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22 Thursday


It started as a play about religion and breakfast chatter in Wyoming, but now it's a one-man show about Millibo Art Theatre (1367 Pecan St., themat.org) co-founder Jim Jackson's experiences as a professional clown in tiny circuses called "mud shows." Confused? Well, it's still called Gods, Guns and Pancakes, and it's still only for adults, but now it's a look at "the surreal world of a new European circus, to political street theatre, to the absurdist world of tented American circus." No matter what, if it's at the MAT, you know it'll be good. GGP starts today and continues for eight performances through April 1. Tickets are $20. — Edie Adelstein

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23 Friday


In terms of cultural overlap, it doesn't get much more natural than beer and skateboarding. Though nobody advises defying gravity after downing a few high-gravity brews (see how I tied those together?), I think we can all agree that a taproom setting like Trinity Brewing Company (1466 Garden of the Gods Road, trinitybrew.com) is perfect for hosting the fourth annual Beers & Boards Skateboard Art Show, a display of diverse and dynamic local artwork executed on skateboards as the creative canvases. The free show is only up from 5 tonight through close of business on Sunday, so get scootin', brew-migos. — Matthew Schniper

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24 Saturday


My high school European history teacher had a soporific voice that I swear could have put the walls to sleep. If you, too, dozed through your Irish history lessons, fear no more: Rhythm of the Dance from the National Dance Company of Ireland is coming to the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) tonight. Re-creating the history of the Irish Celts with song and dance from a live band and 22 traditionally trained Irish dancers, the performance is hailed by the company as "a thousand year old story executed with all the advantages of the modern day stage show." Tickets are $30, and curtains are at 8. — Sara Michael

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25 Sunday


Reading about the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 was harder than I thought it would be. You might say various details struck a chord — for instance, that 150 people were probably still alive when the mostly intact Boeing 747 hit the Scottish ground from 31,000 feet above. But it's from that tragedy that the play Women of Lockerbie draws its story, telling the tale of a group of local women determined to get the recovered victims' clothes back from the U.S. government, to wash them. Catch the last of this weekend's three performances at 2 this afternoon at the Damon Runyon Repertory Theatre (611 N. Main St., Pueblo, runyontheater.org); tickets are $14. — Bryce Crawford

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26 Monday


In 2010, the driver of a bulldozer discovered some big bones while on a job in Snowmass Village. Within two weeks, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science would take over an excavation that grew to include eight to 10 mastodons, four mammoths, one Jefferson's ground sloth and various other fossils. Tonight, Museum paleontologist and project co-leader Ian Miller will share details about what went into the dig, what came out of the dig, and other scientific analysis that made it into his co-authored March release, Digging Snowmastodon: Discovering an Ice Age World in the Colorado Rockies. The talk's free and happens at 7 at Colorado College's Gates Common Room (1025 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu). — Kirsten Akens

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27 Tuesday


Puppets can have a pretty hokey reputation, but there is something so charming and engaging about they way they can be made to embody such life-like characteristics, say, the stodginess of an old man or the sprightliness of a puppy. They can do a lot more than that, according to this new exhibit at CC's IDEA Space (825 N. Cascade Ave., theideaspace.com), Puppets, Politics and Pop Music: Taiwanese and Chinese Puppet Theatre in the 20th Century. Tonight's 4:30 opening reception features a talk by Robin Ruizendaal, managing and artistic director of the Taiyuan Puppet Theatre Company, a part of the Lin Liu-Hsin Puppet Theatre Museum, which will perform at CC in May. — Edie Adelstein

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28 Wednesday


The typical American probably doesn't know a whole lot about elephants. OK, so Disney put out a movie about one with enormous ears that could fly; they supposedly like peanuts; are humongous; and are sometimes found at the circus or the zoo. However, Dr. Joyce Poole has been studying elephants for more than 30 years and is coming to CC today to tell her audience about them in a lecture titled Nature's Great Masterpiece: Stories of Elephants. The talk will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., elephantvoices.org), free of charge. — MM


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