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10 Wednesday

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  • Girl Crush

It's easy to think of human bodies as beautiful and elegant in abstraction. But then there's the reality of being made of meat and fluids, and all the disgusting things that bodies do as a result. That sense of revulsion you no doubt just felt has captivated artists Amber Cobb and Laura Shill. It heavily informs the work that went into Girl Crush, their current exhibit at GOCA 121. In addition to a swath of tasteful hanging works, they've built a deeply unsettling installation that feels like David Lynch's Eraserhead colored with pink candy and organ meat. It's decorated with the neon sign that serves as the show's logo, further solidifying the scene's unsettling and fascinating vibe. This exhibit is not to be missed. 121 S. Tejon St., Suite 100, 255-3504, free, uccs.edu/goca — Griffin Swartzell

Music

12 Friday

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  • Big Bill Morganfield

Two weeks ago, we had Shemekia Copeland, daughter of Texas bluesman Johnny Copeland, playing Blues Under the Bridge. Last week, we had Sean Lennon, son of John and Yoko, playing the Vertex Festival. And this week, we have Big Bill Morganfield, son of the legendary Muddy Waters, playing Stargazers. Like Sean Lennon, Morganfield didn't get to spend much time with his dad but clearly spent a lot of time listening to his records. Expect plenty of Chicago-blues-style originals with the occasional Muddy Waters song slipped into the mix. 8 p.m., 10 S. Parkside Drive, $15/advance, $20/door, 476-2200, stargazerstheatre.com. — Bill Forman

Bikes

12 Friday

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  • ROLL Bike Art Festival

How will you console yourself this winter, when ice and snow plague our roads and trails, and your bicycle sits sadly in the garage? (Shhh, fat bike lovers, we're not talking to you.) I suggest you fill your house with some snazzy cycling-themed art from the 2016 ROLL Bike Art Festival, which is now in its 12th year. The 2016 festival is two days long and coincides with Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort's grand opening and the Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb. Both days will feature a family-friendly Garden of the Gods bicycle tour, amazing art, live music, and food. If you pop in Saturday, you can also get in on the post-ride party for the Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb. Art. Bikes. Friends. We think that's a pretty rad way to spend a weekend. 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 12 and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 13, Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort, 2 El Paso Blvd., free, rollbikeart.com. — Bridgett Harris

Cars

13 Saturday

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  • Tesla Rally

Caravans and car rallies are typically marked with a noxious cloud of exhaust, a couple of bros who think rolling coal is cute and at least one vehicle puking blue smoke. Clever readers will note that all of these miseries are unique to combustion engines. That means participants in today's Colorado Springs EV Club caravan will be spared the typical coughing and faint queasiness. Meet up at the Red Rocks Open Space parking lot to participate in the Second Annual Cripple Creek Tesla rally, a celebration for the Elon Musk-built automobile in particular, though all electric vehicles are welcome. Expect food, beer and live music. 8:30 a.m., 3550 W. High Street, Mac.mccauley@CSEVC.com, tinyurl.com/crcrTesla. — Griffin Swartzell

Education

13 Saturday

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  • Capturing Rainwater

Rain barrels finally became legal this week in Colorado, and each household may host two, with 110 gallons total storage capacity. You can purchase them at all the big-box stores or through several companies online, or you can RSVP to attend the Capturing Rainwater presentation by Pikes Peak Permaculture today at Hillside Community Center. You'll learn the basics of catchment principles, how to design your system through your gutters and how to convert 55-gallon drums into irrigation vessels. To learn more, see our recent Indyblog (tinyurl.com/CSIndyBarrel) post with a rain barrel FAQ provided by Conservation Colorado. 1 to 4 p.m., 925 S. Institute St., $5/class, $35/rain barrel and hardware., pikespeakpermaculture.org. — Matthew Schniper

Celebration

13 Saturday

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  • Springs Spree

There are a handful of annual events that need no introduction: Territory Days, Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, the Hill Climb and, of course, Springs Spree. Celebrating everything that makes this city the place we love to call home, Springs Spree is "returning to it roots as a true LOCAL festival" for its 39th edition. Now, I can only say "local" so many times in this space, so just know it applies to the 60-plus artists who will be holding down two stages, as well as the arts, crafts, food and beer available through the weekend. The kids are probably in for more fun than you inside the interactive Kids Spree area, but standup paddleboarding, sports demos and a skateboarding expo should keep you busy enough. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Memorial Park, 1605 E Pikes Peak Ave., free to attend, springsspree.org. — Craig Lemley

Commemoration

16 Tuesday

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  • Running With Scissors

Ribbon-cutting ceremonies are all well and good, but generally the fun ends after a few speeches and a single snip. Not so today at the Manitou Art Center. True to form, the organization is going big with its event, Running with Scissors. Each attendee will be given a pair of plastic scissors, then they'll "race along cascading ceremonies" at multiple stations to commemorate a few new additions to the MAC space. Among them: a new "Classroom for Creativity," the building's recently installed Tesla car charging station, a new photography studio and darkroom, plus the building's much-anticipated, El Mac- and Fuse-created mural. Phew! In honor of all these additions, there will be food, cocktails and live music. The event starts with a reception for the mural led by Mayor Nicole Nicoletta, so don't miss it. 5 to 7 p.m. The Manitou Art Center, 513-515 Manitou Ave., free to attend, 685-1861, manitouartcenter.org. — Alissa Smith

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