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click to enlarge Bonnie Raitt

16 Wednesday

music

I imagine Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" has provided the soundtrack for many evenings awash in angsty broken-heartedness, the kind that leaves limp wrists dangling over foreheads in melodramatic despair. If you're drawn regardless to the bluesy, emotive folk-rock singer with an impressive list of Grammy wins and nominations, consider attending her concert at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com), at 8 tonight. No one will judge you for knowing all the lyrics of the aforementioned ballad. — Gracie Ramsdell

click to enlarge Patrick McConnell's Vinylogue

17 Thursday

stage

"Learn how to succeed in life if you're too lazy to work and too scared to steal." That's No. 4 on Patrick McConnell's list of "Top 10 Reasons to see Vinylogue," which happens to be his solo theater performance running tonight through Sunday at the Millibo Art Theatre (1626 S. Tejon St., themat.org). It's actually a coming-of-age tale, told in the language and with the help of '70s pop music, by a local theater professional whom MAT leader Jim Jackson calls a "real record collector." At 7:30 tonight, you can see and hear his performance for just $15; otherwise, shows including Sunday's 2 o'clock matinee cost $20. — Kirk Woundy

click to enlarge Boo at the Zoo

18 Friday

kids & family

Each night of Boo at the Zoo features a special series of animal activities — chances to see critters like the hippos, elephants, meerkats and lions up close. But the stars of this show are the young homo sapiens who will forage for candy throughout Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, cmzoo.org, $10-$15) while donned in their best Halloween plumage. Boo starts today at 4 and runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 27, plus on All Hallow's Eve itself. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge Giant Pumpkin Festival

19 Saturday

holiday

Last year, a dude in Rhode Island grew a pumpkin that weighed just over 2,000 pounds, or a little less than my Hyundai. That bulbous beauty set the record for not only the largest pie filling, but also the largest fruit — ever. Your guess is as good as mine if it will be equaled at the Giant Pumpkin Festival in downtown Old Colorado City (shopoldcoloradocity.com), but I do guarantee booze, food and squash aplenty. The festivities begin at 10 a.m. — Bryce Crawford

click to enlarge Romeo and Juliet

20 Sunday

music

The same day Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev died, the USSR announced that Joseph Stalin was also dead. In the next issue of a leading Soviet music periodical, the first 115 pages were devoted to Stalin, while Prokofiev, of Peter and the Wolf and War and Peace fame, was relegated to page 116. Today though, Prokofiev's genius lives on, and he's one of the two composers to whom the Colorado Springs Philharmonic is devoting this weekend's Romeo and Juliet. Today's concert starts at 2:30 (last night's at 8) at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org, tickets start at $19) and features special guest pianist Martina Filjak and Philharm music director Josep Caballé-Domenech. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge Garrison Keillor

21 Monday

poetry

"To people raised in a railroad shack / It is known as your butt crack. / To people who are more verbally deft / It is known as the gluteal cleft ..." An excerpt from Garrison Keillor's "Thong Song," as seen in his just-published O, What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound. The brain behind A Prairie Home Companion will read from and sign the work at the LoDo Tattered Cover (1628 16th St., Denver, tatteredcover.com) at 7:30 this evening. Visit tiny.cc/t2rs4w for all pertinent details. — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Earl Sweatshirt

22 Tuesday

music

Odd Future collective stars Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler the Creator could hardly have more distinct personas. On Earl's recent "Sasquatch" single, Tyler raps about luring One Direction fans into a truck by plastering puppy signs on it. Earl's follow-up verse might as well be a different song: "Shimmy through the swamp, nigga, follow me through the foxholes." Hear an unadulterated Earl tonight at the Fox Theatre (1135 13th St., Boulder, foxtheatre.com). Tickets for the all-ages show are $20 ($2 more for age under-21 tickets), doors at 8:30. — Bill Forman

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