Seven days to live 

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20 Wednesday


That breakfast is the most important meal of the day seems cruel given how many mornings I've spent choking down a slice of toast washed back with a glug of tea. Maybe my diet is the problem; some fluffy pancakes and eggs would probably taste better, right? Get up bright and early this morning for the beginning event of rodeo season, the 52nd Annual Colorado Springs Street Breakfast (Pikes Peak Avenue and Tejon Street, coloradospringsrodeo.com), for all the fixin's cooked by Fort Carson troops. Service runs from 5:30-9 a.m. and is $5 (kids under 5 are free.) All proceeds benefit military charities. — Edie Adelstein

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21 Thursday


In religious news, Wikipedia says that Saint Eligius was a complete and total downer. Here's what he apparently told a group of partying Flemish: "No Christian on the feast of Saint John ... performs solestitia [summer solstice rites] or dancing or leaping or diabolical chants." Well, I say to hell with Saint Eligius: At 5 tonight, hit the Midsummer Party at Great Storm Brewing (204 Mount View Lane, #3, greatstormbrewing.com). I can't speak to how diabolical the chanting will be, but I can say bad-ass rockers Mark's Midnight Carnival Show will be in attendance, along with new brews (releases start at 11 a.m.) and art to view. — Bryce Crawford

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22 Friday


In high school, I dated a cross-country runner. Ever the dutiful girlfriend, I'd show up at competitions, cheer him on during the few seconds it took for him to pass me by, then sit on my ass waiting for him to finish and drive us home. Road cycling races offer the same amount of limited excitement, at an even faster pace. And that's why this weekend's second ProCycling US Grand Prix of Sprinting at the Colorado Springs Velodrome (Memorial Park, 250 S. Union Blvd., uscyclinggrandprix.com) is so exciting. Not only can spectators watch elite athletes, many on their way to the London Summer Olympic Games, but the thrills never end as the riders circle round and round. Join in on the fun at 7 tonight (as well as tomorrow and Sunday), $10 for adults, $5 for kiddos under 12. — Kirsten Akens

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23 Saturday


Challenge ingredients: wine and wood. Contenders: Shamrock and Lone Tree brewing companies. Cost to you to sample the final Battle of the Brewers round at 4 today in Brewer's Republic (112 N. Nevada Ave., focusonthebeer.com): $5. Eight started and now two remain, in this blind tasting where you vote for the best brewers in our area. Past the two finalists' samples, the cover includes a half pint of another specialty beer. Speaking as a thoroughly satisfied attendee of Round 1, I can say this is one of the coolest beer events around. Plenty of pay-off for the price, and witnessing of some crafty, creative beer-making. — Matthew Schniper

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24 Sunday


When Charley Lehew and his two business partners pondered how to liven up the Cripple Creek festival, they arrived at one idea: donkey racing. Thanks to them, Donkey Derby Days in downtown Cripple Creek (visitcripplecreek.com) has been attracting crowds with this free, family-friendly race for 81 years now. If you missed yesterday's parade, steak dinner and street dance, don't despair, today opens at 8 a.m. with vendors, live entertainment, competitions, a dog show, a beer tent and the titular donkey race at 1:30. It all wraps up at 5 p.m., so this is the last chance to cheer for your favorite jackass. — Sara Horton

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25 Monday


There's something sagacious and Zen-like to that old children's song, where the bear goes to the other side of the mountain and all he can see is, um, the other side of the mountain. Head to the other side of Pikes, to the Cripple Creek Heritage Center (9283 S. Hwy. 67, Cripple Creek, visitcripplecreek.com), and you'll find ... Native American and Western art! Enter the Once Upon a Time in the West Art Show which features painting, sculpture, jewelry and more from Colorado artists. As for any transcendent other-side-ness, this "spiritual" event's Friday opening promised a Native American blessing, and runs daily through July 4. — Wyatt Miller

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26 Tuesday


Local artist and UCCS assistant professor Corey Drieth is a master of simplicity. His sculptures and paintings limit themselves in material and fuss, but more than make up for it with brainy compositions and thought-provoking titles. For instance, and quite appropriately, there's his new work at the Business of Art Center (513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, thebac.org), "Distill," a nine-foot-cubed abstract sculpture made of copper pipe. Drieth is exhibiting with "Piece," an installation by another local, Larry Kledzik, whose work the BAC describes as "a soft, hard look at sexual politics in the first part of the 21st century." Both opened Friday and are up through July 22. — Edie Adelstein


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