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click to enlarge Celebrate your independence 50s-style with Flash Cadillac in Pueblo
  • Celebrate your independence 50s-style with Flash Cadillac in Pueblo

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Thursday

It's very name sounds elegant, lush, deep and rich, like nighttime, or a midnight purple Iris. Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, inspired by the jazz clubs of Harlem in the '20s and partially written to the rocking rhythms of a Boston train, will be performed by the Colorado Springs Symphony this evening at 7:30 at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Tickets to the 1924 "jazz experiment" run from $11 to $47. Call 520-SHOW.

29 Friday

Four singing young men, "The Plaids," are killed on their way to a big show. But through the magic of the musical, they might just get to perform their revue after all. One of the most popular shows in Fine Arts Center history is back, and it opens tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets to Forever Plaid are $20 to $25. Call 634-5583. The show runs through July 7 at the Center, 30 W. Dale St.

Yes, they make you think of your grandmother, but did you ever consider how many hours your grandmother invested in those detailed quilts, each patch and color part of a intricate pattern, often with a deeper purpose that just warmth and beauty. The concentration and creativity exhibited in certain quilts raise these fabric pieces to the level of fine art. Take those by Ginger Muoz and Patty Joy. Their quilts, along with those of ten other Pikes Peak region quilters, are on display at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, 102 Cañon Ave. in Manitou. The opening reception for Quiltasia begins at 6 p.m. tonight. Admission is free; call 685-1008 for details.

30 Saturday

Sure, suffocating gravel sprays all over the plants and the little animals flee in terror, but who cares! Them cars is goin' really, really fast! It's the 79th annual Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb, the second oldest car race in the country, and it happens on the 19-mile-long Pikes Peak Highway. The turn-off from Highway 24 is in Cascade, and the toll-gate opens at 4 a.m. and closes 10 a.m. For race tickets, call 685-4400 or head to any area King Soopers.

click to enlarge Shes a grand old flag, shes a high-flyin flag and forever in peace shall she wave  Perk up! Its time to celebrate.
  • Shes a grand old flag, shes a high-flyin flag and forever in peace shall she wave Perk up! Its time to celebrate.

The recent Ellicott tornado wreaked some serious havoc, ripping the roof off the school and severely damaging several homes. The Wranglers, the shining stars of the Flying W Ranch, perform a free benefit concert to raise funds for the victims of the twister at Fire Department #2 on Ellicott Highway. There's not much in Ellicott, so you won't miss the Fire Station. The show begins at 1 p.m.

01 Sunday

The Colorado College Summer Music festival strikes again, delivering a faculty artists concert conducted by the ever eminent Christopher Wilkins, and featuring works by Ginastera, Mendelssohn and Beethoven. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in Packard Hall, on the southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Tickets are $5 to $15. Call 389-6607.

02 Monday

Get out of the office and the to-go line with Music-at-Midday. Part of the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, the live music performance of Broadway, classical and jazz favorites encourages people to do something worthwhile with their lunch hours -- get cultured. Admission is free. The concert begins at 12:15 p.m. in Packard Hall, on the southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Call 389-6607.

03 Tuesday

Speaking of getting outside to hear some good music, Hugh Borde's Steel Drum Band plays outside on Colorado College's Armstrong Quad, just behind Armstrong Theater on the northeast corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. The energetic band has been playing the music of Trinidad since WWII, winning a Grammy along the way. Tickets are $5 to $10; call 389-6607. The show begins at 8 p.m.

04 Wednesday

It's Independence Day, and before you even think of doing anything today, first make sure your animals are safe. Fireworks, spinning sparklers and other noisy terrors will scare them and they could run off and get hurt. Be responsible and keep your pets inside and safe.

Tonight, with my dog safe in the house, I'll be sitting on my butt eating fried chicken and watermelon, watchin' me some fireworks in my backyard. Once again Manitou Springs will be putting on a big show from atop Red Mountain. Will they be able to top last year's cascading flag? Will anything catch on fire? Will my neighbors get tipsy and sing "My Country 'Tis of Thee" again? These questions and more will be answered at about 9 p.m. If you don't have access to a backyard, I suggest camping out on the City Hall lawn, 606 Manitou Ave. Face southwest for a great view.

If you want a more elaborate festival, complete with live music, food, vendors, and tight competition for lawn chair space, check out Pueblo's '50s on the Fourth with Flash Cadillac and the Pueblo Symphony or Monument's Freedom: Born on the 4th of July parade and celebration the Fabulous Fourth with Colorado Springs Symphony in Memorial Park. Check the Special Events section of the Listings on page 44 for a complete schedule of area events.

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