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Bill Maher’s coming to Macky Auditorium to delight some and offend others.

Springtime is always associated with mantras of renewal and refreshing; spring cleaning, out with the old and in with the new, rebirth. This Saturday at 6 p.m., come celebrate the rebirth of the CU Buffs football team at the Spring Game. The boys will be giving a preview of the season to come at Folsom Field — for free! Don’t let the weather forecast deter you; suck it up and wear a black or gold poncho to demonstrate your undying support for ol’ CU.

For more information, check out cubuffs.com/springgame

Although I don’t follow celebrity gossip religiously, I have a weird obsession with seeing them in person. To me, it’s like seeing a rare species in their natural habitat — I stop dead in my tracks, whisper their presence to my accomplices and fumble around for my camera phone. I’m constantly on the lookout at the airport, and on trips to Aspen, L.A., etc., because I figure that’s where they tend to congregate. This Saturday at 7 p.m., a real live celebrity will be at our very own Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant Street, for a public display of sarcasm, wit, and general atrociousness. Get your tickets now to see Emmy-nominated comedian Bill Maher; guaranteed to elicit reactions of shock and/or delight at least as well as (and for cheaper than) Charlie Sheen and his violent torpedo.

Purchase tickets online at events.colorado.edu

Although I’ve never had the guts to dash and dine, I think I can handle the Dash n’ Dine 5k series at Coot Lake. This coming Tuesday evening, runners are invited to participate in a 5k course (hence the dash) and then enjoy a West End Tavern-sponsored cookout post race (hence the dine) at Tom Watson Park. Registration starts the day of the race at 5 p.m., waves start at 6:30 p.m. Entrance fee is $22 the day of the race but signing up to volunteer earns you a free bib for the next race. Each race serves as a qualifier for the 2011 Bolder Boulder.

Online registration and event details at withoutlimits.co/dash-n-dine-5k-series

This Saturday, from 1 p.m. through 4, the Foothills Club is giving you the best reason to spend $15 yet. Spend the afternoon sampling the offerings of 15 local downtown restaurants and eateries including the Boulder Café, Rib House and The Cup at the Taste of Downtown Boulder. Proceeds benefit several “kid-focused” organizations in the community.

Call 303-447-8630 for tickets and route info.

Tonight, starting at 6:30 p.m., head to the West End Tavern, 926 Pearl Street, for the Twisted Pine’s satellite brewery. 14 of the brewery’s beers will be on tap and attendees have the opportunity to hobnob with owner Bob Baile and ask him the tough questions (like “why is this beer called ‘Poison Fish?'”).

Full brew list available at dbi.org/do/satellite-tap-room-twisted-pine-brewery

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