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26 Wednesday

anniversary

One year from the day that the Waldo Canyon Fire ravaged Mountain Shadows, the Colorado Springs Together Concert celebrates rebirth and provides encouragement for victims of the Black Forest Fire. This first of four Summer Symphony concerts will feature the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, with the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale, Mango fan Django and the Flying W Wranglers, who will be one mile away from the remains of their former venue. The concert is free and takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. at Mountain Shadows Park (5151 Flying W Ranch Road, csphilharmonic.org, rain date June 27). — Hannah Brenneman

click to enlarge Josh Turner

27 Thursday

music

There are many ways to objectify someone, but the New York Times' take on Josh Turner may be the most original. "He is first and maybe last a larynx," wrote Ben Ratliff in a decidedly lukewarm review of the country crooner's most recent album. Actually, Turner's smooth bass-baritone works beautifully on songs like 2006's Grammy-nominated "Would You Go With Me," a perfect complement to the track's low-slung electric guitar and doubled mandolin parts. Given that four of his studio albums have made Billboard's Top 5, Turner's relatively traditionalist approach clearly hasn't stood in the way of crossover success. You can catch him tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) for $38 to $48. Showtime is 8, with Morgan Frazier opening. — Bill Forman

click to enlarge Modiball

28 Friday

body art

We probably don't have to sell you on the allure of 30 models in partial or full body paint; we just have to tell you where to find them. That would be Cottonwood Center for the Arts (427 E. Colorado Ave., cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com), — which tonight hosts its annual Modiball. This "celebration of the human form as a canvas, and ... body art and tattoo competition" starts at 5, features a runway show at 6, and entertainment by the Vagabond Misfits at 7. Some other numbers: 18-plus; $5 suggested donation; two food trucks slinging snacks on-site. — Kirk Woundy

click to enlarge KILL THE CRITIC!

29 Saturday

stage

It's 1955, and actor Trevor Stanton is making his Broadway debut. The problem is, Trevor's worried the theater critic will pan his performance and ruin his future in show biz. So he kidnaps the critic, who promptly ends up dead, and the action goes from, "Oh shit," to "Oh shit" plus a McGuffin. It's the work of the Indy's own theater critic Todd Wallinger, whose fourth play is aptly called KILL THE CRITIC! Debuting this weekend. KILL opened yesterday with a 7 p.m. show, and will continue only through today — at 2 and 7 — at Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts (304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, killthecritic.brownpapertickets.com). Tickets are $15, with the caveat that no local actors get any ideas. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

30 Sunday

tradition

It's all electric cars, paved roads and records to be broken at the 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Grab a cooler and some sunscreen and head up the Pikes Peak Highway sometime between 3 and 8 a.m. today. Tickets for race day are $40 online and $50 at the tollgate, but free for kids under 10. Or trade the early morning for a Friday evening and try the annual pre-race Fan Fest (Tejon Street, between Colorado Avenue and Bijou Street, ppihc.com), a big free party with live music and beer and racers milling about. — Nathaniel Kelley

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1 Monday

art

Satisfy your artistic urges and learn to wield a trowel today, as Concrete Couch starts the third week of its Summer Community Art and Mural Program (SCAMP) with mixed-media mural work in Vermijo Park (Midland Trail and 26th Street, concretecouch.org). All ages and levels of (in)expertise are welcome, though child prodigies 13 and younger must provide their own adult (free, RSVPs to lisbet@concretecouch.org or 426-0731). Set your dubious, colorful mark on a convenient wall in the name of beautification from 9 a.m. to noon, today through Friday. — Caroline Swinford

click to enlarge Velodrome, Track racing

2 Tuesday

cycling

Track cycling is a physics soup of velocity, acceleration, gravity and friction that keeps racers from capsizing on a steep-sided track at speeds of up to 40 mph. Hereabouts, the locals test their chops Tuesday evenings at 7 through Aug. 6 at the Velodrome in Memorial Park (280 S. Union Blvd., pat@coscycling.com), and you can watch for free. But if spectating doesn't cut it for you, sign up for the four-session "Learn the Velodrome" intro class for men and women 12 and older, sponsored by the Olympic Training Center, Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado and Summit Cycling. Learn track-cycling rules, strategies, etiquette and time-trialing techniques on a provided single-speed, no-brakes bike. It costs a hundred bucks, but graduates get a $100 discount on their USOC track training pass. — Mary Jo Meade

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