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23 Thursday

Songs for a New World
  • Songs for a New World

New Yorker Jason Robert Brown is best known as the composer for the Broadway musicals Parade and The Bridges of Madison County, for which he won Tony Awards for Best Original Score in 1999 and 2014, respectively. But tonight is opening night for a performance of his first musical, Songs for a New World. It's an abstract piece that focuses on life-changing decisions. Staged at the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, this performance will feature the talent of the Colorado Springs Conservatory, bringing together students, alumni, mentors and a few guest artists for a rockin' adaptation. The show only runs through Saturday, so get your tickets now! 7 p.m., 3955 Regent Circle, $20 or $10 with student ID, — Griffin Swartzell


24 Friday

The Hollow Men and the Fine Art of Detraction
  • The Hollow Men and the Fine Art of Detraction

This month's shows at S.P.Q.R. come to an end after tonight, so take this last chance to examine some relatable, challenging situations and headspaces. Calling a corporate office hell, for instance, has almost become a truism, but local artist Heather Bingham says that back in her office days, she was struck by the casual backbiting her co-workers took part in. Her exhibit, The Hollow Men and the Fine Art of Detraction, explores that atmosphere with paintings featuring empty suits and golfing equipment. Being a parent for the first time is also daunting in its own way, undermining self-confidence, self-esteem and more. In Post-Partum, Sarah Tenney explores the trials and tribulations she experienced when she had her first child in a series of metaphorical works. 5:30 p.m., 17c E. Bijou St., — Griffin Swartzell


24 Friday

Pedal Station Grand Opening
  • Pedal Station Grand Opening

A labor of love has finally come to fruition for local non-profit Kids on Bikes. Their highly anticipated Pedal Station is ready for business — and you're invited to the grand opening party! Enjoy a cold beer from Fieldhouse Brewing as you tour the new community bike center, which will offer cycling-related classes and events, volunteer opportunities, bike repair and a retail shop filled with refurbished bicycles and other items. Cool prizes and icy snow cones will balance the summer heat as you mingle, celebrate and socialize with fellow cyclists and the crew at Kids on Bikes. If you're of a mind (and of age) you can even head to Fieldhouse after the party's over for more good beer and great company. 5:30 to 7 p.m., 527 S. Tejon St., free, — Bridgett Harris


24 Friday

PPIHC Fan Fest
  • PPIHC Fan Fest

It's a big year for one of the world's most iconic motorsports events. I'm talking of course about the 100th Anniversary of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. But before the drivers start laying rubber on the Highway Sunday morning, another — equally popular — event takes over downtown Colorado Springs this evening. Now I'm talking about Fan Fest, a staple of the PPIHC's weekend events. Motorcycle exhibitions be flying high over Tejon Street while attendees meet 2016's competitors and cars, and enjoy a beer garden, a Fire Fighter Chili Cook-Off and vendor booths. PPIHC Race Week is easily one of the most anticipated local events of the summer, and the celebration of its centennial is sure to make this year's party even more exhilarating. 5 to 10 p.m., downtown Colorado Springs, free to attend, — Craig Lemley


25 Saturday

You and Your Gender Identity: A Guide to Discovery
  • You and Your Gender Identity: A Guide to Discovery

We can't all schedule an appointment with local gender therapist Dara Hoffman-Fox — though even those most secure in their gender identity would benefit from the experience — but now we can all share in Dara's wisdom by picking up their new book, You and Your Gender Identity: A Guide to Discovery. This guide takes folks who are questioning their gender through the process of reflection, exploration and understanding, and provides tools (inward and outward) to help along the way. Dara will be at Seeds Community Café today to officially launch their groundbreaking book with prizes, music and a book-signing. Copies will be available for purchase, plus Dara will be reading selections from the text, in case you had any doubts you wanted to pick it up. 1 to 4 p.m., 109 E. Pikes Peak Ave., free to attend, 473-8206, — Alissa Smith


25 Saturday

  • AEG Day

You may or may not be aware of the burgeoning board game industry — we're well past Scrabble, Risk and Monopoly. If you're thinking more along the lines of Dungeons and Dragons or Magic: The Gathering you're a lot closer, but you're better off seeing some of the best examples for yourself while they're on display at Petrie's Family Games today. AEG Day is a showcase of the most recent releases from one of the industry's leading publishers, Alderac Entertainment Group, along with other favorite titles like Love Letter, Smash Up and more. Don't think for one second that you can use the "I don't know the rules" excuse to stay away — that's part of the fun. Noon to 5 p.m., Petrie's Family Games, 7681 N. Union Blvd., — Craig Lemley


28 Tuesday

Bubba Sparxxx
  • Bubba Sparxxx

Has it really been just two years since "Ms. New Booty" purveyor Bubba Sparxxx rolled through Pueblo with "Baby Got Back" hitmaker Sir Mix-A-Lot on their appropriately titled Booty Tour? Since then, Bubba's flown largely below the rap radar, although his Kid Rock-style crossover Made on McCosh Mill Road did climb to No. 49 on the country charts in July of 2014. But Sparxx can still draw upon his three Top 10 albums from the early 2000s, and that's got to count for something, right? 8:30 p.m., Rawkus, 3506 N. Academy Blvd., $10,, 596-0000. — Bill Forman

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