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5 Wednesday

music

From the Metropolitan Opera to Monty Python, live theatrical simulcasts have become increasingly familiar terrain. But real-time collaborations between musicians from distant locations still happen rarely. This evening, the Peak FreQuency collective will be presenting a "Telematic concert," featuring Norwegian-French quartet Dans les Arbres performing on campus with a trio of faculty musicians from the University of Alabama live via Internet. Given the performers involved, you can expect the music to be at least as cutting-edge as the technology. Catch it at UCCS's Berger Hall (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., uccs.edu/peakfreq) at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free for UCCS students, with a suggested donation of $10 for the general public. — Bill Forman

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6 Thursday

music

This is not the greatest and best celebrity comedy metal-tribute band in the world. This is just the guitarist. Kyle Gass — known for his work with Jack Black and Dave Grohl in Tenacious D — and his solo band are coming to the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.) at 8 tonight. Tickets are $12 in advance, or $15 at the door. Fun fact: The "greatest song in the world" referenced in the Tenacious D song "Tribute" is, in fact, Metallica's "One." For more information on the show — or openers 4 Moons — visit blacksheeprocks.com. — Griffin Swartzell

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7 Friday

art

Downtown's going all out for First Friday tonight. Beyond new shows at the Modbo/S.P.Q.R., Kreuser Gallery, Bridge Gallery, Gallery 113 and Dream Catchers, two new Holiday Pop-Up Shops open their doors for the beginning of a two-month run: Acineau Galleries (214 N. Tejon St.) and Spinning Star Gallery (130 N. Tejon St.) You can walk the streets yourself, or hop on a curator-led tour with local artist and Pikes Peak Community College gallery director Laura Ben-Amots. This free program, which will continue monthly, leaves from PPCC's Downtown Studio Gallery (100 W. Pikes Peak Ave.) at 6. For more information, visit tiny.cc/cs_firstfriday. — Edie Adelstein

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8 Saturday

Veterans Day

"The soldier above all others prays for peace," said Gen. Douglas MacArthur, "for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war." Think about that during today's Veterans Day Parade, which begins at 10 a.m. and goes along Tejon from St. Vrain to Vermijo. The parade, started by "a small group of patriotic volunteers," is now 15 years old, and entirely funded by donations from businesses and individuals. For more information, visit csvetsparade.org. — Griffin Swartzell

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9 Sunday

art

The popular burlesque troupe Peaks and Pasties makes its living through titillation and revelation, but just like those costumes don't take themselves off, they don't make themselves, either. This typically leads to a fairly crafty person, so it's with little surprise that we welcome another year of the group's Craft Fair. Starting at 2 today at Zodiac Venue and Bar (230 Pueblo Ave., zodiacvenue.com), Christmas shoppers can find apple butter, charming Victorian-style paintings of butterflies and bees with women's heads, and a lovely amount of Batman. You can also find some paintings of sexy Disney princesses, because those are always fun. — Bryce Crawford

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10 Monday

science

A book I often read with my kindergartner poses the question: "Would you rather be a minnow or a whale?" Without fail, he replies "minnow," because he doesn't like the idea of having to come up for air all the time. The Whales: Giants of the Deep exhibit now at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (2001 Colorado Blvd., dmns.org) isn't going to fix that problem, but it will attempt to wow like-minded pragmatists with a 58-foot-long sperm whale skeleton, a life-size replica of a blue whale's heart, and much more. You get access to it all for your typical $8 to $13 DMNS admission cost. The exhibit's up through Feb. 16, but today's as good a day as any to challenge your existing perceptions. — Kirk Woundy

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11 Tuesday

lit

Clifton Taulbert, whose Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur is one of this year's All Pikes Peak Reads selections, will spend Monday talking about his Uncle Cleve at 10 a.m. (Library 21c) and the power of storytelling at 1 p.m. (Penrose Library) before being celebrated at a music-and-mingle reception at 5:30 (Penrose again) followed by a book signing at 6:30. At 10 this Veterans Day morning, Taulbert, a military veteran, will take on the topics of service and community-building at Pikes Peak Community College's Centennial Theatre, 5675 S. Academy Blvd., followed by a 1 p.m. Q&A session. All of these events, wherever they may be, are free. (ppld.org, cliftontaulbert.com). — Mary Jo Meade

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