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27 Wednesday

lecture

The big name in tonight's 7 o'clock panel at Colorado College's Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., coloradocollege.edu) is Richard Dawkins. Yes, the internationally known atheist, evolutionary biologist and author of everything from The Selfish Gene to The God Delusion to his most recent The Magic of Reality, will be here with three of his compatriots to discuss religious agendas in public schools. More specifically, the conversation will revolve around the Child Evangelism Fellowship's Good News Clubs. (We don't actually have any here in the Springs; why we don't, in such a heavily religious community, might be an interesting question to ask.) Tickets are $10 and available at rdf-ticketing.myshopify.com. — Kirsten Akens

click to enlarge Poet Jim Moore

28 Thursday

books

By now, the name Jim Moore should sound familiar to you. The poet and guest professor has been part of Colorado College's Visiting Writers Series for several years, and he returns again at 7 this evening in the Gates Common Room (1025 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu) for a free reading. Moore earned a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2012 following the 2011 release of Invisible Strings; New and Selected, his eighth compilation, is expected later this year. Read his bio on Guggenheim's website for a taste of what informs his work, including time spent incarcerated as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War and the witnessing of a terrorist attack at a U.S. airport. Heady stuff, fit for a poet's hands and your ears. — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge painting of cowboy on a horse with other horses

1 Friday

art

From 5 to 8 tonight, and for free, more than 30 artists will be Representing the West at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Sante Fe Ave., Pueblo, sdc-arts.org), in a reprise of what the Sangre calls one of its "most anticipated shows." If you're looking for a lesser-known quantity, stay in town and head over to the Modbo (17C E. Bijou St., themodbo.wordpress.com) for works by artists Logan Bartlett and Monique Viger, with Cole Bennett and Shannon Dunn right next door at S.P.Q.R. Those also free shows will begin at 5:30 and will roll on until midnight, with live music beginning at 8 from Chela Lujan, Desirae Garcia and Briffaut. — Miguel Bustamante

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2 Saturday

dance

To butcher a little Shakespeare: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to shake and shimmy them hips, or to have them shimmied and shaken at thee, that is the question. And if it's not now, it will be at Purple Haze, today's live belly dance performance at Zodiac (230 Pueblo Ave., 632-5059), which gets things jigglin' at 8. The $8 tickets offer live music from Roma Ransom and entertainment from a variety of '60s-themed luminaries. Just heed Hendrix's observation: "Purple haze all around / Don't know if I'm comin' up or down / Am I happy or in misery / Whatever it is, that girl put a spell on me." — Bryce Crawford

click to enlarge Joe Ely

3 Sunday

music

Joe Ely may not have been the biggest name joining Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band during their performance at last year's SXSW festival, but it's easy to see why the Texas singer-songwriter was among the most respected. He toured with the Clash and sang backup vocals on "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" He collaborates with Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock as the Flatlanders, whom American Songwriter recently hailed as the "founding fathers of Americana." And his 2011 release, Satisfied at Last, snuck onto Billboard's Heatseekers and Country charts (at Nos. 18 and 46, respectively), a rare accomplishment for a self-released album. Ely plays the Soiled Dove Underground (7401 E. First Ave., Denver, soileddove.com) at 7 this evening for $20 to $25. — Bill Forman

click to enlarge Japanese woodcut prints

4 Monday

art

If the names Hokusai, Hiroshige, Kuniyoshi and Kunisada mean anything to you, I have good news: Artwork from these masters of Japanese woodblock prints are now on display in Boulder, by way of the CU Art Museum (1085 18th St., cuartmuseum.colorado.edu), which holds the pieces in its permanent collection. This is unusual, given that geographic location often determines a museum's holdings and we couldn't be farther from Japan. However, that doesn't mean From Cherry Blossoms to Snow Gardens: The Floating World of Japanese Prints will be up for long, just through March 23. So whether or not you're much of fan, know that like all things ukiyo-e, this exhibit is just passing through. No fee, suggested donation of $5. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge Sumerian Records' Battle of the Bands

5 Tuesday

music

It is written that, from the fires of Beelzebub, a fortune teller forged a prophecy, that from the lips of the devil will be uttered the Last Words of the Apocalypse, and he will say "All Promises Aside, our Vital Malice will give way to Aesthetic Delirium Till We Rise and Awaken the Prophets, and they will chant 'From Ashes We Rise to Restore All Vengeance.'" What this sentence means I really don't know, but it was a clever way to list the eight metal bands performing in the Sumerian Records Battle of the Bands tonight at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com, $10). Doors at 5, all ages admitted. — Matthew Grieson

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