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November 2009

Theater: Ameriville

Four years since Hurricane Katrina, the impact of the disaster is far from forgotten. Using the devastation of Katrina as a lens to analyze greater America, Bronx-based performance group Universes dissects themes of humanity, government, and courage by fusing theater with poetry and jazz. (Think Stomp with a more focused message and fewer garbage cans.) Director Chay Yew and the four-member cast bombard your senses with the foot-tapping blues energy of the Big Easy, so sit back and enjoy. But prepare for a somber message: The takeaway here is that Katrina didn't just blow through New Orleans. In truth, it hit all of us. Nov. 14 through Dec. 5, Curious Theatre Company.

Sports: Colorado Ski & Snowboard Expo

Three days. Eight vendors. Twenty thousand square feet—all dedicated to skiing and snowboarding. From discounted gear and clothing (we're talking up to 75 percent off) to coveted lodging deals, this is a one-stop shop for all the sweetest must-haves. Think you're an all-star? Test yourself against the best at the "Eliteam" Training Center, an interactive area that pits your skills against champion skiers Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn. With Vancouver 2010 just around the corner, former Olympians will be signing autographs and getting you keyed up for an epic season. Plus, it's the last chance for preseason pricing on passes and lift tickets. Think of it as a yard sale-without the humiliating wipeout. Nov. 13-15, Colorado Convention Center.

Art: Embrace!

What would Daniel Libeskind say if he heard someone was messing with the Denver Art Museum's Frederic C. Hamilton Building? Seventeen artists from around the world are transforming the building's functional architecture into avant-garde art with site-specific installations. Don't miss German artist Katharina Grosse's four-story spray painting, which adapts a generic wall into a colorful masterpiece. And look for local realist painter Rick Dula's true-to-scale print depicting the steel beams that hold up the actual building. It's one of the country's largest exhibitions of its kind, and we hope Libeskind would be proud. Nov. 14 through April 4, Denver Art Museum.

Dance: Think You Can Dance?

Embarrassed about your addiction to reality dance TV? Don't be. We're hooked, too—and thrilled to see the top 10 from last season's So You Think You Can Dance boogie across the stage. Season five of the five-time Emmy Award-winning show was a smorgasbord of routines— a hip-hop dancer attempted a waltz, and a ballerina transformed into a superhero—but we cheered the most for Aurora's own contemporary dancer Kayla Radomski. See your favorite moves and some new choreography when Radomski and Jeanine Mason, dubbed America's favorite dancer, with more than 21 million votes, take to the stage. Best part: Sayonara, commercial breaks. Nov. 5, Colorado Springs World Arena.