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21 Thursday


An enigmatic figure who perfectly synthesizes the pop-art ubiquity of Warhol, the street credibility of hip-hop, and the Situationist genius of Guy Debord, Banksy is arguably the most intriguingly subversive force in contemporary art. The British guerilla artist's politically incisive, darkly funny works have shown up everywhere from the Israeli West Bank Wall to New York's Museum of Modern Art. And even if you've already seen his Oscar-nominated documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop, on video, here's your chance to catch the man and his larger-than-life works on the big screen at 7 p.m. at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 210online.org). Tickets are $10 for Studio 210 members, $15 for the general public at the door; admission includes a complementary margarita and popcorn. — Bill Forman

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22 Friday


Variety puts the "prize" in "surprise" (put that in your next card, Hallmark), and the Business of Art Center (513-515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, thebac.org) lives by it. Today, the BAC is unveiling four new shows that couldn't have less in common: Bringing It All Back Home is a 25-year retrospective by Lance Green; Becoming Animal is a solo show by Pauline Foss; Passion Retold consists of Christian "fresco images" by Kevin Thayer; and Prints of Peace features works from Bijou School students reflecting on the religious suppression in Tibet. Take it all in with wine and cheese at a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. — Edie Adelstein

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23 Saturday


Today's my birthday (no joke) and I'm planning to spend my morning sleeping in, my afternoon stalking CoCo the Springs Cupcake Truck, and my evening listening to David Sedaris at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com). The Grammy-nominated, bestselling author who is probably most recognized from his original pieces on Public Radio International's This American Life is one of the only humorists who makes my belly ache from laughing. Tickets run $28 to $45.50 and the festivities begin at 7:30. I'll bring the candles, you help Sedaris prep my serenade. — Kirsten Akens

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24 Sunday


If you like (1) local theater, (2) vaudeville, (3) local history or (4) just being first at things, you'll probably find something to like at 128 N. Nevada Ave. tonight. That's where Theatre 'd Art will present the Vaudeville Tycoons' Hell Bent on the Tent or The Phantom of the One Ring. It's the Tycoons' first full-length show, and the first show overall to come to the 101-year-old building since the 'd Artists signed the lease earlier this year. Expect death, financial tension and touches of "cartoon-style melodrama," starting at 8, all for $5 to $10. If you miss it tonight, the show runs weekends through May 8. — Kirk Woundy

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25 Monday


What palatable concoction could you possibly make with cheese-in-a-can, purple plums and flaked potatoes? For head chefs from eight local restaurants, this question will become of utmost importance at 5:30 tonight, at Sundance Mountain Lodge (1865 Woodmoor Drive, 481-4864) in Monument. In a battle to win the inaugural A Taste of Tri-Lakes Cares benefit, chefs can only create dishes using items from the USDA Commodity program. Entry is just $5 and a donation of powdered laundry detergent, toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant or child diapers. — Claire Jencks

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26 Tuesday


She's fun, she's a redhead, she's got pigtails and she's technically older than 60. Her official name is Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Ephraim's Daughter Longstocking, but she's better known as Pippi Longstocking, and she's the star of her eponymous musical put on by the American Theater Company as part of Imagination Celebration's Over the Moon Family Theater. This classic character dreamed up by Astrid Lindgren comes to life on stage at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) starting at 7 tonight, but come early (doors open at 6) for fun family activities in the lobby. Tickets range from $8 to $15. — Matthew Ruppert

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27 Wednesday


James Joyce set his stories in Dublin; Mark Twain had an affinity for the Mighty Mississip'; and Tim Sandlin draws from his years in Wyoming for his acclaimed GroVont novels. At 7 tonight, he'll be signing the newest of the "four-book trilogy," Lydia, at Barnes & Noble (795 Citadel Drive East, bn.com). He says he returned to literature with "a fresh set of problems" that he cathartically worked out in penning Lydia; this, after writing 11 Hollywood movie scripts that resulted in two screenplay credits and a Drew Barrymore friendship. Don't be surprised if Sandlin's inscription inside your book tonight is complimentary, as he formerly wrote for the New York Times Book Review but was fired for "excessive praise." — Eric Calder


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