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22 Wednesday

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Tickets went on sale Friday for tonight's performance by comic book god Art Spiegelman and noted saxophonist and composer Phillip Johnston, which means that there may not be many left by now. As we detailed in last week's cover story, Wordless! will combine Spiegelman's studies of wordless novels and Johnston's composing prowess for a hybrid affair that bridges what Spiegelman feels is a gap in our cultural understanding of the intertwined roles of word and picture. So if you're lucky, slap down $5 and be at CC's Cornerstone Art Center (825 N. Nevada Ave., coloradocollege.edu) at 8. If not, you can watch a live-stream broadcast at coloradocollege.edu/live. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge The Importance of Being Earnest

23 Thursday

stage

Noted (and knighted) British playwright Tom Stoppard once said that The Importance of Being Earnest "is important, but it says nothing about anything," which The New Yorker explained in 2011 to mean this: "A play doesn't necessarily have an obligation to convey a moral, social, or political message. ... Shouldn't dazzling language, speed-of-light wit, and the launching of riveting ideas and real or invented historical juxtapositions into a vortex that continues spinning long after the final curtain, suffice?" See for yourself at the new Black Box Theatre (1367 Pecan St., blackboxdrama.com) production of Oscar Wilde's 1895 trivial comedy for serious people. Tickets are $12 at the door. — Bryce Crawford

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24 Friday

food

It's the most noble goddamn thing: taking food from cafeterias and grocery stores that would otherwise go in the trash and biking it to the hungry. No wasted food or fuel. That's the goal of local nonprofit Colorado Springs Food Rescue, started by Colorado College students last fall. You can read more about them in Side Dish on p. 23, but tonight you can also help their cause at a fundraiser at Manitou Bindu (inside the Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., tiny.cc/ps5q9w), starting at 7. There will be live music, spoken word poetry and tapas like vegan vegetable ratatouille and Native American street tacos. Entry is $25, or $20 for KRCC members. — Edie Adelstein

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25 Saturday

words

If I say "S-shaped molding" and "mine entrance" and your brain instantly spits back two four-letter words, you need to clear out your schedule for 8:30 this morning. That's when crossword puzzle-meister Jim Jenista will wrangle a herd of word people intent on proving their mettle in the Pikes Peak Library District's New York Times Crossword Puzzle Challenge. It's free and there will be refreshments and prizes, but only 40 can play, so register online asap at tiny.cc/rxvs9w or by calling any PPLD branch for this tourney that will take place at Ivywild School (1604 S. Cascade Ave., ppld.org, 634-1698). — Mary Jo Meade

click to enlarge Natalie Merchant

26 Sunday

music

From a career perspective, former 10,000 Maniacs vocalist and prestige solo artist Natalie Merchant has been relatively subdued since the years when AOR hits like "These Are Days" and "Jealousy" propelled her to multi-platinum status. A skilled songwriter, the upstate New Yorker is also a fine vocalist — Merchant's "To Sir With Love" duet with Michael Stipe still sounds extraordinary — while her most recent album, which was inspired by stories she read to her daughter, reached No. 1 on Billboard's folk chart. Catch her tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com); showtime is 6:30, tickets are $35 and up. — Bill Forman

click to enlarge Crowned Nuns: Profession Day Imagery in the New World

27 Monday

lecture

I immediately thought of the Family Guy joke — "Lock and load, brides of Christ" — when I read about James Córdova's free talk "Crowned Nuns: Profession Day Imagery in the New World." But as you might imagine, the topic is a little more complex than that. "The nun's betrothal to Christ and symbolic coronation was a central metaphor of convent culture ... Crowns were used in convent funerary rituals as well as ceremonies of profession throughout Europe ..." says the 2006 book Woman and Art in Early Modern Latin America. Córdova will be covering the 18th-century Mexican aspect of the tradition at 7 tonight at Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu). — Bryce Crawford

click to enlarge Ishmael Beah

28 Tuesday

books

Since the Super Bowl looms, and with it inane talk of "battles" among "warriors" in the "trenches," Ishmael Beah picks an opportune time to visit the Tattered Cover Bookstore (1628 16th St., Denver, tatteredcover.com). You might recognize Beah's name as being attached to a 2007 memoir called A Long Way Gone, which The Guardian (U.K.) called "a ferocious and desolate account of how ordinary children were turned into professional killers." Now the former child soldier in Sierra Leone — and poli sci grad from Oberlin College — tours behind his first novel, Radiance of Tomorrow. Arrive by 6:30 for a free numbered ticket for a place in the booksigning line, and to see Beah's presentation at 7:30. — Kirk Woundy

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