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28 Thursday
dance
Yeah, God's supposed to love you no matter what. But maybe even He or She doesn't want to see your overbite-loving, pointy-elbowed ass flopping around cluelessly in His or Her name. For a mere $20, you can save yourself, so to speak, by attending a three-day workshop on "Dancing in the Spirit of the Lord!" at Colorado College. Dancers from El Paso, Texas, and area churches will teach routines and get you ready for a performance with them at 4 p.m. Sunday at Shove Memorial Chapel (1010 N. Nevada Ave.). (That performance is free to attend, by the way.) For more, call 389-6607. KW
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29 Friday
theater
Perhaps you feel like visiting the ProRodeo Hall of Fame's "Rally for America" today and throwing eggs at Sean Hannity. But because we can't, in good conscience, promote wasting essential protein on a FOX News personality, we're happy to suggest JAKES Theatre Company's new cabaret, Everything I Needed to Know I Learned from Musical Theater. The local, grassroots troupe promises anecdotes, music and memorable quotes, and you also get hors d'oeuvres and a drink ticket for your $15. It starts at 7:30 tonight, with a second show at the same time tomorrow, at the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado (315 E. Costilla St.). There's also a $10 matinee sans the food and drink at 2 tomorrow. Reserve a ticket at 433-9200, or take your chances (cash or check only) at the door. KW


30 Saturday
festival
When was the last time you saw countless majestic hot air balloons dotting the dawn skyline? Whether your answer is "last year" or "never," don't miss the Colorado Balloon Classic at Memorial Park (1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave.). More than 100 balloons are scheduled to launch during the event, spanning today through Monday. You'll find kids' entertainment, concessions and demonstrations from the Pikes Peak Powered Paragliders. Catch the mass ascension at 7 a.m. or the incandescent balloon show courting dusk at 8 p.m. Admission is free; visit balloonclassic.com or call 471-4833 for more information. MM
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31 Sunday
car show
It's not easy to describe the Rocky Mountain Concours d'Elegance, other than to offer the basics and tell you that even people who think they don't like car shows usually rave about this one at The Broadmoor (1 Lake Ave.). There are events all weekend, from a parade Saturday and gala that night to a golf tournament Monday. But the main draw is the Concours show today from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the Broadmoor West golf course, with all kinds of rare and classic cars, racing vehicles (Bobby and Al Unser will be here with their Pikes Peak open-wheelers, plus speaking at the gala) and motorcycles. Advance tickets from TicketsWest and King Soopers start at $29 for adults ($15 for active-duty military). For more info and options throughout the weekend, contact 576-2626 or rmconcours.com. RR

music


Good news: Former but not original Bad Company singer is in your MySpace extended network! Of course, so is everyone else with a MySpace page, but it's good to know that, after 30 years, the guy who replaced Paul Rodgers is still rocking, single and a non-smoker. Brian Howe, who also handled lead vocals on Ted Nugent's 1984 Penetrator album, will be performing his hits and misses at 4 p.m. at the Gold Rush Hotel & Casino (209 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, $20-$30). Which is great, since casinos are much better locations for this kind of thing than, say, county fairs (alcohol being a better lubricant than corndogs). And even though Howe once complained that he couldn't "keep singing about cars and girls and life on the road forever," he still plays quite a few Bad Company songs, because, after all, he just can't get enough of your love. BF


1 Monday
festival
Some art festivals are better than others (many aren't worth the time), but it always seems like the Labor Day Arts and Crafts Festival, sponsored by the Commonwheel Artists Co-op, has a wider array of artists offering decent prices which does matter. This will be the event's 34th year, and it actually runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday through today at Manitou's Memorial Park (502 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs). Stop in to see more than 100 artists working in various genres, plus a variety of food vendors and musical performances by the likes of Grant Sabin, the Storys and Ben Pratt. Free admission includes all kinds of activities for the kids. Go to commonwheel.com/festival for more. RR


2 Tuesday
art
Expand your art horizons downtown today by taking in a couple of free shows that'll only be up for a short time. First, swing by the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum (215 S. Tejon St.) for the 23rd annual Quilts and Fine Woodworking Exhibition, a colorful, self-explanatory display by regional artists. Visit cspm.org or call 385-5990 for more. Next, head to the City Hall Council Chambers (107 N. Nevada Ave., third floor) and City Administration Building (30 S. Nevada Ave., main floor) to check out For the People, By the People: Visions for a Better World. As part of the national Active Citizen Project, the exhibit features posters of slogans for positive change created by urban youth across Brooklyn, Harlem, Chicago and Detroit. Visit activecitizenproject.com for more on this unique project and springsgov.com for venue hours. MS


3 Wednesday
theater/lecture
When My Favorite Things maestro Paul Gemignani (see full story on p. 18) came to Colorado Springs in mid-July to judge the "Singing with the Stars" competition to see what lucky vocal upstart would earn a spot on stage with Broadway legends he performed two gracious deeds. The first: He choose two winners instead of one. The second: He promised to return and give the 12 semifinalists a free master class. That class is happening today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in CC's Packard Hall (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.), and the good news is you can watch him teach for only $10. In this age of American Idol, I'm sure everyone will enjoy seeing a renowned conductor constructively nitpick a bunch of hopeful vocalists. MS

This week's 7 Days contributors: Bill Forman, Mandy Moench, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.

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