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18 Thursday


Colorado Springs is well known for our badass running community. We not only host races during the dead of winter and the blistering heat of summer, we even have a race that runs up a Fourteener. Yes, our runners once gazed upon all 14,115 feet of Pikes Peak and thought to themselves, "Yeah, I could probably run to the top of that." Then they decided in the 1950s to make it a marathon because scaling the mountain itself just wasn't enough. In addition to being badass, the community is welcoming; they embrace the plodding half-marathoners (me), the peppy 5Kers, the dabbling fun runners and the monster ultra-marathoners with equal enthusiasm. Want to meet these crazy kids and maybe make some new friends? Come out to the second annual Pikes Peak Run Fest tonight, a celebration of the camaraderie and love of the sport featuring local beer, live music, food trucks, local organizations and cool vendors. 5-8 p.m., Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., free, — Bridgett Harris


18 Thursday


Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore. Actually, the members of '80s FM wonders Toto never were in the band Kansas, although both shared a post-prog sensibility that made for undeniably smooth radio segues. The current seven-piece Kansas lineup has only two original players — drummer Phil Ehart and guitarist Richard Williams — but that won't stop diehard fans from playing air-violin to live renditions of chart-topping hits like "Dust in the Wind" and "Carry on Wayward Son." 7:30 p.m., Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $42-$62, — Bill Forman


19 Friday


One of the great cultural conflicts of our time is between Marvel and DC. They've been at it since before World War II, but the 21st century has seen more money at stake and a huge escalation in the conflict. Marvel has the superior movies and heroes, whereas DC has Batman and better villains — most of which come from Batman's universe, though it's hard to top that time Lex Luthor stole 40 cakes. But who has the better dancers? Step up and throw down at tonight's Marvel versus DC Dance Party. Hosted by the Zodiac, the event will include a costume contest and live DJs, as well as plenty of opportunities to grab photos. 8 p.m., 230 Pueblo Ave., free, 632-5059, — Griffin Swartzell


19 Friday


Steampunk art is heavily influenced by the 19th-century science fiction of author Jules Verne, especially Journey to the Center of the Earth, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and From the Earth to the Moon. The Manitou Art Center is celebrating the French-inspired art movement with its très Français Third Annual Steampunk Salon, which will feature a juried selection of submitted pieces exploring steampunk and retro futurism. Expect a large showing from Mistress Fogg's Occult Eccentricities and Crypto Curiosities, as well as a display of costumes by Janson Fangio, who designs for Fine Arts Center shows. 5-8 p.m. 513-515 Manitou Ave., free, 685-1861, — Griffin Swartzell


20 Saturday


"The buzz starts in Woodland Park, and like an opera, gets more intense as you go... Everyone needs to do this at least once and let their heart sing." That's one veteran's take of the POW/MIA Recognition Ride on the American Veterans Rally website. What has become the state's largest annual weekend gathering of motorcycles is in its 29th year of paying homage to our lost and captured heroes with a thunderous, patriotic, miles-long procession. From Woodland Park High School, thousands of participants roar through the mountains on their way to the Salute to American Veterans Rally in Cripple Creek. Unless you're a veteran, you probably haven't experienced this kind of camaraderie — the kind that makes the heart sing. 10:15 a.m.; bikes must be registered by 10 a.m., $8-$12, 151 N. Baldwin St., Woodland Park, — Craig Lemley


20 Saturday


For one night only, the Modbo is taking down one of its art exhibits to make way for a special pop-up show, which promises to be a rockin' time. Doug Mansfield, artist and head honcho of local underground punk band The Mansfields, has created a whole new body of artwork, Hollywood Babylon, inspired by the band's new album. It's lowbrow, vintage, punk, sci-fi-inspired and DIY, which means it's going to be pretty damn cool. Plus, after you take a look at the artwork, you can stick around to hear The Mansfields live. This is a good chance to support local art and local music all in one go. Art viewing starts at 5:30 p.m., music at 9 p.m., 17C E. Bijou St., 633-4240, — Alissa Smith

Food and Drink

21 Sunday


It's the third day of Edelweiss Restaurant's Summer Fest party, taking place in the lot just across the street. The folks from Paulaner Brewery will lend the necessary beer truck, and Edelweiss will cook up appropriate German food for pairing. Catch live music on Friday and Saturday nights, and if you shell out $25, you can pre-order a 1-liter German mug with one free filling. Your kids can't be your excuse to miss this one, as Edelweiss will also provide children's activities. noon-8 p.m. (also 4-9 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday), 29 E. Ramona Ave., free, or $25 for a mug and fill, 633-2220, — Matthew Schniper

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