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8 Thursday


There are all sorts of places you can go — like Reverb — to see the lineup of winners playing the first-ever Indy Music Awards Festival. But what's most important is that you get moving and get out to tonight's celebration, where you're guaranteed to hear Colorado Springs' favorite musicians at their best (and for free, I should add). There'll be three stages, with performances getting under way at 6 and continuing through 11, all at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, You'll be glad you did. — Bill Forman


9 Friday


The details of the Free for All Summer Symphony: A Celebration of Charles Ansbacher and Bee Vradenburg, from the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs ,are a fun little dance. The concert, held in Monument Valley Park behind the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.,, celebrates the lives of the two Colorado Springs Symphony stalwarts: Charles the music director and Bee the general manager. Of course, we get to enjoy this tribute because the concert was funded by a $50,000 grant from the Charles Ansbacher Foundation to, who else, the Bee Vradenburg Foundation. — Bryce Crawford


10 Saturday


With the Trading with the Enemy Act continuing to complicate travel to Cuba, we have to savor the times when, more conveniently, Cuba comes to us. Today from noon to 5 is such a time, with the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, putting on its Day of Cuban Art & Music. As part of the larger Cuba & Beyond exhibit (up since May and open in part through Oct. 22), this event features curator and artist talks as well as live Cuban music, all for free. It's no Cuban cigar in Havana, but it'll certainly do. — Matthew Schniper


11 Sunday


Beyond the FAC showing Lovers Leapt (see "Come together"), the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 will be widely recognized today. Visitors to the 8 a.m. Day of Remembrance event at America the Beautiful Park (126 Cimino Drive) will get a flyover from the Colorado Air National Guard, live music, and remarks from former Gov. Bill Ritter and others. Near the Manitou Springs Community Garden (across U.S. Highway 24 from Cave of the Winds), artist SPIKA has organized an installation of 2,753 black paper cranes to honor terror attack victims. It'll start at 1, and coincide with the garden's second anniversary party. And at World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd.,, "Faces of Freedom" brings musicians like Darden Smith and Radney Foster (see here), plus video presentations and a chance to honor service members. — Kirk Woundy


12 Monday


It must be fall, or at least Colorado College's fall semester, because the 2011-12 lecture season kicks off this week. Mark your calendar for 7 o'clock tonight at CC's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., River advocates Peter McBride and Jonathan Waterman will get your brain crankin' (for free!) with the first of the monthly State of the Rockies Project Speakers Series talks. Theirs bears the same title as the gorgeous and enlightening photo essay book they've written, "The Colorado River: Flowing Through Conflict." — Kirsten Akens


13 Tuesday


There's a lot to like about the big-grinning Cas Haley, but my favorite thing is the reaction he recently inspired in David Hasselhoff during a reggae rendition of The Police's "Walking on the Moon." The images of the America's Got Talent judge joyfully flailing his arms will probably comfort me on dark nights. So if your tastes run anything like The Hoff's, catch Haley, along with Southern Californian Mike Pinto — who sounds just like you'd imagine a ska/reggae/surf musician from San Diego would sound — tonight at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., The all-ages show starts at 8; tickets are 10 bucks. — Bryce Crawford


14 Wednesday

open mic

Somewhere between reality TV and your basic open-mic events at bars and coffee houses, Cripple Creek's Imperial Hotel (123 N. Third St.) has hatched a new concept, Cripple Creek Has Talent. The hotel's Gold Bar Room Theater, recently reopened after 12 years in the dark, is hosting open-mic nights at 7 p.m. each Wednesday this month, with a twist. After the last week, the best act (or acts) will be chosen and invited to open for October performances, actually earning pay based on a percentage of admissions. There's no cover for the open-mic nights, open to musical acts, comedy, poetry or whatever. Call George (719/482-8931, to arrange a performance time. — Ralph Routon

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