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click to enlarge Doobie Brothers

10 Wednesday

music

It's easy to forget that the Doobie Brothers already had a half-dozen hits before Michael McDonald came onboard to sail them into shallower yacht-rock waters. The California band began its career playing Hell's Angels hangouts, where you can imagine early songs like "Jesus Is Just Alright" and "Long Train Runnin'" fitting in a lot better than second-incarnation hits like "What a Fool Believes." With founding frontman Patrick Simmons and Tom Johnston leading the band these days, McDonald's dulcet tones shouldn't really be missed. And since 2010's Ted Templeman-produced World Gone Crazy album actually went Top 40, there's a good chance the band will be more energized than anyone has a right to expect. Find out tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com). Tickets are $48.50 to $68.50, and showtime is 8 p.m. — Bill Forman

click to enlarge Bart D. Ehrman: "Misquoting Jesus: Scribes Who Changed the Scriptures and Readers Who May Never Know"

11 Thursday

lecture

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill professor Bart D. Ehrman has too many books with his name on the binding to list them all here. But he's probably best known for 2008's New York Times best-selling God's Problem, on why we suffer, and 2007's (also NYT-bestselling) title on which tonight's 7 o'clock free talk at Colorado College's Armstrong Theatre (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., coloradocollege.edu) is based: "Misquoting Jesus: Scribes Who Changed the Scriptures and Readers Who May Never Know." Ehrman's list of recent media appearances is also too long to recite, so let's just say the engaging biblical scholar's been making the rounds on shows ranging from the perhaps-expected History Channel to the less-so Daily Show with Jon Stewart. — Kirsten Akens

click to enlarge Six Women Playwriting Festival

12 Friday

stage

Being of the generation I am, I can't hear the phrase "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" without thinking fondly back to the late-'80s John Hughes flick starring John Candy and Steve Martin. But the seventh annual Six Women Playwriting Festival at Millibo Art Theatre (1367 Pecan St., sixwomenplayfestival.com) is definitely not that, even though that phrase, with the add-on "The Comings and Goings of Life," happens to be this year's theme. Catch its array of 10-minute acts, from playwrights hailing from Georgia, Washington, New York and California from April 11 through 28. Thursday's 7 p.m. shows are $15. Friday and Saturday's 8 p.m. shows and Sunday's 2 p.m. shows are all $20. And catch our review of the plays in next week's Indy. — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Fourth Annual Night of Award-Winning Shorts

13 Saturday

film

Who likes short shorts? I LOVE them! Especially when they've won prestigious awards at festivals such as the Aspen Shortsfest, Palm Springs International ShortFest and DC Shorts. They're an art form of their own, and tonight you'll get your chance to view 10 of these amazing films — including Oscar-winner Paperman, and nominees Curfew, Asad and Fresh Guacamole — as the Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival hosts its Fourth Annual Night of Award-Winning Shorts at Stargazers Theatre & Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com). Doors open at 6:30, and tickets cost $25. — Miguel Bustamante

click to enlarge Four pieces from four composers: Arriaga, De Falla, Grieg and Turina in Gardens of Spain

14 Sunday

music

Years ago I watched a movie set in Barcelona, Spain. I'll never forget when two of the film's lead characters told a pretty young American tourist, "Only unfulfilled love is romantic." While my ever-longing love for great classical and Spanish composition might not exactly be considered unfulfilled, I do know that it is very romantic. And at 2:30 today (and 8 p.m. yesterday) at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com, $19 to $59), the Colorado Springs Philharmonic offers a chance to fulfill this love with four pieces from four composers: Arriaga, De Falla, Grieg and Turina in Gardens of Spain. Now, that's what I call romance. — Matthew Grieson

click to enlarge car show and live hip-hop

15 Monday

music and cars

There's probably only one place tonight, at least locally, where you can enjoy a car show and live hip-hop. It's Sunshine Studios (3970 Clearview Frontage Road, sunshinestudioslive.com), which is following up its Saturday night Awakening show — a fundraiser for the local anti-bullying Devin4Life Foundation — with a Rockin Penguin Promotions concert event. Among more than a half-dozen performers is Izzy Dunfore (say it out loud — so clever!), an Iowa-bred hip-hop artist whose YouTube videos tend to attract a crowd. The all-ages show is $8/presale, $10/door. — Kirk Woundy

click to enlarge A portrait of the land by Robert Adams

16 Tuesday

art

Where the mountains meet the plains, where urban life meets the wilderness, where small towns meet the prairie's vast expanse, that's where Robert Adams will be, camera in hand. The photographer, who grew up in Denver and taught English at Colorado College, is now the topic of a new exhibit at the I.D.E.A. Space (825 N. Cascade Ave., theideaspace.com), opening today with a special preview reception at 4:30. This, after a large retrospective left the Denver Art Museum last year and is now touring internationally. Adams' alma mater show will be on display through June 15. — Edie Adelstein

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