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29 Wednesday


Show some love to your favorite beleaguered mountain village and your favorite recently vandalized local arts nonprofit, and stuff your brain with some truly fascinating behind-the-scenes info from artists Sara Meghdari and Elizabeth Raitz. What are we talking about? Tonight's 6:30 p.m. gallery talk at the Business of Art Center (513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs,, where Meghdari will discuss her photo exhibit on Iran, and Raitz will explain the tension between toxicity and desire in her video installation, "Sweet Meat." It's free, but the exhibits end Sunday. — Claire Swinford


30 Thursday

state fair

Even without someone like Merle Haggard playing — see p. 44 for a feature on his Wednesday show — there are a thousand reasons why people will visit the Colorado State Fair (1001 Beulah Ave., Pueblo, today. One of those may even be Xorbing, in which you may "get inside a huge, life-size hamster ball and run, roll, jump and bounce" around a grass course. Limitless fun for the whole clammy family! Find your own bliss, if not your own hand sanitizer, for just $7 per person Monday through Thursday, or $10 for adults Friday through Sunday. — Kirk Woundy


31 Friday


Overheard in the grocery line: "School starts in three days! After today it will be two days, and after that one day, and then it will be HERE." This plaintive cry emerged from a girl of elementary age, but I'm sure her feelings are well shared by everyone in the academic community. So here we are, the worst part over, and to honor the faculty who most assuredly had first day dread too, visit Beginnings, a faculty show at the Pikes Peak Community College Downtown Studio (100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., It opens tonight with a free reception from 5-7:30 p.m. and stays up through Sept. 21. — Edie Adelstein


1 Saturday


It's almost Labor Day — no more wearing that seersucker, suckers. Summer's over and football season's started, as has school. And on this busy weekend of parties, you should make time to visit the free Commonwheel Artists 38th annual Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival in Manitou Springs' Memorial Park (502 Manitou Ave., It runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., today through Monday, with music, kids' activities, food vending and the main attraction: some 100 booths of juried art and crafts, including pottery, jewelry, sculptures and two-dimensional works across all styles. Labor over some Christmas shopping absurdly early, why don't ya? — Matthew Schniper


2 Sunday


One version of the Balloonist's Prayer identifies all the things that could go wrong in flight — cyclonic winds, barbed wire, thistles, ditches — and then sends up just one request: "We pray there is cold beer waiting." Since this year's Colorado Balloon Classic in Memorial Park (1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., kicks off early (like, 6 a.m. early, all weekend), they might be more likely to find hot coffee at the front end of the free event. But perhaps those suds will be flowing freely amid all the inflated balloons and music and other concessions at tonight's 8 o'clock "Glo." — Kirsten Akens


3 Monday


If you were like me, you spent July 4 thinking that repressive smoke was a super-lame substitute for fireworks. Well, two months later, here's your answer: the free 4th of July on the 3rd of September. Coming on this date, you might think we're gettin' jiggy with it in celebration of the signing of the Treaty of Paris, instead of just tipping the cap to all those laborers. Either way, starting at 5 tonight, Fort Carson's Iron Horse Park ( will be rocking with food, games, prizes, bouncy houses (!), live music and, yes, kids: fireworks. — Bryce Crawford


4 Tuesday


A mainstay of the U.K.'s cutting-edge Ninja Tune label, electronic musician Amon Tobin is constantly innovating as a recording artist and sound designer. Pitchfork compared his jazzy Bricolage collection to the work of Miles Davis and Quincy Jones, and last year's ISAM album featured rumbling dubstep bass and "female vocals" created from the artist's own pitch-shifted voice. And then there's the live experience: Time Out New York characterized his stage show as an "eye-popping kinetic spectacle that makes recent outings by Daft Punk, Deadmau5 and Richie Hawtin look like soft-coded light shows." You can take it all in tonight at Denver's Ellie Caulkins Opera House (1101 13th St., Tickets are $36.50 to $43.50; showtime is 10. — Bill Forman

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