Seven days to live 

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1 Thursday

sports entertainment

One of my first assignments as a young sportswriter was to cover a Harlem Globetrotters appearance in Little Rock, Ark. That meant entering their dressing room beforehand and talking to the legendary Meadowlark Lemon and Curly Neal. I was scared — until I found the Globetrotters playing cards, smoking cigarettes and drinking a beer, just 30 minutes from gametime, totally willing to share favorite anecdotes and give the kid a memory he never has forgotten. Lemon and Neal are long gone (as well as the cigarettes and beer), but the Globetrotters still are barnstorming 86 years after their creation, and tonight at 7 they'll be at the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd., worldarena.com) with tickets starting at $22. The roster now includes a female, Fatima "TNT" Maddox out of Mesa Ridge High School here, along with 7-foot-8 Paul "Tiny" Sturgess, among others. And the show never grows old. — Ralph Routon

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2 Friday

special events

Some people have an angry dance that involves stomping and tooth-grinding, and some people have a happy dance that involves throwing their arms around and butt-jiggling. These dances may not have any purpose per se, but a West African tradition takes movement, pairs it with music and storytelling, and stages it under a baobao tree, making what seems at first silly, vital for a community. Happily, the Ghana National Dance Ensemble invites us to gather in such a celebration at Colorado College's Packard Hall (5 W. Cache la Poudre St., baobaofest.org) for the free, ninth annual BaoBao Festival from 7 to 9 tonight. — Molly Mrazek

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3 Saturday


In case its win in last year's PrideFest Entertainment Showcase wasn't enough, or its being selected to appear on BET's 106 & Park, the L.I.F.E. Step Team keeps daring you not to see it. Last weekend, according to the Facebook page of leader Miguel Contreras, the crew took first place at a competition in Tennessee. Tonight, it's charging $10 for admission to the L.I.F.E. Step Show, which will bring a DJ and dance teams from all over the state to Hillside Community Center (925 S. Institute St., 385-7900). The all-ages show, also a fundraiser for Hillside, starts at 7. — Kirk Woundy

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4 Sunday


I first heard about Dr. Sketchy's through a Twitter post by author Neil Gaiman. Just over a year ago, the original "anti-art school" in New York City did an unbelievably cool live model session based on Gaiman's comic book series The Sandman. The Colorado Springs group, now an official branch of the NYC program, pairs the Modbo (17C E. Bijou St., drsketchy.com/branch/ColoradoSprings) with Peaks and Pasties burlesque troupe to provide local artists an opportunity to break out their pencils, charcoal and other tools for an evening of open figure drawing. A "strongly suggested $12 donation" will get you covered from 6:30 to 8. And don't miss the 9 o'clock afterparty ($7 at the door, $5 if you sketch before), with music by Leonhardt, Antique Scream and the Men of Deep Throat. — Kirsten Akens

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5 Monday


Last November, Colorado College film professors and filmmakers Clay Haskell and Dylan Nelson requested that their film, The Hollywood Complex, be pulled from the Iran International Documentary Film Festival lineup as a protest to the "unjust detainment of six Iranian filmmakers." They're sharing much cheerier news this month: Showtime will air their film beginning March 15. And you can view it first, free, at 7:30 tonight in the Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., thehollywoodcomplex.com). The documentary tracks the turmoil of trying to reach fame during Hollywood's pilot season, as endured by hopeful children and their families living in a temporary housing complex. — Matthew Schniper

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6 Tuesday


On his artistsregister.com page, local artist and CC professor Dan Raffin describes his art this way: "I consider all of my work to be uncanny places, that is, they are both strange and hauntingly familiar." He continues with phrases like "things present themselves only in their absence or dislocation" and "spaces of elegant melancholy and whimsy, never melodrama." None of this says what the art actually looks like, but it does help explain his most recent exhibit — at CC's Coburn Gallery (in the Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., theideaspace.com) — The Home Show: Geometric Confections. (Brought to you by Viagra Substrates). Further definitions could undermine the "liminal" aspects of Raffin's work. The show's up through March 9, open Tuesdays through Fridays. — Edie Adelstein

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7 Wednesday

lectures and learning

My favorite parts of Julia Dent Grant are her oversized features and crossed eyes. But the most interesting and tragic part of her story is that, unlike her presidential husband, Ulysses S., she didn't have her memoir published until 73 years after her death, likely because of her gender. Then there's Angelina Grimké Weld, wife of famous abolitionist Theodore Weld, who grew up with slaves. Or the path Varina Howell Davis took to being the first First Lady of the Confederate States of America. All are detailed in Carol Berkin's Civil War Wives, a book getting the talking treatment for free at 10:30 this morning at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum (215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990). Light food will be served; RSVP by March 5. — Bryce Crawford


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