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21 Thursday

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  • Titus Andronicus

Who says women can't engage in extreme, graphic violence? Certainly not the actresses of the Springs Ensemble Theatre. Tonight marks the opening performance of SET's all-female production of Titus Andronicus, known as one of Shakespeare's grisliest works. Since staging Shakespeare doesn't demand royalty payments, their Jonathan Margheim-led adaptation has a bigger effects budget. Sara Shaver says to expect "fake blood, and heads and hands that are dismembered... the style, the flash." Count on another solid performance from local Amy Brooks, cast as the war-weary King Titus. 7:30 p.m., 1903 E. Cache La Poudre St., $15/$10 student rush, 357-3080, tinyurl.com/SET-Titus. — Griffin Swartzell

Beer

21 Thursday

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  • Clips Beer and Film Tour

For the seventh year now, the Springs is fortunate enough to be one of 16 cities on New Belgium Brewing's Clips Beer and Film Tour circuit. Meaning America the Beautiful Park is the place to be tonight to catch a fresh batch of short films alongside more than a dozen NB brews, from popular flagship labels to more-rare Lips of Faith series releases like a tart lychee or kriek lambic cherry beer. (Eats will also be available from three local restaurants.) Bonus: All proceeds benefit Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates and UpaDowna. 7:30-10:30 p.m. (films begin at 9), 126 Cimino Drive, free, $1.50/3-ounce beer token, $6/12-ounce pour, newbelgium.com. — Matthew Schniper

Sports

22 Friday

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  • Rocky Mountain State Games

Whatever reason you may have to not attend this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, don't feel left out of the Olympic spirit. Starting earlier this month — and mostly happening this week and next — Colorado Springs Sports Corporation is hosting the 15th annual Rocky Mountain State Games, the state's "largest sports festival." From the more mainstream sports like tennis, basketball, volleyball and soccer to climbing, cycling and standup paddleboarding — throw in billiards and arm wrestling for good measure too — at least one of the 39 sports represented will suit your fancy. And though a trip to the Rio games would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Colorado has cleaner water and fewer mosquitoes. July 22-24 and July 29-31, see RMSG facebook events page for specific dates, times, locations and ticket information, rockymountainstategames.org. — Craig Lemley

Music

22 Friday

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  • Eve 6

From a commercial standpoint, Eve 6 started off strong. Signed straight out of high school, the SoCal pop-punk band scored its biggest hit with the infectious "Inside Out," which in turn propelled their self-titled 1998 debut album to platinum status. Sophomore effort Horrorscope, released two years later, would go on to rack up more than half a million sales. But behind the scenes, things weren't so good. Frontman Max Collins fell under the spell of demon alcohol, resulting in a hiatus that lasted from 2004-2007. Since reuniting, Eve 6 have flown somewhat under the radar, although their most recent album, the Don Gilmore-produced Speak in Code, did crack the American Top 40. On the plus side, that means local fans can now see them up-close and personal within the intimate confines of the Black Sheep, along with opening acts OZ, Christina Holmes, and The Midnight Club. 7 p.m., 2106 E. Platte Ave., $16/advance, $18/door, all-ages, blacksheeprocks.com, 227-7625. — Bill Forman

Culture

23 Saturday

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  • Second Annual Nikola Tesla Dinner

History's a funny thing. Ten years ago, Thomas Edison was "Edison the genius inventor," and few disputed it. Today, he's seen as a money-grubbing CEO-type who stole ideas. All the while, Nicola Tesla's star has been on the rise in pop culture, from niche figure to lauded engineer. Celebrate the man and learn about his accomplishments at KCMJ's Second Annual Nikola Tesla Dinner at the Tim Gill center tonight. Local historical portrayer Richard Marold will be playing Tesla, as he has for more than 16 years. In addition to interpretive Tesla exhibits, expect a guest speech from former Indy publisher John Weiss. Profits go to benefit KCMJ community radio. 6 p.m., 315 E. Costilla St., $35, kcmj.org. — Griffin Swartzell

Literature

23 Saturday

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  • Woman Lovers, or The Third Woman

Natalie Clifford Barney is one of those legendary figures out of history who seems larger than life. An American-born writer who ran a salon for artists and intellectuals in Paris, France, Barney's goal was to make the city "the Sapphic centre of the Western world." A long-lost novel of hers — telling the story of daring women, lesbian love and erotic liaisons — has recently come to light, and it was only published in English last month. The professor who took on the translation, Chelsea Ray, will be visiting The Bookman today to talk about the author, the novel and the hidden history it explores. Women Lovers, or The Third Woman, tackles subjects that would have been shocking in the 1920s and are downright fascinating from our modern perspective. 1-3 p.m., The Bookman, 3163 W. Colorado Ave., free, 636-0055, chelsea.d.ray@maine.edu. — Alissa Smith

Family

23 Saturday

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  • Serenity Springs Anniversary

You may think that there's nothing beyond the Powers corridor but grass and Kansas. But it's a wild, wild world east of the city, and we're not talking about rabbits and groundhogs. Just off of Highway 24 and Ellicott Highway, you'll find a variety of kitties — the great big kind. Lions, cougars, tigers, leopards and more are plentiful at Serenity Springs Wildlife Center and you can meet them today as they celebrate their 23rd anniversary. You'll experience a guided tour complete with the history of each animal, a burger dinner and several activities for kids. Proceeds benefit the feeding and care of these hip cats, so you'll be oohing, aahing and eating for a good cause. 10 a.m., 24615 Scott Road, Calhan, $10, 347-9200, serenityspringswildlife.org. — Bridgett Harris

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