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25 Thursday

art

According to his bio, Ukrainian artist Alexandr Onishenko went to Prague and set up a painting stand with all the other artists camped on the Charles Bridge. He had almost nothing, but before long, he was able to open his own gallery. It's no wonder: Onishenko's impressionist paintings define the genre established by artists before him, a quick sketch in paint capturing a fleeting moment of the day. Come see Onishenko's work at the Hayden Hays Gallery (at The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., haydenhaysgallery.com) in an opening reception with Onishenko himself, from 4:30 to 8:30 tonight, or stop by anytime through Sept. 26. — Edie Adelstein

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26 Friday

art

"Where else can you go on a Friday night with your dog to see art downtown?" A fair question, and one to which reps at Cottonwood Center for the Arts (427 E. Colorado Ave., cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com) would apparently reply: Nowhere. Nowhere else in our city's core, their press release seems to say, can you venture out with a leashed pup this evening to take in some visual delights. This may be true — and if so, what a pity — but we haven't called around to verify. So let's just say this: Nowhere else tonight will you see a free show like Dog Daze of Summer, featuring "pet portraits, steamy summer art and puppies galore." It opens at 5, and runs through Sept. 20. — Kirk Woundy

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27 Saturday

environment

If this week's USA Pro Cycling Challenge won't inspire you to bike more, perhaps a free pint of Bristol Brewing Company's beer will. That's what you get for biking, rather than driving, to today's third annual Pikes Peak EcoFestival. The event runs from 10 to 4 at Rock Ledge Ranch (30th Street and Gateway Road, pikespeakecofestival.com), which will benefit from the proceeds. Attractions include music, a beer garden, a farmers market, children's activities, and, of course, all the green stuff like electronics recycling and vending of sustainably produced goods. Suggested donation is four greenbacks. — Matthew Schniper

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28 Sunday

sports

Can't make it to Denver today to see the final stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge? That's OK. You can fill your bike cravings locally. Up to 1,500 cyclists will be taking on the second annual Assault on the Peak (ridepikespeak.com). The aforementioned peak, of course, is Pike's very own fourteener, and when those crazy folk finish off the 49-mile closed-course event, they'll be having a beer at the free and open-to-the-public fourth annual Peak Region Cyclist Bicycle Festival in Manitou Springs' Memorial Park (502 Manitou Ave., peakregioncyclist.com), which runs from 10 to 5. Come congratulate the riders on a job well done, and check out gear vendors, BMX demos and a bike swap. — Kirsten Akens

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29 Monday

state fair

The world is full of fair snobs — fair, as in the Colorado State Fair (1001 Beulah Ave., Pueblo, coloradostatefair.com). Tell most people it's enjoyable, and they turn up their noses. Their loss. The fair actually is like stepping back in time, whether it's the midway with its rides and carnies, livestock and horse shows, or the exhibit halls, concession stands with fried everything (wonder if fried butter has made it here yet?) and nostalgic concerts. Your only choice early in the fair is Englebert Humperdinck on Wednesday, with the Beach Boys and Los Lobos on the final weekend. But who needs them? Just make the trip ($7 Monday through Thursday, $10 Friday through Sunday, parking $10 preferred or $7 south lot, concerts extra) and take in the culture of yesterday. When it's over, you might not be a fair snob anymore. — Ralph Routon

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30 Tuesday

music

Unless Lil Wayne ends up back in court or Deadmau5 collapses again from tour exhaustion — both of which are pretty unlikely — you have two great concerts to choose from this evening. The New Orleans hip-hop phenom, whose first post-prison album, Tha Carter IV, is scheduled for Aug. 29 release, is headlining KS 107.5's Back to Skool Jam, along with Rick Ross, Keri Hilson, Far East Movement and Lloyd. Festivities begin at 6:30 at the Comfort Dental Amphitheatre (6350 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Englewood, livenation.com) with tickets running $49.75 to $89.75. The Canadian DJ/producer, meanwhile, will be setting his sonic mau3traps at 7:30 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre (18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison, redrocksonline.com), for $50 in advance or $55 at the door. — Bill Forman

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31 Wednesday

sports

You may not have run in last weekend's Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon — or you might have ... you seem like the enterprising type — but there's still a chance to willfully pound the pavement in pursuit of a higher goal, a higher gal or just to get high (on life, people, on life). The Rock Bottom Run Club blasts off tonight from Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery (3316 Cinema Point Drive, rockbottom.com/colorado-springs/events). Registration opens at 6, while three- and five-kilometer routes are available, as well as happy hour prices for runners. Keep it up, and you might just score yourself a free T-shirt after five trips. — Bryce Crawford

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