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5 Thursday

party animals

Lions and tigers and beers, oh my! Party like an animal, or at least with the animals, from 6 to 10 tonight at Moonlight on the Mountain, an annual fundraiser for Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, cmzoo.org). Tickets are $35 and include four complimentary drinks, "heavy appetizers" from Wildthings Catering, full exhibit entry and behind-the-scenes animal experiences, as well as live music by local cover outfit Martini Shot. All proceeds will benefit the care of the zoo animals. The party is only for those 21 and older, so leave your own little monkeys at home. — Kelsey Fowler

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6 Friday

art

In addition to the GOCA 121 show opening tonight (see "Post-picturesque," here), August offers a wealth of other art openings, many tied in with the First Friday Walks in Old Colorado City and Pueblo. In town, enjoy the works of Kat and Bob Tudor (extensively named Impractical, Impossible, Intuitive, Interpretive, Interplanetary Arts: Everything We Know So Far) at Smokebrush Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave., #211, smokebrush.org). In Pueblo, hit the Fifth and Main Espresso Bar (421 N. Main St., Pueblo, 719/542-1209) for modern and contemporary works in Random Musing: Artwork by SK Cothren and Karla Lee-E. If ceramics grab you, head to Cup & Bowl Gallery and Studio's Wine and Fig Leaves, which will present firing demonstrations and wine samples tonight (116 Midway Ave., Pueblo, cupandbowl.org). — Edie Adelstein

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7 Saturday

burros and bluegrass

As a former employee, I'm a little biased when it comes to the Western Museum of Mining and Industry (225 North Gate Blvd., wmmi.org), but I happen to think it's one of the most underappreciated local attractions — so plan a trip already! A good time would be between 10 and 7 today, when the museum's Bureau of Land Management burro adoptees, Oro and Nugget, will be celebrated with the Burro Birthday Bluegrass Bash. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for teens and free for those 12 and younger, and include performances by local 'grass bands, museum tours and a not-to-miss running of the outdoor machinery at 3. — Kirsten Akens

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8 Sunday

music

Before this week I had never heard of blues artist Marcia Ball, but after a quick YouTube search, it's clear plenty of others have. USA Today called her "a sensational, saucy singer and superb pianist," and at 7:30 tonight, the four-time Grammy nominee will bring her singing and songwriting talents to Stargazers Theatre and Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com). Opening for Ball is local blues and rock band Brickyard. Tickets range from $25 to $50 and can be purchased in advance on the website or at the door. The higher-priced seats include a meet-and-greet with Ball and a Cajun dinner. — Lea Shores

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9 Monday

music

This summer's free World Music Series concludes at 7 this evening on Colorado College's Armstrong Quad (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., coloradocollege.edu) with a performance by San Francisco-based Rupa and the April Fishes. A note on their MySpace page says the troupe plays "global agit-pop," and their website refers to "French nouvelle vague" and "Gypsy swing" in part. After sampling a number of their tunes — some sung in English, others in Spanish and French — I also picked up elements of folk, ska and Klezmer, and even a touch of haunting Irish balladry. Let's just call it weirdly awesome. Head into Armstrong Hall in the event of rain. — Matthew Schniper

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10 Tuesday

community/music

At some point in our lives, most of us have used a pot as a drum or made a kazoo out of a comb and wax paper. From 4 to 7 today (or the day before), you can amp up those skills and make tambourines, shakers, percussion tools and cigar box guitars from everyday items. The Business of Art Center (513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, thebac.org) will host a free musical instrument-making class sponsored by local community/public art advocates Concrete Couch. Though all ages are welcome to attend, kids under 14 need adult supervision. RSVP to music@concretecouch.org required. — Lea Shores

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11 Wednesday

art

Ah, to be nude. A wondrous state of being that's synonymous with marriage, beaches, movies, concerts, divorce, Boulder City Council meetings, steel poles, sporting events and, of course, art. Hunter-Wolff Gallery (2510 W. Colorado Ave., hunterwolffgallery.com) says paintings and sculptures featuring the nude form are among "the greatest challenges in art," even more reason to catch its Naked in August, ahem, exhibition. The free show runs through Aug. 31. We think it'd make for a good Wednesday, but you should know that from 5 to 8 on Aug. 6, an opening celebration in conjunction with OCC's ArtWalk will feature a demo from oil painter Sparky LeBold and a live model. — Bryce Crawford

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