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19 Wednesday

parade

When we aren't voyeuristic as a people, we tend to at least be judgmental and lean toward comparison games. Yes, the grass may always be greener — but at times, it can be inspirational, too. Promotional aspects of "the most exclusive communities" aside, that's the better spirit of the annual Parade of Homes (cshba.com), running from 10 to 6 daily through the 23rd. This year's batch of 32 homes spans from Banning Lewis Ranch to Gold Hill Mesa to Teller County, featuring everything from an EcoCabins tiny home to monster spaces that cost up to $1.7 million. Tickets are $10 (17 and younger free) to tour as you please. — Matthew Schniper

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20 Thursday

stage

Shakespeare is responsible for a staggering number of words we use every day. Without Shakespeare, for instance, a mountaineer couldn't summit Pikes Peak through a blanket of snow in the tranquil hours before dawn. As part of Bardfest 2015, Opera Theatre of the Rockies will be honoring his work during "An Evening with Will" at the Mezzanine (20 N. Tejon St., themezzcos.com), starting at 6:30 tonight. The program will feature arias, Broadway hits and art songs from a generous array of performers including Amy Mushall, Amalia Dobbins, Malcolm Ulbrick and pianist Dan Brink. Tickets are $10. — Griffin Swartzell

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21 Friday

art

Sadly, Colorado is a little more colorful these days thanks to toxic sludge having dyed the Animas River orange. Surely that's not what artists Cheri Isgreen and Barb Haynie had in mind with their vibrant exhibit, High Point: The Horses, Wildlife, and Landscape of Colorado. So until the disaster is thoroughly mopped up, celebrate natural beauty at the Commonwheel Artists Co-op, which is the High Point venue, and at the Manitou Art Center and Green Horse Gallery — all are among the businesses taking part in tonight's Third Friday Art Walk in Manitou Springs. It kicks off at 5; find updates at on.fb.me/1UFSIgd. — Edie Adelstein

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22 Saturday

community

Fannie Mae Duncan was a balls-out badass. She came to Colorado in 1933 with her widowed mother, graduated from Colorado Springs High School (now Palmer) in '38, opened her Cotton Club in the '50s and died Sept. 13, 2005, at 87 years old. In between she hosted luminaries from Billie Holiday to B.B. King to Medgar Evers, and bettered the city with her "Everybody Welcome" mantra after local whites took an interest in her music scene, according to the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame. Celebrate her incredible legacy at the Colorado Springs Diversity Forum's free Cotton Club event. Starting at 8 tonight at the Stargazers Theatre and Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, csdiversityforum.org), it features local jazz-funk, performers from the Colorado Springs Conservatory and an instrument drive for local school districts. — Bryce Crawford

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23 Sunday

stage

"Forty winks" means a short nap, but the production called 40 Winks is a whole lot more: "A fantastical plunge into the warped reality of dreams, 40 Winks explores themes of anxiety, indulgence, release, and the nonsensical through strangers meeting in Dreamland." Choreographed by Ila Conoley Paladino, who produced it with UCCS' Tiffany Tinsley Weeks, 40 Winks features a bevy of performers, a narrator and adult themes, all in one original dance package. You have two chances to catch the weekend-long engagement today, with shows at 2 and 5 p.m. at the Osborne Studio Theatre (3955 Regent Circle, iconographydance.wordpress.com). Tickets are $15 and available online or at 358-1265. — Edie Adelstein

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24 Monday

art

Locals have come to know Garden of the Gods like the back of their hand. Kissing Camels, Balanced Rock, prehistoric river beds, though still awe-inspiring, we've seen it. But in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org) is showing the park in ways you haven't seen before. In the Garden of the Gods, showing until Oct. 11, includes images from early area artists and photographers and various media pieces from as far back as the 19th century. Tickets are $15, kids under 12 enjoy for free. — Craig Lemley

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25 Tuesday

music

Band names can be prophetic, and not always in a good way. Consider L.A.'s relatively artsy alt-rock band Failure, who were pegged as the next Nirvana back in the '90s. That didn't materialize, despite the fact that In Utero producer Steve Albini manned the console for their third album, Fantastic Planet. In a five-star review, Alternative Press declared that it would "breathe life into the corpse of contemporary, guitar-driven rock." Instead, it was the band's swan song until nearly two decades later, when Failure unexpectedly reunited for a comeback EP, played a few well-received gigs (including last year's Riot Fest) and kept going. Currently touring behind their full-length The Heart Is a Monster, Failure will perform an all-ages show tonight at Summit Music Hall (1902 Blake St., Denver, thesummitmusichall.com). Tickets are $25/advance, $28/door, and door time is 7:30. — Bill Forman

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