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click to enlarge EverGreen Grass Band

30 Wednesday


The EverGreen Grass Band is not your father's bluegrass outfit, but it could be your older brother's. Over the last five years, Eau Claire, Wisconsin's self-proclaimed "anti-grass" band has played entire sets of Smashing Pumpkins covers, shared stages with the similarly eclectic Trampled by Turtles, and won its hometown magazine's readers poll for "Best Bluegrass Band" (oh, the irony). The group's 2010 For Sheriff album boasts engaging originals like "Springtime Bright" that mosey down the same Dead-influenced path as newgrass favorites like Railroad Earth. You can catch them tonight at 8 p.m., for no cover, at Front Range Barbeque (2330 W. Colorado Ave., frbbq.com). — Bill Forman

click to enlarge You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

31 Thursday


Charlie Brown is nothing if not a boy with his back continually against the wall, living a life of mild bafflement. (Just check out the fact that Peter Robbins, former TV voice of Brown, was arrested last week for allegedly stalking and threatening his ex-girlfriend and her plastic surgeon.) You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Clark Gesner's 1967 musical that's being performed at 6 tonight (and last night) by the Colorado Springs Conservatory, gets right to the core of that confusion, as our wobbly protagonist copes with what the hell it even means to be a decent person. Contemplation will occur at Stargazers Theatre & Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, csconservatory.org), where tickets are $5 to $10. — Bryce Crawford

click to enlarge Celebration of Black

1 Friday


We have Carter G. Woodson to thank for Black History Month. Back in 1926, Woodson, a black historian, teacher and activist, founded Negro History Week, which was eventually expanded into the entire month, and to this day, is still honored in the U.S., Canada and, though held in October, the United Kingdom. Marmalade at Smokebrush (219 W. Colorado Ave., #210, smokebrush.org) will contribute with Celebration of Black, a month-long exhibit of photography by Jana — who has captured the likes of Chaka Khan and Grace Jones for the New York Times and Rolling Stone — as well as three nights of live music and poetry. It all kicks off for free at 6 tonight, with more to follow throughout February. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge Elephant Tails, Millibo Art Theatre

2 Saturday


You are going to the Millibo Art Theatre (1367 Pecan St., themat.org) today at least once, possibly twice. Firstly, to either the 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. Elephant Tails performance ($10.50) in which MAT matriarch Birgitta De Pree unpacks her real-life upbringing in Africa, contrasting the experience to the habits of pachyderms. (Provided De Pree's fine fitness level, we don't anticipate hearing the phrase "junk in her trunk.") Secondly, The RiP improv troupe performs at 8 p.m. for $12. Due to the whole spontaneously fresh nature of the comedy, I can't possibly preview it for you here, but might I encourage you to toss out the phrase "junk in her trunk" just as soon as the actors call for audience input. Whatever happens, it'll be hilarious. — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Phineas and Ferb Live!

3 Sunday


"They did say Ferb's nose looked funny." So maybe a certain squarish something gets lost in translation from cartoon to stage in Disney's Phineas and Ferb Live! show, scheduled for noon and 3 p.m. installments today at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., $19-$62, pikespeakcenter.com). But mom and online reviewer Shellmybelly is clear that overall, her kids found the show's recent Toronto stop "wicked." Expect the entire Tri-State Area cast, including pet platypus Perry, to stage a summer-vacation adventure with seriously wide appeal. Take it from poconomommy in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.: "Even grandpa was entertained throughout!" Wicked, indeed. — Kirk Woundy

click to enlarge Dave Armstrong

4 Monday


With just some magazines, a sharp blade, rubber cement and a pencil, Dave Armstrong can make you one hell of a piece of art. His collages look nearly like photographs. ("I strive to make images that could almost exist in reality," Armstrong says in a press release. "A slight twist makes all the difference.") A colleague of Armstrong's at Colorado College even uses one of the artist's pieces when he teaches his classes about James Joyce's Ulysses. Good stuff, I promise. See Armstrong's work any time between now and March 1 — which will also be the day of a closing reception — at Dogtooth Coffee Co. (505 E. Columbia St., #100, dogtoothcoffee.com). — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge "God, That's Funny! Humor, Religion, Politics, Identity"

5 Tuesday


You might not normally consider a panel discussion of three authors humorous. Heck, you might not even consider it worth leaving your couch to catch. But you should reconsider those thoughts and show up for "God, That's Funny! Humor, Religion, Politics, Identity," at 7 tonight at CC's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu). The free discussion on topics generally avoided at dinner parties includes Firoozeh Dumas (Laughing Without an Accent and Funny in Farsi), Jonathan Goldstein (Ladies and Gentlemen: The Bible and NPR's Wiretap host), and CC prof Steven Hayward (Don't Be Afraid and The Secret Mitzvah of Lucio Burke.) — Kirsten Akens


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