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11 Thursday


Despite our differences, humans unite under the common thread of being born and dying. Confronting the latter is what underscores Tibetan Monk Anyen Rinpoche's book Dying With Confidence: A Tibetan Buddhist Guide to Preparing for Death, which he will be signing from 5 to 7 tonight at Poor Richard's Bookstore (320 N. Tejon St., poorrichardsdowntown.com). Rinpoche, the fifth heart son under the lineage of Longchen Nyingthig (which sounds cool, if nothing else), teaches out of Denver at the Orgyen Khamdroling sangha. Fellow Tibetan monk Tsoknyi Rinpoche says the book is a "wise and luminous guide to the interplay between life and death, to the nature of consciousness, and to the transformation of fear into faith." — Demetrius Burns

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12 Friday


Get ready to experience multiples. For roughly two hours, you can feel several short spurts of enjoyment at Theatregasm, presented by Theatre 'd Art. The festival, a compilation of original stage works by local writers, actors and directors, opens today and will continue through Aug. 23 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8 p.m. at UCCS' Osborne Studio Theatre (3955 Regent Circle, theatredart.org). Tickets are $10, $5 for students and free for UCCS students (with a valid ID). With plays based on things like the inconveniences of disposing of dead bodies, you are sure to leave satisfied. — Cherise Fantus

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13 Saturday


It won't cost you a dime to embrace your inner jitterbug tonight at the re-enactment of Fannie Mae Duncan's Cotton Club, put on by the Colorado Springs Diversity Forum. Doors open at 7, but the swinging officially starts at 8 at Stargazers Theatre (10 S. Parkside Drive, cospdiversityforum.org). The celebration, beyond highlighting the Springs' diversity and a piece of its history, honors Henry Sachs, a late, local proponent of inclusion. You'll need to be togged to the bricks, so break out that zoot suit or pair of cat-eye glasses. If you get in the groove, you're sure to have a ball. — Jenny Rackl

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14 Sunday


This evening, you've got a couple of disparate musical options that even the most indecisive person should have no trouble choosing between. Feel like driving north and catching some tripped-out, down-tempo electronica with occasional political overtones? Check out Thievery Corporation, with Ghostland Observatory opening, at 7:30 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre (18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison, redrocksonline.com) for $42.50. Rather stay close to home and hear some western swing in a considerably more intimate setting? Head to Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, amusiccompanyinc.com) to hear Hot Club of Cowtown at 7:30, for $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Good choice either way. — Bill Forman

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15 Monday


Floral paintings often succeed with a critical scientific-meets-abstract balance, à la Georgia O'Keeffe. Artist Larysa Martyniuk knows this, having studied both painting and botany. (She has an M.A. and a B.A. in the fields, respectively.) Her solo show, Landscapes and Florals by Larysa Martyniuk, is a collection of 50 recent works on display at Marika's Coffeehouse (739 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, marikascoffeehouse.com). The works are small-scale and affordable, according to Marika's, so keep your wallet handy for more than just coffee. The show will be up daily through Sept. 6. — Edie Adelstein

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16 Tuesday


All nurseries are like plant porn to me: Their blooms and blossoms always look bigger and better than those in my garden, and I can't help but fawn over the gorgeous landscaping. Hillside Gardens & Nursery (1006 S. Institute St., 520-9463) floats my boat even more than most, which makes it the ideal spot for the annual Garden Artists Art Show and Sale, happening rain or shine from 4:30 to 7:30 today. Amid the manicured eye candy, enjoy free music and vended food, wine and beer, but also the star of the show: jewelry, oil works, watercolors, cards and other arts and crafts for sale from 15 local artists. — Matthew Schniper

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17 Wednesday


"This conservative Republican puts family first — followed closely by golfing and piloting his radio-controlled helicopters!" His days as a gold-medal-winning Olympian may be 35 years behind him, but God knows many locals would be overjoyed to see Bruce Jenner on Wheaties boxes again. Instead, they'll have to make do with his 3 p.m. guest speaking appearance at Colorado State University-Pueblo's Massari Arena (2200 Bonforte Blvd.). What wisdom might Jenner impart? Well, he's not only a motivational speaker and patriarch of a reality-TV clan — the quote above comes from the Keeping Up with the Kardashians site — but he's also substituted for Erik Estrada on CHiPs, starred in a movie based on the rise of The Village People, and guested on The Sean Hannity Show. So the possibilities, really, are endless. — Kirk Woundy


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