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click to enlarge Spun: Adventures in Textiles

29 Wednesday: art

From the 1940s to the '70s, Seydou Keïta was the portrait photographer in Bamako, Mali. Keïta's work captured not only the personalities of his subjects, but also the culture of Mali as it emerged as an independent country and slowly westernized. This is apparent in his sitters' garments; men were first to adopt Western-style suits, and in the '60s women began to don dresses and skirts over traditional robes. In his work you can track change and heritage via textiles, and that's the idea behind Spun: Adventures in Textiles, up through Sept. 22 at the Denver Art Museum (100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, denverartmuseum.org). Whether it's Navajo blankets, depictions of cloth in paint or tapestries, Spun covers it, museum-wide. Tickets are free for members and $3 to $13 for nonmembers. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge The Odd Couple

30 Thursday: stage

The Odd Couple wasn't Walter Matthau's first break, but it was his biggest, and he knew it. "Don't ask me to explain it," he told the Associated Press for a story printed Nov. 25, 1965. "I've starred in 20 plays, and nothing like this happened before. ... even without having a personal press agent, the publicity poured in." Chalk it up to folks caught up in the brilliance of Neil Simon's comedy about what's now one of the most clichéd cinematic tropes: the two unlikely roommates. See Springs Ensemble Theatre (1903 E. Cache la Poudre St., springsensembletheatre.org) produce its take tonight — or most any Thursday through Sunday until June 23 — at the 7:30 opening. Tickets are $15. — Bryce Crawford

click to enlarge Wily & Wonderful Things

31 Friday: art

Break out the leather vests and corsets, the sprocket-y gadgets and top hats. This isn't an invite to a BDSM gathering, rather, the 5 p.m. opening reception for Wily & Wonderful Things, an art show of all things outsider and steampunk at Cottonwood Center for the Arts (427 E. Colorado Ave., cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com). The show's juried by local artist Phil Lear and Denver's Timothy C. Flood, who's currently accepting pieces to send digitally to the moon. (Visit tinyurl.com/lunarart for more on that.) In addition to that revelry, expect work by the one-and-only Myles Pinkney, Colorado Springs' premiere fantasy and steampunk artist. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge Shades of Brown, a celebration of the African diaspora

1 Saturday: heritage

To those who now live somewhere other than where they were born — particularly somewhere half a world away with separate languages and culture — the celebration of one's homeland makes for quite the special occasion. Trends of Africa and Alterations (3119 S. Academy Blvd., 591-0810) knows just how to create such a festivity with its second annual Shades of Brown, a celebration of the African diaspora, from 10 to 6 today. Entry is free to enjoy craft activities and storytelling for kids, African drumming and music by Tony Exum Jr., the Phat Horn Doctors and others. The only thing you'll have to pay for is the African and Caribbean food. — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Pikes Peak Soap Box Derby

2 Sunday: kids

There are lots of life lessons to be taken from an event like the Pikes Peak Soap Box Derby (ppsbd.com). As put on the website, it teaches children ages 7 to 17 "the basic skills of workmanship along with the spirit of competition and the perseverance to continue a project to completion." As importantly, however, you learn that cars are expensive — in this case, $650 to $795 for a kit. Plus, you learn that sponsors, who will help some kids defray the cost, make the world go round. Pick up some other nuggets at 8:30 this morning, on Costilla Street between Wahsatch Avenue and El Paso Street, when the PPSBD Practice and Rally Day begins. (Race day itself is June 9, and both events are free to attend.) — Kirk Woundy

click to enlarge Mowgli's

3 Monday: music

Love is the answer, figure the Mowgli's — well, that and conscious food, alternative energy and random acts of kindness. The impossibly earnest eight California musicians wear their hearts on their sleeves in the current half-million-hit viral video for "San Francisco," a catchy, feel-good anthem that makes Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros look like dour skinheads. You can catch the communal camaraderie, and join in on the "I've been in love with love" refrain, tonight at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com). Doors for the all-ages show open at 7 and tickets are $12/advance, $14/day of show, with the ubiquitous "Special Guests" doing opening honors. — Bill Forman

click to enlarge Word Nerds Scrabble Night

28 Tuesday: fun and games

In today's Words With Friends world, you may not think anyone sits down at a table across from another person with a Scrabble board anymore ... but you'd be wrong. If you too prefer the feel of smooth tiles in your hands to one more notice to ignore on your iPhone, tonight's Word Nerds Scrabble Night at Mediterranean Café (118 S. Kiowa St., 633-0115) will be perfectly paradisiac (that's a 15 pointer without a triple word square). Games start at 5, and there will be menu specials for players and prizes for winners. — Kirsten Akens

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