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Fannie Mae Duncan's Cotton Club 

When: Sat., Aug. 17, 8 p.m. 2013
Price: Free
www.csdiversityforum.org

The culmination of a week-long series of events presented by the Colorado Springs Diversity Forum, the Cotton Club is a retro-themed affair — think zoot suits and shoulder pads — celebrating Fannie Mae Duncan's version of the legendary Harlem venue. The local nightclub proprietress brought legendary artists like Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington to town while providing an inclusive environment during a still-segregated era. Jazzman Tony Exum Jr. and soul cover group Suga Bear & the Showtime Band are this year's entertainers, the Ute Indian Tribe of Colorado are the honorees, and the free event gets underway 8 p.m. at Stargazers Theater & Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com). — Bill Forman

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