soothe the most savage of headaches. Tickets are $12. — Sara Michael

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19 Monday

crafts

Sticks and strings come together on Mondays with the Knitwits & Hookers, a local group of crafty and hilarious knitters and crocheters. (Meetup details vary; find them on Facebook at tinyurl.com/knitwitsandhookers.) Its project posts on ravelry.com tell the story: a woven ball of knitted loops; winter hats with knitted beard attachments; a lovely, yet unexpectedly challenging "lacy cap-sleeve top" with the note, "DONE. OH MY GOD I NEVER WANT TO KNIT THIS AGAIN." Even if scarves and potholders are more your game, give this group a try; maybe you can make your own bearded beanie. — Edie Adelstein

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20 Tuesday

stage

My wife scoffs at the breathlessness of sporting events like March Madness, with TV announcers lauding "warriors" who "do battle" for "ultimate" glory. I often scoff back at her inability to appreciate pure (cough, cough) human drama. But tonight, the Pikes Peak Library District's ongoing Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives programming leaves me no choice but to smarten up. At 7, the New York-based Aquila Theatre group will be running through staged readings of scenes from Greek classics, then giving way to a town hall-style discussion about the similarities between ancient heroes and today's military veterans. Head to East Library (5550 N. Union Blvd., ppld.org) for a shot of perspective before the Sweet 16 gets underway on Thursday. — Kirk Woundy

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21 Wednesday

music

In 2009, my wife, daughter and I saw Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles in Denver. (We had missed it here.) We sang until we were hoarse, which was the case by intermission. And I might have been slightly off-key, because after the break, two couples sitting to our right moved to worse seats in another section. Still, the entire show was amazing, especially the renditions of such difficult songs as "A Day in the Life," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and "I am the Walrus," as well as selections from Abbey Road with nostalgic videos as a backdrop. At 7:30 tonight, the show returns to Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com), with tickets from $33 to $55.50. Save your voice, or it won't last long. — Ralph Routon

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