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4 Thursday


The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum exhibit, So Far From Home: The American POW Experience in WWII, closed in April after 10 months, but its spirit lives on in the 57-minute documentary So Far From Home: Life as a WWII POW in Germany. Local producer Steve Mack cut the film from 80 minutes of interview material with local veterans, used in the exhibit as touch-screen video segments, and earned the Colorado Spotlight award for his work at this year's Indie Spirit Film Festival. Catch the film again at 6 and 8 tonight in Colorado College's Max Kade Theatre (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., for free. — Matthew Schniper


5 Friday


The hills are alive ... with the sound of off-key singing. The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., will present Sing-A-Long Sound of Music in the SaGaJi Theatre at 7 tonight. It's sure to be a raucous good time, described as "a family-friendly version of the late-night Rocky Horror Show screenings" by FAC performing arts director Scott RC Levy. Tickets are $20, and the show began last night at 7 p.m. and goes on again Saturday and Sunday at 2. Here's one way to stand out (courtesy an idea I stole from McSweeney's): While singing "My Favorite Things," change it up by substituting the word "roosters" for all the major nouns. Think: "Raindrops on roosters and whiskers on roosters ..." It'll be a hoot. — Cherise Fantus


6 Saturday


Even with the Colorado Faerie Festival canceled for this year ("Aww, gnome way!"), there are plenty of options for rubbing sweaty elbows with others this weekend. Two of them unfold today, right off Highway 24. The 73rd annual Bronc Day Festival in Green Mountain Falls' Gazebo Lake Park (100 Lake St., promises a pancake breakfast, arts and crafts booths, a parade and a rubber duckie race between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Meanwhile, Woodland Park's Ute Pass Cultural Center grounds (210 E. Midland Ave., host the 26th annual Mountain Arts Festival, a showcase for area artists, from 10 to 5 today and tomorrow. — Kirk Woundy


7 Sunday


As a person of biracial descent, I can appreciate celebrations of diversity in many different forms. My mom started me off early by taking me to San Francisco's Pride Fest at age 9, which at the end of the day, I think made me a better person. That said, the Colorado Springs Diversity Forum is hosting its fifth annual Everybody Welcome festival, which won the National League of Cities 2010 City Cultural Diversity Award, running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at America the Beautiful Park (126 Cimino Drive). The festivities extend through next Saturday with an eclectic blend of performances from area ethnic groups; visit for a full calendar. — Demetrius Burns


8 Monday


Whenever my parents visit from Chicago, they like to tour the annual Parade of Homes ( We've dreamed about our own homes having heated floors, mini theaters and outdoor fireplaces. This year's event includes all the fancy stuff as well as the very first LEED-certified property, and two houses for low-income families, one built by Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity and the other by Rocky Mountain Community Land Trust and Challenger Homes. Ten bucks (or $5 for those 65 and older) purchased at any Safeway grocery store will get you into 33 locations, from 10 to 6 today, or any day Aug. 5 through Aug. 21. And don't forget to bring a non-perishable food item; the Parade is collecting donations for Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. — Kirsten Akens


9 Tuesday


I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to gothic culture, since the closest I've gotten to it is painting my nails black. But I do know that beyond the clichés of dark eyeliner and teen angst hides a pretty diverse music scene. If you're 21 or older, begin (or continue) your gothic education with Goth Night hosted by DJ Johnny Coffin starting at 8 tonight at Zodiac (230 Pueblo Ave., Its Facebook page says to be prepared for "unadulterated amounts of chaotic noise" focusing on, but not limited to, genres including the underground '80s, neo-pagan folk, death rock and grim techno. — Jenny Rackl


10 Wednesday


If you enjoyed A Surprise in Texas, the acclaimed 2010 documentary about the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, now's your chance to catch our homegrown version. The Rocky Mountain Amateur Piano Competition — which begins today at 9 a.m. and continues through Sunday evening at Packard Hall (5 W. Cache la Poudre Street) — will put to rest any misconceptions that professional musicians are the only ones deserving of attention and admiration. Former Gazette arts critic Mark Arnest will be among the 28 participants, as will a couple from Japan who will be flying in and competing against each other. In addition to four rounds of competition, there'll be seminars and recitals from internationally known pianists. Visit for schedule and information. — Bill Forman

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