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3 Thursday


Cheers to the Springs Ensemble Theatre (1903 E. Cache la Poudre St., springsensembletheatre.org), whose members actually filmed a trailer and posted it on YouTube to promote this month's run of The Smell of the Kill. Damned if I understand the whole bit with the golf ball, but I guess that's the tease. The dark comedy, in which three wives apparently consider offing their husbands after a dinner party, opens tonight and runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 through March 19, with a Sunday matinee at 4 on March 20. Tickets are $15 ($10 for students on Thursdays). — Matthew Schniper

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4 Friday


All of the Springs' big bugs and border ruffians will be cavorting tonight at the Incomparable Steampunk Art Exposition. Be there, if you've a mind to partake in a free amalgamation of artistic notions on display (and for sale), fine costumery, the frolicking ladies of Peaks & Pasties, grog by Bristol Brewing Co., "vine" from Swirl Wine Emporium, and other little fixins in the eatin' way. Slick yourselves up and mosey on down to HeeBee JeeBeeS (318A E. Colorado Ave., heebeejeebeestattoo.com) 'round 7. — Kirsten Akens

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5 Saturday


Though one Google result insists that the key to a good gumbo is good okra, the rest of the Internet is fairly sure that the secret lies in the roux. And what makes a good roux? (No, silly Internet, not porn.) Don't overcook it; don't overheat it; and don't under-stir it. So with that in mind, hit this morning's Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-Off in Soda Springs Park (1016 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, manitousprings.org). The festivities kick off shortly after 10:45 (followed by the Carnivale Parade at 1 p.m. (lineup begins at 12:30), and tastings of gumbo from about 20 amateur and professional cooks are available two for a buck. — Bryce Crawford

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6 Sunday


A lot of parents underestimate the decibel level that comes with giving their children musical instruments. Never to be underestimated, however, is music's healing power, especially for kids battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Blue Star Connection, an organization that gives kids the instrument of their choice, will host a 2 p.m. fundraiser for its cause today at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, bluestarconnection.org) featuring the musical talents of Trampled Under Foot, Young Austin and No Difference, Jim Adam & John Stilwagen, 6035, Lifetime Warranty and We Are Not a Glum Lot. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. — Matt Ruppert

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7 Monday


In filming 1990's made-for-TV movie The Incident, stars like Walter Matthau, as well as a hundred resident extras, sat in the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum's gorgeous wood-paneled, upstairs courtroom. They would have used Fort Carson, too, in the film about a POW camp at the fictitious Camp Bremen, but were denied access by the Department of Defense. Alas, shooting lasted only 33 days here in the Springs. But enjoy the views at a 6:30 screening tonight at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com) as part of its WWII film series. Costs are $5 and a non-perishable food donation. — Edie Adelstein

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8 Tuesday


Hardcore punk band The Contortionist doesn't do nuance. "Oscillator," for instance, finishes with this grocery list of horror: "I've never felt so alive as I did / watching the blood drop from your chest and into my hands. / This feels so incomplete without holding your still-beating heart in my hands." It's the kind of thing that makes you almost wish for some of rap's laid-back debauchery. But, even if you're not a fan of the genre, you can surely appreciate some drama with your rage. You know, "I'll tell you whose still-beating heart will be in my hands next ..." The Contortionist plays for all ages (bring the kids!) at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., sodajerkpresents.com) at 7:30 tonight; get in for $8 ahead of time or $10 at the door. — Edie Adelstein

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9 Wednesday


When it comes time to untangle a murder mystery, there's only one girl who can solve it with a hair-care tip. And no, it isn't Nancy Drew. Enter Elle Woods, star of Legally Blonde: The Musical, showing at 7:30 tonight and tomorrow at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., ticketswest.com). Based on the Golden Globe-nominated movie, this musical features (among other things) sorority sisters clad in cotton-candy pink and a song in which they belt out "omigod" at a higher frequency than you can freak out at. If you don't yet know the "bend and snap," here's your chance to learn, for $35.50 to $55.50. — Claire Jencks


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