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Art on the Run

5 Wednesday


There's a point in every bike ride when you start to sing sea shanties to break the monotony. (Or maybe that's just me.) For a more tuneful rendition of "Hard Times," tie up your dog and park your bike behind Dogtooth Coffee Company (505 E. Columbia St., for the summer's first Art on the Run with Celtic band the Rare Ould Times from 6 to 7 tonight. These free theatrical and musical performances every Wednesday through July 17 (except July 3) raise awareness and donations for the Stink Bug Project, which pairs companion dogs with critically ill children. Look for the painted door along Shooks Run Trail. — Caroline Swinford

Love Free or Die

6 Thursday


If you can stomach more scenes of hate from the likes of Westboro Baptist Church folks, head to the Tim Gill Center for Public Media (315 E. Costilla St., at 6 tonight for a free screening of Love Free or Die. Thankfully, Westboro-style vile messaging is countered by the inspirational story of Gene Robinson, "the first openly gay priest in a committed same-sex relationship to be ordained a bishop in any Christian denomination." This look into the LGBT community's struggle within their respective faiths and legal rights earned the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Prize for an Agent of Change at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. To call it "important" is an understatement. — Matthew Schniper

Colorado Native Live at Studio Bee

7 Friday


103.9 KRXP-FM already broadcasts a local-music hour, but there are just some experiences you can't get through the radio — like being sweated on by a guitar-slinging Coloradan, for instance. For that, turn to Colorado Native Live at Studio Bee, a new, year-round collaboration between the station and the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., Free concerts will be held at 6:30 p.m. the first Friday of every month — this one brings Hydrogen Skyline and Get Along. And keep in mind that RXP will continue broadcasting music and interviews with Centennial State bands at 9 p.m. each Sunday. — Bryce Crawford

Rocky Mountain PBS Kids Fun Fest

8 Saturday

family day

Take the kids to meet Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog, then let 'em boogie with water spouts at Uncle Wilber's fountain and generally run amok at this year's Rocky Mountain PBS Kids Fun Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Acacia Park (115 E. Platte Ave., It's free, and includes family-friendly entertainment, bounce houses and 40-plus booths. And after this day of sticky-handed short-person sensory overload, you might find your lost calm at the 16th Annual Polynesian Lu'au presented by Pacific Pride & Island Hearts. There'll be authentic dance from Samoa, Guam, Fiji and more, and a Hawaiian plate loaded with island specialties. Tickets are $10 to $25 at and are cheaper in advance. The fun starts at 5 at the City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St.). — Mary Jo Meade

Taste of the Springs

9 Sunday

food and drink

According to Kids Count Colorado, our state now has the second fastest growing rate of childhood poverty in the U.S. In the southern half, 75 percent of those receiving help from Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado live below the federal poverty line. Luckily, Care and Share (2605 Preamble Point, feeds the hungry, and you can help by attending Taste of the Springs, happening there from 3 to 6 today. Enjoy the satisfaction that you helped the cause while enjoying food and drink from more than 40 food and beverage vendors. Tickets are $65. — Edie Adelstein

Concerts at Soda Springs Park

10 Monday


As graduates of Manitou Springs High School, my mother and her friend loved getting us kids to taste the "water fountains" in Manitou. Over the years, each of us would try to quench our thirst with plain, sweet refreshment, only to find carbonated, mineral-laced fire water. I'm less inclined to prank the unwitting these days — everyone's so damn health-conscious, taste doesn't matter — so I search instead for another kind of tradition. Perhaps it could be catching free outdoor music in Soda Springs Park (1016 Manitou Ave., 685-5089). At 7 p.m. each Monday from now until Aug. 12, you'll find tunes from the Colorado Springs Jazz Ensemble, the Fountain Creek Brass Band or the Little London Winds. — Edie Adelstein

Summer Music Festival Orchestra Concert

11 Tuesday


Whenever I'm asked to state a "fun fact" about myself, I tell folks I used to play the bassoon. And I still get giddy whenever a bassoon scores something more orchestrally challenging than bass oompahs. Hence the reason I'm excited for tonight's Summer Music Festival Orchestra Concert at CC's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave.,, featuring both Rossini's La Gazza Ladra and Stravinsky's Patrouchka — compositions that favor the double reed. A pre-show lecture by music prof Michael Grace starts at 6:15, with a 7:30 performance kick-off. Tickets are $25 for the public. And if you can't make it tonight (or for some reason could care less about my favorite woodwind), the fest offers more than 15 other concerts through June 23. — Kirsten Akens

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