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17 Wednesday

music

The voice of Kansas City comes to Manitou Springs today in the form of David Basse, a jazz musician known in part for his 12th Street Jump public radio broadcast that brings jazz, blues and comedy together to jam on a weekly basis, and his nightly syndicated show Jazz Alive Overnight. He's coming with the David Basse Orchestra for Liquid Jazz, a night of dance and music at SunWater Spa (514 El Paso Blvd., Manitou Springs, sunwaterspa.com) at 5:30 p.m. Ten bucks gets you in the door and benefits Colorado Springs Dance Theatre, which will supply live dance from locals Justice Miles and Rachel Stauffer. Tastings from Bristol Brewing Co. and Tucano's Brazilian Grill round off the evening. Only caveat? No shoes in the sacred space. — Edie Adelstein

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18 Thursday

stage

This Thursday, local stages offer a choice between emotional sweetness or weighty whimsy. One comes in a stage adaptation of The Little Prince — the French novella and third most-translated book in the world — by Funky Little Theater Co. (2109 Templeton Gap Road, funkylittletheater.org). Directed by Kaitlin Porter, it plays tonight at 7 p.m.; tickets are $15. Another option is Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park — called "the original Dharma & Greg"— tonight at 7:30 by the Star Bar Players at Cottonwood Center for the Arts' David H. Lord Theater (427 E. Colorado Ave., starbarplayers.org). Tickets are likewise $15. — Bryce Crawford

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19 Friday

festival 1

Michty me, it's time once again for the tossin' of the caber and the happy quaffin' of some peaty dark Guinness at the Pikes Peak Celtic Festival, which opens today at 4 p.m. and runs through 4 p.m. Sunday. There will be brawny Highlands athletes, two stages of Celtic-themed music (from sea chanties to rock), vendors, Irish dancers, lots and lots of bagpipes, and probably a haggis or two, just because. It's all happening at Memorial Park (1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., pikespeakcelticfestival.com), with tickets ranging from a one-day kid's pass for $5 to a weekend family pack for $15 per person to a weekend whiskey-tasting pass for $35. Sláinte! — Mary Jo Meade

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20 Saturday

film

Songs My Brothers Taught Me was filmed on the Great Plains and Badlands of South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation over the course of four years. It was shot sans script, with scenes written daily for first-time actors. If a real-life event, such as a house fire, occurred, the crew improvised, building around themes of home and family bonds in a harsh landscape. See the film, produced by Forest Whitaker, at 7 tonight in CC's Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache La Poudre St., onff.org), with $10 tickets benefiting local nonprofit One Nation Walking Together. A Q&A with the filmmaker follows the screening, then a $10 reception at 9 p.m. — Matthew Schniper

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21 Sunday

festival 2

Although Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, it would take another two-and-a-half years for the declaration of freedom to find its way to Texas, where some 250,000 slaves remained. It wasn't until June of 1865 that the last major Confederate command surrendered and the abolition of slavery was finally announced in Texas, giving birth to the national holiday known as Juneteenth. This Saturday and Sunday at the Hillside Community Center (925 S. Institute St., 385-7900), you can take part in the 150th anniversary of that historic milestone, as the African American Voice newspaper holds its Juneteenth Caribbean Heritage Festival. The event runs from noon to 6 p.m. both days, complete with live entertainment, food vendors and plenty to celebrate. You can also find a full list of commemorative events at juneteenth.us. — Bill Forman

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22 Monday

art

If the past few years have taught us anything, it's that summertime in Colorado isn't always easy. There could be torrential rains or drought. Floods or fire. Or something altogether new and scary. It makes winter seem predictable. But we can dream — can't we? — of a summertime manageable. You'll find that right now at Commonwheel Artist's Co-op (102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, commonwheel.com). Summertime, and the Livin' Is Easy is a five-artist show of bubbling brooks, buzzing dragonflies, sizzling afternoons and starlit evenings seen through glass, watercolor and functional art. It opens with an artists reception Friday at 5 p.m., is viewable daily, and will display through July 13. — Edie Adelstein

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23 Tuesday

learning

Dinosaurs are awesome. Don't let the whole "T-Rex had feathers" thing distract from this truth. For more truths about dinosaurs, swing by Ivywild School (1604 S. Cascade Ave.) at 7 p.m. for another Super Science Mashup. It's a fun little presentation about real dinosaur hunting and how much we've learned about dinosaurs in the last 20 years. The presentation will be hosted by Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center curator Anthony Maltese, fossil preparator Jacob Jett and paleontology grad student Allison Vitkus. If you're a philistine unstirred by science, head for the cash bar or a peek at the Jurassic Park Jeep. For more information, visit bit.ly/SuperScienceMashupDinosaurs. — Griffin Swartzell

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