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March 2010

Music: Concert Craze

Got a ringing hum in your ear? It's from the pulsating sounds escaping the Pepsi Center this month. The downtown arena's got a heavy lineup of five big-name acts: Jamming first is '80s hair-band sensation Bon Jovi (March 8). Then, East Coast beats and rhymes hit Denver when Jay-Z lands on stage (March 22). Up next, John Mayer soothes the crowd with his soulful crooning (March 23). Too mellow? Check out the Black Eyed Peas (March 27) for sing-along lyrics and a dynamic stage performance. Wrap up with the sweet sounds of Michael Bublé (March 30). Throughout March, Pepsi Center

Benefit: Tubbs Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer

Throw on a pink shirt, scarf down some free pancakes, strap on snowshoes, and hit the trail in Summit County to raise awareness about breast cancer. Snowshoe solo or form a team of 10 or more and join the 3K/5K walks or the 3K race. It's a killer workout, plus you can win sweet prizes (think snowshoes and headlamps). Rompers are encouraged to fund-raise at least $100—the average cost of a mammogram. This year's event will mark $1 million raised through the national Romp series. Not one for cold feet? Register for Snowed in for the Cause, a Susan G. Komen event that lets you snooze your way toward a cure. March 6, Frisco Nordic Center

Film: Charlie Chaplin: A Dog's Life and The Kid

Silent films just got much, well, louder. With his trademark cropped mustache and animated expressions, the late Charlie Chaplin has tickled audiences for almost a century, seldom uttering a word. This month, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (CSO) gives his work a punch of sound in the second CSO Goes to the Movies showing. As each of two Chaplin films play, the orchestra will perform the score live, in perfect synchronization. The Kid is a comical but tender story of an unlikely father: When the Tramp finds and adopts an abandoned baby, he must fight off social workers' efforts to take the boy away. A Dog's Life teams Chaplin with Scraps, a pooch that brings a little light into an otherwise beleaguered existence. March 20, Boettcher Concert Hall

Science: Body Worlds & the Story of the Heart

It pounds, it flutters, and sometimes it skips a beat. There are times when it's about to jump out of your chest. You always sense it, but what does your heart actually look like? See for yourself when Dr. Gunther von Hagens brings his extraordinary Body Worlds to Denver for a second time. The eerily lifelike forms aren't just replicas; they're the result of plastination, a breakthrough process von Hagens invented to permanently preserve the human body. Examine more than 200 real human specimens, including whole bodies and single organs, posed in ways that emphasize the inner workings of our complex cardiovascular system. You'll never look at people in the same light again. Opens March 12, Denver Museum of Nature & Science