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• Summer may be winding down, but there's still time to enjoy some of its many pleasures, including the quintessentially American backyard party. Now thanks to TheatreWorks, you can add something extra to the soiree, for free. Tell the company the details of your party here and it will send a representative from the theater to speak to the group about its next two plays, Death of a Salesman and Seven Guitars.

"Both of them are set in 1948, and while they explore vastly different worlds, when packaged together they ask us to consider our own backyards, neighbors, fences, perspectives, communities, histories and relationships," writes artistic director Murray Ross in the press release.

Beyond that, you'll also get two free TW tickets and "greatly discounted" tickets for all your guests. Hell, they'll even help with recipes, information and entertainment — really. So someone sign up already!

In other news, Cymbeline is sold out, but you can get on a waiting list before it closes Saturday.

• There are just four days left to help local photographer Johnny Wilson reach his Kickstarter goal to print his book What's Your Story?, a collection of portraits and hand-written testimonies by Waldo Canyon Fire victims. Sadly, unless Wilson gets some $9,000 in the next few days, the Kickstarter will fail. However, via email Wilson promises that it'll only be a setback, not a damper on the whole project.

"I have collected the stories for over a year now and I've never been this determined to accomplish anything in my life," he writes. "I have all the stories, so I just need to find a way to get the first run of book printed. Once I have the first run printed I will be able to showcase them and take orders."

Wilson adds he's working on a website for the book as well.

Here are examples of a portrait and a testimony (written by another child):

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  • Johnny Wilson

• Elsewhere, the stolen butterfly sculpture from Old Colorado City has yet to be recovered. The piece was taken from its mountings over a week ago and so far there are no leads. The work is part of the annual Butterflies and Friends charitable auction happening in September. Event planner Rhonda Rickett has been working with the Colorado Springs Police Department and has personally visited scrap metal yards in search of the work.

"I left the stake up it was on hoping they would just return it to the stand but that’s probably wishful thinking," she writes via email.

Any word on the sculpture should be sent to Rickett at 574-1634 or

• Lastly, this is a plug ... to please vote in the Indy's Best Of poll, which closes in just two weeks. You have to vote in 15 categories for your ballot to count, which can almost be exclusively arts and culture related. Like, best artist, best exhibition, best gallery, best performing arts group or program. The list goes on. But if you need some help, here's my vote for Category We Forgot: Best Play. Perhaps you'll have that in mind when you see Seven Guitars ...


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