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9 Wednesday

music

It's not too often that you hear of an act being described as playing "experimental psychedelic folk," which suggests some kind of influence likely related to the 1960s. Having experienced childhood in that decade, I'm thinking first of the Byrds and perhaps a little Buffalo Springfield. But we're talking present tense, so we're referring to the Chimney Choir, a Denver group playing a 7:30 p.m. free show at Front Range Barbeque (2330 W. Colorado Ave., frbbq.com). It's a three-man band, with everyone playing multiple instruments, singing and harmonizing. If the Denver Post calls them "a band to watch in Denver," then why not watch them in Colorado Springs? — Ralph Routon

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10 Thursday

art

When Gallery 113 opened a few months back, much talk related to it being owned and operated by the artists showing there. Additionally, there was the downtown location, what president Karen Standridge called "a darling little place right on Tejon Street." But the bottom line has to be the artwork, and tonight you can see how it looks on its own, or at least in an east-side chain hotel. The second annual ArtNight at SpringHill Suites by Marriott (1570 N. Newport Road, marriott.com/coshs), will showcase works from, and in partnership with, Gallery 113. The free event runs from 4 to 6, and examples of the artists' works are available anytime at gallery-113.com. — Kirk Woundy

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11 Friday

benefit

Ceramics was never my forte (though I did the requisite pinch pot in elementary school), but I'll gladly eat or drink from wheel-thrown vessels. And admire their craftsmanship, like of the ones made by Rampart High School students behind the Empty Bowls Club Benefit Ice Cream Social. For $10, purchase a handmade bowl and fill it with ice cream; your contribution will benefit Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. The time is 5 p.m., the place is Rampart High's commons (8250 Lexington Drive, tinyurl.com/emptybowlsclub). — Edie Adelstein

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12 Saturday

kink

The reason some people feel weird about the sexual realm of BDSM (bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, sadism and masochism) is the same reason some people feel weird about anything else, says local therapist Kamara Gallagher: "People like to stigmatize people that are different, or that want something different, or it's odd to them." So, to those so described, I call on you to rise above some of your more useless instincts and hit the Rapture Fetish Ball, at 10 tonight at the Underground (110 N. Nevada Ave., undergroundbars.com). For those 18 and older, tickets are $10 to $20, gaining lucky entrants a look at different lifestyles most folks are too afraid to investigate. — Bryce Crawford

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13 Sunday

stage

What do you usually do on a Sunday evening? Catch up on your shows on Hulu? Generally chill before another work or school week begins? Well, though your relaxation is likely well earned, we suggest you start your week with a burst of color, excitement and music at Cirque Dreams' Pop Goes the Rock this evening at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com). Get out of the house and enjoy the singers, acrobats, dancers and musicians. Tickets run $35.50 to $55.50 for the 7 p.m. show. — Molly Mrazek

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14 Monday

film

Second Mondays of the month usher in movie night with UpaDowna at CityROCK (21 N. Nevada Ave., climbcityrock.com), and this month's feature film is the so-awesomely-'80s-it-hurts BMX racer flick RAD. Made in '86, it's got the hair, soundtrack, yuppie bullying and underdog spirit to inspire a whole new generation of young sports enthusiasts. After all, who wouldn't want to emulate a protagonist named "Cru Jones"? Just watch the trailer on YouTube; you'll see, and probably try to high-five something. Adults and kids' beverages are provided along with the gratis showing at 7 p.m., but potluck snack donations are appreciated. — Matthew Schniper

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15 Tuesday

art

Bamboo has been praised since time immemorial, even said to embody qualities — "uprightness," "tenacity" — of a gentleman. Internationally known artists Tetsunori Kawana and Stephen Talasnik are putting it to work at the Denver Botanic Gardens (1007 York St., Denver, botanicgardens.org) for Kizuna: West Meets East, an exhibit that runs through November. These site-specific installations showcase bamboo's versatility; sculptures whirl into a twisting tunnel, float as a delicate raft on a lake, or roll smoothly down a hill. Members get in free, and nonmember tickets run from $9 to $12.50. — Edie Adelstein

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