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7 Thursday


Cellulite and tummy rolls aren't a big deal, crooked teeth are cute, and bony is beautiful, too. It's with that attitude that we recommend Denver's Colorado Burlesque Festival, which kicks off today and runs through July 10. At least four separate venues will host some local burlesquers, as well as bigger names like Michelle L'Amour (founder of the cult favorite event, Naked Girls Reading), Tigger! ("the original" boylesque star), and the World Famous *BOB* (the self-proclaimed girl who grew into a woman by becoming a drag queen). Tickets run $20-$40. For all the details, visit coloradoburlesquefestival.com. — Edie Adelstein

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8 Friday


If you're seeking a soft landing after the last week's artistic frenzy, sink into the Arts Alley District, where both the Modbo and S.P.Q.R. are opening new shows tonight. At the Modbo (17C E. Bijou St., themodbo.wordpress.com), it's photography, from local Holly Garlow (who uses a super-cool, low-fidelity Holga camera) and sometimes-local Randal Barbera. At S.P.Q.R. (17B E. Bijou St.), you'll get paintings from Jamie Emerick of Boulder, who draws on two recent inspirations: horseback riding and the killing of Osama bin Laden. Also, because it's the Alley, you know you'll get live music, this time from Sugar Sounds and Charlie Brown and The Great Gospel, and plenty of time to enjoy it all — from 5:30 to midnight. — Kirk Woundy

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9 Saturday


Colorado City — and not the "old" one, either — is more space than place, and with a population of something like 2,000, it's a perfect spot for an outdoor arts festival. Enter the Greenhorn Valley Arts & Music Festival (greenhornvalleyproductions.com), an event whose attendance is expected to more than double the town's population, and is held in the Greenhorn Meadows Park off State Highway 165. Between 10 and 10 today and 10 and 6 tomorrow, folks can dig on American and world music on two stages; wares from more than 50 artists; food; a beer garden and more. — Bryce Crawford

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10 Sunday


Although I started playing the guitar more than five months ago, I don't have much to show for it — other than a painful rendition of "Jingle Bells." So at 2 p.m. today, I may visit Colorado College's Packard Hall (5 W. Cache la Poudre St., coloradocollege.edu) for a concert featuring Jonathan Leathwood, who can not only play a six-string guitar, but a 10-string as well. (Wow, imagine "Jingle Bells" with four more strings.) Opening will be past and present presidents of the Colorado Springs Guitar Society, which marks its 25th year with the event. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $15, but it's only $5 for students or $10 with a CC ID. — Jenny Rackl

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11 Monday

food and drink

For those of you looking for a taste of America before she shacked with Burger King and asked you for fries with that shake, come out to Soda Springs Park (1000 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, manitousprings.org) for a Good Old Summertime Ice Cream Social & Pie Baking Contest, happening from 5:30 to 8 today. After the pies are judged, they get served by the slice with ice cream. Though the event is free to attend, to get a bite it's going to be $2 per slice and $1 per scoop. — Demetrius Burns

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12 Tuesday


My wolf and I like to howl together. Sometimes, the other wolf will even jump in and try to howl with us. OK, the wolves are actually dogs, but the rest is true. If you want to howl with real wolves, check out today's Feeding Fest Tour at the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center (Twin Rocks Road, Divide, wolfeducation.org). The tour starts at 6 p.m., and as the name suggests, you will be able to see the wolves eat. (Sorry folks, only trained pros can feed the beautiful beasts.). Reservations are required, and cost $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. The tours will continue weekly Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 6. — Cherise Fantus

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13 Wednesday


You could start with the eight-string guitar, or the all-instrumental take on math-rock excess, or the critique of anthropocentrism reflected in the band's name and song titles like "Modern Meat" and "CAFO" (the latter an acronym for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations). But whatever angle you view them from, former Reflux guitarist Tosin Abasi and his new D.C.-based band Animals as Leaders are pretty unique. And while the whole animal thing could end up making him friends with Morrissey, it's Abasi's penchant for Phrygian scales and two-handed tapping that'll have progressive metallurgists genuflecting tonight at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com). Doors open at 6:30, which means plenty of time for support acts Evan Brewer (who was also in Reflux), Intronaut, Dead Letter Circus, and Last Chance to Reason. Tickets for the all-ages show are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. — Bill Forman


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