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23 Wednesday

commencement

According to a poll conducted last week by the New York Times and CBS News, 67 percent of the country thinks Barack Obama announced his support for gay marriage because of politics, not principles. And civil unions, of course, have lately been on the lips of most Coloradans. So it's an interesting atmosphere into which our fearless leader flies to address graduating cadets at the United States Air Force Academy today. Think about that when you're eating the picnic lunch you brought and watching the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds fly over the Western Museum of Mining and Industry (225 North Gate Blvd., wmmi.org) around 12:30 p.m., at the museum's $5 Picnic-n-Planes fundraiser. — Bryce Crawford

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24 Thursday

music

Surprising as it is that David Lee Roth has gotten back with Van Halen for the band's best album in 28 years, the choice of Kool & the Gang as the reunion tour's opening act is also intriguing. Turns out Roth saw the venerable funk-soul brothers performing hits like "Celebration," "Jungle Boogie" and "Hollywood Swinging" at last year's Glastonbury Festival, after which the flamboyant frontman lobbied to bring them along for the ride. Given that bands like Dokken and Creed were tour-mates during the Sammy Hagar era, this is just one more incentive to go experience the real thing tonight at the Pepsi Center (1000 Chopper Circle, Denver, pepsicenter.com). Tickets start at $49.50, with showtime at 7:30. — Bill Forman

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25 Friday

cabaret

It's unclear if the folks at the Modbo (17C E. Bijou St., 633-4240) presenting Springtime in Love or Some Sh*t had the good Baron Tennyson in mind when naming the R-rated cabaret, but either way Dr. Maryanne Fisher, writing for Psychology Today, thinks the pairing profound. "One paper ... found highest intercourse levels in the spring and summer, and lowest levels in the winter." On the other hand, she says another study found that women covered-up for winter were more attractive to men than in warmer months. Whatever it be, get the gallery's singing and dancing take on the topic at 9 tonight; tickets are $10. — Bryce Crawford

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26 Saturday

family

A few weeks ago, I watched three baby bears lope through Cheyenne Cañon with their momma. Though it was an amazing experience, I have to admit that seeing the new cub at Serenity Springs Wildlife Center (24615 Scott Road, serenityspringswildlife.org) would be a much safer way to interact with local wildlife. From 10 to 4 today, at Family Fun Day, you too can get somewhat up-close-and-personal with many of the nonprofit sanctuary's big cats and other exotic animals. The $10 entry fee ($5 for military folk) includes a tour of the facility, plus an opportunity to enjoy food, music, carnival games and a St. Paws Thrift Store-sponsored flea market. — Kirsten Akens

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27 Sunday

festival

Any event bookended with appearances from the Wyoming Territory Regulators gunfighters — 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. in Bancroft Park today, in addition to six other shows during the weekend — is one you certainly want to attend, partner. And with gunplay, square-dancing, a mechanical bull, vendors and live music, you could only be at the 37th annual Territory Days in Old Colorado City (between 23rd and 27th streets on Colorado Avenue, shopoldcoloradocity.com). It of course runs through Monday evening, with music acts including J.T. Hodges at 4:30 today and Casey James at 3:15 on Monday. You know you're going — the only question is when. — Matthew Schniper

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28 Monday

holiday

It wasn't until after my great-grandfather died that I learned he had received two Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars and a Silver Star for his service during World War II and the Korean War. Although he died a veteran, today is a time to honor those who didn't come back, which you can do by visiting Evergreen Cemetery (1005 S. Hancock Ave., tinyurl.com/memorialdaycommemoration), the site of today's Memorial Day Commemoration. Starting at 9 a.m., the cemetery's benevolent society will host a free family day (donations appreciated) with historical re-enactors, a balloon release at 1 p.m., and vets including a Tuskegee Airman as special guests. — Edie Adelstein

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29 Tuesday

music

Fall frontman Mark E. Smith once claimed that he could record with your grandmother and it would still be the Fall. A similar claim can be made for Shins mastermind James Mercer, who sacked his whole band prior to recording this year's Port of Morrow album, which landed the Shins at No. 2 on the Billboard charts. Although I personally find Mercer's Broken Bells collaboration with Danger Mouse more compelling, there's still bound to be lots of indie-rock magic during tonight's Shins performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre (18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison, redrocksonline.com). Tickets run from $36.50 to $43.75 for this 7 p.m., all-ages show, with Blind Pilot and the Head and the Heart doing opening honors. — Bill Forman

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