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4 Thursday

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  • Kosplay Karaoke

For some, the lull between summer conventions is a time to repair well-worn costumes, save up for celebrity autographs, or just take a breather from the frantic pace of events like Denver Comic Con or Nan Desu Kan. For others, there is no lull. Such is the attitude of GalaxyFest AfterDark, an adults-only sub-group of GalaxyFest that hosts movie nights, burlesque shows and other fun, fan-themed events during the off-season. Tonight is a new one: Kosplay Karaoke. Forced alliteration aside, it should be a geeky good time, including contests (for costumes and karaoke), drinks, prizes provided by Elope and other fun activities TBD. Fandom never sleeps, but we're looking forward to hearing it sing. 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., Zodiac Venue and Bar, 230 Pueblo Ave., ages 21+, facebook.com/GalaxyFestAfterDark. — Alissa Smith

Olympics

5 Friday

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  • Rio Olympic Downtown Celebration

Epic achievements deserve epic celebrations and that is exactly what you will find at the Carnival on Tejon tonight. Colorado Springs is hosting a giant party to kick off the Rio Olympics and celebrate the U.S. Olympic athletes who are competing in the Games this year — many of whom have called our city home at some point in their training. Because we live in Olympic City USA, this will be no ordinary viewing party. You'll be treated to extra perks that other cities can only dream of, like a 27-foot big screen broadcasting the opening ceremonies, live performances, appearances by veteran athletes in a celebrity torch run, the Budweiser Clydesdales and more. You live in the City for Champions, so why not come out and party like one? 5 to 10 p.m., Tejon St., downtown Colorado Springs, free, olympicdowntowncelebration.org. — Bridgett Harris

Remembering Maida

5 Friday

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  • Remembering Maida

You'll find a fair share of Olympic rings and Team USA apparel downtown this evening, but you'll also notice plenty of purple in honor of the late Maida Scott, one of the Springs' most active members of CS Young Professionals and SOCO Crossfit. It's all too easy to dwell on sadness when a cherished figure such as Scott passes unexpectedly, but the joy they brought to our lives and the integral roles they played in our community is what ought to be remembered. That's the goal of Maida's Memorial Pub Crawl, organized by SOCO Crossfit and CSYP. From GOCA, Red Martini and Gasoline Alley to Rabbit Hole and The Ritz, tonight's meant for friends, fellowship and dancing the night away. Even if you're a stranger, you're a would-be friend of Scott's, so don your purple — her favorite color — and celebrate this evening in true Maida Scott fashion. 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.; crawl begins at GOCA, downtown, see CSYP Facebook events page for more details. — Craig Lemley

Beer

6 Saturday

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  • Springs Beer Fest

With a crowd in excess of 4,000 people, the Springs Beer Festival stands as one of the city's largest annual beer events. Now in its 10th year, and again hosted at America the Beautiful Park, the fest features more than 55 breweries. That's a mix of locals like Fieldhouse, Fossil and Triple S and big boys like New Belgium, Elysian, and Magic Hat. Sample all you can given the long lines, alongside food trucks and vendors, plus music by bands Last Minute (funk, rock) and Out of Nowhere (bluegrass). Proceeds benefit the CraftWorks Foundation (an arm of CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, parent company of Rock Bottom, Old Chicago and more) which in part provides community service programs. Noon to 4 p.m., 126 Cimino Drive, $35-$50, springsbeerfest.com. — Matthew Schniper

Art

6 Saturday

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  • Eric Sandoval

Airbrushing: It's for more than just putting Rush album art on the side of a panel van. Local artist Eric Sandoval knows that well enough. He uses airbrushing to make all manner of art — his portraits in particular have a soft-but-precise quality that reads noir in a gorgeous way. Sandoval has even taught classes on the art form at Humming Line Gallery. And that's where he's going to be today, at the gallery's August Meet the Artist event. He'll be airbrushing hats and T-shirts on demand, as well as painting one of his portraits. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 4851 Barnes Road, free to attend, hummingline.com. — Griffin Swartzell

Concert

7 Sunday

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  • Colorado Springs Philharmonic Season Preview

It's a little surprising to hear that the Colorado Springs Philharmonic is celebrating its 90th anniversary this season. And yet, it's not very surprising at all. It's hard to find a year when the Philharmonic hasn't put on a swathe of excellent performances. This year will be no exception. Want the scoop and a little preview to boot? Swing by the Wild Goose Meeting House tonight. Violinist Cynthia Robinson, principal clarinetist Sergei Vassiliev and bassoonist Alejandro Vieira will be on-site for an insider preview of the upcoming season and their personal highlights. Stick around after the presentation; they'll be playing an hour-long set with keyboard accompaniment, performing excerpts from the new season. 6 to 8 p.m., 401 N. Tejon St., facebook.com/thecentermix. — Griffin Swartzell

Music

9 Tuesday

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  • Air Traffic Controller

Air Traffic Controller frontman Dave Munro didn't grow up in Liverpool, but he's still gotten more than his fair share of Paul McCartney comparisons. After recording a set of modest demos during his time as a for-real Navy air traffic controller, the chamber pop-inclined Boston native returned home to put together a proper band. Air Traffic Controller went on to record two albums with producer Bleu, of Boys Like Girls and Demi Lovato fame, and have now racked up more than 15 million plays on Spotify. Congratulations, Dave, that $50 royalty check is in the mail! 8 p.m., Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., $8, ivywildschool.com. — Bill Forman

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