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11 Wednesday


They had me at mutton bustin'. But maybe you're the wild cow milking type, or the type who prefers a good chili cook-off. Either way, 72 years of dusty legacy culminates once again at the Norris-Penrose Event Center (1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, today through Saturday at the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. Catch nightly shows at 7:15, plus a 12:45 Saturday matinee, with seats ranging from $10 to $30. Past the aforementioned highlights, expect family activities like pony rides and of course the dangerous events like bull riding. This ain't your soft country — this is the big boy stuff. Saddle up. — Matthew Schniper


12 Thursday


Everyone loves the guy who shows up in a Stormtrooper costume. Really, it adds a lot to any event, even tonight's Free for All Summer Symphony at Colorado College's Armstrong Quad (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.,, presented by Colorado College and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Of course, the real point of the night is to commemorate the immense cultural contributions of Charles Ansbacher and Bee Vradenburg, but the set list does include everything from John Williams to Mozart, with a Star Wars selection for the finale. The beauty part though, is that it's free, with food and pre-show entertainment starting at 5, the Philharm at 7. Just be sure to bring a blanket, a lawn chair and, if you're so inclined, your E-11 blaster rifle. — Edie Adelstein


13 Friday


Stella Adler once said that "life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one." Springs mainstay K8E Orr's art doesn't stop there. Her paintings and jewelry remind you, among other things, about that hallucinatory, ancient knowledge hidden in abstract patterns — the sort you encounter every day on wallpapers and rugs and the like, but which take on strange new affections upon Orr's quirky, almost freak-folksy subjects. Check out her work alongside brother Jon Orr's no-less-esoteric, graphic novel-ish illustrations, at Sibling Rivalry at Sabi (330 N. Institute St., The free show opens at 7 p.m., with live music and "lots of wine," and stays up through the month. — Wyatt Miller


14 Saturday


My best childhood friend used to watch professional wrestling on TV all the time. That could explain why "Can you smell what The Rock is cooking?" is in my repertoire of favorite catchphrases ... and why I have a constant urge to hurl folding chairs. Anyway, relive the good times tonight with the Asylum Championship Wrestling show at Freedom Financial Services Expo Center (3650 N. Nevada Ave.). Brandon Bishop and company throw it down at 7:30, but get there when the doors open at 6 for pre-show comedy and contests. Tickets are $10 at, $12 at the door. — Sara Horton


15 Sunday


You know what really irks me? How few truly world-class musical acts consider Colorado Springs worthy of a tour stop. It's like we're just a speed bump on the highway between Denver and Salt Lake City. We're a city of 428,277 people, and — ahem. Say what? Masakazu Ito, one of the top classical guitarists on the planet, is playing CC's Packard Hall (5 W. Cache la Poudre St., at 2 today? Unparalleled technical mastery, seven prizes in international guitar competitions, routinely saves drowning kittens with the power of his music alone, and tickets are only $15, or $5 for students? Er, right. I stand corrected. — Claire Swinford


16 Monday


Neo-soul artists have been popping up regularly for decades, dating all the way back to when the original soul artists were still neo. And when it comes to Colorado Springs, their destination of choice is the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.,, which has already played host to the talents of Fitz & the Tantrums, Allen Stone and JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound. Now comes one of the best of the new breed, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, an eight-piece, Austin-based outfit that brings to mind a latter-day James Brown or Wilson Pickett fronting a horn-driven, punk-inflected soul band. Catch them for $12 in advance, $14 at the door at this 8 p.m. all-ages show that's bound to be one of the most outrageous funk-soul celebrations of the summer. — Bill Forman


17 Tuesday


Yeah, we know: You're mad as hell, and you're not gonna take it anymore, just like everyone else who's borrowed the famous Network sound bite as a convenient way to convey that they're fed up with, you know, whatever. Written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Sidney Lumet, the 1976 film was an influential and, in some ways, prescient take on the ratings-driven media's abdication of actual journalism. As such, it's a good fit for this free summer series of films about media culture, complete with professorial analysis and discussion. See it at 6:30 p.m. in the screening room of CC's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., — Bill Forman

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