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5 Wednesday

music

Whenever you're told somebody "needs no introduction," you can pretty much count on hearing one anyway. In the case of Vince Gill, you'd likely hear some impressive stats (20 Grammys, 40 charting singles, 26 million albums sold) and maybe some early history (stints with Ricky Skaggs, Rodney Crowell and, yes, Pure Prairie League). What you won't hear about — but really need to check out on YouTube — is Gill's brilliant confrontation with Westboro Baptist Church protesters. (Best line: "Are any of you guys Phelps-es, or are you like the C-team?") As of this writing, tickets for the country icon's 7 p.m. show at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) are available from online resale outlets. — Bill Forman

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6 Thursday

beer/film

New Belgium Brewing's annual Clips Beer & Film Tour makes a stop in the Springs once again. This year's 20 selected short films feature a panda "with an attitude about craft beer," a mountain bike brawl and a human-powered surf rig (apparently not the same as a wave-powered one), plus a lot more. The "beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefiting" event kicks 100 percent of beer sales back to local charities — this year to Indy Give! participants UpaDowna and Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates. Head to America the Beautiful Park (126 Cimino Drive, newbelgium.com) at 7:30 tonight; admission is free, beers and samples are extra. — Craig Lemley

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7 Friday

tiny home

First there were McMansions, now we have tiny homes — two architectural structures at opposite ends of the spectrum, symbolically and physically. For those who like it small, versus unnecessarily energy-consumptive, the inaugural Tiny Home Jamboree will be a candy-land weekend. It runs from 9 to 6 today and Saturday, then 9 to 4 on Sunday, with free registration at the doors to the Western Museum of Mining and Industry (225 North Gate Blvd., tinyhousejamboree.com). From there it's lectures by lauded names in the movement plus tours of model homes, vendor info for your tiny supply needs, and much more. — Matthew Schniper

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8 Saturday

art

Starry, Starry Night will be on display until February, but you can meet the artists and photographers of the exhibit tonight at its opening reception. It takes place from 5 to 8 at Gold Hill Mesa Community Center (142 S. Raven Mine Drive) and will include food, drink and live music. Part of what will be on the walls includes photographer and curator Sherry Brand's "character studies," or portraits of locals. Note: The man in the purple hat will be in attendance at the opening. — Edie Adelstein

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9 Sunday

sports

Because bicycling straight up a mountain for personal enjoyment sounds masochistic if not straight up Sisyphean, let's consider these be-helmeted ass-sweaters in terms of Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Physiological needs are met; safety needs are met; love, belonging, esteem — all good. That leaves self-actualization, otherwise known as (we'll hypothesize) an inexplicable desire to join the sixth annual Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb, a 12.5-mile, USA Cycling-sanctioned road race and adjoining noncompetitive cycling event. There are many categories and varying entry fees, so see coloradospringssports.org for more details. Otherwise, the gateway fee is $5 to $12 and does not include further psychological analysis. — Bryce Crawford

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10 Monday

music

It must be hard being sensitive — pouring your heart into your art, growing unironic facial hair, that kind of thing. Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice has shown a knack for it, and so has South Carolinian Samuel Beam, better known by his stage name, Iron & Wine. Both hail from Christian households — pretty much obligatory growing up in either Ireland or the Bible Belt — and both have maintained an almost-ethereal sincerity, even if their faith may have wavered. So come share the love and inspiration at Red Rocks (18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison, redrocksonline.com). Tickets are $45 to $65, and showtime is 8 p.m. — Bill Forman

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11 Tuesday

stage

In case you missed the memo, yes, C.S. Lewis' writing by and large has a religious backbone — though the Jesus-allegory lion in Narnia was hard to miss. His short novel, The Great Divorce, is a dream of heaven and hell more like Alice in Wonderland than The Divine Comedy. Tonight and tomorrow, Anthony Lawton of Mirror Theatre (mission: "spiritual theatre for a secular audience") will present a one-man Divorce performance at Glen Eyrie Castle & Conference Center (3820 N. 30th St., gleneyrie.org/greatdivorce). The show begins at 7:30 and tickets are $29 or $39, with a dinner option available. — Griffin Swartzell

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