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click to enlarge Adam Ant

24 Wednesday

music

Is it possible that Adam Ant has finally made a great album? Hits like "Stand and Deliver" and "Antmusic" led me to think of him as little more than a New Wave novelty foisted by Sex Pistols / Bow Wow Wow svengali Malcolm McLaren. But in an unlikely twist of fate, the two-decade gap between his last two albums has considerably improved Ant's music, especially on the exceedingly catchy swamp-pop single, "Cool Zombie." Antfans age 16 and above can catch him tonight at the Ogden Theatre (935 E. Colfax Ave., ogdentheatre.net). Showtime is 8, tickets are $28.50/advance, $35/door. — Bill Forman

click to enlarge Heart & Brain

25 Thursday

art

Balancing reason and sentiment is a complex pursuit, but after thorough self-examination, art therapists Kim Nguyen and Missy Fauser have created and compiled multimedia artwork about their personal struggles for inner peace. To inspect the exhibit Heart & Brain in company of the artists themselves, arrive at 5 p.m. at the ARTSpace Gallery at Hillside Community Center (925 S. Institute St., peakradar.com) for a free reception. Children are invited an hour earlier for a watercolor class and an opportunity to contribute to a sculpture of recycled glass for the center's garden. — Hannah Brenneman

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26 Friday

celebration

If you were just hoping you could celebrate the Olympics, which aren't happening anytime soon, and watch a torch-lighting ceremony for the Rocky Mountain State Games, which are, boy do we have a party for you. The free Olympic Downtown Celebration kicks off at 5 tonight on Tejon Street, and features beach volleyball, BMX riders and an American Idol contestant. Down the road, the Cottonwood Center for the Arts (427 E. Colorado Ave., cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com) is simultaneously hosting its free Lock, Stock and Block Party, which will bring art, live music and grub from vendors like The Local food truck to the neighborhood. Celebratius, Artius, Foodius. — Bryce Crawford

click to enlarge Faithfully: Music of Journey, Foreigner and Kansas

27 Saturday

music

When you love a woman, faithfully, anything is possible, any way you want it (in this case, with classic hits and a laser light show). Escape with me to the Colorado Springs Philharmonic's evening of Faithfully: Music of Journey, Foreigner and Kansas at Bear Creek Regional Park (501 Bear Creek Road, csphilharmonic.org/summer/journey, free) for a little lovin', touchin', squeezin'. Park opens at 4:30, the Philharm plays at 7:30. Of course, I can see it in your eyes — we'll go our separate ways. Be good to yourself. I'll be all right without you. — Kirsten Akens

click to enlarge Fiddles, Vittles and Vino

28 Sunday

food and drink

In elementary school, living history farms made for the best field trips: you trounced your friends at the spelling bee in the one-room schoolhouse, went toe-to-webbed-foot with a goose, and, with wide-eyed wonder, asked the blacksmith if he could forge a car. The grown-up version is even better. From 2 to 8 p.m., Fiddles, Vittles and Vino mixes alliteration, bluegrass, food and wine from local vendors and restaurants at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site (3105 Gateway Road, fiddlesvittlesandvino.com). Tickets are $45 for adults and $20 for kids. — Claire Swinford

click to enlarge 311

29 Monday

music

Break out your Philly Blunts, malt liquor 40s, and glow sticks for tonight's Unity Tour 2013 in which stoner-rock vets 311 headline Red Rocks Amphitheatre (18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison, redrocksonline.com) alongside famously impaired hip-hoppers Cypress Hill (who can be counted on to play "Insane in the Membrane") and mellow bluesters G. Love & Special Sauce. You might not have a better spiritual event this year than watching the late-July sun set behind Red Rocks' famous sandstone walls as pillars of pot smoke swirl peacefully around you. One love, man. The gates open at 6, and tickets are $55. — Nathaniel Kelley

click to enlarge All About Hummingbirds

30 Tuesday

kids

Did you know that hummingbirds have weak feet used primarily for perching? Or that a third of their body weight is muscle? How about their hairy, forked tongues? There's a lot of mystery in this wee critter, and while "All About Hummingbirds," a class at Starsmore Discovery Center (2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road, tinyurl.com/sevendayshum), seems geared toward kids, it's an all-ages affair. It costs $3, needs an RSVP and starts at 11:30 a.m. This is its last week, but if you miss it, Starsmore is still the perfect place to see broadtails, calliopes and black chins. — Edie Adelstein

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