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click to enlarge statio hiberna/winter stasis Ensemble Peak FreQuency concert

13 Wednesday

lecture

I've always had a touch of synesthesia, in that I perceive numbers and months as entities with personalities, or dates and years with unique spatial positions. Similarly, music is a visual experience for me and that means I'd fit right in at tonight's statio hiberna/winter stasis Ensemble Peak FreQuency concert happening at 7 p.m. at GOCA 121 (121 S. Tejon St., #100, tinyurl.com/bx7xtmm). For a $10 donation, you'll start with a pre-concert talk at 6:45, followed by a multimedia presentation from Karen Bentley Pollick, who will incorporate the works of Ofer Ben-Amots, Jeffrey Harrington and others into "Violin, Viola & Video Virtuosity." After that, local composer Glen Whitehead will premiere his piece, Equipoise ("breath in repose"), with even more music and art to follow. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge Valentine's Day

14 Thursday

holiday

It being Valentine's Day, there's no shortage of venues offering specials expressly designed for you and your significant other. For instance, The Blue Star offers you the chance to "spend the evening falling in love" over monk fish with lobster sauce; the Margarita at PineCreek has a six-entrée menu with enough dessert to induce a sugar coma. Yet join me in laying waste to any of that pre-planning/reservation form and find yourself at Swirl Wine Bar (717 Manitou Ave., #102, Manitou Springs, swirlismybar.com) tonight for an evening of $5 Cupid concoctions and super-special Valentine's Day cupcakes. So leave the suit and tie at home and rock that (clean) Metallica T-shirt. — Miguel Bustamante

click to enlarge Victor Steampunk Festival

15 Friday

festival

It lacks lace and leather, cool gadgets and Victorian flair, but Fritz Lang's 1927 film Metropolis is considered to be the earliest precursor of the steampunk genre. It shares its highly stylistic appeal and retro-futuristic technology, though it hardly has that League of Extraordinary Gentlemen feel. Nonetheless, you can watch the film (in its original German) at tinyurl.com/ayf7vdu, then get your more familiar Wells-Lovecraft-whathaveyou fill at the Victor Steampunk Festival, a packed weekend — starting today — of art shows, performances, a Nikola Tesla living history talk, a broomball game, gold mine tours and more. Find the whole schedule online at victorcolorado.com/events.htm. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge Casablanca

16 Saturday

music

Add one part world's most dangerous man to equal parts impoverished love, criminals, fugitives and impossible escape, and you have Casablanca. Then kick it up a notch by way of projection on the big screen with live musical accompaniment by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. That's the equation set up for 8 tonight with the Philharmonic's Pops performance at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com). Tickets run $19 to $59. — Matthew Grieson

click to enlarge Colorado Indulgence Festival

17 Sunday

food

Last November's Colorado Indulgence Festival raised $3,000 for the Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area while stylishly stuffing some 800 faces with top-of-the-line truffles, killer cupcakes, gelato, cookies, chocolate martinis, beer, wine and pretty much all things sugary and alluring. The second indulgent incarnation of sampling splendiferousness runs from 1 to 5 today at the Antlers Hilton (4 S. Cascade Ave., indulgencefestival.com), with a VIP option ($100, $170 per couple) earning entry an hour earlier plus a loaded gift bag and private demos. Regular tickets are $70, $120 per couple; guests must be 21 or older. — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge "The Responsible Company: What We've Learned From Patagonia's First 40 Years"

18 Monday

talk

Maybe you saw the ads in the New York Times a few months ago: "Don't Buy This Jacket," showing Patagonia's popular R2 fleece. If you did, you probably read further to discover that Patagonia itself was behind them. Find out how the much-loved, oft-emulated California company manages to combat consumerism even as it peddles product when marketing VP Vincent Stanley talks at 11:15 a.m. today at Colorado College's Armstrong Theatre (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., coloradocollege.edu). His free presentation, "The Responsible Company: What We've Learned From Patagonia's First 40 Years" is based on the book of the same name, which Stanley recently wrote with Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard. — Kirk Woundy

click to enlarge 1913 Liberty Head nickel

19 Tuesday

museum

Here's a list of real things more common than a 1913 Liberty Head nickel: red diamonds, William Shakespeare's actual signature, a Honus Wagner T206 baseball card. Here's a list of fake ones, according to a snappy commenter on Yahoo! Answers: "a good man"; "an honest politician"; "a hippie that doesn't smoke dope." All good things, all apparently more common than the five-cent coin, of which only five are known to exist. The last time one was sold, it went for $3.7 million. At the Money Museum (818 N. Cascade Ave., money.org), one of the famous nickels will be on display Tuesdays through Saturdays through April 15, when it will leave on a national tour. Admission is $4 to $5, free for kids 12 and under. — Bryce Crawford

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