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28 Thursday

stage

Before Sasha Fierce, ladies in distress were all the rage. This idea of Victorian womanhood sets the tone for summer shows at Cripple Creek's Butte Theater (139 E. Bennett Ave., butteoperahouse.com). Take Hazel Kirke, the heroine of the eponymous melodrama about her plight of disownment and exile after she married the man her family despised. Calamity Jane, also of a same-named play, trades in her guns for aprons and tries to become housewifely to win the affections of Wild Bill Hickok. You can catch both plays weekends through early September, but if you're up for it, both are playing today: Hazel at 1 p.m., Jane at 7. Tickets run $9.75 to $15.75. — Edie Adelstein

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29 Friday

music

Whenever I think of Steve Martin my mind immediately zooms to the film Cheaper by the Dozen and Martin's exacerbated face as he watches the chaos ensue from his large brood. However, Martin does at least a dozen other things, one of which is playing the banjo. At 8 tonight, he'll pluck along with his band, the Steep Canyon Rangers, at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) for what should be a diverse performance — Martin's wit mixing with a refined bluegrass sound, appealing to lovers of music and comedy alike. Tickets start at $39.50. — Demetrius Burns

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30 Saturday

yoga

The dear Lord Baby Jesus cries when he goes back in time to see me doing my first (and, to this day, only) yoga session. I was a cataclysmic mess of sweat and weakness, and found that letting my glasses fall off my downward-facing dog self was more to my liking than the reflection they enabled me to see. I know you'll do better, though, so hit tonight's 6 o'clock Midsummer Thai Yoga for Couples at Marmalade at Smokebrush (219 W. Colorado Ave., #210, smokemuse.typepad.com/yoga_art). Twenty-five bucks gets you and your partner wine (to dull the pain, presumably), snacks and Kat Tudor-led poses designed to juice your creative-lurving sides. — Bryce Crawford

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31 Sunday

food and drink

Friday night's Steve Martin concert will give you good music — he's won a Grammy, after all — but if you prefer your bluegrass under blue skies, and with wine and locally created food, you've got Fiddles, Vittles & Vino VII: A Southern Colorado Bluegrass and Culinary Arts Festival at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site (3202 Chambers Way, fiddlesvittlesandvino.com). Between 2 and 8 p.m., the festival (which will go on, rain or shine) will also offer living history activities and cooking demonstrations. The cost is about the same as the Martin concert — $40 for adults (though just $15 for kids 12 and under) — and all proceeds will benefit the ranch. — Demetrius Burns

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1 Monday

film

The language of Shakespeare is meant to be seen and heard, not read. At 6:30 tonight, Cinemark Tinseltown (1545 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., 576-5082) will show the second event of a four-part series of classical titles, a perfect opportunity to view Shakespeare as it was meant to be. The Globe Theatre presents Henry IV Part I was captured in 2010 from the prestigious Globe Theatre in London, and along with the play will include a behind-the-scenes look at the production process, including interviews with the actors and creative team. Tickets are $15 for adults, $14 for students or seniors, and $13 for children. — Jenny Rackl

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2 Tuesday

music

It's hard not to be skeptical about a show fronted by the bassist who stepped in to replace Dee Dee during the Ramones' final years. But in the case of C.J. Ramone's show at Kim's Pixie Inn (440 S. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/542-8370, $17, all ages, doors open at 6), there's more cause to be optimistic than first meets the eye. Although the youngest Ramone was only onboard for the veteran punk band's final seven years, he sang his fair share of vocals and appeared on four studio albums as well as two live collections. Equally important is the fact that Daniel Rey, the producer and musician frequently referred to as the "fifth Ramone," has been touring as C.J.'s guitarist, which increases the likelihood that dozens of Ramones classics will be delivered with more authenticity than we have any right to expect. Here's hoping. — Bill Forman

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3 Wednesday

music

Some musicians sell 7-inch singles and T-shirts, others release USB flashdrives embedded in human-sized strawberry gummy skulls with marijuana-flavored brains. The latter tactic is, so far, the exclusive terrain of Wayne Coyne and his long-lived psych-rock band the Flaming Lips. As of this writing, there's one of these limited-edition delights being offered on eBay for $450, but less expensive Flaming Lips gummy fetuses are reportedly in production. The band's stage shows are plenty festive as well, with balloons, blood, and Klieg-light-wielding rabbits enhancing the kind of melodic space-pop repertoire that Syd Barrett and Frank Zappa would surely love. Showtime is 7 p.m. at Red Rocks Amphitheatre (18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison, redrocksonline.com), with Primus opening and tickets ranging from $39.75 to $44.75 — or perhaps a little more, since the show's sold out and you'll have to search online for sellers. — Bill Forman

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