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26 Thursday


At first glance, titling an art exhibit Visual Pheromones sounds a little silly. But look up the word "pheromones" in Wikipedia and the concept connects immediately; pheromones are excreted chemicals that arouse social response. Isn't that the raison d'être of a piece of art as well? Why didn't someone think of this before? And the scientific angle doesn't end there: This solo show by local artist Nadine Sage consists of papier collé (a form of collage) made from 18th- and 19th-century drawings of birds, insects, sea life and plants, which are colored with oil pastels then covered with a coat of polymer. Visual Pheromones is now on display at the Business of Art Center (513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, thebac.org) and will be up through Oct. 3, for your free and triggered response. — Edie Adelstein

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27 Friday


I still remember my high school German teacher asking for the date every morning: "Was ist das Datum heute, leute?" (The last two words rhyme.) Dutifully, the class would respond, "Heute haben wir ..." or "Today we have ..." So it feels somewhat appropriate to write, "Heute haben wir Cara ..." or, "Today we have Cara" at 8 p.m. at Stargazers Theatre & Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.org). The band, which at one point was all-German, now has members from Ireland and Scotland, adding some additional authenticity to its Irish music. Wieviel kostet das? Karten sind $18 zu $20. — Edie Adelstein

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28 Saturday


If a night of wine, hors d'oeuvres, dance and a silent auction benefiting a good cause sounds enticing, check out the Colorado Springs Dance Theatre's Wine Soiree from 5:30 to 8:30 tonight at the Colorado Springs School (21 Broadmoor Ave.). The $40 ticket (csdance.org) allows you into a room full of participating businesses, including Vintages Wine and Spirits, Garden of the Gods Gourmet, José Muldoon's, Marigold Café and Bakery and more. The soiree dance performance features local Jordan McHenry of Cirque du Soleil. Proceeds go to the CSDT's scholarship fund for youth as well as the still-hoped-for Pikes Peak Children's Museum. — Sarah White

I gave tours at Rock Ledge Ranch for three summers, and yet I never once got to participate in anything as modern as the Pikes Peak EcoFestival (3105 Gateway Road, pikespeakecofestival.com). The event includes ecologically conscious exhibitors, live music, a Bristol Brewing Co. beer garden, local food, recycled art projects and eco-workshops. If you bring electronics (and applicable recycling fees) to Blue Star Recyclers in the parking lot, you'll receive free admission; otherwise, it's $4 per person (free for kids 12 and under). The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; BYOWB — that's bring your own water bottle — and get it refilled for free all day. — Kelsey Fowler

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29 Sunday


I first heard of the inaugural Assault on the Peak from my husband, who considered riding it with friends. Last summer, he and these same cycling pals rode around the Peak, but 24.5 miles up and then 24.5 more back down? I thought he was nuts. You won't be able to watch today's race because the Pikes Peak Highway will be closed to cars, but you can attend the free, third annual Peak Region Cyclist Bicycle Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Memorial Park (500 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs), and cheer for the riders as they end this ridiculousness around 11. — Kirsten Akens

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30 Monday


If your idea of relaxing after work involves a good mixed drink and some smooth vocals, then tonight you'll want to be at Shuga's (702 S. Cascade Ave., shugas.com). Promoting the recent release of the album Live in L.A., California-based singer-songwriter Christopher Dallman will be performing at 9. For anyone unfamiliar with Dallman, a quick YouTube search will give you a sampling of his talent — including an acoustic cover of Britney Spears' "...Baby One More Time." The concert is free, but come prepared to order a drink or appetizer. — Lea Shores

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31 Tuesday


Take the dreams you had last night and weave them into your workday. Chances are, what you’ll get won’t look quite as pretty as Orderly Pandemonium, the new show at the Commonwheel Artists Co-op (102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, commonwheel.com). There, Ken and Tina Riesterer and Robert D. LeDonne have compiled works that emphasize movement and draw from surroundings of all types. “Whether it’s a piece of music, beauty in nature or a dream we’ve had the previous night,” they write, “we all welcome every experience and joyfully bring it into our work.” The opening reception is scheduled for 5 to 8 on Friday, Aug. 27, but tonight seems like an equally dreamy night to drop in. — Kirk Woundy

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1 Wednesday

sports lit

Notre Dame football has the kind of tradition that makes me wish I were a fan: 837 wins, the Touchdown Jesus and Rudy, the greatest movie ever made ... ever. It's got more football tradition than most any team in the country, and a huge part of that is its former All-American George Gipp, and the lore of his deathbed request to "Win just one for the Gipper." Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Jack Cavanaugh revisits those times in his book The Gipper: George Gipp, Knute Rockne, and the Dramatic Rise of Notre Dame Football, which he's discussing and signing at 7:30 tonight at the Colfax Avenue Tattered Cover (2526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, tatteredcover.com). — Bryce Crawford


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