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2 Wednesday

recreation

As you read this, the temperature is likely somewhere in the 70-degree range, which means it's another gorgeous day on the Front Range (and that it will probably snow soon). So what should you do? Steal a car, drive it around, then ditch it! Wait — no. No, that's the wrong definition of "joyride." What you should really do is grab your bicycle and hit the free, weekly Joy Ride at McCabe's Tavern (520 S. Tejon St., upadowna.com). Bikers depart at 6:30 tonight for a three- to six-mile route around downtown. Discounts on New Belgium Brewing Co. beers apply post-ride, and those who ride five times or more are eligible to win a cruiser from the brewery at the end of summer. — Bryce Crawford

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3 Thursday

music

"In 1999, in a little-known but epic logistical meltdown, the Lilith Fair and OzzFest are accidentally booked into the same Indiana venue on the same hot August night." So begins Theory 3 of how Blame Sally came to be, at least as described on the San Francisco band's website. Tonight, you can enjoy a pairing that's almost equally refreshing: Blame Sally playing a benefit for AspenPointe's Creative Expressions art therapy program. It happens at 7 at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com, $15), and if all goes well, you may be able to close your eyes and imagine "the Indigo Girls and Missy Elliot[t] jamming with Pantera." — Kirk Woundy

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4 Friday

art

According to his bio, artist Steven Gordon works in faux painting, and once painted in Marlene Dietrich's former Paris apartment. Gordon is also fond of creating in a free-form manner, using found objects and letting the "projects 'choose' their own materials." Take, for instance, a trio of doll torsos limbed with chicken legs and human ears, each topped with a white songbird. Catch him at The Incomparable Modern Art Debut of Steven Gordon at Sabi (330 N. Institute St., 471-4237), opening tonight and running through the end of the month. Festivities kick off at 7 and feature music by the Good Morning Accordion Terrorist. — Edie Adelstein

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5 Saturday

comics

What do Norse mythology, 1940s NYC, a gamma bomb and electromagnets have in common? If you responded The Avengers, you are correct. Roughly corresponding with the release of the climactic superhero film (see p. 31 for a review) is Free Comic Book Day, a now decade-old tradition to revive the love for the art of comic-drawing. Get your geek on at Escape Velocity Comics (19 E. Bijou St.) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ed's Cards & Comics (5857 Palmer Park Blvd.) from 10 to 7, CK Comics and Collectibles (719 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs) from noon to 6 or Muse Comics + Games (1350 N. Academy Blvd.) from 11 to 7. Assorted library branches are also participating: PPLD's East Library from 11 to 2, and all day at the Fountain Branch. Find out more at freecomicbookday.com. — Sara Michael

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6 Sunday

stage

The Carmina Burana was originally a collection of 254 poems and dramatic texts from the 11th and 12th centuries written by students and clergy. They include love songs, drinking songs and many words of moral and spiritual guidance. In the 1930s, Carl Orff took 24 of those poems and turned them into a choral composition. At 2 today at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., csysa.com), 11 regional organizations with 400 performers will perform the scenic cantata Carmina Burana. This final performance punctuates a week of lead-up activities and events held at various venues around the Springs. Tickets to today's show are $18 to $20 and can be bought at ticketswest.com. — Molly Mrazek

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7 Monday

history

Though it remains in the funding and development phase, it won't be too long until the one-of-a-kind National Museum of World War II Aviation officially opens its doors at 765 Aviation Way near the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport (worldwariiaviation.org). Soon enough we'll be seeing WWII aircraft demonstrations beyond insightful exhibits capturing the eras' innovations. The cool news is that you can get in on the action early with free pre-opening tours (donations appreciated) at 1 p.m., first Mondays of the month through summer — today being one of those days. Visit the website for full tour details and to sign up. — Matthew Schniper

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8 Tuesday

music

The Brian Jonestown Massacre already had a substantial cult following by the time the 2004 documentary Dig! played up the hate portion of the band's love-hate relationship with the Dandy Warhols. Like Australia's Lovetones, Anton Newcombe and his San Francisco bandmates continue to mine a vein of psych-rock that's dreamy, droney and more than a little indebted to the Velvet Underground. With a dozen albums under its belt, and a new one called Aufheben due in May, the band will have no shortage of material for tonight's appearance at the Bluebird Theater (3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, bluebirdtheater.net). Tickets are $22 in advance, $27 at the door for this 16-plus show, with the Blue Angel Lounge opening at 8. — Bill Forman

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