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17 Thursday

literature

Drumroll, peas! Springs local Kelly Parthen, co-author of the children's cookbook Bean Appétit: Hip and Healthy Ways to Have Fun With Food, will be signing copies from 4 to 6 today at Poor Richard's Bookstore (320 N. Tejon St., 578-0012). Parthen's healthy recipes are based off favorites from her kids café called Bean Sprouts, located in Madison, Wis. With games, crafts and activities encouraging families to embrace healthy habits, Bean Appétit has been nationally recognized by Martha Stewart and Rachael Ray. It's easy to see why, with directions encouraging little chefs to "chant 'Pancakes! Pancakes!' as you combine the flour and brown sugar," and "season with salt and pepper, and presto, you have pesto!" — Kelsey Fowler

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18 Friday

comedy

I had my doubts when I was invited to my first stand-up show a couple of years ago, but by the end, I thought I would suffocate with laughter. The man who almost killed me was Josh Blue. Now, my joyous pain will be put to a good cause at 8 p.m. when the 2006 winner of NBC's Last Comic Standing comes to Stargazers Theatre (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com) in an effort to raise money to support the U.S. Paralympics program, an organization close to Blue's heart as he has cerebral palsy and plays on the U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team when he's not touring. Tickets are $22. — Sarah White

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19 Saturday

community

Here's a quick history lesson: 145 years ago, slaves in Galveston, Texas celebrated the news, albeit two and a half years late, that they were free people. Immediate jubilation ensued among the people and the date, June 19, was coined Juneteenth. The celebration continues nationwide every year on this date. Honor this important day in history with the Colorado Springs NAACP's It Takes a Village Juneteenth Festival from 10 to 5 today at Armstrong Quad at Colorado College (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., coloradospringsnaacp.org) Enjoy soul food, ethnic cuisine, cultural performances and booths from various Springs organizations. — Lea Shores

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20 Sunday

film/music

This probably sounds a little insane, but sometimes as I'm doing the stuff of ordinary life — cleaning up after a party, walking downtown, even grocery shopping — I pretend my life is a film and I'm simply an actor in it. I'll even go so far as to imagine the musical score that would play in that particular moment. Wacky? Yes ... but I know some of you do it, too. Even better, tonight at 6 at the Piano Warehouse (120 W. Cucharras St., folkjazz.eventbrite.com), the Jacob Herold Folk Jazz Project will illustrate just how it's done as they improvise a soundtrack to accompany the 1920's classic Buster Keaton silent comedy One Week. Tickets are $5 and available online; or free for students with ID. — Jill Thomas

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21 Monday

art

Observant downtowners have probably already noticed the annual refresh of Art on the Streets sculptures, with eight new works now placed in many of the same spots as last year's selections. Six of this year's batch come from Colorado artists, including local favorites LeRad and Chris Weed. Weed's "Spores" from the recent FAC Conflict | Resolution exhibit are blowing south to the Pioneers Museum grounds and LeRad's Cloud Dreamer "Nubes Allucinator" can be found in Acacia Park. Check downtown80903.com soon to download a walking tour map of all sites, and attend a free lecture with art juror Jan Schall at 7 p.m., Thursday at the FAC (30 W. Dale St., 634-5583); reservations requested. — Matthew Schniper

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22 Tuesday

music

If you're looking for a relaxing yet engaging evening, and perhaps a few short stories, then don't look past the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. At 7:30 tonight, words become notes and stories become songs delighting your ears during "An Evening of Short Stories" in Packard Hall (5 W. Cache la Poudre St., artsfestival.coloradocollege.edu). Don't fear if tonight doesn't fit in your calendar; CC is hosting a variety of music and film events the entire summer. Some, like Music at Midday and the Summer Film Series, are even free. Tonight's tickets are $25 ($20 with CC ID) at the Worner Campus Center (902 N. Cascade Ave.). — Sarah White

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23 Wednesday

art

Long before Twitter and tweets, Swiss artist Paul Klee gave the world "Twittering Machine," an enigmatic and quietly disturbing image of strange birds shrieking to the turn of a crank. Similar to this Klee piece, are the pastel washes and detailed abstract drawings by local artist, DJ and Nicotine Fits drummer Chris Bullock. Now hanging at Boulder Street Coffee Roasters (332 N. Tejon St., myspace.com/tallcitytallcity), the pieces that make up Chris Bullock: New & Selected Works are constructed from salvaged furniture boards, which are then spray painted and decorated with delicate pen doodles. Bullock's Klee-inspired efforts are up through July 10. — Edie Adelstein

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