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1 Friday

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The phrase "dinner and a movie" could mean several things: a meal at home in front of the TV, a movie out preceded by grubbing, or in the case of Margarita at Pine Creek, a film screened each Friday night on the patio alongside dinner. The series runs through Aug. 31 (call 598-8667 to find out each week's pic) and the patio opens at 4:30 for happy hours Tuesday through Friday until 6 p.m., with live music at 6:30 several nights weekly as well. The chefs have created new items for the patio and lounge menu, including chicken and chorizo cream cheese tacos and Korean fried chicken sliders, joining classics like the house Marcello Burger. Weather pending, there's few better places to be on a summer's night. Movies start at dusk (arrive early to snag first-come-first-serve seats), 7350 Pine Creek Road, free with dinner, margaritaatpinecreek.com. — Matthew Schniper

Stage

1 Friday

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Though Ariel Dorfman's play Death and the Maiden could take place in any country that has recently formed a democracy after a long dictatorship, Dorfman's experiences come from Chile — namely, his exile during the brutal military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet and the wounded home he returned to in 1990. This tale of revenge and past traumas serves as a look at the long, ugly recovery process after a dictatorship falls. It follows a former political prisoner who may or may not have found the man who tortured her. Needless to say, things get heavy. THEATREdART's staging of Death and the Maiden opened last weekend, but shows continue through this and next weekend. 8 p.m., Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave., $15 with discounts for students and military, theatredart.org. — Griffin Swartzell

Art

2 Saturday

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The Fourth of July was just kind enough to fall on a Monday this year, which means that you will hopefully be enjoying some semblance of a three-day weekend filled with fireworks, grilling and cold beer. It's also an opportunity to break out of the rut and try something new — like checking out the Green Box Arts Festival in Green Mountain Falls. The festival is a week-long affair, but today's activities will afford attendees some pretty eclectic opportunities to explore the arts including quilting, jewelry stone setting, a dance clinic, a cooking class, and live entertainment. There will also be a nature hike for those of you who wish to explore the lush landscape that surrounds the town. Cost to participate varies by class/activity and many activities are free. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Green Mountain Falls, greenboxarts.org. — Bridgett Harris

Music

2 Saturday

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The Greeley Stampede festival runs Friday through Sunday, but tonight's '80s hair-metal lineup should be the most fun. The biggest name is, of course, car-crashing Crüe frontman Vince Neil, whose band is said to have sold more than 100 million albums. Quiet Riot, meanwhile, made their name with two unlikely covers of old Slade songs — "Cum on Feel the Noize" and "Mama Weer All Crazy Now" — both of which got lots of airplay and sold more than a few singles. Also joining in the festivities are the all-female Vixen, who emerged from the same Sunset Strip glam scene and, while less remembered, sold tons of records themselves. Put them all together and we're talking enough hair spray to evacuate a small city. 600 N. 14th Ave., Greeley, schedule and ticket info at greeleystampede.org. — Bill Forman

Literature

3 Sunday

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Beer and hotdogs are all well and good, and you may choose to celebrate the Fourth of July by setting off fireworks or watching Independence Day for the 100th time. But take some time beforehand to consider what you're celebrating. America may be the land of the free for some, but it has a long history of denying that freedom to others. Today, join Mountain Fold Books for its annual "Whose America?" Fourth Community Read-Through of "great works of American dissent," written by those who have not always had an equal voice. It does us all good to remember that racism, sexism and xenophobia are still prevalent and, in fact, continue to influence our culture. The reading will include Frederick Douglass' "Letter to my Master," the Seneca Falls Declaration, the Proclamation to the Great White Father and Gloria Anzaldúa's "The Homeland Aztlán." Mountain Fold suggests starting your holiday off right, "rhetoric before beer." 2-4 p.m., 121 E. Costilla St., free, mountainfoldbooks.org. — Alissa Smith

LGBTQ

3 Sunday

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the most fabulous of them all? Tonight's the night to find out, at least in the Pikes Peak region. DJ Kyree is hosting the Mr. and Miss Gay Colorado Springs Pageant tonight at Club Q. Swing by at 9 p.m. and watch the festivities. You'll even get to vote! The winners — one Mister and one Miss — will be chosen based on a presentation/Q&A session, a ballad in formalwear and a talent session. If you think you're game to compete, it's open to anyone 18 and older. The application packet, available online is due by 7 p.m. on the day of the event. Good luck, and stay proud! 9 p.m., 3430 N. Academy Blvd., facebook.com/clubqonline. — Griffin Swartzell

History

4 Monday

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The Fourth of July can be pretty overwhelming — traffic coming in and going out of town, be-all-end-all barbecues complete with overly-patriotic Jello molds and disposable wares, fireworks, illegal and sanctioned, and the hoards of spectators they draw — you get it. It's actually hard to find respite from the onslaught of the holiday weekend, unless you're 6 feet under. Now, don't go punching your proverbial ticket to the cemetery just to avoid another cartoon rendition of Uncle Sam, rather, buy yourself ticket to today's Woodland Park Cemetery Crawl, presented by the Ute Pass Historical Society. Yes, I am telling you to take a trip to one of your local cemeteries — and no, I'm not crazy. The annual event includes guided tours of the grounds where you'll hear the names and stories of some original area settlers laid to rest there — even see the characters incarnate, as depicted by talented reenactors. Besides, holiday weekends are meant for relaxation. Why not rest in peace with a nice, educational jaunt through the, uh, cemetery? 1-3 p.m., 605 Short St., Woodland Park, $5 (kids 12 and younger are free), utepasshistoricalsociety.org. — Craig Lemley

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