Editor's Note: Several of these events have been cancelled due to the Waldo Canyon Fire. Check the IndyBlog for updates or call venues ahead of time for confirmation.
Street performance can mean a lot of things — music, miming, magic, creative panhandling. Big city types are more accustomed to it than a lot of us smaller town folk, but Pueblo is doing something about it, by scheduling a whole summer of (approved) entertainment for Street Beat (facebook.com/pueblostreetbeat), where artists will play at scheduled times downtown and around the Riverwalk from now through September. Go online for more information or make yourself available today from noon to 2 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., or Fridays, 6-8, Saturdays, 1-3 and 6-8, and Sundays, 1-3. — Edie Adelstein
The monthly Stand Up and Rock Comedy show at Stargazers Theatre & Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com) has a full bar and snacks, but take it easy; eating or drinking and laughing simultaneously usually ends in tears. And the Heimlich maneuver. Ahem. Taking the mic tonight is headliner Ben Roy of Denver, with other regionals including Jodee Champion, Joshua Skillman, Stephen Agyei and Brett Hiker. Doors open at 7 p.m., and house band Six.8 will play until the show starts at 8. Tickets are $10 and available only to those 21 and up. — Sara Horton
The last time I fed my mare some pints of brew, it didn't work out so well for either of us on down the trail. (Not a true story.) So it's a good thing that the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org) annual fundraiser in its lovely courtyard, titled Whiskey for My Men, Beer for My Horses, is just a clever name. (Up with equine sobriety!) But what it also is, from 6 to 9 tonight, is sampling from two Colorado distilleries and four local breweries, alongside a performance by the J. Miller Band. Tickets are $25 ($20 for members; $5 off with a "big-ass" belt buckle). — Matthew Schniper
If the words "Rodeo" plus "Drive" make you think of Beverly Hills haute couture, clearly you ain't from around these parts. Neither am I, but we can all play pretend today at 6:30 p.m. at Ride for the Brand Ranch Rodeo at Norris-Penrose Event Center (1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, championshipranchrodeo.com). There, "rodeo" is a high-adrenaline display of skill and grit by working ranch teams from across the West, and "drive" is something they did at high noon yesterday to a whole herd of cattle down the middle of Tejon Street. Rodeo tickets run $5-$20 and the cattle drive is free, which is a dern sight cheaper than a Birkin bag. — Claire Swinford
Looking to soak up the sun and still flex your creative muscle? Day two of Clayfest 2012 in Soda Springs Park (1016 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, clayfest.com) will have you out enjoying the sunshine and creating works of art — well, works, at least — using clay. The artists there will then fire your creation in a kiln to take home (certain fees apply). For $15, lessons from formal potters are available too. How's that for productive? If you'd rather not get your hands dirty, the Eighth Annual Pikes Peak Arts Fest in America the Beautiful Park (126 Cimino Drive, pikespeakartsfest.com) will play host to over 100 artists' works, with food and fun for a more traditionally-lazy Sunday stroll. PPAF started yesterday and will continue through tomorrow. — Jeff Koch
Freedom-lovers had best avoid tonight's installation of the summer World Music Series: The free public event is sponsored by NPR-affiliate KRCC, and thereby vaguely Communist. Last month's series opener on CC's Armstrong Quad (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., coloradocollege.edu) saw delighted — and no-doubt brainwashed — attendees lounging on blankets, dancing, and even forming a massive conga line (and it doesn't get any more Red than conga lines). Even worse, tonight's performers Novalima draw relentlessly grooving influences from across the treacherous Global South — from their native Peru, to West Africa, and plenty in between. — U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo. Wyatt Miller
When I was a kid, my family would spend each Fourth of July picnicking in the afternoon at what was then called White House Ranch, and then brave the traffic around Memorial Park for Frisbees, fireworks and the 1812 Overture. Was I often, on our way out, trapped in the car with an explosive need to pee? Yes. Yes, I was. And it's that experience that I wish upon you, even though the real deal hasn't run in years. So do Fort Carson's free Red, White and BOOM!, starting today at 4. The base's Iron Horse Park (ftcarsonnow.com/?p=2501) will rock with music, games, food, merch and more. — Bryce Crawford
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