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13 Wednesday

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  • The Amazing Acro-Cats

Anyone who's succeeded in training a cat to do anything beyond use the litter box is already a hero in my book. So Samantha Martin, the trainer of The Amazing Acro-Cats, is something else altogether. Her troupe of rescue kitties travels the country performing death-defying feats and proving "herding cats" may be difficult, but it's certainly not impossible. The goal is to promote awareness of cat training and feline adoption while having a really great time doing it. Want in on the fun? Check out the show tonight and tomorrow at Stargazers, where the Acro-Cats will perform alongside Tuna and the Rock Cats, a feline rock band. No, I don't really know how that works either, but I'm pretty excited to find out. 7 p.m., July 13-14, 10 S. Parkside Drive, $18-$31, 476-2200, stargazerstheatre.com. — Alissa Smith

Art

15 Friday

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  • Internal Logic

The new Internal Logic solo exhibit at S.P.Q.R. is an exploration of reversals. For many of her paintings, local artist (and former Indy staffer) Claire Swinford asked her model to convey a story nonverbally, using a prop. She says, "It's a deliberate reversal of the classical order of operations for making a painting, where the model is an object, the painter is God, and the viewer is a voyeur/archaeologist trying to figure out what the painter means." To help inspire conversations about the work, Swinford also has hung the graphite-on-paper studies she drew for each. Ultimately, she hopes attendees will get away from asking what the pieces are about and connect with her art on their own terms. The exhibit will be up through July 29. 5:30-10 p.m. Fridays, 17 E. Bijou St., themodbo.com. — Griffin Swartzell

Cars

16 Saturday

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  • Thin Air Nationals Car Show

American muscle, rat rods, lowriders, classic restorations and more — we are a nation that loves our customized cars. Among the most devoted enthusiasts in the Pikes Peak region is the 37-year-old Colorado Springs Rod and Custom Car Club, which is hosting its annual Thin Air Nationals car show in Green Mountain Falls. This two-day event features more than 150 cars of all makes, models and classes (register online now if you're looking to reserve your own parking spot), local food options, games for the whole family and more. Trust me, you're not likely to find more beautiful vehicles in an even more beautiful setting, and make sure to stick around to catch today's Valve Cover Race — a miniature soapbox derby race of sorts for car junkies — at the pavilion as well. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. (vehicle registration closes at 10 a.m.), 7010 Lake St., Green Mountain Falls, $35 for vehicle entry (price includes T-shirt and dash plaque); $15 for additional vehicles, see Facebook for more details, 649-1702. — Craig Lemley

Peace

16 Saturday

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  • Peacing It Together

If you feel fatigued by the tragic events that fill the news on a daily basis, if you feel lost and frustrated about your ability to effect change, you are not alone. Find solace, community and opportunities to make a difference today at Peacing It Together, hosted by Seeds Community Café. Featuring performances from First Strike Theatre, appearances by local peace and justice groups, the 40th-anniversary exhibit of peace-and-justice-themed T-shirts by Alterni-Tee (through July 29) and food by Seeds, Peacing It Together is a chance for you to build community and find inspiration to actively restore peace in troubled times. 2-9 p.m. Saturday, July 16, Seeds Community Café, 109 E. Pikes Peak Ave., free, 205-9080, alterni-tee.com. — Bridgett Harris

Film

18 Monday

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  • Circus Without Borders

The art of performance is all about community. Performers rely on each other to create a great show; the audience relies on the performers to entertain; and the greater culture relies on the arts to grow and innovate. So when two friends, who happen to be top-notch acrobats, decide to bring the art of performance to their hometowns, incredible things happen. Circus Without Borders follows Guillaume Saladin and Yamoussa Bangoura, who hail from the Canadian Arctic and Guinea, West Africa, respectively. In the seven years it took to create this documentary, they inspired and trained youths in their own communities to create world-class circus performances. The story is inspiring, the talent is incredible, and you can catch it for free tonight at Ivywild, courtesy of the Independent Film Society of Colorado. 7-9 p.m., 1604 S. Cascade Ave., free, 368-6100, facebook.com/ifsoc. — Alissa Smith

Music

19 Tuesday

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  • Ghost Bath

North Dakota act Ghost Bath put themselves on the map last year by cleverly catfishing high-profile music critics into fawning over them as an "up-and-coming black metal band from bustling Chongqing." One Vox editor fell especially hard for the hoax, launching into a lengthy exegesis on the esoteric art of Asian metal, while scoffing at less-knowledgeable readers' ignorance of international music trends. ("If you're still surprised pop culture extended beyond London and New York, I suggest you Google 'the 21st Century.'") Meanwhile, Ghost Bath laughed all the way to a Nuclear Blast record contract, and not undeservedly so. While vocalist Dennis Mikula's wordless howling borders on hilarity, the band's music is bracingly melodic, with extended guitar crescendos and, on the nine-minute "Golden Number," an inexplicable two-minute piano outro. Is Ghost Bath entirely a put-on? Who can say? Does it matter? Most likely not. 7 p.m., Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave., $10/advance, $12/door, all-ages, blacksheeprocks, 227-7625. — Bill Forman

Beer

19 Tuesday

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  • 719 Day Brewfest

Bring your beer pong and cornhole skills, and your beard, for a chance to win prizes at the second annual 719 Days Brewfest at Switchbacks Stadium. The highlight of course will be pours of great craft beers from 13 local outfits, from Red Leg, Nano 108, Fieldhouse and JAKs to Peaks N Pines, Fossil, Iron Bird and all the other lovelies I can't fit in this space. Check out music from Mark's Midnight Carnival Show, ghostRADIO and SOUND|STUDIES and take home a sweet souvenir glass to remember it all by. 5-9 p.m., 6303 Barnes Road, $25 to $45, tinyurl.com/719day. — Matthew Schniper

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