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6 Wednesday

• Run •

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  • Nacho Ordinary Run Club

Want to simultaneously fulfill and destroy a New Year's fitness resolution in one shot? Lace up your running shoes and sidle over to one of this evening's local running clubs, where you'll find camaraderie as you get your tush on the trail — and good eats and fine spirits to derail your results. Over at Salsa Brava (9420 Briar Village Point, 6 p.m.), the Nacho Ordinary Run Club offers a 5k with weekly drink specials and rewards for reaching running milestones. For those out east, José Muldoon's (5710 S. Carefree Circle, 6 p.m.) Muldooniac's Running Club hosts a run along the Homestead Trail and provides a free drink (for those of age). It goes without saying that both options offer tasty food (healthy options, too) and good company. See you on the trail! Bridgett Harris

7 Thursday

• Comedy •

click to enlarge The Peer Revue: Scientists doing Stand-up Comedy
  • The Peer Revue: Scientists doing Stand-up Comedy

You don't need to remember the agony of college lab courses for researchers' anecdotes to induce a gargalesis along your humerus (read: tickle your funny-bone). Just be at The Loft (2506 W. Colorado Ave.) at 7 for The Peer Revue: Scientists doing Stand Up. Six local scientists teamed up with professional comedians to workshop their research into stage-grade humor, which they'll present before Denver-based comedian Brad Neider, M.D., takes his scalpel-sharp wit to the mic. Look for sets from air traffic controller Ironzey Lewis, instructor pilot Kyle Sanders, epidemiologist Lisa Hines, microbiologist Niki Spahich, paleontologist TJ Maltese, and cell biologist Tom Wolkow. RSVP or buy tickets ($10 online, $12 at the door) at tinyurl.com/scistandup. — Griffin Swartzell

8 Friday

• Art •

click to enlarge A Circular Exploration
  • A Circular Exploration

Last week, First Friday Downtown was usurped by the fanfare and pomp of New Year's Day. But, like a marginalized middle child, it's back tonight — and it wants your undivided attention. Unsure of how or where to begin? You can start the first art and culture walk of the year at 5 at The Bridge Gallery in the Depot Arts District (218 W. Colorado Ave.). Known as the "little gallery with big art," tonight's opening show, A Circular Exploration, features works in a variety of mediums from artists in the Colorado Art Education Association. Learn more about the show, which will be up through Jan. 30, at 629-7055. — Bridgett Harris

9 Saturday

• Music •

click to enlarge Crunchy Black
  • Crunchy Black

If sites like TMZ and E! Online are to be believed, the last couple of years have been rough ones for Crunchy Black, with setbacks that include being shot in the face and serving time for drug possession. But things appear to be on an upswing for the longtime Three 6 Mafia member. He's currently on tour with Mafia associate Scan Man, and the two will be performing tonight at the Speak Easy Vape Lounge (2508 E. Bijou St., 445-9083, speakeasylounge.info). Expect to hear tracks from Three 6 Mafia's two platinum albums, as well as more recent solo work. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and the show is scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m. — Bill Forman

10 Sunday

• Skate •

click to enlarge Hero Skate at Skate in the Park
  • Hero Skate at Skate in the Park

Yes, the holidays are over, but Skate in the Park (115 E. Platte Ave., downtowncs.com) continues though Monday, Jan. 18, and today, from 11 to 9, the Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services department is sponsoring $2 off admission for first responders for a Hero's Skate day. Regular folks will still pay $10 entry (under 4, free; $1 off for military) at the rink in Acacia Park, and the fee includes skate rental. I say, skate like a hero even if you aren't one, 'cuz, hey, should you fall and hurt yourself, first responders are already on hand. Win! — Matthew Schniper

11 Monday

• Day Trip •

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  • American Idiot

This one goes out to any grown-up teenager who ever wanted to stick it to the man. That's right, punk rock, anarchy, teen angst and — Broadway? You heard me. Green Day's multi-platinum 2004 album American Idiot was adapted for the stage in 2010, and Ignite Theatre company is putting it on at 7:30 tonight at Aurora Fox Arts Center (9900 E. Colfax Ave., ignitetheatre.com). Follow St. Jimmy played by Valerie Igoe and her two disaffected friends as they navigate identity, love, loss and drugs through the music of Green Day. The show features songs from three different albums and some B-tracks you may never have heard. Check it out same time, same place Thursdays through Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 24. Tickets run $20 to $28 which, really, is a small price to pay for nostalgia. — Alissa Smith

12 Tuesday

• Stage •

click to enlarge Zanna, Don't: A Musical Fairy Tale
  • Zanna, Don't: A Musical Fairy Tale

"You're a straight." Such a disparaging remark would get a celebrity in hot water if we lived in the same parallel universe where Zanna, Don't: A Musical Fairy Tale is set. Homosexuality is the status-quo and the heteros face all the scrutiny in this Midwestern town, where your all-American love story is flipped upside down — the captain of Heartsville High's football team falls for, get this, "the captain of the Girls' Intramural Mechanical Bull-Riding Team." If a storyline like that doesn't draw you in, perhaps the irony of the performance happening in Colorado Springs will, lest you forget our dark history as the birthplace of the "hate state" moniker after the passage of Amendment 2. Make your way to The Mezzanine (20 N. Tejon St., themezzcos.com) at 6 p.m. tonight through Thursday for the final performances; tickets cost $20; more info at themezzcos.com. — Craig Lemley

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