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17 Wednesday

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Feb. 3, 1959, is a day that will live in infamy for many Americans. But for most people who aren't staring down retirement, The Day the Music Died is just part of that Don McLean song everybody and their mother can sing. Buddy Holly, though, did more than just name a Weezer song. He was an inspiration for rock icons like Paul McCartney, Elton John and Eric Clapton. Learn about his legacy with Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Tonight is the last night for this iteration of the Tony Award-winning production. Get a little history with your rock 'n' roll, and a little rock 'n' roll with your history. 7:30 p.m., Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $33-$88, 799-4139, pikespeakcenter.com — Griffin Swartzell

Poetry

18 Thursday

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It's the third Thursday of the month, which means it's time to wax poetic with other locals at the Hear Here Poetry Slam, the Springs' only nationally recognized slam poetry team, at City Auditorium. Witness some of our young talent at the Youth Open Mic (19 and under) before styling your stanzas during the monthly workshop with other dedicated local poets. Close the evening by taking center stage at the open mic (uncensored), or proving your poetic prowess during the slam competition for a chance to rep the Hear Here team on the national stage. Youth Open mic starts at 5 p.m.; Open Mic and Slam signups at 7 p.m., 221 E. Kiowa St., $5 suggested donation, wheretohear.org. — Craig Lemley

Music

19 Friday

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As celebrity deejay Deadmau5 can tell you, a giant, custom-made, mouse-eared helmet can turn out to be a serious financial burden, especially when it inspires Disney's lawyers to come after you for copyright violation. DJ BL3ND doesn't have that problem, having built his visual trademark around a cheap rubber mask that looks like Iron Maiden's mascot Eddie auditioning for a Juggalo dinner-theater production of Phantom of the Opera. But that hasn't stopped the anonymous L.A. deejay from racking up a million YouTube followers, and boasting, as his bio does, an energy and stage presence that few electronic artists can match. Doors at 8:30 p.m., Rawkus, 3506 N. Academy Blvd., $18, ages 21-and-over, rawkusnation.com. — Bill Forman

Art

19 Friday

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You walk through the door. There is a piece of bread on the wall. Its hair is long and brown, reaching partway down the wall. There is music playing over the speakers. You try to tap along with your foot but find yourself half a beat off every measure. Is this a dream? Are the drugs kicking in? Nope, it's just another exhibit at The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. Swing by and check out The SurREALism Exhibition, a collection of surrealist works from local artists like Davoth, Sean O'Meallie, Cymon Padilla and Lindsay Hand. Also look for a sculpture by Andy Tirado, whose piece "Lacuna" was deemed the best contribution to Art on the Streets 2014. 5:30 p.m., 17B/C E. Bijou St., free, themodboco.com — Griffin Swartzell

Fanfest

20 Saturday

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No matter your age, it's a pretty rad time to be a fan of super heroes, zombies, space wars and pop culture. With many thanks to Galaxyfest, now in its fifth year in the Springs, you can celebrate your particular brand of fandom without a two-hour trek to Denver or beyond. Yes, the con that's more than a con is back, welcoming fans of all ages to revel in their favorite genre, gawk at elaborate cosplay, and maybe even meet an artist or actor they adore. By day, Galaxyfest is a family-friendly affair, with fun, comics, vendors and costumes. But it has an alter ego, transforming to a place where one can misbehave and have adult-only fun once the kiddos are safely transported home. This year's after-dark fun includes burlesque, dancing, sexy cosplay and more. Galaxyfest is one weekend only, so don't blink ... or you'll miss out. The Antlers, 4 S. Cascade Ave., Feb 19-21, $20 plus/person, VIP options available, galaxyfest.org. — Bridgett Harris

Geeks

20 Saturday

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We all know about Colorado's homegrown pub quiz, Geeks Who Drink. While it's never exactly your run-of-the-mill bar trivia, you've definitely never seen it like this. For the first time in four years, Geek Bowl is back in Denver, and this quiz-night-on-steroids will be well worth the trip. With almost $20,000 in prizes on the line, trivia teams and quizmasters from all over the country are gathering to geek out, drink, and — most importantly — compete. If you and your team are rock stars at Thunder & Buttons or McCabe's, why not test your nerd know-how against the best of the best? If you're more interested in watching the mayhem, you can also attend as a spectator. 7 p.m. Magness Arena, 2240 Buchtel Blvd., Denver. $28-$75/player, $20/spectator, 303/532-4737, geekswhodrink.com — Alissa Smith

Food

23 Tuesday

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Colorado hosts groups like the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, boasts hundreds of CSAs, scores of farmers markets, food banks and food rescue groups, and many concerned chefs and agri-activists. We do pretty good, but we hold huge potential to do better. One place we can learn from is Tucson, Arizona, dubbed the "City of Gastronomy" in 2015 by UNESCO. This evening, the University of Arizona's Gary Paul Nabhan will present "The City that Saved Itself Through Food Innovations, from Seed Libraries to Local Sourcing" in CC's Gates Common Room, where he'll discuss the need for localizing food economies, even in challenging, hot, dry climates. 7 p.m., 1025 N. Cascade Ave., free, coloradocollege.edu. — Matthew Schniper

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