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27 Thursday


They had me at "Self Portrait as a Puking Sleeping Giant." That's the title of one of Kyle Bravo's works on display at tonight's opening reception of Rupture, from 5 to 8 at GOCA 1420 (University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., galleryuccs.org). The show focuses on the theme of physical pressure that causes material to spew forth: volcanos, vomit — you get the idea. Bravo's large installation is actually more engrossing than gross, and Jenny LeBlanc and Claire Rau (fellow members of the New Orleans-based art collective The Front) also offer intriguing perspectives on things that go boom and barf. Entry through the March 18 close is free. — Matthew Schniper

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28 Friday


"PURGE the world of dead art!" reads the Fluxus manifesto. "Promote NON ART REALITY to be grasped by all peoples, not only critics, dilettantes and professionals." Since 1963, George Maciunas' words have inspired people to view art as free, simple and do-it-yourself. This spirit prevails at the Business of Art Center (513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, thebac.org), where its new exhibit, Everyday Art, features 22 Springs-affiliated artists. They're calling it a "Fluxus Potluck," and well they might — between now and March 12, visitors will be able to interact with art that's not only visible, but audible, touchable and taste-able as well. Attend the opening reception from 5 to 8 tonight, or experience the exhibit anytime between 11 and 6, Tuesday through Saturday. — Claire Swinfod

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29 Saturday


Don't read about the members of the National Ballet of Denver if you're feeling like a slacker today. The education, training, awards ... they're pretty effing impressive. Never mind the Ballet's co-founders and artistic directors, Andrei Vassiliev and Cornell Callender, who started the Ballet and its academy in 2005, and today are only 32 and 27, respectively. Take heart in simply enjoying all their accomplishments at 7:30 tonight with Masterpieces of Classical Ballet at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com). Tickets for this one-time-only performance run from $28 to $76 and are available at ticketswest.com. — Edie Adelstein

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30 Sunday


If you love books as much as I love books, then I'll see you at the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District's Winter Book Sale between 11 and 3 today at the East Library (5550 N. Union Blvd., ppld.org). It's actually in its third day, but Sunday's all about $5 bags. From experience, a few survival tips: 1) The library provides paper grocery bags, but to max out your five bucks, bring a fabric bag for layering. 2) Today draws dealers. Don't be afraid to shove and grab around them as they scan books with fancy equipment. 3) If you care about getting to the stacks sooner, buy a Friends membership — Friday night's for members only. — Kirsten Akens

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31 Monday


I've long struggled with my desire to be a nun. And it's not just my lifelong hope to get really deep with the big JC. For starters, I'd stop showering, like immediately: When you're covered head to toe, one habit could just replace the other. Well, if Boston College professor Mary Ann Hinsdale is right, I may be needed more than ever. At 3:30 today, she'll give a free lecture at Colorado College's Shove Memorial Chapel (1010 N. Nevada Ave., coloradocollege.edu) titled "Nuns: A Vanishing Species in the Catholic Church." — Bryce Crawford

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1 Tuesday


If you've seen Fela Kuti: Music Is the Weapon, the powerful documentary about the Nigerian bandleader's life, music and politics, then you know that he was an artist like no other. Last year, the Broadway musical Fela! earned three Tony Awards, posthumously bringing the Afrobeat godfather back into the limelight. The show was co-written and choreographed by Bill T. Jones (a legend in his own right), and you'll have the opportunity to catch Britain's acclaimed National Theatre production in a high-definition broadcast, hosted by the Springs' own TheatreWorks. The musical screens at the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater (3955 Regent Circle, theatreworkscs.org) at 7 pm tonight and tomorrow, with encores next Tuesday and Wednesday. Tickets are $13 for subscribers, $15 for non-members, and free for UCCS students with ID. — Bill Forman

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2 Wednesday


"Two hundred and seventy million acres of stolen Native American land — 10 percent of the country — given to white people for free." Even if you've heard this description of the Homestead Act, you've never been challenged to think about it via spoken-word poetry, acting, dance and hip-hop. Unless, that is, you've seen Ariel Luckey perform already. His earnest, energetic and passionate traveling solo show, Freeland, follows a young white man learning a very hard history lesson, and UCCS hosts it for free at 6 tonight at Berger Hall (University Center, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., freelandproject.com). Dessert reception to follow. — Kirk Woundy


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