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25 Wednesday

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  • Pedal Party

With all the exciting bicycle news that's been buzzing in the Springs, you may be wondering how you can get your own two wheels in on the action. Well, the crew at UpaDowna has just the answer — the summer Pedal Party. Held every Wednesday through Labor Day, the ride begins at McCabe's Tavern and meanders about downtown at an easy "no drop" pace, taking you on a 5- to 7-mile community excursion that welcomes bikes of every style and riders of all ages and experience levels. A city favorite that is now in its sixth year, the ride promises cool prizes to be won (like a fabulous New Belgium cruiser), friends to be made, and joy to be shared all summer long. Feeling left out because you don't have a bike of your own? Don't fret! There are free rentals available so you too can be a pedal party-goer. 6 p.m., 520 S. Tejon St., free, facebook.com/upadownapedalparty. — Bridgett Harris

Film

26 Thursday

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  • Film of the Absurd

Filmmakers need a way to get the word out. Web-based services like YouTube and Vimeo have their uses, but it's nothing like having an audience present for the thing. That's why Urban Steam owner Kelly Bubach has started Film of the Absurd, a weekly screening of curated short films for "independent filmmakers, hobbyists, people who don't have a mainstream outlet that's public that isn't digital." The ominous FotA website says to expect a promising mix of "abstract, family vacation embarrassments, found footage re-edits, gutter trash, DIY hypnosis, nightmares, psychodramas, subliminal experiments." Grab a coffee or a whiskey and check out the work of artists local and global alike. Starts at dark, 1025 S. Sierra Madre St., free, 473-7832, fota16.com. — Griffin Swartzell

Festival

27 Friday

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  • MeadowGrass Music Festival

When an ambitious new festival called MeadowGrass made its debut back in 2009, the music industry wasn't exactly thriving. Truth be told, the industry's still not thriving. But the indie-music world continues unabated, as MeadowGrass will once again prove with 2016 headliners Fruit Bats, the Jeff Austin Band, and Jackie Greene, along with an array of music workshops, food vendors, and camping. You can read more about the Memorial Day weekend lineup in this issue's Reverb column, and also check out our interview with MeadowGrass performer Jeff Austin of Yonder Mountain String Band fame. May 27-29, La Foret Conference & Retreat Center, 6145 Shoup Road, Black Forest, ticket prices and more festival information at rockymountainhighway.org. — Bill Forman

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Booze

27 Friday

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  • Final Friday Flights

Outside of its capacity as a venue, Soirée Events & Celebrations has become known for its Curious Palate tasting classes, educating around alcohol. An extension of that, monthly Final Friday Flights feature samplings of four cocktails, spirits, beers or wines. Each flight includes some info presented along the way, perhaps where and when a cocktail was created or something about a distillation or aging process or brew method. So if you're beyond your days of shooters and bingeing, seeking some sophistication in your sip, consider a flight to end your workweek, and month. 6-10 p.m., 1003 S. Tejon St., $12, coloradospringsvenue.com. — Matthew Schniper

Glow-in-the-dark

28 Saturday

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  • Lantern Glow

Lantern festivals are celebrated throughout the world — most notably in China at the end of the country's Lunar New Year celebration— but you don't have to travel far to take part in the festivities. Tonight's Lantern Glow honors worldwide lantern festival traditions, with a uniquely Colorado Springs twist. Enjoy live music by local bands, and bring the kids for glow-in-the-dark activities while you browse the booths of local artists and crafters. The celebration is in honor of our area's vibrant arts community, and it will culminate in the much-anticipated lantern launch at about 8:30 p.m. Environmentally minded folks don't have to worry. Volunteers and Pikes Peak International Raceway employees will clean up all the lanterns after the festival. 3 p.m., Pikes Peak International Raceway, 16650 Midway Ranch Road, $36-$50/ages 16 to adult, $5/child, free/ages 3 and younger, ppir.com, 382-7223. — Alissa Smith

History

28 Saturday

click to enlarge The 100th Anniversary of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb
  • The 100th Anniversary of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb

A hundred years is a long time. Obviously, right? But consider that in 1916 we had just figured out how to change channels on the radio and were three years away from the invention of the pop-up toaster. That makes it extra impressive when you realize that the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, everyone's favorite car race to the top of Pikes Peak, has been around for a century this year. Join race historian Donald Sanborn and Lisa Haight, author of Tall Tales from Pikes Peak, as they present a history of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb through stories and photos. If you want to learn about the changes to the course, updates to safety regulations and the evolution of the racing automobile, you're in for a treat. While you're at the Manitou Springs Heritage Center, be sure to check out its new exhibit, which celebrates another anniversary — 125 years of the Cog Railway. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 517 Manitou Ave., donations accepted, 685-1454, manitouspringsheritagecenter.org. — Alissa Smith

Comedy

1 Wednesday

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  • Bob Zany

Bob Zany is perhaps best known for his take on the news, dubbed The Zany Report, which appears on the syndicated Bob & Tom radio show. But, lucky for us little people, he's been a friend of local comedian Chris Fonseca for years. Zany will be bringing his 20-plus years of experience to the opening night of the Grin Reaper Comedy Club and Theater. So how has Zany stayed funny and relevant for so long? In his words, "I walk out, and I do a joke." When he goes onstage, it's all about reading and responding to the crowd. He plans his sets with "a beginning and an end, and I let the audience take me." 8 p.m., 1367 Pecan St., $32, $50/VIP, 377-2147, facebook.com/grinreapercomedy. — Griffin Swartzell

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