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Saving Abel

12 Wednesday


There's an industry truism bantered among rock critics that some of the nicest people in the business are in the worst bands. Which means on the scale of mensch-hood, the men of Saving Abel are only rivaled by Nickelback and Staind. Their brooding post-grunge is rife with all the drama and eroticism of soft porn, from "The Sex Is Good" to "Addicted." The latter, their solitary hit, features the lyric "When you're going down on me between the sheets, the sounds you make with every breath you take is unlike anything," the world's most earnest paean to a gag-job. The band's at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., tonight; it's all ages, $16 in advance and $18 at the door, with the venue opening at 6. — Chris Parker


13 Thursday


London was a tough place in the 19th century. Social issues and crime rates aside, the overcrowding and poor understanding of communicable diseases made the city a breeding ground for illness. (Two cholera outbreaks in the mid-1800s alone killed up to 90,000.) But good did come out of the adversity: Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, which shed light on child labor and crushing poverty. It's a classic as well, like the 1960 musical that followed, Oliver!, which you can see at 7 tonight when the Colorado Springs Conservatory stages it at Colorado College's Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., The cast includes CSC students, faculty, alumni and community actors, with the titular character played by 12-year-old Elizabeth Pond. Tickets are $10 for kids, $20 for adults, and shows run through Saturday, when there is also a matinee. — Edie Adelstein

Juneteenth Caribbean Heritage Festival

14 Friday


Fountain's own Juneteenth Caribbean Heritage Festival, a 150-year-old celebration of slaves' emancipation and African-American culture, kicks off at 5:30 tonight at the Freedom Awards Dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn (2035 Aerotech Drive, The official registration date may have passed, but $100 per person and an RSVP can still let you enjoy speaker Dr. H. Malcolm Newton and the percussion of Black Hands Drum Ensemble. Feed your appetite for food and culture at the festival itself, which starts tomorrow and runs from 10 to 8 in John Metcalfe Memorial Park (750 E. Ohio Ave.), with a parade along South Main Street at 11. — Caroline Swinford

Starlight Spectacular

15 Saturday


One of the coolest Springs-based outdoor experiences I've ever had was riding east on a completely shut-down-to-automobiles Garden of the Gods Road a few years back at the Starlight Spectacular. With sparkling stars hovering above, and the rush of air in my ears, I careened downhill and maybe got a small taste of what it's like to be a bird. This year's Trails & Open Space Coalition fundraiser begins at 9 p.m. at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center (1805 N. 30th St.,, $25-$45). You can register on-site, but if you pay online by June 13, the entry fees are discounted. As usual, the event's open to all ages, and includes themed rest stops, breakfast and a T-shirt. Bring your own wings. — Kirsten Akens

Springs Spree

16 Sunday

special event

There's just something about warm weather that makes sweaty people want to mass together and sell arts and crafts to each other. Throw some roasted meat, $9 lemonades and a little confectioners' sugar into the mix, and you'll attract crowds for miles. Territory Days led the way a few weeks ago, and now the second day of Springs Spree continues the call to communally carouse. Held at Memorial Park (1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave.,, the annual event promises a BMX stunt team, human hamster-ball rides, and three stages of live music, among other rumpus-resolved phenomena. — Bryce Crawford


17 Monday


You're either on Twitter or you aren't, so the term "tweetup" will either register with you or it won't. If you're in the latter category and don't care to explore social media, go ahead and fly on to the next blurb, birdie. If you're in the former and already understand the fun constraints of 140 characters, then perhaps you care to expand your network at Swirl Wine Bar (717 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs,, hosting a new #TweetAtThePeak tweetup from 6:30 to 8 this evening (with happy hour until 7). Thus begins a Manitou-based tweetup at different locations monthly. #NowYouKnow. — Matthew Schniper

Tony Bennett

18 Tuesday


Think you've heard Tony Bennett's "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" enough to last a lifetime? Sorry, I've got you beat. Prior to a move from the Midwest to SF, a friend gave me a mixtape to play on the way, insisting I not put it on until we hit the road. Turns out it was an endless loop of the aforementioned signature song, which is now imprinted in my DNA. Bennett reprised many of his other hits on a 2011 duets album that features the likes of Amy Winehouse ("Body and Soul"), Queen Latifah ("Who Can I Turn To"), and Lady Gaga ("Lady Is a Tramp"). You can catch him live at 7 tonight and tomorrow in the outdoor ambience of Denver Botanic Gardens (1007 York St., Denver, Tickets are $100 and up, which is what you get when you're the last Sinatra-era crooner standing. — Bill Forman

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