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29 Thursday

art

As you read this, writers, publishers, designers and enthusiasts of chapbooks (booklets of prose or poetry) are gathering in New York City for the 2012 Chapbook Festival. This three-year-old affair features a book sale, panel discussions and workshops over several days. But the founder of one major industry publisher, Ugly Duckling Presse, won't be there. That's because Matvei Yankelevich is here, working with Colorado College students on letterpress printing and overseeing The Chapbook in the 21st Century: Efficiency/Excess/Ephemerality, an exhibit at Coburn Gallery (902 N. Cascade Ave., theideaspace.com). It kicks off today with an opening reception from 4:30 to 6 and runs through April 17. — Edie Adelstein

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30 Friday

On a summer day in 1968 (yes, that makes me old, but I was only a teenager), I drove with a friend to Shreveport, La., and bought tickets to see the Jimi Hendrix Experience that night. For $10 each, we lucked into third-row seats. Just feet away, Hendrix attacked his Stratocaster like nothing I had ever seen, from "Purple Haze" to "Manic Depression" to "Fire" and "Foxy Lady." To this kid, a keyboardist in a rock-and-soul band, it was a religious experience. At 8 tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com, $49.50-$69.50), the Experience Hendrix Tribute Tour will relive many of Jimi's classics, with a band including such talents as Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Billy Cox, Dweezil Zappa and more. It might not be $10 a pop, and it won't be the real Jimi, but it'll bring back '68, just the same. — Ralph Routon

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31 Saturday

dance

According to relationship-change data recently released by the social network (and reported by the San Francisco Chronicle), in the last two years more couples made it "Facebook official" on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays than any other day. Now, I'm thinking that sounds like the result of a mighty fine weekend, and that's exactly what Sansara Modern Dance Company is going to help you with tonight with Sessions: Stories of Love, Hate and Everything In-Between at THEATREdART (128 N. Nevada Ave., sansara.movement@gmail.com). If you missed last night's show, grab a lovely other and see relationship-oriented gyrations at 6 or 9; tickets are $12 to $15. Later, head to the Zodiac (230 Pueblo Ave.) for an afterparty with Peaks and Pasties burlesque troupe, just $5 with a Sessions program. — Bryce Crawford

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1 Sunday

Earth Month

The only fools today, and every day for that matter, are those fools that don't practice sustainable behavior. (Zing!) All the rest of us greener-than-thou earth lovers will be at the Pikes Peak Earth Day Kickoff Party at Stargazers Theatre and Events Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com), starting at 6. A $10 suggested donation benefits Pikes Peak Earth Day, as does $2 of each Bristol Brewing Co. beer sale. You'll also find music, sustainably produced food and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's Zoomobile, with live animals on display. After all, it's partially about them — right, fools? — Matthew Schniper

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2 Monday

poetry

In high school, I suffered through six semesters of Latin. Learning a dead language seemed, to me, the epitome of pointless, but perhaps not: Tonight, to celebrate April as National Poetry Month, Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Jim Ciletti is presenting All City All Voices, a multicultural, bilingual poetry event. So whether you know the tongue of the ancient Romans or a more modern language, bring your poems to the Carnegie Room at the Penrose Library (20 N. Cascade Ave., RSVP to jimciletti@comcast.net or 634-2367) and share your art in both English and your ethnic language. Ars artis gratia! — Sara Michael

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3 Tuesday

music

Is that a Vespa between your legs, or are you just happy to see the Skatalites? If you're one of the rudeboy revivalists at today's celebrations of vintage scooters and first-wave ska, it's most likely both. A '60s Jamaican band that virtually defined ska, the Skatalites pioneered an upbeat pre-reggae sound that's arguably had more revivals than any musical genre since. They backed the legendary Prince Buster and had their own hit with "Guns of Navarone." And while seven of the nine founding members are dead, their music lives on through original saxophonist Lester "Ska" Sterling's current outfit. The Skatalites will do a 5 p.m. in-store meet-and-greet at Sportique Scooters (1834 E. Platte Ave.), complete with barbecue and dancing. Later in the evening, they'll be playing just up the street at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com, $12/adv, $15/door), with Offbeat Revolution and the Denver Vintage Reggae Society opening the 8 p.m., all-ages show. And in between, at 7, there'll be an hour-long scooter ride connecting the two points, presumably by a circuitous route. — Bill Forman

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4 Wednesday

lecture

Attention, lovers of beta particles and bow ties: Bill Nye — yes, the "Science Guy" — is at UCCS' Gallogly Event Center (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., tinyurl.com/billnyeatuccs). The campus is hosting several student-only events aimed at celebrating academic achievement throughout the campus, but the public is invited to attend Nye's campus-wide, Wednesday night address at 7. A UCCS rep says the show is officially sold out, but there still may be a few tickets floating around, so put on your thinking caps and see if you can dig any up. Face value is $7, or $3 if you're a student. — Bret Wright

poetry

Luka "Lesson" Haralampou is a pretty impressive Greek-Australian. He has traveled the world reading his poetry and rapping his songs; he's an instructor of Indigenous Studies at Monash University in Australia; he's the Australian Poetry Slam winner for 2011; and he's releasing his first book and album this year. Themes prominent in Haralampou's oeuvre include marginalized young people — see: "Please Resist Me" — and his Greek background ("Athena"). He'll share his thoughts and words locally at tonight's Word Wednesday at V Bar (19 E. Kiowa St., wordofmouthent.com) from 8 to 10. There's a $5 cover charge. — Molly Mrazek

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