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6 Thursday

music

For one of the world's poorest countries, Mali has some rich musical offerings. From Salif Keita's phenomenally eclectic Super Rail Band to the elemental blues of the late Ali Farka Touré, and on up through the Manu Chao-produced breakthrough of Amadou & Mariam, this convergence of Western and West African styles seems as natural and unforced as a desert sunrise. Issa Bagayogo, who sings and plays a six-string lute called the ngoni, may be less well-known, but he's no less respected. Recording for the prestigious world music label Six Degrees, he makes music that's fluid and hypnotic, as evidenced by his new collection of remixes, which was released in June. His show gets underway at 7 p.m. over at Armstrong Quad (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., ppld.org/blogs/ppld/?p=986), and admission is free. — BF

7Friday

art

Two types of street acrobatics exist: freerunning and parkour. Freerunning aligns with pop culture, Urban Ninja, James Bond, sports; parkour aligns with meditation, focus and a kind of existential school of thought. Remember this if you see Displacement: Cinema Out of Site at 8 tonight on the top floor of the parking garage at Kiowa Street and Nevada Avenue. Cost is $1 for parking ($5 donation suggested for event). Part one of the Gallery of Contemporary Art at UCCS' ongoing AWOL: Art Without Limits project, the movie documents the history and philosophy of parkour, built on the premise that the mind can overcome any physical or mental obstacle. Starting at 7, there'll be a free lecture on "the art of displaced cinema" as it relates to parkour at City Council chambers (107 N. Nevada Ave., galleryuccs.org). — EA

art

Sometime in late 2003, 52 Colorado photographers pitched in $50 per person to buy a Canon AE-1 fully manual camera. Each one then shot with the camera for a single week. After helping one another select and frame the best photos, the photographers placed A Year in the Life of a Camera on gallery walls in Denver, Castle Rock and the Springs, later turning these shots into a book as well. For no particular reason, the collection of 8-by-12 black-and-whites makes a return today through Sept. 26 at Heebee JeebeeS, (318 E. Colorado Ave., 635-0620). Catch a free opening reception from 5 to 9 tonight. — BA

8Saturday

beer festival

Let's be honest. You live in Colorado, you probably love beer, and you've probably had the Manitou Springs Craft Lager Beer Festival penciled into your calendar for several months. With that said, let this serve as a friendly reminder that the festival will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. today and Sunday at Memorial Park (502 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, craftlagerfestival.com). Twenty-some brewers, 60-plus beers, four bands. Need I say more? If you're not sold by the beer, consider the fact that proceeds from the $35-per-ticket event go toward parks and open spaces within Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs. And if that still doesn't do it for you, know that the event has become the first solar-powered beer festival in the country. — KV

9Sunday

theater

A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of the most-produced Shakespeare plays ever, an eternal rival of Romeo and Juliet. But you're in for a treat tonight, whether you're unacquainted with the story or you're a Shakespeare buff who has tired of the classic meter and subtle symbolism of a man being transformed into a donkey. At 4 p.m., Theatreworks tells the convoluted tale of young lovers at the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater (3955 Cragwood Drive, theatreworkscs.org), where the fairy forest of the original is replaced, all dialogue intact, with the streets of the 1930s. The show runs through Aug. 30 and tickets are $16-$25 (free for UCCS students). — AM

10 Monday

verse

I'd love to have quoted a beautiful passage from Irish poet Paddy Bushe, or at least told you a couple of themes he tends to explore, or something about the man. But after a lengthy online search, it appears the only way you or I will learn more about him — beyond his having been born in Dublin in 1948 and currently living in County Kerry — is through an Amazon purchase of one of his books. Or, you could attend the award-winning poet's free reading at 7 tonight in CC's Gates Common Room (1025 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607). Any man who titles a book The Nitpicking of Cranes should be all right. — MS

11 Tuesday

art

If you missed the opening of the fifth annual Roll Bike Art Show on Friday, you can still catch it at the Warehouse Restaurant (25 W. Cimarron St.) through Aug. 28. The exhibit is a celebration of all things bicycle, and other events are being held in conjunction. The most poignant almost certainly will be a memorial ride for local cyclists Edgar "E.J." Juarez and Jayson Kilroy, leaving from Wooglin's Deli at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 6, the one-year anniversary of their being killed by a local motorist. Contact Amy at 243-4774 for details. — VL

12Wednesday

music

Johnny Winter has been around for more than four decades, assaulting his Gibson guitar with the same zeal to deliver his blend of blues and Southern rock. At 65, he can still sing, and even better, he can still play. And he'll be here at 8 tonight, playing CC's Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.) almost 40 years to the day he was onstage at Woodstock, after the Band and before Blood, Sweat and Tears. For this show, most seats are general admission ($30 in advance, $35 at the door), with a $50 VIP deal including best seating and a 6 p.m. pre-concert bash at La'au's Taco Shop (including two tacos and two beers) with our own bluesman, John-Alex Mason. Buy tickets at 576-5945, 473-4891, Independent Records locations or amusiccompanyinc.com. — RR

Contributors: Bree Abel, Edie Adelstein, Bill Forman, Virginia Leise, Avalon Manly, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper and Ken Voeller.

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