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24 Thursday

music

It's true: Beavis & Butt-head's favorite pop metallurgists Winger are finally coming to Cowboys (25 N. Tejon St., worldfamouscowboys.com). Kip Winger, lovable survivor from the Golden Age of Hair Bands, is best known for his fist-pumping ode to statutory rape, "Seventeen." ("Daddy says she's too young / But she's old enough for me.") Admittedly, Winger doesn't have a whole lot to do with country music — nothing, in fact — and neither does opening warhorse April Wine. But that's what makes this such a we-are-the-world-kinda-thing. Showtime is 9 p.m., tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Sadly for Kip and his brood, this is an 18-and-over show. — Bill Forman

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25 Friday

motorsports

Chances are that most readers won't be trekking up to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Sunday. Having been to the oldest race west of the Mississippi River more than 20 times, I'd highly recommend it. But if you need more convincing, go downtown to Tejon Street today for the Hill Climb's annual Fan Fest, from 5 to 10 p.m., spreading out from Colorado Avenue to Bijou Street (ppihc.com, free). You'll see actual cars and motorcycles (along with their drivers) that will race to the summit, and you can meet pace-car driver John Andretti — whose legendary twin brother Mario is a former Pikes Peak winner. There's a firefighter chili cookoff, the Denver Broncos cheerleaders, Red Bull motorcycle jumpers and a Budweiser beer garden. They'll also be selling tickets to the race Sunday, if you're hooked. — Ralph Routon

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26 Saturday

art

Here in the big city, we think of art walks as monthly happenings, but go out west and the pace slows a bit. But can the Springs boast a city-wide art reception weekend? It hasn't happened yet, but it's the 18th time for the Salida Art Walk (downtown Salida, salidaartwalk.org), which started with last night's 5 to 9 p.m. preview and runs through tomorrow. Saturday and Sunday's activities kick off each day at 10 a.m., and include art shows in over 40 galleries, with receptions, artist demonstrations and a presentation by world-famous artist Christo on Friday evening about his controversial Over the River project. All of which, by the way, are free. — Edie Adelstein

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27 Sunday

donkeys

For a re-DONK-ulous good time today, look no further than the 79th annual Donkey Derby Days on Bennett Avenue in Cripple Creek (visitcripplecreek.com). Start the day with a 7 a.m. pancake breakfast in the street followed by a variety of contests ranging from donkey calling to tobacco spitting. Adults can enjoy live music, a beer garden and steak dinner cook-out, while kids can pan for gold and take donkey rides. This family-friendly event also runs all day Saturday and admission is free. You can end the day by literally hauling your ass to the donkey races at 1:30 p.m. — Kelsey Fowler

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28 Monday

food

If you have any doubts that the local foods movement is taking hold, just check the plethora of farmers markets on coloradofarmers.org. Today, and every Monday until October, you can find three Monday markets in Colorado Springs: In addition to supporting your taste buds and local farmers, attendees can enjoy live entertainment at the Farmers Market in Acacia Park (115 E. Platte Ave., downtown80903.com), interactive exhibits at the Farmers Market at Western Museum of Mining and Industry (225 North Gate Blvd., wmmi.org), and arts and crafts at the Memorial Park Farmers Market (Pikes Peak Avenue and Union Boulevard, 574-1283). Acacia Park opens at 10 a.m. and goes until 3 p.m. or sell out, while Memorial Park lasts from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (and runs on Thursdays). If mornings aren't your thing, head over to WMMI in the afternoon, but times vary, so call 488-0880 before you head over (also runs on Wednesdays). — Sarah White

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29 Tuesday

sports

It hosted the 1986 World Cycling Championships, it has hosted Olympic medal winners, and now the 7-Eleven United States Olympic Training Center Velodrome (250 S. Union Blvd., coloradousac.org/track) can host you at 7 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday through August 26. The Colorado Velodrome Association's summer track racing series began earlier this month, featuring "a low key, fun evening of racing" for all experience levels on Tuesdays, and "some of the best racers in the country" on Thursdays, with national champions, Olympians and Olympic hopefuls regularly in attendance. If you ever wish to jump on the 333.3 meter track yourself, the organization's website contains all the registration info; otherwise, spectating the event is free. — Matthew Schniper

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30 Wednesday

art

There are few things I love more than a glass of wine and poetry. Actually, there are lots of things I love more than poetry because, more often than not, it doesn't make much sense to me. SAY WHAT is UCCS' Gallery of Contemporary Art's attempt to mend the bridge between poetry and understanding. At 7 tonight, in GOCA 121 (121. S. Tejon St., galleryuccs.org), listen to poetry by award-winning Oregon-based poet Matt Schumacher and join in a discussion about poetry and how it relates to the current visual art exhibit in the space. They request a $5 donation and that you BYOP (bring your own pillow). — Lea Shores

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