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Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo

9 Wednesday

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Every year, the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo comes around to remind everybody that Colorado is part of the West, and Colorado Springs is Rodeo Central (if you measure it by location of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame). Of course, it's hard to really hearken back to our cowboy heritage while, say, sitting in traffic at Platte and Circle, but there's dust in them loins, I promise. So, reconnect with somebody's ancient desire to run down baby cows and tie up their legs for sport by hitting the rodeo's 74th opening night at 7:15 at Norris-Penrose Event Center (1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, The event runs through Saturday, and tickets start at $15. Bryce Crawford

Pictures on the Promenade: Frozen

10 Thursday


Stephen Ornes, a 40-year-old father of young children, recently wrote to the songwriting couple behind "Let it Go." An excerpt of the open letter, published by McSweeney's: "I tried to drown your song with whiskey and my antiquated iTunes collection, but not REM or Erykah Badu or TV on the Radio or Ryan Adams could touch the fucking Frozen soundtrack." If your sanity's tenuous, pack earplugs as you take the kids tonight to the Promenade Shops at Briargate (1885 Briargate Pkwy.,, where Frozen will show on the giant inflatable outdoor screen at 8:30. Pre-movie shenanigans, from face-painting to balloon-twisting, begin at 7. Kirk Woundy

Curator Show at Rooted Studio

11 Friday


Meet the new Rooted Studio (2502 W. Colorado Ave., #307, with tonight's 7 o'clock opening reception of its Curator Show, featuring collages from Meredith Smarr and works by yet-to-be-named others. Haven't heard of it before? That's OK, because you have to start somewhere, per Rooted's recent Instagram post: "Rooted Studio is an infant, we still need milk while others are nourished by meat." So there. Edie Adelstein

Rewind: Music of the '80s

12 Saturday


Want to see the Colorado Springs Philharmonic? Prefer your tunes al fresco? Love '80s music? If you've answered yes to any one of those questions — or better yet, two or three of them — join conductor Thomas Wilson, with special guest Sam Harris, for the free Rewind: Music of the '80s at 7:30 p.m. at Bear Creek Regional Park (245 Bear Creek Road, Take a symphonic tour of the Decade of Excess through the music of Cyndi Lauper, U2 and Journey. Show up early for concessions at 5:30, or bring your own picnic. Hannah Fleming

Mesa Junction Art Bash

13 Sunday


Despite or even because of some adversity, Pueblo, our little neighbor to the south, is experiencing a flush of creativity. See for yourself at the Second Sunday Mesa Junction Art Bash, where local arts and crafts will be on display and for sale, and artists will be on hand to explain Pueblo's cultural boomlet. You'll also find artist demonstrations, kids' crafts and activities, food vendors Ginger Dogs and Pass Key Food Truck, and performances by Steve Dey and Grupo Folklorico del Pueblo. It's all free, and happening from 2 to 4 at the Rawlings Public Library (100 E. Abriendo Ave., Pueblo, Robert Meyerowitz


14 Monday


The folks at Indy Give!-participating nonprofit Concrete Couch are pretty righteous people. I enjoyed chatting them up in recent weeks as they constructed an awesome sign outside our offices. But usually, they're doing public projects, including SCAMP (the Summer Community Art and Mural Program), for which you can volunteer and learn about their craft. From 9 to noon daily, today through Friday, they'll be installing mosaic lamp posts at Bancroft Park (2408 W. Colorado Ave., Next up: July 28 through Aug. 1 at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and Aug. 11 through 15 at Vermijo Park. RSVP with Matthew Schniper

Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective

15 Tuesday


Tom Wesselmann's expansive career has all the ingredients of a typical Pop Art player — beautiful women, sunglasses and cigarettes, shiny cars, white bread — but the artist was reluctant to associate himself with the term. Hence, the traveling exhibit Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective, that opened Sunday at the Denver Art Museum (100 W. 14th Avenue Pkwy., Denver, With approximately 100 pieces, including the 26-foot long "Still Life #60" and the 2,000-pound "Screen Star," Beyond demonstrates Wesselmann's development as an artist. Through Sept. 14; free for members, $8 to $13 for nonmembers. Edie Adelstein

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