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  • Switchbacks FC

9 Wednesday

soccer

The last time the Switchbacks FC faced the Austin Aztex, in early July, the locals won 2-0, exacting revenge for two prior losses. The teams face off again at Sand Creek Stadium (6303 Barnes Road, switchbacksfc.com) at 7 tonight, with the Switchbacks having just clinched a playoff berth with a win over the Portland Timbers. But victories still matter in order to earn a higher playoff seed. So expect play to stay aggressive tonight and in the home finale on Sept. 19 against the LA Galaxy II. Tickets range from $15 to $40 for both games. — Matthew Schniper

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  • The Black Lillies

10 Thursday

music

Formed in 2008 "in the rumbling cab of a stone truck and aged in the oak of Tennessee's smoky night haunts," according to their Facebook page, The Black Lillies have made a name for themselves in the ranks of Americana music. About to release their fourth album, Hard to Please, next month, the group continues to tour constantly, making their way through Colorado this week with a stop tonight at Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts (304 State Hwy. 105, Monument, trilakesarts.org). Day-of-show tickets are $20 for members, $25 for non-members; doors open at 6. — Craig Lemley

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  • Freewheelin' Music Fest

11 Friday

festival

Vibrant music communities are formed where local, regional and national music converge. Bristol's Freewheelin' Music Fest, paired with the Indy Music Awards, gets it. A smart selection of regional bands — Ian Cooke, Porlolo, Eros and the Eschaton, and Patrick Dethlefs alongside favorites Paper Bird and Chimney Choir — assure that essential element is not overlooked. Don't miss comedian Adam Cayton-Holland, hot off taping a new sitcom with his Grawlix cohort for TruTV. The magic happens at Ivywild, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at noon, ending at 10 both nights. More at bristolbrewing.com/freewheelinfest. Vanessa Martinez

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  • Bruja Brew Fest

12 Saturday

beer

Reconnect with the history of southern Colorado appropriately, with beer. Seventeen local brewers and cider-makers, alongside Southwestern fare and live music, are coming together at 5 today for the Bruja Brew Fest at El Pueblo History Museum (301 N. Union Ave., Pueblo; historycolorado.org/museums/el-pueblo-history-museum). It's the original site of the 1840s El Pueblo trading post, a crossroads for locals, Utes, Apaches, trappers, traders and more. So grab a beer and some street tacos, and celebrate the rich cultural history of southern Colorado. Tickets are $25 (must be 21+), and all proceeds will fund scholarships to the museum's after-school Hands-On History program. — Craig Lemley

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  • Art on the Hoof

13 Sunday

art

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, cmzoo.org) is holding an art show titled Art on the Hoof to raise funds for the Colorado Springs chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers. And apparently it's a big deal: Event chair Ashley Arimborgo says while most of the art is local, an East Coast-based patron also shipped work for the occasion. The event is at 6 tonight, and tickets are $45.25 or $85.50 for two, including drink tickets and hors d'oeuvres. That $85.50 deal also allows each couple to take home one piece of art. — Griffin Swartzell

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  • The B Sharps

14 Monday

ska

Riverside, California-based ska-punkers The B Sharps share a name with Homer Simpson's short-lived a capella group, but that's it. These guys have attitude and chops. Catch them on their "Livin' in a Van Down by the River Tour" with Utah-based Jeff Dillon and The Revival at Flux Capacitor (3530 N. Chelton Loop) at 8 tonight. Come early for opening sets from local punkers Passing Out on Porches and Fled the Scene. All ages are welcome, and the staff recommends a $5 to $7 donation to help the proverbial van get to the next town. — Griffin Swartzell

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  • Escape from Manchuria

15 Tuesday

history

You can live here for decades and still stumble upon amazing organizations you never knew existed. Such a one is the Rocky Mountain Military Affairs Society, which offers up a deep assortment of free presentations on geopolitics and military history with un-boring titles like "Children of the Atom Splitters" and "In the Wadi, the Blood Flowed Like Rain." Consider Paul Maruyama's "Escape from Manchuria," which begins at 7 tonight at Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Drive, rmmas.org/Events.html): He'll spin the tale of his father and two friends, who engineered the repatriation of almost 2 million Japanese civilians trapped in Manchuria by Soviet occupiers in the 1940s. Excellent stuff. — Mary Jo Meade

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