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9 Thursday


Earlier this year, and for the oddest of reasons, I Hate Kate! transformed itself into the virtually identical Darling Thieves. According to former Zebrahead singer/guitarist Justin Mauriello, his current pop-punk outfit opted for the name change after the Kate in question left a message on his voicemail threatening legal action. The whole thing sounds pretty dubious, especially since Mauriello subsequently leaked the recording online. But after all, this is a guitar band that does an apparently unironic cover of one synthpop-hit wonder Peter Schilling's "Major Tom," so who knows? See them at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com) tonight with the Epilogues, Kill Matriarch, and the Field the Ocean, 7:30 p.m., $10, all ages. — Bill Forman

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10 Friday


It's been an exciting, and tumultuous, two months in the local arts scene, especially in the Bijou Street alley. Shortly following the closure of Rubbish Gallery, its neighbor, the Modbo, expanded into the space with SPQR (17B E. Bijou St., themodbo.wordpress.com). Like its parent, SPQR will feature artwork, live music and art classes, but tonight is its grand opening, starting at 5:30. Shop for art there (and in the Modbo) in The Biggest Small Works Show Ever, a salon-style show of works under 24 inches in size, and enjoy music by the Denver hip-hop group Pirate Signal as well as local indie rockers HEADHUM. — Leah Barker

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11 Saturday


In the award-winning 2007 film I'm Not There, six actors (including Cate Blanchett) impersonate Bob Dylan for Todd Haynes' camera. Here in the Springs, instead of watching people imitate Dylan, you can listen to them. Tonight, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region brings you a bevy of performers doing their best Dylan renditions or interpretations on CD. Positively Pikes Peak celebrates its official release with live performances by many of the album's contributing artists at Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, positivelypikespeak.com). Happy hour starts at 5, the party at 7, and the $10 ticket (for sale at the BAC box office) will get you entry and a copy of the CD. Proceeds from the party and the album go to COPPeR. — Claire Swinford

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12 Sunday


Much like at Jimmy John's, smells at today's Holiday Chocolate Festival at The Broadmoor (1 Lake Ave., holiday.chocolate-festival.org) are free. So are the live music, chocolate and wine demos, and a talk by chocolate therapist Julie Pech. If you want to get your grubby little mouth on some sweet treats, though, sampling tickets are 10 for $10 on site. Better yet, considering that there'll be more than 30 vendors at this 11-to-6 event, you can pre-buy 25 tickets for $20 on the website. And because cacao-based confections aren't just for adults, bring the kids to participate in the pudding-eating contest at 3. — Kirsten Akens

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13 Monday


I didn't really want to like Tokyo Police Club. Any time a band of 20-somethings is described as "high-energy, infectious, gritty pop," it tends to make my gorge rise. But, shit — they're like a rabid mix of fellow Canadian rockers the New Pornographers and pre-Maladroit Weezer, the latter of whom they toured with earlier. And I know they're growing on David Letterman's radar: Unlike during their first appearance on his show, he actually rose from his desk to shake the members' hands in their second. So grab $15 and hit the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com) at 8 tonight for the all-ages performance. — Bryce Crawford

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14 Tuesday


Take one part Jeff Koons balloon animal sculpture and one part Claes Oldenburg floppy hamburger, add a curious mood, and you get an idea of what local artist Sean O'Meallie's works are like. You may remember O'Meallie from his contribution to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's Conflict | Resolution show last year, the beguiling Danger Toy Love Gun. Even though the subjects of his sculptures have changed some, his signature high-polish style retains that startling focus on the line between sweetness and aggression. Check out his newest creations at the Business of Art Center (513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, thebac.org) today, or any day Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., through Jan. 23. — Edie Adelstein

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15 Wednesday


Romanian New Wave cinema is regarded for its gritty and realistic lens. If you're unfamiliar with the genre, catch a screening of If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle at 7 tonight in the Lon Chaney Theater (221 E. Kiowa St., ifsoc.org). The film is set in a juvenile detention center, five days prior to the protagonist's release; a romantic interest and a family dispute fuel a climatic conflict that threatens his impending freedom. Seats are $5 to $6. — Matthew Schniper


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