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12 Wednesday

dance

I recently traveled through Seoul and learned from a friend that the swing dance scene there remains super vibrant and active, perhaps among the top scenes globally, making me wish I'd kept pace since first learning here 15 years ago. If you, too, are rusty — or just brand new — check out The Loft (2506 W. Colorado Ave., loftmusicvenue.com) tonight, where a beginner lesson starts at 7:30 and open dance at 8. Entry is $10 at the door ($8 online), and part of the venue's updated programming of swing dances the second and fourth Wednesdays, monthly. Prepare thine self for some serious aerials, stateside or abroad. — Matthew Schniper

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13 Thursday

pre-holiday

When you're broke, Valentine's Day feels like just another bill. But maybe that's because we're all just bored with the routine romantic dinners and heart-shaped chocolate boxes. How about taking that cash elsewhere and attending Inside/Out Youth Services' two-night dance at the Ivywild School (1604 S. Cascade Ave., tiny.cc/b7qtax)? Tonight's the Love Curses All Stag Party, a chance to share your worst break-up stories and to creatively destroy photos of your exes. Tomorrow, it's the Love Cures All Straight Friendly Valentine's Dance, for the happier set (coupled or not). Tickets for each are $15, and they benefit Inside/Out. Sweet, no? — Edie Adelstein

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14 Friday

kids & family

No judgment here if you want to drop your child off for a kid-free date night at a place teeming with enormous-clawed carnivores. (I kid! ... They're in cages!) Seeing as how the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, cmzoo.org) wants to entertain your spawn, 5 years old or above, for a Night Owl Moonlight Safari from 5 to 9 tonight, you may as well have them fed a hot dog and salad (to fatten them up for the bears of course ... still kidding!) before they take a closely guided zoo tour. Cough up the $25.25 ($20.25/members) for your own quiet night. (You won't even hear the screams ...) — Matthew Schniper

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15 Saturday

kids & family

According to the Defenders of Wildlife nonprofit, as many as 2 million bighorn sheep roamed North America in the early 1800s. Today, that number has fallen to fewer than 70,000. Since we're lucky enough to have a few in Garden of the Gods, consider paying respect by attending the park's ninth annual Bighorn Sheep Day. Presented by the city's Convention and Visitors Bureau, the free event gives you a chance to track down the sheep using high-power telescopes. Cookies and cider, along with kids' activities and crafts and live zoo animals, await; arrive at 10 at the GOG Visitors Center (1805 N. 30th St., gardenofgods.com). — Kirk Woundy

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16 Sunday

music

Things to chew on while you're listening to today's 2:30 p.m. performance by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and conductor Josep Caballe-Domenech of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Pathétique: While creating the music, the composer wrote, "I believe it comes into being as the best of my works"; it was first performed in Saint Petersburg on Oct. 28, 1893, nine days before Tchaikovsky's death at age 53 from cholera; and the symphony was dedicated to the composer's nephew (and much younger lover) Vladimir Davydov, whom he called Bob. Food for musical thought today (or Saturday at 8 p.m.) at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org). Tickets start at $19. — Bryce Crawford

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17 Monday

music

Not to be confused with Atlanta rapper J. Futuristic or L.A. collective Odd Future, emcee Futuristic comes straight out of Mesa, a Phoenix suburb better known for its championship golf courses than its hip-hop history. Despite geographical disadvantages, the early-20-something rapper has gotten a big assist from Dizzy Wright, whose appearance on Futuristic's "Don't Mind If I Do" single helped him rack up well over a million views on YouTube. At this point, Futuristic's delivery may lag behind his crowd-pleasing lyrics (e.g. "Bangin' on my chest after I fuck just like orangutans"), but collaborator A.K.T. Aktion's distinctive production makes up for it, at least on record. After opening for Wright's 2013 Golden Age Tour, Futuristic is back tonight headlining the all-ages Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com) on a marathon bill with DJ Kode Break, Devvon Terrell, Demrick, Dezil Porter, Dubz, and Raymond Writer. Doors open at 8, tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. — Bill Forman

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18 Tuesday

exhibit

On Thursday, the Western Museum of Mining and Industry (225 North Gate Blvd., wmmi.org) unveiled its newest exhibit, Social Life in Western Mining Camps. The show dispels the notion of the lone prospector and sheds light on the women and children who lived in these makeshift towns, plus the auxiliary businesses that brought still more out west. Judging from what WMMI has shown already — kids sorting coal, miners hanging around a "wives wanted" sign — life was tough. So why should the mustachioed menfolk get all the press? Tickets run $4 to $8. — Edie Adelstein

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