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16 Thursday

This weekend offers you a shot to catch Jewel. The newly augmented multi-platinum songstress and, er, poet is playing the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, going on today through Sunday at the town park in Telluride, Colo. Yeah, Alison Krauss, Wilco, Bobby McFerrin, Bela Fleck, Gillian Welch and Yonder Mountain String Band are there, along with many, many more musically inclined folks, but we know it's Jewel you crave, and it's Jewel you shall see. Tickets are $55 for one day or $175 for the entire four-day shebang. More information, directions and tickets can be found at bluegrass.com, or by calling 800/624-2422.

17 Friday

A season of handiwork dawns today in Woodland Park, where the Fine Arts and Crafts Fair kicks off. If you know what's good for you, you'll be ogling trinkets, breathing in the sweet scent of macram and givin' it up for landscapes aplenty. It's happening every Friday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. through September 16. You'll find it three blocks north of Highway 24, next to the Teller County Farmers' Market. Interested artists and crafters and those seeking more information should call 232-4449.

18 Saturday

From noon until 6 p.m. today at Colorado College's Armstrong Quad, join in on the "Lift Every Voice" Juneteenth 2005 festivities. This annual national celebration, which commemorates the 1865 arrival of General Gordon Granger in Galveston, Texas, on a mission to free slaves, includes food, vendors, community information, children's activities and music galore. Scheduled performers include Tim Hobbs and In Him, Payne Chapel Male Chorus and the New Jerusalem Baptist Church Mass Choir. The event is free and open to the public.

Bike Week 2005 kicks off this evening with the Starlight Spectacular, that annual midnight ride through the streets of Colorado Springs. In its 12th year, this way-popular series of events continues throughout the week with the Women's Beginner Bicycle Clinic, Bike to Work Day and the whiz-bang, end-of-the-week Bike and Trails Festival. Starlight Spectacular Registration begins at 10 p.m. at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center and winds up with breakfast at Garden of the Gods. Registration is required, and all proceeds benefit the Open Space Coalition. To register, or for more info on Bike Week events, visit starlightspectacular.com.

19 Sunday

Tonight, boogie up to Boulder to catch country-rock mainstays Son Volt at the Fox Theatre (1135 13th St.). As you probably know, the Volt is led by Uncle Tupelo co-founder and alt-country pioneer Jay Farrar, who returns after seven years as a solo artist. Son Volt is touring to promote the release of Okemah and the Melody of Riot, due out July 12. Joining them is Fort Collins' own Drag the River (also playing the Springs this weekend; read page 44 for more). Tickets for the 9 p.m. show are $22.50. Get yours by visiting foxtheatre.com. And sorry, kids, this is a 21-and-up show.

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20 Monday

It's a night of skinny ties and sass at the Ogden Theatre (935 E. Colfax Ave. in Denver), where Canuck hipsters Hot Hot Heat are inducing some shimmy. Thrust into the spotlight with their 2002 album Make Up the Breakdown, which introduced phrases like "Luh-luh-luh-luh-luh-low" to the pop lexicon, HHH have become standard bearers for a new generation of modern rock. Check 'em out yourself and decide if that's a good thing. They're touring on their newest disc, Elevator. Tickets are $15. Get yours at nipp.com.

21 Tuesday

Break out those kneepads and get ready to chug. It's the 2005 Independent Summer Solstice Pub Crawl, yo! This four-hour event takes place from 4:28 p.m. until sunset at 8:28 no slouches, those Indy meteorologists. Tour local bars and taverns offering way-wicked specials, door prizes and giveaways, a sure-to-impress-your-friends grand prize of $500 worth of gift certificates from participating vendors and, most importantly, your chance to rub shoulders with and get totally out-drunk by thirsty, good-lookin' Indy staffers. It's sure to be a brimming bucket of sweet. Check out the pub crawl guide in this issue for more information on participating locations.

23 Thursday

Mosey up to the LoDo Tattered Cover (16th and Wynkoop streets in Denver) this evening for a reading and signing by best-selling author, historian and wildcat-in-the-sack David McCullough, who'll be discussing his newest history, 1776. McCullough is the author of the acclaimed biography John Adams, which your dad probably read. 1776 deals with His Excellency, General George Washington, and those who marched with him in the year the Declaration of Independence was signed. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., tickets will be given to those waiting in line; the event starts at 7:30.

-- Aaron Retka

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