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click to enlarge So You Think You Can Dance?

13 Wednesday

dance

The American public seems fixated on talent shows, and So You Think You Can Dance? is one of the most popular ones showcasing Yankee talent today, having just wrapped up its 10th season. SYTYCD? (longest acronym ever?) is bringing this year's Top 10 competitors to the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd., worldarena.com) at 8 tonight. Even if you're not a fan of the show, this event promises a remarkable range of dance talent, from hip-hop to ballroom. Tickets run $35 to $55. — Gracie Ramsdell

click to enlarge Haider Hamza

14 Thursday

lecture

You might recognize Haider Hamza from his "Talk to an Iraqi" booth tour, or the 2007 This American Life episode about it. But there are lots of reasons to be in awe of the journalist: He was an employee of the Iraqi Ministry of Information as a 19-year-old; covered every aspect of Saddam Hussein's execution, among other major regional shitstorms; worked for ABC News and Reuters; and won a Fulbright scholarship to study at Columbia University. See Hamza talk today at noon, for free, at the Centennial campus of Pikes Peak Community College (5675 S. Academy Blvd., ppcc.edu), and don't forget tell him what a boss he is (from me). — Bryce Crawford

click to enlarge Salon Showing by Ormao Dance Company

15 Friday

dance

Anyone, even left-brain types like me, can come and discuss "modern dance as they did in the 17th century" at a Salon Showing by Ormao Dance Company. Dancers, choreographers, lighting designers and videographers will delve into "themes of compassion, isolation, heritage, family and fun" at 7:30 tonight (and tomorrow, and Sunday at 2) at Ormao Dance Studio (10 S. Spruce St., ormaodance.org). Tickets are $17 for adults and $7 for seniors, students and kids. — Anna Palmer

click to enlarge Geeks Who Drink's Doctor Who trivia

16 Saturday

drink

Join Whovians today across 20 cities for Geeks Who Drink's Doctor Who 50th anniversary quiz, timed just ahead of the Day of the Doctor special on BBC and in 3D at theaters. Assemble your six-person team, at $5 a head, for a chance to win prizes, and be at Phantom Canyon Brewing Co. (2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., geekswhodrink.com) ahead of the 1 p.m. start. Study up mainly on the new-era episodes, though knowledge of the cult-classic episodes of TV's longest-running sci-fi program will also serve you well. Best of luck, chaps. — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Colorado Springs Philharmonic

17 Sunday

music

"We live in great peace. / We lead angelic lives, / yet have a merry time of it besides." So goes The Heavenly Life, a poem from an old German book of songs, and the basis for composer Mahler's fourth symphony, which the Colorado Springs Philharmonic performs today at 2:30 (and Saturday night at 8). Under the direction of Joseph Caballé-Domenech, and with soprano Jessica Rivera, the symphony will lead the way toward das himmlische Leben at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org, tickets start at $19). — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge James Salter

18 Monday

books

James Salter flew fighter jets in the Korean War, and in this town it feels that must be said — especially since his first two novels, The Hunters and Cassada, are Air Force tales. But Salter's military days represent just one chapter in a story that he's still writing, at age 88: In April, Knopf released All That Is, a novel that The New York Times' Malcolm Jones said "demolished any talk of twilight with a single stroke." There's much to say about Salter, but you can hear the man himself at his Colorado College Visiting Writers Series appearance at 7 tonight in Gates Common Room (1025 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu). — Kirk Woundy

click to enlarge Sesame Street Live's Elmo Makes Music

19 Tuesday

stage

Jim Henson always had a bit of a dark side, from the TV ads in which a Kermit prototype shot people point-blank for drinking the wrong brand of coffee, to the "Menomena" song that reportedly came from an Italian porn movie. Even Tickle-Me Elmo dolls convulsed in a way that uncomfortably suggested epilepsy or exorcism. But rest assured that during performances of Sesame Street Live's Elmo Makes Music today and tomorrow at Memorial Hall (1 City Hall Place, Pueblo, ticket and showtime info at pueblomemorialhall.com), there'll be no Muppets dressed up as juggalos or straddling wrecking balls. At least we hope not. — Bill Forman

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