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30 Thursday


If you think we're writing about the Independents and their 8 p.m. show because they share our name, you're completely wrong: Obviously, we have no "s" in ours. If you think it's because the band has previously listed Joey Ramone as a producer, lit up the Vans Warped Tour and has a frontman named Evil Presly, well, that's getting closer to the truth. In reality, it's because we think the Triple Nickel Tavern (26 S. Wahsatch Ave., 555nickel.com) is a kick-ass place to catch a punk rock show, $5 tickets for those 21-plus are cheap, and the band's name is pretty much the same as ours. — Bryce Crawford


They go by many names: flop doodles, melons, sweater kittens, "the girls." They wield enormous power, these things hanging off our chests. And in the play keepingabreast by up-and-coming writer Jackie Rosenfeld, breasts become much more when threatened by cancer. Such is the story of 28-year-old Mina, who goes on an investigation during treatment to find out why breasts hold such power in our culture. What she finds, both funny and tragic, is the crux of this production by the Springs Ensemble Theatre at Watch This Space (218 W. Colorado Ave., springsensembletheatre.org). It opens tonight and runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 through Oct. 16. Tickets are $12, with $8 student tickets available on Thursdays. — Edie Adelstein

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1 Friday


Real film freaks attend the festival extras, such as the "Trailer Park Meet-N-Greet Party" from 7 to 10 tonight at the Fowl Line (774 Maleta Lane, Castle Rock), kicking off this year's three-day Castle Rock Film Festival. The largely local short and feature-length films will actually screen Saturday and Sunday at the Douglas County Event Center (500 Fairgrounds Road, Castle Rock, gallafilms.com/crff), but tonight gets you access to the filmmakers, actors and others like you. Festival day passes range from $20 to $25 in advance ($30 to $35 at the door), weekend-long VIP passes are $50 ($70 at the door), and two-hour individual screening blocks run $6 ($8 day-of). — Matthew Schniper

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2 Saturday


We have so many special events here appealing to different constituencies. But few if any have the universal magnetism and pageantry of a service-academy football game. Air Force hosts one a year, and today Navy comes to Falcon Stadium (Air Force Academy grounds, goairforcefalcons.com) with a 12:30 p.m. kickoff. Don't wait until Saturday for tickets ($27.50 and $40.50, with free parking) because it'll probably be a sellout of 46,000-plus. Outside the stadium, you'll find the usual Falcon Fanfest pregame activities (live music, inflatable games, food vendors, etc.) starting at least three hours beforehand. Inside, the cadets, including Navy's contingent, march in 20 minutes before kickoff, and the flyovers might include a B-2 stealth bomber. Then there's the game itself, and these two bowl-bound teams went to overtime last year at Annapolis. Why not again? — Ralph Routon

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3 Sunday


If it flies, it will be there — actually, if it plummets, it might be there, too. Today, on the west side of the Colorado Springs Airport (Fountain Boulevard and Aviation Way), the Colorado Springs In Their Honor Air Show will feature demonstration flights of everything from WWII birds to modern stunt craft and champion parachuting teams. The thrills, which started yesterday, begin at 9 a.m., with tickets priced at $12 for adults, $5 for youth (free for 4 and under) and $10 for seniors, and active military and their spouses. More details at cosairshow.com. — Claire Swinford

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4 Monday


Alice in Chains may be making a comeback, or they may have never been "away," depending on who you ask. But they did release their first album in 14 years (with new vocalist William DuVall) last year. And they did bag a 2010 Grammy nomination for "Best Hard Rock Performance," the first in 10 years. And they are booked for 7 tonight at Red Rocks Amphitheatre (18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison, ticketmaster.com). Yup, I'm calling it a comeback. Tickets run $47.35 to $73.90. — Edie Adelstein

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5 Tuesday


If you really want to "quit" work for the day, skip TV sedation and indulge in some tapas and artwork at Swirl Wine Bar (717 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, swirlwineemporium.com), which is now showing Ephemeral Icons, a collection of new mixed-media paintings and drawings by local artist Liese Chavez. In her whimsical and fantastical images, Chavez applied metal leaf and painted sections in entirely different palettes and directions, giving the works a range of dimensions. The show opened on Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8, but it's up through the end of the month, if you need to quit again. — Edie Adelstein

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6 Wednesday


Notable firsts from the 1893 Chicago World's Fair include Juicy Fruit gum, phosphorescent lamps and the Ferris wheel. It was a time of hope and growth. In his No. 1 New York Times bestselling book The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson melded the romance of the fair and the architect who built it with the ghastly story of serial killer H.H. Holmes. A mesmerizing historical tale, for sure, it's one of this year's selections for All Pikes Peak Reads, and the Pikes Peak Library District presents a free reading and Q&A with the Time magazine contributing writer at 7 tonight at CC's Armstrong Theatre (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., ppld.org). — Kirsten Akens


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