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22 Thursday

art

If you haven't kept tabs on the 12 Mural Project on the IndyBlog, we can tell you that it's celebrating a big milestone from 6 to 9 tonight at the Warehouse (25 W. Cimarron St., rouse66.com/234). Artist Douglas Rouse is hosting an unveiling party for The Warehouse Mural, which he calls the project's "mothership," a nearly 10,000-square-foot trompe l'oeil work that was 18 months in the making. Enjoy the outstanding mural itself, along with a time-lapse video of the project and speech-making; entry is free, as are snacks, but the cash bar's on you. (Tip: The more you drink, the more the mural "deceives the eye.") — Matthew Schniper

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23 Friday

art

In the 11th annual Pikes Peak Arts Council Awards for Excellence, all three nominees for Outstanding Solo/Duo play the blues: Big Jim Adam & John Stilwagen, Grant Sabin and John-Alex Mason. The Outstanding Group trio is more a testament to the scene's breadth: Grass It Up, the Haunted Windchimes and the Lo-Fi Cowboys. Who will prevail? For $10 or $35 (VIP), you can find out when the artists themselves do, at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com). The all-ages celebration starts at 5:30, is emceed by Jim Jackson and Birgitta DePree, and also encompasses visual arts, dance and much more. — Kirk Woundy

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24 Saturday

special events

Today's events are brought to you by the sound "ow." First up, the second annual Garden of the Gods Pow Wow, an event that celebrates Native American arts, crafts, food and heritage. It runs from 10 to 5 at Rock Ledge Ranch (3202 Chambers Way, rockledgeranch.com), with tickets ranging from $4 to $8. Secondly, there's the ManitouAu, a town luau happening from noon to 6 at Soda Springs Park (1000 Manitou Ave., manitousprings.org/event-tickets). Expect roasted pig and Kona Brewery beer, Polynesian entertainment and a surfboard simulator (hopefully something more than a boogie board in the creek). Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for kids. — Edie Adelstein

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25 Sunday

community

Everybody likes an air show, and we get our share from the Air Force Academy's home football games and graduations, not to mention Peterson Air Force Base. But that doesn't stop large crowds from flocking to performances such as the annual In Their Honor show starting at noon Saturday and today at Fort Carson's Butts Army Airfield (adults, $15; seniors and retired military, $12; kids 5 to 11, $6, younger kids plus active-duty military and their families, free; cosairshow.com). You'll see an F-18 demonstration team, the AFA Wings of Blue parachute team, bi-planes and more aerobatics, including an A-10 Thunderbolt II demo, and will be able to check out planes and pilots up close. — Ralph Routon

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26 Monday

comedy

I'm not sure how much fictional character Donnie Baker (Ron Sexton) has to do with the Bob & Tom Show's success, but I admit to cracking up every time he says, in his best Kentuckiana accent, "I swear to God I did," or, "They have to, it's a state law." So if you have also been known to enjoy subtle comedic talent, do the Stargazers Theatre & Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com) thing at 7 tonight, and see the Bob & Tom Comedy All Stars Tour. Tickets ($20 to $25) get you show regulars like Baker and Kenny Tarmac, not to mention real comedians Dan Cummins, April Macie, Shane Mauss and Larry Reeb. — Bryce Crawford

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27 Tuesday

dance

Earlier this year, New York Times dance writer Roslyn Sulcas wrote, "When a dance company's identity is predicated on its national or ethnic identity, the choreographic traps it can fall into are precipitous and deep." She was talking about companies like Ballet Hispanico, a Manhattan organization that aims to uphold Latino culture through dance. Yet since its inception in the 1970s, BH has done well for itself, earning cultural honors and expanding to form a school and several outreach programs. The company will perform at 7:30 tonight at Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, sdc-arts.org/centerstage.html) for $25 tickets. From the looks of the video embedded on Sangre's site, it should be a great show no matter what. — Edie Adelstein

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28 Wednesday

art

Hotels are often associated with complimentary breakfasts, unlimited fluffy towels and free Wi-Fi. Art showcases are usually paired with museums, tea and hushed "oohs and ahhs.'" Tonight, these two worlds collide at the free inaugural ArtNight at SpringHill Suites by Marriott (1570 N. Newport Road, 637-0800). Between 4 and 8, you can stop into the hotel and enjoy works from students in the Visual and Performing Arts Department at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. While there may not be a complimentary breakfast, heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served. — Ellie Cole

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