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16 Wednesday

stage

Chris Kilmartin is a college professor, clinical psychologist, author, actor, playwright and stand-up comedian, which probably allows him to effortlessly embody multiple characters in his 65-minute solo show Crimes Against Nature, playing at 7 tonight at Stargazers Theatre (10 S. Parkside Drive, tessacs.org). Kilmartin addresses "absurdities and contradictions of masculinity" and the plight of being "a man in today's world," using an autobiographical approach. With $10 tickets benefiting Tessa and a warning about mature content, don't expect it to be as mawkish as Defending the Caveman. Save any inspired chest-pounding for the post-show Q&A. — Matthew Schniper

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17 Thursday

music

Kirtan is a devotional song/chant in which a group repeats what the leader sings, much akin to a call-and-answer hymn. So when Shantala, a kirtan duo, performs at Manitou Bindu in the Manitou Art Center (513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, manitoubindu.com, $15-$20) at 7:30 tonight, expect spiritual singing over exotic instrumentation, dancing and audience participation. Limber up ahead of time at 3:30, when Kat Tudor will be teaching a one-hour White Tara Yoga class, accompanied by Shantala. Namaste, indeed. — Griffin Swartzell

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18 Friday

music

Just when it seems like the cheeriness of spring is irrepressible, Vandaveer breaks a budding branch, fashions a crude slingshot, and lets fly a series of jagged murder ballads at the Ivywild School (1604 S. Cascade Ave., tiny.cc/yye4dx). The D.C.-based alt-folk collective's most recent album, Oh Willie, Please..., contains not just new interpretations of old-time murder ballads, but also similar "songs of self-ruin." Take that, season of possibility. Doors open at 7, and it'll cost you just $10. — Kirk Woundy

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19 Saturday

kids and family

A recent study by the Pew Research Center revealed that 70 percent of tea party Republicans believe there is "no solid evidence" that the Earth is getting warmer, while 41 percent of that number believe global warming is "just not happening." And while no amount of llama petting, park cleaning or falcon ogling can cure that kind of stupid, it's still important to show up — and stand up — for Earth Day. Start celebrating early at Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center and Rock Ledge Ranch (tiny.cc/gogearth), where today's fest brings a long list of planet-lovin' enjoyables for the whole family. It's all free, but tote along some non-perishables for Care & Share. — Mary Jo Meade

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20 Sunday

art

In 2009, Denver's William Havu Gallery celebrated 25 years of working with renowned Colorado artist Tony Ortega, whose work deftly identified the lives of Latinos living in the United States. As Dr. George Rivera put it, "Ortega calms our xenophobia." Today, Ortega is showing with an exhibit he juried for the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, sdc-arts.org, $3-$4) devoted to the same topic. See it today, along with other exhibits covering the Chicano experience, or hit up Sangre's free public reception from 2 to 5 p.m., on Saturday, April 26. — Edie Adelstein

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21 Monday

comedy

Alison Grillo has been trying hard to get savvy on Twitter, but her efforts seem consistently thwarted. Jan. 5: "It seems the more frequently I tweet, the less frequently I gain followers." Feb. 11: "My New Year's resolution to tweet ten times a day has proven difficult, and so I'm going back to trying to lose twenty pounds." Well, Twitter ain't easy, but Grillo's done much harder work appearing on NBC's Last Comic Standing and making a living as a transgender comic. Catch her free show today at noon at Colorado College's Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., coloradocollege.edu). — Edie Adelstein

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22 Tuesday

music

Performing in a mixed-race band was illegal during South Africa's apartheid era, which made Juluka — the Johannesburg Afro-pop group fronted by Johnny Clegg and Sipho Mchunu — an ongoing target for arrests and police beatings. Clegg's subsequent band Savuka, while still banned from radio back home, sold more than a million copies of its second album in France alone. The dynamic bandleader has since gone on to duet with Peter Gabriel and earn a Grammy nomination, while continuing to mix African rhythms, pop melodies and activist sentiments. Clegg and his band will perform an all-ages concert tonight at the Boulder Theater (2032 14th St., Boulder, bouldertheater.com). Showtime is 8, with tickets starting at $25. — Bill Forman

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