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15 Wednesday

music

A visit from Western music icons Sons of the Pioneers has long been planned as part of Flying W Ranch's 60th birthday commemoration, and thanks to the generosity of Woodmen Valley Chapel (290 E. Woodmen Road), they'll have a place to play tonight even though the ranch has burned. Tickets run $35 at flyingw.com, and the show starts at 7 with a quick performance from the Flying W Wranglers themselves. It'll be just the Wranglers' third public performance since the fire, says band member David Bradley, who notes via e-mail that he was a Son himself for five years. His promise: "It is gonna be a Rockin good time, Cowboy Style!" — Kirk Woundy

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16 Thursday

music

In his autobiography, Searching for the Sound: My Life With the Grateful Dead, bassist Phil Lesh wrote that Jerry Garcia looked to him like the great 20th-century composer Claude Debussy, with "dark, curly hair, goatee, Impressionist eyes." Debussy and Garcia also share August as their birth month, which is reason enough for KCME-FM 88.7 to host a free Debussy or Deadhead? event from 7 to 8:30 tonight at Jack Quinn Irish Alehouse and Pub (21 S. Tejon St., kcme.org). The birthday celebration, as part of the station's Dead Composers Society, will feature trivia, prizes and a free Champagne toast. — Matthew Schniper

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17 Friday

comedy

Comedian Brian Regan can recall that horrifying morning when his schoolboy self woke up and realized, oh no, that science project is due today. His last-minute solution: a cup of dirt. Which, as he explains to his teacher, is actually a, um ... cup of dirt. Maybe Regan wouldn't be such a success if he didn't relate so well to our own slacker tendencies. Regan has been selling out shows across the country; he's also expected to pack the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) at 8 tonight. Tickets range from $39.75 to $49.75. — Sara Horton

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18 Saturday

sports

For most of us, Saturday is a day to sleep in, catch a movie and, if we're feeling particularly industrious, do a household chore or two. However, runners of the Pikes Peak Ascent call Saturday "race day." They'll run from Manitou Springs up Pikes Peak — some of them only to do it again tomorrow, in a marathon up and down the mountain. That's called "the double," or, if you don't speak runner, "absolutely bonkers." From 5 to 7 tonight at Manitou's Memorial Park (502 Manitou Ave., $12/person, pikespeakmarathon.com/expo.htm), the Manitou Springs Kiwanis Club is hosting a "carbo feed," complete with spaghetti, potatoes and dessert, as well as a host of vendor booths — and even us lazybones are invited. — Jeff Koch

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19 Sunday

dance

Somewhere in the feverish writings of Friedrich Nietzsche appears the line, "those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music." And while society may have finally loosened up and gotten on board with the whole "dance like nobody's watching" thing, the verdict's still out on whether audiences of Ormao Dance Company's Summer Studio Salon Showing will consider their post-modern dance pieces insane, weird or just plain fantastic. The show, which kicked off yesterday and continues at 8 tonight at Ormao (10 S. Spruce St., ormaodance.org), features former and current Ormao dancers, students and choreographers. Tickets are $10; the show also features Ashi K. Smythe, an original cast member from Broadway's award-winning The Lion King. — Wyatt Miller

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20 Monday

art

Weeknights, I'm as guilty as the next gal of yielding to the siren song of cranked-up AC and whatever's on TV. I think it has something to do with visual stimulation: All those swirls of light and color are like Happy Brain Juice. Thankfully, Commonwheel Artists Co-op (102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, commonwheel.com) has mounted an especially colorful, swirly exhibition this month with the art of Audrey Gray and Juel Grant. Transformative Nature features soothing organic forms rendered in local-earth pigments and decontextualized, riotous compositions squeezed onto very small canvases — in other words, Happy Brain Juice. The free show's up through Sept. 17. — Claire Swinford

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21 Tuesday

dance

Richard Roxburgh, the actor best known as the icky Duke from Moulin Rouge!, had this to say about his experience dancing: "My most difficult thing so far, to be brutally honest, has been to waltz as if I knew what I was doing." But according to the Broadmoor Waltz Club, you can learn, and succeed, with some basics and good ol' fashioned practice. Interested? The group's giving a free lesson from 6:30 to 7:30 tonight at Austin Bluffs Community Church (5090 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., broadmoorwaltzclub.com). You'll need a partner and a phone — call 598-2885 to reserve your space. — Edie Adelstein

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