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Gatsby Theatre Company

21 Wednesday

stage

You don't need to spend 80 days circumnavigating the world in a hot air balloon to sample music from all corners of the globe, because today, the Gatsby Theatre Company's Around the World in 80 Minutes allows you to enjoy snippets of celebrated operas and musical plays. To see the likes of Aida, Jean Valjean and Carmen share the stage, arrive at 6 at the Broadmoor Community Church (315 Lake Ave., tiny.cc/sevendaysgatsby). Refreshments are provided and the show is free, but donations are requested to fund future GTC projects. — Hannah Brenneman

Martin Saldaña

22 Thursday

art

Art patrons sometimes like to believe that the story behind the art doesn't matter — art for art's sake. Some stories are just too hard to deny, though. At 76 years old, Martin Saldaña took a children's art class at the Denver Art Museum. He spent the next 15 years teaching himself and producing a massive collection of art based on his childhood in Mexico. See a few of his extraordinary pieces at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org) before it ends Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults and free for members. — Nathaniel Kelley

Emergency Preparedness Night

23 Friday

sports and safety

The problem with feeling prepared is that you think you're fine, until you're not. Preparation is an ongoing process, and something you want to impart to the little ones. Enter the Community Emergency Preparedness Night at Security Service Field (4385 Tutt Blvd., skysox.com, $8-$13). Come at 6 for interactive safety demonstrations, medevac helicopter tours, a chance to register for emergency alerts and much more. After that, the Sox take on Sacramento River Cats. — Edie Adelstein

Wine Festival and Dance Performance

24 Saturday

dance

Depending on how much you do of either, drinking and dancing can be an unpleasant combination. Of course, that never stops anybody, because it usually feels awesome. You can find a safer way to pull it off, though, when it's other people doing the gyrating — like, say, the ballet artists at tonight's fundraiser for Colorado Springs Dance Theater. The 22nd annual Wine Festival and Dance Performance starts at 5:30 at the Colorado Springs School (21 Broadmoor Ave., csdance.org), and for those willing to pay $45 to $80, will offer food, live music, a silent auction and more. — Bryce Crawford

Kids on Bikes Festival and Adventure Duathlon

25 Sunday

kids

In an age of fixies, pixies and the occasional re-vamped pennyfarthing, the Kids on Bikes Festival and Adventure Duathlon keeps it simple: Kids like bikes. Pedal your offspring and their spokes over to America the Beautiful Park (126 Cimino Drive, kidsonbikes.net) from 9 to 2 today for activities, prizes, bike and safety demos, biking and running courses, and a cycle swap. (Leftover bikes will be donated.) The event is free for adults and $10 to $25 for kids; register online or at the park. — Caroline Swinford

Gloriana

26 Monday

music

At No. 2 on the Billboard country list, Gloriana's highest-charting hit, "(Kissed You) Good Night," makes for a smooth cowboy cha cha on the dance floor, but I actually prefer the trio's "Wanna Take You Home" for its sexy line dancing groove. The band likely will play both tonight after the PRCA Ram Rodeo at the Colorado State Fair (1001 Beulah Ave., Pueblo, coloradostatefair.com). Bulls and boys run at 7; tunes at 9. Tickets include both, plus fair admission, for $22. — Kirsten Akens

MCA Denver

27 Tuesday

art

That late summer malaise is setting in; those emotional and cognitive blahs that, despite their minimal discomfort, are impossible to shake. Well, almost impossible. If there ever was a jolt of inspiration, or even a "WTF?" it could be found at MCA Denver (1485 Delgany St., mcadenver.org). The ultra-contemporary and über-cool establishment, run by Denver art darling Adam Lerner, currently features site-specific installations by Denverite John McEnroe ("Beauty does") and Tatiana Blass in her U.S. debut ("Electrical Room"). Tickets are free for members, kids and teens 18 and under; $5 to $8 for everyone else. Both exhibits are up through Sept. 29. — Edie Adelstein

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