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29 Thursday

community

Really, now, who wouldn't want to enjoy Thirsty Thursday and cheer on a good cause? At 5:30 tonight at SouthSide Johnny's (528 S. Tejon St.), the Urban Peak Bike Program (urbanpeak.org) — part of Urban Peak, an organization for helping homeless youth — will host its second Fill the Shed event. The program provides bikes and bike equipment to help show the "independence," "responsibility," "relationships" and fun that kids can enjoy when they own bikes. So get ready for a night of $3 beers — $2 from each one goes directly to Urban Peak — plus music and a silent auction to help fill that shed with new bikes and gear for those without. — Ellie Cole

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30 Friday

art

Here's an atypical art show for the taking, literally: Jonas McCluggage, whose name you might recall from the local Lofty's Comic effort (see "Graphic novelty," cover story, March 3), plans to give away pieces of his artwork beginning Oct. 1, at a yet-to-be-disclosed location. First, there will be a one-day showing of this art, titled The Cakebox Show, on Sept. 30; to get on the list for a venue notification that morning, visit on.fb.me/oDE2Dj and select "attending." We really have no idea what McCluggage has in mind for the exhibit, but a single image submitted by a "Seldom Seen Smith" is plenty alluring. — Matthew Schniper

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1 Saturday

festival

Autumn has arrived, with its perfect days and cool nights, meaning no excuse for staying home on the weekend when outside opportunities are available for families and all ages. That's the case today with the annual Harvest Festival at Rock Ledge Ranch (3105 Gateway Road, rockledgeranch.com). Admission is free, with a full agenda from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (fees for some activities), including wagon and pony rides, picking pumpkins, house tours and a silent auction for folk art, all in the spirit of the late 1800s. Food vendors will take care of lunch, unless you want to bring your own picnic. — Ralph Routon

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2 Sunday

film

Before the modern foster care system, poor and homeless children in the U.S. were plucked from their homes — or the streets — and shipped around the country to be cared for by a new family. They were transported by train, and stood in groups at stations for a stranger to choose them. These orphan trains distributed about 100,000 children across rural America, some with good results, others not. Learn more about this largely unknown history at a free screening of American Experience — The Orphan Trains at noon today at the Monument Library (1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, ppld.org). Another showing will be held next Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Cheyenne Mountain Library. — Edie Adelstein

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3 Monday

music

Twenty years later, lots of things about Amy Grant's "Baby Baby" video prove unnerving, not the least of which is its resemblance to a Rick Astley video. But no one would dare make Grant into a pop-culture punchline, not with so much God and goodness in her corner. The contemporary Christian who crossed over — to No. 1 on the pop charts! — is still doing the girl-next-door thing, now on her "2 Friends Tour" with the similarly unimpeachable Michael W. Smith. See them both at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) starting at 7 tonight. Tickets run $45 to $75, and of course, it's all-ages. — Kirk Woundy

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4 Tuesday

music

Cut Copy gets more than its fair share of Duran Duran comparisons, including an SF Weekly review that began, "Hey Cut Copy, Duran Duran called and they want their catalog back." Which is weird, because the couple times I've seen the Australian upstarts live, they've sounded more like Depeche Mode and New Order. Anyway, both bands play up north tonight. To catch Cut Copy, make your way to Denver's Ogden Theatre (935 E. Colfax Ave., 8 p.m., $30-35, ogdentheatre.net). Or see the venerable Duran Duran in the comparatively cavernous 1st Bank Center (11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield, 8 p.m., 1stbankcenter.com, $39.50-$125). The choice is yours, because that's what freedom is all about. — Bill Forman

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5 Wednesday

music

With six grand pianos at its disposal, London's Piano Circus may not be able to match the epic noise of Glenn Branca's 100 electric guitars symphony, but the sextet can definitely take on the intricate layering of Steve Reich's gamelan-inspired early compositions. In fact, the group first came together to perform Reich's "Six Pianos," and has since had works written for it by folks like Brian Eno and Terry Riley. Tonight's concert will include pieces by Reich and other contemporary composers, including Colorado Springs' own Stephen Scott (whose Bowed Piano Ensemble will join the group for the premiere of his "Mr. Fibonacci at Work and Play"). The concert, which is free and open to the public, takes place at 7:30 in CC's Packard Hall (5 W. Cache la Poudre St., tinyurl.com/ccpianocircus). — Bill Forman

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