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21 Thursday

Blame Canada! Cody Canada, that is. Oh man, Cross Canadian Ragweed isn't even from Canada. They're from Oklahoma! Can you believe that? You thought you'd seen it all! Anyhoo, this Steve Earle-lovin' rockified country band has opened for Willie Nelson and will soon open for Sammy Hagar and Lynard Skynard. Yes! CCR will play at the Comcast Amphitheatre tonight at the Colorado State Fair. It's at 8 p.m. and it's free with admission to the fair.

22 Friday

Nothing like a murder preceded by a first-class meal and followed by a good night's sleep. The Hearthstone Inn at 506 N. Cascade Ave. is hosting "Come for Dinner ... Stay for Death" tonight from 8 to 11 p.m. for $39 per person, $45 if you want a glass of wine, and a variety of overnight packages if you want some post-slaying snoozin'. Bro, it'll be totally Victorian, I'm told. If you stay overnight you get breakfast too! Sweet. Call 473-4413 to make your reservations.

You've heard of the anti-Christ, but get a load of the Anti-Psychic, aka Eric Mead, the man who'll read your mind by deliberately messing with your head. He'll demonstrate "false perception, subliminal influence and the convincing illusion of psychic powers" to demonstrate the real mysteries of the human ability to get totally duped. Righteous! Gotta head up to Castle Rock for this one. It's at the Theatre of Dreams at 735 Park St. (Take I-25 to exit 182 then go two blocks west and two blocks south on Park Street.) Seating is limited, so call 303/660-6799 for reservations and info.

There's one thing about jazz musicians: They don't have to be nearly as hot as rock stars to get all jazzy. They aren't even held to remotely similar standards as far as package-enhancing trousers are concerned. Anyhoo, tonight at 7, The Big Swing Trio will be delivering an intimate evening of jazz at the Colorado Springs Conservatory, 1430 N. Hancock Ave. It's only $12 and refreshments are included, but it's limited to 75 tickets. No guarantees on the fancifully patterned shirts. Call 578-5263.

23 Saturday

Shrooms, bro. Yeahhhahahha. The Horticultural Arts Society is takin' a mushroom trip in the mountains today with "some experts from the Pikes Peak Mycological Society as guides." Mycological? No, it's yourcological! Along with hunting for mushrooms, you'll get to survey some fire scenes and have a picnic. So bring your lunch and layers and some waxed or plain paper bags to collect them fungi (plastic is bad!). Meet at the Demonstration Gardens (corner of Glen Avenue and Cache La Poudre Street in Monument Valley Park). Call 632-3212.

It's time once again for the annual Bruning Benefit Concert at Bristol Brewing Company, 1647 S. Tejon St. from noon to 8 p.m. Ralph and Chandler Bruning were race-car drivers and beer lovers. Seems like a bad mix, but seriously. Ralph died of cancer after his attempt to win the Pikes Peak Hill Climb for the ninth time, and young Chandler died the following year during a practice run for the race he loved. Magic Dave and the New Mules, John Stone, John Wise, John Alex Mason, Kristen Sherwood and more will be on hand to honor these local gents. All proceeds will go to the Ralph and Chandler Bruning Memorial Fund to provide scholarships in the brewing arts, culinary arts and music. Admission is free. Call 633-255 or go to www.bluesgeek.com for more info.

24 Sunday

Hecklers ho! Sen. Bob Dole will be appearing at the UCCS Lecture Series as the keynote speaker tonight at the Broadmoor International Center. At $250 per person, I'm guessing the average Indy reader will be outside asking for autographs on their Viagra bottles. Call 262-3465 for info and reservations. All proceeds will benefit student scholarships.

27 Wednesday

This week is as chock full o' music as Chock full o'Nuts is chock full o' nuts, I mean, coffee. Tonight at Plaza of the Rockies at 111 S. Tejon. the Pan Jumbies will be rockin' the steel drums real hard. This is, as it were, the last date of The Palmer Village Series of live outdoor concerts. It's from 6 to 8 p.m. and it's free.

-- Noel Black

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