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18 Wednesday

music

"For fifteen years Reckless Kelly has been doing things their way, bucking the mainstream system and playing by their own rules, straddling the fence between country and rock as if they built it themselves." Yup — some PR work is just too good to ignore. And if that sentiment be true, you'll want to pony up $10 at the Crystola Roadhouse (20918 U.S. Hwy. 24, Woodland Park, 687-7879) at 8 tonight to check out the Austin, Texas-based Americana act. I'm not sure how fence-building and -straddling connect with rockin' out, but let's assume that good craftsmanship equals competent strumming and crooning. — Matthew Schniper

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19 Thursday

art

According to the Finding Our Voices website, Joyce Aubrey found relief and release through art after a painful history of sexual abuse. She'll be at the Pikes Peak Community College Downtown Studio Gallery (100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., facebook.com/PPCCArtGallery/events) at 5:30 today, sharing her story and artwork in a free program called "Aftershocks." She'll illustrate her talk with 20 "process paintings" she completed during her journey. Given the events of the past weeks, such healing would be welcome. — Jeff Koch

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20 Friday

art

Carrie Ann Baade's oil paintings are supposedly autobiographical, so I'm hesitant to ask what exactly inspired "Queen Bitch," a zombie monarch with a bloodied mouth and tentacles. You can browse the rest of her fantastical Baroque- and Renaissance-inspired paintings from 5 to 8 tonight at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts (304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, trilakesarts.org). Munch on hors d'oeuvres, listen to Boulder musician Paul Riola and, if you buy a print, have it signed and dedicated by Baade herself. All proceeds and July print sales from Baade's Etsy shop (etsy.com/shop/CarrieAnnBaade) will fund creative scholarships for Lewis-Palmer High School students. — Sara Horton

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21 Saturday

music

With a single line, Ray Wylie Hubbard proves that at least one member of the original outlaw country generation still has some sweaty Texan "outlaw" left in him: "At least we ain't Lazarus and had to think twice about dying." That's from "Lazarus," off his aptly titled March release, The Grifter's Hymnal. If it all sounds too perfect, even calculated, Hubbard gets away with it because, quite simply, he's very convincing in the role — the drug-addled-washed-out-outlaw-turned-sober-cosmic-singer-songwriter tends to be an authentically timeless genre. Check him out tonight at Stargazers Theatre & Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com). Doors open at 7; tickets start at $20. — Wyatt Miller

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22 Sunday

pride

So, while manning the Indy's booth at last year's PrideFest in Acacia Park (cospride.org), I was doing my thing — bear-hugging everybody in sight; making sure nobody left without a hat and a hard high-five; and just generally embodying the spirit of community and lack of personal space that the event is all about — when the T-shirt vendor across the way started yelling at me, saying that I'm stealing his customers with my outpouring of inclusiveness. Well, far be it from me to hurt somebody's opportunistic sales in the name of brotherhood, so I calmed it down. Not this year, though (which also features a family day on Saturday). This time, between the hours of 10 and 6, my love dial goes to 11. — Bryce Crawford

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23 Monday

art

When my mother was growing up, her family owned a little furry horse named Elfie. He was a tidy addition to the bunch, which lived at a tiny Green Mountain Falls cabin helmed by my grandmother, who made stained glass ornaments at the North Pole. Horses are like big dogs in ways, they always said; a funny observation, given that they once kept a goat as an indoor pet. That's a story for another time, but I'm hoping to see a fuzzy specimen at A Horse Show, now open at Commonwheel Artists Co-op (102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, commonwheel.com). Seven artists contributed to this equine showcase, which opened last Friday and is on display through Aug. 13. — Edie Adelstein

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24 Tuesday

fair

There's only one El Paso County Fair, and there's only one week (give or take a day) each year when it unfolds in all its heaving, odoriferous glory. But there are multiple cow-milking demos, swine shows and hypnotist presentations on today's docket alone, so you'd do well to get to the County Fairgrounds (366 10th St., Calhan) between 8 and 4. Discounts on the tickets — which don't exceed $7, regardless — abound between July 21 and 28, so visit tinyurl.com/el-paso-county-fair to get the details and to study the full schedule. Hey, the bone-density screenings only happen once! — Kirk Woundy

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