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click to enlarge Brews & Bluegrass Night

24 Wednesday


There will be schwag. Because that's how tap takeovers generally work, when brewery representatives come to chill and pour. But beyond many a tap handle of Denver's Great Divide Brewing, tonight's Brews & Bluegrass Night at Kinfolks (950 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, tiny.cc/z0femx) will feature strumming from the local four-piece group Out of Nowhere. The action kicks off at 6; entry's free, but beers are all on you. Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Historical Characterization: "Will Rogers Story as America's Story

25 Thursday


Apparently, WWWRD? is a thing. Both acronymfinder.com and thefreedictionary.com recognize "What Would Will Rogers Do?" as worthy of inclusion. What makes the influence of this 1920s and '30s humorist/writer/actor endure all these years later? Colorado Humanities and local partners explore this and other questions in their "Week With Will," which kicks off at 5:30 tonight at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum (215 S. Tejon St.; free, but make required reservations at cspm.org or 385-5990). In Will Rogers' Story as America's Story, Oklahoma-based Rogers impersonator Dr. Doug Watson will share some of the legend's "experiences and visions of America," then take questions. Watson will pop up in the Springs four more times over the next three days; see tiny.cc/v3femx for the rundown. Kirk Woundy

click to enlarge Cloud Nine

26 Friday


Caryl Churchill's 1979 play Cloud Nine follows a British family in colonial Africa in the first act, and in Victorian London in the second. Before the end, the father goes down on the governess; a male visitor reveals he's slept with the wife, the son and the servant; an orgiastic ceremony kicks off in the park; and someone remembers how awesome masturbation is. The actors also switch characters and sexes between the two acts, leading to commentaries on gender, race and sexuality, not to mention the overarching theme of colonial power. "The forge of war shall weld the chains of brotherhood secure," goes an opening song. "And to all time, in every clime, our empire shall endure." See it performed by the UCCS Student Theatre Program at Osborne Studio Theater (3955 Regent Circle, tiny.cc/3njcmx) at 8 tonight. Tickets are $5, free for UCCS students. Bryce Crawford

click to enlarge Colorado International Tattoo

27 Saturday


When I first heard the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club song "Beat the Devil's Tattoo," it conjured up images of feverishly racing a well-inked Satan. But the more traditional meaning of the term "beating a tattoo" is associated with military drumming, which will play a big role in this evening's Colorado International Tattoo spectacle at the Broadmoor World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd., worldarena.com). We're talking some 400 performers, including several full-on pipe-and-drum outfits, a squadron of Irish dancers, former Celtic Woman star Chloë Agnew, and enough patriotic fervor to make you want to go liberate Scotland. Showtime is 7:30, with tickets ranging from $19 to $78. Bill Forman

click to enlarge Colorado Springs Oktoberfest

28 Sunday


Maß: (n) German, Bavarian. Abbreviation for Maßkrug. Definition: a 1-liter vessel, usually glass, traditionally used for drinking beer at Oktoberfest, often called a stein in English. Take this new knowledge and put it to use at the Colorado Springs Oktoberfest celebration at Security Service Field (4385 Tutt Blvd., csoktoberfest.com), happening this weekend, today from noon to 6. Enjoy Paulaner beer and traditional German food and souvenirs while taking in a maypole ribbon dance, a German-made car show, live music from Klaus and the Prime Time Band, and a dachshund race. Tickets run $10 to $14 for adults, with discounts for kids, military and seniors. Griffin Swartzell

click to enlarge Creek Week

29 Monday


Everybody and their Aunt Sally will be pooling labor and the best of good intentions as they clean up the Fountain Creek watershed during Creek Week (fountain-crk.org/cleanup.html). This first-ever, tri-county tidyfest — Teller, El Paso and Pueblo — starts Saturday and runs through Oct. 5. Join a crew or go it alone (whippersnappers 17 and under need a supervising adult), then choose a work area where you can worship the ground under your own feet. Mary Jo Meade

click to enlarge Stanley Cup

30 Tuesday


Hockey lovers, here's your chance for the ultimate Christmas card picture: The Stanley Cup will make a stop at the Broadmoor World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd., worldarena.com) from 4 to 6:30 p.m. today for a free photo op. Lord Stanley's Cup, unlike a lot of other trophies, lives a pretty eventful existence, often going on tour for publicity visits and, per NHL rules, spending a day with each player on the championship team. (Its personal handler, Philip Pritchard, keeps a lively Twitter account of its travels.) By the way, there are still tickets available for an Oct. 2 scrimmage pitting our own Colorado Avalanche against the Los Angeles Kings, 2014 NHL champions. Edie Adelstein


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