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26 Thursday


It's mid-January and now that you've decided that the free 2012 calendar you got in the mail from XYZ organization is as dull as you thought it was, head over to Back East Bar and Grill (9475 Briar Village Point, backeastbarandgrill.com) from 7 to 9 tonight. Not only can you grab a beer at one of the Indy's 2011 Best Of neighborhood bars, you'll get to hang with a group of firefighters as they gather once again for a 2012 Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters calendar signing. The 11 men and one woman who struck a pose to raise funds for the Local 5 ($15 per calendar) will look so much better in your office cubicle than those pixelated pics of the Peak. Guaranteed. Kirsten Akens

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27 Friday


If you're debating whether to attend this weekend's science fiction convention COSine, which kicks off at 4 tonight, I've got five words for you: Cowboys and Aliens Masquerade Ball. That's right, if you've bought the full weekend pass for $45, you'll be there Saturday night when the Stetson-ed and the slimy shimmy in a hedonistic bacchanalia of mixed makes. But we're just getting started on all the craziness at the Crowne Plaza (2886 S. Circle Drive, firstfridayfandom.org/cosine): We're talking scheduled gaming, video and anime action, an art show, a visit by author Charles Stross and panels such as "What did Lovecraft teach us about horror?" — Bryce Crawford

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28 Saturday


One of my recent embarrassing moments involves falling asleep during a symphony at Carnegie Hall; I've come to believe I have a chronic case of "classicalitus." However, tonight's concert from the Colorado Springs Philharmonic showcases more than a century of music from so-called rebels of the orchestral music industry, and could keep even me awake: early symphonies of Beethoven and Bernstein, with some Berlioz thrown in (strictly for alliteration purposes). So whether you're a fan of the Romantics or a fan of R&R, the show starts at 8 tonight, with another performance at 2:30 tomorrow at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com). Tickets run $19 to $57. — Sara Michael

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29 Sunday


Over the course of six hours today, musical friends of the late John-Alex Mason will be paying homage by playing the blues. J-AM Celebration: A Musical Gathering for John-Alex Mason (473-4801, krcc.org) kicks off at 4 p.m. at Colorado College's Shove Memorial Chapel (1010 N. Nevada Ave.). The music at Shove will go until 7; after that, head west to Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs) for an after-celebration from 8 to 10. Musicians who revered John-Alex and his music are invited to perform, and the rest of us whose lives he touched are encouraged to come listen. All donations will benefit the John-Alex Mason Scholarship Fund. — Bill Forman

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30 Monday


Any river basin that snakes 1,400 miles through seven states is a pretty big deal. It's even more so when it shares our state's name. From 7 to 9 tonight, Colorado College's Gates Common Room (1025 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu) will be hosting another portion of its State of the Rockies 2011-2012 Speakers Series. With "Unheard Voices of the Colorado River Basin: Bringing Mexico and Native American Tribes to the Table," the series will carry on its exploration of issues in the river basin, and touch on how water rights affect both Mexico and our local native tribes. The lecture is free, so dedicate the evening to the dirt beneath your feet. — Kelsey Smith

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31 Tuesday


It's often said that one person's trash is another person's treasure. Any art I dig out of my attic would definitely be trash from elementary school; however, some locals have artwork that's actually worth being displayed in someone's home. And they don't want it anymore! Beginning with an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, the Commonwheel Artists Co-op (102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, commonwheel.com) is hosting a secondary art market, Caution: Art Bargains, where people can buy and sell unwanted art. The market will be peruse-able until Feb. 20. — Molly Mrazek

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1 Wednesday


It started with the Venus of Willendorf, an ancient carving of a robust, fertile woman. Thousands of years later, Botticelli painted "The Birth of Venus," elongated, pale and regal. Fast-forward to the 1960s and '70s, you get everyday women floating down streets, strolling in parks, laughing over ice cream cones — the subjects of noted photographer Garry Winogrand. His 35mm Leica captured impromptu moments highlighting women living in a world where their roles were changing drastically. They became the subjects of one of his greatest portfolios, Women Are Beautiful, prints of which are now on display at the Denver Art Museum (100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, denverartmuseum.org). Culled from the DAM's own permanent collection, the exhibit of 50 photos opened Sunday and will be up through July 8. — Edie Adelstein


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