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14 Thursday


OK, obviously you're going to want to skip school, work or whatever tomorrow, because tonight's Global Dance Festival headliners — semi-underground hip-hop emcee Kid Cudi and Australian dance/pop duo Empire of the Sun — are both pretty essential. The ninth annual rave-up at Red Rocks (18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison,, which runs through this Saturday, offers three stages of continuous talent to keep you and your glow-sticks fully occupied. Naming all the acts could fill this blurb three times over, so suffice it to say that other must-sees include U.K. dubsteppers Nero and novelty funksters Major Lazer on Friday, as well as electro hitmaker Benny Benassi and rising trance artist Gareth Emery on Saturday. Festivities kick off at 4:30 today, and you can find the full schedule online. Three-day passes are unfortunately sold out, but single-day tickets are $69. — Bill Forman


15 Friday


What's the deal with comedy shows? You can find out tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.,, when Jerry Seinfeld stands up at 7. So don your puffy shirt and practice your Elaine dance, and if you must bring something, bring a chocolate babka — but don't dare bring a cinnamon babka, as it's clearly an inferior babka. Tickets cost $65 to $81 per person, and rest assured, no amount of the proceeds will be donated to the Human Fund. As for Seinfeld's shows, just so you know, they're real, and they're spectacular. — Cherise Fantus


16 Saturday


Since I go to college in South Dakota, I celebrate Native American Day instead of Columbus Day. But for the Colorado resident who doesn't get that chance, there's the second annual Palmer Lake Native American Intertribal Festival and Traditional Powwow from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Centennial Park (304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 559-0525). Native Americans from tribes ranging from the Southern Cheyenne to the Lakota Sioux will share their heritage through drums, song, dance, art and food. Bonus: The Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation will have a live wolf exhibit. — Jenny Rackl


17 Sunday


So the mayor won't give PrideFest an official welcome. Fine. The rest of us can still celebrate our authentic selves with tolerance, inclusivity and joy at the 21st annual PrideFest, which started yesterday with a "family fun day" and continues from 10 to 6 today, with the parade at noon, live music, vendors, a beer garden and make-do wedding ceremonies. The theme is the "fierce and fabulous '50s," but the idea of PrideFest coming of age is way better, and more appropriate. It all happens in Acacia Park (115 E. Platte Ave., and like all the best things, it's free. — Edie Adelstein


18 Monday


According to John Muir, "Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike." Just as nature was everything to Muir, it's important to most Coloradans, including a batch of exhibitors at Commonwheel Artists Gallery (102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs,, who've constructed watermedia, glass and mosaic sculptures around the theme Reflections of Nature. Those works premiered at an opening reception from 5 to 8 on Friday, July 15, but they'll be on display and for sale daily through Aug. 15, ready to fortify your body and soul in their own way. — Matthew Schniper


19 Tuesday


Speaking with Freedom-Rider-turned-musician Jerry Moore last month, it was clear what a large part making music had played in his ability to process some of the horrors of the time period. He wasn't alone in that, as Soundtrack for a Revolution shows. The 2009 documentary focuses on music from the American Civil Rights era, exhibiting songs sung on picket lines, in mass meetings and in jail cells, among others. The free 6:30 p.m. showing at Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., is paired with a discussion with CC professors Dylan Nelson and Clay Haskell. — Bryce Crawford


20 Wednesday


Super villains and black sheep may be the most underappreciated characters in folklore. Often, the black sheep thrills during a rise to prominence, and the super villain makes a crucial mistake, culminating in a dramatic fatal fall. Colorado Springs will get the chance to see the duo unite tonight, as the Orlando, Fla., punk/reggae/ska band the Supervillains play at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., Doors open at 8, and tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. So come out and get your archetype on. — Demetrius Burns

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