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Editor's note: This story was updated Jan. 14 to correct errors related to the publication date of Dustin Diamond's book, and the spelling of Willy Porter's name.

click to enlarge Dustin Diamond

14 Wednesday

comedy

If comedy comes from pain, Dustin Diamond is going to be hilarious at the Gold Room (18 S. Nevada Ave., goldroomlive.com). His life since playing Screech on Saved by the Bell reads like Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star. His highlights include his 2009 book claiming Bell was a morass of sex and drugs, then blamed his editors when his co-stars called him a liar and a loser. He's currently awaiting trial for "accidentally" stabbing a man in a bar on Christmas day. The show is tonight from 8 to 10. Tickets are $10 to $25, and it's 18 and up. — Griffin Swartzell

click to enlarge Weltklassik Classical Piano Series

15 Thursday

music

For 15 years from its home in Germany, Weltklassik has sent up-and-coming classical pianists from around the world out over Europe to perform in intimate settings. The goal: "to keep the great tradition of classical music alive and relevant for future generations." It's finally expanded across the pond, choosing Denver, Boulder and the Springs for its first stateside concerts. The inaugural performance features Anna Zassimova, who will play selections from Chopin, Skriabin, Catoire, Schumann, Grieg and Debussy at 7 tonight at 8 Broadmoor Hills Drive. Admission, which includes light refreshments, is $25, $15 for students, and free for kids 13 and younger. For more information and to make reservations, go to tinyurl.com/ld2xkc2. — Mary Jo Meade

click to enlarge Rock, Petal, Water

16 Friday

art

Although it feels like a pillar of the community from days of yore, Concrete Couch has only existed, officially, for a decade. In 1990, a group of citizens started working with kids and local groups on various projects like murals and puppet shows, and Concrete Couch was the eventual result of those efforts coalescing under one umbrella. In 2004, it received its official 501(c)3 status, and hasn't stopped for a moment since. Tonight, you can celebrate its history with a 10th anniversary exhibit from 5 to 8 at the Manitou Art Center (513 Manitou Ave., 685-1861). While there, catch local artist Wanda Veltkamp's solo show, Rock, Petal, Water (a work from which is pictured below), a beautiful collection of paintings from a woman who knows how to capture texture and make it interesting. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge Willie Porter

17 Saturday

music

Unlike the many singer-songwriters who rely on live-looping as a crutch to compensate for minimal guitar skills, Willy Porter was already drawing comparisons to masterful musicians like Leo Kottke back when he was still helping to pioneer the technique onstage. The Wisconsin-based road warrior is also gifted with an appealing baritone and songwriting that can be as wry as Richard Thompson's or as moving as Freedy Johnston's. (Check out the lyrics to "Unconditional Love" for proof of the latter.) He'll be a perfect match for the Friends House Concerts, which take place in an intimate setting with acoustics that can match just about any venue in town. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., tickets are $30, and you'll find the rest of the information you need at house-concerts.org. — Bill Forman

click to enlarge Learn to Curl

18 Sunday

sports

Everything I know about curling I learned from Dena Rosenberry's Twitter page (@djrosenberry). The Gazette's director of presentation is actually tweeting curling links as I write this, since, beyond fanship, Rosenberry competes across the U.S. Through no fault of her own, I've retained: Curling involves sliding a round thing with a handle on a sheet of ice, and things that look like brooms doing what looks like sweeping. You'll learn more at the Colorado Sports Center (16240 Old Denver Highway, Monument, coloradocurling.org), as the Broadmoor Curling Club will host a 3:30 p.m. "Learn to Curl" clinic. Tickets are $30 per person, $50 per couple, and don't include a social-media account. — Bryce Crawford

click to enlarge Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Colorado College

19 Monday

holiday

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day at 7:30 a.m. the All People's Breakfast at Colorado College's Reid Arena (132 W. Cache la Poudre St., $7, coloradocollege.edu). In addition to the Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World exhibit on display, Rev. Benjamin Ledell Reynolds, director of Chicago Theological Seminary's LGBTQ Religious Studies Center, will speak. The New Direction Baptist Church Brotherhood Choir will perform as well, and later in the day, the campus will host everything from a civil rights music documentary to a panel discussion and a performance from the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Distinguished Speaker Series Ken Carter

20 Tuesday

lecture

High school coach Ken Carter made news back in 1999 when he locked his undefeated basketball team out of the gym, forcing them to improve their grades (and inspiring 2005's Coach Carter, starring Samuel L. Jackson). Today he's an author and speaker, the driving force behind Coach Carter Impact Academy, and author of Yes Ma'am, No Sir, which Publishers Weekly describes as "filled with no-nonsense observations on how to win in life." Carter will speak at 7 tonight in the OUC Ballroom as part of the free CSU-Pueblo Distinguished Speaker Series (2200 Bonforte Blvd., tinyurl.com/nj2xtfe). — Mary Jo Meade

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