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Square dance for Black Forest

31 Wednesday


How many square dancers does it take to screw in a light bulb? Four, but you have to walk them through it a few times. (Guffaw!) Seriously though, folks of all ages and skill levels can learn to "promenade" and "allemande" with the best of them, so grab a partner and bring 'em on down to the District 11 Bus Barn (5240 Geiger Blvd., at 7 tonight so you can do-si-do for a good cause at the Special Benefit Dance for Black Forest Fire Disaster Victims. There is no set fee, but bring a refreshment to share and a cash donation that will go directly to victims of the June fire. — Hannah Brenneman

Springs Beer Fest and Clips Beer and Film Tour

1 Thursday

film & foam

Before you sample from nearly 50 breweries at Springs Beer Fest on Saturday in America the Beautiful Park (126 Cimino Drive,, you'll want to head to that same location at 7:30 tonight for New Belgium Brewing's Clips Beer & Film Tour ( Alongside 20 juried, short films that span a diversity of topics, Fort Collins' prolific outfit will offer 3-ounce samples ($1.25) or 12-ounce pours ($5) of 15 of its brews, with proceeds benefiting Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates and UpaDowna. Front Range Barbeque and McCabe's Tavern will also be on hand to vend beer-friendly eats; admission is free. — Matthew Schniper

Time Traveler's Circus

2 Friday

music & merriment

Feeling vaguely nostalgic this weekend? Tired of watching Woody Allen movies to get your escape-from-the-now fix? Then, come, step this way and witness a world of excitement and wondrous delight: Live music, dancers, fire-breathers, clairvoyants, make-up artists, performance artists and other carnie-folks provide the entertainment at Happy Ass Ranch's second Time Traveler's Circus (202-CR 368, Lake George,, kicking off today and running through Sunday. Tickets are $40 with camping costs included for the family-friendly weekend; they can be purchased at the gate or at — Nathaniel Kelley

Colorado Grown Urban Fair's Colorado Day

3 Saturday


Gentlemen, stimulate your follicles. The Colorado Grown Urban Fair isn't limiting itself to horticulture for this year's free Colorado Day celebration of all things local. The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum (215 S. Tejon St., kicks it off with a Facial Hair Contest in commemoration of the original Pikes Peak Whisker Club. After all, nothing's more local than your upper lip. For less hirsute attendees, there's plenty to see, eat, drink and otherwise enjoy that isn't attached to somebody's face. Booths, activities and historical games open at 2, or bring your family down for the 5 p.m. concert with the Fort Carson 4th Infantry Division Band. — Caroline Swinford

John Douglas Thompson

4 Sunday


About the only thing cooler than being called "the best American actor in Shakespeare, hands down," would be earning that title after starting your career as a traveling salesman of ATMs and check-sorters. Granted, the New Yorker ( notes that John Douglas Thompson also sold computers before making his switch to the stage, but no Google algorithm could've predicted a more fascinating career arc. Chances are you could learn something from this guy, and you'll have a chance at 2:30 today at UCCS' Centennial Auditorium (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.,, where Thompson will talk shop. It's part of the free Prologue series at TheatreWorks, and also a great way to help usher in the company's run of Cymbeline (see p. 19). — Kirk Woundy

Vieux Farka Tour&eacute

5 Monday


The World Music Series has gone on hiatus this summer, but tonight's performance by Malian musician Vieux Farka Touré should serve as some consolation. Heir to the legacy of much-acclaimed guitarist Ali Farka Touré, Vieux embraces more rock influences, as evidenced by his 2010 album, Live. Combined with a vocal approach that's generally smoother than that of his late father, Vieux's music has even more potential to connect with Western audiences. Hear him tonight at the Fine Arts Center's SaGaJi Theatre (30 W. Dale St.,, Tickets are $25/public, $15/FAC and KRCC members; showtime is 7. — Bill Forman

instaART Show

6 Tuesday


Poor Instagram. What started as a fun photo filtering gadget soon became an #overusedhipstermeme and pawn in the #technologyarmsrace between Facebook and everybody else. Strip that trendiness out, though, and you still get some pretty cool #pics, like those at the instaART Show at the Alibi Room, a part of the gallery/vocational program Dream Catchers (103 S. Wahsatch Ave., Here, local #Instagramers submitted pieces which are enlarged and mounted in "Polaroid format." instaART opened Friday with a 6 p.m. reception, but will be up Mondays through Fridays (and weekends by appointment) through Aug. 31. — Edie Adelstein

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