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click to enlarge Queen: It's a Kinda Magic!

23 Wednesday

music

This is not the greatest rock group in the world; this is just a tribute. And though there can be only one, this Australian cover group led by Giles Taylor has been lauded for its meticulous approach to the Queen experience. Witness it in Queen: It's a Kinda Magic! at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) at 8 tonight. Ticket prices range from $30 to $59. To take one golden glance at what should be, go to itsakindamagic.com. Griffin Swartzell

click to enlarge El Paso County Fair

24 Thursday

fair

I think county fairs get stereotyped as just being for hayseeds and people who like things with big engines. Which may have something to do with events running today at the El Paso County Fair (366 10th St., Calhan, elpasocountyfair.com), such tractor pulling, plus a goat costume contest (yeah, really), a cow-pie-toss contest (not making this up, yo) and rabbit agility demo (I give up). Git you sum daily through the 26th, with a barn-load of other fun events. No impolite staring, you city-folk. Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Downtown Olympic Celebration & Rocky Mountain State Games Opening Ceremonies

25 Friday

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I hate to say that the appearance of Miles the Mascot and the Denver Broncos' cheerleaders are the best part of the Olympic Downtown Celebration (tiny.cc/2rw3ix), but dammit, the season is only something like 40 days away. For others, there's fire, music, a Switchbacks fútbol zone, the nefariously named "AT&T Experience," where they probably hand you a piece of plastic then steal $200 from your wallet and kick you in the shins, and more. The festival is also celebrating the opening of the Rocky Mountain State Games — because, even though it seems like they never end, the Olympics aren't happening this year — so get yo-self to downtown Colorado Springs' Tejon Street, where the fun starts at 5. Bryce Crawford

click to enlarge Tranquil Movement's Parkour Invitational

26 Saturday

sports

The real practice of parkour is in stark contrast to the dudes who do flips on YouTube — and today it gives back. The Springs-rooted Tranquil Movement, "a community-based collective that aims to focus the energy of mental, physical and spiritual awareness," is hosting a Parkour Invitational from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Acacia Park (115 E. Platte Ave., tranquilmvmt.com/tit-jam.html). The event is free, but the competition is a fundraiser for T.I.T. Jam, a campaign that benefits the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Come see about 100 of the world's best parkour athletes flip, jump and climb for a cure. Hannah Fleming

click to enlarge Alison Krauss & Union Station, feat. Jerry Douglas

27 Sunday

music

Alison Krauss' collaborations with Robert Plant have clearly raised her profile, just as they've brought the former Led Zeppelin frontman renewed artistic relevance. Paper Airplane, her 14th album, was released in 2011 and went to No. 1 on the country and bluegrass charts. It also reached No. 3 on the pop chart, making it one of the most impressive crossover successes so far this decade. Expect Krauss and her band Union Station to be no less impressive tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com). It also won't hurt that her band features Dobro master Jerry Douglas, who's won 13 Grammys and contributed to hundreds of albums by artists like Ray Charles, Elvis Costello and Mumford & Sons. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. with tickets starting at $59.50. Bill Forman

click to enlarge Butterflies at Chatfield

28 Monday

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So far, this summer's been awash in dark, weird people stuff — Gaza, the Hobby Lobby decision, ISIS, Ukraine, and America's folly-filled mid-term elections. Let us, then, prescribe a powerful antidote: some sunny hours spent in the bosom of butterflies. This homo-sapiens-free oasis, brought to you by the Butterfly Pavilion and Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield and open daily through early October, will soothe your battered soul with an explosion of Colorado native plants touched by a flutter of color in motion. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; tickets run $4 to $6 (cheaper for members, and free for babes in arms 2 and younger); and you should point the car toward 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road in Littleton (tiny.cc/52h5ix). Mary Jo Meade

click to enlarge TERROR-Dactyl at Cave of the Winds

29 Tuesday

local attractions

It prompted one Gazette reporter to consider packing an extra pair of pants, and brought Jenna Bush Hager out for a televised ride on The Today Show. The TERROR-Dactyl at Cave of the Winds (100 Cave of the Winds Road, Manitou Springs, caveofthewinds.com) is a brand new, horrifying-looking plunge into Williams Canyon that sends the willing into a 150-foot freefall at speeds of nearly 90 miles per hour. To get your chance, meet height, weight and age requirements and purchase your ticket at least 24 hours in advance. It's $50 for one rider, $75 for two. Good luck and God love ya. — Edie Adelstein

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