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8 Thursday


Surely we can all agree that in your typical community celebration, any mime team is the slam-dunk headliner. But at Catholic Charities' Freedom from Poverty Community Celebration, Vista Grande Baptist Church's "Silent Voices" face some stiff competition: A Bristol beer garden, Ranch Foods Direct meats, a social services fair and performances by the Jake Loggins Band and Shawn Mullins, whose Grammy-nominated "Lullaby" single belies his interest in social justice. Plus, local Catholic Charities CEO Jason Christensen will drop in with his fellow Cycling for Change riders, as part of their coast-to-coast trek. Attending this America the Beautiful Park (126 Cimino Drive) gathering is free, but most of the money you spend (and all you donate) will go to the Marian House Soup Kitchen. For more on this and related events, visit ccharitiescs.org/c4c. — Kirk Woundy


Go online right now to search for Prayers for Atheists, and you'll find readers of National Catholic Register praying for Christopher Hitchens. But you'll also find the Rhode Island hip-hop punk band whose self-titled debut EP comes out later this month on Strange Famous Records (home to 2Mex and Sage Francis). Inspired by both Bad Brains and Public Enemy, PFA's music is highly political and fairly feverish. Also, to their credit, they have a song called "Tom Delay" that opens with a recitation of Was (Not Was)' "Dad, I'm in Jail." So really, what's not to like? Services begin at 7:30 with an $8 tithing ($10 at the door) at the church of the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com). — Bill Forman

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9 Friday


All you need to know about London Assurance is that the character described as "foxhunting" is named Lady Gay Spanker; the rest is totally filler. I guess if you must know, Lady Gay Spanker is cousin to "rural Venus" Grace, who's being visited in Gloucestershire by Sir Harcourt Courtly, whose son is using disguise to flee his creditors. Also, it was originally filmed in London, and will be broadcast at the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., theatreworkscs.org) at 7:30 tonight. Tickets to "Irish genius" Dion Boucicault's 1841 comedic masterpiece are $12 for members, $15 otherwise. — Bryce Crawford

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10 Saturday


Over the years, signs of my country upbringing have vanished one "y'all" at a time. However, the Colorado Country Music Expo may be the perfect time to bring back my twang. From 10 to 7 today and 10 to 5 tomorrow, more than 40 country artists, including headliner Darryl Worley, will gather at the Phil Long Expo Center (1515 Auto Mall Loop, rwmusicexpo.com) for acoustic performances, meet-and-greets and autograph signings. Local performers include Troy Hoss of Denver and Candice Crain of Pueblo. Tickets (ticketweb.com) are $20 per day for adults, $10 for children 6 to 12, and free for children 6 and under. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to local charities. — Lea Shores

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11 Sunday


Colorado College's Summer Dance Festival presents a Faculty Gala Performance with international artists as well as Lemon Sponge Cake from Boulder and Ormao Dance Company from the Springs. Tonight and Saturday night's shows begin at 7:30 at CC's Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., coloradocollege.edu). General admission tickets are $20 ($10 with a Colorado College ID, or $5 with a student ID) and can be purchased at ticketswest.com or the Worner Campus Center (902 N. Cascade Ave.). Dances include a classical Cambodian court dance, an avant-garde kathak dance from India and a piece inspired from the experience of training mice to run through a maze. — Kelsey Fowler

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12 Monday


Quick, tell me a sporting event that has been around since 1888, more than 120 years ago. Not the World Series, Stanley Cup or golf's U.S. Open. The answer will take place here this week, from today through Saturday: the USA Boxing National Championships, with about 300 competitors — including many likely 2012 Olympians — among the participants. Everything until the finals will be free admission, contested in Sports Center I at the Olympic Training Center (1 Olympic Plaza, usaboxing.org), with sessions starting at noon and 6 p.m. today through Wednesday, noon and 5:30 p.m. Thursday, and 1 p.m. Friday. Tickets for the July 17 finals, starting at 7 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza (2886 S. Circle Drive), at $15 in advance, $20 at the door, via ticketswest.com. — Ralph Routon

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13 Tuesday


Any and all parties interested in the health of local arts should try and make it to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org) today for two purposes. First, Kennedy Center president Michael Kaiser will speak at 9 a.m. on rescuing culture and arts in the community as part of his 50-state tour, "Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative." His interview-style presentation will address problems that nonprofit performing arts organizations are facing, with suggested solution strategies. Kaiser earned the nickname "the Turnaround King" for his work revitalizing the Royal Opera House in London, the American Ballet Theatre and other once-struggling companies. Tickets are free, but RSVP to info@coppercolo.org to attend.

While there, check out a couple new FAC shows, Gib Singleton: Religious and Spiritual Works and Earl Biss: Between Sky, Earth and Water. Renowned bronze sculptor Singleton is probably the only artist with works in the collections of the Vatican Museum, the MOMA, the Cowboy Hall of Fame and the State of Israel. How's that for some wicked diversity? Biss, an American Indian painter, also works in genre-bending styles, melding Western art and abstract expressionism in his pieces. Both shows run through Nov. 14, with admission running $8.50 to $10 for non-members. — Edie Adelstein

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14 Wednesday


Today, Colorado Springs will be home to mud-slinging, bruised egos and clowns. No, it's not politics — it's a rodeo! The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days will be celebrating its 70th birthday from now until July 17 at the Norris Penrose Event Center (1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, coloradospringsrodeo.com). Tonight the rambunctious rodeo starts at 7 with an Army Night theme. (The rodeo has donated some proceeds to local military since 1946.) Expect to see broncos, steers and bulls as well as people wrestling them, roping them, or holding on for dear life on top of them. Tickets are $10 to $25 online or at 635-1101; military and child discounts available. — Sarah White


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