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28 Wednesday

Watching the Thunderbirds do their fancy flying over the Air Force Academy's fresh graduates is all about finding the best spot to catch the action. Beginning at 10:30 this morning, five bucks gets you a pass for a carload of folks to the grounds of the Western Museum of Mining and Industry (225 North Gate Blvd., wmmi.org). Once there, you can plop down your blanket, sammitches, chips and sody pops, and wait for the 12:30 p.m. (time approximate) demonstration over Falcon Stadium. Says the Air Force: "The team is comprised of selected pilots assigned to demonstrate the coordination, discipline and flying ability that combat-capable pilots require to fulfill their vital role in our nation's defense." — Mary Jo Meade

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29 Thursday

An aphid infestation was the best news back in the day, since that meant a box of ladybugs would come to the door, a whole case of them snoozing in the cold packaging. Later, we'd watch the new arrivals go to town on those little pests, gobbling them one after another. Thusly, I recommend Little Wonders: Lady Bugs, happening at 9 this morning at Bear Creek Nature Center (245 Bear Creek Road, elpasocountynaturecenters.com) for 2- and 3-year-olds and a parent. Start with interactive educational activities and end with a short hike. Cost is $3 per person, and reservations are required. — Edie Adelstein

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30 Friday

Putting brewing, baking and art-making aside, can we just take a minute to recognize what the Ivywild School renovation has meant to the Springs music scene? Already this year, the school building proper has hosted the likes of St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Patty Larkin and Vandaveer. Meanwhile, the gorgeous, half-million-dollar renovation of the neighboring Millibo Art Theatre (1626 S. Tejon St., themat.org) has made that into a legitimate music venue, too. Tonight, local folk stalwarts The Mitguards take to the space to celebrate the release of their fifth album, Beneath the Roots. Ten bucks gets you in for the 7 o'clock show, which features guests Sebie Denson on bass and Don Richmond on fiddle. — Kirk Woundy

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31 Saturday

The folks at Kids on Bikes, planners of this year's inaugural Great Bicycle Carnival, aim to grow the event into an annual three-day bike fest. Which means this first one, spanning 8 to 5 today at Bear Creek Park (2002 Creek Crossing, kidsonbikes.net), has gotta be awesome — and the schedule certainly makes it look so. There's a Train OC obstacle course by foot and a 2.6-mile mountain bike circuit for a two-hour "madness challenge"; a pixie bike race; kids' bunny hop; stunt and circus performances; and beer, music and food offerings. Entry is $10 ($40/family), with additional fees to compete. — Matthew Schniper

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1 Sunday

For those of you who don't like variety ... there's variety! The Thin Air Theatre Company will be performing a radio-style variety show titled A Cripple Creek Cabaret: My Colorado Home at 1 today at the Butte Theater (139 E. Bennett Avenue, Cripple Creek, 719/689-3247, buttetheater.com). Expect comedy, plus bluegrass, folk and other sounds from Woodland Park musicians. The show runs weekends through June 14, with evening shows on Fridays and Saturdays, and matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $12 to $18. — Griffin Swartzell

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2 Monday

Most of us could count the number of current Ohio bands we know about on a single hand, and we'd still have room left over for Electric Citizen. But the group is actually a pretty big deal in its hometown, having earned the 2014 Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best Rock Band as well as a fairly fawning CityBeat cover story. Not bad for a group that's been together less than two years and draws upon obscure '70s influences like Budgie, Captain Beyond and Master's Apprentice. Hard to say whether they'll create much of a stir outside their own city limits, but you could find a lot worse ways to spend eight bucks than catching them tonight at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com). Door time is 8, with Gozer and Space in Time opening. — Bill Forman

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3 Tuesday

The touring Broadway musical Memphis is set in the 1950s, after W.C. Handy invented the blues on Beale Street, but before Martin Luther King Jr. came into town for the last time. The play, which features an eager white disc jockey in love with a talented black singer, doesn't shy away from racial issues, with songs like "Everybody Wants to Be Black on Saturday Night" or the intensely felt "Colored Women." Catch the 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Musical at 7:30 tonight or tomorrow, at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com). Tickets start at $40. — Bryce Crawford

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