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17 Thursday


Grooveshark, Pandora, step aside. Showcase at Studio Bee at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com/showcaseatstudiobee) is live, free and features talented local artists, like tonight's line-up, which brings the Zen Theory opening at 6 p.m. with rock-and-blues-influenced beats, and sweet guitar solos, followed by Jeremy Facknitz and Lindsay Weidmann, both of whom are dedicated to the quirky and contemplative side of songwriting (with the vocal and instrumental chops to back it up, thank you). Tonight's show is in-person streaming, straight from the stage to your ears, no computer required. — Claire Jencks

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18 Friday


Get in touch with your inner flapper, boys and girls, for tonight's opening reception and party hosted by Ephesium Events is all about the Roaring '20s. From 8:30 to 11, dress up (if you're so moved) for 1920 at Il Postino (123 E. Pikes Peak Ave., on.fb.me/dSqZpZ); $5 cash gets you in the door for live jazz, a dance performance by 2 Left Feet, a raffle and a look at new art on the gallery walls by painter Trevor Thomas. Best of all, proceeds will benefit the Manitou Art Theatre. A couple final incentives? Both Il Postino and Zeezo's will offer discounts in coordination with the party. — Edie Adelstein

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19 Saturday


When the Indy first covered burlesque three years ago, Lola Spitfire was on a mission to get local tassels twirling. Now her Peaks and Pasties troupe members perform regularly and, as in tonight's Jackets Required performance at 9 at Stargazers Theatre (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com), sometimes invite dancers from across the nation to shake tail feathers with them. Leave your inhibitions (and anyone under 21) at home, and get ready to hoot 'n holler your way through an evening of classic burlesque. Ten bucks in advance, $15 at the door. — Kirsten Akens

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20 Sunday


Earlier this month in Washington, D.C., the Environmental Protection Agency held its second summit addressing the nationwide bed bug problem. Locally, we get something much more interesting: Bug, the suspenseful psychological thriller written by Pulitzer Prize recipient Tracy Letts. Watch the Star Bar Players re-enact Letts' famous story on stage at the Attitudes Center for the Performing & Visual Arts (1502-1504 N. Hancock Ave., starbarplayers.org). The show opens Friday night at 8, with performances through March 12. Tickets run $6 to $15, but this afternoon's 4 p.m. performance is pay-what-you-can. — Matt Ruppert

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21 Monday


Hilary Hahn was signed to Sony Classical at age 16, after which she won two Grammy awards for her violin concerto recordings and was named 2008's Artist of the Year by Gramophone magazine. "All well and good," you may say, "but is she featured on albums by ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead?" The answer to which would be, yes. All the more reason to catch the 31-year-old virtuoso at Macky Auditorium (CU-Boulder campus, cupresents.org) for her rendering of works by Tartini, Beethoven, Ives, Bach and Antheil. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m., and tickets range from $16 to $60. — Bill Forman

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22 Tuesday


It's always nice to see craft beer respected as wine is, particularly when beer subverts a wine tasting, as it's doing at 6 this evening at the Blue Star (1645 S. Tejon St., thebluestar.net). Continuing the tradition of $30 samplings — usually four wines and four tapas — on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, tonight's beer bombers tasting will be culled from the eatery's current beer menu. That list features nearly 40 big boys ranging from $5 to $35 — yes, for one special bottle of beer, which happens to hail from our own Trinity Brewing Co. Bonus: Catch half-off the beers all day on Thursdays. — Matthew Schniper

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23 Wednesday


As some early humans migrated north out of Africa some 50,000 years ago, they eventually adapted to their new environment with lighter skin, hair and eyes. Writer and activist Tim Wise's appearance at CC's Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., coloradocollege.edu), at 7:30 is tonight's best evidence that adapting to this adaptation remains an ongoing process for us humans. Wise's lecture, "Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism, Privilege and Denial in the Age of Obama," is free and open to the public. — Eric Calder


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