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26 Wednesday

music

It was just last year when Stevie Stone hooked up with Tech N9ne's Strange Music label, but he's already immortalized his signing in song: "Really could feel it when the headlines read, Strange Met Stone," intones the Missouri-born emcee on "Perfect Stranger." "When they asked me how I feel, I said I'm finally home." (Awwww!) Stone's hoping the connection will land him a slot at next year's Gathering of the Juggalos, but in the meantime you can make him feel at home by smuggling a few liters of Faygo into the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheep-rocks.com) for this 7 p.m., all-ages show. Tickets are $15 in advance, $25 at the door, with Flawless & CES CRU, 17 Ents, Big Cheez, Solo, Young Ghost and Dirty Gamez rounding out the bill. — Bill Forman

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27 Thursday

music

The song "This Land Is Your Land" is kind of like "You Are My Sunshine": You knew the words before you knew your name, but you didn't know who wrote it. But now you know that Woody Guthrie — famed folk singer, father of Arlo, and hero of Dylan, Springsteen and Seeger — wrote it. For further education, hit the free, one-hour program "Hard Travelin': Woody Guthrie's Life and Songs" at 2 at the Sand Creek Branch Library (1821 S. Academy Blvd., ppld.org), or again at 7 at the East Library (5550 N. Union Blvd.). Daniel Blegen will sing, talk and maybe, like the man himself, teach. — Bryce Crawford

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28 Friday

film

"These ideas change the world and lead to a freer, more voluntary, and more peaceful society." You'll find such an assertion at freemindsfilmfestival.com, the digital hub for the second Free Minds Film Festival at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.). Fittingly, it's a free weekend of "liberty"-leaning screenings, lectures and socials, featuring films ranging from The Hunger Games (tonight at 6) and Amazing Grace to more obscure documentaries like Free or Equal, a heady look at Milton Friedman's economic principles applied to today's society. Full schedule info is available at that website and registration is recommended, but not mandatory, so employ your own free will on that decision. — Matthew Schniper

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29 Saturday

sports

If their steady Twitter streams mean anything, the athletes of the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions, coming tonight to the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd., worldarena.com), are having a blast. "Party rockin with the cast and @redfoo. Great show LA! Next stop... Anaheim. Go get your tickets! #KelloggsTour" tweets Olympian Jonathan Horton, who will join stars like "The Flying Squirrel," aka Gabby Douglas, 2008 All-Around Gold Medalist Nastia Liukin, and members of the U.S. men's 2012 Olympic team at tonight's 7 o'clock show. Tickets range from $25 to $200 for VIP access. I think we can all agree McKayla Maroney would be impressed. — Kiki Lenihan

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30 Sunday

stage

Sure to be the perfect accompaniment to the latest gossip and appletinis, round out your own girl nights by going to see Girls Night: The Musical at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com, $36.50-$46.50) at 4 p.m. today. Called "Desperate Housewives meets Mamma Mia" (Applause Magazine), Girls Night follows four ladies who reminisce over booze and karaoke. OK, so it's not set in Greece, but it does break out "Lady Marmalade" and "Man I Feel Like A Woman," because, after all, girls just want to have fun. — Celine Wright

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1 Monday

health

I can't list everyone on the steering committee for three-month-old Pikes Peak Women, but I can tell you they're among the who's who of Colorado Springs, starting with Jan Martin, Marcy Morrison and Susan Davies. The list of speakers for the group's Affordable Health Care Act & You discussion tonight is just as solid: Pam McManus, president/CEO of Peak Vista Community Health Centers; C.J. Moore, public affairs director with Kaiser Permanente; Margaret Sabin, president/CEO of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services; and Marguerite Salazar, regional director for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. They'll address what the federal legislation means and ask, "Does it help or hinder us as women, as mothers, as citizens?" between 5:30 and 8 p.m. at Penrose Library (20 N. Cascade Ave.). It's free, but tickets are required, so register at pikespeakwomen.org. — Kirsten Akens

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2 Tuesday

art

Palmer Lake, where were you 10 years ago when I was an artsy teenager bored out of my mind in Black Forest? OK, you were in the same place you've occupied since 1871, but 14-year-old me would have been envious of your current crop of art shows from regional rock stars like Rodney Wood and Carol Dass, to name a couple of the artists participating in the Pathos exhibition at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts (304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, trilakesarts.org), open through Oct. 13. Of course, 14-year-old me wouldn't have had luck convincing Dad to drive her there on a school night, much less been able to make the most of the live music and cash bar at the opening reception at 6 p.m., Friday. All right, then, I forgive you. — Claire Swinford

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