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9 Wednesday

click to enlarge Religion and Presidential Politics: The 2016 Race and Beyond
  • Religion and Presidential Politics: The 2016 Race and Beyond

For a secular government, religion appears to have incredible influence on our politics. The pending presidential election is no exception, with candidates often being asked about their religion and the impact of faith on their politics. Some scholars, however, argue that the U.S. political system is swaying away from faith as an influence in political decisions. Surprised? If you find the notion conflicting, you'll want to check out Religion and Presidential Politics: The 2016 Race and Beyond, featuring Dartmouth professor and ordained Episcopal priest Randall Balmer. Balmer makes a compelling argument that today's religious voter is moving further and further from faith in their voting choices in favor of supporting a different ideology — political power and dominance. No matter your level of political engagement, this is sure to be a relevant and fascinating examination of the upcoming elections. 6 p.m., UCCS Centennial Auditorium, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., free, events.uccs.edu. — Bridgett Harris

Xeriscape

9 Wednesday

click to enlarge "Spring Cleanup for the Xeriscape"
  • "Spring Cleanup for the Xeriscape"

In Colorado we'll always be thinking about water, between agriculture and environment concerns, recent red flag warning days for wildfires, and of course, conservation. Colorado Springs Utilities cares a lot about that latter category in particular, offering an abundance of presentations annually for the community on how to help use the resource wisely. Tonight's lecture at CSU's Conservation and Environmental Center, "Spring Cleanup for the Xeriscape," will focus on drought-tolerant perennials, ground covers and grasses, and shrub pruning. If you're a newbie homeowner you'll quickly find out there's much more to savvy landscaping than mulch. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., 2855 Mesa Road, free, csu.org. — Matthew Schniper

Hoops

10 Thursday

click to enlarge Harlem Globetrotters
  • Harlem Globetrotters

It's a big year for the Harlem Globetrotters — they're celebrating their 90th and "most epic" world tour. (To set the tone for the rest of this blurb, imagine the iconic HGT theme song playing in the background.) Now, this isn't the same comedic, trick-shot-driven smack down of the Washington Generals you remember from the past several decades. It's a comedic, trick-shot-driven smack down of the New York Nationals, the Globetrotters' rebranded token opponent. But don't be mistaken; these are real basketball games. And the Globetrotters don't have an unblemished record, though losses come very, very rarely. Take this fun fact with you to tonight's game: NBA Hall of Famers Wilt Chamberlain and Magic Johnson both donned the Globetrotter stripes at one time, as did Olympic gold medalist Lynette Woodard and baseball great Bob Gibson. 7 p.m., Broadmoor World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., $19.50-121.50, broadmoorworldarena.com. — Craig Lemley

Drag

11 Friday

click to enlarge The Illusion Awards
  • The Illusion Awards

If you've been attending the Friday IllusionZ Drag Shows, you probably already know that the Colorado Springs drag scene is on fire. If you haven't, then tonight offers a great opportunity to meet the best of the best drag show divas. The Illusion Awards recognize queens and kings whose performances go that extra mile, be it through their dancing, singing, comedy or old-fashioned community participation. The event will be hosted by the unflappable Karma Skye, with scintillating performances by local favorites Loretta Love Lee, Jinxy Poppet, Gemini Skye and Missy Jo Love — among many more. Voting may be closed, but you can still see who takes home The Crown. 10 p.m., Club Q, 3430 N. Academy Blvd., 570-1429, facebook.com/ClubQOnline. — Alissa Smith

Metal

12 Saturday

click to enlarge Via Vengeance
  • Via Vengeance

While they're not exactly household names, the world has actually spawned a lot more one-man metal bands than you might expect, including Germany's Vratyas Vakyas, Sweden's Shamaatae, and Iceland's Falkenbach, to name just a few. But you don't have to fly to Europe to catch a metal-obsessed solo musician simultaneously punishing his guitar, drums and vocal cords onstage. Instead, just head down to the Triple Nickel to see Shane Ocell, who records and tours under the name Via Vengeance. The Phoenix musician will be playing a loop-free set of sludge-metal originals, on a high-decibel bill with You Never Were, LowFaith, Gomi and Salt of Sanguine. 8 p.m., 26 S. Wahsatch Ave., $7, all-ages, triplenickeltavern.com. — Bill Forman

Art

12 Saturday

click to enlarge Les Bon Temps Rouler
  • Les Bon Temps Rouler

Today marks the last week that Cheyenne Mountain standard G44 Gallery will be hosting Suz Stovall's exhibit, Les Bon Temps Rouler. Stovall, who lives in Colorado Springs full-time, has a swathe of awards tied to her name, including First in Fine Art at the 2014 Commonwheel Art Festival and the Juror's Award at the 2015 Crested Butte Festival of Art. This show features abstract explorations of lively color fields, with sudden, thin lines adding motion. As Stovall says on her website, "My current work is spontaneous and joyful. Exploring color, composition and design." 1785 S. Eighth St., Suite A, 720/951-0573, galleryg44.com — Griffin Swartzell

Hollywood

14 Monday

click to enlarge "A Woman's Place Is in Hollywood: Pushing Back Against Gender Bias in the Film Industry — an Insider's View."
  • "A Woman's Place Is in Hollywood: Pushing Back Against Gender Bias in the Film Industry — an Insider's View."

Maybe you haven't heard of Lydia Dean Pilcher. She's been producing films since 1988. Ever seen The Talented Mr. Ripley or The Darjeeling Limited? Yeah, her work. Today, she's in Pueblo to talk movies. After two student workshops, she's holding a public discussion called "A Woman's Place Is in Hollywood: Pushing Back Against Gender Bias in the Film Industry — an Insider's View." It's anchored by a study she co-authored about the economic cost of gender bias. So treating women badly is not only wrong, but more expensive? What a concept. Swing by CSU-Pueblo's Occhiato University Center Ballroom and get the whole story there. 7-9 p.m., 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, free, 719/549-2627, leticia.steffen@csupueblo.edu, csupueblo.edu. — Griffin Swartzell

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