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click to enlarge Battle of the Bands

19 Wednesday

music

The first battle of the bands I ever attended wasn't especially memorable, apart from a teenage rock group called Richie & the Jive Bombers covering a song about constipation by the Bonzo Dog Band. But this evening's jazz event, which is also being billed as a "battle of the bands," promises to be a lot more musically satisfying, as The Springs Contemporary Jazz Big Band and The New Horizons Kicks Band square off for two hours of music from some of the Front Range's finest jazz players. The show, which will take place at the all-ages Imagination Space (Citadel Mall, 750 Citadel Drive East, ppjass.org), is co-hosted by three of the participating nonprofits in this year's Give! campaign. Admission is free (donations are appreciated), refreshments will be provided by Seeds Community Café, and the battle will begin at 6. — Bill Forman

click to enlarge Geeks Who Drink

20 Thursday

beer & brains #1

The geeks have inherited the cultural earth, what with the enormous popularity of Game of Thrones, Doctor Who and The Hunger Games. So it's no wonder that Geeks Who Drink, which has long brought brainy folk to bars, has opted for theme nights devoted to these beloved franchises. And tonight's, you might have guessed, is all about tributes and odds ever in your favor. In honor of Mockingjay — Part 1, opening in theaters at midnight, ready your Katniss knowledge and make your way to Jack Quinn Irish Alehouse & Pub (21 S. Tejon St., tiny.cc/rg47ox) with a team of no more than six people (space is limited), and $5 per person, in time for the 8 p.m. quiz. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge Barnes & Noble book signing

21 Friday

books

No disrespect to Terry Frei, who's a great sportswriter, but you have to love Adrian Dater. Both cover sports for the Denver Post, but only Dater has seen headlines for his ballsy mouth. Last month, he hopped on Twitter and wrote that the only thing hockey player Brayden McNabb will ever be known for is his "pussy" hit on a developing Avalanche player. He then flamed half the people who responded, and ripped off an angry email to a reporter at The Sporting News, which she then tweeted. (The Post suspended Dater for two weeks, without pay.) So, throw out some high-fives when Frei and Dater come to Barnes & Noble (1565 Briargate Blvd., bn.com) at 7 tonight to sign their book Save by Roy: Patrick Roy and the Return of the Colorado Avalanche. — Bryce Crawford

click to enlarge Roller Derby Championships: Pikes Peak Derby Dames' Killer Queens vs. Danger Dolls

22 Saturday

sports

What started in February wraps up tonight in the final Pikes Peak Derby Dames bout of the 2014 season. At 7 p.m., watch two of PPDD's five teams compete for the PPDD Championship. The newest group, the Killer Queens, go head-to-head with the Danger Dolls (who bill themselves this way: "These broads on quads are unsafe at any speed"). Tickets run $10 to $15 for general admission, with extra costs for box seats, and discounts for students, seniors and military. It all happens at City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St., pikespeakderbydames.com). — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge Romance by Moonlight

23 Sunday

music

Chamber Orchestra of the Springs wisely predicted that in deepest November we would be cursing the cold, with a junkie's craving for heat in all its forms. Romance by Moonlight with mezzo-soprano Jennifer DeDominici — shifts the season with steamy love and summer nights, presenting "Les nuits d'été" and "Love Scene from Romeo & Juliet" by Berlioz, and more warming selections by Mendelssohn and Haydn. Today's 2:30 p.m. concert at First Christian Church (16 East Platte Ave., tiny.cc/scvbpx) mirrors Saturday evening's performance (Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave.). Tickets are $20, with discounts for students and seniors. Come early to either performance and hear CC professor and composer Tania Cronin's pre-concert lecture. — Mary Jo Meade

click to enlarge "Entrepreneurship, Connections, and Passion: CC Alums in the World of Craft Beer"

24 Monday

beer & brains #2

Each year around Great American Beer Festival time, we hear from the Brewers Association with fresh stats on the annual growth of craft beer, even as overall beer sales have begun to decline. What's behind that is a clear appreciation for artisanship, which you can hear more about today from 11:15 to 12:15 at the free "CC Alums in the World of Craft Beer" community forum in Armstrong Theatre (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., coloradocollege.edu). Denver Off the Wagon's PJ Hoberman has organized the panelists; attend an all-campus-and-community reception after the event. — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Snow Softly Falling

25 Tuesday

art

At press time, meteorologists were projecting that our deep freeze would be but a memory later this week — meaning that pretty images of snow collecting atop random things could be in grievously short supply for a while. You can address this situation today via the Snow Softly Falling show at Bella Art & Frame (183 Washington St., Monument, bellaartandframe.com). Eight Colorado photographers have put forth some of their finest snow-scene pictures for your enjoyment, leaving neither old cars nor bison out of the mix. The gallery is open from 10 to 6, Monday through Friday, and 10 to 4 Saturdays. — Kirk Woundy

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