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Kill Devil Hill

14 Wednesday


Supergroups like the Foo Fighters and Dead Weather don't come along every day. But Metal Underground assures us that Kill Devil Hill's "Southern-fried grooves" and "sludgy Sabbath stomp" reflect its stature as a "supergroup in the truest sense of the word." And yes, founding drummer Vinny Appice was in Black Sabbath, while bassist Rex Brown hails from Pantera. But Appice quit in March, and frontman Dewey Bragg's main claim to fame is a one-album stint in the lesser-known Pissing Razors. Will those Southern grooves and sludgy stomps compensate for all that? You can find out tonight for $14 at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks). Doors open at 7 p.m., with Sanguine Addiction, the Brontide Effect and Inelements doing opening honors. — Bill Forman

Monument Art Hop

15 Thursday


This evening marks 2014's first Monument Art Hop (, to be followed every third Thursday monthly through September. Galleries and shops will stay open until 8 (and restaurants until later) with special programming such as art openings and live music. Tonight, catch everything from ice carving and watercolor batik demonstrations at Wisdom Tea House to modeled clothing at Margo's on the Alley, plus author presentations at Covered Treasures Bookstore and a '50s-attire shindig with wine and apps at The Village Merchants. Entries are free; the margaritas at La Casa Fiesta are of course on you, later. — Matthew Schniper

Ian Harris

16 Friday


Ian Harris is probably perfect for Colorado Springs — perfect for the part of the city that doesn't think Hobby Lobby and Chick-fil-A are fighting a holy war, that is. The comedian skewers religious hard-liners with a clean twist, as in his joke about a religious man who vehemently disagrees with noted atheist and scientist Richard Dawkins. When asked to refute some points, the man says he's never actually read Dawkins' book. "Go figure," jokes Harris. "A Christian who's got fervent beliefs about a book he's never actually read." Catch his Critical & Thinking Tour at 8 tonight at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., Tickets are $20 to $25. — Bryce Crawford

Wild Wild West Festival

17 Saturday


So I thought I'd kick this off with a few cowpoke bons mots. Like how the cook was called a "belly cheater," cow chips were "prairie pancakes," and whiskey was known as "coffin lacquer"? But then I thought, aw shucks, just get right to it: The Wild Wild West Festival ( kicked off in downtown Pueblo yesterday and runs through 6 on Sunday. There will be three tents full of entertainment, American Bucking Bull events, carnival rides, a chili cookoff, Western entertainers and magic shows. And yes, there will be plenty of prairie pancakes. Mary Jo Meade

Wolfstock 2014

18 Sunday


Operating up there in Divide (CR 42 Twin Rocks Road,, looking out for animals that are often misunderstood — if they're understood at all — the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center is too easy for many of us to overlook. But today brings Wolfstock 2014, and all the attendant attractions: hours of live music, face-painting, raffles, raptor visits, and even a special Wolfstock brew from Paradox Beer Company. Come for the festival fare, stay for the wolfpack howls, and know your $30 ticket ($15 for kids 12 and under) goes to fire prevention at the center. — Kirk Woundy

Matt O'Neill: Thrift Store Sublime

19 Monday


There are at least two reasons to visit Matt O'Neill: Thrift Store Sublime at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., today. One is that the FAC is now open on Mondays — which means you can visit any day of the week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The other is that Thrift Store Sublime is awesome. There are gorgeous paintings that are at once skillful and creepy, and a whole wall of complicated doodles not unlike those you made in school, just much better. See for yourself how it all works together. Tickets are $8.50 to $10 for nonmembers, and free for members. — Edie Adelstein

Fantasies, Visions & Dreams

20 Tuesday


There's nothing glamorous or lurid about my fantasies. I find myself daydreaming about my backyard, being lazy, and an eternally empty inbox. If you're looking for something more interesting (though I can't promise lurid), check out May's Fantasies, Visions & Dreams exhibit at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts (304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, Six women artists, including debi Story Maddox, Jill Spear, Kristy Reid and Kristine Orr, are showing their works related to the topic, which span surrealism all the way to abstraction. Catch it today from noon to 4 p.m. — Edie Adelstein

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