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click to enlarge Doin' the Lindy Hop

20 Wednesday

dance

Enough already with the Harlem Shake. According to dancing.org, the Lindy Hop is "the authentic Afro-Euro-American Swing dance," and its evolution through the first half of the 20th century moved directly through Harlem — decades before its now-memed successor. And it's continued to move: Today, you can find Midwest Lindyfests, Denver's annual Lindy on the Rocks, and even classes at Movement Arts Community Studio (525 E. Fountain Blvd., #150, movementartscs.com). Under the title of Progressive Blues, tonight's class begins at 8:30 and costs $15, though you can spend $30 and sign up for a series. — Kirk Woundy

click to enlarge Sir James Galway and his flute.

21 Thursday

music

James Galway — the Man with the Golden Flute, as people we've never met apparently call him — is so down with that little rod of joy he's even got his own line of edge-blown aerophones. He's a handsome dude, too, like a baby-faced Sean Connery. And we're sure, for a variety of reasons, that he would never stoop to such band-camp shenanigans as those revealed in that musical classic American Pie. No, Sir Galway is a consummate professional, and possibly the most successful solo flautist ever. Catch him performing with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) at 8 tonight — tickets start at $69 — and don't forget to bring a pedestal for that dropped jaw. — Bryce Crawford

click to enlarge The Dunwells

22 Friday

music

The Dunwells may not be household names, at least not beyond their own households, but don't count them out just yet. England's influential NME described the fledgling Leeds band as a "must-see" act, while the Americana-inclined No Depression called them the breakout band at last year's International Folk Alliance conference. And then there's the single "I Could Be a King," a radio-ready indie-pop anthem with just enough soaring wordless harmonies, old-time banjo picking and Winston Churchill samples to win over fans of the Mumfords, Arcade Fire and WWII. You can catch them at 8 tonight in the intimacy of the Pikes Peak Center's Studio Bee (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) for $20/advance, $25/door with Bronze Radio Return opening. — Bill Forman

click to enlarge Knuffle Bunny

23 Saturday

theater

Three actors, two puppeteers and giant dancing laundry — that's how you show what a little girl endures when she loses her most beloved stuffed animal during a family trip to the Laundromat. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical opened Thursday and runs through the end of the month as part of the Second Stage Series in the Music Room at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org/silverseason/second-stage.html). Tonight's performance starts at 6, with tickets at $15. — Matthew Grieson

click to enlarge promotional art for Marisol, by Puerto Rican playwright Jose Rivera

24 Sunday

stage

Imagine Maria from West Side Story living in the New York from Inception, during a war straight out of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series, then setting out on a The Warriors-like adventure to find her friend. I wish I could claim this as a creation from some dark recess of my otherwise unimaginative mind, but these are elements of Marisol, a play by Puerto Rican playwright José Rivera. He earned the Off-Broadway Award for the work in 1993, and tonight it'll be performed at THEATREdART (128 N. Nevada Ave., theatredart.org), beginning at 8. It's $10 general admission, $5 for students. — Miguel Bustamante

click to enlarge A still image by film animator Hayao Miyazaki

25 Monday

lecture/film

Animator Hayao Miyazaki has been part of producing brilliant and beautiful films since the early '60s. Castle in the Sky, Princess Mononoke (which won Japan's Academy Award equivalent) and Spirited Away are just a few that have piqued my interest — in particular for his smart and scrappy young female protagonists. Today Colorado College (coloradocollege.edu) hosts not one but two free Miyazaki-related events. At the first, from 11:15 a.m. to noon, Tufts University academic Susan Napier will present "Tapestries of Apocalypse: From Angers to 'Nausicaa' and Beyond," which includes her ongoing research on the man and his works, in Armstrong Theatre (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.). The second is a 4 p.m. showing of his 2008 film Ponyo, in the Cornerstone Arts Center Screening Room (825 N. Cascade Ave.). — Kirsten Akens

click to enlarge A meerkat at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

26 Tuesday

pachyderms

In January I got a peek at the new, $13.5 million Encounter Africa exhibit at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, cmzoo.org). I walked the fancy sky bridge, spied the black rhino, and watched elephants throw sand over themselves in the impressive new elephant barn. Fun stuff. And now you can check it out during the work-in-progress preview that runs through April 30, prior to more features like a 20-foot waterfall and elephant pool opening. We're still on winter hours, which means 9 to 5 (last admission at 4), and off-season admission prices ($7.25 to $14.25). — Matthew Schniper

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