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8 Thursday


Not to be confused with American Idol winner David Cook's musical abortion of the same name, Ryan Shupe's 2005 country hit "Dream Big" was the kind of guilty pleasure that, with enough beer, could bring a tear to your eye. Shupe is undoubtedly the best bald, Mormon, fiddle-playing singer-songwriter to ever write a song about corn dogs, and he and his RubberBand play a mean Charlie Daniels/Muppets medley and can also storm their way through enough genres to make you wish you had more wives. The Utah-based, post-Hee Haw, pre-jam-band congregation plays at 9 tonight at the Fox Theatre (1135 13th St., Boulder). Tickets are $12; info at foxtheatre.com BF

9 Friday


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Living in Florida earlier this decade, our favorite escape was Howl at the Moon, a club overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The house band, with dueling grand pianos, always delivered a rockin' great time and a deep appreciation for pianists performing together. This weekend, see that taken to a higher level at the U.S. International Duo Piano Competition, in The Broadmoor's main ballroom (a treat in itself), all free. There's a 7:30 concert tonight, featuring Julia Amada Kruger and Victor Bunin; then, 70 entrants from seven countries will play works ranging from Bach to Gershwin on Saturday (10 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m.) and Sunday (2 p.m., awards at 4 p.m.). For more, contact Linda King at 303/797-1193 or lckking@aol.com. RR

10 Saturday


About a year ago, Manitou Springs City Council set a goal to reduce the community's greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent from its 2005 levels by 2010 and by 30 percent of those same levels by 2020. By 2030, Manitoids intend to offset as much energy as they consume for all new developments. (No word yet as to whether witchcraft and good vibes will factor into that generation.) Learn more about the town's efforts from noon to 5 today in Manitou Springs City Hall (606 Manitou Ave.) at the Manitou Springs Energy and Climate Action Fair. Several information booths will provide everything from alternative energy data to sustainable living tips. Call 235-1241 for more. MS

11 Sunday


Composer Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings" has been played at presidents' funerals, at the World Trade Center memorial, in movies like Platoon and yes, even in a Seinfeld spoof. Many people have called it the saddest classical song ever. The Colorado Springs Philharmonic will perform the poignant and beautiful piece at 8 p.m. on Jan. 10 and 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 11. (Bring your last 401(k), IRA or mortgage statement to thumb in your pocket as you listen!). Also up for tribute, as part of the American Salute concert at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.): Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" and Old American Songs, and Dvorak's New World Symphony. Tickets, available at 520-7469 and ticketswest.com, run $10 to $50; visit csphilharmonic.org for more. MS

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  • Gary Moon

12 Monday


A few years ago, my family and I slogged through an upscale pottery factory in upstate New York. While there, we heard a tremendous crashing sound coming from behind the antiqued barn and found an employee tossing hundreds of ceramic seconds into an industrial-size dumpster. As if the place hadn't already reminded us how poor we were already. Luckily, Commonwheel Artists Co-op (102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs) won't drive up its prices in plain sight. In fact, it sells its seconds by weight via the annual Pots by the Pound sale. The sale started last Friday and ends Feb. 2, and today's a good day to avoid the crowds. Call 685-1008 or visit commonwheel.com for more. EA

13 Tuesday


Celebrate 35-plus years of reproductive freedom and learn about the life of the woman whose tragic photo helped galvanize the pro-choice movement. Tonight, the Roe Anniversary Movie Night at Penrose Library (20 N. Cascade Ave.) features Leona's Sister Gerri, the story of Gerri Santoro, whose death from a back-alley abortion in 1964 was captured in a crime-scene photo that became an iconic image to those fighting for safe and legal abortion. The screening, which runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., is free, but space is limited, so reserve a spot at 303/813-7638. JT

14 Wednesday


Give Broadway a few years, and maybe it'll take

Bringing Down the House or Cheaper by the Dozen 2 to the stage. In the meantime, the only Steve Martin vehicle you get in the theater is Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Believe it or not, the musical version about two con men trying to make a score on the French Riviera earned huge accolades when it opened in 2005. The Broadway in Colorado Springs organization brought the touring version to the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) for a 7:30 p.m. show yesterday, and offer another one at the same time today. Tickets run $30 to $50, available at pikespeakcenter.com. For more on the show, visit dirtyrottentour.com. KW

This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Bill Forman, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.


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