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11 Wednesday

fun and games

When I was between the ages of 6 and 13, rock-paper-scissors was the way most important decisions were made. And now it's time to brush up on those skills: The first-ever nonprofit Ultimate Rock-Paper-Scissors Challenge Tournament is throwing down at 5:30 tonight at Bristol Brewing Company in the Ivywild School (1604 S. Cascade Ave., tiny.cc/vnwk7w). You can join the UpaDowna or Colorado Springs Public Market teams, both of which are part of this year's Indy Give! campaign. Find beer, prizes and some stiff competition at this free event. — Gracie Ramsdell

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12 Thursday

poetry

Even if you've never encountered Tony Hoagland's poetry, you can get a sense of its droll irreverence from watching his interviews on YouTube. In one, he likens his old University of Iowa classmates to people who'd just been diagnosed with leukemia: "They were writing poems about their own funerals, they were writing poems about looking at the trees and seeing death, they were all dressed entirely in black — this was before anti-depressants." Even in its darkest moments, nothing in collections like Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty will be mistaken for Plath's "Daddy" or Eliot's "Wasteland." Erudite yet unpretentious, Hoagland's thought-provoking, razor-sharp wit is sure to be a highlight of Colorado College's Visiting Writer Series. His free talk begins at 7 tonight in Palmer Hall's Gates Common Room (1025 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607). — Bill Forman

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13 Friday

stage

If it's been a while since you've been spooked on a Friday the 13th, make up for lost time tonight at the Cornerstone Arts Center's black box theater (825 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu). Hell, there are certain theater people who won't even say "Macbeth" inside a theater, instead referring to it just as "the Scottish play" because of a belief that the title is cursed. Now we get the Colorado College Theatre and Dance Department putting on a version, with two dozen students, that promises a "very different, new look." It starts at 8 with a second show at 10, and runs just $5 for the public, free for those with a CC ID. — Kirk Woundy

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14 Saturday

art

According to Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center museum director Blake Milteer, Ellen O'Brien's artwork "truly captures the spirit of adventure, skill, mystery and experimentation that drove art forward from the mid-20th century on." Milteer, of course, hits the nail on the head. It's high time more people know about O'Brien, who died in October. After all, she worked in the studio of Fernand Léger and taught art in the Springs for 30-plus years. See the beautiful results of her labor and extraordinary talent when the FAC (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org; free for members, $8.50-$10 for nonmembers) debuts Ellen O'Brien: The Prevalence of Line today. It's up through March 16. — Edie Adelstein

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15 Sunday

arts and crafts

There's a long history in burlesque of dancers themselves either taking something and turning it into sexy, or taking sexy and turning it into scandalous. "Never hit the stage in something that is not altered," performer Cherie Blondell told an Ohio newspaper in June. "Get creative: Burlesque is hyperbole." So with all those sewing skills floating around, it's no surprise that a group like Handmade Harlots — the craft-happy arm of Peaks and Pasties — would throw out jewelry, hair decorations and knitted pieces left and right. See exactly how much at its Holiday Craft Fair. Starting at 2 p.m. at Zodiac (230 Pueblo Ave., 632-5059), the free event also features vintage clothing, photography, cocktails and more, all from your favorite gyrating couturier. — Bryce Crawford

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16 Monday

holidays

I remember as a kid my parents bundling me up in layers, Randy's-snowsuit-in-A Christmas Story-style, as we made the annual visit to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's Electric Safari (4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, cmzoo.org). Lo and behold, the event featuring more than 1 million lights and 40 animated light sculptures is happening again, for the 23rd year, now through Jan. 1 (except Christmas Eve). With zookeeper talks and Santa Claus — but only select indoor animal exhibits — you'd better go get that snowsuit. Visit the website for times and ticket prices. — Anna Palmer

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17 Tuesday

art

An interesting aspect of Spanish Colonial art is the way images of the Virgin of Guadalupe, for example, are nearly all identical. Artists in the New World wanted to copy as closely as possible the images they worked from; they weren't so much artists as they were craftsmen helping spread Catholicism. But that's just one part of a vast story about European Catholic imagery and how it moved from South America to the Southwestern U.S. Peek at such works in the I.D.E.A. Space's Devotional Cultures: Spanish Colonial Art in the Southwest at 4:30 today (825 N. Cascade Ave., tiny.cc/rbpo7w). On Dec. 20, the gallery will close until Jan. 20 for winter break. After that, it will reopen and display through March 8. — Edie Adelstein

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