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1 Thursday

music

We're still about two months away from the release of Martina McBride's 11th studio album, but she's already been previewing some of the songs on the road. If you're lucky, the award-winning, crossover country artist will belt out a few at her 8 o'clock show tonight at the Colorado State Fair (1001 Beulah Ave., Pueblo, coloradostatefair.com). Of course, no Martina concert would be complete without hits like "Independence Day," "This One's for the Girls" and "Anyway." And since it's the state fair, a fried Twinkie. Tickets are $40 each. — Kirsten Akens

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2 Friday

art

A discerning reader like yourself never goes to art openings for food. That's why you're all about tonight's 5 o'clock soft opening of Chrysalis, a faculty art exhibit at Pikes Peak Community College's Downtown Studio Gallery (100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., ppcc.edu/departments/art/pppcc-art-gallery), which promises pieces responding to the concepts of chrysalis and cross pollination by Laura BenAmots, Lance Timco and others. In Manitou Springs, meanwhile, Swirl Wine Bar (717 Manitou Ave., #102, tinyurl.com/swirlwinebar) hosts the first of its new docket of group shows, with works by Kris Chavez (pictured above), Lance Green, Tylan Troyer and Phil Lear, to name a few. This two-month affair doesn't have a reception until Oct. 1, but you can order yourself some wine and cheese, right? Well if not, check out the Commons Gallery downtown, or Domino in Old Colorado City for their receptions. — Edie Adelstein

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3 Saturday

Labor Day weekend

If you're not hanging out with somebody fun, while doing something fun, while eating something fun this weekend, you're really not trying, or you're dead. (If you're dead, please disregard this message.) It's Labor Day weekend, and you've got your choice of this morning's 11 o'clock inaugural Chile Chili Festival at Rock Ledge Ranch (3202 Chambers Way, rockledgeranch.com), the Commonwheel Artists 37th Labor Day Festival and the Colorado Balloon Classic. The latter two run today through Monday at Memorial parks in Manitou (102 Manitou Ave., commonwheel.com) and Colorado Springs (1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., balloonclassic.com), respectively. — Bryce Crawford

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4 Sunday

literary events

It's always seemed strange to me that so many folks refuse to check out used book stores — yet those same people will flock to a used book sale. So it is this weekend as the Manitou Springs Public Library (701 Manitou Ave., manitousprings.colibraries.org) hosts its annual Used Book Sale, which runs Saturday through Monday as part of the Commonwheel Artists 37th Labor Day Festival in Manitou's Memorial Park. Many aficionados turn it into a two-way experience, first donating their books, DVDs and CDs (textbooks, condensed books, encyclopedias and magazines not accepted) at the library, then going to the festival and buying what others have given. And everybody wins. — Ralph Routon

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5 Monday

sports

Rumor has it that some locals don't spend Labor Day lubing up their nipples and running the American Discovery Trail Marathon. Hey, I guess how they "relax" is their business. The rest of us can register for the race until Saturday, the 3rd at adtmarathon.com ($75 for the marathon, $55 for the half-marathon), and then trek to America the Beautiful Park (126 Cimino Drive) for a 6:30 a.m. start today. Gives you plenty of time to run, cool down, and then get to the annual Vintage Baseball Game at Rock Ledge Ranch (3202 Chambers Way), which starts at 1. Maybe there you'll see one of those weirdos who chose not to start their holiday with a 26-mile jaunt. (Hint: Look around the root beer and ice cream vendors.) — Kirk Woundy

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6 Tuesday

music

Sure, they could have called themselves Dale Earnhardt III, but Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr has a certain ring to it. As does the music of Daniel Zott and Josh Epstein, who've been garnering significant critical attention in their short two years together. The Detroit duo's sweet pop originals draw lightly upon the sandbox harmonies of Brian Wilson and his Beach Boys brethren, and you can check out 40 minutes' worth online, courtesy of their recent in-studio performance on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. You can also see them, accompanied by percussionist David Vaughn, at 9 tonight in the indie-rock intimacy of the hi-dive (7 S. Broadway, Denver, hi-dive.com, 18-plus) for an altogether reasonable $12. — Bill Forman

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7 Wednesday

lecture

Loveland-born Jeremy Bloom epitomizes the "local boy makes good" cliché: The freestyle moguls skier won 11 World Cup gold medals, three World Championships, and made it to the Olympics twice. There were also his All-American football days at the University of Colorado, which preceded a few years in the NFL. Though you'll probably hear plenty of anecdotes from those achievements at 7 tonight in Colorado State University-Pueblo's OUC Ballroom (2200 Bonforte Blvd., colostate-pueblo.edu/studentactivities), Bloom is likely to also plug his Wish of a Lifetime Foundation that he launched in 2007. And that's to say nothing of his year-and-a-half-old, award-winning Internet company. Geez, this guy ... — Matthew Schniper

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