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25 Thursday

music

The last blues concert I attended, Colorado College's Blues 'n Shoes — a blues music and horseshoes tournament, paired together, I suspect, for no other reason beyond rhyme — ended in a screaming mud fight among a group of drunk college kids. Sound enticing? Well, the Paint the Town Blue summer concert series from 5:30 to 7:30 tonight is sure to provide much of the same: blues, barbecue, dancing ... probably not the mud fight. But hey, you'll at least hear local band Rock-N-Rooster. The summer concert series will be held every Thursday at Bancroft Park (2408 W. Colorado Ave.) through Aug. 13. Admission is free. — KV

26 Friday

art

When it comes to generic titles for art shows, it doesn't get any more vague than People in Places — Exploring People within their Environment. How about people in non-places, like a black hole? OK, so that qualifies as a place too, I think, but what doesn't? Whatever the title, be sure to visit Cottonwood Center for the Arts (427 E. Colorado Ave., cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com) tonight from 5 to 8:30 for its Last Friday Exhibit & Open House. The center will host two new juried exhibits — the multimedia People, and a photography show upstairs — both surely more creative in content than name. — EA

27 Saturday

music

Even the best swine flu joke is no match for Kevin Bacon rolling his biceps in the Bacon Brothers' "Go My Way" video (youtube.com/watch?v=Sg2oXTke9Bo&feature=fvw; the special moment comes at 3:01). Kevin and his brother will get all footloose at the top of Pikes Peak with a 1 p.m. cancer fundraising concert. Cy Curnin of the Fixx kicks things off with a crack-of-dawn acoustic set for sponsored hikers (sorry, deadline's passed), the White Buffalo plays further up the trail, and then a hundred weary but exhilarated climbers will be joined by carloads of high-altitude-donut-eating, guilt-ridden freeloaders for the free Bacon Brothers set. Event and charity details at lovehopestrength.org. — BF

28 Sunday

water and hogs

Today presents you with two vastly different opportunities. One hinges around serene waterscapes and the observation of some 30 of them. The other features hundreds of motorcycles and a bikini contest, bikini bike wash, music and more. Guess which event is the third annual Purely Ponds Parade of Ponds and which is the ninth annual Tejon Street Bike Fest? The latter, free option runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. around the Tejon Street and Pikes Peak Avenue intersection, while the former, $10 event tours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. as far from Colorado Springs as Monument and Falcon. Visit pro-promotions.com and purelyponds.com for details. — MS

29 Monday

pop lit

I thought I was pretty badass until I heard about James Rollins, the New York Times bestseller, amateur spelunker, real-life swashbuckler, certified scuba enthusiast and doctor of veterinary medicine. Having once been near a crocodile, spent a few hours in a cave chimney, and novelized Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, he's like a cross between Inspector Clouseau and your anticlimactically delusional grandfather who, while recounting his epic life, fell asleep in his prunes again. Despite this: To hear Rollins read from the new book in his Sigma Force series, The Doomsday Key, be at Borders (2120 Southgate Road, 632-6611) at 7 tonight. — AM

30 Tuesday

dance

Flamenco usually conjures images of passionate lovers seducing one another with displays of fancy footwork. Well, it does for me anyway. Perhaps crude assumptions like mine are exactly what Colorado College hopes to dispel with its two flamenco-themed events tonight and Wednesday. First, the Flamenco Workshop, at 7:30 tonight in Cossitt Hall (906 N. Cascade Ave.), will coach participants on the technical aspects of the dance. Then at 7 tomorrow, Maria Vazquez will host a performance and lecture in Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave.) on the origins and cultural significance of the dance style. Leave it to academia to intellectualize something sexy. Tickets for the workshop are $10, $5 for the lecture. Both are available at their respective doors. — VL

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Wednesday

music

Having scored a No. 1 single in 1966 with "Tell It Like It Is," and another in 1989 with his Linda Ronstadt duet "Don't Know Much," it seems like Aaron Neville's about due for another hit. Or maybe not, since he and his kin, the Neville Brothers, spend a whole lot more energy on the road than in the studio these days. New Orleans' funkified version of the Grateful Dead — happily all still living — return at 8 tonight to the Pikes Peak Center stage (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) with fellow Louisiana road warrior Tab Benoit. Tickets are $32.50. — BF

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

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