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click to enlarge Designing CC
  • Designing CC

2 Wednesday

design

I recall that when I was a student at Colorado College 15 years ago, conversations more than once turned to campus architecture and both the beautiful and ugly buildings amid the school's eclectic collection. It was like playing Hot or Not, but with bricks and mortar and stuff. Turns out there's a lunch meet-up for similar banter, albeit more guided and likely more constructive. Meet from 12:15 to 1 today at Packard Hall (5 W. Cache la Poudre St., coloradocollege.edu) with professor emeritus of art Carl Reed for "Designing CC," a free discussion of the "design and implementation of the sculptural and botanical landscape that complements Packard's Modernist architecture." — Matthew Schniper

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  • Joe Johnson

3 Thursday

music

From his Blank Tape Records debut, New West Sound, to his as-serious-as-your-life cover of Australian anthem "Waltzing Matilda," it's not hard to understand why Joe Johnson has maintained a loyal local following. No less poignant is his newly released "The Champ's Last Round," an original song about Muhammad Ali's final fight, which will be the first in a series of online singles. Hear that song and many others when Johnson plays a free pre-tour show with Grant Sabin at 7 tonight in the Principal's Office at Ivywild (1604 S. Cascade Ave., ivywildschool.com, 368-6100). — Bill Forman

click to enlarge The Warriors: A Love Story | ARCOS Dance
  • The Warriors: A Love Story | ARCOS Dance

4 Friday

dance

In 1959, Colorado College philosophy professor J. Glenn Gray published a book called The Warriors: Reflections on Men in Battle, an attempt to make sense of his World War II experiences and a meditation on what war does to human beings. So when Austin-based ARCOS Dance put together a multimedia production inspired by the lives of Gray and his wife, CC dance instructor Ursula Gray, it made sense to call it The Warriors: A Love Story. At 7:30 tonight and tomorrow, CC honors these two late, beloved members of the community by hosting ARCOS' production, for free, at Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu). For more, see on.fb.me/1hZExEI. — Griffin Swartzell

click to enlarge Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off
  • Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off

5 Saturday

balloons

Who's talking about the Colorado Springs Balloon Classic? It's a new era, and here comes the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off Balloon Festival to meet your floating needs. The three-day free event in Memorial Park (1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., coloradospringslabordayliftoff.com) features skydiving, a wakeboarding exhibition and, naturally, balloon rides with the Rainbow Ryders. The opening ceremonies kick off each morning at 6:30, with a balloon glow each night at 7. "We would like to say Thank You to the City of Colorado Springs, Parks and Recreation, City Council, Mayors office, LART and many others that have made it possible to continue this 38 years on," the organizers say on their website. And so say we all. — Bryce Crawford

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  • Flobots

6 Sunday

art

Colorado Creative Industries' month-long community music tour, Detour, is in full swing. The state-wide pilot project hopes to move music "from an emphasis on consumption back to cooperative creation." Accordingly, Denver's own revered hip-hop band, Flobots, kicked off the inaugural tour on Wednesday in Pueblo, but you can still catch one of their 15 Colorado community shows tonight at Songbird Music Hall (8881 Grand Ave., Beulah; bit.ly/1Ui67Jk), with Latino hip-hop group 2MX2. Head down early for a free music workshop with the bands at 3 p.m. and share songs and sing alongside them before they hit the stage. The workshop is free and open to the public; tickets to the show are $18, and doors open at 7 p.m. — Craig Lemley

click to enlarge Commonwheel Art Festival
  • Commonwheel Art Festival

7 Monday

Labor Day

Today's the final day of the 41st annual Commonwheel Artists Co-op Labor Day Weekend Art Festival, which started Saturday. This fest is a truly eclectic affair, offering fine arts and crafts for any budget, in a variety of genres (all of which are viewable in an artists list online). Same goes for the food vendors planned, and the entertainment, which includes live music all three days and kids' activities. Head over to Manitou's Memorial Park (502 Manitou Ave., commonwheel.com) anytime today between 10 and 5. Parking is available at the adjacent Tajine Alami, but there will also be free shuttles running from the festival to parking lots nearby. — Edie Adelstein

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  • Faith No More

8 Tuesday

music

Faith No More care a lot, as evidenced by the fact that they released the song "We Care a Lot" three times — four, actually, if you count original frontman Chuck Mosely's shouty solo version. But it was only after the dreadlocked singer was replaced by the quirkier Mike Patton that the band gained commercial traction, culminating in the Top 10 earworm "Epic." The recently released album Sol Invictus picks up where Faith No More left off nearly a decade ago, charting at No. 15 and resuscitating their profile to the point where they can headline Red Rocks Amphitheatre (18300 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison, redrocksonline.com) with Gogol Bordello opening. Showtime is 8, tickets are $46.75 and up. — Bill Forman

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