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click to enlarge Alton plays traditional Celtic at the Fine Arts Center on Wednesday, July 25
  • Alton plays traditional Celtic at the Fine Arts Center on Wednesday, July 25

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Thursday

"And I'm gonna keeeep on luvin' youuu." Come on, sing it with me -- "'cause it's the only thing I know to dooooo"... You know you like that song. You know all the words. You probably even own the album, in album form. Don't be embarrassed, there are others just like you. Others, who, like Scorpions and Def Leppard fans, have braved the social stigma and have chosen to proclaim their forbidden love -- for REO Speedwagon. Meet these others at the Southern Colorado REO Speedwagon Fan Support Group and Mixer at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. REO will be in attendance. Tickets are $15-$26 and the event begins at 7:30 p.m. For details call 576-2626.

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Friday

That Jake Norton. You bring him down and he just goes right back up. He just will not listen to reason.

Jake is a semi-nuts mountaineer from Southern Colorado who keeps climbing up and down Mt. Everest. Lately he's been looking for the body of Sandy Irvine, who may or may not have been one of the first humans to reach the highest point on Earth. We don't know, because he and his climbing mentor George Mallory disappeared in 1924. Norton was part of the team that finally found Mallory's body in 1999, but the find offered no evidence explaining what really happened. So back up went Norton, in search of Irvine's body and the pocket Kodak camera that might hold proof that the pair bagged the peak after all.

Jake just got back a few weeks ago, and he's put together a slide presentation and talk called Lost on Everest: New Information on Mallory & Irvine, the World's Greatest Climbing Mystery. Norton will reveal the new details at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Admission to the one-time only talk is $7 to $10, and it begins at 6 p.m. Call 634-5581.

I've had the opportunity to see works by about half of the artists on the bill at the next Business of Art Center show, and lemme tell ya -- them's sure is some purdy paintin's. Bill Duryea, Charles Rockey, Ken and Tina Riesterer, Deb Komitor and almost 20 others have pieces hanging in Strata Various, a landscape exhibit at the BAC, 513 Manitou Ave. The show opens tonight with a reception from 5 to 8, and runs through Aug. 19. Call 685-1861.

Tish Hinojosa has a voice that catches your ear, swings you around, the way a pretty face or the smell of a freshly baked pumpkin pie can. Sweet and pure, clear -- beautiful, really. Her Mexican-influenced music, -- not folk, not country, not pop -- reflects more a sense of place than a set musical style, honoring her large Mexican-American family, her Texas upbringing and her love of '60s pop and roots rock. Whatever it is, it will certainly brighten up the joint at Tres Hombres, 116 Midland Ave., Woodland Park. Tickets are a bargain at $10. Call 687-0625. The show begins at 9 p.m.

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Saturday

click to enlarge Tish Hinojosa, Friday, July 20
  • Tish Hinojosa, Friday, July 20

I hesitate to tell you about this next event because I love Victor. I want it to stay forever the same sleepy, tragic, beautiful tiny little town it is now! So if you go to this event, you better not throw cellophane wrappers on the ground or mess with the old houses. Don't complain about the parking, and don't play around open mine shafts. And remember, the slag heap is NOT your friend. Now that we have all that out of the way, Victor Gold Rush Days are here! Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the mining town are packed from dawn 'til way past dusk with games, races, dances, music, art, carnivals, baseball, llamas, parades, history and literally way too much to include here. The festival is huge, happening in various locations in Victor. Just drive in and you'll see it (Victor is very small). The weekend's family-friendly events are well worth the short trip. For details, call 689-4022.

Ah, free music. Even more satisfying when it's actually good. Denver band MaggieJack will perform their spicy, rootsy jam rock at today's Summerfest Concert, which benefits the Wolf Rescue Center -- good folks doing good work, seriously. Also performing are folkie mama Liz Clark, Running With Sally and Rachel & Andy. It all goes down at the bandshell in Acacia Park, downtown at Bijou and Tejon. Upon the surrounding grass you'll find many a vendor, face painter, tarot card reader, massage therapist and other interesting personages, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Sunday

This is the best idea regarding food anybody has had around here in a while. Do you remember the pain of watching Fried Green Tomatoes in your Colorado living room, your mouth watering while you racked your brain for somewhere, anywhere you could get good green tomatoes? Or the despair of Like Water for Chocolate, when you realized that no matter how many Emeril Lives you watch you will never, ever be able to bake a cake that will make your entire family cry? Sencha, 331 S. Nevada Ave., feels your pain and in response has created the Literary Experience Dinners. Each meal features dishes related to a classic piece of literature or author. You get all the food that plays heavily in the book, readings, skits, and wine for $60 per person. (Can I get a Turkish Delight? Yeah yeah, Narnia, dog) For reservations call 632-8287. This evening's 6 p.m. dinner highlights Fried Green Tomatoes, serving up BBQ ribs, pecan pie and of course, the title dish.

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Monday

So it's not the most action-packed thing to do on a Monday night, it's probably not a happening place to pick up a date, and they won't have a DJ (I mean, they might, but I doubt it), but still -- GO. The Southern Colorado AIDS project and the El Paso County Health Department are giving out free confidential HIV Testing and STD screenings at the Pikes Peak Gay and Lesbian Center, 125 N. Parkside. "Confidential" meaning you don't even have to give the person administering the test your name if you don't want to. One-hundred percent anonymous. The tests will be available from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For questions call 578-9092 or 471-4429, or just walk in.

Mmm ... Saliva, Stereomud, Systematic and Adema ... sounds like a tasty concert. These four bands generally focus on raising hell and shocking people, so get your horrified and offended face all ready before you roam over to the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Tickets are available for the low, low price $12.50. Call 800/965-4827. The all-ages show begins at 7:30 p.m.

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Tuesday

Tuesday has been cancelled so all can attend the big to-do over at the City Aud(itorium), 221 E. Kiowa St. Mega-rock stars 3 Doors Down are playing their only Colorado show, here in the Springs. I know! I said the same thing! But it's true -- they're appearing with Seven Mary Three and Tantric. Tickets are $27.50. Call 578-6652 or 520-9090. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Find out more by reading Alan Scully's rock star expose on page 32.

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Wednesday

Hang on to your britches -- after a three-year drought Altan has at last returned to the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. They will shower the land with Celtic traditionalism, bring the shamrocks back from dusty death and satisfy the thirst of the wee people. Tickets to the show are $16 to $19. Call early; this show will most likely sell out: 634-5583. The quintet rocks the house Irish-style at 8 p.m.

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