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click to enlarge Beer and chocolate with Bristol Brewing and Radiantly Raw
  • Beer and chocolate with Bristol Brewing and Radiantly Raw

25 Wednesday

food & drink

Colorado Craft Beer Week is dangerous. Our state's prodigious production of excellent craft beer can make seven whole days vanish. For a highbrow celebration of one Springs standby, hit Bristol Brewing Company (1604 S. Cascade Ave., bristolbrewing.com) at 5 tonight. For $12, you can get in on three rounds of Bristol beer and Radiantly Raw chocolate pairings; it's a great chance to sip Bristol's Maibock, its take on a light (in color, not alcohol), hoppy German lager usually served in spring. Next to a sweet chocolate concoction with coconut, honey and salt, it's a killer. For more information, call 368-6100. — Griffin Swartzell

click to enlarge 4000 Miles

26 Thursday


In 2012, when 4000 Miles was off-Broadway, Time magazine called it "easily the best play of the season," citing a realism in the communication struggles between an elderly grandmother and her bohemian young grandson who drops in on her after a cross-country bike ride. Catch the show's regional premiere at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org) at 7:30 tonight, or on some other Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday through April 12. Tickets cost as little as $15 to $20. Should you care to wait, you will find a full review of the show in next week's Indy. — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Dead Floyd, feat. The E.T.'s, MuleTrain Express

27 Friday


Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon was the best-selling psychedelic album of all time, while the Grateful Dead's live shows were the longest and most meandering of all time. Both started out in the '60s and were especially well-liked by people who ate hallucinogens for breakfast. Dead Floyd, as the name implies, pays tribute to both bands. They're based in Fort Collins and reportedly perform a combination of well-known and obscure material. You can catch them, along with local acts The E.T.'s and The Muletrain Express, at Rawkus (3506 N. Academy Blvd., rawkusnation.com) at 8 tonight for $10. Just do us all a favor and stay away from the brown acid. — Bill Forman

click to enlarge Lupita Carrasco and Jonathan Sulinski

28 Saturday


Art, Lupita Carrasco's coping mechanism in what she describes as an "often tumultuous upbringing as the only child of a schizophrenic mother," wasn't considered a proper career by her family. She went for it anyway, and today she's one of the city's best under-the-radar artists. Carrasco's oeuvre is varied and experimental, employing different techniques for different subjects. For instance, her landscapes swirl and vibrate with loose brushwork, but her figurative paintings are more controlled, portraying saints and Madonnas, or earthly women set in surreal realms. Carrasco's showing with Jonathan Sulinski at Cottonwood Center for the Arts (427 E. Colorado Ave., cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com) in a show that opens tonight with a reception from 6 to 9. Cottonwood's other two-person portfolio exhibit, featuring Al B Johnson and Phil Vallejo, will also go up this night; both are on display through April 18. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge Comedy's Best Kept Secret

29 Sunday


Erik Anker, deemed "The Funniest Comedian in St. Louis," has been described as "[able] to read and deftly adjust to the crowd; he's also able to take them to the very edges of their comfort zone and then make them laugh tears." That's a huge departure from Anker's descriptions of himself, which include "I am why I can't have nice things," and "I've literally [run] away from too many offices to ever run for one." This self-deprecating humor is some of what to expect at Comedy's Best Kept Secret, happening at 8 tonight at Sunshine Studios (3970 Clearview Frontage Road, ticketfly.com/event/793445, $8) where Anker will do his thing along with fellow up-and-comer Dan Frigolette. — Jess Agius

click to enlarge Prologue Series: The Great Critics

30 Monday


"It's the details that resonate. A particular gesture from a performer may somehow be the key to the whole production." So says New York Times chief theater critic Ben Brantley, who has made that case in his reviews — and has definitely rattled more than a few cages over the years. The Indy listened and learned via phone earlier this month; tonight, you can do the same at "The Great Critics," a panel discussion featuring Brantley alongside two other critics, at 6:30 p.m. at the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater (3955 Regents Circle, theatreworkscs.org). Tickets are free, but required. Jess Agius

click to enlarge UCCS VAPA Music at the Mezzanine: Open Loose

31 Tuesday


For fans of that most skronky and perplexing of genres known as free jazz, Mark Helias' résumé reads like a hyperactive hit parade. The New York City bassist started out in a quartet led by Anthony Braxton, an avant-garde legend whose compositions were based on mathematical principles. From there, he went on to play with other groundbreaking artists like Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Oliver Lake, Julius Hemphill and Don Byron. Helias' own trio, Open Loose, is a collaboration with tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby and drummer Tom Rainey, with music that tends to vacillate between avant-garde improvisations and more traditional jazz approaches. They'll take the stage at The Mezzanine (20 N. Tejon St., themezzcos.com) tonight for a 7 o'clock set featuring music from The Signal Maker, which is, coincidentally enough, scheduled for March 31 release. Admission is $10. (tinyurl.com/kg62uok) — Bill Forman


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