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29 Wednesday

holiday

Steady hands will prevail at tonight's inaugural Chefs vs. Surgeons pumpkin-carving-for-a-cause event at the Embassy Suites (7290 Commerce Center Drive, facebook.com/chefsvssurgeons). It's hard to say which camp has an advantage: those who already work with food, or those specializing in micro precision — love the idea, though. Plus, all proceeds from a huge silent auction and raffles will benefit Make-A-Wish Colorado. Children's activities plus food and drink will also be available; entry's free, costumes are optional and the gourd gruesomeness starts at 6 p.m. — Matthew Schniper

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30 Thursday

music

It's kind of a haul from Alaska to Colorado Springs, which explains why so few musicians from America's "Last Frontier" come here to play free shows at comic book shops. But if you're the sort of performer who covers songs by They Might Be Giants and the Muppets, as well as Tom Lehrer and the Animaniacs, then playing the D&D circuit might seem completely normal. Juneau-based singer-songwriter Marian Call also has a more earnest and heartfelt side — she cites both Ani DiFranco and Joni Mitchell as influences — but originals like "I'll Still Be a Geek After Nobody Thinks It's Chic," and tours with the equally geeky Jonathan Coulton, have established her as a leading proponent of the loosely defined genre known as nerdcore. And now that MC Frontalot — who coined the term 15 years ago — has featured Call on his new Question Bedtime album, there's no turning back. Hear her this evening at 7 in the brainy confines of Muse Comics (1350 N. Academy Blvd., musecomicscolorado.com). — Bill Forman

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31 Friday

Halloween

Don't you love Halloween when it falls on a Friday? It's the only day of the week sufficient for Halloween's multitudes of fun. You can catch stagings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, take the little ones up to Boo at the Zoo, attend any number of grown-ups only costume parties or a Dia de los Muertos bash, hit a haunted house or take in the ever-fun Monsters of Mock show. You call it. Click to listings for details on the shenanigans, or Reverb for more information on local music this night. — Edie Adelstein

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1 Saturday

music

Musicals are hot — especially Wicked. The Tony award-winning musical based on Gregory Maguire's 1995 novel is defying gravity right now. Ride the hype train to the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) and check out Wicked Divas tonight at 8, if you didn't already catch last night's show. Nicole Parker and Emily Rozek, who have both played Elphaba, will be singing selections from Wicked, as well as hits from Gypsy, Ragtime, Titanic and Carmen with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Tickets range from $19 to $61, plus fees. Tell your friends out of town — they'll be green with envy. — Griffin Swartzell

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2 Sunday

stage

David Sedaris is a very funny fellow, a writer with exquisite comedic timing, and one who can make you guffaw, and occasionally tear up, no matter where you happen to be when you're reading his books. He's bringing his observations on the human condition to the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) at 6:30 tonight, and for $27.50 to $47.50, plus fees, you can spend the evening soaking up the wit, pathos and pure silliness of his latest book of essays: Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls. (For those who haven't read it yet, watch out for the bit about the guy who's cleaning shoe polish off a pig.) — Mary Jo Meade

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3 Monday

art

Take 22 artists, live music, beer and barbecue and what do you have? The answer to this Monday night, and the annual pork-fueled Front Range BBQ Fall Art Show & Silent Auction happening from 6-9 (2330 W. Colorado Ave., tiny.cc/r244nx). Shop the photography, ceramics, jewelry, homemade soaps and candles, handmade instruments, paintings and decor to the sounds of Roma Ransom, peruse the silent auction items and nom the comestibles of Front Range. Such an atmosphere is the perfect commencement of the holiday season (because it's happening. Already.) and not just in terms of gift-giving. Proceeds from tonight will benefit Pikes Peak United Way. — Edie Adelstein

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4 Tuesday

music

It's far better to have loved, and lost, than never to have loved at all. Unless, that is, you're a band whose love affair involves a sudden surge of commercial success that doesn't stick around for long. In the case of Drowning Pool, that surge came early on with its 2001 platinum debut, Sinner. Since then, the band has faced diminished sales, frequent lineup changes, and reports that their breakthough single "Bodies" was one of the songs used to torture prisoners at Gitmo. Drowning Pool are now on their fourth singer, Jasen Moreno, who'll be manning the mic at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com, doors at 7 p.m., tickets $18/adv, $20/door) for a celebration of Sinner's "Unlucky 13th anniversary," which will also feature Like a Storm, Breach of Silence, and Red Tide Rising. — Bill Forman

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