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click to enlarge Dinosaur Train: Live! Buddy's Big Adventure

7 Wednesday

kids & family

Creationists and evolutionists may debate the exact millennium when dinosaurs roamed, but there's no question about when Buddy and his Dinosaur Train pals came on the scene. Jim Henson's CGI-animated series took to the airwaves on Labor Day in 2009, the same month that PBS predecessors Barney & Friends underwent mass extinction. Come celebrate both occurrences tonight as Buddy, Tiny and the rest of the prehistoric gang appear at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) in what's been described as "a 'wow' show for kids." Showtime is 6:30, with tickets starting at $22. — Bill Forman

click to enlarge Orchid Showcase

8 Thursday

flowers

Winter's officially arrived, with its bare trees, heavy socks and side-order of depression. Which means that a trip north is in order to the Butterfly Pavilion (6252 W. 104th Ave., Westminster, butterflies.org), where you can spend the morning in a tropical rainforest surrounded by floating life forms. Grab lunch somewhere in The Big City, then mosey over to Denver Botanic Gardens for the annual Orchid Showcase (1007 York St., tinyurl.com/oeakerp). There you can commune with hundreds of exotic blossoms tucked in among the Garden's citrus collection. There now. All better. — Mary Jo Meade

click to enlarge Smokey Joe's Cafe

9 Friday

stage

If there was one overarching criticism of Smokey Joe's Cafe, it's that there's really no plot, context or much acting beyond the 39-song set list. But this hasn't stopped Cafe from becoming the longest-running musical revue on Broadway, with a Grammy to its name, as well as a slate of Tony noms. And if you know what you're getting into — "Charlie Brown," "Spanish Harlem," and "Trouble" for instance, sans exposition — then make yourself at home at 7:30 tonight at Arnold Hall at the U.S. Air Force Academy (2302 Cadet Drive, 333-4497). Tickets are free for cadets and $40.75 to $61.25 for everyone else. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge Sea to Shining Sea

10 Saturday

kids & family

"What I'm trying to get out of the story is the idealism." That's how composer James Horner has described his work on Apollo 13, and why music from that film fits so nicely into Sea to Shining Sea, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Pops paean to patriotism scheduled for Friday and today at 8 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com). Among the dozen or so compositions that Thomas Wilson will conduct are "America" from West Side Story and of course, "America the Beautiful." For the record, Horner admits that idealism "is a very elusive thing to bring out with a flute, but that's what I want." Tickets run from $19 to $61. — Kirk Woundy

click to enlarge Second Sunday Concert Series feat. the Veronika String Quartet

11 Sunday

music

A Sunday afternoon spent with a good book, a fine cup of coffee or tea, and a splendid view is hard to beat. But if you add in a performance from a world-class string quartet, you've got something really special. Enter the Veronika String Quartet, performing at 2 p.m. at Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Drive, ppld.org). Originally from Moscow, the Quartet has been praised for lively and skilled takes on both classic and contemporary compositions. It plays everything from Beethoven to Britten and from Stravinsky to Tchaikovsky. Best of all? This show, part of the library's Second Sunday Concert series, is free. — Griffin Swartzell

click to enlarge M

12 Monday

film

Mondays at 7 p.m. through winter, the Kadoya Gallery (119 Central Plaza, Pueblo, kadoyagallery.com/film) hosts a free film series that it says has gained a loyal cult following of cinephiles. Apparently, those same folks are keen on potlucks in tandem with the movies, so don't go empty-handed tonight to see Fritz Lang's 1931 masterpiece M, starring Peter Lorre. In the film, German police enlist criminals to help in a manhunt for a child-murderer, and twists and turns create a very engaging plot line. Enjoy an era when good writing and cinematography meant more than empty 3D effects and explosions. — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Pots by the Pound

13 Tuesday

art

There are many things pieces of pottery are good for. You can set stuff on them or in them. You can put them places, like tables and other flat surfaces. You can even launch them from rooftop-mounted slingshots in celebration of the New Year. Actually, that example is an interactive, multi-part exercise, since it would lead to another thing you can do with pottery: talk to the police while it lies in shards on the road around you. All these and more can be yours if you attend the Pottery by the Pound & Other Discount Artwork sale at Commonwheel Artists Co-Op (102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, commonwheel.com). The sale started Jan. 9 and continues through Feb. 9, with artists restocking throughout. Bryce Crawford

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