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2 Wednesday

click to enlarge Alex Landau
  • Alex Landau

Alex Landau was "almost another black dead male" after Denver police officers were finished brutally assaulting him on a winter evening in early 2009. Photos of the then-19-year-old's bloody and mangled face are so shocking and gruesome they're unforgettable. His "crime"? An illegal left turn. His prior criminal record? Non-existent. A featured StoryCorps storyteller (watch the animated short "Traffic Stop" at storycorps.org), Landau has been advocating against racism and police brutality ever since. In the wake of so many incidents of cops shooting young black men across the country, his story couldn't be more relevant. Hear him tell it, and discuss his advocacy work, tonight for "An Evening of Truth and Justice," accompanied by CSU-Pueblo poets Samantha Cush and Jibrail Dibble. 7 p.m., Colorado State University-Pueblo Library and Academic Resources Center 109, 2200 Bonforte Blvd., 719/549-2451. — Vanessa Martinez

Music/Film

3 Thursday

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  • Nosferatu

If there's one thing that could make Austin's Invincible Czars even more weird and wonderful than nature intended, it would be having German expressionist actor Max Schreck creeping around the same venue. That'll happen this evening at Ivywild School, where F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu screens with live accompaniment by the Czars, who've taken it upon themselves to compose and perform their own score for the 1922 silent vampire classic. While the group's arsenal of violin, woodwinds and traditional rock instrumentation is well-suited for warped takes on ska, post-punk and circus music, they can also be just as unsettlingly atmospheric as Nick Cave's instrumental collaborators Dirty Three. In other words, a good time will be had by all. 7 p.m., 1604 S. Cascade Ave., $10, ivywildschool.com. — Bill Forman

Documentary

3 Thursday

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  • Watermark

In January, we reported on the Hydro-Logic exhibit at Colorado College's I.D.E.A. Space, which examines both art and design approaches to water problems and solutions. To help conclude the display, organizers are showing participating artist Edward Burtynsky's 2013 documentary Watermark, made with filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier, in Cornerstone Arts Center's screening room. The film features stunning international footage, from giant dams to dried-up river beds and frozen landscapes, all the while making an inquiry into our global society's relationship with the threatened resource. 7 p.m., 825 N. Cascade Ave., free, theideaspace.com. — Matthew Schniper

Art

4 Friday

click to enlarge Eric Bransby
  • Eric Bransby

Colorado Springs resident Eric Bransby has as storied a life as one might expect for a guy who's months out from his 100th birthday. After serving in World War II, Bransby studied at the Fine Arts Center on the G.I. Bill. He would later return to the Springs after teaching at Yale, Brigham Young and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. For the FAC's 75th anniversary, he painted the "Resilience" mural in the Glass Corridor. Swing by the Art Bank tonight for a chance to spend an evening with Bransby as he discusses his work and his legacy. 5 to 8 p.m., 610 N. Tejon St., free, 634-6073, theartbank.com — Griffin Swartzell

Comedy

5 Saturday

click to enlarge The RiP Improv Troupe
  • The RiP Improv Troupe

You know those times when someone really pisses you off, but you can't come up with a single witty comeback until it's midnight, you're in bed, and your moment to shine has long since passed? The RiP Improv Troupe doesn't. No one in this talented band of quick-witted comedians has likely ever lost a verbal sparring match. That probably sucks for their romantic partners, but it doesn't suck for you — especially if you've never caught an improv show before. There's definitely an art to acting and comedy with only one's wits for support. This weekend, relish in a performance unscripted, complete with audience participation, amusing antics and live music at the Millibo Art Theatre. A word to the wise: This ain't a kiddie show, so keep your guests a worldly 16 and up. 7:30 p.m., 1626 S. Tejon St., $12, 465-6321, themat.org. — Bridget Harris

Stage

5 Saturday

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  • Kali Creates Fate

Black Box Theatre has not built its audience on a bill full of avant-garde art theater, but every rule has its exception. They've brought in Denver-based Transition Theater for a one-night-only performance of the touring show Kali Creates Fate. Described as a transcendental opera, the show will explore spirituality and consciousness through dance, live music, live painting and multimedia video projection. The story follows the division of the divine Ardhanarishvara, the incarnations of Sati and Parvati, and the wrath of Kali. If those names sound unfamiliar, hey, it's a learning opportunity too. 8 p.m., 1367 Pecan St., $20-$25, 330-1798, kalicreatesfate.info — Griffin Swartzell

Food

6 Sunday

click to enlarge Pikes Peak Food and Wine Expo
  • Pikes Peak Food and Wine Expo

One of the many benefits of living in Southern Colorado is the food. You can't throw a rock in this town without hitting some local burger joint or pizza parlor that's just a cut above all the rest, and it's (probably) impossible to try all of them. That's why foodies with a big appetite should head down to the Pikes Peak Food and Wine Expo, which will be hosting more than 70 of the region's favorite restaurants. Not only will there be cooking and cocktail competitions, but you can also grab samples of food, wine and beer. The best part? With a portion of the proceeds benefiting Marian House and ProStart High School Culinary Programs, you can waddle away feeling good about yourself. Noon-3 p.m., Broadmoor World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., $45, ppcra.com/register, 216-2978. — Alissa Smith

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