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click to enlarge Curious Palate Spirit Tasting: Absinthe
  • Curious Palate Spirit Tasting: Absinthe

14 Wednesday

absinthe

When we last tasted with Soirée (1003 S. Tejon St., coloradospringsvenue.com) owner Michaela Hightower earlier this year, it was at a Champagne and sparking wine class, part of her regular Curious Palate programming. She encouraged playing with your food and trusting your curiosity in order to find ideal pairings. From 5:30 to 7 tonight, she invites you to discover the joy of absinthe if you haven't already done so, with the likes of Leopold Bros., and European imports. She calls the spirit's history "a cocktail of myth, conjecture and controversy." Find out why for $25, which includes food pairings; reservations required. — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Lonesome Hollow
  • Lonesome Hollow

15 Thursday

stage

Lonesome Hollow may sound like a run-of-the-mill seasonal spectacle, but the Springs Ensemble Theatre's regional premiere of Lee Blessing's work haunts in a different way. Convicts deemed "sexual offenders" — a label that's been redefined here — are swept from society and the traditional penal system to desolate lands where art is pornography and lives are run by a mysterious corporation. Catch the first show at 7:30 tonight at SET (1903 E. Cache la Poudre St., springsensembletheatre.org) and ask yourself, "Just how far are we willing to go to protect ourselves from ourselves?" Shows run through Nov. 1, with tickets $10 to $15. — Craig Lemley

click to enlarge Stick Horses in Pants
  • Stick Horses in Pants

16 Friday

comedy

For some reason, when I first read "Stick Horses in Pants," my mind went back to childhood days when I dressed as a cowboy — chaps, spurs, stick horse and all — at the Flying W Ranch. But the Colorado-based comedy improv group's performances are far from that. I should have known, as the group has been performing for more than a decade now — and there are zero mentions of cowboys on its website. You'll find the short-form troupe trotting into the Lon Chaney Theater (221 E. Kiowa St., thestickhorses.com) at 8 tonight. The show's all-ages, and tickets are $10 at the door. — Craig Lemley

click to enlarge Ghost
  • Ghost

17 Saturday

music

Corpse-painted pontiff Papa Emeritus III may not be getting the media attention his Vatican counterpart commanded during last month's American pilgrimage, but it's not for want of trying. The Dave Grohl-endorsed frontman and his Swedish band Ghost are deep in the throes of their own U.S. tour, which comes to Summit Music Hall (1902 Blake St., Denver, thesummitmusichall.com, $27.60) at 8 tonight. As with previous Ghost albums, their recently released Meliora is more melodic and ethereal than you'd expect from a band often lumped into today's black metal scene, but that didn't stop it from reaching No. 1 in Sweden or the Top 10 here in the States. No word at this point on whether Papa and his nameless ghouls will be paying their own visit to Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, but we live in hope. — Bill Forman

click to enlarge "The Writings on the Wall,"
  • "The Writings on the Wall,"

18 Sunday

art

While touring Pueblo's graffiti street art, I realized how little I know, art-wise, of something I see on a regular basis. Whether you're naïve like me, curious about the style, or working on your own techniques, learn the ins and outs of the art form with Bemis School of Art and the FAC during "The Writings on the Wall," Saturday and today at Bemis (818 Pelham Place, artschool.csfineartscenter.org). Before actually spraying the walls — helping create a full, collaborative piece by the end of the weekend — you'll learn the history of graffiti and style differences (East Coast vs. West Coast), and get a taste of the culture. Two-day admission is $275 for FAC members, $285 for non-members; registration info is at bit.ly/1FWxsje. — Craig Lemley

click to enlarge Scarecrow Days
  • Scarecrow Days

19 Monday

holiday

Scarecrows aren't just for crows anymore. In fact, they haven't been since the 8th century, when Japanese mythology told of a scarecrow deity named Kuebiko, who couldn't walk but still managed to know everything. Contemporary scarecrows also have limited mobility, but you can still find them among the more animatronic zombie and witch merchandise in your neighborhood Walgreens. Better yet, you can go to Old Colorado City's Scarecrow Days, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. now through Halloween, to cruise sidewalks filled with mostly handmade scarecrows, and then vote for your favorite via social media. Find out more about this annual Halloween tradition at shopoldcoloradocity.com. — Bill Forman

click to enlarge Sanguivorous
  • Sanguivorous

20 Tuesday

film

Japanese cinema churns out some of the most visually interesting horror I've ever seen. Prominent examples include Ringu and Ju-On, which were adapted into The Ring and The Grudge, respectively. At 6:30 tonight, The Mezzanine (20 N. Tejon St., themezzcos.com) is presenting a recent flick that reads a few degrees more artsy than the aforementioned. Sanguivorous follows a young woman who is experiencing bizarre medical conditions and unnatural cravings. It's a silent film, but UCCS assistant music professor Jane Rigler has curated live music from percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, plus guests. Tickets are $10, and it's free for students. — Griffin Swartzell

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