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12 Wednesday

lecture

The Whiskey Rebellion mostly involved rural farmers in Pennsylvania — home of the U.S. capital at the time — who made booze from excess corn that the U.S. government wanted to tax to pay for the Revolution. Among other economic factors, the farmers objected to the way the tax was structured, which let larger distilleries, mostly farther east, pay less. It wasn't so different from current protests over inequality, except these thousands were armed and talking of secession, and were chased away by a four-state militia of 13,000 — a militia, by the way, that itself saw draft riots and was led by Revolutionary War hero "Light-Horse Harry" Lee, father of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Hear more at 6:30 tonight at "Happy Hour on the Frontier: The Whiskey Rebellion and Federal Power," a free lecture by Dr. Jeanne Heidler, historian at the U.S. Air Force Academy, at Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Drive, ppld.org). — Bryce Crawford

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13 Thursday

sports

Today, Pikes Peak RunFest is celebrating the 60th running of the Pikes Peak Marathon (Aug. 15 and 16). Don't worry if you're not participating in this year's ascent, you'll have a chance to connect with local runners and organizations and join an Everybody Runs accessible run from Achilles Pikes Peak — when you're not enjoying the two local beer gardens, food, live music and a scoop of Josh & John's "Purple Mountain Majesty" custom ice cream. So stretch it out, lace up your sneakers and head to the Pioneers Museum at 5 p.m. Admission is free; more info at pikespeakmarathon.org/RunFest.shtml. — Craig Lemley

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14 Friday

art

"When you visit the show you will feel as though you are actually walking through his diary ... his most vulnerable place," writes Gregory Howell, founder of Kadoya Gallery (119 Central Plaza, Pueblo, kadoyagallery.com). That's in regard to Justin Reddick's Diary of a Servant's Heart, opening from 5:30 to 8:30 tonight and running through Sept. 17. Reddick, who's in the process of designing a creative arts program for federal prison inmates in Cañon City, paints in a loose, stream-of-consciousness style to dig emotionally deep, his art representing "a man's every want, hurt, need, desire, joy, and temptation," in his own words. Each piece includes an accompanying poem on the canvas' back, written immediately after its production. Diary also features several installations by Reddick. — Matthew Schniper

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15 Saturday

community

It's been two years since much of Black Forest burned. That's not a lot of time to heal, but nothing will stop the Black Forest Community Club from holding its annual Black Forest Festival today. Gov. John Hickenlooper will be there to help dedicate the Black Forest Fire Memorial at a 1 p.m. ceremony. R&R Coffee Cafe will prepare a pancake breakfast from 6:30 to 9:30, with other festivities — including live music and family activities — running from 8 to 3, and a parade at 10:30. Find free, off-site parking with shuttle service from 9 to 3 from several lots. For more information, call 495-3217 or visit bfcommunityclub.org. — Griffin Swartzell

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16 Sunday

curiosity

It can go as long as a decade between blooms, and when it does bloom, it can grow several feet high. And it smells like rotting flesh. That would be the corpse flower, a species native to Indonesia, and one that belongs to the Denver Botanic Gardens (1107 York St., Denver, botanicgardens.org) will blossom for the very first time today. Most likely. When the corpse flower blooms, it releases bursts of scent designed to attract bugs that lay eggs in carrion, in the hopes that such visitors will pollinate it. It lasts maybe a day or two before collapsing. So if a strange-looking, foul-smelling plant sounds like a must-see, watch Twitter for updates from the Garden by way of #StinkyDBG. Entry is free for members, and $9 to $12.50 for nonmembers. — Edie Adelstein

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17 Monday

music

From Nine Inch Nails to The Prodigy, industrial rock and techno owe much to KMFDM. But despite all the band's sturm und drang, leader Sascha Konietzko clearly has a sense of humor, albeit a wickedly Germanic one. Take the band's name, an acronym for kein Mehrheit für die Mitleid, which translates to "no pity for the majority." Weary of explaining that to American journalists, Konietzko began telling interviewers it stands for "Kill Mother Fucking Depeche Mode," a misconception that persists to this day. KMFDM is currently touring behind its newly released Salvation EP, and you can catch them tonight at Summit Music Hall (1902 Blake St., Denver, thesummitmusichall.com). Showtime is 8, tickets are $25/advance, $28/door. — Bill Forman

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18 Tuesday

music

We're sending you to Denver a lot this week, but bear with us. After all, a flower that smells like death and industrial German rock aren't for everybody. Pop crooner Miguel, performing tonight at the Ogden (935 E. Colfax Ave., ogdentheatre.com), is more mainstream, but the Grammy winner isn't your usual R&B-flavored hottie. Well, he kind of is, but his latest hit, "Coffee," isn't a love poem to T&A. It's actually about a real live person he enjoys spending time with: "We talk street art and sarcasm/Crass humor and high fashion. ... Bubble bath, Truth or Dare, and Would You Rather." It's sweet. Tickets are $39.50; open to 16 and older. Showtime is 9 p.m. — Edie Adelstein

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