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13 Thursday


Boy meets girl, boy loses girl. It's an ancient tale sliced 52 ways in the Millibo Art Theatre's 52 Pick Up by duo Gemma Wilcox and Sam Elmore. It goes like this: There are as many scenes in this relationship as there are cards in a deck. The title of each scene is written on a card. At the beginning of each performance, the deck is scrambled and tossed in the air. Now shuffled, the actors will pick up each card and play the corresponding scene, one at a time. Got it? Then hit the MAT (formerly the Manitou Art Theatre, 1367 Pecan St., themat.org) tonight at 7 or at another performance Thursdays through Sundays through October 23. Thursday tickets are $12, and $20 every other day. — Edie Adelstein

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14 Friday

culture round-up

There's more going on tonight than any mere mortal can handle — and we don't mean the Gavin DeGraw show at the Thirsty Parrot (32 S. Tejon St., thirstyparrot.net) — but, just like the honey badger, you don't give a shit: you're hitting it all. The night starts with the free opening of the Intersections Film Festival, which starts at 5 p.m. at GOCA 1420 at UCCS (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., uccs.edu/~iff) before moving over to Centennial Hall. Then trip the art fantastic at the Modbo (17C E. Bijou St., themodbo.wordpress.com), and next door at S.P.Q.R., as the galleries host kick-ass works from Denver's Davoth and local-genius Phil Lear, respectively. Lastly, it's the first night of Theatre 'd Art's (128 N. Nevada Ave., theatredart.org) free horror production Grand Guignol, which begins at 8. — Bryce Crawford

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15 Saturday


Today kicks-off eight days of science in the Springs, but not just any science, Cool Science. Cool for kids, like today's 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Carnival Day at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.) with free shows and activity stations, or the county coroner and crime lab tour on Wednesday. Perhaps even cooler for adults with activities such as Bristol Brewing Company's "Beer Science" tours tomorrow, a Science on Tap talk on Monday, and Geeks Who Drink pub quizzes Monday through Thursday. (Adult beverages plus science equals the epitome of cool.) Visit csscp.org/csfest for a complete schedule of events. — Kirsten Akens

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16 Sunday


Granted, for many orange-blooded sports followers out there, today will feel weird because it's the Denver Broncos' one week off in the 2011 season. So without football as an excuse, you have no reason not to spend this afternoon at Old Colorado City's Plates and Palettes event, benefiting the Army's Wounded Warrior program that offers art therapy to soldiers dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder. The concept should appeal to anyone: For $15 a person (order at shopoldcoloradocity.com/content.php?id=104), from 1 to 5 p.m. you can visit all of the OCC art galleries, where you can meet Army combat soldiers who will be showing their own art, and you can place bids on that work. Each gallery also will be serving food and wine from OCC eating establishments, with musicians performing as well. Buy your tickets at the website, pick them up at will-call — and forget that football even exists. — Ralph Routon

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17 Monday


In a way, the inaugural Monument Beer Week is really Pikes Peak Brewing Co. week (1756 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, pikespeakbrewing.com/mbw), as that newbie brewery is the host for nightly events spanning Sunday the 16th through Saturday the 22nd, including tonight's "home beer chef contest" (enter a beer-inspired recipe for free), tastings, a beer university and an Oktoberfest with polka music and a traditional German meal. Organizing brewer Chris Wright says he just wants to celebrate beer and beer culture with the help of participating organizations; next year he hopes other Monument businesses will add special beer dinners and more events to make it a true Monument Beer Week. — Matthew Schniper

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18 Tuesday


If post-hardcore bands with emo haircuts are your predilection, you could do a lot worse than to go see Of Mice & Men tonight at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., all-ages, blacksheeprocks.com). While the Orange County musicians can't claim the notoriety of the Steinbeck novel they're named after, they still score points for former Attack Attack! frontman Austin Carlile's fry scream vocal technique, which, when done incorrectly for too long, can leave you talking like Marge Simpson for the rest of your life. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and showtime is 8 p.m., with the Field the Ocean, the Skyline Surrender and Telling False Time doing opening honors. — Bill Forman

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19 Wednesday


A 9-year-old bouldering, two men dodging 30-foot exploding icicle bombs as they ice climb, and a race in Yosemite National Park up 3,000 feet of vertical rock in under three hours are not scenes from your typical Brad Pitt blockbuster. They are highlights from the Sixth Annual REEL ROCK Film Tour, which features movies about crazy people doing crazy things in explorations in nature. Tonight's 7 o'clock screening at Colorado College's Armstrong Theatre (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., reelrocktour.com/calendar/event/18) is one of the tour's 250 stops around the world. Tickets cost $10 for the public and $5 for CC students. — Ellie Cole


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