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27 Thursday


If anybody in Kentucky would revere the Nobodys, it's the band Infected. On their MySpace page, Lexington's punk-rock finest list their Springs tour stop with undisguised enthusiasm: "May 27, 2010, 8:00P, Triple Nickle Tavern (JJ Nobody's Bar!!!!!): Infected w/ Stab Crew." Other clues to the band's sound include their cover of "In Your Eyes" (the Circle Jerks', not Peter Gabriel's) and the celebratory "Fuck Georgia" ("We got an all-night drive / And we'd rather not go to jail tonight"). The band has gone through a few (dozen?) lineup changes in its decade-and-a-half history, but Nathan Waters' throaty howl and catchy punk anthems are a welcome constant. Free! (26 S. Wahsatch Ave., 21-plus, myspace.com/555nickel.) — Bill Forman

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28 Friday


Leave the tassel-twirling to the professionals and enjoy an evening of tease-filled performance art with the Dangerous Curves Ahead: Burlesque on the Go-Go! show. The NYC-based ladies will give the Springs a taste of the big city from 10 to midnight this evening at the Thirsty Parrot (32 S. Tejon St., peaksandpasties.com). On this stop of their 20-city tour, they'll be joined by local group Peaks and Pasties and several performers from Denver. Pre-sale tickets are available at the Parrot for $8, or at the door for $10. Bringing your feather boa is optional. — Kelsey Fowler


With sharp, organ-driven arrangements and a singer who has the skills to sound like Otis Redding, the Aggrolites are that rare contemporary band that's capable of getting the first-wave ska sound right. They also write great songs, as their three albums for Tim Armstrong's Hellcat Records amply demonstrate. The show gets underway at 7 tonight in the historic City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St., 888/727-4973). Tickets are $13 to $35, with Synthetic Elements and A-Ok's Sound Shop opening. — Bill Forman

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29 Saturday


Beyond remembering our vets and supporting our troops, Memorial Day weekend is all about camping and grilling. After the charcoal's put away, be at Stargazers Theatre (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com) at 8 for Military Appreciation Night. Denver comedian Shed "Can I Vent" G of Tyler Perry film fame will host, while music comes from the Tony Exum Group, Cous and Bluez Knightz Band, and readings from Midnight Poet and Da Gift. Tickets are $15, available online or at the Stargazers box office. Oh — and when Shed asks if he can vent, it's not polite to scream, "No!" — Lea Shores

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30 Sunday


It may be the hippie in me, but I love welcoming summer by dancing under the glorious Colorado sunshine surrounded by friends and fellow music-lovers. And wouldn't you know, the MeadowGrass Music Festival provides an opportunity to do just that in the fields of La Foret Conference and Retreat Center (6145 Shoup Road, laforet.org). Following Friday night and Saturday performances by acts including Grant-Lee Phillips (see article here), today starts off with the talented local singer/songwriter Cahalen Morrison at 11, and continues into the afternoon with an outstanding lineup, including both national and local bluegrass/folk favorites like Sons & Brothers and the Great Lake Swimmers. Ending the evening is the curiously beautiful music of the Greencards, who take the stage at 6:30. Single-day tickets, available through ticketweb.com, are $20 ($30 at gate); all-festival passes are $50. — Sarah White

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31 Monday


There are really only two acceptable things to do on Memorial Day in Colorado Springs: Have a barbecue, or go to Territory Days (shopoldcoloradocity.com). But why have a barbecue and miss Territory Days, when you can go to Territory Days and have barbecue? (Various food vendors abound.) Plus, there's a kids play area, Native American dancers, live music, a mechanical bull, craft vendors and two beer gardens. This third and final day of the weekend-long celebration runs from 10 to 6; hit the party between 23rd and 27th streets in Old Colorado City from 10 to 7 on both Saturday and Sunday. — Lora Elliott

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1 Tuesday


If you've never read Sebastian Junger, picture the action, excitement and danger of a Jon Krakauer work, then add a few extra doses of flying bullets. We're talking war-zone writing, beyond adventure prose. Junger, a regular contributor to publications like Vanity Fair, Outside and National Geographic — best known for his novel-turned-film The Perfect Storm — recently won a Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for his domestic documentary Restrepo. It follows a platoon through a 15-month tour of duty in Afghanistan's deadly Korengal Valley, as does Junger's new book War. The author will speak on his experience being embedded with the troops and sign copies of War at 7:30 tonight at Tattered Cover (2526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, tatteredcover.com). Visit sebastianjunger.com for more. — Matthew Schniper

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2 Wednesday


Artworks dealing with war are undoubtedly some of the most moving pieces around. Take for instance, the sculpture of the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima, or the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. On a smaller, but no less significant scale, the Cottonwood Center for the Arts show (427 E. Colorado Ave., cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com) Tribute — In Honor of Our Military will feature a collection of juried works dealing with military themes, as well as works on loan from the United States Air Force Academy, Fort Carson and Peterson Air Force Base. An opening reception happened on Friday (from 5 to 8:30 p.m.), but you can see it today, or anytime Cottonwood's open through June 17. — Edie Adelstein


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