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17 Wednesday


Sure, Tap Dogs may be an Aussie knockoff of Stomp, but it's an incredibly long-lived Aussie knockoff of Stomp. As in 17 years and counting, which is a whole lot longer than those Amazing Acro-Cats (who are way too uncoordinated to be a knockoff of either). According to the Mayan calendar, both Stomp and Tap Dogs dancers will continue to perform at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) long after the rest of us have been raptured or otherwise disposed of. So this could be your last chance to catch "The Australian Thunder That Is Tap Dogs" at pre-Armageddon prices, $30.50 to $50.50, tonight and tomorrow at 7:30. — Bill Forman

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18 Thursday


If you haven't heard of insanely ballsy free-solo climber Alex Honnold, who climbs difficult routes more than a thousand feet off the ground, sans ropes, then tonight's a good night to play catch-up. Screening at 7 as part of the Reel Rock 7 Tour at CC's Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., reelrocktour.com), Honnold 3.0 captures Honnold's "Yosemite Triple" feat, in which he soloed routes on El Cap, Half Dome and Mount Watkins back-to-back in under 19 hours. That's just one quarter of the Tour's action, so grab tickets ($12; $7 for CC students) at Mountain Chalet, CityROCK or CC's Worner Desk. And do it early, because Reel Rock's been selling out around the country. — Matthew Schniper

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19 Friday

drink and dirndls

Last week, my friend's cat was "bathing" herself and got her tongue pinned between her neck and her collar. Had she been outfitted in gingerbrett, instead of nylon, it would have been a much happier moment. According to Sally Davis, gingerbrett is a "ginger cookie you wear around your neck for nibbling." One feline's fate aside, why should you care? Because Davis is with the inaugural Colorado Springs Oktoberfest, and gingerbrett is among the offerings during the three-day event, which begins at 6 tonight and continues tomorrow and Sunday at Security Service Field (4385 Tutt Blvd.). Visit csoktoberfest.com for $5 to $10 tickets and for info on other menu items, live music, stein-hoisting and much more. — Kirk Woundy

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20 Saturday


"Diana is ruthless, corrupt, exploitative, murderous, matricidal, and tyrannical ... but in America these days, what media tycoon isn't?" That's Sean Verdu, director of THEATREdART's Season 6 opener, Abducting Diana. This comedy follows the bungled kidnapping of the titular character, who turns the tables on her captors in such a Rebekah Brooks-esque way that the characters wonder who has the exclusive media rights to her abduction. Add in "a gun-toting priest, a deranged altar boy, a kidnapper hiding in the fridge" ... and you've got some madcap media satire. Catch the play today, or any Friday through Sunday, at 8 p.m. through Nov. 4 at TdA (128 N. Nevada Ave., theatredart.org). Tickets run $5 to $10. — Edie Adelstein

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21 Sunday


In 1994, Susan Smith watched her two children drown after locking them in her car and sending the car into a lake. This is a modern example of the "Medea complex," wherein parents want to murder their children to get back at their spouse. On that chipper note: Guest conductor Michael Stern leads the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and guest pianist Alon Goldstein as they perform the music from Barber's Medea, the Greek figure for which this complex is named, along with tunes by Shostakovich and Schumann at 2:30 today (following yesterday's 8 p.m. show) at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org). Tickets run $19 to $59. — Kiki Lenihan

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22 Monday


His Pikes Peak Brewing Co. is still pretty new, but apparently Chris Wright already can throw a theme-week together with the best of them. Between Oct. 20 and 27, visitors to Monument Beer Week (pikespeakbrewing.com/mbw-3) will find dinners from Oakley's Café & Bistro, breast-focused dessert pairings benefitting cancer research, and suds from Paradox Beer Co. One other cool bit of newness will come at 6 tonight, when PPBC (1756 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument) unveils its new drinking digs — the Barrel Room. A special tasting menu will be offered, and paired with barrel-aged beers from around the world. — Bryce Crawford

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23 Tuesday


Don Williams, country music singer and 2010 inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame, is nicknamed "The Gentle Giant of Country." It suits the 6-foot-1 star, known for such singles as "I Wouldn't Want to Live If You Didn't Love Me" and "You're My Best Friend." Cheesy? Maybe. But it's a happier alternative to the similar first-person song-title structure of current country hits like "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." Find Williams at 7:30 tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com), with tickets starting at $38. — Edie Adelstein


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