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click to enlarge Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo

10 Wednesday


What do you get when you mix dust, blood, flashy belt buckles and pissed-off mammals? There are probably many ways to answer that question, but today you get the 73rd annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. Arrive at 7:15 at the Norris-Penrose Event Center (1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, pikespeakorbust.org) to witness main events such as roping, barrel racing and of course, bull riding, or come early at 4 for Western-themed family activities. The rodeo continues daily, same time same place, through Saturday, which includes a 12:45 p.m. matinee. Walk-up ticket prices are $15 to $35 for adults, but are cheaper in advance either online or at the center's ticket office. Kids 12 and under get in for half price (and just a buck at the Saturday matinee); tots 2 and under watch for free. — Hannah Brenneman

click to enlarge The heart of poetry

11 Thursday

the word

Honor the inner angsty teenager — or adult — you've been suppressing and stop by tonight's Hear Here Poetry Slam at Stargazers Theater & Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com). Titled "The HeART of Poetry," this 7 p.m. event is the last fundraising push before the local, seven-person 2013 Hear Here National Slam Team heads to Boston in August to trade witty words and savory stories with 70 other teams from the U.S. and abroad. Tickets are $10, plus processing fees. — Nathaniel Kelley

click to enlarge TypographiQue

12 Friday


It is a truth universally acknowledged among those with eyes that Comic Sans is among the most reviled of all typefaces. Accordingly, its use is only forgivable among small children or the criminally insane. Rejuvenate your assaulted oculars from 5 to 7:30 tonight as Pikes Peak Community College opens TypographiQue: A Celebration of Typography as Art at the Downtown Studio Campus Art Gallery (100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., laura.ben-amots@ppcc.edu), with refreshments and a Latin jazz band. The free show runs through July 31 during gallery hours. — Caroline Swinford

click to enlarge Revamp'd

13 Saturday


Revamp'd, the inaugural art exhibit at the Ivywild School (1604 S. Cascade Ave., tinyurl.com/Ivywild-Revampd), couldn't be a more appropriate start to the three-month show schedule curated by Holly Parker Dearborn. It features 2D and 3D works made from upcycled or found materials by local artists like Andy Tirado (whose work is pictured, left). "I'm interested in ideas of ecology, technology [and] design, among other things," Parker Dearborn tells the Indy. Sounds like the spirit of Ivywild itself, no? Drop in tonight for a reception from 6 to 9, or anytime through Oct. 5. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge Lucero

14 Sunday


So there's no new album backing this tour, and tonight's set probably won't be quite as special as the Aug. 10 Lucero Family Picnic gig scheduled for Little Rock, Ark., in which the band plans to play the timeless Tennessee in its entirety. But, really, there should be no peripheral reasons needed to justify attending a Lucero show — pretty much guaranteed to be Americana awesomesauce anytime. Head to the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com) at 8 tonight for the all-ages performance. Tickets are $20 ($22 day-of) and we'll be there to back you up. — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge The Melvins

15 Monday


The Melvins have been pounding out their influential versions of grunge and metal for three decades, and at 8 tonight they're at it again with a show at Summit Music Hall (1902 Blake St., Denver, thesummitmusichall.com). The band's so prolific that even its new album of cover songs drew praise. "In recent years, the Melvins have not slowed their pace of releasing original music, or tempered their adventurous (some might say perverse) musical explorations," writes Pitchfork.com. "If the Melvins are doing a covers record, it must be because they want (rather than need) to do a covers record." If you want (or need) to see them, tickets are $20 at the door. — Bryce Crawford

click to enlarge Vocal Arts Idol

16 Tuesday


During the recession, the Vocal Arts Symposium, a summertime young singers' program from CC and Opera Theatre of the Rockies, fell victim to budget cuts. Tonight, OTR unveils the start of what founder and artistic director Martile Rowland calls "an even better version." The newly named Vocal Arts Festival begins its own four-week run with Vocal Arts Idol, where 36 participants, elementary-school-age through young professional, will sing for the public at Packard Hall (5 W. Cache la Poudre St.). Tickets are $7 to $15, available along with a full schedule at operatheatreoftherockies.org. — Kirk Woundy


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