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20 Thursday

music

When we heard the Bellamy Brothers would appear at Cowboys (25 N. Tejon St., worldfamouscowboys.com), those with knowledge of our country's great musical heritage broke into strains of the Bros' first hit "Let Your Love Flow" — and followed it with their even more memorable 1979 leisure-suitable single, "If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me)." A fansite explains the "interpretation" of these cryptic song-stylings thusly: "I want to dance to it all night long, all night long, yeee hawww." So ... for y'all of the "yeee hawww" persuasion, catch the brothers and their band at 9 tonight. Tickets are $15 to $19. — Jill Thomas

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21 Friday

music

A New Brain for Arnie specializes in skilled improvisations that shift between the avant-funk of Bitches Brew-era Miles Davis, krautrockers Can (circa Tago Mago) and just about any jam band you can think of (but without the vocals, which can be a good thing). Bassman Kim Stone's past credentials may lean toward fusion and biz-jazz (Spyro Gyra, the Rippingtons), but this local collaboration with guitarists Tommy Gallagher, Michael Reese and Wayne Hammerstadt — augmented by Bryant Jones on keyboards and Dewey Steele on drums — can get positively transcendent. See 'em at 8 tonight at Stargazers Theatre (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com); seats are $10. — Bill Forman

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22 Saturday

concert

Almost everyone knows that certain music or songs become attached to events, and that's especially true in figure skating. Over the years, many top skaters have done programs from the classic Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov work, Scheherazade, most recently including Evan Lysacek of the United States en route to winning the men's gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. So you can expect the skating aficionados to be plentiful in the audience with that music as the showcase at 8 tonight and 2:30 Sunday for the Colorado Springs Philharmonic's Masterworks series at Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., 799-4139, csphilharmonic.org), with tickets from $14 to $54. — Ralph Routon

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23 Sunday

art

Ellen O'Brien isn't a name that pops up much in the realm of Colorado Springs art history, but it should. The longtime resident, now in her late eighties, worked in Europe for four years, with a stint in the studio of Fernand Léger. After her return to the States, O'Brien helped found the Colorado Springs Art Guild and taught for 30 years. In the meantime, her paintings, drawings and lithographs flourished, spanning numerous styles but always retaining her signature line. See for yourself at Diversity — Artwork by Ellen O'Brien at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (730 N. Tejon St., asuuc.net), which is up through the end of June. An opening reception happens today from noon to 2. — Edie Adelstein

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24 Monday

art

Given the diversity of appealing, locally produced craft and art works on display from 10 to 6 daily at Commonwheel Artists Co-op (102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, commonwheel.com), you don't really need to wait for monthly show openings with featured artists to drop in. That said, you've got until June 14 to see the elegant works of sculptors Don and Maxine Green and highly stylized painter Deb Komitor, in a show called Through Eyes of Wonder. Komitor's spirited canvases are a favorite of Cottonwood Center for the Arts guests, and the Greens' abstracts are widely recognized locally. Entry is always free. — Matthew Schniper

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25 Tuesday

art

The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org) continues to open side exhibits to its current Conflict | Resolution show. One of the latest, on display through May 30, is the "Lost Heroes Art Quilt," created over two years by Florida-based artist Julie Feingold. The work, also viewable at heart2hand4art.com/lostheroesartquilt, pays tribute to 82 servicemembers who have been killed in Afghanistan and Iraq. Individual quilt squares feature a childhood photo of soldiers, sewn under vintage G.I. Joe doll jackets. Servicemembers from both the Air Force Academy and Fort Carson are represented. Find hours and admission info on the FAC's website. — Matthew Schniper

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26 Wednesday

community

Picture this: It's 9 a.m., and you're cruising Interstate 25 in that Toyota you just finished getting fixed at the dealership. Where are you going? Why, to the Western Museum of Mining and Industry (225 Northgate Blvd., wmmi.org), of course. Sure, you might be there for the Don't Get Steamed, It's History exhibit, which explores steam production during the 19th century (tours start at 10 a.m., and 1 p.m.), but we think you're really going because of Picnic-N-Planes. It's a chance to bring your own picnic, give the museum $5 to park and, from roughly 12:30 to 1:15 p.m., watch the Thunderbirds fly over for the Air Force Academy graduation! — Bryce Crawford

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