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10 Thursday


The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the biggest arts festival in the world, happening for three weeks each August. And while Scotland may not be right next door to Colorado Springs, we'll be lucky enough to have a snippet of the festival grace our mountainous city when The Great Goddess Bazaar, a collection of female-archetypal monologues starring Tammy Meneghini, comes to the Millibo Art Theatre (1367 Pecan St., themat.org) at 7 tonight. Tickets to this performance — written by award-winning Chicago playwright David Rush — cost $12 tonight and $20 for the next three performances, ending Sunday. — Ellie Cole

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11 Friday


My father served in World War II and never really talked about it, preferring to let the bad memories fade away. But for many, talking is therapeutic, and it's enlightening for everyone else. Find out for yourself today at Colorado College (various locations, coloradocollege.edu) with "Veterans Remember" sessions at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Gates Common Room at Palmer Hall, followed by talks on "Operation Warrior Wellness" at 4, a related film called The Dryland at 7:30 in Cornerstone Arts Center, and more discussions Saturday in Palmer Hall, all free. — Ralph Routon

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12 Saturday


The lineup for the free, annual Pikes Peak Studio Tour is always pretty good, but this year's looks especially interesting. Not to miss is Julie Sprinkle, creator of fabulous colored pencil and graphite drawings of native plants, and Abigail Kreuser, a gallery owner and botanical photographer (seems I miss summer already). And there are 12 others with similarly formidable talent, including: Laura Reilly, Deb Komitor and Lori DiPasquale. Download the map at pikespeakstudiotour.com and visit any time between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. today or 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. tomorrow. — Edie Adelstein

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13 Sunday


Julie Albers, the guest cellist at the Colorado Springs Philharmonic show Greater Russia, was born in Longmont. She took up violin at 2 and cello at 4, relocating in high school to Cleveland to study. It was worth the payoff as she won numerous awards and has since traveled the world to play. If you missed yesterday's 8 p.m. show, catch her performance of Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1, and works by Kodály and Tchaikovsky with the Philharm and guest conductor Daniel Hege today at 2:30. Tickets for the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org) show run $19-$57. — Edie Adelstein

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14 Monday


No matter how you feel about former President Bill Clinton, his reminder on the back cover of Jacqueline Lundquist's book Letters From Vietnam: A Daughter's Search for Her Father, to communicate "with those you love in ways that endure beyond texts, emails and phone calls," is worth considering. (When's the last time you wrote and snail-mailed your thoughts?) Lundquist's tale shares her journey to get to know the father she grew up without through a collection of his letters and her subsequent trip to experience the very place he wrote from. Meet her and pick up your very own signed copy from 5 to 7 tonight at Poor Richard's Bookstore (320 N. Tejon St., poorrichardsdowntown.com). — Kirsten Akens

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15 Tuesday


Blind Pilot will be a familiar name to many listeners of NPR's "Song of the Day." The Portland, Ore., indie folk-pop outfit is a recurring favorite of editor-curator Stephen Thompson, who describes the group's 2008 breakthrough 3 Rounds and a Sound as "that year's most solidly appealing record, if not its best outright." As a point of comparison, Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes also soar to the top of the NPR tastemaker's pantheon. So if you're similarly inclined (and 16-plus), you can go see Blind Pilot at the Bluebird Theater (3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, bluebirdtheatre.net) for $16.50/adv, $20/door, with Point Juncture, WA opening. The sensitive, low-key fun begins at 8 p.m. — Bill Forman

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16 Wednesday


There's the method advocated by seriouseats.com, which is to grab a whole, young pig, cover it in kosher salt, and turn it over charcoal briquettes for a day until delicious. There's the New York Times' method, which is to dig a pit, line it with rocks, wrap the pig in banana leaves, cover it with dirt, and cook it until delicious. Then there's my method: Cook it until delicious. We don't know which approach Front Range Barbeque (2330 W. Colorado Ave., frbbq.com) is taking at its 12th anniversary celebration, but no matter what, you can find a pig roast, beer and bluegrass at 7 tonight for $5. — Bryce Crawford


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