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click to enlarge Micky & the Motorcars

11 Wednesday MUSIC

According to the liberal media, the cool thing for country kids to do is to weave a little hip-hop into their musical odes to tight jeans, dirt roads and trucks. Micky & The Motorcars don't do that. In fact, country music has moved so far into the candy aisle that The Motorcars' "country rock" sound comes off exactly like what country music used to sound like, when it was played by people from the country. But whether the authenticity card sways you, or you just dig brothers playing guitars at the Crystola Roadhouse (20918 U.S. Hwy. 24, Woodland Park, 687-7879), you should be set on the rap-free front. Tickets are $10. — Bryce Crawford

click to enlarge Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky

12 Thursday STAGE

You have two play choices tonight, so let's get to 'em: If you like your theater about people just peoplin' along, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org) has Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky opening at 7:30. Our titular characters, both country singers, collide, split and reunite as success takes one and drinks the other. Tickets are $20, $18 for FAC members, $15 for students. If you take your theater more artsy, go for The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? also debuting at 7:30, at Springs Ensemble Theatre (1903 E. Cache la Poudre St., springsensembletheatre.org). The Goat looks at morality and transgression, playing with the idea of tragedy. And, uh, no music. Tickets are $15, $10 for students. Pick up next week's Indy for reviews of both. — Griffin Swartzell

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13 Friday COMIX

Calling all nerds: The Denver Comic Con kicks off today at the Colorado Convention Center (700 14th St., denvercomiccon.com) and runs through Sunday, with tickets starting at $30 for single-day passes. Extra charges ($30 to $150) apply for entry into showcase events, such as a Star Trek: The Next Generation reunion featuring six famous faces plus master of ceremonies William Shatner. You can also see celebs hailing from The Walking Dead and some of today's most popular illustrators. And then there are the fan costumes to behold. Enjoy, my caped cohorts. — Matthew Schniper

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14 Saturday potpourri

If you race around like a maniac, you can take in three swell events today. Start with al fresco pancakes at the Cripple Creek Rodeo, a high-speed, dusty tussle between man and beast, followed by a street dance for the two-leggeds (tiny.cc/2vn8gx). Head back to the Springs for the Feast of St. Arnold (Patron Saint of Beer), which promises sipping, vittles and family activities, all to benefit Westside CARES (tiny.cc/mxn8gx). Finally, put on your bib and tucker and head to BRILLIANT, an art party-fundraiser combo for the Galleries of Contemporary Art, where you can boogie on till midnight (tiny.cc/kyn8gx). — Mary Jo Meade

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15 Sunday FAMILY

The annual Springs Spree summer celebration at Memorial Park (1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., springspree.org) actually started at 9 a.m. yesterday, highlighted by the day-long 2014 Car & Bike Show. Today, festivities run from 10 to 6, and in place of the wheels there will be a 5K and 10K races, plus the usual carnival rides, vendors, live music and a beer garden for us grownups. For additional information, go to springsspree.org. — Griffin Swartzell

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16 Monday ART

As of Thursday, downtown has been officially blessed with 11 new sculptures as part of 2014's Art on the Streets (downtowncs.com). The juried exhibit saw entries from 16 Colorado cities, 21 states and four countries, about the usual spread for the competition, and wound up honoring two Springs artists, Sandy Friedman and Andy Tirado (who, by the way, will open a solo show at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center later this month), as well as creatives from Pittsburgh, Toronto, Petaluma and Las Cruces. Visit the Downtown Partnership website for a map of all the new (and old) installations. — Edie Adelstein

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17 Tuesday ART

Two decades after steampunk first took off, the Victorian-obsessed science-fiction subculture has yet to run out of steam. Steampunk @ the Sangre (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, sdc-arts.org) is surely among southern Colorado's most artistically ambitious celebrations, with four galleries presenting the works of visual artists from around the world. The array of exhibits at the Sangre de Cristo Art Center will include paintings and sculptures, a preview of pages and artwork by Jeff VanderMeer (who authored The Steampunk Bible), as well as a geographically appropriate collection of "Old West Steampunk" artwork. All exhibitions will continue into September. — Bill Forman

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