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29 Thursday


Every now and then, an event comes along that puts it all together: heartwarming sights, glorious sounds, feelings of the world-as-community. But since Skeletonwitch doesn't play the Black Sheep until next week, we'll have to make do this week with "In Harmony." This international music festival, hosted by the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale, features our local kids performing with adult and child musicians and dignitaries from Japan and Australia, and even a delegation from Kyrgyzstan. The signature event is the "Through Music We Are One" concert at 7 p.m., Saturday ($5-$8), but at 7 tonight, the Music Festival Choir performs with the local Velvet Hills Chorus ($12-$15). Both shows are at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.), with tickets available at or 520-7469. — Kirk Woundy


30 Friday

sports celebration

Most folks never come closer than their TV set to an actual Olympic-style opening ceremony, but in Colorado Springs we can see an excellent rendition at the Rocky Mountain State Games. This year's version, at 7 p.m. today at Colorado Springs World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd., 576-2626), includes American Idol performer Kimberly Caldwell as the entertainment headliner, ACRODUNK extreme slam-dunk group, the parade with thousands of athletes, and the traditional lighting of the cauldron, this time by 2010 Olympic bobsled champion Steve Holcomb of Colorado Springs. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and children, not bad for all the legitimate spine-tingling moments that come with it. Actual competition in 35 sports will continue through Sunday across the area. — Ralph Routon


31 Saturday

wine tasting and film

So The Kids Are All Right, according to the title of the latest film coming to Kimball's Peak Three Theater (115 E. Pikes Peak Ave.,, but what about us adults? Well, last night and tonight at Kimball's we can see the film (which is reviewed here), enjoy a sampler of five California wines (a nod to the film's wine-related scenes), and even munch on a few hors d'oeuvres. The tasting begins at 6:30, and the film at 7:55. Tickets — including a movie pass, and tastings of two white and three red wines — are available at Kimball's wine bar for $25. (Alternatively, couples can add a second movie ticket and split the wine.) — Jill Thomas


1 Sunday


Have you ever heard of Mumford & Sons? Well, there's a different, but still folky, Mumford performing tonight at the Rocket Room (230 Pueblo Ave., 447-4990). This one is named Mumford's and almost resembles the sound of its British counterparts — just subtract a bit of the darkness and add a dash of hippie. The seven-piece band labels its music as "psycho folk" on Facebook, so you know they have to be creative. For those 21 and over, the free show starts at 8 with openers Utopia Park and Tiny Moving Parts. — Sarah White


2 Monday


Most caves in Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota will be closing at the end of July for a full year, and possibly longer, due to a nationwide outbreak of white-nose syndrome in bats. Fortunately for locals and tourists, in order to continue to educate the public about WNS and the ecology of caves, Cave of the Winds (, 685-5444) will be staying open. The cave is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with all tours given after 5 (until Labor Day) being "Eco-Venture" flashlight tours. Tickets for flashlight tours are $9 for children ages 6 to 11 and $18 for adults. Tickets and information about other tours are available on the website. — Lea Shores


3 Tuesday


The Pikes Peak Pastel Society (yes, we have one of those) allows artists to channel their inner children by using crayons made just for grown-ups. The 10 in 2010 exhibit at the Cottonwood Center for the Arts (427 E. Colorado Ave., 520-1899) celebrates the group's 10th anniversary (and yes, they've been around that long) and will showcase a variety of vibrant pastel paintings done by members. The grand opening for the show is from 5 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, and is free to the public; the exhibit runs through Aug. 17. Visit anytime today, or any other Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Kelsey Fowler


4 Wednesday


From his early classic "I Scare Myself" to a catalog of mutant western swing, Dan Hicks is a legendary artist among fans and musical cognoscenti (who, in his case, overlap quite a bit). Lauded by Elvis Costello for coming up with a couple of the "best songs ever written," Hicks has an appropriately named new album, Tangled Tales, which features a number of folk/blues heavyweights, including mandolin hero David Grisman, slide guitarist Roy Rogers, and this year's Blues Under the Bridge headliner Charlie Musselwhite. Hicks will get all intimate with those of you who are 21-plus, at 8 this evening at the Soiled Dove Underground (7401 E. First Ave., Denver, for a reasonably reasonable $20 to $30. — Bill Forman

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