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23 Thursday

music

Well, it finally happened. Willie Nelson swapped Trigger, his notorious nylon string acoustic guitar (Willie obviously missed the memo that guitars are supposed to be named after girls) for a harder-hitting Fender electric. Wait — my bad — that's actually Lukas Nelson, Willie Nelson's son, with the Fender. Bandanas, long hair, flowing shirt ... I guess what they say is true: The apple never falls far from the tree. Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real pump out blues and rock grooves coupled with the lyrical wailings (for lack of a better word) of the younger Nelson. They'll play at 7:30 tonight in Studio Bee at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com). If you go to the $13 show ($10 in advance), try to find out what Lukas named his guitar. Hopefully it's something a little more, um, appropriate. — KV

24 Friday

stage/music

Colorado College's Summer Festival of the Arts kicks off the Vocal Arts Symposium tonight with the first of two performances this weekend. Each evening features a different musical genre. Tonight's opera-themed show is titled Death by Aria. Student vocalists have been preparing under the tutelage of Martile Rowland, who New York Magazine once compared to Dame Joan Sutherland — not too shabby. Catch all the high notes starting at 7 in Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607). Tickets are $15 for the general public, $5 for CC students and $10 for CC staff and faculty. — VL

25 Saturday

food/music

Local bluegrass heroes Palmer Divide can play rowdy enough for a hoedown or clean enough for a concert hall. The four former sidemen combine solid country and bluegrass arrangements with fine original songwriting (songs like "Dress Rehearsal" and "Somebody's Playing My Fiddle," if they catch you in the right mood, can be just about heartbreaking). All that should prove more than enough to win over the crowd at Fiddles, Vittles & Vino, especially since they'll have already been plied with fine food and drink. The event runs from 3 to 9 today at Rock Ledge Ranch (3602 Chambers Way, fiddlesvittlesandvino.com). Tickets are $10 (ages 8-16), $30 (online "earlybirds") and $40 (at the gate). Sharing the bill are Minnesota's High 48s along with Anne & Pete Sibley and the Acme Bluegrass Band. — BF

26 Sunday

family celebration

I automatically associate the word "firefly" with superb storytelling, thanks to Joss Whedon. And now, finally, I am not the conversational pariah when people are actually talking about insects with phosphorescent rear ends and I mistake the subject for a prematurely cancelled TV show. At 6 tonight, the IC Fireflies program, in the way of the Moth from New York and Los Angeles, welcomes the public for an evening of storytelling (at Nosh, Rico's Café and Wine Bar, and Josh & John's) as a part of the Imagination Celebration's 20th annual Free Family Festival Day, which begins at 1 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., imaginationcelebration.org). This year's theme is metamorphosis, in line with the many improvements to the festival, including stage performances and art and crafts. Though free, tickets to the main stage performances at 2 and 4 are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and are available now at the Pikes Peak Center. — AM

27 Monday

rodeo

Family friends in New Mexico showed off their junior rodeo skills to us years ago with a team roping demonstration. In team roping, one person ropes a calf by its nubby horns and another ropes it by its hind legs. These two little boys, neither older than 13, whipped their lassoes until they whistled and felled a several-hundred-pound calf in less than 15 seconds. Cruel, maybe. Impressive, definitely. For down-and-dirty feats by tiny but tough kids, head to the National Little Britches Finals Rodeo at the Colorado State Fairgrounds (1001 Beulah Ave., Pueblo, nlbra.com). The event starts today and runs daily through Aug. 1 with two rodeos a day, at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., and a championship round Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $1 to $6 with a $1 discount for a donation of two canned goods for Care and Share. — EA

28 Tuesday

festival/fundraiser

According to Colorado Citizens for Health Freedom's Kim Green, naturopathic doctors plan to bring another licensing bill to our state Legislature in 2010 that, if passed, would effectively put roughly 16,000 other alternative practitioners out of business. CCHF claims to have defeated four previous licensing bills in the past six years, but it needs money to continue the fight. Hence the Health Freedom Festival from 3 to 8 p.m. today at the Margarita at PineCreek (7350 Pine Creek Road, 216-2663). The restaurant will sell food and drinks alongside music, a children's carnival and mini-sessions with a lengthy list of local alternative workers, ranging from massage and Reiki folks to readers and intuitives. Entry costs $20 ($15 in advance, children 12 and younger free). — MS

29 Wednesday

children's musical theater

Anyone with a preschooler knows it's big news that Disney Channel favorites the Wiggles will be singing and dancing their way across the Pikes Peak Center stage (190 S. Cascade Ave., ticketswest.com) as part of their Go Bananas! live-in-concert tour. Whether or not it's good news is open to debate. Comments following the group's online videos — like ska classic remake "Monkey Man" (complete with a pirate and a guy in a monkey suit) — range from "best thing of life" to "these men are creepy and goofy and children should not grow up believing this is how grown men behave." You decide! Tickets for ages 1 and up are $15-$30 for shows at 3 and 6:30 p.m. today. — JT

Contributors: Edie Adelstein, Bill Forman, Virginia Leise, Avalon Manly, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Ken Voeller.

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