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16 Thursday

art

Not to take anything away from the likes of Bella Art & Frame and Bella Casa, but the Monument Art Hop isn't all about the bella. Consider: vintage comic-book T-shirts at Retrospect Dry Goods; edgy indie titles at Covered Treasures Bookstore; Horni Margaritas, served by the quart, at La Casa Fiesta; and German chocolate cake at Wisdom Tea House. Seventeen downtown Monument businesses in all are taking part this summer, staying open 'til 8 on each third Thursday to show off and revel in the town's oft-underrated style. Visit monumentarthop.org for the full list and details. — Kirk Woundy

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17 Friday

stage

Flirting is about nuance, body language and personality, we're told. Likewise, a striptease is all about the intangibles, as pioneered by burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee, whose tumultuous life became even more legendary when the classic Broadway musical Gypsy was created from her memoirs. The Colorado Springs Conservatory will stage its rendition at 7 tonight and through the weekend at UCCS' Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater (3955 Regent Circle, coloradospringsconservatory.org). The cast features Conservatory executive director Linda Weise as mother Rose, Peaks and Pasties leader Lindzey Martucci as Tessie Tura, and community members including City Council President Scott Hente and longtime business leader Jon Medved. (You'll have to attend to see which roles they play.) Direction comes via Billie McBride, who performed Gypsy with acting legend Angela Lansbury. Tickets are $8 to $10. — Edie Adelstein

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18 Saturday

festival

An article in the Nov. 27, 1948 edition of The Afro American reads, "It seems that in Texas, colored people did not receive the news of the Emancipation [Proclamation] when the rest of the country did. They did not get the news until [years] later — June 19, which is why they celebrate a day the rest of the country never hears about. June 19 is the only day colored people can go to the zoo in Fort Worth." So, do Juneteenth — a Texas emancipation holiday gone national — up in style and hit Colorado College's Armstrong Quad (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., coloradospringsnaacp.org) from 11 to 5 today and enjoy entertainment, food and more from the local NAACP. — Bryce Crawford

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19 Sunday

festival

If you like being surrounded by a bunch of sweaty people eating greasy food on a hot day, head to Day Two of Springs Spree at Memorial Park (1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., springsspree.org) between 9 and 5. There'll be three music stages, where you can listen to mostly country bands throughout the day, as well as a carnival, Human Hamster Ball rides and the Coors Light Beer Garden. I would advise saving the beer garden for last so you can hold off on puking till the end. Make sure to also check out Colorado Disc Dogs in the Kona Canine Classic, starting at 8 a.m. Admission is free. — Cherise Fantus

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20 Monday

literature

Writing a memoir can be a dizzyingly challenging experience, with you exposing your soul to the world in a way that Jesus H. Christ would respect. And having a community of supportive writers journeying along with you can be a godsend — since not everyone can handle a Gethsemane moment, sweating blood alone in the thick garden of emotions. (Yuck.) To get started, or get feedback, the Monument Branch of the Pikes Peak Library District (1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, ppld.org) is hosting a memoir support group at 10 a.m. on the first and third Mondays of every month. Register by calling 488-2370. — Demetrius Burns

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21 Tuesday

stage

A couple years ago, when I attended the circus, I was most amazed by a routine involving a common house cat. Seeing one of them do stunts in front of an arena, when I can't get my cats to not puke and pee in inappropriate places — that's amazing. Imagine my elation upon hearing of the Acro-Cats, who'll be performing stunts and playing instruments at 7 tonight and tomorrow (music starts at 6) at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, circuscats.com). If any part of you feels fealty to sickly cute animal exploitation for a good cause (animal adoption and education), check out each feline's bio on the website and watch some videos that should inspire you to exclaim words like, "Awesomesauce!" and, "Ponycow!" Seats are $12 to $16. — Matthew Schniper

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22 Wednesday

food and drink

I'm not a morning person, but even I will saddle up with the sunrise to eat at the 51st annual Colorado Springs Street Breakfast. Toss on a pair of Wranglers and come to the corner of Tejon Street and Pikes Peak Avenue to help kick off the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days. Fort Carson soldiers and volunteers begin serving the most important meal of the day at 5:30; the $5 breakfast includes eggs, pancakes, milk, juice and coffee. All proceeds from the breakfast go to benefit military charities. Bonus: At about 8, you can watch 160 riders take off on a five-day "Range Ride." — Jenny Rackl

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