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19 Wednesday


The Manitou Springs aerie of Concrete Couch founder Steve Wood might be the only yard in the area to feature a homemade climbing wall covered in mosaic. Luckily, Wood likes to share: "The Couch" fosters community involvement in the arts through mural and sculpture from Fort Carson to Soda Springs Park, and is now bringing its weighty sense of whimsy downtown with an arts walk co-hosted by Couch staffers, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region and Mayor Steve Bach. The free 5 p.m. stroll leaves from the City Administration Building (30 S. Nevada Ave., and will visit several nearby public artworks, with discussion on their positive impact on the surrounding neighborhood, and finish at the Modbo and S.P.Q.R. — Claire Swinford


20 Thursday


Young adults think they know everything — until faced with the reality of, say, death. Things I Don't Understand, winner of the Best Feature Film at the 2012 Indie Spirit Awards, follows grad student Violet as she develops a friendship with a terminal cancer patient she interviews for her thesis; suddenly, her problems seem inconsequential. The trailer emphasizes the cynical nature of youth, but ultimately (of course) offers a look at what it takes to truly become a "grown-up." Things plays at 7 tonight at the Tim Gill Center for Public Media (315 E. Costilla St.,, $4). — Celine Wright


21 Friday


Manitou Springs sees its fair share of street festivals, my personal favorite being the zombie apocalypse crawl. But today's not about the undead. We're talking about the very lively (and free), three-day Third Friday Artwalk Weekend (, which starts tonight with demos by artists, live music, and art openings in multiple Manitou galleries from 5 to 8. Saturday brings more activities from noon to 5, plus the highly anticipated Clayfest (, held in Soda Springs Park from 10 to 5. Expect activities including blindfolded pot throwing, tandem throwing, no-hand throwing and a relay competition. — Kiki Lenihan


22 Saturday


Want to know which Zeppelin songs the Colorado Springs Philharmonic will perform at tonight's 8 o'clock The Music of Led Zeppelin Pops show? You'll have to be there to find out. The Philharm, conducted by guest Brent Havens and featuring vocalist Randy Jackson, could rock out to the usual suspects, like "Dazed and Confused," "Stairway to Heaven," or "Immigrant Song," but could go in an entirely esoteric direction. Discuss, and then see the show. Tickets run $19 to $59, and it all happens at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., — Edie Adelstein


23 Sunday


You could do the right thing and head to the second day of Woodland Park's Rocky Mountain Oktoberfest at the Ute Pass Cultural Center (210 E. Midland Ave.,, or you could do the weird thing and go get Red Robin's new Samuel Adams milkshake. We recommend the route of German beers, brats and wine, not to mention bands with names like Polka Schnapps, Squeeze Play and the Alan Polivka All Star Band. That way also yields a climbing wall and giant slide for the kids — who, up to age 20, get in free; everybody else pays $5 to $6 — and, starting at 11 and going until 6, all the schnitzel and sauerkraut man essen kann. — Bryce Crawford


24 Monday


When Doldrums was released to critical hosannas on Animal Collective's fledgling Paw Tracks label in 2004, Ariel Pink was already a study in contradictions. His lo-fi masterpiece was a Burroughsian cutup of the former L.A. record store clerk's influences — Can, Bowie, Modern Lovers, R. Stevie Moore — combined with an engagingly original pop sensibility most evident on the album's weirdly catchy Kate Bush homage, "For Kate I Wait." Unfortunately, his live shows totally sucked. But not anymore, as he'll prove tonight at the Summit Music Hall (1902 Blake St., Denver, when his band Haunted Graffiti performs songs from his new, hipster-embraced 4AD album Mature Themes, alongside high-res versions of past favorites. Door time is 7, tickets are $20 to $22, with Dam Funk and Bodyguard opening. — Bill Forman


25 Tuesday


Though the Waldo Canyon Fire laid waste to the nearly 60-year-old Flying W Ranch — along with the on-site studio where the Flying W Wranglers recorded all their music — the Old West traditions they embodied are less easily overcome. Witness the National Chuckwagon Jamboree, a music festival that finds refuge this year in the City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St., Yesterday and today, from 6 to 9:40, our Wranglers will be joined by singing groups from New Mexico, Wyoming, South Dakota and Durango. Tickets are $25 per night, a fair price to take part in this celebration of cowboy culture at its best. — Bill Forman

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