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29 Wednesday

comedy

During a recent Q&A on reddit.com, a man thanked comedian and actor Aziz Ansari for his role as Tom Haverford on the show Parks and Recreation. Haverford's a dapper soul of small stature, prompting user boxofwyn to write, "Now the women working in the boys' department don't ask me if I'm shopping for my son." Sounding vaguely horrified, Ansari immediately fired back: "Yo bro, that was a joke on a TV show, have some respect for yourself." It's that air of pointed confidence that drives the comedian's jokes, which you can catch live, at 7 tonight, at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com). Tickets are $38.50. — Bryce Crawford

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30 Thursday

kids and family

Hustle the kids through their fish sticks and SpaghettiOs, buckle 'em into their seats, then launch the minivan toward the Space Foundation, where the very first Star Days Thursday kicks off at 6. Tyro explorers will encounter Cool Science demonstrations, make a telescope, learn about the water cycle, meet meteorologist Matt Meister and check out a new satellite model exhibit — all of which is better for their wee brains than whatever's on TV. It's at 4425 Arrowswest Drive, and admission is $3 for ages 4 to 17, $9 for adults, with savings for college students, military and seniors, and a dollar-off coupon online. Learn more at spacefoundation.org/museum. — Mary Jo Meade

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31 Friday

art

In commemoration of the Ludlow Massacre's 100th anniversary, GOCA (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., uccs.edu) is bringing together visual artists LaToya Ruby Frazier, Scott Johnson, Dareece Walker, Lane Hall, Lisa Moline and Bradley Flora (who also freelances for the Indy) for Protest, an exhibit that explores shifting lines between the personal and the political. This evening's free opening reception begins with artist talks at 5, followed by a 7 o'clock music and dance performance you can read more about in this week's Reverb column here. The exhibit itself runs through March 22. — Bill Forman

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1 Saturday

sports

Is everyone ready for tomorrow? If you're anything like my orange-and-blue family, we'll barely be able to sleep, much less eat, in advance of the Super Bowl. So perhaps it's best to exorcise our nervous energy at tonight's Pikes Peak Derby Dames 2014 season opener. PPDD's Danger Dolls take on the Candy Snipers at 7 p.m. at the City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St., pikespeakderbydames.breezi.com, $10 in advance, $15 at the door, kids 10 and under free). It's a welcome contact-sport preview, and a chance to hoot and holler without getting in trouble — though this is as good a time as any to be making a disturbance in Colorado. — Edie Adelstein

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2 Sunday

stage

In the late '70s, Woody Allen began branching out from wildly popular comedies into more serious art-house fare, a questionable career move he acknowledges in the Stardust Memories scene where Martians tell him, "We enjoy your films, particularly the early funny ones." Play It Again, Sam, a 1972 film that started out as a Broadway play, is Allen at his comedic best, playing an awkward film critic who turns to an imaginary Humphrey Bogart for dating advice. The stage production at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.) made its debut on Thursday and will continue through Feb. 16. Today's matinee performance begins at 2, and you can find a full schedule and ticket information at csfineartscenter.org. — Bill Forman

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3 Monday

film

"They told us that our son is a hard-to-manage guy. ... They don't know him." While it may be a statement spoken by many a parent, it carries extra weight in American Promise, which follows two black friends through 13 years of schooling in the mostly white world of private independent schools. The movie, made by one boy's Brooklyn-based parents — a filmmaker and a psychiatrist — won a Jury Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and will debut on PBS at 11 tonight. But five hours earlier, at 6, Colorado College's Education Department will also screen American Promise for free at Armstrong Theatre (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., coloradocollege.edu), with light refreshments and a Q&A to follow. — Kirk Woundy

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4 Tuesday

kids and family

Should you visit the Buell Children's Museum (210 S. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, sdc-arts.org, $3-$4 admission) between now and May 31 for Off to See the Wizards: Art & Science, you'll meet Stuffee, a 9-foot-tall human soft sculpture with removable organs. Stuffee's heart beats, and you can feel about inside him for his stomach, lungs and intestines. On the one hand, that sounds terrifying, but on the other, it's a good idea to make ourselves comfortable with, well, ourselves. Translate that over a variety of other fields — weather, space, geocaching, art making — and you can't help but to leave the place a helluva lot smarter. Oh yeah, and your kids will, too. — Edie Adelstein

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