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54th anuual Colorado Springs Western Street Breakfast

18 Wednesday

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It's a fine local tradition: cowboys and their horses, hay bales for sittin', and lots and lots of pancakes. It's the Colorado Springs Western Street Breakfast (tiny.cc/nyschx), our yearly tip of the Stetson to rodeo season and our Western way of life. Herd your sticky-handed little crumb-grabbers down to the intersection of Pikes Peak Avenue and Tejon Street between 5:30 to 9 a.m. to load up on sweet carbs prepped by Fort Carson soldiers (proceeds benefit military charities). Adults pay five bucks, kids 5 and younger eat free, and there will also be music, prizes and other family-friendly activities. — Mary Jo Meade

Oklahoma!

19 Thursday

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Call it beginners' luck: The team of composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II defined the golden age of American musical theater starting with their first collaboration, Oklahoma! The musical, which opened in 1943 and is set in Indian Territory in 1906, has been almost continuously revived, right down to 7:30 tonight in Colorado College's Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 577-4556, csconservatory.org). The Colorado Springs Conservatory production is directed and choreographed by brothers Tripp and Drew Fountain, with a cast composed of conservatory faculty, alumni and students. Tickets are $10 to $20; the show continues Friday and Saturday at 7:30, with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. Robert Meyerowitz

Pikes Peak Celtic Festival

20 Friday

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Quick quiz: Which local festival has organizers seasoned and crafty enough to reserve Memorial Park (1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave.) for the first official weekend of summer? Given that it's in just its second year, you'd be forgiven for not knowing that it's the Pikes Peak Celtic Festival. (Unless you already saw the photo to the left and still got the question wrong — that may be unforgivable.) As described on pikespeakcelticfestival.com, "The Festival field will be filled with the sound of Bagpipes, the smell of fish & chips, the sight of world champion Irish dancers ..." and that's before you even get into the whisky tastings, classic athletic events (see: stone throw) and clan appearances. Single-day tickets and weekend passes are available online. — Kirk Woundy

Circus of the Night

21 Saturday

sexy thang

The folks at the Millibo Art Theatre (1626 S. Tejon St., themat.org) are billing their new Circus of the Night as "definitely the sexiest date all summer." So cancel your other elaborate schemes, you romantics, and just shell out the $15 for an evening of cabaret, burlesque, comedy and circus performances. Finally, someone answering my repressed desires for a stilt-walking clown in pasties and a thong! (OK, that's not the format.) The shows run at 9 on Friday and Saturday, this weekend and next, and your ticket gets you discounts at neighboring Ivywild establishments ... oh, hey: red nose, red pantyhose! (Sorry.) — Matthew Schniper

Royal Ale & Arts Festival

22 Sunday

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fact: The old-timey scold "Mind your Ps and Qs" comes from pubs, in which Ps and Qs were pints and quarts of beer. That said, this is the weekend to enjoy your Ps and Qs up in Larkspur. Today is the second and final day of the Royal Ale & Arts Festival, a sort of sub-festival of the Colorado Renaissance Festival (650 W. Perry Park Ave.); on both days, there'll be free beer sampling from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also this weekend, a military ID will get you buy-one-get-one-free adult tickets, and free tickets for children 12 and under. For hours and ticket prices, visit coloradorenaissance.com. — Griffin Swartzell

Alchemy

23 Monday

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Alchemy is the process of transforming something common into something special. But really, isn't that true of all art? Feel free to have that conversation as you consider Alchemy, the new gallery show at Commonwheel Artists Co-op (102 Cañon Ave., commonwheel.com), where Jeremiah Houck, Jerry Rhodes, Belinda Chambers, Caron O'Neil and Ace McCasland will be showing found-item pieces. Friday's reception started at 5, but the gallery is open today from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and this show will be up until July 14. — Griffin Swartzell

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

24 Tuesday

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Goth was essentially the emo of the '80s, a safe haven for the anxious and alienated to escape the oppression of normality. While most of the era's icons have slid back into the shadows, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds remain eternal and will most likely sell out Denver's Buell Theatre tonight. (Check denver-theater.com for ticket availability.) Post-punk survivors who miss out can still seek sanctuary at the Summit Music Hall (1902 Blake St., Denver, thesummitmusichall.com), where Bauhaus refugee Peter Murphy will sing "Bela Lugosi's Dead" and other pasty-faced favorites. Tickets are $20, doors open at 8 p.m. — Bill Forman

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