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22 Wednesday

stage

We don't know much about the six short acts, each penned by a different local playwright, that compose tonight's Our Shorts Are Showing 2 performance at The Black Box Theatre (1367 Pecan St., craft-pr.com). But we do know they've been assembled by the local Craft Production Resource group; they start at 7 tonight, and run at that same hour on the 23rd, 24th and 25th, with a 2 p.m. matinée on the 25th also; and that entry costs $10 ($5 students, material not suitable for small children). CPR incubates new writers, directors and actors in this way, and audiences get original programming — short and (not always) sweet, 'cuz that's real drama. — Matthew Schniper

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23 Thursday

kids and family

From Mickey Mouse to Rizzo the Rat, there's a talking rodent out there for each and every one of us. Among them is Stuart Little from E.B. White's 1945 children's novel of the same name. Stuart is an anthropomorphic mouse, born to New York City humans, who battles Snowbell the malevolent cat, gets shipped out to sea in a trash can, and worst of all, becomes a substitute teacher. Based on a stage adaption by Tony Award-winner Joseph Robinette, this local production runs through Nov. 2 at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's Second Stage (30 West Dale St., 634-5583). Find tickets and showtimes at csfineartscenter.org. — Bill Forman

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24 Friday

comedy

Nick Swardson's got one hell of an incriminating bio. He's had a hand in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry and That's My Boy. Need I say more? But he's also the memorable weirdo on roller skates, Terry of Reno 911! and, per his Twitter account, comfortable in his role of the gross funny guy. If you like lots, I mean lots, of fart jokes — Oct. 10 tweet: "Watch me struggle through my bday hangover and regail [sic] my farty poopy jokes. #fart #penis #toilet #balls." — then have I got the best outlet ever for your $38. Tonight's show is at 8 at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com). — Edie Adelstein

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25 Saturday

pre-Halloween fun

I imagine today you're heading to Manitou Springs for the 20th year of the Emma Crawford Coffin Races (emmacrawfordfestival.com), but you'll also want to factor in what's going on at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org). Tonight's BloodLux Bash is the ultimate cultured costume party that will include contests, cocktails, food trucks, taiko drummers and Dracula-themed shenanigans (per the FAC's current theater show). The fun kicks off at 7:30 and is $20 at the door. You'll also get to see the museum's brand-new Continuance: Charles and Collin Parson exhibit, either that night or at an 11 a.m. artist's talk. Find more on Continuance (up through mid-February) in next week's issue. — Edie Adelstein

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26 Sunday

sports

Who's Waldo? You, if you like. What's Waldo? Not just the elusive main character of a children's picture book series. When's Waldo? Today, at 8 a.m. Where's Waldo? America the Beautiful Park (126 Cimino Drive, thewaldowaldo.com). How's Waldo? Not so good after the fire. Why Waldo? Because a 5K to raise funds for restoring Waldo Canyon, using a beloved children's character, is helpful. Waldo Waldo registration is $35, or $40 on the morning of, and that fee includes your costume. This year, they're trying for a world-record wall of Waldos. And that was 10 "Waldos" in 90 words. You're welcome. — Griffin Swartzell

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27 Monday

art

When seeking evocative images of America, you can look to Norman Rockwell's paintings, or to Donald Glover's recent homages. You can look to Edward Hopper's paintings of the isolation of the 20th century. Or you can look to Colorado College associate professor Andrew Manley's photographs of reader-boards across the country. His solo show, Reading America, opens at Coburn Gallery (902 N. Cascade Ave., theideaspace.com) today. For 20 years, Manley has collected photos of wry, unfiltered America expressed through sun-bleached messages along every highway and byway in the country. — Griffin Swartzell

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28 Tuesday

dance

Watch a contemporary dance performance by the company Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, and you may be reminded of an athletic, dancing alphabet — framed capital letters marching, twisting, jumping and undulating from the ground up in strong, structured poses that defy bone structure before flowing into something else equally poppin'. A 2007 Los Angeles Times review describes the dancers as having "the energy of a tsunami with stamina to spare." Expose yourself to its force at 7:30 tonight at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, sdc-arts.org). Tickets start at $27. — Bryce Crawford

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