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2 Thursday

film

In many ancient traditions, people embodying both male and female qualities were seen as gifted, even extraordinary. Fred Martinez, a Navajo boy from Cortez, Colo., was one such “two-spirited” person. Yet he was born in an era where being openly transgender is not widely accepted, and he was brutally murdered for it at 16. Several years after Fred’s death, Two Spirits was made, documenting Fred’s life and the history of two-spirited people. Tonight there are two chances to see this deeply affecting film (for free), at 6 and at 8 at CC’s Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., ifsoc.org). — Edie Adelstein

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3 Friday

comedy

We’ll use a couple improvisational comedy acting techniques to teach you how to get the most out of your Friday. Establish the location. The third annual Colorado Improv Festival rules the Manitou Art Theatre (1367 Pecan St., coloradoimprovfestival.com) stage starting at 8 tonight, the second of the four-night fest founded by local improv troupe the RiP. Don’t try to be funny. Here are the facts: Today the festival features the Master Debaters from New York, and Seoul City Improv, which is made up of American expatriates who perform primarily in Korea. Twinprov out of Oklahoma will perform in “rap-sody” style, wherein audience suggestions are expanded into rap songs. Tickets are $15. — Eric Calder

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4 Saturday

stage

If you’re interested, there does exist online a 79-page report titled, “Without Rival: The Story of the Wonderful Cave of the Winds.” But given that it includes timeline entries such as, “Re. J.W. Pickett, secretary of the Rocky Mountain Missionary Society, arrived in town,” you may have a better time attending Pain of Glass, a history-inspired, dinner-theater murder mystery at the cave (100 Cave of the Winds Road, Manitou Springs, $49.95 adult, $39.95 child, $11.95 age 5 and under). It promises multiple dinner options, an on-site search for clues, and a chance to help celebrate the 130th anniversary of the cave’s discovery, at 6 p.m. every Friday this summer. — Kirk Woundy

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5 Sunday

festival

If you want to start your Sunday morning in the Church of the Outdoors, head to the third day of Pueblo’s Bluegrass on the River at the Nature & Raptor Center (5200 Nature Center Road, Pueblo, natureandraptor.org). After a 9 a.m. gospel set, you can fill your day with a host of bluegrass favorites such as the Lonesome Traveler Band, Acme Bluegrass and the Haunted Windchimes, as well as an arts and crafts fair, nature activities and storytellers. Of course, you could just spend your entire weekend down there: The fest starts Friday with Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand headlining, and camping fees cost just $35 more than the regular admission fees ($35 for a weekend pass; $8 to $20 per day). — Kirsten Akens

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6 Monday

books

Where do the Hindu monkey deity Hanuman and Marvel’s Wolverine intersect? Why, in The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes: Harnessing Our Power to Change the World — obviously. You see, well-published guru Deepak Chopra and his Liquid Comics-co-founding son Gotham Chopra (I know, bitchin’ name) co-wrote said book, which is unsurprisingly about everything the title implies. Both authors will appear at the LoDo Tattered Cover (1628 16th St., Denver, tatteredcover.com) at 7:30 this evening for a presentation and book signing. (Free tickets will be handed out at 6:30 p.m.) So unleash your inner Aquaman, Wonder Woman or mischievous monkey god and get your Chopra on, double-time. — Matthew Schniper

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7 Tuesday

music

It’s fair to say that the sole reason Hines Ward won this season’s Dancing With the Stars battle is because one of his final dances was done to the vamptastic sounds of Earth, Wind and Fire. Sure, he swiveled and grooved, but if you don’t think EWF put him over the top, then you must’ve missed the funk candy coming from their 11 straight gold albums. But fear not, and remedy all by catching the band at 7:30 tonight at Red Rocks Amphitheatre (18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison, redrocksonline.com) for $39.50 to $69.60. — Bryce Crawford

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8 Wednesday

sports

New Belgium Brewing’s Fat Tire Amber Ale is turning 20 this year, and in honor of what they call “THE cyclist’s brew” they’re throwing together bike rides like the one at McCabe’s Tavern (520 S. Tejon St., tinyurl.com/summerjoyride) happening Wednesdays this summer. The Summer Joy Ride Weekly Cruiser Ride runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and is free to participate in and open to families. If you ride five times or more, you’re automatically entered in a drawing to win a limited edition bike from New Belgium. What’s better? Every time you participate after that, your name is entered in the drawing again. So ride on, New Belgians. — Edie Adelstein

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