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  • Well? Anti-Flag wants to know. Tell them at their Tuesday night show at the Gothic Theatre.

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Thursday

Few people can legitimately claim the title of "voice of the working class." There's Bruce Springsteen, and that angry guy who sang in Rage Against the Machine, and, oh, Philip Levine. The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet will be at Colorado College's Packard Hall (5 W. Cache La Poudre St.) at 7 this evening. Levine, who writes colloquial, defiant depictions of bleak landscapes, has also won the National Book Award, the American Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, making him one of the most celebrated living American poets. Call 389-6607 for more information on this free reading. MS

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Friday

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All right, let's get to the pointe. Valslav Nijinsky was one of the world's premier ballet dancers, and a hottie to boot. Colorado College professor of dance Yunyu Wang and her students have recreated his famous "Afternoon of a Faun," first performed in 1912, and you can catch it at 8 tonight and tomorrow at Armstrong Theatre (14 E. Cache La Poudre St.). Performances are only $5, or $2 with a CC ID. Lending the performance additional authenticity, Nijinsky's daughter and granddaughter will present lectures about their famous relative, starting at 2:45 today in the WES Room at Worner Campus Center (902 N. Cascade Ave.). The lectures are free, and you can find out more by calling 389-6607. KL

11 Saturday

"Welcome to Hellbilly Heaven," beckons the Web site for Colorado Springs metal band Step to Every Pit. And indeed, Hellbilly Heaven tonight envelops George's Union Station (2419 N. Union Blvd.). Let down your Aqua-Netted hair and thrash with the band at 9. The cover is a mere $3, but if you don't believe me, call 227-7168 and find out for yourself. KL

A lesson you can learn on your own: how to say "I'm sorry." One that begs for professional intervention: how to keep bees. If you're interested in acquiring and caring for your own colony, attend beekeeping school, starting at 8 a.m. today at Manitou Lodge #68 (455 El Paso Blvd., Manitou Springs). The day-and-a-half-long course costs $35 for an individual or a family; call Kim at 632-0075. KW

12 Sunday

Hankerin' to hear a "fiendishly difficult concerto" this weekend? Then join the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and guest pianist Kirill Gerstein for Mozart Meets Rachmaninoff at 2:30 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.). The 1996 movie Shine featured this third piano concerto, and Gerstein is an internationally renowned young pianist. Tickets, ranging from $9 to $50, can be acquired at 520-SHOW (7469) or online at pikespeakcenter.com. MS

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Monday

It's the event you were born for, your true destiny revealed. That's right, it's the Wrestlemania Fan Axxess Tour. Head to Adelphia (2221 E. Bijou St.) anytime between noon and 6 p.m. to meet World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar Hillbilly Jim and a few of his muscular cronies. Referee a WWE match, using green-screen technology, go head-to-head in the "SmackDown vs. Raw" video game, and ogle trailers full of wrestling memorabilia. Visit wrestlemania.com or call 457-4598 for more information. MS

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Tuesday

Perhaps the wedge of all political issues this year is immigration reform, not least because immigrants since there have existed such persons have been society's most trustworthy scapegoats. Forums on the subject abound and will undoubtedly increase as November nears. To hear what a few local experts have to say, head to Bemis Hall (920 N. Cascade Ave.) at 7 tonight for a free discussion, "Drawing the Line on the American Dream: U.S. Immigration Policy in 2006." To find out more, call 389-6607. VM

Rrrr. Anti-Flag is one of those trusty, oh-so-angry punk bands that can rip through an old-school riff like a junkie through a paycheck. Performing with the Flag is The Casualties and The Unseen, and you can catch the whole thang at the Gothic Theatre (3263 S. Broadway, Englewood). It starts at 7 and costs $13 in advance, or $15 day of show. Visit nipp.com. KL

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Wednesday

As part of Women's History Month, Pikes Peak Community College History Department Chair Kathy Sturdevant will present "Women and the Environment: A Special Relationship" this evening. Learn how some women have written to defend their landscapes, while others have muckraked and many more have helped stimulate eco-feminism within academia and society at large. This free lecture runs from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at the Rampart Range Campus, Room W-111 (11195 Hwy. 83, at InterQuest Parkway). Call 540-7106 for additional information. MS

Writing in from Hellbilly Heaven: Michael de Yoanna, Kara Luger, Vanessa Martinez, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.

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