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24 Wednesday

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  • Black Cobra

As with Wolves in the Throne Room, Sunn O))), and other acts on L.A.'s Southern Lord label, Bay Area brutalists Black Cobra infuse their wall-of-drone approach with just enough melodic and dynamic variation to ward off the risk of tedium. Granted, former Acid King and Cavity members Jason Landrian and Rafael Martinez don't sound like they've spent quite as much time tripping in mossy graveyards as the aforementioned bands, but the duo still manages to coax an impressive amount of noise from their unadorned guitar-and-drums setup. The question is whether they can pull it off live, and the answer will be revealed tonight at the Black Sheep, where they'll headline a bill with Blighter, Abrams, and Ashes of the Ancient. Doors at 7 p.m., 2106 E. Platte Ave., $10/adv, $12/door, all-ages, blacksheeprocks.com. — Bill Forman


25 Thursday

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  • Outdoor Expo at Ivywild School

One week, you're shoveling your driveway and considering investment in a flamethrower; the next, you're on your bike in a tank top enjoying 70-degree weather. Yes, it's February in Colorado, which means it's already time to begin dreaming of long summer days running amok in that giant playground the rest of the country calls the Rocky Mountains. With this in mind, Colorado Springs Young Professionals are hosting a spring and summer Outdoor Expo at Ivywild School. You'll find vendors, fellow outdoor enthusiasts, and beer, all conveniently located under one gigantic roof. Check out the latest innovations in adventuring, make new outdoorsy friends, and get excited—because the days are already getting longer and a whole summer of fun awaits just beyond winter's cold embrace. 5-8 p.m., 1604 S. Cascade Ave., free, 387-1277, csyoungprofessionals.com. — Bridgett Harris


27 Saturday

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  • Thespiana 2016

According to Chuck Cabell, a gray comedy is much like a black comedy, but not quite as morbid. As an example, one of Cabell's plays in tonight's Thespiana 2016 play-readings festival is titled A Priest, a Rabbi, and a Horse... It begins with a joke that, through interruption and interference, goes further and further into the conversational boonies. Thespiana is organized by local playwriting group The Drama Lab, and the event will feature directed readings of five original plays. 7 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, David H. Lord Theater, 427 E. Colorado Ave., $10, 520-1899, cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com. — Griffin Swartzell


27 Saturday

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  • Winter Farm-to-Table Dinner

The El Pueblo History Museum hosts a Hands-On History after-school program that engages elementary-age children with activities like pottery and folklorico dancing, while also educating on archaeology and homesteading. You can help provide scholarship money for kids to attend by going to tonight's four-course Winter Farm-to-Table dinner with chef Ernie Duncan, featuring proteins and produce from area farms as well as wine pairings by event sponsor Synergy Fine Wines. Perhaps you'll be able to sneak a peek at the current El Movimiento exhibit on display between courses; if not, plan to return. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., 301 N. Union Ave., Pueblo, $65 ($55 members; reservations required), historycolorado.org/event/farm-table. — Matthew Schniper


29 Monday

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  • PPCC Penrose Mural Hub Group

For many, a big, blank wall along a parking lot is just a big blank wall. But to Pikes Peak Community College, Concrete Couch and Pikes Peak Library District, the empty wall in the lower parking lot at Penrose Library is just begging to bear public art. Want to get your hands dirty and help? Today is the third of 10 meetings being held to build one of the mosaic panels. It's a great chance to learn and apply skills with clay and glazing. Later meetings will focus more on tile, masonry and mosaic techniques. Please RSVP and plan to attend at least six sessions. Volunteers under 13 need a chaperone. 6 to 7:30 p.m., 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., free, concretecouch.org/calendar.html, alex@concretecouch.org — Griffin Swartzell


29 Monday

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  • "The Future of Water"

Climate change is complicated, which is possibly why so many elected officials "elect" to ignore it. If you want to do better and learn more, it's not a bad idea to hear it from a certified genius. Peter Gleick, whom the BBC called a "visionary of the environment," will be speaking at Colorado College about "The Future of Water." This author/professor/scientist has researched water resources as they relate to climate change, invented strategies for effective water use, and spoken out about the need for local water movements — among innumerable other climate- and water-related issues. The future of water is literally our future, so you may want to take notes. The lecture will also stream live online at coloradocollege.edu/live. 7 p.m., Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., free, coloradocollege.edu, 227-8145. — Alissa Smith


1 Tuesday

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Colorado Springs and the Banff Mountain Film Festival; it's like we were made for each other. It's pretty easy to name Colorado amongst the be-all and end-all locations for outdoor adventures, but Banff brings us a spectacular glimpse of mountain communities and extreme sports around the globe. The international film tour is making a two-day stop at Stargazers this year (with different films Tuesday and Wednesday), bringing a collection of films sure to resonate with us mountain folk. With trail running, hiking, climbing, skiing and more, you'll be hard-pressed not to find a film you'll be talking about with your trailmates. Doors open at 6 p.m., 10 S. Parkside Drive, $17.50 online (proceeds go to RMFI) via mtnchalet.com. — Craig Lemley


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