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18 Wednesday


Brian Tryon's photography demands attention by itself. In our Slice of Life section recently, the 42-year-old Springs native has documented a pile of creepy horse masks and a totem pole of clowns' heads. But Tryon often uses his photos as centerpieces of elaborate mixed-media works. He transfers the photos onto reconstituted wood panels, then might add spray paint, oils, acrylics, paint pens and/or stains, and finally polyurethane. The results, he says, have been called "wonderful, weird and spiritual." They're also on display in a new show titled = ZERO at the Ivywild School (1604 S. Cascade Ave., tinyurl.com/lw3h7as), if you'd like to stop by, say, tonight. — Kirk Woundy

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19 Thursday


2014 brought a film about everyone's favorite political-activist billionaires, the Koch brothers — but appropriately, not without controversy. Citizen Koch originally had been picked up by Corporation for Public Broadcasting production company ITVS, intended for broadcast on PBS. But ITVS pulled out, and no explanations for that move drowned out the impassioned cries of censorship. Regardless, a Kickstarter campaign funded the film's completion and release. Since the Kochs are here to stay for the foreseeable future, see the film tonight at Colorado College, which is hosting a free viewing and discussion with Tia Lessin, co-director and producer, at 6:30 in the Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu). — Jess Agius

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20 Friday


Let's put this in perspective: The Pikes Peak Center (19 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) is hosting a musical parody of a big-screen film based on a piece of Twilight fan fiction gone best-seller. If that doesn't sound like a hot ticket, then my name is Jorge Luis Borges. Check out Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody at 7 tonight. Tickets run from $33 to $43, plus fees. For those interested in a little class before the crass, there will be a pre-show dinner — main course and dessert for $20 per person. Call 477-2102 for dinner reservations. — Griffin Swartzell

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21 Saturday


The late '90s swing revival scene — so enthusiastically championed by upstarts like the Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Royal Crown Revue, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy — turned out to be an embarrassingly brief blip on the cultural radar, after which it looked like the genre would never rise up the charts again. And it hasn't. Still, the subculture itself refuses to die, and Dustbowl Revival has good reason to be happy about that. What's more, the frothy praise from the band's hometown LA Weekly, as well as Rolling Stone and the Boston Globe, suggests their mix of swing, gospel and bluegrass just might weather the storm. Tonight's 8 o'clock show at The Loft (2506 W. Colorado Ave., loftmusicvenue.com) will be preceded by a free half-hour swing dance lesson. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. — Bill Forman

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22 Sunday


This year, Giacomo Puccini's classic opera Tosca turns 115. Whether you're unfamiliar with the tragedy of Tosca and Cavaradossi, or you're a longtime fan of the story and the music, you can experience it through this "semi-staged concert production" by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and the Opera Theatre of the Rockies at the Pikes Peak Center (19 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) at 2:30 today (or 8 last night). Tosca takes place in June of 1800, during Napoleon's campaigns in Switzerland, and there's plenty of political intrigue in this story's backbone. There's also a pre-concert lecture an hour before each production. Tickets range from $19 to $61, plus fees. — Griffin Swartzell

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23 Monday


Naturally, tonight belongs to the outdoors, with two free back-to-back presentations at Colorado College worth your while. First, at 5 p.m., CC alum and major-media photographer Jake Norton, who's summited Mount Everest thrice, screens a film in the Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu) in tandem with a talk about his international adventures. Next, at 7 in Gates Common Room/Palmer Hall (1025 N. Cascade Ave.), CC alumni Robin Walter and Sebastian Tsocanos will speak on their journey through the Great Plains on horseback. "Rediscover the Prairie: A Journey through North America's Imperiled Grasslands" delves into how we can preserve the historical Western lifestyle, as seen through the lenses of everyone from ranchers to ecologists. — Jess Agius

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24 Tuesday


Scott Weiland's résumé boasts two No. 1 albums: the first in the mid-'90s with Stone Temple Pilots, and then a decade later with Velvet Revolver. But for many, he's the guy who filled tabloids and gossip columns with tales of drug addiction, jail time and compulsory trips to rehab. More bizarrely, Weiland was back in the media last summer for a "celebrity meth arrest" that turned out to be some other guy claiming to be him. In better news, the brand-new debut single from his band The Wildabouts goes heavy on the T. Rex influence, and in a really good way. They'll be playing new material, along with all of STP's big hits, tonight at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom (2637 Welton St., Denver, cervantesmasterpiece.com). Tickets are $25, 16 and over; showtime is 8. — Bill Forman


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