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3Thursday

art

With impressive colors, highly geometric composition and intense figures draped in ruffled flames or fringed flowers, Tibetan Buddhist art is instantly recognizable. (The iconically serene faces of the good deities help, too.) But as you might guess, the symbolism goes far deeper than the ornate elements of each work. Get some backstory at a free lecture at 6:30 tonight with Colorado College professor David Gardiner: "Rainbows of Enlightenment: Spiritual Practice and Tibetan Buddhist Painting" happens at Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861). — Edie Adelstein

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4Friday

music

I've been following Carrie Underwood since her first audition on American Idol back in 2005, when she sang Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" and wowed the judges — even cranky Simon Cowell. The Checotah, Okla., native has come a long way since then, having won Idol's Season Four, delivered 9 No. 1 country singles, and racked up five CMAs, eight ACMs and four Grammys. At 7:30 tonight, get your Wrangler'ed rear to the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd., worldarena.com) to hear Ms. Underwood belt out songs like "Before He Cheats," "All-American-Girl" and "Cowboy Casanova." Tickets run between $35 and $55. — Kirsten Akens

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5Saturday

community

What do birds of prey, art, food, drums and storytellers have in common? They're all integral parts of Native American culture, and all will be celebrated in full force during the Tri-Lakes Native American Inter-Tribal Festival and Concert. Starting at 10 this morning at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts (304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, arvelbird.com), you can spend the day learning about the history and various aspects of Native American culture with storytellers, dancers, musicians, craftspeople and HawkQuest (which exhibits birds of prey) until 6. Topping off the night is the multitalented flutist Arvel Bird, at 7:30. The festival is free; the concert is $15. — Sarah White

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6Sunday

music

If you see just one Who tribute band at Stargazers (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com) this week, make sure it's The Who Show. After all, what other act can lay claim to the distinction of being voted VH1's "Most Believable '70s-Era Who Tribute"? (Yeah, sounds a little overly specific to me, too.) The L.A. band also appears to be the venue's first tribute act — so long as you don't count Ben Franklin — and rest assured that power chords will ring and microphones will swing. You can see them, feel them, and possibly touch them at 7 tonight for $12 in advance, $15 day of show. — Bill Forman

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7Monday

art

My favorite paintings are those that inspire memories of the sweeter moments in life, and the 30 artists contributing to Moving Forward at the Hunter-Wolff Gallery (2510 W. Colorado Ave., hunterwolffgallery.com) have chosen uplifting pieces that share a personal experience of transcending hard times. Check out the exhibit's opening ArtWalk reception from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, or stop by on a Sunday, Monday or Thursday between 11 and 5, or a Friday or Saturday between 11 and 6 through June 27. — Lea Shores

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8Tuesday

art

All my life, I've wanted to be some tough rancher in the mountains. (Could there be a more romantic escape for a misanthrope?) To no one's great surprise, that has yet to come to fruition. But I can enjoy what beautiful ranches remain in Colorado through the eyes of John Fielder, whose 50 photographs from his most recent book Ranches of Colorado are now on display at the Fremont Center for the Arts (505 Macon Ave., Cañon City, fremontarts.org). An opening reception, with a presentation by Fielder, happens from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, but the show is up through Aug. 31 and is always free to visit. — Edie Adelstein

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9Wednesday

community/eco

Spandex takes over the workplace as the Springs participates in national Bike to Work Day today. Salsa Brava will provide a free breakfast from 6:30 to 8:30 at three locations: the Pioneers Museum (215 S. Tejon St.), Salsa Brava in Rockrimmon (802 Village Center Drive) and Salsa Brava in Briargate (9420 Briar Village Point). You can register for breakfast whether you're riding independently, teaming up with co-workers in the Corporate Challenge, or joining Lionel Rivera for the Mayor's Ride at 6 from UCCS. Visit springsbikemonth.com for info on a bike drawing, on-site tuneups and more. — Kelsey Fowler

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