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9Thursday

music

No, they're not really the Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, but they did get the original Man in Black to give his blessing to the name. They also enlisted Johnny and June's only begotten son to produce their debut album at Cash Cabin Studio, built by the country icon himself out near Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, Tenn. You should also know that main bastard Mark Stuart is a fine singer-songwriter, their cover of "Long Black Veil" is suitably forlorn, and this show is absolutely free. Catch them at 8 tonight at the Crystola Roadhouse (20918 U.S. Hwy. 24, Woodland Park, myspace.com/crystolaroadhouse). — BF

10Friday

self-discovery

I'm a Taurus and, according to last week's Indy, the "cosmos is granting [me] an exception from acting and feeling like [my] old self." I've never checked my horoscope before. In fact, I didn't even know I was a Taurus until just now. But, nonetheless, it seems appropriate for the forecast to grant me permission to expand my personal horizons the same week that Chris Douglas, former apprentice to peyote culture guru and author Carlos Castaneda, offers another workshop at the Celebration Conscious Living Store (2209 W. Colorado Ave., 634-1855). Douglas will speak from 7 to 9 tonight and admission is $10; contact highestridge@yahoo.com with questions. — KV

11Saturday

sweet nectar

Sure, I've appreciated wildflowers as much as the next photographer, and I can tell you there's nothing quite like seeing miles of fireweed when driving the Alcan Highway. But I never truly appreciated the flowers' benefit beyond their beauty until I became a beekeeper two months ago. Like a helpless apiary geek, I now enjoy watching my bees bringing pollen in, and I now know how important all the much-distained dandelions are to bees. Discover more about the uses of wildflowers while hunting them down with the folks from the Bear Creek Nature Center (245 Bear Creek Road, 520-6387) today from 9 to 10:30 a.m. "Wildflower Wonders" offers a guided, casual stroll through the park for $4 ($3 members); reservations required. — MS

12Sunday

art

"Plein art" is the name given to any artwork created primarily outdoors, in only a few sittings, rather than over time in a studio. I had to look that up when I heard about the Paint Historical Manitou Plein Art Show, just to make sure it wasn't an exhibition of art solely featuring the prairies out east. Visit Swirl Wine Emporium (717 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-2294) from 5 to 7 p.m. today for some art birthed under the open sky. The exhibition runs through July 31. — AM

13Monday

historic overhaul

In 1873, when Henry McAllister came to young Colorado Springs as a major in Gen. William Jackson Palmer's regiment, he wanted a house that would stand as a sign of the city's permanence. With brick walls 20 inches thick and a roof anchored in place by steel rods, his home, now the McAllister House Museum (423 N. Cascade Ave., 635-7925) is one of the few houses still surviving from that era. From sunup to sundown today, the site will be completely reroofed in the style of its time — with historically accurate shake shingles — by 40 men from 18 different city contractors. Go for the century-old nostalgia; stay for the baked goods and tea. — AM

14Tuesday

history/literature

No longer must the Western states feel left out of the discourse on the American Civil War. Dr. R.W. "Ben" Benoit's newest historical novel, Battle at the Pass, tells the tale of the oft-forgotten battle at Glorieta Pass in New Mexico. Benoit "lightly fictionalized" the tale of the First Regiment of Colorado Volunteers defending the pass from Confederate rebels, who were seeking to pilfer Colorado gold and silver mines to boost dwindling funds in the Eastern theater. The author will be signing copies tonight from 7 to 8 at the Old Colorado City Historical Society's History Center (1 S. 24th St., 636-1225); admission is free. — VL

15 Wednesday

music

"It's like every hipster asshole has an accordion now," Paul Fonfara once observed. A hipster asshole trendleader for more than a decade — as a member of DeVotchKa, 16 Horsepower and the Denver Gentlemen — Fonfara leans more toward Argentinian bandoneóns these days, which he employs along with clarinet, guitar and vocal cords in his current band Painted Saints. Personally, the whole alt-gypsy thing never did it for me, but Fonfara throws enough Ennio Morricone, Southern goth, chamber pop and what he calls "heroin klezmer" into the mix to make it all more than worthwhile. Showtime's 8 p.m. at the Rocket Room (230 Pueblo Ave., myspace.com/therocketroom) with the Pachisi Champion opening and no money exchanging hands at the door. — BF

Contributors: Bill Forman, Virginia Leise, Avalon Manly, Matthew Schniper and Ken Voeller.

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