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click to enlarge James McCartney

24 Wednesday

music

Of all the Beatles spawn who've followed in their fathers' footsteps, the best-known remains Julian Lennon, thanks to two Top 10 hits on which he sounded eerily like his father John. James McCartney, son of Paul, shares his own father's gift for undeniable pop melody and finely crafted songwriting; he's also racked up co-writing and musician credits on two of his dad's albums. But when it comes to his own music, the 35-year-old is a late-bloomer. In a Rolling Stone interview last week, he confessed to having played only 50 gigs so far, which hasn't stood in the way of bookings at this year's Coachella and Outside Lands festivals. The younger McCartney's full-length debut won't be out until May, but you can hear him live tonight at the Walnut Room (3131 Walnut St., Denver, thewalnutroom.com). Tickets for the 8 p.m., 21-and-over show are $15, with Chris Webb and Benny Marchant opening. — Bill Forman

click to enlarge The Cove

25 Thursday

film

If you for some reason haven't already seen the Academy Award-winning, 2009 documentary The Cove, tonight at 5:30 is your chance to stop being such an environmental embarrassment (while having your eyelids peeled back farther than you might like). It's a punch-you-in-the-gut experience about the illegal slaughter of dolphins in a small Japanese town, but completely essential viewing. Plus this screening inside Colorado College's Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache La Poudre St., coloradocollege.edu) features a post-film Q&A with Boulder-based director Louie Psihoyos, executive director of the Oceanic Preservation Society. Tickets are free, but required and available at the Worner Center desk. Bring tissue; you'll need it. — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Dareece Walker, Business of Art Center

26 Friday

art

Sibling artists Spencer and Mackenzie Donovan lost most of their artwork when their mother's home burned in the Waldo Canyon Fire. That left the Utah pair to start all over again, and paint what has now become Recovery After the Fire, opening today at the Business of Art Center (513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, thebac.org). Recovery will debut with a batch of other exhibits, including Black Testament, a solo show from local artist Dáreece Walker, who won the visual art component of Colorado Springs RAW: Artists of the Year. Hit the BAC at 6 tonight for an opening reception, and keep in mind that both shows will remain up through mid-June. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge The Screwtape Letters

27 Saturday

double header

You might call today Sin or Salvation Saturday. In the one corner we have Out Loud, the talented, 50-member LGBT-friendly men's chorus performing It's Getting Better: Stories of Our Lives at 2 and 7:30 at the Stargazers Theater and Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, rmarts.org); tickets start at $18. And in the other: the theatrical adaptation of the book The Screwtape Letters, published in 1942 by noted Christian apologist C.S. Lewis. Starting at 4 p.m. and again at 8 at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com), the production takes a look at the foibles of humanity from a demon's point of view. Tickets start at $42. — Bryce Crawford

click to enlarge Fifth Annual Fashion and Greenie Awards

28 Sunday

Earth

If any of you movie aficionados remember Ridley Scott's fantasy flick Legend, then you'll surely recall a young Tom Cruise prancing through the forests dressed in outfits made entirely of leaves and branches and any other foliage fabric appropriate for a child of the woods. It's refreshing to know that poor Tommy's wardrobe didn't fall on deaf ears, (or eyes, whatever), because tonight at 7 Veda Salon will host their Fifth Annual Fashion and Greenie Awards at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, coloradoveda.com) where the theme is "Fashion for the Forest: Restoring Waldo Canyon" in celebration of Earth month. Expect fine clothing, good food and green tidings. Tickets start at $35. — Miguel Bustamante

click to enlarge The Ugly Duckling

29 Monday

kids and family

In American Sign Language, the word for "ugly" is signed by drawing the index finger under the nose, going from straight to hooked. A scrunched-up expression of distaste goes with it. Sadly, that's the world as the title character sees it in The Ugly Duckling in Imagination Celebration's 7 p.m. performance happening at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com). That's because this duckling is not only homely, but deaf, and the show will be performed both in ASL and spoken English by Sign Stage on Tour. All of which makes the eventual ending, though lovely, much deeper (and just as sweet — milk and cookies will follow the show). Tickets start at $9. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge Don Williams

30 Tuesday

music

After singing and playing guitar for 55 years, Don Williams retired from the country music biz in 2006. Four years later, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and started performing again, and last year launched his first studio album in almost a decade, And So It Goes. Now, at 73, he's shooting videos (find the elegantly simple "Imagine That," featuring Keith Urban, on his website) and heading back out on the tour circuit. You'll find the legend tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) for a 7:30 show. Tickets start at $38. — Kirsten Akens

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