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click to enlarge Rubberboys Ryan Shupe & The Rubber Band play Saturday at the 12th annual Bluegrass on the River Festival
  • Rubberboys Ryan Shupe & The Rubber Band play Saturday at the 12th annual Bluegrass on the River Festival

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Thursday

It's been a while since Texas gee-tar slinger Bugs Henderson has blown through town, and Tres Hombres up in Woodland Park is in mad preparation for the blues rocker and his band The Shuffle Kings. The group gets down and dirty at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $15; call 687-0625. You can find Tres at 116 Midland Ave.

01 Friday

My Dad is responsible for a good 60 percent of my sense of humor; Roseanne Barr, 20 percent; and Brett Butler the rest. All those years spent watching Roseanne and Grace Under Fire had a deep impact on me and, no doubt, on many of you as well. Ms. Butler will be performing her whip-smart stand-up at Comedy Works in Denver, and you've got five chances to catch it. She performs at 8 and 10 p.m. tonight, and then tomorrow night at 6:30, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $30; call 303/595-3637.

It's all Albee, all the time, in Colorado Springs today ...

The Upstart Performing Ensemble premieres its productions of The Meeting by Jeff Stetson and The Death of Bessie Smith by Edward Albee tonight at the Smokebrush Cabaret, 235 S. Nevada Ave. In The Meeting, Malcolm X and bodyguard Rashaas engage in a verbal chess match while awaiting the arrival of Martin Luther King Jr. Bessie Smith is a dramatization of the events occurring the day the blues legend died. Together the two one-act plays allow a powerful glimpse inside the civil rights movement. Tickets are $10. The plays open tonight at 8 p.m. and run through June 16. Call 636-5089.

Edward Albee's The Zoo Story also opens tonight in Palmer Lake at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Highway 105. The Tri-Lakes Theatre Group performs at 8 p.m. this evening and Sunday night and admission is $10. Call 719/481-0475 for tickets. (This play also runs until June 16.)

Boys and their toys. Rather than let them actually ride a dirt bike and essentially commit suicide, take them to release their testosterone vicariously, through Tommy Clowers, Brian Deegan, Mike Jones and Clifford Adoptante. All are champion Motocross riders and will appear at the ESPN FreeRide Moto-X Championships today and Saturday. The competitions begin at 8 p.m. both nights at Penrose Equestrian Center, 1045 W. Rio Grande. Tickets to see the best freestyle dirt jumpers in the world range from $7.50 to $23. Call 520-6711.

02 Saturday

Finally! I have been waiting since last summer for an outdoor music festival with amazing acts that I don't have to drive an hour-and-a-half to see. As a bonus, the 12th annual Bluegrass on the River Festival at the Greenway and Nature Center is on -- you got it -- the Arkansas River in Pueblo. Eighteen bands are scheduled to perform, from the post-Hee Haw, funkadelic hip-hop new grass of Ryan Shupe & The Rubber Band to the ancestral sounds of the Mountain Road Ceili Band. All in all, you get 33 hours of music on two stages. The festival also features an art fair, Saturday Night Dance, camping, nature activities and a children's playground. Bring your own instrument and jam with the musicians in the Pick'n Parlor and around the campfire. Tickets are only $2-$11 daily, $3-$17 for weekend passes. If you want to camp, it costs $15-$20. For directions or information, call 719/549-2414.

The Placita at El Pueblo Museum is finally done, and the museum is hosting a fiesta to celebrate. First you'll get a dose of Native American drumming, then the Guadalupe Dancers and the Grupo Folklorico Aymoray perform dances that were once traditional along the Chihuahua Trail. Singing, eating and piata demolition will follow, along with living history presentations with traders from Bent's Fort, blacksmiths, weavers and quilters, and more. Take a tour and learn how the inhabitants of New Spain would have used the adobe rooms. Admission is $1.50 to $2; kids under 6 six are free. The fiesta will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the museum, located at 119 Central Plaza in Pueblo. Call 719/583-0453.

03 Sunday

Once, I attempted to hike up to the top of the Peak with a way-too-heavy 50-pound pack. Suffice it to say I didn't make it and ended up turning back before I found a suitable place to camp. I hiked down Rocky Mountain by moonlight, the granite slabs glowing white in the pale light. There were no sounds but the crunch of gravel underfoot and the occasional wild animal call, and while every muscle in my body was wishing me dead, all in all it was a lovely experience. Friends on Foot know the beauty of the Barr Trail Moonlight Hike, and are leading one tonight. Be prepared: Those first four miles are slowly inclining hell. Wear supportive boots and bring water. All interested parties ages 10 and up should meet at the Barr Trailhead, one block past the Cog railway parking lot on Ruxton Ave., promptly at 7:30 p.m. Reserve your spot by calling 578-7088. There is no cost for the hike.

04 Monday

A young oil executive from Houston is sent to Scotland to try and purchase an entire fishing village for the site of a new refinery; comedy ensues. So goes Local Hero, the much-hailed comedic film directed by Bill Forsyth. The Colorado Springs Film Society has once again scored big-time by securing Vanguard Church's space at the old Academy Station 6 theater, on the southwest corner of Academy and Austin Bluffs. The film will be shown on the church's big screen at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 389-0039.

05 Tuesday

It's getting about that time, when you've spent so much time outside in the warm air that hanging around inside just makes you antsy ... Stay outside and catch a baseball game between our own Sky Sox and the Portland Beavers. Tonight is $2 Tuesday -- $2 parking, $2 box, upper reserve and general admission tickets and $2 food and drink specials. You might even luck out and score a free seat cushion. Sky Sox stadium is located at 4385 Tutt Blvd., at Powers and Barnes. Call 591-SOXX (7699) for details.

06 Wednesday

Evan & Jaron are the epitome of cute. They're 26-year-old twin guitar-playing "hotties" (as the young people say) from Atlanta who play eloquent, bittersweet ballads dedicated to the strong, beautiful women they hope will soon be in their lives ... I can't believe they haven't been killed yet in a stampede of 17-year-old girls. Let's hope security is tight tonight when the dreamy pair (such deep eyes!) performs at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Tickets to see the might-as-well-be-CK-models are $10. Call 800/965-4827 or stop by any Independent Records location. The show begins at 8 p.m.

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