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17 Thursday
film/family
People love outdoor movies in the same way they love ice cream and puppies. It's universal. So get your flick-under-the-stars fix at 8:25 tonight at the Promenade Shops at Briargate (1885 Briargate Pkwy.) with Pictures on the Promenade's weekly, free outdoor movie showing on the east parking lot. This week's film: Nessie flick The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep. These family-friendly showings will continue each Thursday until Aug. 7 (with Shrek the Third, E.T. and a double feature of Surf's Up and Bee Movie). Lawn chairs are recommended. Call 265-6264 or visit thepromenadeshopsatbriargate.com for more information. MM


18 Friday
music
Whether you're a diehard fan of Brazilian bossa nova and tropicalia or just lean toward the softer sounds of contemporary world music the latest installment in Colorado College's free music series should definitely be your cup of caipirinha. Brazilian guitarist/vocalist Caji sounds a bit like a young Joo Gilberto, while vocalist/percussionist Salom, who hails from Portugal's Azores islands, diversifies the duo both culturally and linguistically, making them ideal interpreters for a repertoire that ranges from the music of Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil to songs from Portugal, France and Cape Verde. (Cesria vora, anyone?) Weather depending, Caji and Salom's 7 p.m. performance will take place at either Armstrong Quad (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.) or just to the south at the Armstrong Theater. Visit coloradocollege.edu for more. BF
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19 Saturday
learning
If you're looking for a good reason to be picked in dodgeball, an interesting conversation starter or just practical know-how on means for shelter in the wild (or all three in one!), you'll probably want to attend the "Tipi Raising and Ute Heritage Workshop" from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today departing from the Helen Hunt Falls Visitor Center (4075 N. Cheyenne Cañon Road). Developed with the help of Ute elders, this $8 workshop involves transporting materials on a challenging hike before setting up an authentic tipi. Space is limited and reservations are required at 633-5701. But just envision it: After this workshop, when you make those "Tatanka" comments (which is, for the record, a Lakota, not Ute term) with your fingers over your head like horns, you'll carry just slightly more credibility (while still looking like a wanker). MS

music
What do you get when you have a reality-TV style singing competition, only without the cameras and hours of tedious "audition" episodes? And with Broadway musical director Paul Gemignani instead of Simon Cowell? The answer is the Singing with the Stars: Finals Performance, hosted by the Colorado Festival of World Theatre at the Lost Dutchman Resort (382 Trout Haven Road, Divide). The 12 finalists, all from Colorado, will compete in semifinals at 2 this afternoon to earn one of six spots in the finals at 5:30. The single winner of that last cut gets to sing with Shirley Jones come Sept. 6-7 in My Favorite Things, a new show that is effectively a live, greatest hits compilation of Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals. Tickets are $10 at ticketswest.com; call 475-1737 ext. 22 for more. MR


20 Sunday
festival
Head up to Victor today to celebrate the town's rich mining history at day three of the Gold Rush Days. After a pancake breakfast starting at 7 at the fire station, you can pan for real gold in addition to catching a parade and partaking in vendors' goodies. Activities on days prior include testing your metal by entering the mining games. I suggest Saturday's "mucking" event, in which you and a partner race for cash prizes against the clock to shovel a lot of dirt into a cart and then push it down the street. Registration for the games is at 8:30 a.m. in the Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mining Co. parking lot (321 Victor Ave.) and games begin at 9. Call 250-2575 for more. MA

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21 Monday
photography
Anyone who truly loves golf should also have an affection for the game's history, especially snapshots from the past. Any fan of Arnold Palmer, for instance, knows the black-and-white images of Palmer's final round at the 1960 U.S. Open up at Cherry Hills, when he drove the par-4 No. 1 green and eventually won the tournament. As part of the upcoming U.S. Senior Open, we get a tremendous treat, from today through Aug. 3, as the U.S. Golf Association displays more than 100 of its greatest historic photos in an exhibit titled Classic Shots at the Penrose House (1661 Mesa Ave.), open free to the public each day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours during the Senior Open. For more information, call 577-7004. RR


22 Tuesday
literature
If you've managed the endurance to follow the Iraq war coverage, you might recall a story a few years back regarding an Iraqi man allegedly drowned in a river by U.S. forces. At the time, commanding Army Lt. Col. Nathan Sassaman (a Bronze Star recipient for valor in combat and former Army quarterback of note) had advised his men to not talk about certain aspects of the event, before coming clean during later investigation. Two of his men spent time in military prison for the incident (much of which still remains a mystery), while Sassaman lost his career after skirting any criminal liability. Warrior King: The Triumph and Betrayal of an American Commander in Iraq tells Sassaman's side of the story while lashing out at military mismanagement and incompetence. Sassaman, a Springs resident, will sign copies of his controversial book at 7 tonight at Barnes & Noble (1565 Briargate Blvd.) Call 266-9960 for more. MS

nostalgia
With a name like Hippiefest (6:30 p.m., Fiddler's Green, 6350 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Englewood, $35-65), you already know the risks: remnants of bands whose members are largely deceased, white folks practicing archaic "dance" movements that would make Joe Cocker appear gracefully restrained, and an acute recognition of how unkind the aging process can be. The upside? Well, you get Jack Bruce, the most talented member of Cream; you get the main guys from the Turtles doing "Happy Together" and "Elenore" (with the classic line "You're my pride and joy, et cetera"); and you get Woodstock survivor Melanie (Good: "Lay Down"; not so good: "Brand New Key"). Who else? There are the Animals (with Eric Burdon), Jonathan Edwards and Badfinger, who outdid Joy Division with not one, but two suicidal frontmen. Surviving guitarist Joey Molland will do the honors on hits like "Come and Get It," "Without You," "Day After Day" and "Baby Blue." For the demographic that leans toward Ringo's All-Stars tours (whose current lineup isn't all that hot), this may well be a better bet. BF
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23 Wednesday
festival
Remember as a child when you would wistfully hope for the day you got to ride an actual horse, instead of your Great Dane? Well, prepare yourself for some voyeuristic farmin' fun at the El Paso County Fair, which runs daily, July 19 through 26. Although I doubt real farmers regularly coat their guts with deep-fried Twinkies (a fair favorite), today's highlights include a special Goat Showmanship event at 9 a.m. Who's to call you a city slicker when you're observing livestock this early in the morn'? If goats, well, get your goat (I couldn't resist), there are regular shows featuring extreme stunt canines and reputably "rowdy" raccoons throughout the day. Also, today is Dollar Day at the El Paso County Fairgrounds (10th Street and North Calhan Highway, Calhan) where regular admission ($3 to $7; children under 3, free) is out in favor of a friendly buck. Call 520-7880 or go to elpasocountyfair.com for more information. MR

This week's 7 Days contributors: Mike Alberti, Bill Forman, Mandy Moench, Maddie Rogers, Ralph Routon and Matthew Schniper.

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