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13 Wednesday

film

At nearly 700 miles, the Yellowstone River holds the impressive title (in this development era) of being the lower 48's longest undammed river. But it faces some of the same environmental risks that threaten other valuable ecosystems. Enter Where the Yellowstone Goes, a film that premiered last month in Bozeman, Mont., and follows a group of fly-fishers on a month-long drift-boat adventure down the river, detailing its story. It screens at 7:30 tonight at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com); tickets are $10 and purchasable in advance at Angler's Covey. — Matthew Schniper

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14 Thursday

music

Being recalcitrant shock-metal absurdists, the Mentors were undoubtedly pleased back in 1985 when an apparently distraught pastor read their lyrics (most famously the line "bend up and smell my anal vapor, your face is my toilet paper") into the congressional record. While it may not have been the intent, the Parents Music Resource Center censorship hearings gave barely known groups like the Mentors, W.A.S.P. and Body Count an unexpected infamy that Mentors singer El Duce extended by getting himself run over by a train shortly after insisting to the media that Courtney Love tried to pay him to kill Kurt Cobain. Surviving members have hooked up with a Mentors tribute band singer (of course) to carry on the legacy of make-out tunes like "Herpes Two" and "Clap Queen." They'll be at the Triple Nickel Tavern (26 S. Wahsatch Ave., 555nickel.com) tonight for a 9 o'clock show. Tickets for the 21-plus gig are $7, with Pottymouth, Shit and Tater Twat serving as appropriate openers. — Bill Forman

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15 Friday

comix

The words "comic con" often refer specifically to the annual international event in San Diego. And while both of our graphic novel interviewees Anthony Bourdain and Langdon Foss (see "Bloody good," here) will be heading to the Cali craziness come July, Colorado's gonna get your comic/sci-fi/fantasy fix covered with this weekend's inaugural Denver Comic Con at the Colorado Convention Center (700 14th St., Denver, denvercomiccon.com). It's quite an impressive line-up for Year 1: actors from The Walking Dead, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and True Blood will be on-site, plus more comic book artists, animators and authors than I could count (at least on hands and feet). One-day to three-day tickets run from $10 to $50, with tonight's activities starting at 6. — Kirsten Akens

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16 Saturday

festival

You know that Springs Spree has been kicking for 35 years? Thirty-five freaking years — that's back to 1978, which, if you look at the Jan. 1 edition of the Gazette-Telegraph, was a hell of a time. Headlines: "Vandalism may force Barr Camp closing"; "Rudolf Lehmann and son Arthur killed in crash"; "Pueblo plane crash kills three." And the winner: "[Jefferson] Davis' descendants will edit papers." So, with that bit of history under your belt, help keep the tradition alive and hit the free event between 9 and 7 today, or 10 to 6 tomorrow, at Memorial Park (1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., springsspree.org). Find live music, dancers, food, exhibitions, a children's area, face painting and more (just like you have all along). — Bryce Crawford

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17 Sunday

music

Times are good for the Haunted Windchimes. The Pueblo Americana group got national play last October on A Prairie Home Companion, and when the Indy interviewed the band in April following the release of its new album, Inaiah Lujan said, "I feel like Out With the Crow is us kind of flying ... I feel like we're operating on our highest frequency so far." All those positive waves can only mean a great concert beginning at 6:30 tonight, when the Windchimes perform with Colorado College's Summer Music Festival orchestra at CC's Armstrong Quad (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., coloradocollege.edu). Like a bird, it's free. — Edie Adelstein

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18 Monday

museum

Hidden somewhere between granite deposits, an enormous parking lot, hordes of Texans and a donut shop, there is, in fact, life to be found on Pikes Peak. It was Charles Christopher Parry — so-called "King of Colorado Botany," in spite of his famed selflessness — who collected and documented dozens of unidentified plant species there and elsewhere in Colorado. Granted, he had the advantage of doing so on a wilder Peak, in 1862. Check out his discoveries and more at the free exhibit on Parry at the Manitou Springs Heritage Center (517 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs; manitouspringsheritagecenter.org) between 11 and 5, Thursdays through Mondays, through December. — Wyatt Miller

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19 Tuesday

lecture

"For all the people on Earth, the crew of Apollo 8 has a message we would like to send you," William Anders announced. It was Christmas Eve 1968, just before he and fellow astronauts read from the book of Genesis. To hear them for yourself, visit the East Library (5550 N. Union Blvd., ppld.org/east-library) for "Space – The Bible's Final Frontier?" a free lecture as part of Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible, a traveling exhibition at East. Elias Molen from the Space Foundation will share the recordings, as well as pictures and facts about the link between religion and space from 7 to 9 tonight. — Sara Horton

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