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22 Thursday

music

Few people see the connection between New York indie-pop duo Kaiser Cartel and venerable California metallions Y&T, and that's because there really is none. Unless, that is, you consider the fact that they're both playing downtown's southern side tonight. For $10, you can gaze wistfully at Courtney Kaiser and Benjamin Cartel as they bring their intimate sounds to the no-less-intimate Shuga's (9 p.m., 702 S. Cascade Ave.). Or, for just $5 more, you can play air guitar along with Dave Meniketti's hirsute Y&T, who rocked harder and melted more faces than all other '80s hair bands combined, while looking every bit as ridiculous. Showtime is 8 p.m. at SoDo (527 S. Tejon St., sodonightlife.com). All I can ask is that you look deep into your soul and choose wisely. — Bill Forman

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23 Friday

piano

The traditional material for a 10th anniversary is tin, but for the 10th annual Celebration of the Amateur Pianist, ivory seems more appropriate. Though the celebration kicks off today with a seminar for players, the general public will probably be more interested in tonight's 7:30 recital by Dr. Yelena Balabanova at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., $25). Events continue with more concerts Saturday at the FAC and Penrose Library (20 N. Cascade Ave.). More information about concert times and prices can be found at apiano.org. Tickets are available by calling 592-0472. — Lea Shores

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24 Saturday

festival

Bring on the brews. Formerly Foam Fest, Springs Beer Fest takes 20-some breweries (including co-organizer Bristol Brewing Co.) and mixes them with local bands, games and food at Antlers Park (31 W. Pikes Peak Ave., blacktie-colorado.com/rsvp/, code 2010SBF). The bottomless tastings happen between 11 and 6 today, but if you're feeling active, you can join up for one of three different bike rides (road, mountain and cruiser/family) leaving the park around 8:30 a.m. Proceeds from the $20 tickets ($15 with military ID) benefit Friends of Cheyenne Cañon. — Kirsten Akens

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25 Sunday

food/community

Today offers three food-centric events for your choosing. First up, from 10 to 6, it's day two of Old Colorado City's Old Town Showdown (shopoldcoloradocity.com), featuring barbecue, craft beer and chili contests (samples for $8 to $12). Running from 2 until 8, Fiddles, Vittles and Vino (fiddlesvittlesandvino.com) pairs national bluegrass acts with gourmet food and drink samples at Rock Ledge Ranch (3105 Gateway Road); tickets are $40. Lastly, the Mucky Duck Restaurant (10530 Ute Pass Ave., Green Mountain Falls, 684-2008) is hosting an international wine and tapas tasting fund-raiser for the 72nd annual Bronc Day Festival on Aug. 7. Entry is $15 per person or $25 a couple. — Matthew Schniper

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26 Monday

rodeo

I love puns, so in the spirit of the National Little Britches Rodeo Finals this week at the Colorado State Fair Grounds (1001 Beulah Ave., Pueblo, nlbra.com) I offer you this: What dinosaur would you find in a rodeo? A Bronco-saurus! (C'mon, you love puns, too.) While I can't promise any dino-sightings, you will find plenty of events, from goat-tail untying and barrel racing to bull riding and roping, as kids ages 5 to 18 compete. Rodeos will be held twice daily at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. the whole week, with the Championship Round on Saturday, July 31 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $5, or $4 if you bring two cans of food for Care and Share. — Kelsey Fowler

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27 Tuesday

international music

Props ... wait, props? Does anyone still say that? Anyway, props if you can keep up with everything the Pikes Peak International Music Festival is throwing at you tonight through Saturday. Featuring visiting musical ensembles from Japan and Australia, and hosted by the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale, the event opens at 7 tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., kidssing.org) with $5 tickets for kids, $10 otherwise. Then, there's another concert at the center on July 29 featuring the In Harmony International Musical Festival Chorus, and the closing ceremony, which pulls together more than 300 festival participants. — Bryce Crawford

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28 Wednesday

music

iTunes Genius has gotten me into a lot of trouble. It always seems to know just what I like, so I start clicking through the 30-second previews and before I know it, I've wasted four hours. One time though, it pointed me toward The New Pornographers and, suddenly, those 30-second previews were not enough. Their songs were quickly added to my latest playlist and put on Repeat. Tonight, both you and I can get even closer to the magic that is their music by heading up to the Ogden Theatre (935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver) to see them live. Doors open at 7 for the 8 o'clock show, with tickets $26 at ticketmaster.com. — Sarah White

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