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12 Thursday


In its weekly "How They Became ..." series, Spin magazine asks a band to tell the fascinating story about where its name comes from. Seems like a decent idea, until that band is Circa Survive. "We'd written pairings of words related to the feelings we got when we wrote music," guitarist Colin Frangicetto told the magazine in March. "Circa Survive was one of those pairings." Well, then. See how their inspiration translates into pretty popular alt-rock — the band's third release, April's Blue Sky Noise, hit No. 11 on the Billboard chart — at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., $16/adv, $20/door) tonight. The show starts at 7:30, with openers Terrible Things and O'Brother. — Kirk Woundy

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13 Friday


I read online that 35 percent of Americans don't know how to ride a bike. Fortunately for those of you in that 35 percent, it's not a requirement to attend this weekend's ROLL Bike Art Festival at Manitou's Business of Arts Center (515 Manitou Ave., rollbikeart.com). It begins with the art show at 5 tonight. Saturday, it rolls on with kids' activities from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., including dreamcatcher-making and an 11 o'clock performance by local professional BMX rider James McGraw. The art show is also open from 1 to 6 Sunday. ROLL aims to raise funds for Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates, but the event is free to the public. — Lea Shores

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14 Saturday


Art and fashion collide at the Exposion Fashion Art Show, featuring wearable art created and modeled by artists with "disAbilities." The event begins at 6 at the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., 209-8888). Tickets at the door are $30 for adults, $15 for students and $5 for kids. The celebration will also feature dance performances, jazz music, beer, wine and snacks, and a silent auction promoting student work. Proceeds benefit the Club of Arts, a nonprofit organization serving people with disabilities. — Kelsey Fowler

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15 Sunday


For the past several days, a bright yellow, XXL Everybody Welcome T-shirt has been making its way around our office. Perhaps it needs to be big enough to swallow people whole to capture even part of the annual event's enormous spirit. I'm not sure who finally took it home, but I do know this year's free festival takes place from 10 to 4 today in America the Beautiful Park (126 Cimino Drive, cospdiversityforum.org), featuring a wide diversity of cultural villages to visit; native foods, arts and crafts; music and dance; storytelling and much more. We can all get into that. — Matthew Schniper

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16 Monday


Most of the time, people read to escape from where they are. But why not try reading about where you are? In Dr. William Finley Thompson: Dental Surgeon and Founder of Palmer Lake, Daniel Edwards digs into local history. And in The Mother of the Green Bear, Sean Lawrence Gooden tells a fictional story of a brother and sister learning about the myths of the Rocky Mountains. Edwards will be discussing and signing his book at 6 tonight at Poor Richard's (320 N. Tejon St., 578-0012), and Gooden will be doing the same at 6 tomorrow night. — Sarah White

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Just one week before their father, Loudon Wainwright III, plays Denver Botanic Gardens, siblings Rufus and Martha Wainwright hit the Ogden Theatre (935 E. Colfax Ave, Denver, ogdentheatre.net). Neither is as acerbic as the paternal purveyor of "Motel Blues" and "Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road," although Martha comes close with her wistful "Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole." Rufus is a bit more, well, reserved, with his mannered baritone vocals and abiding interest in opera. Both are awfully talented. Tickets are $35.75 to $46, and showtime is 7:30 p.m. Plus it's all-ages, which means fun for the whole family. — Bill Forman

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18 Wednesday


Irlan and Isabella wish only to dance. Not just on the streets of their home in Rio de Janeiro, but with a professional ballet company. In order to make it there, the teens have to break out of the notoriously violent favelas where they live and compete on the stages of New York and Switzerland. Their story, told in the documentary Only When I Dance, will screen at 7 tonight at the Lon Chaney Theatre (221 E. Kiowa St., ifsoc.org). A showing of Lil'A, a short documentary about a girl who took up dancing to combat severe tics caused by a nervous disorder, will precede the screening. Tickets run $5 to $6. — Edie Adelstein


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