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11 Thursday

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The circus is back, and of course everyone's thinking the same thing: Can we please get some sex appeal this year? Well, Clara Ruiz, aka Levitytia, is described on Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's Web site as "alluring" — a "sultry songstress" and a "Brazilian beauty" with "ribbon-like boots to her knees." Good for All-American Dad, though I guess Mom has to make do with Alex Ramon, the Zingmaster who, um, can make an elephant disappear. Most tickets for tonight's 7:30 Zing Zang Zoom show at the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd.) run $15 to $20, though VIP, front-row and "Circus Celebrity" tickets are available for more. Clara and Co. are in town through Sunday; visit ringling.com, or ticketswest.com, or call 866/464-2626. — KW

12 Friday

Chicano music

With a sound situated somewhere between Ozomatli and Ruben Blades' Seis del Solar (with less synthesizer), East L.A. septet Quetzal has been pushing at the boundaries of Chicano music for three albums now. The group is no less shy when it comes to politics, as suggested by songs like "Intifada" and their last album's title, Die Cowboy Die. The band kicks off the Pikes Peak Library District's fourth annual World Music Series with a free 7 p.m. performance at CC's Armstrong Quad (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., ppld.org). In the event of rain, head to the adjacent Armstrong Theatre. — BF

Bohemian art

Downtown welcomes its newest art venue this weekend: The Modbo (17C E. Bijou St., 633-4240), short for Modern Bohemian. The vision of pianist Lauren Ciborowski and her boyfriend, visual artist and musician Brett Andrus, Modbo aims to be a local collaboration point for artists of all types. Beyond visual art shows, expect classical music, open mic poetry nights, dance and more. Grand opening festivities begin at 5 tonight and run through midnight, with Andy Tanner, Judeth Shay Burns and Aria Tari set to play sets beginning at 8 alongside artwork by Doug Rouse, Lindsey Hand, Daisy McConnell and several others. The gallery will be open from 3 to midnight both Saturday and Sunday, with more music performances, a breakdance demo by Soul Mechanics, and — you guessed it — much, much more. Call the above phone number for specific set times. — MS

13 Saturday

war photos

It's hard to know why war photography is so intriguing, and why certain images of terror and hopelessness mature into cultural icons. Aggressively frank photos of tearful soldiers in a foxhole, or indifferent infantrymen sauntering past a blazing oilfield are obviously meaningful, but why so strangely beautiful? Decide for yourself at The American Soldier: A Photographic Tribute, which opens today at the Phil Long Expo Center (1515 Auto Mall Loop, americansoldiertribute.com), and features a collection of 116 photographs from the Civil War to the current situations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tickets run between $4 and $6 per person. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 13. — EA

14 Sunday

Burl's b-day

If Flag Day makes you feel nostalgic for a bygone era of wholesome pop music, you may be comforted by attending Remembering Burl Ives at 6 tonight at Stargazers Theatre (10 Parkside Drive, 476-2200). Best known for 1960s country hits such as "A Little Bitty Tear" and "Funny Way of Laughing," Ives also won an Academy Award in 1958 for his supporting role in The Big Country. Jerry Brown will commemorate the 100th birthday of the deceased pop artist by playing covers of Ives' most beloved songs. Special guests include Phil Volan and Joleen Bell. Tickets are $15, and active-duty military in uniform get in free. — VL

15 Monday

thin-air theater

Since I attended nearly every show that Cripple Creek's Butte Theater (139 Bennett Ave., butteoperahouse.com) put on last season, I feel I've at least a little authority on the subject of its performances. So I hope you'll believe me when I say that this little troupe of thespians — known as the Thin Air Theatre Company — exceeds what one might expect from a touristy gambling town. Through Sept. 26, it's presenting The Fantasticks, a musical about maternal schemes and worldly youths, in tandem with Godspell, a selection of parables from the Book of Matthew set to music. Showtimes run nearly daily, with today's performance at 1 p.m. Tickets range from $9.75 to $15.75. — AM

16 Tuesday

air guitar

Oddly enough, the U.S. Air Guitar Championships have managed to stay relevant and popular since revving up in 2003. Maybe the slogans ("25 cities, one winner, zero guitars") and teasers (a tour bus complete with an empty gear trailer) help to keep fans charmed. Or maybe it's the sweet taste of success: U.S. winners have gone on to become world champs in Finland a few times over the years. Regardless, before they reach the world stage, contestants rock out at places like Denver's Bluebird Theater (3317 E. Colfax Ave., usairguitar.com). The gyrating, jumping and hot-licking stupidity begins at 7 tonight: tickets are a surprising $15.50 and the show's 18-and-up. — MS

17 Wednesday

musical film

Tonight's film in Manitou Springs Public Library's (701 Manitou Ave., manitouspringslibrary.org) Free Nickelodeon Night series is the 1954 musical classic, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers — not to be confused with Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai. While the latter has awesome sword fights, the former's IMDB tagline is "lusty, mirthful girl-stealing musical! ... with seven great songs!" Hmm ... you don't say. Almost deserving of an exclamation point as well: The library provides complimentary popcorn from Patsy's Candies for the shows, which run at 6:45 weekly through Aug 26. You may bring your own non-alcoholic, covered beverage. — MS

This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Bill Forman, Virginia Leise, Avalon Manly, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.

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