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30 Wednesday

music

While uilleann pipes have been an integral part of Celtic punk band Black 47's music since the late '80s, the instrument's bigger and wheezier-sounding Scottish cousin is rarely deployed in rock, apart from the occasional Dropkick Murphys song. So Vancouver's Real McKenzies score some points for originality there, and additional credit for the rough-hewn energy you've come to expect from bands on the Fat Wreck Chords label. If your tastes run anywhere from the Pogues to NOFX, visit the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com) tonight for $12/advance, $15/door. Showtime is 7:30 for the all-ages show, with Civet and 99 Bottles doing opening honors. — Bill Forman

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31 Thursday

stage

"What are breasts?" Theo Maske asks his wife Louise in The Underpants. "Harmless, utilitarian, lumps of flesh. But you squeeze them into a sweater and mountains move." The German bureaucrat's angst about his pretty wife's body stems from the simple fact that she somehow managed to lose her panties in public, in the middle of a parade attended by the king. How it all spins out is something known only to comedian Steve Martin, who adapted the original 1910 comedy; Springs Ensemble Theatre (1903 E. Cache la Poudre St., springsensembletheatre.org), which is performing it at 7:30 tonight; and you, who is obviously attending. The show runs through June 17, with tickets $15. — Bryce Crawford

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1 Friday

opera

"I've always thought of ending my stage career portraying this marvelous Sondheim character, being wheeled around in a wheelchair doling out as much advice on love and life as possible!" That's Martile Rowland, founder and artistic director of Opera Theatre of the Rockies, quoted in a press release for her final stage appearance — in the role of Madame Armfeldt in A Little Night Music. The second production in OTR's "Season of Love and Liaisons" starts with a show at 7:30 tonight, and continues tomorrow and Sunday at Colorado College's Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., ticketswest.com). Tickets are $25 and $35. — Edie Adelstein

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2 Saturday

food

Lovers of beer and spirits will have to wait until early August, when the Craft Lager Festival graces Manitou Springs with its boozy goodness. But vino aficionados need not wait past the hours of 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today for the Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival at Memorial Park (502 Manitou Ave., manitousprings.org). Sampling from 25 featured Colorado wineries — from Denver's Balistreri and Bonacquisti to Laporte's Ten Bears and Grand Junction's Two Rivers — costs $30, which includes a souvenir glass. Pre-tasting, head to coloradowine.com to read up on our two American Viticultural Areas and their grape-friendly microclimates; then you'll have something smart to quip between sips. — Matthew Schniper

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3 Sunday

music

You've got a chance to get your gospel on at 9 this morning, with the 23rd annual Bluegrass at the Fair at the Colorado State Fairgrounds (1001 Beulah Ave., Pueblo, coloradostatefair.com). It's a Sunday-morning tradition for the fest, which starts Friday evening and this year features 20-some bands, including the likes of Ryan Shupe & the Rubberband, the Claire Lynch Band, and at 5 p.m. today, Pueblo's own Haunted Windchimes. Tickets run from $5 to $20 a day, or $30 for a weekend pass, with $35 more for three days of camping. — Kirsten Akens

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4 Monday

summer fun

Today's the day to spend lollygagging about local parks. First up, the annual downtown farmers market season kicks off at 9 a.m. at Acacia Park (115 E. Platte Ave.). Between then and 3, you can grab some fresh carrots, cukes and the like, for great prices, from outfits such as Miller Farms. If it's hot, take a run through the water sprays at the Uncle Wilber Fountain. (If it's not, you can still watch the tuba dude pop up and down.) Then at 7, the Manitou Springs Summer Concert Series' opening night features a free performance by the Colorado Springs Concert Band in Soda Springs Park (1000 block of Manitou Avenue). All in all, a lovely way to enjoy a summer Monday. — Kirsten Akens

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5 Tuesday

science

Jeremiah Horrocks has been lionized by St. Michael's Church in Hoole, England, for two things: correctly predicting the first transit of Venus in recorded history, and skipping some of it to fulfill his religious commitments on that Sunday in 1639. If you skip tonight's transit to catch Highway to Heaven reruns, you will not be similarly rewarded. So join Colorado Springs Astronomical Society members and their telescopes today at Palmer Park's Parking Lot A (3650 Maizeland Road, csastro.org) to take in this once-in-a-lifetime passage of Venus across the sun's face. It starts at 4, continues till sunset, and is free. — Kirk Woundy

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