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25 Wednesday

stage

For some, the carved faces created at the Simpich Showcase (2413 W. Colorado Ave., simpich.com) for the last 35 years traveled a little too far into the Uncanny Valley. But for those who enjoyed the angular art of Jan Simpich, who died May 19 at the age of 81, they were a unique delight. Her son David has always been a part of that legacy, and continues the well-regarded Marionette Theatre with today's 2:30 performance of The Secret Garden. Handmade actors will recreate the child-centric, continent-spanning tale of rebuilding from loss, a theme that feels particularly appropriate today. Tickets are $12. — Bryce Crawford

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26 Thursday

music

The many incarnations of Cody Canada bands through the years have, it seems, finally settled down into the foursome Cody Canada & the Departed, the country-rock headliners at tonight's 8 o'clock all ages show at Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com). The band is eager to clarify that progression, though, calling their grouping a "reunion," not a comeback or a rebirth, on their website. Of course now, "Mama Said Knock You Out" will be circling through your head all day. With openers Driftwood, $12 in advance, $14 at the door. — Edie Adelstein

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27 Friday

art

"The human form as canvas." As much as I love that series of words, the first thing that comes to mind when hearing them is the sure ticklishness of fine paint brushes across soft patches of skin. I'd rather be tattooed. The 16 participating models, each paired with a juried artist from 5 to 8 this evening for The Body Art Night at Cottonwood Center for the Arts (427 E. Colorado Ave., cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com), must be stoically professional to endure the stimulation while being crafted into a historical or culturally informed character. Guess we'll find out as we watch them transformed. — Matthew Schniper

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28 Saturday

triple d

This year's Donkey Derby Days jamboree, like the 82 that came before it, will celebrate life at treeline and Cripple Creek's resident donkey herd, a reminder of the area's Gold Rush history. Hijinks will include Tobacco Spitting and Best Beard contests, Chicken Poop Bingo, and a competition for the most fetching hairy legs. There will also be a pancake breakfast, a parade, lots of kids activities, a beer garden, a street dance, a melodrama and, of course, the donkey races. Admission is free; go to visitcripplecreek.com for a full weekend schedule. Mary Jo Meade

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29 Sunday

sports

An average of 150 drivers compete annually in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which dates back to 1916. Spanning from 9,390 feet on the Pikes Peak Highway to the 14,115-foot summit, competitors brave thinning air and waning muscle strength to become "King of the Mountain." General admission tickets are $40, $50 on race day (visit ppihc.com for tickets and spectator guidelines). And if beer gardens and motorcycle jumping revs your engine, Friday's Fan Fest downtown is all the free fueled fun you can fit between 5 and 10 p.m. — Hannah Fleming

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30 Monday

art

Starting Saturday and running through July 6, the Cripple Creek Heritage Center (9283 Hwy. 67, Cripple Creek, redhawkoriginals.com) will host Once Upon a Time in the West, an annual tradition celebrating art, Native American culture, and the Great Spirit who governs the changing landscape. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, visitors are welcome to peruse paintings, sculptures and beadwork from local artists. To learn more about the pieces, come to the artists' reception Friday from 4 to 9 p.m., complete with a Native American blessing at 6. — Hannah Fleming

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1 Tuesday

nature

Thanks to Prince, we all know what it sounds like when doves cry. We also know what it looks like when bats fly, because we've seen Dracula do it. But what about when bats WALK? Do they swagger? Do they lurch? Sadly, you won't be finding out at Garden of the Gods' weekly Bat Walk, since it's you who'll be doing the walking while the nocturnal creatures take to the sky. At 6:30 p.m., bat fans will meet up with naturalist and tour guide Jeanne McElderry in the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center (1805 N. 30th St., 219-0108). Reservations are required, flashlights recommended. And just so you know, vampire bats can actually run up to 2.5 miles per hour. — Bill Forman

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