Explains a lot, doesn't it? On Thursday, February 12, Big Jim Slade tapes its performance at Herman's Hideaway for an upcoming live CD; Product 626 is on the shelf at Market 41; and Kirk Whalum and others get smooth at the Bluebird Theater. On Friday, February 13, Wretch Like Me, the lead act on Fort Collins's new Owned & Operated imprint, celebrates the release of both an album and a seven-inch at the 15th Street Tavern; Pinhead Circus, Eleventh Hour and Useless infest the Bug Theater; Sherri Jackson struts at the Bluebird; Fat Mama slims down at 'Round Midnight; and Buzz Bomber and the M-80s land at Cricket on the Hill. On Sunday, February 15, Rustic Overtones spruce up 'Round Midnight. And on Wednesday, February 18, the Lion's Lair plays host to Backspackle and Concentrated Evil. Dilute it at your own risk.