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25 Wednesday

music

Extreme music love doesn't have to result in rioting. As @TexasEDMFamily tweeted Steve Aoki, "Shit happens, man." Literally. After recent plumbing issues at a Texas venue, house musician Aoki's performance cancelled just before start-time. With Twitter's help, Aoki found a venue that agreed to a free show. This impromptu event ended when police shut it down, infuriating fans. Aoki will make an appearance in Denver (Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave., ogdentheatre.com), alongside Head Hunterz, Caked Up, Dirtyphonics, and Reid Stefan, this time with more songs and less sewage. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $26-$150. — Jess Agius

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26 Thursday

music

WQXR in New York says it well: "'... Of The National' is a phrase that often follows Bryce Dessner's name. It's not too shabby a suffix, but ... listeners may find that title to be inadequate for his talents." With his brother Aaron, Dessner founded The National in 1999, and 16 years in, the indie rock band is much-loved and still recording. But Bryce Dessner is also a contemporary classical heavyweight, having recently written symphonies for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and curated this year's Barbican Music Marathon in London. Hear him play with a star-studded string quartet for free at 7:30 tonight at Colorado College's Packard Hall (5 W. Cache la Poudre St., coloradocollege.edu). Note: You can also watch a live stream at coloradocollege.edu/live. — Kirk Woundy

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27 Friday

comedy

Comedians struggle to brand themselves somehow — not everyone has it as lucky as Carrot Top — so just go with it when L.A. Hardy claims to be "The Black Dr. Phil" and "Black Dad." Family fodder certainly is dear to his routines, many of which he's shared as part of Comics on Duty Tours with the U.S. military. He'll perform at Loonees Comedy Corner (1305 N. Academy Blvd., looneescc.wix.com/loonees) all weekend, with shows at 8 tonight, Thursday and Saturday, plus 10:30 p.m. shows tonight and Saturday. Seats are $10. — Matthew Schniper

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28 Saturday

lit

They say it's better to hear Beowulf than to read it, which is certainly true if you're reading the thousand-year-old Nowell Codex, which contains the Old English poem, handwritten. Or you can read Seamus Heaney's classic translation and open on these lines: "So. The Spear-Danes in days gone by and the kings who ruled them had courage and greatness. We have heard of those princes' heroic campaigns." The best option is probably to have Heaney's translation recited to you, which local high school student Beatrice Hall will do from memory, for the first thousand lines, at 6:30 tonight at Mountain Fold Books (121 E. Costilla St., mountainfoldbooks.org). Attendees will join in to finish off the entire text by the book, and if that's all not enough, please note the bookstore's warning: "There may be mead!" — Bryce Crawford

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1 Sunday

culture

I'm not interested in the Star Wars expanded universe or how comics-accurate the upcoming Avengers movie might be. But when I see someone dressed up as Chairface Chippendale from The Tick, I get the stupidest grin on my face. Anyone on a similar frequency should go to Galaxyfest IV: A New Hope at the Antlers Hilton (4 S. Cascade Ave.). Today is the last day of the weekend affair, with events starting at 10 a.m. Of note: The workshop/lecture by visual effects veteran Ed Kramer, time TBA; he's worked on everything from The Mummy to Star Wars: Episode II. Also check out the short-film competition screenings at 11 and 2:45. The closing ceremony and film awards start at 6. One-day passes are $25. For a full schedule of events, plus weekend pass pricing and information on discount hotel rooms, check out galaxyfest.org. — Griffin Swartzell

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2 Monday

recreation

Achilles Pikes Peak wants you to get moving, however you can do it. This new local nonprofit chapter holds weekly workouts that meet at Colorado Running Company (5262 N. Nevada Ave., achillespikespeak.org) on Mondays at 6:15 p.m. for an "all-inclusive running/walking/wheeling/handcycling/moving group that welcomes all people with disabilities to participate." Afraid you won't be able to keep up? No worries, each workout divides participants into groups based on pace and distance, "and this means no one gets left behind." That goes for able-bodied athletes too. It's free, it's friendly and no matter what, you'll feel better after. — Edie Adelstein

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3 Tuesday

art

Saturday night, Cottonwood Center for the Arts (427 E. Colorado Ave., cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com) opened two new shows of three local artists each. The works, by names new and familiar, run the gamut from subdued graphite drawings to vivid, minimalist paintings to sculpture, with a subtle element threading each set together. Chris Alvarez, Steve Weed and Frank Nemick share a 2- and 3D exhibit: "Rooted in the Southwest and inspired by the magic qualities of their environments these artists create sensitive narratives that invoke a sense of peace and process to the viewer." Meanwhile, Dean Violante, Kelsey Skordal and Wolfgang Black display "a surrealist wonderland full of expression, conflict, and suffering" and explore "the subtlety of human emotion and internal struggle." If you missed the 6 p.m. opening on the 28th, drop in today between 10 and 5, or any day (save Mondays) through March 21. — Edie Adelstein

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