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Benny's, the much-loved west side neighborhood bar (517 W. Colorado Ave.), has changed hands. Don't worry, though, Betty Morris still is the bar manager. New owners Garry Myers and Kelly Gonyo were interested in buying it because of the Benny's crowd and because they loved Betty and her sassypants ways. Garry and Kelly are committed to keeping the ambience the same (they aren't taking down any of the baseball posters or bowling pins) and are working on some improvements, such as fixing the peeling ceiling paint and lighting that beautiful sign out front again. What's better, they've created a daily happy hour from 4-7 p.m. for wines, wells and drafts.

When Springsbridge's own Black Pegasus is done emceein' at the Ying Yang Twins show at the City Auditorium on Sept. 3, he'll be hitting up Cali for a week of high-profile concerts. Black P will be playing most of his California dates with Hieroglyphics, but he'll also be working with the great KRS-One and Odd Jobs. Check out theblackpegasus.com for local and faraway tour dates.

Make sure to include Trent Reznor when you count your Thanksgiving blessings this year. The Nine Inch Nails frontman/batman has deigned an online ticket auction will be held for their upcoming Oct. 5 Pepsi Center show, in order to "combat scalpers." And it gets weirder: According to their press release, "in true Robin Hood fashion," NIN will donate the extra proceeds to a charity. Toys for Tots? Meals on Wheels? Not exactly -- try the Innocence Project, which provides post-conviction DNA testing for convicts' possible innocence.

Go out, young locals: Check out Tweed Merchants at Thirsty's (2028 Sheldon Ave.), Aug. 26; catch acoustic cat Benjamin Pratt at the downtown Pikes Perk (14 S. Tejon St.), Aug. 27; don't forget Metalfest in Acacia Park on Sept. 3 or Little Brother at Darkside (2106 E. Platte Ave.) on Sept. 6. Roll with B.B. King at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.), Oct. 18.

Or drive north: Prefuse73, Fox Theatre, Sept. 5; Burning Spear, Gothic Theatre, Sept. 24; Michael Franti, Boulder Theatre, Oct. 13; Gogol Bordello, Aggie Theatre, Oct. 14; Henry Rollins (spoken word), CU-Boulder's Macky Auditorium, Nov. 5.

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