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8 Wednesday

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  • Sober Stick Figure

Comedian and Pueblo native Amber Tozer illustrates her memoir, Sober Stick Figure, with pencil stick figure drawings — a little ugly, yes, but earnest and all the more effective for it. They fit with her story, a harrowing journey from overachieving student athlete to bingeing alcoholic to sober screenwriter. To help launch her book, Tozer is returning to the restaurant her mother still owns, Pueblo's Do Drop Inn. She's bringing comedian John Bueno to host the event. Also, expect live music from in/PLANES, the side project from Desirae Garcia and Inaiah Lujan of Haunted Windchimes fame. Tozer will be signing copies of the book, but there will only be so many copies for purchase on-site — support your local bookstore and pick one up in advance to make sure. 7 p.m., 944 E. Kimble Drive, Pueblo, $15 includes dinner buffet, facebook.com/dodropinnpueblo — Griffin Swartzell

Sustainability

9 Thursday

click to enlarge "Innovation and Sustainability: Lessons from the History of India and Hopes for the Future"
  • "Innovation and Sustainability: Lessons from the History of India and Hopes for the Future"

This one's gonna be heady, so feel free to tune in for just a portion, though it's tempting to clear the calendar both today and tomorrow to really dive into this conference: "Innovation and Sustainability: Lessons from the History of India and Hopes for the Future." Colorado College business and economics professor Dan Johnson will host international guests "to connect scholars who use the concepts of learning, innovation and competence-building systems as their analytical framework." Like I said, heady. But you can sit in on dialogs about everything from alternative energy efforts and resource management to capacity-building and more. Bemis Great Hall will play epicenter, along with other campus locations. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, until 6 p.m. Friday, 20 N. Cascade Ave., free, coloradocollege.edu/other/IndiaLICS. — Matthew Schniper

Stage

10 Friday

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  • Circus of the Night

Let me just start by saying: This ain't your kids' circus. The Millibo Art Theatre's Circus of the Night is a yearly hit with the late-night crowd, parting the curtain on flashy burlesque performances, enchanting aerial silk acrobatics, and banging vocals from some of the area's best singers. If you've never seen acrobat Super Dave Hale do four high-flying back flips — wearing nothing but jumping stilts and striped spanks, no less — and if you've never seen Mam'selle Hepzibah's breathtaking fan dance, then you've got to catch this show. If you have seen those performances before, you're in luck, since both veteran and new-to-the-MAT performers are bringing brand-new routines to the stage, all with a "retro science fiction" theme, according to Ringmaster Jim Jackson. He and the scandalous Babette Matdiva will host the evening, and that alone is worth the ticket price. 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through June 25, 1626 S. Tejon St., $25 per ticket, ages 18 and older, themat.org. — Alissa Smith

Sports

11 Saturday

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  • Ultimate Dodgeball Championship local qualifier

Dodge. Dip. Dive. Duck. Dodge. That's the game of dodgeball. It's either a part of your favorite grade-school memories, or you're still scarred by those lonely days spent being pummeled during P.E. class — there really is no in-between. But no matter how you feel about playing it, you must admit that watching others take the pummeling ranks pretty high on the entertainment list. Sky Zone Trampoline Park has upped the dodgeball ante with Ultimate Dodgeball, blending the game we've come to love [or hate] with all the high-flying antics associated with trampolines. Which brings us to today's event: the Ultimate Dodgeball Championship local qualifier. Though it's too late to register your own team of hard-throwing acrobats, it's still worth scouting the local contenders as they battle for a chance to rep the Springs in Vegas later this year. 7 p.m., 1705 E. Woodmen Road, free, skyzone.com. — Craig Lemley

Race

12 Sunday

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  • Soap Box Derby

If you thought soapbox derbies were a hobby relegated to old Dennis the Menace comics and Simpsons episodes, you would be incredibly wrong. This 82-year-old pastime is still thriving across the country, and the gravity-powered cars have evolved far beyond the rickety wooden crate contraptions of old. Modern soapbox cars are sleek feats of engineering built for speed. Today, you can watch these nifty vehicles — and their brilliant pint-sized operators — in action as 50 kids from the community race their handmade cars down Costilla Street for the chance to represent Colorado Springs next month at the International Soapbox Derby in Akron, Ohio. You can show your support by parking your comfiest lawn chairs on Costilla's epic hillside and cheering as these cool kiddos hurtle down to victory. 8 a.m., Costilla Street (between El Paso and Wahsatch), free, soapboxderby.org/pikes-peak. — Bridgett Harris

Naughty and Nice

12 Sunday

click to enlarge Naughty Swap Meet & Vendor Fair
  • Naughty Swap Meet & Vendor Fair

Everything has accessories, from dolls to assault rifles. Sex does too. But it can be hard to find the right accessories, to say nothing of finding a place to buy that doesn't add to any hang-ups one might have. Shopping online has drawbacks, too — that 50 Shades-themed kit might stand up to reality about as well as, well, everything else in that widely reviled waste of ink and paper. Get real and buy the good stuff from Springs- and Denver-area artists, artisans and enthusiasts at today's Naughty Swap Meet and Vendor Fair at Voodoo Leatherworks. Beyond leather/fetish outfits, paddles and the like, you can expect some quality art, too. So if you're curious but don't want to commit, come down anyway — it's free to browse. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2422 Busch Ave., $10 for a vendor's table, voodooleatherworks.com — Griffin Swartzell

Music

14 Tuesday

click to enlarge Ben Nichols
  • Ben Nichols

With lyrics like "In my hands, I hold the ashes / In my veins, black pitch runs," Lucero frontman Ben Nichols won't be landing placements in Toyota commercials anytime soon. But his song "The Last Pale Light in the West," did grace an episode of The Walking Dead. It's also the title track of a seven-song solo concept EP based on Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, which isn't especially cheerful either. So will Nichols' acoustic set at the Black Sheep capture the more buoyant elements of the country-punk band he's led for the past two decades? Most likely not, but it's still a must for Lucero fans who don't mind a little extra bleakness in their lives. 7 p.m., 2106 E. Platte Ave., $10 in advance, $12 at the door, all-ages, blacksheeprocks.com. — Bill Forman

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